Stuff to buy at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Fest

This Saturday, the indie comics circuit for the year wraps up with the third Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest, to be held at

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
 275 North 8th Street 
Brooklyn, NY
12-9 pm 
Free and open to the public

Union Pool 
484 Union Avenue # A
 Brooklyn, NY
1-8 pm 
Free and open to the public.

While the exhibitor’s page does list debuting books, we wanted to run pictures, so here you go:

Sam Henderson is bringing along FREE ICE CREAM:

It collects the gag cartoons from 2009 and 2010. If you’ve bothered to check out the archives here and seen the blurb that says “you have to buy the book”, this is that book. It’s 40 pages and comic-book sized, and you can get it from me for $3 postpaid by using the “donate” button on the right.

Secret Acres

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Secret Acres has Curio Cabinet 5 locked, loaded and ready for takeoff. John Brodowski’s highly acclaimed alt-horror series continues with its first issue since the publication of the collected Curio Cabinet, named a top ten book of 2010 by Rob Clough, High-Low, and Picturebox Publisher Dan Nadel, writing for the Economist’s More Intelligent Life. Four explosive new stories are presented in a special, footlong edition. Advance copies will be coming in hot at the 2011 Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival in Brooklyn, New York.

• ADVANCE COPIES at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, December 3rd, 2011, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 275 North 8th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
• STITCH BOUND, 32 PGS, ISBN 978-0-9831662-2-1, 8x12in, $7.00


Drawn and Quarterly

Come visit Drawn & Quarterly this weekend in Williamsburg Brooklyn at the Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church with Adrian Tomine, Brian Ralph, Jillian Tamaki, R. Sikoryak, John Porcellino, and also Matt Forsythe and Gabrielle Bell in attendance! The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics festival is the best small press how in NYC. We’re not the only ones who think so. Check out the Voice, and the New Yorker!
Signing Schedule at D+Q Tables 20-22:
Brian Ralph 1:00-3:00
R. Sikoryak 2:00- 3:00
Jillian Tamaki 3:00 – 4:00
Adrian Tomine 3:00 -5:00
Brian Ralph 5:00-7:00

John Porcellino, Matt Forsythe & Gabrielle Bell are signing at other tables, too!

The recent embrace of graphic novels by the publishing industry has led to misguided attempts to evaluate comics according to the standards and conventions of literary fiction. The writing in comics occupies a more peculiar place, with its own constraints and opportunities. John Porcellino, Gabrielle Bell, and David Sandlin will discuss the particular demands of writing within a visually-driven form in this conversation moderated by novelist Myla Goldberg.

C.F. and Brian Ralph both emerged from the revolutionary art and comics scene that flourished in New England throughout the 1990s, radiating outward from the Fort Thunder artists’ space in Providence, RI and incorporating a network of friendships, influences, and collaborations. Both artists are now producing the strongest work of their careers, engaging fantasy and adventure as modes for personal expression. The two will discuss their work with moderator Tom Spurgeon.

Koyama Press is bringing:


COMICS CLASS, a new mini-comic by Award-winning cartoonist Matthew Forsythe coming this December that is kind of based on a real class, but mostly untrue! COMICS CLASS is 44 pages of loosely-drawn, quasi-autobiographical comics about the comics class Forsythe taught last spring. Hegelian dialectics, sexual politics and the detestable use of clipart in comics are just some of the issues that Forsythe tackles with his disaffected class of 11-year olds––that is when he isn’t challenging them to arm wrestle for money. This hilarious collection of half-truths and half-baked theories lovingly skewers the life of a working cartoonist, and it might just teach you something, maybe.


THE WORLD OF GLORIA BADCOCK the first all-new comic book in more than ten years by acclaimed illustrator and author Maurice Vellekoop, coming from Koyama Press this December. Time travel! Lesbianism! Gay three-ways! Bionic love-machines! Celebrity product endorsement!!! All this and more is found in THE WORLD OF GLORIA BADCOCK. Last seen in 1997’s Vellevision, sexually liberated magazine editrix Gloria Badcock, is making her triumphant return! Join Gloria, her gay best friend, the renowned inventor Dr. Cornelius, his faithful sidekick, five-time Mr. Sweden and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Sven, and a nutty cast of eccentrics in a joyous, guilt-free, surreal, silly, symphonic celebration of sexual freedom and the special friendship that bonds gay men and (mostly) straight women!


RIVERS FORGOTTEN, a journey through the passages and portals of the underground waterways that lie unseen below cities. Self-taught photographer, Jeremy Kai brings these forgotten landscapes to light with his first book published in a limited edition this December. Beneath the streets of all cities lie networks of hidden water features, like sewers and storm drains, which go unobserved by the general public. Kai’s underground photography explores these buried vistas, as well as the concepts of urban watersheds and the methods in which cities and their populations interact with them. His boundless exploration is matched by his artistic ability, which illuminates the beauty that can be found in the abandoned and unexpected. In RIVERS FORGOTTEN, Kai – who is often pictured as a lone figure, his face obscured by his brightly shining headlamp – stands as a guide helping to bridge the gap between the known and the forgotten.


Chuck Forsman is bringing a mini called The End of the Fucking World Part 2. 

It’s 12 pages and only a dollar. This issue is about the first stop on a teenage runaway road trip. James is sociopathic and Alyssa is hard-shelled but thoughtful. 

I’ll be at the Sundays table (#28-upstairs) with cartoonists Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories), Sean Ford (Only Skin), Joseph Lambert (I Will Bite You) and José-Luis Olivares (Polite Fiction)

Domino Books is proud to announce the publication of two new books. Face Man by Clara Bessijelle (available for PREORDERS only. All orders placed now will ship in late December/Early January) and Spider Monkey #1 by Jesse McManus with Austin English are now available in our webstore. Look for both books in bookshops in early January.
Domino will be tabling at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest on December 3rd. (Located at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 275 North 8th Street. Brooklyn, NY 12-9 pm. Free and open to the public). Please come by—we will have TONS of books, zines, art books, etc etc etc. Copies of Spider Monkey will be available for sale, as well as preview editions of Face Man. Also available at our table: Dark Tomato #1 by Sakura Maku, The Disgusting Room by Austin English, zines and mini comics by Nate Doyle, Everything Unseen #2 by Drew Beckmeyer, Midnight Special, Ögonaböj, and Print on the Nose by animator Peter Larrson, and zines from Elisabet Ericsson. Most artists listed above will be at the Domino table throughout the event.
Here is some info about our new books:

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$5, 24 pages. Color cover with black and white interiors

A theater critic attends an incomprehensible play. Forced to write about the it, he finds he can’t remember a single detail. He attempts to ask the box office clerk to summarize the plot but instead she misunderstands him and the critic finds himself forced to view the performance a second time. While sitting in the theater, a man begins to follow him, always one step away. Slowly  the critic becomes entangled with events that will force him to question his ‘identity’—a problem that sets him onto a collision course with he powerful Identity Group.

Drawing in a rich, highly detailed style (rendered entirely in graphite) Clara Bessijelle creates eccentric characters dropped into lush environments. In Face Man, her longest and most ambitious story yet, we find characters that are at once personal and alien. Their actions are sharp, coldly humorous but their reasoning is often warm. Every drawing is teeming with patterns and concealed clues, like a Will Elder drawing from a forgotten era. Face Man is a stand alone work, full of str
ange power.

Spider Monkey #1