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 […]

Review: Roman Muradov’s ‘The End Of A Fence’ is cryptic, but beautiful

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Immensely talented Russian illustrator Roman Muradov has quickly established himself as one of the most complex cartoonists around, both visually and narratively. In Muradov’s hands, the simplest fable can become a massively abstracted exercise that is usually part giddy, part confounding. If you’ve been alienated from his previous work because of this, The End Of […]

Kickstarter is increasingly crucial to indie comics publishing

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Comics publishing has hit a bit of a slowdown, as I’ve noted a few times, and Kickstarter seems to be picking up the slack for a lot of publishers. Comicker’s Dave Acampo wrote a piece looking at this is mostly about his own Kickstarter for Comicker, but has some general observations and a pie chart of where the money goes prepared by Comicker publisher Sean Williams:

MoCCAFest 2016 announces programming with Gloeckner, Sugar, Blechman and more

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The 2016 MoCCA Festival is just around the corner at its new (and we hope permanent home) at Metropolitan West, with the dates of April 2-3. The programming has just been announced, as as with last year, it will take place a block or so away at Ink48 at 653 11th Avenue at 48th Street. This year’s Fest features Guests of Honor Stephen Universe’s Rebecca Sugar, Diary of a Teenage Girl author Phoebe Gloeckner, El Deafo author Cece Bell, legendary illustrator, animator and graphic novelist R. O. Blechman, and artist Sonny Liew, suthor of this year’s masterpiece. As in years past, the programming curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos and it covers all facets of the comics ublishing business.

Review: Tommi Musturi shows that hope isn’t easy

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Finnish cartoonist Tommi Musturi’s The Book Of Hope is as mysterious and elusive as the human being it examines. Set in a family cottage following retirement, Musturi settles into his narrator position calmly in order to scribe, without judgment or even much push for clarity, the experience of one man as he inhabits the time […]

Review: Julia Wertz’s thoughtful and healing style of self-deprecation

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Julia Wertz’s Eisner-nominated Drinking At The Movies, originally from 2010 but here with a handsome reissue from Koyama Press, is renowned for its humorous self-deprecating pile-on. At its root is the suggestion that beating yourself up is probably just part of personal growth. And that’s not just meant to make you feel better, but an […]

Review: Nick Drnaso gives us 2016’s first great work with ‘Beverly’

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Nick Drnaso’s fictional world is a particularly joyless one where even coming together doesn’t much help the human condition. It might even make things worse. As depicted in the Drnasoverse, each human has their own internal monologue that other humans are shut out from, and this creates distance, alienation, and confusion. Since one of us […]

Review: The Red Drip Of Courage distills Stephen Crane to a cartoon essence

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You can go for years reading comics and come upon plenty of bizarre works, but at least understand where these are coming from. It’s more rare to hit on one that are more confounding, the ones that make you ask questions like “Where did this come from?” and “Who would do this?” So it is […]

Review: Kelly Froh & Dan Mazur’s two non-fiction delights

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The Weekend Casserole Collection by Kelly Froh Froh brings together a number of short pieces from various sources — anthologies she’s contributed to, some of her own minis, as well as some previously unseen work. Covering incidents from all parts of her life — childhood sleepovers, high school crushes, strangers on buses, work acquaintances — […]