Russ Manning Award submissions are now open


The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award is presented annually to a talented new artist, and submissions have opened with a May 27 deadline. All the details are in the link, but here are the eligibility requirements: 1. The artist must be a newcomer to the comics field, with no professional work published prior to January […]

Review: Silent parable The Ark is science fiction as sacred text


This silent, black and white work from French artist Stephane Levallois, and the publisher Humanoids, best known for his storyboard work on films like Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and others, is like reading a cryptic, visual sacred text revealing a lost history that can only be understood on a allegorical level. Divided into […]

Nice Art: Jillian Tamaki’s print for Gosh! Comic’s 30th Anniversary


Gosh! Comics is one of London’s premiere comics shops, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And to mark the occasion they’re selling a print by Jillian Tamaki entitled “Nancy and Tonya,” which I think you’ll agree is stunning. The title seemingly refers to the great Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding figure skating scandal of the early 90s, […]

Review: mini kuš! are diverse, challenging, exciting


An off-shoot from the Latvian anthology š!, mini kuš! is a series of short single works, released in blocks of four as standalones. As always, this latest batch is a mix of bizarre and somber, outrageous and poetic that worth embracing, even if you find some of the ultimate meanings of the pieces to be distant from […]

To do: Roz Chast’s chuckle-filled exhibit at the Museum of the CIty of New York


Well this is pretty cool, and has flown mostly under the radar of my usual comics sites: Roz Chast has an exhibit up at the Museum of the City of New York. It runs from April 14th until October 9th, so you have plenty of time to go see it…and you should. Best known for her 2014 award winning 2014 memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast’s droll cartoons capture urban foibles of dread, fatalism and UES (upper East Side, to non New Yorkers) neuroses with a levity that barely masks how deep they cut. One of the exhibits mentions that one of her biggest influences was Charles Addams, and it easy to see how Addams’ loose penwork and gallery of characters informs her work. She also shifted his emphasis on the lugubrious and horrific to internal anxieties over health, parental guidance, mid-life crises and geographic uncertainty.

Nice Art: Kyle Baker’s variant cover for Black Panther #3 AND FREE COMICS


   Via this month’s solicits. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Kyle a bit and interviewing him for an upcoming “More to come” podcast. Circuit Breaker, his long brewing series written by Kevin McCarthy for Image is just out, and Baker is reprinting his graphic novels in a handy smaller size. You can […]

The “Gibbs Girls” bring their vision of steampunk in “The Invention of E.J. Whitaker”

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By Nicholas Eskey Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs it seems were each destined to be creative. Both writers and illustrators, these sisters are the founders of Reel Republic, the production umbrella for their works. The team boasts credits such as the award winning animated short Ravishing Rasberry, popular online series Adopted by Aliens and Old Ladies […]