I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.
I don’t know why this news hasn’t been picked up at every entertainment blog everywhere. A comic book has been optioned for a live action “tv” show. Actually not just optioned: THE SHOW IS IN PRODUCTION! And PHOTOS OF THE STARS ARE ONLINE. Granted, there are a few quirks that make this news somehow less […]
What was that we were saying about Fall shaping up? Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 is coming out in October, and will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. Pre-orders from the above link get two special Los. Bros mini-comics. Since relaunching Love and Rockets with New Stories, a single thick volume released yearly, […]
August! New month, more comics, ’nuff excitement. We have a shuftie round and picked out the comics we’re looking forward to this month: Jessica Lee: PALOOKAVILLE #21 SETH With an appearance slated for September’s SPX, Seth’s long awaited PALOOKAVILLE #21 couldn’t come out at a better time. With a promised extended continuation of the […]
One of the things heard most frequently this weekend online was ‘why is there no comic news coming out of SDCC’? You mean aside from the masses and masses of comics news which came out of the convention, right? The Beat covered basically every single comics company you can imagine, and we’ve still got a […]
Photo by Lynn Emmert. Fantagraphics co-founder and industry titan Kim Thompson has lost his battle with lung cancer. A statement was released below, but I am crying as I type this, as are so many of you reading this. The news was not unexpected, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Kim was one of […]
A two part conversation between Peter Bagge (Hate, Reset) and Zak Sally at TCJ.com plants the flag on the idea that Bagge’s achievements need a reassessment: His editorship of Weirdo followed by Neat Stuff followed by Hate was a run pretty much unparalleled in comics– maybe a handful were as good, but you could count […]
William 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 […]
We’d like to remind you that a number of fantastic cartoonists are on tour either at the moment or upcoming soon this Spring. We’ve posted their schedules previously but here’s a quick catch-up on who’s where. Get out and support your local (or visiting) cartoonist! Lucy Knisley Gibert Hernandez Tuesday April 16th, 7 pm NEW […]
Few cartoonists can hope to have as great a year as Gilbert Hernandez is having, with two upcoming releases of majestic power: JULIO’S DAY and MARBLE SEASON. And you’ll be able to meet the man and get them signed at the following stops: Monday April 15th, 5:30 pm 101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, […]
About a month ago, Steve asked me who my favourite comic creators were, and horrible as I am at answering on the spot questions, I did manage to provide him with one name: Julia Gfrorer. If you follow mainstream comics, your most beloved authors put out work regularly, but at indie central, you get a […]
The comics world was saddened last night when this statement was released. It’s hard to overstate Kim Thompson’s impact on the modern comics world—as the publisher of groundbreaking works Love & Rockets and Eightball, the editor of eveyrthing from Acme Novelty Library to Usagi Yojimbo and one of the finest translators in comics. He’s best known for championing European comics and introducing them to a wider audience in the US.