On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Life as a Moving Picture in Chris Ware’s Keynote

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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 […]

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Friday Art Blogging: George Jurard

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George Jurard is a versatile artist working in an indie spare-line style, often with soft, muted pastels and grey-tones in color choice. He’s currently working on a creator-owned web series, BEACON LIGHTS, for TRIP CITY, a series of “loosely interlocking stories that take place over the course of 200 years”. As you can tell, he’s […]

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INTERVIEW: OUT OF LUCK and Kentucky Derby-Chasing with Jen Ferguson

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Pop culture is a bizarre creature and often creates strange intersections in media. Brooklyn-based artist Jen Ferguson has found herself standing at a cross-roads of TV, blogging, and illustration in her projects OUT OF LUCK, based on the HBO series LUCK, and in the Triple Crown horse racing previews that she’s been asked to create. […]

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The Phantom Hand’s Art Opening on 4/20 in Philly

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By Dre Grigoropol The artist collective The Phantom Hand is having their art opening for their show The Last Meal this Saturday on 4/20.  The show is at Jinxed, an art gallery at the Piazza in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia. This gallery focuses on illustration.  The Phantom Hand a group that is organized by illustrators and […]

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My New View of Mocca Fest 2013

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By Dre Grigoropol I have always been a fan of the Society of Illustrators.  When I found out they were taking the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art permanently under their wing, I felt positive.  After seeing what the museum is like at the SoI compared to its old space I would have to say […]

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Youth in Decline website debuts

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Youth in Decline is another in the exploding field of Risograph-based micro-publisher run by Ryan Sands, perhaps best known for his Umezu-obssessed blog Same Hat and his zine Elecric Ant. Youth in Decline kicks off with Frontier, a new serial anthology where each issue focuses on a single artist. Frontier is a quarterly art and […]

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Behold: Bartkira! An intriguing comics jam proposal

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Ryan Humphrey posted this fantastic Simpson/Akira mash up comic on his tumblr last night and it’s been picking up a healthy number of notes since. The comic (which you can see below) is really striking, mainly, I think, because of those splashes of colour against that rich cream background, in the sense of drama and dynamism Humphreys […]

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Kickwatcher: Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton Present GOLDTIGER

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Here’s a real Kickstarter based on a fake artist whose real work has been forged by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton, both of whom are real living people and are not figments of fiction, unlike the artist who didn’t draw this comic strip, because he never existed. Got that? This is GOLDTIGER.

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Ivan Brunetti memoir is coming in May

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The Chicago Weekly profiles cartoonists cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, who talks candidly about his teaching, low comics output of late, depression, and home town. Perhaps best known for his Fantagraphics collection Misery Loves Comedy, Brunetti is a much respected foundational indie cartoonist. His two comics anthologies from Yale Press —Graphic Fiction and Grahpic Fiction Volume II — are also just about the best introductions to literary and art comics of recent years.

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Steven Sanders launches Symbiosis on Kickstarter

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Artist and designer Steven Sanders, curly of beard and intense of eyes, launched a Kickstarter yesterday for his new project Symbiosis. A massive 100+ page art book, Symbiosis is designed with the idea that people will be able to take the ideas and visuals created by Sanders and do whatever they want with them. They […]

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Wertham and Are Comics Art? — is it 1981 again?

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A must read and a must-read for masochists top our linkage today, both returning to topics that were much on the minds of anyone in comics about 30 years ago — oldies but goodies.

First and most importantly, library professor Carol Tilley has been going through Dr. Fredric Wertham’s notes and found out that he was, to use a technical term, full of hooey.

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Bill Griffith announced as guest of honor for 2013 MoCCA festival

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This year’s MoCCA Festival is being eagerly awaited to see how changes made under the new Society of Illustrators management will affect a show that has yet to take the place on the show schedule that its location would be assumed to afford. So far everything’s been looking good and the announcement of the Guest […]

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Best Comics of 2012: Washington Post

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Well, the year is winding down, and with it comes the annual “Best Of” lists from various websites and media.  Publishers Weekly led the charge, issuing an actual graphic novel listing within their greater big list, with Chris Ware’s Unbuilding making the overall “Best Books” listing. Yesterday, the Washington Post released their list, and it […]

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The mystery and joy of BCGF

This was the third indie show of the year—TCAF and SPX were the other two—where I experienced the complete rapture of falling in love with comics all over again for the first time. Love, death, mystery—when the first time happens all over again, you know you’re in the right place. I wasn’t the only one feeling the love.

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BCGF Preview: Liz Hickey’s JAMMERS

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Take a look at some excerpts from Liz Hickey’s new comic, JAMMERS, which will be available at the Hic and Hoc table at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival tomorrow

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Brooklyn Comics & Graphic Festival debut comics will pretty much blow your mind

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A HUGE list of books that will be debuting at Saturday Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest. Gas is a little short but mass transit is working so get yourself over to Williamsburg! And yes this list is long, but please at least scan it — you’ll see an amazing array of books available, from Maxfield […]

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