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Dec. 6 Midnight Ramblings
Gathered a nice collection, which will be highlighted here as I work my way through them. Mark Campos gave me the sad news that David Butterfield passed away in October. David was part of the Cartoon Loonacy APA. His occasional contributions were always an issue highlight. He was a contributor to Very Mint Comics, which ran his L'd'l Newt's Static Theatre, where you can read the archives. David participated in the Drink & Draw sessions at Astrokitty Comics in Lawrence, Kansas and his work was included in the group's Larrytown Laffs anthology, which may still be available through T. Avery's Cheating at Solitaire. David also contributed to Brain Shake and Love Dreams #3.
Mark Campos recently printed up a new mini comic called Red Hot Wigglers. At some point in 2010 he began writing down his dreams, and promptly forgot all about them. Recently he ran across the diary and decided to illustrate the more interesting ones. The result was Red Hot Wigglers, an illustrated dream diary which may be difficult to track down outside an event like Short Run.
On the other hand, Mark's new collection, Wow, They're Playing My Songs On the Radio, I Must Be Dead is readily available through Spit and a Half (filed under "C"). This 90-page, perfect bound book collects some of Mark's best work from 1992 to 2012.
In his introduction, David Lasky cautions, "But for most of his artistic career, it has only been a small audience who has been able to enjoy his work." Hopefully, this new volume will help spread the word. It's been said before, but it bears repeating: Mark Campos is a terrific writer and a fine cartoonist as well.
Win Wiacek reviews Michael Dowers' Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1 with a complete accounting of the book's contents, along with with his own enthusiastic commentary on Now Read This! Robert Boyd reviews the volume on The Great God Pan is Dead (scroll to bottom).
During the month of December (only) Eureka Productions has announced that Christmas Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 19 will be on sale on the Graphic Classics website for only $10 (list is $17.95). All orders will also receive two free Graphic Classics Christmas Cards!
Christmas Classics presents comics adaptations of both holiday favorites and rarities, featuring Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Also included are an early F. Scott Fitzgerald tale, an O. Henry western, a fairy tale by Willa Cather and a yuletide horror story by Fitz-James O'Brien. Plus a seasonal Sherlock Holmes adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle, Clement C. Moore's classic poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", and a letter from Santa Claus to Mark Twain's daughter.
The Graphic Classics series presents the works of great authors in comics adaptations and heavily-illustrated text. The adaptations are written at an adult level, and utilize as much of the author’s original language as possible. Their goal is to create books that are enjoyable for adults, yet accessible to children ages twelve and up. Graphic Classics are available in bookstores and comics shops nationally. A free 48-page catalog of titles (PDF) is available to download, and includes two adaptations in comics form. Get yours at: GraphicClassics.com
J.T Yost announced the launch of a new bi-monthly title, Loud Comix. It's a collection of comics written by various musicians (mostly the southern punk variety) and drawn by Jamie Vayda. The first 32-page issue is available now from Birdcage Bottom Books. And be sure to check out the balance of the Birdcage Bottom Books Shop. It's a well-designed presentation of a growing catalog of titles, each with a useful description and sample preview pages. Yost and his army of assistants have pulled off an impressive website.
Gadfly Magazine was created in 1977, by John Whitehead, to provoke readers to recognize the day-to-day relevance of art. They use the lenses of pop and high culture to challenge assumptions of a sprawling America. Gadfly converted from print to website in 2001 to continue their mission. Now you can read James Rubino's The Return of The Followers of the All online at Gadflyonline.
Cover: Edgars Folks (Latvia) Artists: Dace Sietiņa (Latvia / Netherlands), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Edie Fake (USA), Emmi Valve (Finland), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), John Broadley (England), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lars Sjunnesson (Sweden), Léo Quievreux & Fredox (France), L.L. de Mars (France), Margrieta Dreiblate (Latvia), María Inés Gul (Poland), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Michael DeForge (Canada), Paul Paetzel (Germany), Pedro Franz (Brazil), Reinis Pētersons (Latvia), Roméo Julien (France), Rūta Briede (Latvia), Warren Craghead (USA), Weng Pixin (Singapore).
Stats: 4" x 6", 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, English, published November 12, 2013. Worldwide shipping included in price ($13.00), from Kushkomikss. Bonus: Every order gets a special cat bookplate and a cat postcard. Highly recommended.
