On the Scene: MoCCA Fest 2013, SelfMadeHero’s Englishmen in New York

It’s a truism that comics culture and the comics industry varies radically from country to country, but MoCCA Fest’s efforts to bring in an international perspective is laudable, to get past the stereotypes of difference and hear the story first-hand. Needless to say, it’s valuable to avoid a myopic perspective of the American comics industry and acknowledge that our panorama is limited and limiting when facing  the tide of increasingly globalization in pop culture. On Sunday, April 7th, SelfMadeHero brought in some of its best and brightest British comics creators in a panel “Table Talk” hosted by Jimmy Aquino of Comic News Insider to discuss with a conversational style their current works, their comics heroes, and how they view the relationship between the British and American comics scene. Glyn Dillon (THE NAO OF BROWN), Rob Davis (THE COMPLETE DON QUIXOTE), JAKe, and Robert Sellers (HELLRAISERS) fielded Aquino’s questions and compared notes on their comics past and comics present.

IMG_5344 Aquino asked this small invasion of panellists what exactly they feel the differences are between the world of comics in the UK versus the USA. JAKe immediately leapt to the trends in production, pointing that it’s much more common in the UK to “do it all” without “splitting labor” in comics creating, including both writing and artwork. Davis reflected on the market he’s observed over the years, growing up with comics in the UK that were primarily “aimed at kids” until the sea-change of the ‘80’s. JAKe agreed, citing the “boom” of the late ‘80’s as a transition. After WATCHMEN set fire to the comics scene, “American publishers took all the British talent”, JAKe said. Then there was Vertigo, too, embracing British influence. Davis felt that the field has been levelled in more recent years as the “Internet has become an international language”.

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ON THE SCENE: Was Will Eisner a Novelist?

Towards the end of his life, witnessing the rise of the graphic novel as a format, Will Eisner commented on the fact that his books formed a subsection of the graphic novels display at a large bookstore by clarifying that his desire was to see his books shelved in the literature section alongside works by Jewish-American novelists of his generation (as expressed in an interview with David Hajdu). It’s enough to make you chuckle that he wasn’t pleased enough with the impact his books had on pushing the graphic novel format forward in American comics, but at the New York Comic and Picture-Story Symposium on the 11th of March, an Eisner-Week event critiqued the comparison between Eisner and his generation of fellow writers to see if his work stood up to his own claim of similarity. Speakers Jeremy Dauber (Professor in Yiddish Studies at Columbia University) and Danny Fingeroth (educator, author, former Marvel Comics editor and Chair of the Organizing Committee for Will Eisner Week) investigated Eisner’s use of setting, dialogue, and themes, as well as common cultural references he shared with his generation, to place Eisner in context and challenge the divide typically assumed between prose and comics media.


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Ivan Brunetti memoir is coming in May

The Chicago Weekly profiles cartoonist Ivan Brunetti, who talks candidly about his teaching, low comics output of late, depression, and hometown. 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—An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories Volumes I and II—are also just about the best introductions to literary and art comics of recent years.

Most of his time of late has been taken up with teaching cartooning at Columbia College, but in the interview he drops the news that he’ll have a graphic memoir out from Yale Press in May: Aesthetics: A Memoir. Here’s the blurb:

Born to working-class parents in a small town in Italy, and reared in Chicago, Ivan Brunetti (b. 1967) was drawn to cartoons and comic strips from an early age. Finding inspiration in Spider-Man and Peanuts, he began crafting his own stories and gradually developed a unique style that he applied to imaginative, sometimes shocking subjects. The dark humor of his graphic novels earned him a cult following, yet his illustrations have had broad appeal. Now recognized as an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator, Brunetti has published his work in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney’s, among others.

This eye-popping illustrated autobiography by Brunetti traces his artistic trajectory and output, from youthful doodles to his latest cover illustrations and comic strips. Aesthetics: A Memoir unearths a trove of previously unpublished materials, including working drawings, sketches for cartoons, book covers, personal photographs, and items from the artist’s collection of toys and handmade objects. In an introductory essay and captions, Brunetti explains—in a voice that is as quirky, smart, and clear as his drawings—his creative process and aesthetic sensibility. This overarching retrospective conveys Brunetti’s philosophy of life and cartooning through his keen words and unforgettable images.

Brunetti’s biting, bleak yet humane comics have been far too infrequent in recent years, so this will be a welcome addition.

Marvel/Hyperion Announce YA Novels Based on Rogue, She-Hulk

A curious but interesting move today, as Marvel and Hyperion have just announced that they will be releasing a series of YA novels this year based on some of Marvel’s most prominent female heroes. So far Rogue and She-Hulk books have been announced, to the delight of Dan Slott. 

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Slate and CCS announce finalists for inaugural Cartoonist Studio Prize

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies have teamed up for a new cartooning honor: The Cartoonist Studio Prizes. There are two categories—Best Graphic Novel and Best Web Comic—with 10 finalists in each category. Winners will each receive a $1,000 prize

The shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and this year’s guest judge, New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly.

