Preview: Lane MIlburn’s wacky space opera Twelve Gems

This is from Xeric winner Lane Milburn, part of Baltimore’s Closed Caption Comics collective. It’s been in the works for a few years and fits nicely into the whole “wacky action genre” I’ve been seeing more and more of. The book come out in July.  

Fantagraphics Announces New Titles For Fall 2014 Including $500 Limited Edition Complete Zap Comics Two-Volume Box Set

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Richard Sala!  Jacques Tardi!  Robert Crumb!  Dylan Horrocks!  Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez!  Beastie Boys!  Roberto Clemente!  Basil Wolverton!

Read a 14-page excerpt of The Love Bunglers

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Fantagraphics has posted an except from Jaime Hernandez’s The Love Bunglers, coming in April. This reprints the story from Love and Rockets #3-4 which is one of the pinnacles of comics art, a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming story about how we conspire to run away from the things that we need and how things can […]

One year sub to The Comics Journal archives now available for $30

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That’s right for a mere thirty beans, you get access to The Comics Journals digital archives for one year. This was previously available as a bonus along with $75 (I think) three issue sub to the print edition—since the print edition comes out every 18 months or so this was a longer bargain, but is […]

Lucy Knisley signs two book deal with Fantagraphics for two travelogues

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Lucy Knisley was one of the breakout cartoonists of 2013 with Relish, a charming, warm illustrated memoir mixing food and memory which even included recipes. The book ended up on many Best ofs lists for the year and established Knisley as agraphic novelist to watch out for. It seems in 2014 she’ll be even more […]

Fantagraphics to publish MASSIVE gay manga

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As the diaspora of former PictureBox projects begins, it’s just been announced that Fantagraphics is picking up MASSIVE a huge overview of gay manga and its creators, put together by the same team as the very successful Passion of Gengorah Tagame book that came out this year. This promises to be an eye opening and […]

Tonight to do: Jesse Reklaw at Desert Island

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Jesse Reklew will be signing COUCH TAG at 7 at Desert Island in Brooklyn tonight. As I think I mentioned only a few posts ago, this is an autobiographical comic done right, sardonic and pointed. The short story “13 Cats of My Childhood” is porbably one of my top ten favorite comics shor stories of […]

Fantagraphics Spring/Summer 2014 from The Amateur to Witzend

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Over on the Flog Blog as part of their Kickstarter effort, Fantagraphics has been spotlighting a bunch of books from their Spring-Summer 2014 line-up. To say it’s awesome is an understatement. Lots of stretch goals have been added including prints, soap and beer. Something for everyone. Here’s a cover gallery of the upcoming titles, …to […]

Gift Guide: Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

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Since all the Santa’s are in the stores and it’s christmas carols non stop already, I might as well start posting my book rec’s as a GFT GUIDE. But Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson is a perfect gift for a fan of illustration and golden age comics and humor […]

Fantagraphics launches $150,000 Kickstarter for Spring 2014 line; already nearly 1/3rd of the way there

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Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the greatest comics ever, hopes to publish more of them in next year’s line, but the death of co-founder Kim Thompson in June has left some problems, both with managing the line and cash flow; the books Kim was working on as publisher and translator had to be delayed and that has left them with a budget shortfall.

So what does a gal have to do to get into The Comics Journal anyway?

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Over 1578 pages of material, the last three issues of The Comics Journal included 11 pages by or about women cartoonists. Is this exclusion hurting diversity in comics or just the dying breath of pap pap comics?

Review: Dash Shaw’s New School is Pretty “Artsy” Stuff

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I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.

Chuck Forsman’s TEOTFW being adapted into video series in the UK

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I don’t know why this news hasn’t been picked up at every entertainment blog everywhere. A comic book has been optioned for a live action “tv” show. Actually not just optioned: THE SHOW IS IN PRODUCTION! And PHOTOS OF THE STARS ARE ONLINE. Granted, there are a few quirks that make this news somehow less […]

Preview: Love and Rockets New Stories #6

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What was that we were saying about Fall shaping up? Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 is coming out in October, and will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. Pre-orders from the above link get two special Los. Bros mini-comics. Since relaunching Love and Rockets with New Stories, a single thick volume released yearly, […]

What Should You Buy In August? Seth, Doran, Gillen and more

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August! New month, more comics, ’nuff excitement. We have a shuftie round and picked out the comics we’re looking forward to this month:   Jessica Lee: PALOOKAVILLE #21 SETH With an appearance slated for September’s SPX, Seth’s long awaited PALOOKAVILLE #21 couldn’t come out at a better time. With a promised extended continuation of the […]

Here’s All Our News from SDCC in One Place

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One of the things heard most frequently this weekend online was ‘why is there no comic news coming out of SDCC’? You mean aside from the masses and masses of comics news which came out of the convention, right? The Beat covered basically every single comics company you can imagine, and we’ve still got a […]