Wow Cool includes new titles as well as back issue indie comics. I recently found True Swamp Vol. 1 #2 by Jon Lewis, published in 1994 by Peristaltic Press. The blurbs on the back cover: "Anyone who is drawn to the small and froggy should investigate this lush, satisfying meditation on ego, personality and the nature of nature. Jon Lewis' intricate paludal community has the tender charm of an imaginary world beloved in and wished for. True Swamp is a song of love." - Jim Woodring
And: "Jon Lewis' comics are terrific! He goes places no other cartoonists have gone and takes the time to really examine the landscape once he gets there, instead of just passing through." -Scott McCloud.
From 2001 comes Bipolar #2. Tomer and Asaf Hanuka are twins. They share a similar genetic structure but were raised in different places. This condition creates a special tension between their stories and styles and is the foundation of Bipolar. Asaf, with writer Etgar Keret is telling the story of Pizzeria Kamikaze about a guy with a broken heart who committed suicide only to find himself at Pizza Kamikaze, a regular day job in a world where everyone died before and now it's about passing time. Tomer is telling personal stories with a twisted time sense that will put you right now, a year ago, and in the future.
"Each edition has conducted readers on an excursion through curious environments, full of sights that conjoin the common and the disorienting, and of situations that are at once both ordinary and unaccountable." -The Comics Journal.
Bipolar #2 is $1 from Wow Cool.
Nov. 23 Midnight Ramblings
Picked up some items from Wow Cool recently. They have a large selection of indie comics, many at sale prices. Hickee #1 published by Jeff Mason in 2003 and includes work by Graham Annable, David Bogan, Paul Brown, Scott Campbell, Vamberto Maduro, Razmig Mavlian, Derek Sakai, Nathan Stapley, and Joe White.
The first three issues of Alternative Comics were Free Comic Book Day titles, released in 2003, 2004 and 2005. As such, they ran short excerpts or self-contained samples of work by a number of cartoonists. If you missed them back then, Wow Cool still has first run copies in stock that are going for $1 each.
Fast forward to 2013 and the title continues with issue number four, with a nice collection of work by Sam Alden, Allison Cole, Sam Henderson, James Kochalka, David Lasky, Andy Ristaino, Alex Schubert, Grant Snider, and Noah Van Sciver. The book includes a transcript of a video interview Robin (Inkstuds) McConnell taped with David Lasky. Front cover by Mike Bertino, back cover by Theo Ellsworth & Craig Thompson. Edited by Marc Arsenault with help from Jennifer Oh. Alternative Comics #4 is $5.99.
Brian John Mitchell's Silber Media has released three new issues of his matchbook-size comics. The first issue of Walrus with artwork by Jared Catherine (32 pages), REH #5 with art by Andrew White (36 pages), and Lost Kisses #25 (40 pages).
James Rubino has just released the fourth issue of his series, Tales From the Seventh Galaxy. MF.com asked Rubino for some background:
MF: Although your work make up the majority of the issue, it also includes contributions from a number of different cartoonists. Looks as if Tom Ahearn inked your pencils on most (or all) of your stories, gags and pin-ups. How did you come to work together, and tell us a little about your workflow.
JR: I love to draw but I’ve never considered myself that great of an inker. Several months back Tom sent me an inking he had done of my character Yumishira. It really looked fabulous and I asked Tom if he’d be up to doing more. He inked my entire Meraamya book and it really looked beautiful. Right now Tom is doing both the penciling and inking chores on my upcoming top-secret one-shot project and some of the pages he’s already sent me are real jaw-droppers! This book is really going to be great. Tom is professional all the way.
MF: What prompted the book's lead story, The Recluse? It was one of my favorites from this issue.
JR: In all my comics I usually like to include something of a more personal nature. With a story like that, which expresses really my own personal feelings about life, you wonder how many readers will relate to it or simply scratch their head.
MF: The book includes quite a number of gag cartoons and one-pagers. Do these set-ups just occur to you spontaneously, or do you concentrate on coming up with funny ideas for them?
JR: I have a fairly bizarre sense of humor and I’m constantly imagining strange but humorous situations. For instance, in a book like Meraamya
MF: You included a tribute to the late Luisa Felix, who created the Candy Blondell comic strip. When did you first become aware of Felix and her work? What can you tell us about her?