A growing number of literary awards have entered comics of late — the LA Times graphic novel category, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel prize. As is the purpose of literary prizes, It’s a way to recognize the great work being done that doesn’t necessarily fall into more populist categories. And here are this year’s nominees:

Lilli Carré for Heads or Tails.
Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido for Blacksad: A Silent Hell
Tom Gauld for Goliath.
Brandon Graham for King City.
Jesse Jacobs for By This Shall You Know Him.
Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez for Little White Duck: A Childhood in China.
Luke Pearson for Hilda and the Midnight Giant.
Chris Ware for Building Stories.
Julia Wertz for The Infinite Wait and Other Stories.
Frank M. Young and David Lasky for The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song.

The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year: 2012 Shortlist

Ryan Andrews  forSarah and the Seed.
Gabrielle Bell for  Lucky.
Boulet for Bouletcorp.
Vince Dorse for Untold Tales of Bigfoot.
Patrick Farley The First Word.
Dakota McFadzean for The Dailies.
Randall Munroe for xkcd.
Winston Rowntree for Subnormality.
Noelle Stevenson for  Nimona .
Jillian Tamaki for SuperMutant Magic Academy.

Winners will be announced in the March issue of the Slate Book Review.

Best Comics of 2012: Washington Post

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.

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The mystery and joy of BCGF


By now you’ve already read Tom Spurgeon’s Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival report and my own for PW. Throw in Robert Boyd’s more unhappy piece for triangulation and a complete picture emerges. And there have been dozens of BCGF paeans posted in the intervening 10 days. But for completeness’ sake, some further observations.

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. My favorite Blue Monday tweet conversation went as follows:

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Scratching the Surface of Thought Bubble 2012

This weekend saw Thought Bubble 2012’s convention, and…. phew, it was busy. I did my best to talk to everybody, but don’t think I managed to get to even half of all the people who were there. It was a brilliant show, and I’ll try to do justice to it with my rundown. Get ready….!

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

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 Parish to Hunt Emerson to Finnish comics collective Kutikuti.


BLACK MASS by Patrick Kyle
Published by Mother Books
9 x 7, 208 pages, B&W, Perfect bound

Black Mass collects issues #1-6 of Patrick Kyle’s critically acclaimed self-published comic book series of the same name. Black Mass follows the stream of consciousness mis-adventures of protagonist Turdswallo Blackteeft and his roomate/brother/best-friend/spouse, Dingball as they stumble blindly through a multitude of  the stickiest situations like the Fred and Barney of a bizarre nightmarish version of The Flintstones with way more beer drinking and wizards. 



A heady conflation of philosophy, fiction and comics that riffs on dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.


POGO Vol. 2 by Walt Kelly
Daily and Sunday strips (in full color) from 1951-1952. Kelly’s political satire turns increasingly sharp-tongued, and the recurring cast of swamp denizens grows prolifically. With historical annotations. Foreword by Stan Freberg.


SPACEHAWK by Basil Wolverton
Spacehawk had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. Every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942.

PRISON PIT 4 by Johnny Ryan
CF attempts to escape the Caligulon by brainf***ing the Slorge to create a giant, brainless oafchild that only knows how to annihilate. When the Slugstaxx turn this monster against CF with their nightj*** it’s Total F***ing Mayhem.


Heads or Tails by Lilli Carré (our first book to sell out at SPX) who is signing.
$22.99 200 pages
“Carré’s elegant short stories read like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O’Connor or Carson McCullers, but told visually. Poetic rhythms — a coin flip, a circling ferris wheel — are punctuated by elements of melancholy fantasy pushed forward by character-driven, naturalistic dialogue. The stories in Heads or Tails display a virtuosic breadth of visual styles and color palettes, each in perfect service of the story, and range from experimental one-pagers to short masterpieces.”


Kutikuti: Specter

A Kutikuti 2012 anthology is an over-sized colour burst of untraditional horror and science fiction, chewed here like psychedelic gum – apocalyptic visions, daily horror and much more. Join in ether with: Aapo Rapi & Petriina Koivunen, Amanda Vähämäki, Roope Eronen, Jarno Latva-Nikkola, Anna Sailamaa, Tommi Musturi, Sami Aho, Søren Mosdal, Mikko Väyrynen, Kari Sihvonen, Juliacks, Jari Vaara, Janne Tervamäki, Heta Bilaletdin, Heikki Rönkkö and Benjamin Bergman. In English & full colour.

Kutikuti is a free-form comic collective from Finland. Found 2005 the 15-headed collective makes, publishes and teaches comics. KK is best known for its experimental free quarterly comic tabloid Kuti.


by Benjamin Marra
Meet the dogs of the Jericho Rail Yard! Dirt Bag the dirty dog, Francis the saddest dog of all, the sexy Sabrina, the adorable Puddin’ and the brains and leader of the gang, Ripper! Follow their adventures in friendship as they prank the property manager, Ol Manager McDougal, evade the terrifying Dog Catcher and tangle with college-dropout meth heads. So pass the weed, sink your teeth into a juicy pigeon leg, relax and enjoy the show!! Written and Drawn by Benjamin Marra


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The ZZZZZ Series and Other Stories 
by Michael McMillan. 
An oversize 24-page publication in conjunction with McMillan’s exhibition, which I also curated, at Tomato House, Brooklyn (opening Friday night!). This is McMillan’s first solo publication in 40 years, lovingly printed in a full color edition of 1000. 

