Independent publisher Space Face Books is gearing up for some awesome November releases, many of which are debuting this Saturday at BCGF. A complete list is available on their website, and while all of them look quite fetching, here’s a glance at three noteworthy pieces: Michael DeForge’s MOLECULES, Alex Schubert’s CYBER SURFER, and Simon Hanselmann’s L EMPIRE DE LA MORT.
Molecules by Michael Deforge
Michael Deforge is a young Toronto-based cartoonist that really needs no introduction. His depiction of Canadian royalty in LOSE #4 was as visually arousing as it was disturbing, and with plans for a book release with FANTAGRAPHICS, his talent is decidedly undeniable. MOLECULES is a mini-comic which is loosely related to Deforge’s Leather Space Man strips, disentangling what these miniscule particles of the body could really contain…
L EMPIRE DE LA MORT by Simon Hanselmann
Tasmanian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann is the fiercely riotous creator behind GIRL MOUNTAIN, the LOL-worthy series about Megg, a depressed stoner witch, and Mogg, her feline companion. This past year, Hanselmann posted a bounty of GIRL MOUNTAIN comics onto his Tumblr, insuring a burst in web reading and popularity for his sharp-witted, dysfunctional series, which he has described as a “version of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ but stained with resin, and REAL…” L EMPIRE DE LA MORT, which translates to “STOP, THIS IS THE EMPIRE OF DEATH” is another adventure of Megg and Mogg, indubitably filled with more amusing stoner-fueled antics.
Both Hanselmann’s and Deforge’s mini-comics are part of a series of tiny books (measuring at 3.75 x 5), and also includes books by John Malta and Rand Renfrow. Each is being sold for $3, and the entire set is nicely priced at $8. This collection is worth getting your hands on, as each cartoonist and book are complementary to one another, making the set a unique visual compilation.
Cyber Surfer by Alex Schubert
Another mini-comic by an equally facetious cartoonist is CYBER SURFER. Alex Schubert’s comic THE BLOBBY BOYS, a tale of weed-pushing, punk music, and violent band rivalry has been featured and praised by Vice and The Comics Journal alike, and there are even some blobby figurines floating around out there. Printed in full color, CYBER SURFER’s lead is a robot imbued with the same stylizied rowdiness as the Blobby Boys themselves, sporting futuristic specs and causing all kinds of riotous debauchery.
AND last but not least, Space Face Books will be having their own joint BCGF release party with Oily Comics this Friday at Brooklyn’s Bergen St. Comics. The event will bring together cartoonists from both publishers and is a great opportunity to grab up these new releases, along with scoping out such books like Chuck Forsman’s SNAKE OIL 8 as well as Gabriel Corbera’s MONDAY SUICIDE.