JR: Luisa Felix was a fine human being—a good and decent person. I’m very sad that she’s gone from us—even sadder that her beautiful and unique talent never really received the recognition it deserved. We began corresponding with each other I guess back in the late 1980s and continued to do so for many years, chatting on the phone occasionally as well. As her health continued to be an issue those communications became more infrequent.
She loved my Followers of the All comic series very much and created many, many illustrations for me of the characters. Some saw print back when I published the original “underground” series in the late 1980s but many remain unseen. Luisa also illustrated a science fiction story I’d written many years ago called “A Matter of Time.” It too was published “way back when.” She did a wonderful job on it and mentioned it to me many times. I’m planning to re-publish it again someday, probably in Tales From the Seventh Galaxy.
She'd also been working on a new fantasy script I’d sent her several years ago but her health issues continued to delay its completion. One of the last emails I received from her mentioned that she was still working on it.
MF: Larry Blake has been an important contributor to JR Comics for a number of years. How did your working relationship develop? Blake has a wonderful six page comic in TFTSG #4 called The Judges. Did he create it specifically for this issue?
JR: I originally came up with the story “The Judges” back when I was thirteen years old. I always liked the idea and asked Larry to illustrate an updated version of the script some years ago. He did a wonderful job on it.
I began sending a number of my scripts to Larry to illustrate back during the late 1990s. Several have already been published in Tales From the Seventh Galaxy and one in my recent Penpal Sweethearts from Outer Space but more are still in my files awaiting publication, including a complete four-issue science fiction mini-series, and a beautifully drawn mini-novel called “Atlantisa” which I’m planning on placing in Ancient Tales from the Future #2.
JR: Ka-Blam does a fine job on the printing and are very responsive to any concerns I might raise. That’s very important. With IndyPlanet I only have to post the books there, and they do the rest. It’s much easier than stockpiling boxes of books and having to ship them yourself—especially when you don’t have a whole lot of that elusive thing called “free time.”
MF: What sort of promotional activities do you use to promote your work?
JR: In all honesty, self-promotion is my weak point. I enjoy creating comics very much but I’m probably not the best at promoting them—I’m not much of a salesman. I do manage my own website www.jamesrubino.com and garner interest from my Facebook page, James Rubino Comics, as well.
MF: I'm impressed and inspired by your output. How do keep yourself motivated to keep creating comics? What can readers of the Rubino Universe look forward to next?
JR: Creating comics is something I’ve done for my own enjoyment since my childhood—it’s also I guess, a form of diversion or relief from a lot of the problems and stresses in my personal life which over the past few years have been quite difficult. There’s nothing like having your mind focus on some outer space fantasy when life in this world becomes too bitter.
Right now I’m working on a second JARU Sketchbook and also putting together the aforementioned one-shot book that Tom Ahearn is illustrating for me.
LIL is a graphic novel series that takes a bold, dark plunge into a troubled woman's tortured psyche. It's the story of a thirty-four year old waitress, down on her luck, with an appetite for destruction and a desire for death. However, in the lead up to her thirty-fifth birthday, a seemingly chance encounter sets in motion a chain of events that will change her life forever. The creative team: Mike Young and Marc Crane.
MF.com asked Mike Young how the project got started and who does what?
LIL: The project got started after a joint New Year's resolution to "do something creative" in January 2011. Marc and I were friends at Art college and our friendship continued after all our studies had finished. We both had the same taste in movies and at that time Marc was reading the Walking Dead series. He raved about it to me and after I had checked it out, we knew that a long running comic series was the way we wanted to go.
In the beginning we had no idea who would be in charge of what or where we were going with the project, so we started to brainstorm stories ideas together over a few pints. We began very simply with the age old story of guy meets girl in a bar and went from there. Over the next week or so, I locked myself away in a room and started writing. Everything about the story seemed to fall into place quite quickly. I took the skeleton of the story back to Marc, who loved what I had come up with and from there we began to add flesh to the story of LIL.
We firmly believe in sharing the responsibilities regarding plot structure and drawing, keeping us both fully dedicated to the project. if I had to make a division, I would say that I head up the story and dialogue department and Marc the art and design department.
MF: What inspired you to create a noir comic?
LIL: As I said earlier the Walking Dead series was the catalyst for us starting out in the comic book medium, but I think our main inspirations have been the movies we love. I have an immense passion for Alfred Hitchcock films as well as any Film Noir from the 40's and 50's. Marc is a obsessed with Extreme Asian Horror and in the middle we have the Directors that we both followed from childhood; Tarantino, Lynch, Carpenter, Cronenberg and the Coen Brothers. All of these guys and their films have provided such huge inspiration on our humble creation. From the get-go Marc and I have seen LIL as our "Film on Paper" and we try to make each panel as cinematic as possible.
MF: The series takes place in a fictitious setting somewhere in the United States, along the gulf of Mexico. Why there? You and Marc dreamed this thing up from Essex England, what drew you to the story's locale and did setting your story in another country create any unexpected challenges?
LIL: I guess this comes back to the fantasy and escapism that everyone loves when they read a comic or watch a movie . There is something very intriguing and wonderful about creating a world a million miles away from the one you find yourself in. Neither myself nor Marc have ever been to the states and only have an impression of it from the popular culture we have witnessed through the years. We try to do as much research as we can, but nothing can beat firsthand experience. That is why we will be taking a road trip next year though some of the states that have been influencing our story. We hope to soak up some of the amazing cultures as we travel, write and try to promote our comic—we can’t wait.
MF: The whole series can be read online at LilComic.com, with its first five chapters collected into a print edition. Is this first volume a complete story unto itself? Where can readers purchase a copy?
LIL: No, it was always our intention to create a long running series, so hopefully (with volume 1) we are just getting started. There are numerous story arcs and cliff-hangers along the way, but to be honest the first five chapters probably raise more questions than they answer—but that's a good thing right? If people want to find out more they will just have to keep on reading.
The comic is free to read online but you can buy a hard copy of Volume 1 at our website or from Leicester Square Comic shop—Orbital. We also plan to have t-shirt made very soon.
MF: What's your long term vision for the project?
LIL: Our aim is to create a long running epic series that the reader will really be able to sink their teeth into. We want our tale to be both absorbing and disturbing as well as taking the reader on a thrilling ride that they won’t forget. Once you get inside the world of LIL, there is no getting out!
Polish Female Comics - Double Portrait was printed in Poland in 2012 in a first printing of 500 copies by Centrala. The collection's introduction by Tomek Pstragowski describes its content: ". . . the first ever anthology of Polish women's autobiographical comics. At the same time, it is also a fairly good overview of the main trends in this genre. As a result, the works inside represent a somewhat narcissistic form of graphomania (unavoidable when artists are allowed to talk about themselves). It also features underground anarcho-feminist comics, reminiscent of the works in the Wimmin's Comix anthologies. It includes redrawn photos, documents and formal experiments that lend credence to the stories told. And there are some real gems in it, such as the work of Agata Wawryniuk and Olga Wróbel." Just shy of an 8" square, with 162 pages of comics by 19 Polish female artists, this beautifully printed, all English, collection is available for $25 (postage paid) from KushKomiks, where you can also view nine interior pages. (The volume is mostly in full color, although some pages are b&w.)
Also available from KushKomiks, is Europe 1:20'000'000 (one in twenty million). Thirty-four artists from 34 different European countries give special insight into their home country. The book was published by Austrian Kabinett and edited by Latvian Kuš!.
Participating artists are: Anna Deflorian (Italy), Anna Hilti (Liechtenstein), Bjarni Hinriksson (Iceland), Bob Byrne (Ireland), Branko Jelinek (Slovakia), Cem Dinlenmiş (Turkey), Damir Steinfl (Croatia), Datto Machavariani (Georgia), Edda Strobl (Austria), Emelie Östergren (Sweden), Igor Baranko (Ukraine), Irkus M. Zeberio (Basque Country), Janek Koza (Poland), Julia Grigorieva (Russia), Jyrki Nissinen (Finland), Kaja Avberšek(Slovenia), Karolis Strautniekas (Lithuania), König Lü. Q. (Switzerland), Kristel Maamägi (Estonia), Lamelos (The Netherlands), Lenka Djorojevic (Montenegro), Liesbeth De Stercke (Belgium), Lucie Lomová (Czech Republic), Maja Veselinović (Serbia), Mari Kanstad Johnsen (Norway),
The perfect bound volume measures 13 cm x 18 cm, with 80 pages in b&w. Each comic is presented in the native language of artist, with English translations in the back, released in May 2011. $10 (postage paid) from KushKomiks, where you can also view seven interior spreads.
