New CAF: the New South Festival 2015 in Austin

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There’s a CAF (comic arts festival) born every minute! Here’s a new one, the New South Fest in Austin. They have a tumblr and a FB page, and some art…and exhibitor applications are now open. The plan is an outdoor books and comics event to be held June 6th, 2015 at the French Legation Museum in Austin, Texas. “Our goal is to celebrate independent literature, alternative comics, small presses, and print culture. New South will be highly curated, focused, fresh, and irreverent.”

UPDATE: Oops should have dug a little more. This event seems to be run by Danithan Mejia of the Foxing Review, website under construction.

A new edition of Street Angel is out today

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Speaking of AdHouse, a second printing of Jim Rugg’s classic Street Angel is out today, the story of a homeless girl who fights crime while riding around on her skateboard. It was action packed, sad and beautiful. Originally appearing in 2004, this book was, along with Scott Pilgrim, an early adapter of the “new mainstream” esthetic whereby comics broke out of both superhero and autobiographical tropes to reach a new, younger audience growing out of the manga boom. Originally published by Slave Labor the book had a cult following beforei being released by AdHouse last year. And now its in its second printing. Rachel Edidin has an overview of the book here.

The new edition has a pink pages and purple ink, making it perhaps the most perfect Street Angel edition of all. And just because I can here’s a preview:

Christmas Comics: Street Angel Christmas Special

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Another neo classic comic for the hols as Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s  homeless crimefighting skateboarder, Street Angel, teams with Santa on a brief adventure to find some missing reindeer in a bad neighborhood. It’s all courtesy of Boing Boing, which is running new Street Angel comics regularly. And if you don’t have it already, […]

24 Hours of Halloween: Jim Rugg and the “It Didn’t Rot Our Brains” EC Tribute

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The Mondo Tees Gallery is one of those places that turns out pop culture themed prints and artwork by some of Our FinestCartoonist and Painters and so on. You could spend your whole Halloween looking at their archives for sure. They recently had a tribute to EC comics with some great stuff, but you could […]

SPX 2013 Panel Report: The Awesomeness of Influence

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[Photo courtesy of SPX] By Adam McGovern One of the final panels of SPX 2013 was about fruitful points of departure. “Paying Tribute: Traditions of Style,” hosted by Joe McCulloch and featuring comics re-creators Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Seth and R. Sikoryak, navigated the spacetime crossovers and dimensional leaps of writer-artists who assemble […]

Hitting Soon: Supermag by Jim Rugg

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Holy moly. How superb does this new Jim Rugg project from AdHouse Books look? I’d heard (or read) of its announcement here and there, but only recently got around to actually checking out the preview pages Adhouse have up on their site.  A glossy, 4-colour, magazine format book, it weighs in at a good 56 […]

Nice art: Jim Rugg covers Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever #1…

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Jim Rugg does an alternate cover for Tom Neely’s comic about Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig as a bickering old married couple. A new volume Henry and Glenn Forever & Ever is upcoming. This is the kind of variant we can get behind!

PREVIEW: Jim Rugg's RAMBO 3.5

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Jim Rugg writes to tell us he’ll be debuting a new mini comic at SPACE tomorrow, and — as befits one of our most POPULAR categories here on The Beat — gave us an exclusive peek: