Small Press Spotlight: Breakdown Press and Mutiny Bay

T03

When TCJ.com co-editor and former PictureBox publisher Dan Nadel goes on a rampage ANYTHING can happen but he had a pretty good one today, about cutting edge comics: Here’s a report on the new London comics festival, Safari, hosted by my candidate for most-promising young publishing house, Breakdown Press. What makes an exciting young comic […]

Comic Con India teams with ReedPop

bangalore_comic-con

According to a forwarded email, ReedPOP, the event company that throws New York Comic Con, C2E2, PAX and many other popular fan events, has expanded its international reach by teaming with Comic Con India, which launched three years ago and now throws shows in Mumbia, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi. (The Bangalore show is the weekend […]

Mishra and Shakeen win CRNI’s 2014 Courage in Editorial Cartooning award

201408211401.jpg

Michael Cavna has details on the winners of this year’s Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning presented by the Cartoonists Rights Network International. The award is presented to “a cartoonist in great danger who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free-speech rights under extraordinary circumstances.” The winners this year are Kanika Mishra from […]

Dungeon Fun sweeps Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance Awards — and read the winner for free!

comics-dungeon-fun-1-1.jpg

The 2014 SICBA Awards were handed out on Saturday at the Glasgow Comic Con. The awards honor the best in Scottish comics, and Dungeon Fun by Neil Slorance and Colin Bell swept all four categories. To celebrate the win, the creators have made the first issue free to read making it a win for everyone. […]

Jiro Taniguchi to attend Angoulême 2015

walkingman_p2_500.jpg

According to a French press release, and Google translate, manga master Jiro Taniguchi will be one of the main guests for the 42nd Festival du Angoulême in January and will have the first major European exhibition of his work there. Taniguchi is the author of such highly regarded series as The Walking Man, A Distant […]

Paris Comics Expo changes artists’ sketching policy

beat-default

[A shot from the Indie tent at Angoulême] It is generally accepted among those who have been to both that European comics festivals are superior to US comic-cons in the respect paid to artists, the quality of exhibits, the treatment of guests and the fact that some take place in ancient castles. All the FB […]

On the scene: MCM Belfast Comic Con and cosplay photos

MCMB 21

by Angeline B. Adams and Remco van Straten 7th June 2014, King’s Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Typical Belfast: it was raining, and the bus was late. Bedraggled youths in comic book shirts and young families with superhero-onesied kids crammed themselves into the bus shelter. When the bus finally departed it was chased by a colourful […]

2014 Joe Shuster Award Nominees announced

jsa2007logo.jpg

Honouring the best in Canadian comics from a broader portfolio than the Edgar Wright Awards, the The 2014 Joe Shuster Award nominees are up. Winners will be chosen by a jury and presented at an event to be named later. The nominees themselves cover a wide spectrum and seem to be of the “let’s honor […]

Magnetic Press announces DOOMBOY by Tony Sandoval…and here’s a preview

DOOMBOYcover3.jpg

Magnetic Press continues its mission to bring a bunch of great looking French comics to the US with announcement they’ll b publishing Tony Sandoval’s DOOMBOY, an official selection at the 2012 Festival d’Angouleme and winner of the “Coup de Coeur” Youth Jury prize. Magnatic’s first ever English edition will be out in September. The story […]

Quick TCAF 2014 thoughts

spike_Massive.JPG

While waiting for my Porter Airlines flight at Billy Batson Airport, I thought I’d dash off a thought or two. • It was an amazing show, with creators from more countries than ever before — 21 according to director Chris Butcher. Attendance was up, books were flying off the tables—85 copies of Andre the Giant […]

2014 Doug Wright Award winners

20140510-193510.jpg

“I’m not sure what Doug Wright would make of today’s comics,” said admin Brad McKay, as the awards got underway. But Wright would have been appreciative, we all feel. Winners in Bold! Best Book: • Palookaville #21 by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly) • Paul Joins the Scouts by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press) • Science Fiction […]

Free Comics! The Comics Unmasked Digital Anthology

201405080252.jpg

Yesterday I wrote about the important Comics Unmasked art show on at the British Library. For those of us who can’t go see it in perseon, we can still get a 150 page digital anthology of comics from the show, via Sequential. Here’s what you get: This free digital anthology gives you over 150 pages […]

Comics Unmasked: a watershed for comics in Britain

comics-unmasked-british-library-jamie-hewlett-art-628x908.png

If there was ever a reason to go to England, as if more than real mushy peas was needed, this summer’s “Comic Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK” exhibition at the British Library is the one. Not only is it the biggest exhibit of British comics yet, it is by far the most official, and will be, I daresay, the most influential. Curated by Paul Gravett, along with John Harris Dunning, this is no mere “Oh look comics are cool!” exhibit, but a bracing investigation of the often transgressive gutter nature of comics in a specific culture. Since there is little chance I’ll be able to go see it for myself before it closes on August 19th, James Bacon’s photo heavy walk-through will have to do.

In India they are celebrating Free Comic Book Weekend with free downloads

Second-Free-Comic-Book-Weekend.jpg

I thought this announcement of global comic book love was worth it’s very own post. This is the second time this event has been held, sponsored by the Comic Con India. And instead of going to stores, you download free comics from various Indian publishers. Sounds like a great way to experience some new stuff […]

To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24th

graphic_brighton_final_a6_web.jpg

Alex Fitch tell us that he’s one of three people organising a one-day comic symposium set for the University of Brighton in England. The day will include panels, talks, workshops and so on.

London, Ontario’s TING Festival unveils Jesse Jacobs poster

Ting_poster_FA.jpg

The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival in London Ontario is yet another of the comic arts festivals (CAFs) springing up around the world. It will be held for a full TWO WEEKS (April 22-May 3) and showcase local artists, from past and present including Seth, Marc Bell, Aaron Costain, Scott Chantler, Willow Dawson, Jessica […]