Art Spiegelman's Retrospective at the Jewish Museum: New York Times.
Nov. 1 Midnight Ramblings
Fema Family 2012 by Max Clotfelter, is a classic-size mini comix, twelve pages long. Wonderful, dark humor for 50¢ a copy. They also carry Aligator Milk #1 and Hole Show #1, also by Clotfelter.
Labanotation: The Center of Weight by Sean Christensen and Amy Kuttab, presents another adventurous foray into the Church of Awesome Thought universe. This time around is the longest story yet. In fact, at 96 pages, this volume pushes the limits of handmade saddle stitch binding. Sean and Amy are both masters of surreal fantasy all their own. Published in 2010, it's going for $5 a copy. The Neoglyphic Media website showcases a couple of interior pages.
Poor Thing #1 weighs in at 32 pages and 8.5 x 11 inches. Drew Miller's first issue of a new ongoing series, done in a ‘one-man anthology’ style and featuring some of the drippyest, oozinest comics you’ll ever see. This first issue immerses readers into a darkly hilarious world of meticulously detailed grime and cartoony goofery. To coin a term, Ren and Stimpy-esque. The intricacy of Drew’s pen work is phenomenal. Neoglyphic's artistic director Cullen Beckhorn, plans to attend the upcoming Short Run small press fest, where the second issue of Poor Thing will premier. Prepare yourself with issue #1 for $8, at Neoglyphic Media.
Check out this book trailer for S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst.
Marathon, a Short Run art show, curated by Larry Reid opens on Saturday Nov. 9 and runs through Dec. 11, 2013 at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle. The show includes work by Gabrielle Gamboa, Robyn Jordan, Noel Franklin, Coin Op, Mita Mahato, Scott Travis, Joe Garber, Fiona Avocado, Tom Neely, Nate Neal, Elaine Lin, Bettina McEntyre, Skill Shot, TBASA, Reid Psaltis, Bobby Mono, Aron Nels Steinke, Jim Blanchard, Peter Bagge, Kelly Froh, Eroyn Franklin, Max Badger, Shannon Wheeler, and more.
Plan B Magazine presents new stories every two weeks. Detective, crime, thrillers, suspense, mysteries, cop tales . . . from classic cozies to hardboiled noir to modern techothrillers. Plan B serves up deliciously dangerous dirt every two weeks, free to read online. And now their second collection, with thirteen stories, is available as a 124-page ebook in epub, mobi and pdf formats. Order directly from Plan B, and check out Volume One as well.
Larry Rippee spotlights Michael Dowers' Treasury of Mini Comics Volume 1, along with comments and a few mini comic covers of his newave mini classics.
Cloudscape Comics collective has announced an open-call for submissions to its eighth anthology: Mega Fauna. Inspired by the extensive work Cloudscape has done over the last year with Vancouver’s youths (including art classes and festivals), the new anthology will be all-ages, targeted towards children and adults alike. Every story in Mega Fauna will feature people interacting with animals in one form or another. The animals can be domestic or wild, real or imaginary and the story can be any genre (comedy, fantasy, science fiction, adventure, etc.). Deadline for initial script submissions is December 10.
They’ve already attracted interest from numerous creators, including comic artists not previously featured in their anthologies, as well as poets, novelists, painters, and other creative not usually affiliated with comics. They want to engage still more individuals so that Mega Fauna, even more than previous Cloudscape anthologies, will be a showcase of the best of British Columbia’s artistic talent. More information is featured on Cloudscape Comics.
Oct. 18 Midnight Ramblings
The Big Click #10, now out, begins with a tale of violence and betrayal, "Late Night on Route 17" by Libby Cudmore. Have you ever caught yourself wondering what true love really looks like? Well, read this and find out. Come to think of it, their second story, "The Lost City of Emory Winters" by Christina Scholz, is also about violence, betrayal, and love...though maybe not in the same order, or in the same proportions. In the middle is Barry Graham's column about when acting and writing transcend what they are, and finishing with capsule reviews of the best new crime fiction. Available free online or $2.99 ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Weightless Books, linked from The Big Click #10 webpage.
