Nobrow announces Spring catalog with Bosma, Hussenot, Lee and more

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It’s that time of year when we start thinking about NEXT year, and publishers nveil their schedules. And few unveilings are as pretty as those from Nobrow—their books are routinely gorgeous and display a level of artistry few other publishers can match. ANd next year’s line-up (through August) are as gorgeous as you’d expect. Among the goodies: a full color expansion of Sam Bosma’s award winning Fantasy Basketball, and the print debut of Jen Lee, whose webcomics Thunderpaw we’ve long been fans of. The latter is part of a relaunch of Nobrow’s 17X23 line of “pamphlets”—24 pages long and priced at $5.95. The line also includes two french full length graphic novels. Definitely some good reading to come.

Comic Arts Brooklyn Debuts Part One: From Bow-Wow to Wendy

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Exhibitors at Comic Arts Brooklyn this weekend were kind enough to send me listings of their books—as usual there is something for everyone. I received so many listing I’m dividing this into two parts. Many thanks to the creators who took the time to send me news of their work. It looks to be a very exciting show.  Enjoy!

ELCAF Previews Night: Robert Ball’s ‘Dark Times’

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Responsible for some of last year’s most visually arresting comics in the form of Winter’s Knight: Year One, Robert Ball’s next project is going to be launched at ELCAF: ‘Dark Times’.

Comic Arts Brooklyn announces date with bonus City of Glass video

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It’s not too soon to start planning: Comic Arts Brooklyn has just announced its 2014 dates: November 8th Mt. Carmel church and a few satellite locations. The above art by Benjamin Marra should get you in the mood. Exhibitor applications are available here. Applications will be open until June 1st. PLUS: here’s the video of […]

Review: The Nonadult Delight of Miss Hennipin

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The idea for Miss Hennipin, a new release from Sonatina’s Andy Douglas Day, began as a summer day’s unassuming illustrative dalliance and briskly developed into Day’s main creative output. Now fully realized into a loaded 164 page, color-filled book, Miss Hennipin is another supplement to the diverse and teeming indie comics milieu, upholding the kind […]

The Aesthetic Hybridity of Fumio Obata’s ‘Just So Happens’

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Just So Happens By Fumio Obata Published by Jonathan Cape Buy This Book Upon first impression of Fumio Obata’s new graphic novel, Just So Happens, I was struck with a lot of similar impressions that arose whilst reading a related, albeit a hastily associated work, Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. Sure, both recount stories about […]

Mike Taylor: NO/FUTURE

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“Culture seeks narrators and fiction is a narrative prerogative.” This quote is supplemented above a two image spread, each featuring brushstrokes of a blackened sea of blank and blurred faces, an anonymous audience awaiting some kind of address, be it from a political leader or a band frontman, and yet what is captured in the […]

Here is the cover for the Fourth Printing of Sex Criminals #1

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Words cannot express.

What should you buy from the PictureBox sale? A few recommendations

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While the art comix world is still reeling from the announcement of the closure of PictureBox, the innovative and fearless publisher that picked up the Highwater ball and ran with it, the end of this publisher does bring one good thing with it: a 50% off sale on absolutely everything on their site. Just use […]

PictureBox shutting down on December 31st

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Dan Nadel’s art comix publishing company PictureBox will shut down on December 31st, he announced on his tumblr, while also announcing a 50% off sale which everyone should hop on like white on rice:

Frontier Magazine announces new issues devoted to Ping Zhu and Sam Alden

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Youth In Decline’s Frontier Magazine has become an impressive little art magazine showcasing various comics notables. The first two issues spotlighted Uno Morales and Hellen Jo. Sascha Hommer was announced for issue ##, but now the lineup for #4 and 5 has been announced: Brooklyn-based Ping Zhu and fast-rising Sam Alden. Info: Frontier #3: Sascha […]

Thought Bubble 2013: A Reading List in Review!

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This isn’t a convention write-up. Instead, it’s a review roundup of every new comic I came across at Thought Bubble 2013. Because I want to share them with as many people as possible, and as part apology for forcing people at the event to go and pick up everything I had come across and loved […]

Review: Gut Feelings By Leah Wishnia

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On the surface, Leah Wishnia’s anthology GUT FEELINGS visually reads as a tornado of frenetic and (at times) grotesque imagery, brimming with a stream of both rambunctious and tortured characters who are pitched in a mosaic of revolving hallucinogenic experience. It could easily be shelved amongst the vast anthologies from fellow young underground cartoonists, as […]

Special Beat Investigation: Comics Critics Crisis!!!

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A few months ago there was a Kerfuffle over a comics which some indie comics enthusiasts thought was artistically exciting, while others couldn’t see that for all the racism in these comics. I wrote about it at the time, and wondered if indie comics—so lively and vibrant—were actually being given a larger social context.

Reviews: Comics from Comic Art Brooklyn and beyond

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  Here for your perusal, I examine a pile of worthy comics and graphic novelish books that I have found in my travels to Brooklyn; from a few book release parties at Bergen Street Comics, The Brooklyn Book Festival and most recently, Desert Island owner Gabe Fowler’s brand spanking new Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. ______________________________________________________________ […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn: Embracing the strange

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This weekend marked the first annual Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB) festival, presented by small Williamsburg comic book shop Desert Island. Because of this, perhaps, it felt like a neighborhood affair.