A silent, surreal meditation on the human condition in context of the natural world, Kingdom/Order takes as its hero an unnamed man in an unnamed city and in drawing connections between this urban dweller and the so-called “wild kingdom” finds the commonalities between the two might be largely built on desire. Reid Psaltis’ meticulous black […]
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: […]
Recorded live in New York, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald! This episode, More to Come brings you interviews live from the Comic Arts Brooklyn comic arts festival. Heidi interviews comics creator and publisher Brian Chippendale, Leslie […]
Brooklyn based indie Secret Acres has just announced a couple of new projects and one of them is like an alt.comix supergroup: MK Reed (Cute Girl Manifesto, Americus) will write and Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies, Omega the Unknown) will draw Palefire, due out this September, a fiery story set in high school that sounds like […]
Over at PW I reported on Consortium starting to distribute Alternative Comics and Secret Acres to bookstores. They currently distribute Uncivilized, Toon Books, Nobrow and Koyama Press, as well as publishers such as Fulcrum and Enchanted Lion who put out a lot of graphic novel material. (And a lot of other distinguished small press publishers […]
Whoops a LOT to do tonight! Fire up your Über! These are ALL tonight. A Faintly Lit Light- Group Show at 4:00pm – 7:00pm Right now! HOT DRINKS! The Perfect Nothing Catalog 260 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11206 Blaise Larmee / Quintessa Matranga / Lms Sadler / Aidan Koch / Marie Jacotey / Anthony Cudahy / Wiley […]
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 […]
Though I attended MoCCA Fest 2012 where I WILL BITE YOU debuted, it went under my overwhelmed radar, but fortunately, it caught my attention at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. Several people who saw me carrying my copy commented on what a worthy book it was, and that I certainly ought to read it. […]
Secret Acres presents a very amazing new book at this weekend’s show:
In the runup to King Con, the Brooklyn-based comics show held at the Lyceum in Park Slope this weekend, it was asked many times, “Do we NEED another New York comics show?” Starting with the Big Apple Con back on October 1, running through New York Comic Con the next week and on to the Brooklyn Comics and Graphic Fest on December 4, King Con made a total of four cons in three months, not really a heavy workload for a comics town as huge as NYC, but definitely a strain on the wallets of attendees, especially after the NYCC epic. (New York’s fifth show is MoCCA Fest in April.) So from the outset you have a show with big questions hanging over it.
Friends had asked me to come out for various events and I was slotted for the Kids Comics panel on Sunday morning so I ended up going out on three out of four days. What I saw was a scene with enough energy to overcome a lot of logistical mistakes and misconceptions to still create a fun and informative afternoon activity. But it didn’t answer the fundamental question of what King Con’s mission should be.