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 by Family Sohn. 
Thousands of years of human history has led us to this point: A collection, with new material, of the beloved husband-and-wife comic strip, long serialized on PictureBox, that sheds light on important issues from genital utility to feelings of unusual love. 48 pages, signed and numbered two-color risograph edition of 300. 

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DNA Failure: British Weapon Comics 
by Jon Chandler, Leon Sadler and Stefan Sadler.
Three cartoonists telling interlocking stories about a single medieval fantasy realm somewhere between Monty Python, Judge Dredd and Tolkien. Remember when you fell in love for the first time? It’s like that, but with more jokes, bad teeth and fish & chips. 96 page, softcover edition of 1000. 

Yam Books

It’s the east coast debut of Rina Ayuyang’s Yam Books with:


Ticket Stub
By Tim Hensley

BCGF will mark the East Coast debut of Ticket Stub
Ticket Stub collects all 9 issues of the beloved mini-comic zine series by critically-acclaimed cartoonist, Tim Hensley. In the 1990s, Tim typed subtitles for movies and broadcast television during his stint as a closed-caption editor. In darkened rooms lit only by a TV screen, he would cue up his favorite scenes and draw them into his sketchbook. No movie nor tv show, however classic or campy (ranging from Butterfield Eight to Big Momma’s House), was safe from his unique comic treatment. Mixing stark, powerful imagery with his distinct play on language, each page is dense with the Wally Gropius creator’s crisp, trademark linework. It’s truly a feast for the eyes.

Edited by Lark Pien
BCGF will also mark the East Coast debut of Lollygag.
What are the images that persist in your mind, forcing themselves onto paper again and again? Artist Lark Pien wrangles some of the most dynamic and inventive minds in art and comics to dish on this very subject in Lollygag, a revealing anthology collecting the compulsive doodles from the sketchbooks of Nick Abadzis, Trevor Alixopulos, Rina Ayuyang, Nick Bertozzi, Lille Carré, Martin Cendreda, Capucine Delouis, Eleanor Davis, Vanessa Davis, Renee French, Shaenon Garrity, Tom Gauld, John Hankiewicz, Tom Hart, Dylan Horrocks, Tom Kaczynski, Megan Kelso, Dave Kiersh, Larry Marder, Maré Odomo, Lark Pien, Jesse Reklaw, Jim Rugg, Daria Tessler, Angie Wang, Malachi Ward, and Dan Zettwoch. Each page sheds new light on the murky minds of cartoonists, quirks and all!

Picture This Press



The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley, Volume One: Drawings
The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley Volume One focuses on Kley’s ink drawings and reprints for the first time a substantial selection of his illustration work for children’s books and adult genre fiction, a side of Kley’s career previously unexplored in other collections. This volume also includes a wide sampling of Kley’s cartoons and magazine work, with newly collected examples taken directly from a variety of rare sources such as “Jugend,” “Simplicissimus,” and the historic “Der Orchideengarten” (the world’s first fantasy fiction magazine). In all, over 300 Kley illustrations and cartoons fill this first volume, with a Foreword by Michael Wm. Kaluta and the latest scholarship on Kley’s life and work.

The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley, Volume Two: Paintings and Sketches
The Lost Art of Heinrich Kley Volume Two breaks new ground by being the first book to present a large number of Kley’s paintings and preparatory drawings, some reproduced directly from the original art. These color works reveal a rarely glimpsed pool of talent and expand on the subject matter traditionally associated with the artist. This volume’s preparatory drawings are culled from the untapped Kley archive of the Library of Congress and show the artist working out concepts for book illustrations, reworking ink drawings into color paintings, and doodling for his own amusement. Approximately 150 drawings, many in color, appear in this volume, along with an incisive appreciation by artist Jesse Hamm.

Desert Island


by Kate Beaton
72-page perfect bound book, limited edition of 1000, available with three different color covers, $10


Tony Millionaire Maakies Newspaper
28 oversized pages, over 100 Maakies strips, $5


comic by Olivier Schrauwen
52 page sci-fi comic, $5


Galactus print
by James Stokoe
40″ x 14″ lithograph, $10


Pixel Dog’s Soft Bark: The First 50 Strips
by Zach Hazard Vaupen
It’s the first 50 strips of the ongoing webcomic Pixel Dog’s Soft Bark.  Published by Mother Books.  9×7 Risograph.


Sugar Booger #3
Kevin Scalzo’s popular candy eating pal is back in an all new fun filled story! 24pgs/perfect bound, full color

Why Is My Easy Easy Life So Hard?
by Dina Kelberman

“Dina Kelberman’s comics are all about contradictions, as she tries to balance living in her own head with that desperate, nagging need to interact with others. With her minimalist line, her avoidance of conventional narrative, her counter-intuitive use of color, and her focus on the decorative aspects of lettering, Kelberman cuts a unique figure in comics as a guileless provacateur as well as a humorist with surprisingly traditionalist roots.”
–Rob Clough


Magic Whistle #12
by Sam Henderon
32 pgs. $3.99
where I left off before

Lapels of Wisdom
by Jo-Jo Sherrow
20 satirical sartorial tips for fashionistas. This book is for lovers of fashion and those who want new ideas to spice up their wardrobe in a fun way.
24 pages                                              

Koyama Press


Sunday in the Park with Boys By Jane Mai


Jane Mai will give you advice if you ask for it. For $666.00 she will give you a bad date where you will get punched in the face; for $666.00 she will give you a good date where you might not. With Sunday in the Park with Boys she has given us a poetic account of self-discovery and self-loathing. In this comic as emotional cartography, persona and person collide as Mai contends with loneliness, heartache and herself.