The Authors Road interviews Anne Hillerman about her new novel The Spider Woman's Daughter and her father, Tony Hillerman, and his novels.
Allen Freeman recently began a Master Photography Blog.
Lil Abner's dream job is now reality.
The Autumn/Fall issue of The Write Life Magazine is out. A soulful, informative guide to help make writing a bigger part of your lifestyle. For anyone who has ever wanted to write in any capacity, and has felt that lift in their spirit after putting pen to paper.
Vibrant, positive and sometimes sassy, it’s a lifestyle magazine with a twist. It’s content is not limited to writing; rather the themes and topics covered in each issue span a variety of lifestyle topics that appeal to she who loves to write.
Format: A digital magazine for mobile and tablet – iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire. As of July 2013, they are also producing a PDF version, free when signing up for the mailing list.
Oct. 11 Midnight Ramblings
"One of the images, the second panel, the wraith-looking hands, for some reason reminded me of Gaga's fans, called "Monsters." One of the things they do is to "put up their paws" like that in an eerie kind of way. So I started thinking about her song "Born This Way" which is where all of the text came from—her lyrics to that song. Once I had that going in my mind I just set out to find panels that matched up to some of the ideas that I have when I think about some of the lyrics. I truly feel lucky that I was able to find so much good material that could be used. Originally I wanted to keep it to eight pages but couldn't edit out as much as needed to make that happen. So it became what it is."
And what it is, is great. Werts is offering Inspired free for the asking. Just send him your request to
In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine”, Ella takes the form of Jake's numerous lovers, desperately fighting through malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny. Bill Plympton's new trailer for Cheatin' is online at vimeo.
Delaine Derry Green began drawing My Small Diary comics in 1993. Her new book, I Am My Own Stereotype, combines three previous collections of her My Small Diary stories, and adds over 40 new pages. She promises in her introduction that every single story inside is 100% true. Because truth is stranger, and often funnier, than fiction.
Of course, Green is also the publisher of the impressive Not My Small Diary series, that boasts contributions from a wide roster of today's indie cartoonists. Several of the more recent issues of Not My Small Diary, as well as the new I Am My Own Stereotype are available directly from Green via her Etsy Shop.
Vancouver's largest independent comics collective, Cloudscape Comics, inspired by the charity work done by Star Trek fan groups, is raising money for charity by participating in the Endure 4 Kindness campaign.
Endure 4 Kindness is a global endurance-based event that occurs once a year. The event is run by Random Acts, an organization that seeks to make the world a better place through one random act of kindness at a time. On Saturday, November 2nd, hundreds of groups throughout the world will challenge themselves by participating in an activity of their choice for 24 hours, using that to raise money for charity campaigns organized by Random Acts, such as Hope 2 Haiti, an earthquake relief program.
Gerry Giovinco reports on the advice of experience from Mark Waid and Sinead O'Conner regarding young creators on the CO2 Comics Blog.
Mystery Scene's Fall Issue #131 is out now.
Mark Billingham is already one of the big guns of crime fiction in the UK, and his Tom Thorne novels are increasingly popular here. In this issue, Oline Cogdill has a revealing conversation with the former comedian and actor in which he describes his own terrifying experience as a crime victim.
Michael Mallory discusses French writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, or Boileau-Narcejac as they were known. Alfred Hitchcock was a big fan, and he based the classic film Vertigo on their novel D'entre les morts.
Tom Nolan would like to bring to your attention "Hidden Gems: 5 Writers You Should Be Reading." The future of the private-eye novel is bright, according to Kevin Burton Smith. He offers three outstanding new writers—Sara Gran, Ingrid Thoft, and Laura Brackmann—as proof. Case made!
Michael Dowers' mammoth Treasury of Mini Comics: Volume One is out from Fantagraphics and Poopsheet's Justin Giampaoli weighs in with a near page-by-page review. If you liked Dowers' earlier Newave!, this gigantic mini tome is a must-read addition to mini comic history.
Kelly Froh, Eroyn Franklin and Janice Headley are back with the 2013 edition of Short Run, the Seattle small press festival, with events beginning Nov. 1 and culminating in a small press tablegeddon on Nov. 30.
