Behold: Bartkira! An intriguing comics jam proposal

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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 Humphreys […]

Kickwatcher: Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton Present GOLDTIGER

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Here’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.

Ivan Brunetti memoir is coming in May

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The Chicago Weekly profiles cartoonists cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, who talks candidly about his teaching, low comics output of late, depression, and home town. Perhaps best known for his Fantagraphics collection Misery Loves Comedy, Brunetti is a much respected foundational indie cartoonist. His two comics anthologies from Yale Press —Graphic Fiction and Grahpic Fiction Volume II — are also just about the best introductions to literary and art comics of recent years.

Steven Sanders launches Symbiosis on Kickstarter

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Artist and designer Steven Sanders, curly of beard and intense of eyes, launched a Kickstarter yesterday for his new project Symbiosis. A massive 100+ page art book, Symbiosis is designed with the idea that people will be able to take the ideas and visuals created by Sanders and do whatever they want with them. They […]

Wertham and Are Comics Art? — is it 1981 again?

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A must read and a must-read for masochists top our linkage today, both returning to topics that were much on the minds of anyone in comics about 30 years ago — oldies but goodies.

First and most importantly, library professor Carol Tilley has been going through Dr. Fredric Wertham’s notes and found out that he was, to use a technical term, full of hooey.

Bill Griffith announced as guest of honor for 2013 MoCCA festival

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This year’s MoCCA Festival is being eagerly awaited to see how changes made under the new Society of Illustrators management will affect a show that has yet to take the place on the show schedule that its location would be assumed to afford. So far everything’s been looking good and the announcement of the Guest […]

Best Comics of 2012: Washington Post

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Well, the year is winding down, and with it comes the annual “Best Of” lists from various websites and media.  Publishers Weekly led the charge, issuing an actual graphic novel listing within their greater big list, with Chris Ware’s Unbuilding making the overall “Best Books” listing. Yesterday, the Washington Post released their list, and it […]

The mystery and joy of BCGF

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This was the third indie show of the year—TCAF and SPX were the other two—where I experienced the complete rapture of falling in love with comics all over again for the first time. Love, death, mystery—when the first time happens all over again, you know you’re in the right place. I wasn’t the only one feeling the love.

BCGF Preview: Liz Hickey’s JAMMERS

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Take a look at some excerpts from Liz Hickey’s new comic, JAMMERS, which will be available at the Hic and Hoc table at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival tomorrow

Brooklyn Comics & Graphic Festival debut comics will pretty much blow your mind

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A HUGE list of books that will be debuting at Saturday Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest. Gas is a little short but mass transit is working so get yourself over to Williamsburg! And yes this list is long, but please at least scan it — you’ll see an amazing array of books available, from Maxfield […]

Quick guide to tonight’s BCGF events

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Too much to choose from! A French Comics Celebration: Discussion and Cocktail Party Thursday, November 8, 7pm, FREE The Cultural Services of the French Embassy / 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10075 Featuring Blexbolex, Françoise Mouly, and more… Complimentary refreshments / RSVP required Join Koyama Press, Oily Comics and Space Face Books at Bergen Street Comics (470 […]

BCGF Preview: Malachi Ward’s The Reverie

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Cartoonist, Malachi Ward, is debuting his new comic, The Reverie, at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this weekend and was kind enough to send over a five page preview. Check it out!

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival announces programming

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The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest, top be held November 10, has announced its programming and also satellite events

To do this weekend, PDX: THE PROJECTS

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Even as you read this, an amazing event is underway in Portland called THE PROJECTS — it’s billed as “a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, happening at the IPRC in Portland on October 19-21, 2012″ and is only the latest in a year filled with impressive comics symposiums and events that go far beyond the “What inspired you to create the Avengers, Mr Lee,” paneling that has represented many comics events. With this, the G-17 meeting in Chicago, MIX in Columbus, NYC’s ongoing scholarly events , comics are being looked at in creative and social context that significantly enhance and deepen both their media standing and our own understanding.

SPX: Good comics, good people

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Much has been written and lauded about this year’s SPX, and I’m late to the game but I have a few thoughts I wanted to put to pixel before the memories fade. It was a great time for just about everyone, I think. I had a blast at TCAF this year and came away from it completely optimistic about The State of Comics. That mood was only deepened by SPX, and I don’t expect it to fade any time soon. A few little notes:

Best SPX ever?

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Photo via @eee Possibly the best SPX ever—and definitely the most financially successful one. That’s what everyone was saying last night. By 4:30 Fantagraphics had made more money than they did at all of last year’s show. Similar stories were reported at PictureBox, Nobrow, D&Q and everywhere really. With a bigger floor space and a […]