Make comics, it’s what Prince would want us to do

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I’m sitting here in my office in Chicago, thinking as to what I’m going to write about comics. I’ve been publishing comic books for over six months now, as the co-publisher at Z2 Comics. In that time I’ve met incredible artists, discussed stories and characters, gone through sleepless nights peppered with nightmares of cash flow, and had these brief, fleeting moments of joy as I held a new issue of a book we just made in my hands. I’m wondering how to describe that feeling, as it would be the core of this piece, and for some reason I’m having a hard time putting it together in my mind.

And then Prince died.

Meet tomorrow’s future comics superstars April 29th at SVA’s Fresh Meat

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Fresh Meat is the School of Visual Art’s annual in-house comics fair and it’s a place where many a comics star has been spotted in nascent form. This year’s event will be held April 29th, from 6 to 9 pm at the SVA Student Center located at 217 East 23rd Street. The event is organized by Cartoon Allies, […]

MoCCAFest 2016 announces programming with Gloeckner, Sugar, Blechman and more

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The 2016 MoCCA Festival is just around the corner at its new (and we hope permanent home) at Metropolitan West, with the dates of April 2-3. The programming has just been announced, as as with last year, it will take place a block or so away at Ink48 at 653 11th Avenue at 48th Street. This year’s Fest features Guests of Honor Stephen Universe’s Rebecca Sugar, Diary of a Teenage Girl author Phoebe Gloeckner, El Deafo author Cece Bell, legendary illustrator, animator and graphic novelist R. O. Blechman, and artist Sonny Liew, suthor of this year’s masterpiece. As in years past, the programming curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos and it covers all facets of the comics ublishing business.

Rising stars: Tillie Walden is a name you’re going to hear a lot more about

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You know how you hear a name or a word for the first time and then suddenly that name or word is everywhere? Well that name is Tillie Walden, a student from Austin, TX, currently a student at the Center for Cartoon Studies in VT, who is poised to be one of the hottest cartoonists of 2016, after an already spectacular 2015. (Word on the street is that she may have even been part of the inspiration for this infamous comic.) Walden is barely 20 years old (she was born in 1996)and already has amazing drawing chops and solid storytelling—she has several short comics posted on her site that you can read in their entirety. Broken Frontier just named her their Breakout Talent of 2015 and if this is the first time you’re hearing about her, it’s probably not the last.

Comic Arts Brooklyn Debuts Part 2: From Mai to Stvr Wrs – UPDATED!

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More Amazing books and LESS money in your pocket. MORE TO COME.   Fanfare/Ponent Mon Available via Knockabout Comics Ponent Mon has been quietly rebuilding its backlist whilst preparing new material for 2016. So at the show Kiriko Nananan’s ‘Blue’ and Jiro Taniguchi’s ‘The Quest for the Missing Girl’ will both be available again after […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn Debuts Part 1: punks, witches, cats, 3D Jim Woodring, more

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This weekend it’s Comic Arts Brooklyn in Williamsburg and here’s a look at the books that will be debuting. Thanks to all the contributing publishers and cartoonists for supplying the info and lightening our wallets.

Because there were so many new and exciting books I’m splitting this into two parts. Look for part two tomorrow!

24 Hours of Halloween: Sabin Cauldron’s MALEFICIUM

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In addition to having the most Halloween-like name ever, cartoonist Sabin Cauldron is an up and comer who will have the third issue of his comic MALEFICIUM available at CAB next weekend. Described as the story of a “lesbian separatist witch coven in 1969 San Francisco” the first issue can be purchased at Gumroad.

Crowd Watch: Muscle Temple an all star wrestling anthology!

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The wrestling/comics connection has always been strong, from their shared roots in carnival strongmen singlets to former grappler CM Punk’s writing comics career. And here’s a new one: Muscle Temple, an indie comics anthology spotlighting the squared circle that is currently being crowdfunded. Frank Gibson of Tiny Kitten Teeth is leading the rumble. which will include work by Maddy Flores, Sam Alden, Box Brown, Amanda Meadows, Zac Gorman. According to Gibson: