The launch for Julie Delporte’s Journal (9780987963093 | May 2013 | $20.00 | Trade Paper) is recapped by the 211 Blog the blog for Drawn & Quarterly’s retail store where the book was launched.
“Journal chronicles a difficult breakup, and the artist’s residency at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. Revisiting the events of her life was an emotional experience for her as well as for the audience, who were vocal in their support. The connection between Julie and her friends and fans was a warm and moving thing to witness. Love in the room!” — Saelan Twerdy, 211 Blog, May 18, 2013
Read the whole recap here!
Author and academic Charles Hatfield (Alternative Comics, and Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby University Press of Mississippi, 2005 and 2012) has reviewed By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs (9780986873980 | May 2012 | $15.00 | Trade Paper).
“An art comics creation myth, cosmic, disturbing, and beautifully rendered in ice-blue and contrasting purples, with a style that welds the lovely to the grotesque…By This Shall You Know Him is (further) proof that fantasy in comics need not be hollow, generic, or ingratiating. It can be troubling instead. An inspired comic!” — Charles Hatfield
Read the whole review here!
“His [DeForge’s] newest releases–a collection of convention minis and other short run one-offs called Very Casual, and the fifth issue of whatever-he feels-like Lose series–is exactly what one arrogantly screeches all cartoonists should be doing all the time: great, unique comics that only that individual could make that are a little better than their previous work, hearty and head-rushing experiences that plainly demand attention and then reward it easily.” — Tucker Stone, The Comics Journal, May 17, 2013
Read the rest of the review here!
Everything Takes Forever by Victor Kerlow (9780987963086 | May 2013 | $10.00 | Trade Paper) is reviewed by the arts and culture blog Drawn Words.
“Everything Takes Forever is a great display of balance between absurdity and humor without going too far… Koyama has published another solid release — we could definitely use more comics like these.” — Kevin Cortez, Drawn Words, May 16, 2013
Read the whole review here!
To celebrate the launch of his latest titles Very Casual (9780987963079 | May 2013 | $15.00 | Trade Paper) and Lose #5 (9780987963062 | June 2013 | $8.00 | Trade Paper), the inimitable Michael DeForge has launched a contest as only he can. Take a picture of your beloved pet eating off your beloved book and you will receive a prize!
See some of the current entries here!
Ahead of this year’s Will Eisner Awards Comic Industry Awards, Cameron Hatheway is taking a look at all of the nominated books for the popular comics and pop culture website Bleeding Cool. This includes Lose #4 by Michael DeForge (9780987963000 | September 2012 | $8.00 | Trade Paper), which is nominated for Best Single Issue (or One-Shot).
“It [Lose #4] goes from weird to the intricately detailed in seconds flat, causing the viewer to pay very close attention to the illustrations on every page. DeForge fully embraces his style of storytelling, and it’s wonderfully infectious.” — Cameron Hatheway, Bleeding Cool, May 15, 2013
Read the whole article here!
Jane Mai’s Sunday in the Park with Boys (9780987963055 | November 2012 | $10.00 | Trade Paper) is included in the inaugural MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence exhibition!
From the Society of Illustrators’ Release:
This award recognizes the most outstanding work on view at the MoCCA Arts Festival which took place April 6-7, 2013. Presented by Society of Illustrators, the MoCCA Arts Festival Awards Winners were chosen by a jury of professionals in the comic book industry including Karen Berger, Gary Groth, Nora Krug, David Mazzucchelli, and Paul Pope. All materials chosen in the jury’s initial survey were acquired by Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a newly-established MoCCA Arts Festival collection, to be expanded annually.
Read more about the exhibition here!
Patrick Kyle co-editor and contributor to Wowee Zonk 4 (9780986873997 | May 2012 | $15.00 | Trade Paper) has been interviewed as a part of Open Book Toronto’s Whazamo! Series, which is a month-long celebration of comics and graphic novels and the people who make them.
Read the whole interview here!
Little Tommy Lost: Book One
7 1/2 x 10 inches, 72 pages, full colour, softcover
Separated from his parents on a trip to the big city, a lost little boy unknowingly sets out on a great adventure as he searches for a way home in Little Tommy Lost: Book One. Reminiscent of the newspaper strips and lushly illustrated Sunday comics of the early 20th century, Cole Closser’s work is steeped in cartooning history, but filled with an unparalleled sense of the new.
Cole Closser is a cartoonist who seemingly hails from a bygone era. Closser is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, and currently lives in Northwest Arkansas with his girlfriend and two cats.
8 1/2 x 11 inches, 48 pages, full colour, softcover
November 2013Fata Morgana follows the adventure of a young boy through the landscapes of imagination. He encounters and befriends creatures that are, like all mirages, born out of aspects of his own unconscious. Presented in vibrantly colored two-page panoramas, Fata Morgana is a feast for the eyes and mind.
Jon Vermilyea is a multitalented Los Angeles-based illustrator, cartoonist, animator, and printmaker. His psychedelic, candy-colored illustrations and unique designs of the monstrous and mythical have left their mark on a wide range of clients including: Problem Solverz, Adventure Time, Marvel Comics, the acclaimed alternative band Animal Collective, and many more.
7 x 10 inches, 60 pages, b&w interior, colour softcover
Our precocious protagonist, Hupa Dupa’s family is blown up by pirates, so he’s recruited into the Space Fleet Scientific Foundation Special Forces to fight them. The S.F.S.F.S.F. is racing across the stars forming an alliance to win the war against the Pirate Nation. Hupa Dupa is a small kid, but he will “try his best” to “take positive action” in order to help!
Ryan Cecil Smith was born in southern California and currently lives and works in Nishinomiya, Japan. His work is a melange of imagery and style derived from both American and Japanese culture.
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 52 pages, full colour, softcover
Blobby Boys is a hilarious and slime-filled comic about pot smoking blobby bandmates who are equal parts Ninja Turtles and punks. Their exploits dealing, robbing and jamming are rounded out by the misadventures of Aging Hipster, Punk Dad and Cyber Surfer.
Alex Schubert was born in Mascoutah, IL and is based in Kansas City, MO. His tumblr-based blog Zine Police features excerpts from his sketchbooks and zines including The Dudes and Blobby