Eat More Bikes by Nathan Bulmer

Nathan Bulmer’s work has appeared in MAD Magazine, Time Out New York, Seattle Magazine, The Comics Journal, and his own self-published minicomics. Eat More Bikes takes its title from Bulmer’s daily webcomic, but the comics in this collection are all new. Rest easy Bulmer believers, these comics are just as joke-filled and still traffic in the same absurdist humour Eat More Bikes is known for. Guaranteed to have butterflies, at least one BMX, and a duck constabulary; not guaranteed to be found filed under cycling or food.


SF #2
by Ryan Cecil Smith ( at the Closed Caption Comics table – D8!)

SF is about a little boy named Hupa Dupa whose parents were killed by Space Pirates, so he gets adopted by the Space Fleet Scientific Foundation Special Forces and joins their war against them.


“Morons” By Keith Jones
The first installment of a nine issue mini series involving two morons and their aimless adventures in nobodyland, a post urban hobo rust belt.


“Mr. Gormanizer and Mr. Osterizer are both doing very well, their influences never cross, and they never meddle in one another’s business.”
by Ross Hernandez and Cathy G. Johnson
This special edition art + literary book contains darkly humorous short stories by Ross Hernandez and asexual sweaty pencil drawings by Cathy G. Johnson. 32 pages, 8″ by 5.5″ pamphlet, handbound with screenprinted cover and four different paper types. Includes the 14″ by 27″ centerfold screenprint, Melt.

Available at Table D6


Tales To Behold #3
by Paul Hoppe

The latest installment of my gonzo-superhero series, expanding the colorful cast of characters and sporting a 2-color blockprint on the cover.


by Conor Stechschulte
32 page B&W book with a color cover in which strange characters appear from unknown origins and disappear to unknown destinations against a watery backdrop. The technical specs (eg. the size of the original drawing, what material it was made with) were all set in repeating patterns that are out of phase with one another. 

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LODE BY Veronica Graham
published by Most Ancient
A book of interpermeating layers, LODE is also a collection of fading impressions left onto artist Veronica Graham after looking into Nevada’s boom and bust culture of the late 19th century. While the graphical landscapes come and go as you flip through, Graham has made a pattern of mine shafts puncture the entire design to hint at the time-rending impact of human whimsy. 60 pages total offset printed on translucent vellum, with a 3-color screenprinted dust jacket that was pulled by hand to boot! Only 500 of these exist.

Rebus Books


by Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot
Rebus Books

“Amazing!” – Sammy Harkham

The debut book from Rebus Books and the first book in English by French comics masterminds Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot. Winner of the “Prix Révélation” at the 2007 Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angouleme in its original French edition. Ruppert and Mulot’s work has previously appeared in Kramers Ergot 7 and in the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation.

Rebus Books presents Ruppert & Mulot from rebusbooks.net on Vimeo.


Flocks – Chapter 2
by L. Nichols

This is the second chapter in a memoir about struggling with my identity as a queer Christian child. Chapter 1 was published by Retrofit, and all remaining chapters will be published in full color through my new publishing venture Grindstone Comics.

Uncivilized Books


True Swamp: Choose Your Poison by Jon Lewis
True Swamp: Choose Your Poison collects the first storyline of this landmark series, telling the tale of Lenny the Frog – part coming-of-age story, part fantastic adventure, part gutter poetry. Unavailable for over a decade, this 20th anniversary edition features meticulously-restored art, never-reprinted material, an Introduction by Charles Hatfield (The Hand Of Fire: The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby), and a Foreword by Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Captain America, Incognito). 200 pages, 7×10 in, hardcover, $19.95


Post York
story + art by James Romberger and music by Crosby

Post York is a multimedia project that takes the form of a comic book with an attached flexi disc single. The story is set in New York City after the polar ice caps melt. A young man navigates the flooded city, looking for something, anything, anyone…to start again. The comic book by James Romberger (Seven Miles a Second, Aaron & Ahmed) takes a postmodern turn as it uses improvisatory cinematic techniques to make the reader a focus group for a pair of alternative endings. The song by Crosby extends the story into another medium to add deeper emotional resonance. Post York is a prescient vision of a flooded future New York, which became all too real during hurricane Sandy. 40 pages, 8×11 in, $9


Eel Mansions #1 by Derek Van Gieson

Eel Mansions, a new continuing series from Derek Van Gieson, is a supernatural soap opera noir, situated in Mill City. Mill City is inhabited by new wave satanists, secret government agents, abducted family members, boozehounds, record store clerks, conspiracy theorists, non sequitors, murders, and artist types. Eel Mansions explores these characters and situations, unweaving a damning, knotted sweater of intigue and suspense. 40 pages, 5×7 in, $6



by Lizz Hickey

32 pages, 9×12


Three Stories
by Ian Andersen

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d w – Abzernad
psychedoolic comic brilliance, published by Hic & Hoc, printed with love and care by the good people at Good Pals

