Comic Art Brooklyn 2013: the Debuts Part One – Blexbolex, Hangdai, PictureBox, Koyama, Wartella and more

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Here’s a listing of the books that will be debuting this Saturday at the first Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. Information has been supplied by the exhibitors and hopefully something here will pique your interest. If you don’t find something to pique your interest, you don’t really like comics.

SPX 2013: 600 cartoonists walk into a bar…

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Tweet [Comic via Tumblr by Gabriel Calderon] That is not a joke. It is definitely not a joke. With the SPX floor increased by a third to encompass the whole exhibition space it meant there were 280 tables, and with 2-4 people per table it meant that there were some 600 registered cartoonists at the […]

Uncivilized Books to publish Sam Alden’s “Hawaii 1997″

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TweetOne of the “It” cartoonists at this year’s SPX was definitely Sam Alden, who took home the Most Promising New Talent Ignatz, and was generally mentioned by many people as a cartoonist to watch. While he’s yet to team-up with a “home” publisher, Uncivilized Books will be the first to put out an Alden collection. […]

The lost world of Cartoon House profiled

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Tweet Indie comics folk around Brooklyn and beyond have been quietly grieving over the imminent end of Cartoon House, a giant loft in South Williamsburg inhabited by a bevy of cartoonists over the years, and scene of many someday legendary comic book people events. In the first in a series of micropress profiles for Publishers […]

Should we even try to give indie comics a wider cultural context?

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This is the golden era of indie comic, artistically and even financially, at least in term of the number of publishers, CAFs and cartoonists who wake up every day excited to be cartooning. It’s a movement that is aesthetically and formally as exciting as anything else going on out there.

All of which makes the Jason Karns Kerfuffle all the more unusual.

2013 Ignatz Award Nominees led by DeForge, Carré and Alden

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Tweet The indie-focused Ignatz Award nominees have just been announced. Chosen by a panel consisting of Lisa Hanawalt, Jason Shiga, Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay and Sakura Maku the list comprises an eclectic and incredible array of comics from the year past. Winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly […]

Webcomic Alert: Treasure Island by Connor Willumsen

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Tweet Experimental comics madman Connor Willumsen has a major new work up called Treasure Island, which is definitely Shavian—Dash Shaw that is—but also…unlike anything really. Willumsen has a “Pay What You Can” button at the end. Why not send a buck or two after reading? He’s also looking for a print publisher.

Reign of the CAFs: DCAF and KentCAF are coming

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First came TCAF…then MeCAF…and just a week ago VanCAF…and now DCAF and KentCaf. It is the age of the CAFs, or Comic Arts Festival. I have no idea if the TCAF founders and originators of the CAF label are glad that it’s practically become a brand name, but that ship has sailed and bought some silk-screened mini comics

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Life as a Moving Picture in Chris Ware’s Keynote

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TweetWilliam Kuskin, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, Boulder, introduced Denver Comic Con’s keynote speaker, cartoonist Chris Ware, as a man who presents “honesty” as an “antidote to the emptiness we see in culture now, countered by art, even if he evokes a nightmare through that honesty”. Ware guided the audience at DCC through the […]

Friday Art Blogging: George Jurard

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Tweet George Jurard is a versatile artist working in an indie spare-line style, often with soft, muted pastels and grey-tones in color choice. He’s currently working on a creator-owned web series, BEACON LIGHTS, for TRIP CITY, a series of “loosely interlocking stories that take place over the course of 200 years”. As you can tell, […]

INTERVIEW: OUT OF LUCK and Kentucky Derby-Chasing with Jen Ferguson

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Tweet Pop culture is a bizarre creature and often creates strange intersections in media. Brooklyn-based artist Jen Ferguson has found herself standing at a cross-roads of TV, blogging, and illustration in her projects OUT OF LUCK, based on the HBO series LUCK, and in the Triple Crown horse racing previews that she’s been asked to […]

The Phantom Hand’s Art Opening on 4/20 in Philly

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TweetBy Dre Grigoropol The artist collective The Phantom Hand is having their art opening for their show The Last Meal this Saturday on 4/20.  The show is at Jinxed, an art gallery at the Piazza in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia. This gallery focuses on illustration.  The Phantom Hand a group that is organized by illustrators and […]

My New View of Mocca Fest 2013

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TweetBy Dre Grigoropol I have always been a fan of the Society of Illustrators.  When I found out they were taking the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art permanently under their wing, I felt positive.  After seeing what the museum is like at the SoI compared to its old space I would have to say […]

Youth in Decline website debuts

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Tweet Youth in Decline is another in the exploding field of Risograph-based micro-publisher run by Ryan Sands, perhaps best known for his Umezu-obssessed blog Same Hat and his zine Elecric Ant. Youth in Decline kicks off with Frontier, a new serial anthology where each issue focuses on a single artist. Frontier is a quarterly art […]

Behold: Bartkira! An intriguing comics jam proposal

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Tweet Ryan Humphrey posted this fantastic Simpson/Akira mash up comic on his tumblr last night and it’s been picking up a healthy number of notes since. The comic (which you can see below) is really striking, mainly, I think, because of those splashes of colour against that rich cream background, in the sense of drama and dynamism […]

Kickwatcher: Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton Present GOLDTIGER

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TweetHere’s a real Kickstarter based on a fake artist whose real work has been forged by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton, both of whom are real living people and are not figments of fiction, unlike the artist who didn’t draw this comic strip, because he never existed. Got that? This is GOLDTIGER.