MICE is a go October 4-5 in Cambridge

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Here’s another stop on the busy indie comics circuit: MICE the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, will take place this October 4-5. It’s free and you get to buy great comics. Poster by Paul Hornschemeier . More info in the PR: MICE is back! On October 4th and 5th independent graphic novelists and cartoonists will converge […]

Small Press Spotlight: Breakdown Press and Mutiny Bay

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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 […]

Bookmark: Small Press Previews

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Here’s a good idea: Small Press Previews, a new site that I was informed of by Jared Smith. They have 46 publishers signed up to create a single spot to see previews of small press comics coming out each month.
For instance I didn’t know there was a new Derf coming from Alternative Press!

The Aesthetic Hybridity of Fumio Obata’s ‘Just So Happens’

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Just So Happens By Fumio Obata Published by Jonathan Cape Buy This Book Upon first impression of Fumio Obata’s new graphic novel, Just So Happens, I was struck with a lot of similar impressions that arose whilst reading a related, albeit a hastily associated work, Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. Sure, both recount stories about […]

BOOKMARK: Robyn Chapman’s THE TINY REPORT

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Here’s a new website that anyone who care’s about the continuing evolution of comics should bookmark and heck regularly: The Tiny Report, a news site focusing on micropresses and other small publishers. It’s run by Robyn Chapman, herself the owner of a micropress, Paper Rocket, publisher of some truly excellent comics that shuoldnt’be thought of […]

New Connor Willumsen & Reginald Péan from SHQ Publishing

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Secret Headquarters, the much admired LA comics store, is one of several that has launched a micro-publishing arm, and they’ll have two new books out for the LA Art Book Fair which kicks off on the 31st. Mover Shaper/Onus by Connor Willumsen A new flip-sketchbook by Canadian artist Connor Willumsen. Trippy urban scenes on one […]

Uncivilized Books to publish Sam Alden’s “Hawaii 1997″

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One of the “It” cartoonists at this year’s SPX was definitely Sam Alden, who took home the Most Promising New Talent Ignatz, and was generally mentioned by many people as a cartoonist to watch. While he’s yet to team-up with a “home” publisher, Uncivilized Books will be the first to put out an Alden collection. […]

Pedigree Chum 13/09/13: Wonder Man Don’t Count

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Heidi’s off at Congress, as per usual, meaning there’s just me here at Stately Beat Mansion right now. It would be very bad luck indeed to not have a roundup piece on a Friday the 13th, so here’s a selection of news, opinion pieces, artwork, and all kinds of other stuff. Here’s some of the […]

Sparkplug announces Reich #10 and convention schedule

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A few newsy notes from Sparkplug Books just entered our inbox. First off, issue #10 of Elijah Brubaker’s Reich is on its way—it’s a stylized biography of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.

Paper Rocket launches Gretta Johnson’s Star Fruit

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Paper Rocket is one of the thriving micropublishers now on the scene; it’s run by Robyn Chapman, herself a mighty fine cartoonist, and she’s set it up in what looks like a sustainable way: running very modest Kickstarters to fund printing and then selling at shows, via the Paper Rocket website and indie distributor Tony […]

Overview: Should Writers Pay Artists Upfront?

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This weekend saw a bit of discussion going on regarding the status of writers and artists. There’s already an ongoing debate about the way in which comic reviewers talk about the role of artists, and now the attention is moving more towards the relationship between a writer and an artist. When a new project starts […]