Wondercon’16: Chris Hardwick and Nerdist News Speak About Community and Nerdiness

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By Nicholas Eskey If you label yourself a “nerd” and wear it with pride, undoubtedly you already follow Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist News. The quick witted comedian and mega-nerd took heads the podcast driven news network for nerds with a wonderful collection of colleagues and special guests, discussing everything from the current state of all things […]

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 […]

Retrofit announces Summer list and Kickstarter with Corman, Kochalka, Davis and more

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  Retrofit Comics has been putting out some of the finest small press comics of recent years and they’ve announced their Spring/Summer 2016 line with Leela Corman, Alabaster Pizzo, Kaeleigh Forsyth, James Kochalka, Paloma Dawkins, Eleanor Davis and Luke Howard so this season should be just as fantastic. They’re running a Kickstarter to pay for printing and artist […]

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 […]

Secret Acres announces SPACE by Robert Sergal for April

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Let’s get going with spring book announcements: SPACE, a collection of Robert Sergal’s series ESCHEW. Sergal is an Ignatz Award nominee for Outstanding Comic and a Best American Comics selection, and his comics are short, stark but funny snapshots of awkward interactions, body humor and moment we’d often rather forget. Rod Lott, of Bookgasm writes: […]

Sparkplug Books shutting down this summer

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Sparkplug Books, the seminal indie publisher founded by the late Dylan Williams, will shut down over the summer, publisher Virginia Paine announced on the company blog. Books remain available on the company website but after the closure backstock will be available via Alternative Comics. Under Williams Sparkplug published seminal works by Jason Shiga, John Hankiewicz (above), […]

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 — […]

Review: Meags Fitzgerald continues to her autobiographical innovations with Long Red Hair

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In Meags Fitzgerald’s previous book, Photobooth: A Biography, which documented just about anything you ever wondered about photo booths, she went far beyond her central subject, wrapping in segments of autobiography, making it a work about a wider swathe that her more intimate moments exist within. For Long Red Hair she does the exact opposite, focusing […]