Looking Out
by Philippa Rice
the US debut by the UK’s incredible master of all media, Philippa Rice


Beast Monster
by Lamar Abrams
Some kids find a hidden room in an old arcade. What will happen? Featuring screen shots from the SEGA arcade game Altered Beast. 12 pages black & white


by Zejian Shen
The second issue to continue Victor Volcano and co.’s party plans, and the plot thickens… Will this party ever happen?! 
$8, 40 pages, with a 2-color screenprint centerfold for a limited time only! Available at the Collective Stench table

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by Hunt Emerson
A humorous reworking of the celebrated poem by the brilliant Hunt Emerson following on from his successful ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ and ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’.


Coffee Spoons Comics #4: The Dream Issue

The fourth issue of Coffee Spoons Comics, an anthology from the young, up-and-coming cartoonist collective of the same name. Contains work by Sally Cantirino, Kate Drwecka, Stephanie Mannheim, Daryl Seitchik, and Li-Or Zaltzman. Edited by Stephanie Mannheim and Kate Drwecka. Screenprinted cover by Daryl Seitchik. 44 pages.

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Poor Thing: Number One
by Drew Miller
Amazing young cartoonist, Drew Miller brings the first issue of an ongoing ‘one-man-anthology’ style series, featuring some of the drippyest, oozinest comics you’ll ever see. This first issue immerses us into a darkly hillarious world of meticulously detailed grime and cartoony goofery. To coin a term, Ren and Stimpy-esque. The intricacy of Drew’s pen work is phenominal! The next issue couldn’t come soon enough.

Conundrum Press

Fanny & Romeo
by Yves Pelletier and Pascal Girard

It’s him or the cat in this charming collaboration between first time author (and renown Quebec comic actor) Yves Pelletier and the established artist Pascal Girard (winner of the Doug Wright Award for Bigfoot). The story concerns a young couple, Fanny wants to have children, and Fabien doesn’t feel ready. Then a cat called Romeo comes into their lives. She falls in love, but he’s allergic. Fanny becomes more and more attached to the cat, to the point where she actually rents a separate apartment for it. But it turns out her Romeo has actually been two-timing her. A perfect blend of Pelletier’s writing with Girard’s beautiful watercolours, this story will warm the hearts of cat lovers and people lovers alike! 

Secret Acres


Songs of the Abyss
by Eamon Espey

In what promises to be the most elaborate event in our history, we’ll be bringing you Eamon Espey’s Songs of the Abyss, his new collection and our Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival debut – and there will be a live adaption of his story “Ishi’s Brain” at Tomato House the night before BCGF. In collaboration with Lisa Krause of the Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Espey has developed a performance that will go far beyond a mere reading, including sculpture, shadow puppetry, masks, marionettes and an original score from Stephen Santillan (Thank You, Ghost Life). Our host, Tomato House, is the gallery and performance space founded by Matt Thurber (1-800-MICE). The performance of Ishi’s Brain will also serve as the centerpiece of the Norwegian comics collective Dongery’s book release celebration. We’re sure we’ve never seen anything like this before. Miss this, and you may never see anything like it again.
Songs of the Abyss is the evolution of Eamon Espey’s Wormdye, his debut collection from Secret Acres. Following his obsession with grotesque spirituality, Espey delivers ancient Egyptian gods who give birth to biblical giants. Santa Claus is revealed as an agent of the Devil. A scientist performs sadistic experiments in search of enlightenment. All of this is rendered in Espey’s inimitable compositions, in black ink and, for the first time, stained glass.


Domino Books

The Mind Theater by Austin English
A collection of the short stories Freddy’s Dead and Tea for Two

“You Dont Look Like (Anyone I Know)”
by Maria Hoey

A 12-page urban mystery. 
Offset and silkscreen printed in an edition of 500.

Matt Huynh

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Wael Zwaiter. Unknown
DESCRIPTION: Palestinian poet Wael Zwaiter was the first of a series of assassinations by the Mossad Israeli secret service in response to the 1972 Black September attacks in Munich. This will also be performed for the first time at the Sydney Opera House’s Graphic Festival on Sunday the 11th.


Seven Offerings
DESCRIPTION: The seven offerings are symbolic material stimuli to nurture gracious mindfulness & awareness of impermanence. It’s also the title of my paperback collection of calligraphic ink illustrations, including unpublished work, self-promotion, series and work from the New York


Harriette, More or Less
DESCRIPTION: The story of runaway girl guitarist, Harri, in New York.



The Suitor
by Shawn Cheng
A young arctic lass receives increasingly outlandish gifts from a mysterious source. Who could it be?


Road of Knives: Night in the Goblin Fortress
by Shawn Cheng, Matt Wiegle, and Zak Smith
Road of Knives is a “battle blog” where Shawn and Matt and other artists take turns drawing monsters fighting each other. This volume collects the latest “chapter” in the ongoing saga.


Let’s All Go to the Pants Farm
by Matt Wiegle
The great crushing gears of life grind on as the whole family takes a trip to go pants picking at Farmer Huckle’s pants grove. 


How to Spell: Illustrated Essays
by Sally Madden
A nonfiction bonanza from Sally Madden featuring psych musician Bobb Trimble, accidental haircuts, the prank that created Billy Ocean’s biggest hit, and more.

Rosebud Archives


And So To Bed
Rosebud Archives is proud to present Gluyas Williams’ timeless tale And So To Bed to a new generation and in a spectacular format. Reproduced from the original artwork and presented as a board-book for all ages, this edition showcases in large scale the elegant penwork of one of the America’s cartoon masters. Children and former children alike will identify with one of humankind’s titanic struggles: going to bed – lights out – when told. This wordless picture story, evoking memories and chuckles, showcases the genius of Gluyas Williams and his ability to capture such universal feelings and portray them engagingly. It is what has made And So To Bed one of the most beloved cartoons in American history.    


LIFE – The Complete Covers of John Held, Jr.
The original LIFE magazine was a funny, lively, clever weekly; a vivid reflection of its times and the journal on which The New Yorker modeled itself. It also boasted covers by the greatest cartoonists of the day. One of those artists was John Held, Jr., whose flappers and sheiks of the Roaring Twenties show us what the Jazz Age acted like and dressed like, how it danced, how it drank and partied and flirted, and broke hearts. Rosebud Archives is proud to showcase and collect for the very first time these classics of American culture to a new generation in its PadFolio format: an oversized portfolio of detachable prints. 


The LIFE Covers of Maxfield Parrish
Straight from the Golden Age of Illustration to your home, Rosebud Archives collects for the very first time the complete LIFE magazine covers of Maxfield Parrish. Created over a 25 year period, these timeless works of graphic mastery from a peerless artist who would even have a color named after him are showcased in the PadFolio format: an oversized portfolio of detachable prints. 


The Apocalypse
Presenting the signature achievement of one of history’s great graphic expositors, Rosebud Archives resurrects Albrecht Dürer’s visionary woodcuts illustrating the mighty messages of the Book of Revelation in its most spectacular format to date. This Rosebud Archives PadFolio (an oversized portfolio of detachable prints) restores and reproduces Dürer’s woodcuts from a rare edition originally published over a century ago by the legendary Will Bradley and Robert Howard Russell, and includes accompanying passages from the Authorized Version’s Book of Revelation. Special care has been taken to present the text and art with the quality they deserve; and to publish an edition for permanent appreciation. 


The Seven Deadly Sins
Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s most famous series is collected by Rosebud Archives and reproduced both in its original format and as black and white line-drawings; complemented by several additional, often Biblical, scenes. Presented as engravings by Pieter van der Heyden after drawings by Bruegel, these vivid and surreal genre scenes by the Flemish master tackle the vices that can seduce humanity. Significant artwork by a master, and an important branch in the family tree of comics and narrative art. 


Kids at Play Vol. 1: The Birds-Eye Views of Harrison Cady, 2nd Edition
Now including an additional print and a reproduction of a newly-found copy of a previously-subpar printing, this astonishing collection of Cady’s elaborate and playful birds-eye views is a treasure and feast for the eyes. Before cell-phones and computers, before television and video games, kids still found a way have fun, horse around, and cause trouble. A story and character in every inch of every image, this PadFolio collects Harrison Cady’s busy scenes, lovingly restored and collected for new and future generations to enjoy. 


Famous Villains of the Theater
This short booklet features John Held Jr.’s illustrations of theaters most nefarious cads, done in an uncharacteristic style. Seeing light for the first time in several decades, Held’s depictions of theater’s famous villains is now available to a new audience.  

Revival House Press


Everything Unseen  #3
by Drew Beckmeyer
“Yet another installment of Drew Beckmeyer’s philosophical caper, Everything Unseen, featuring straw-hats, sand-castles and ritualized sacrifice”

Ritual #2
by Malachi Ward
“In a futuristic episode titled “The Reverie,” Malachi Ward depicts the unsettling nature of having one’s wishes truly granted”


what does the garbage man say?
by Mickey z
a short risograph printed comic booklet zine explaining garbage men. 10 pgs


The second volume of the elusive anti-magazine edited by Noel Freibert, featuring work by Sasha Wiseman, Michael Comeau, Leon Sadler, Jon Chandler, Max Mose, Andy Burkholder, and many more…


By Lale Westvind, 2012 
8.5 x 11, 45 Pages, Full Color
An emergency shortcut through a red star causes the disruption of the will box drive. Escape is difficult and complex. Rambunctious jerks and skin traders crashing through 3 interwoven sci-fi-ish myths, in energetic colors and wild lines. 


Operation Margarine #1 by Katie Skelly


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Dressed To Piss: It’s a typical Dongery Fanzine. It’s a dress and It’s pissed.

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Guns’n’roses: Another typical Dongery Fanzine, debuted in Paris Last week to screaming resposibility. It’s not a dress. It’s not pissed.

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Pfft!: A mighty duck is getting pissed about the world.

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The Big Dongery Box! Just saying/Strålende opplegg: this is the most fantastic thing we have ever seen. It’s 1456 pages containing everything we have Made of fanzines since 1997. This is not piss.

