The one and only Gary Panter, quintessential punk illustrator and the highly accoladed set designer of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, envisions a mind-bending sci-fi/punk fusion in a new release with Fantagraphics. Originating in 1983, this is first time Panter’s DAL TOKYO will be collected into one epic volume, exhibiting the surreal cultural and temporal collision of a futuristic Mars that is terraformed by Texas and Japan. This one is going to be a real trip.
Secret Acre’s wildly psychedlic cartoonist Theo Ellsworth preps the release of his newest work, THE UNDERSTANDING MONSTER – BOOK ONE, as it debuts in a couple weeks at SPX. A quest to explore the inner workings of an imaginary world sends the displaced Izadore, whose current form is that of a mouse, to regain his true form and full realize his true identity.
Glyn Dillon marks his return to comics with the stunning release of THE NAO OF BROWN, a graphic novel that is shockingly different to his previous work with Vertigo. A sweeping story of a “hafu”(half Japanese and half English) young woman by the name of Nao, Dillon explores her unique form of OCD, one in which she constantly has violent and gruesome fantasies of deaths around. At the core of Nao’s self exploration is a search for perfect love, and what she finds is that the real world is as warped and convoluted as her own morbid imaginings.
Calling forth “a new era for comics arts,” Portland’s Floating World Comics is organizing an epic three-day mash of workshops, exhibitions, panels, and performances all set to nurturing comic expression and collaboration. The Kickstarter for this extravaganza, appropriately titled THE PROJECTS, has only 7 days remaining to fund this ambitious gathering.
Monkeybrain’s newest digital-only title MASKS & MOBSTERS is a crime anthology set in the early days of the Golden Age of masked men, and tells the story of an enforcer bent on discovering the identify of who’s been selling his boss out to a superhero. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson create a new kind of superhero noir that, at 14-pages, is fast, bloody, and ends with a brutal twist.
London based Nobrow takes inspiration from Aldous Huxley’s dystopic novel Brave New World and asks forty-five talented illustrators and cartoonist to tackle the themes of human individuality, science, and what lays in store for the future. This compendium merges both graphic storytelling and classic comic imagery, making it a visual feat that’s indefinitely something to behold.
Fresh off a successful Kickstarter fundraiser, and with a little help from Alternative Comics and Wow Cool, Ted May’s Injury #4 is fully loaded and ready for release. Complete with two chapters (one, a mid-eighties high schooler attempting to make it through morning detention and two, a continuation of a werewolf biplane pilot saga) it’s hard not to get a kick out of May’s depictions of non-stop gags and teenage nostalgia.
Nowadays, it’s fairly easy to find toys or collectables from any mainstream comic (there is such a large array of Avengers figurines, ranging from pretty atrocious to an almost hyper-real quality). The 2012 Designer Toy Awards salutes some of the best comic toys, and gives everyone a chance to vote for this years best. The nominees are quite a sight.