Oh and speaking of fall debuts, here’s SOME of the graphic novels deuting at SPX to be held Sept.  17 and 18, 2016 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

I’ve included my own comments along with some of the SPX promo copy below.


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LAST LOOK by Charles Burns

This is one of the masterpiece of comics from this decade. “serialized” as a serie sof graphic albums as  X’ed Out, The Hive, and  Sugar Skull, this is a multi-leveled story of real life nightmares, fantasy worlds, and the power of memory by one of the great comcis masters. It’s like a Twin Peaks that doesn’t have a crappy second season.

When you finally find out where all of this has been going and what it means… it will make you go right back to the first page and read it all again with new eyes. Just like Doug.  There will be a limited edition signed and numbered bookplate available with the sale of the book to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.


Hot or Not: 20th Century’s Male Artists by Jessica Campbell

I haven’t seen this, but it soudns DElightful, with maybe a lesson or two to learn.

Koyama Press debuts Jessica Campbell’s Hot or Not: 20th Century’s Male Artists. The history of 20th-century art is filled with men, but one key component has always been missing: which of these men are boneable, and which are not. Campbell has created the definitive resource on the subject in this hilarious rundown of male artist hotness and notness.


Mooncop  by Tom Gauld

IN case you’ve missed his droll comcis for The GUardian and elsewhere, Gauld is a humourist of the highest order, and this is a sad-funny book about the empitness of space colonization.

The focus in Tom Gauld’s newest science fiction book, Mooncop, from Drawn & Quarterly, is personal–no big explosions or grand reveals, just the incremental dissolution of an abandoned project and a person’s slow awakening to his own uselessness. Depicted in the distinctive, matter-of-fact style of Gauld’s belovedGuardian strips, Mooncop is equal parts funny and melancholy. Gauld captures essential truths about humanity, making this a story of the past, present, and future, all in one.


More Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman

Can a portrait be both dessicated and sympathetic? Friedman proves the answer is “yes” every time he puts pen to paper. The book includes 75 portraits of cartoonsits of the past.

The subjects range across the popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering artists of color. Each portrait features a short essay by Friedman, who indelibly draws such creators as Otto Binder, Gene Colan, Mickey Spillane, Superman’s Curt Swan & Kurt Shaffenberger, Jules Feiffer, Wonder Woman’s H. G. Peter, Archie’s Dan DeCarlo,Spiderman’s John Romita, John Buscema, Mort Weisinger, Gladys Parker and many more!


How to Survive in the North by Luke Healy

CCS strikes again! Another talented grad has a graphic novel debut of astonishing craft, as dangers of the past – a bold true like Arctic espeditions – are contrasted with today’s more psychic dangers in a ficational tale.


The Order of Things by Reid Psaltis

I know nothing abut this book, but it’s from Secret Acres, so I assume it will be very good!

…a subversive spin on the medieval bestiaries and animal encyclopedias that have fired the imaginations of children for centuries. Take a trip back in time through the natural world, but don’t let those breathtaking paintings distract you from the Order of Things. Psaltis’ humor is dry as those dinosaur bones.


  1. Is “comcis” some sort of new hipster way of saying “comics”, or do you just not care enough to proofread. Seriously, this was sub-Bleeding Cool level bad. “serie sof” “soudns” “empitness” “cartoonsits”.

    Also, I’ll allow that it might read better with less than two years between installments, and am certainly willing to someday read it again, but I found the last book of Charles Burns’ trilogy to be very underwhelming, and not up to the promise of the first one at all.

  2. Forgetting the typos in the article – I also don’t see Charles Burns’s latest work as a “masterpiece of comics.” Maybe if you’re a serious Burns fan, but otherwise…………

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