Tweet Autobiographical comics used to be a feature of zines and small private presses, but readers are increasingly able to follow their favorite genre of the comics medium in graphic novel editions from mainstream book publishers. There’s no doubt that the artistic appreciation for autobiography and semi-autobiographical works is on the rise, but amid commentary [...]
TweetFor a webcomics platform to reach the ripe age of seven years in the daily-changing world of the internet is a remarkable accomplishment, and for it to keep producing original, fresh, and engaging work even more of a triumph that accounts for its survival. Founded by Emmy award-winning artist and comics creator Dean Haspiel in [...]
TweetThe Infinite Wait by Julia Wertz Koyama Press I have a complicated and knotty relationship with auto-bio comics, beset by apprehension and cynicism. There’s no doubt the genre produces some interesting material- Art Spiegelman, Seth, Robert Crumb, to name but a few, but more recently I’ve found a lot of it to be, quite frankly, boring. The [...]
Not meaning to bury this news in the Friday afternoon graveyard, but wanted to get it out there: the long awaited Black Mask Studios transmedia/alternate distribution comics company set up by writer Steve Niles, producer Matt Pizzolo (Halo 8) and Epitaph Records’ Brett Gurewitz has finally gone live and announced its debut projects.
It’s pretty much as you were in a fairly quiet month for new books. Boom’s dollar-book Deathmatch and the return of Hellboy, alongside a new Adventure Time spin-off and Brian Wood’s new book Mara are the notable debuts. Walking Dead, Saga & My Little Pony top the chart again, elsewhere the Image Firsts reprint programme features strongly, and a few long running licensed books end ahead of relaunches.
You may not know the name Boulet, but this French artist is one of the most prolific and talented cartoonists working. Maybe you will recall his disgustingly accomplished 24-hour comic from last year, The Darkness. Or his blog, which includes English versions of his comics. That first link is getting a printed version in the US, courtesy of AdHouseIt’s due in April to tie in with Boulet’s 2013 US tour, and will be printed in a limited quantity. Hopefully this is only the first US edition of Boulet’s work to see print. Here’s a wee preview:
TweetPrinceless was a runaway hit for new-ish indie publisher, Action Lab Comics, this year. The sassy fairy tale comic about a disgruntled princess who chooses running away with the aid of a sympathetic dragon over an endless line of boring suitors forced on her by her royal pain in the a*s parents nabbed two 2012 [...]
Tweet Is this the week of new small publishers? Yes, everyone is doing it. Here’s yet another: Feral Planet a newish company started by Michael Friedlander, formerly of FPG, a fantasy art trading company. They have a new project with Mike Ploog and Joe Jusko involved….an oversized lushly illustrated book called Goliath which they are [...]
TweetSmall boutique publishers are popping up everywhere, and here’s a newish one from the UK: Great Beast, which was founded by Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby, and they’ve just released two nice looking graphic novels. You can buy the physical books (which have top notch production) or space-saving digital versions. Cadwell passed along some info [...]
Tweet On Saturday, December 1st, the Hamilton Gallery Theater in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, hosted a benefit for a Red Hook landmark, Sunny’s Bar, in attempt to help bring it back from the verge of storm-ravaged closure. Sunny’s Bar, only a short distance from the waterfront, was filled with water and sludge by Hurricane Sandy, and [...]
Karl Stevens’ comic page Failure has been cancelled by the Boston Phoenix, where it had run for the last few years, replacing another strip by Stevens known as “Whatever.” The reason, reportedly, is because the above strip insulted an advertiser, Bud Light.
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.
Tweet Well here’s a new kind of “motion comic” called “Remembrance”…a YouTube video of a collaboration between cartoonist Colin Upton (Diabetes Funnies) and musician John Lee that includes Upton narrating a his mini comic “Self-Indulgent Comics #33″ while Lee supplies an elegant soundtrack. Upton is something of a comic legend in his native Canada, where [...]
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.