Foe Books

A new project, Foe works to produce limited edition monographs investigating notions of antagonism in the creative practice.


Laura Brothers
Two Color Risograph Cover
B/W interior


Jessica Ciocci
Two Color Risograph Cover
B/W interior


Katelyn Farstad
The Undrainable Stye
Two Color Risograph Cover
B/W interior


Justin Schaefer
Crazy Mon
Two Color Risograph Cover
B/W interior


Travess Smalley
Digital Compositions 1–4 (Black/White)
Two Color Risograph Cover
B/W interior


Aaron Anderson / Eric Carlson
Hans Foe

Two Color Risograph Cover
B/W interior

GCPM at table U 32 represented by Josh Burggraf and William Cardini will have several books debuting:


Cardini is releasing Vortex 3:

Cardini’s comics are melty, black-and-white pixelated psychedelia. Drawn on a computer and filled with repeating patterns, each story explores a different corner of the Hyperverse. The Hyperverse is a realm filled with immensely powerful beings who battle over worlds with strange geologies and hoard advanced technologies created by space wizards.

Vortex #3 continues the adventures of the Miizzzard on the planet of the shape-shifting aliens who call themselves the Vortex. In Vortex #2, the Miizzz entered the communal dreamscape of the ultra-violent Vortex to try and free their minds from outside control. Now the Miizzz must battle through layer after layer of berserk nightmares.

Burggraf is doing a double release:



FUTURE SHOCK 2; ASTRO SCI-FI VULGAR PLUS is the more adult themed of the two anthologies.  It features comics by:
Max Bode
Danica Dora
Josh Bayer
Pat Aulisio
Ryan Dirks
Steve Fuentes
Victor Kerlow
and Josh Burggraf 
it is 40 pages, full color.

FUTURE SHOCK 3; APOCRYPHAL APOCALYPSE has more of a Sci-Fi feel to it.  It features comics by:
Alex Degen
Sungyoon Choi
William Cardini
Det Roc Boi
Vincent Giard
Anuj Shrestha
Victor Kerlow
and Josh Burggraf
it is also 40 pages, full color.

Oily Comics


Lou 8
Lou and her new friends make a big discovery. All silent issue with Melissa Mendes’s knack for depicting kids on display.


The Virgin
Internet typos, creeping, and Scott Longo’s unique cartooning.

Real Rap 1
Duh Sludge searches for real rap. Ben Urkowitz is your new favorite cartoonist.


Another challenging and poetic work from Andy Burkholder. This one is about a poet.


Word & Voice 3
Aaron Cockle continues his post-apocalyptic journey in his finest issue yet.


Jokes and Gnomes. ’nuff said.


Tales of the Night Watchman
Next Saturday, the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival will take place in Williamsburg, BK.  We’re very excited to be a part of it and hope you will be able to join us in attending.  In light of the destruction caused by Sandy, Lara and I have elected to donate 100% of our sales revenue for the day to theFood Bank for New York City who are presently assisting those in need across the Five Boroughs.  We will also match our revenue 100% in a personal donation.  That means we will make a donation twice as large as the amount we make at BCGF.

Now we know we’ve included some folks in this e-mail who do not live anywhere near NYC and will not be able to make it.  If you’re interested in supporting our efforts, we’ll also be donating 100% of sales generated by online orders starting today and ending midnight November 10th (the day of BCGF).  This includes Etsy and Lush Comics (if you wish to buy Issue One digitally).

Aside from just wanting to help out, we are excited to announce that we have four brand-spankin’-new pieces for sale that will debut at BCGF!  They are:

All of these items are up for sale starting today on our website but will not ship until after BCGF as that is where they officially premier.  We’ll make our donation Monday, November 12th.

Thanks so much for your support and we hope to see you all at BCGF, table D24!

Publishers Weekly Announces Best Graphic Novels (and Best Books) of 2012

Chris Ware redesigns the PW logo.

Although hampered by the lack of electricity at their offices, Publishers Weekly has managed to release their Best Books lists for 2012. [Read more…]

Fantagraphics announces two new books by Dash Shaw

After gaining huge mainstream attention for BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON and BODY WORLD—both formally experimental graphic noels that remained emotionally true—Dash Shaw has kept a low profile in recent years, as he works on multimedia projects, including animation. But Fantagraphics has just announced two new books, NEW SCHOOL and 3 NEW STORIES. Exciting news for a voice that has been expanding his audience.

Details below:

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that it has acquired the new graphic novel, NEW SCHOOL, from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw, who previously created the graphic novels BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON (Fantagraphics, 2008) and BODYWORLD (Pantheon, 2010).
To be published in April 2013, NEW SCHOOL is an all-new, 340 page work of fiction that was loosely inspired by Shaw’s experience as a teenaged foreign exchange student. “New School is my most personal book. It’s all true (sort of). I dramatized and changed things to make everything closer to how it felt. The book took years of difficult work to make. Now I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!” says Shaw.

“Dash is one of the most intellectually curious and fearless cartoonists I’ve ever known,” says Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. “He created one of the past decade’s most acclaimed graphic novels — BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON — and pushed himself to experiment with the form even further in the books BODYWORLD and THE UNCLOTHED MAN IN THE 35TH CENTURY A.D. NEW SCHOOL feels something like the apotheosis of all three of those books. It’s a major work by a cartoonist in full control of his still-flowering potential.”


NEW SCHOOL stars a likeably earnest if naive young man, Danny, who was raised on ’90s pop culture like Jurassic Park and X-Men. Danny’s story starts when his brother Luke fails to return from a trip to a remote island where he was hired to teach English to the employees of a new amusement park called ClockWorld. Built by wealthy industrialists but staffed by island natives, ClockWorld is an ambitious theme park that recreates historical events from throughout history.


Danny is given the charge of bringing his brother home, and is initially overwhelmed by his new and exotic surroundings. His initial infatuation quickly shifts to disillusionment, and his sense of “being different” grows to alienation, especially after he discovers that Luke has made a new life, new family, and even a new personality for himself on ClockWorld. How Danny and Luke’s relationship resolves is the heart of NEW SCHOOL. NEW SCHOOL is at once funny and deadly serious, naturalistic and fantastic, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new.

Shaw adds, “I love Gary and Eric and Jason and the people at Fantagraphics. New School is extremely important to me and I know they’ll do a stellar job with it.”


Additionally, Fantagraphics will also publish in April an all-new comic book by Shaw titled 3 NEW STORIES. This stand-alone work will feature three all-new, full-color short stories that explore varied dystopian societies. From a Sherlock Holmes-style investigator who must complete his high school degree to filmed “voluntary” nudity to prison camps full of jaded children, Shaw pens each story with his signature style and unique spin, all in 32 pages.

Currently Shaw is working on a feature-length animation called “Shell Game”, complete with his complex live-painting style and poetic sensibilities. He recently directed an animated music video for Sigur Rós, which is now available to watch online.


Harvey Pekar statue to be dedicated October 14th

Remember that Harvey Pekar Memorial Statue that was Kickstarted and planned to be installed in the Cleveland Public Library?

Well, i’s going to be dedicated in just a few weeks, on October 14th. In the meantime, here’s a short film on the making of the statue, starring Pekar’s widow and collaborator Joyce Brabner.


In One Week: The Morley Literature Festival

By Steve Morris

Currently under way despite Nevada’s attempt to suck the entirety of comics inside Las Vegas, The Morley Literature Festival is yet another sign that when it comes to comics, Leeds is the place to be.

Now in their seventh year, this year the festival sees British faces like Stuart Maconie (first time he’s ever been brought up on the Beat, Heidi?), Stephen Waterhouse, Al Kennedy and Peter Hook (yes, my old bandmate from New Order) attending for a range of panels and discussions in Morley, West Yorkshire. You can find more details about the festival as a whole on their website.

But this year the festival will also be spotlighting comics and the superhero, as next Saturday will see the ‘Science and Superheroes’ section of the event. In attendance will be David Hine, Adam Christopher, Samit Basu and Justina Robson, who’ll all be talking about the role of science fiction in the growth of the superhero as a concept and as a medium. Curated by Mark E. Johnson, the event will take place next weekend, in, well, Morley! See you there, perhaps?

On the Scene: Art Spiegelman in conversation, Cologne, Germany

by Brian Heater

[Sometime Beat contributor and Daily Cross Hatch founder Brian Heater happened to be in Cologne, Germany when he literally bumped into Art Spielgelman and Françoise Mouly earlier this week. Spiegelman was in Cologne for the opening of an art exhibit of his work. Heater attended Spiegelman’s talk the night before the opening, and the result is below.]

“How does it feel to be here, surrounded by cats?” The moderator’s already off to an auspicious start, given his (what I believe to have been, given my complete lack of German comprehension) promise not to discuss “why mice, why the holocaust.” It’s the proverbial gorilla in a room full of cats, of course, and while Spiegelman has visited the country a number of times in the past 25 years or so, it seems an odd choice not to discuss it the day before the opening of a retrospective on the cartoonist’s work. And here we are, like clockwork, dipping our toes in the water, the moderator asking how it feels sitting in this room, being, you know, the guy who got famous by writing a comic book about the Holocaust. [Read more…]

SPX: Good comics, good people

Much has been written and lauded about this year’s SPX, and I’m late to the game but I have a few thoughts I wanted to put to pixel before the memories fade. It was a great time for just about everyone, I think. I had a blast at TCAF this year and came away from it completely optimistic about The State of Comics. That mood was only deepened by SPX, and I don’t expect it to fade any time soon. A few little notes:
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Best SPX ever?

Photo via @eee

Possibly the best SPX ever—and definitely the most financially successful one. That’s what everyone was saying last night. By 4:30 Fantagraphics had made more money than they did at all of last year’s show. Similar stories were reported at PictureBox, Nobrow, D&Q and everywhere really. With a bigger floor space and a bigger panel room, and what looked like the biggest crowd ever, there was nothing to be sad or fret about.

Or as John Porcellino put it on the “Publishing During the Apocalypse” panel (a title everyone agreed was provocative but not very accurate), “I’m more confident in comics that I have ever been at any other point.”

So yeah, all good. We’ll have much more later.