Fall Preview: Gregory Benton’s Smoke is a wordless fantasy

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Rolling along with the Fall line-up for comics, here’s another September release. Brooklyn’s Hang Dai Studios has teamed with Alternative Comics to release their fall schedule, which includes three titles Smoke by Gregory Benton, Beef with Tomato by Dean Haspiel, and Schmuck by Seth Kushner and an all-star line-up of cartoonists. It’s a powerhouse line-up of talent, each book with its own distinctive voice born of living life in New York City. In Benton’s case, however urban life has inspired a wordless fantasy epic about two kids, apparently the children of migrant workers, who are swept away to a magical land beset by perils who are befriended and protected by a magnificent dog straight from the Day of the Dead. It’s a wordless narrative that’s part Amulet, part Adventure Time, but all original, with a bittersweet ending that packs a punch. We emailed Benton with a few question about his work and Smoke:

Hang Dai Editions to publish via Alternative Comics


2015, the year of the team up. Brooklyn’s Hang Dai Editions, a studio whose members include Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, and Josh Neufeld, will team up with Alternative Comics for distribution and some publishing in 2015. Haspiel and Neufeld were previously published by Alternative during the early aughts when Geoffrey Mason ran the […]

My New View of Mocca Fest 2013

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By Dre Grigoropol I have always been a fan of the Society of Illustrators.  When I found out they were taking the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art permanently under their wing, I felt positive.  After seeing what the museum is like at the SoI compared to its old space I would have to say […]

REVIEW: 10 Debuts at MoCCA Fest 2013


MoCCA Fest simulates the surreal experience of swimming in comics, even this year when things were more neatly arranged within their red curtained aisles, and perhaps it was more of a spa experience than it has been in the past. Being more orderly just meant that you were exposed to even more dizzyingly interesting indie […]

Nice Art: The Best Birthday Comic Ever by Gregory Benton


As a birthday wish, this blast from the past from the pages of long ago Disney Adventures Magazine by cartoonist Gregory Benton. AWESOME. Greg has been posting a few comics on his recently revamped website, but has concentrated mostly on fine art in the years since this comic was done. It’s time for Greg Benton’s […]