Patrick Kyle and Michael DeForge debuted new books at this year’s SPX, Distance Mover and Lose #6 respectively. SPX also marked the first stop of a month-long tour of the United States with fellow commonwealth cartoonist Simon Hanselmann. While at SPX, Patrick, Michael and Simon crossed paths with another touring group: Robin McConnell and Brandon Graham of the podcast Inkstuds. The encounter was recorded for posterity; hear it here!
Britt Wilson’s sugar-fuelled fantasy adventure Cat Dad, King of the Goblins, has been reviewed by the School Library Journal.
“Wilson’s incredible Technicolor art and dynamic drawings will enchant kids.” — Lisa Gieskes, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC, School Library Journal
Renee French’s adorable and menacing Baby Bjornstrand is reviewed by The Absolute.
“Equal parts clever and cute, Baby Bjornstrand is a coming of age story that doesn’t need to beat you over the head with its message.” — Tiffany White, The Absolute
Read the whole review and check out some preview pages here!
Comics blogger John Seven has reviewed two of our Fall 2014 titles, the art house science fiction epic Distance Mover by Patrick Kyle, and the Godot meets Godzilla riff Baby Bjornstrand by Renee French.
ON DISTANCE MOVER
“That this is a riff off Doctor Who seems undeniable…I could easily envision any given Tom Baker episode unfolding with animation by Kyle, who makes great use of the basic scenario to pull off a clever and entirely different kind of science fiction romp.” — John Seven, Vermicious
ON BABY BJORNSTRAND
“In the end, Baby Bjornstrand might well be a meditation on the nature of personal growth, of claiming what you have learned as your own, wrapping yourself in it and saying that you know it, not that you were taught it. But maybe not. French is careful not to throw answers at you and her narrative unfolds like a poem, expressed through her beautiful artwork that mixes otherworldly illustration with cartoonishness grotesqueness.” — John Seven, Vermicious
Renee French’s latest release Baby Bjornstrand has scored a four star review at the Comics Bulletin.
“There’s a sense of menace here, but there’s also a sense of peace and joy, kids having fun, perhaps despite the obstacles that they face. Kids abide, after all, and part of the charm of French’s Bjornstrand is in the way that it feels like a child’s dream come alive in an oblique way.” — Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
Read the whole review here!
Booklist has reviewed Britt Wilson’s whip-smart slice of slapstick, Cat Dad, King of the Goblins.
“Wilson’s purple-heavy palette, loopy cartoon figures, and playful sound effects (“FLA-WALLOP”) are a great complement to the fast-paced story, which should find an eager audience among fans of the TV show Adventure Time.” — Sarah Hunter, Booklist
“To my eyes it has two things going for it — humor and cuteness. That’s an impressive one-two punch for kids.” — Travis Jonker, School Library Journal
Earlier this month at SPX, Renee French sat down with Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter. They talk about her latest book Baby Bjornstrand, her penchant for publishers, the theatre, and generations of comics making and makers.
Read the whole interview here!