This year's main event is held at Washington Hall. Kelly Froh explains the move, "We loved being at The Vera Project, but knew that we had to find a space that would allow us to grow. We fell in love with Washington Hall, which was built in 1908 and has that crumbling-down charm. It is being slowly restored, but we love the brick, the floors, the wrap-around balcony, the beautiful stage, and all the open space. Also, we are happy to bring the festival to the Central District this year; it has a more neighborhood feel and there is a lot more parking!
"This year we have about 150 exhibitors, performers, and readers and expect about 1,500 people to attend over six hours (or more! Who knows?).
"Short Run is unique because of our commitment to small press work, to always remain free to the public and to keep our table prices low. We are not a convention. You will find a lot of comics, yes, but also zines, poetry chapbooks, art books, and you will also view animation, and performances. This year we have an artist who also writes personalized haiku's on the spot, and an artist who will be doing transformative hair brushing. We love to draw out the varied talents of the artists we come in contact with."
Froh also provided details on a few of the debuts at the show. "Yes! I think the most anticipated is Real Good Stuff a new collection of stories by Dennis Eichhorn, drawn by young underground artists like Noah Van Sciver and Max Clotfelter and some classic artists like Mary Fleener. It is being produced by Tom Van Deusen's new publishing venture, Poochie Press. Also Bobby Mono's Mix Tape Anthology which contains full color pages of literal imagery from the lyrics of songs (with hilarious results!), T. Edward Bak's Island of Memory, and many more! I'm especially looking forward to the 8-page newaves made the night before, those are always my favorite!
"I'd like to add that this year we have a new member who has become absolutely essential to Eroyn and I—Janice Headley, who already has two jobs (KEXP and Fantagraphics) but luckily for us she's a workaholic! She is not only our web design and social media expert, but has brought her own creative ideas to the group.
"Also, we've added programming the day before the festival so that exhibitors can attend along with the audience. We are calling it Read/Write and there will be workshops, panel discussions, and creative collaboration that all culminates with "breaking bread" together at a post-Thanksgiving meal."
Here's a list of all Short Run's events, straight from the press release:
Short Run presents five artists working with the theme of nature, specifically the grip that the Northwest has upon us who live here. Not unlike “Northwest Mystics,” the work is permeated by place, whether they mean it to be or not. Artists include Jesse Lortz, China Faith Star, Sarah Rosenblatt, Minh Nguyen, and Mat Whiteley. Musical guests include Case Studies & Waxing Hearts.
Short Run The Rookie Yearbook Two Release Party with Tavi Gevinson
Short Run is honored to present the launch party for Rookie Yearbook Two, out this fall from Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Editor and fashion sensation Tavi Gevinson will host an afternoon of readings, along with a zine-making workshop geared towards teens. All supplies will be provided.
Short Run Exhibitor Art Show
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid will choose artists from the Short Run Exhibitor List to display their illustrative work and provide the public with a first look at what they will find at the festival. We are honored to be working with Larry Reid, who has brought small press work into the Fantagraphics store, and offered support and guidance to many a comic artist in Seattle. Musical guest Tummy.
Short Run Read/Write
Saturday, November 30th,
Short Run presents Read/Write, a day which will use performances, collaborative creations, panels, and discussions to contemplate many topics including the value of comics and zines, the role craft plays in the digital age, a history of queer comics and zines, and the gender gap in comics. Join artists as they screenprint their book covers and put the finishing touches on their zine or comic at our “Procrastination Station”. Commune together for a post-Thanksgiving meal. A more detailed schedule can be found at Short Run.
Short Run 2013 Small Press Fest
On Saturday, November 30, the breathtaking Washington Hall will be filled with a book fair highlighting over 100 writers and artists including the underground comics legend Dennis Eichhorn, local Stranger Genius Jim Woodring, Intruder Comics Newspaper contributor James the Stanton, Eisner winner David Lasky, the makers of the Seattle Pinball Zine, Skill-Shot and Portland artists Asher Craw, Julia Gfrorer, Study Group and more. We also welcome comic artists traveling from across the country including Kentucky, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Canada, and the UK! The spectacular stage will be screening animation throughout the day by Reel Grrls, SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team), and dozens of animators from around the country.
Read/Write continues on the wrap-around balcony with an epic mural collaboration between comic artists Max Clotfelter, Tim Miller, and attendees. Other rooms will host drawing games, live silk-screening, workshops, shadow puppet shows, readings, and rock operas. We welcome Gridlords, the monthly comic performance group from Portland; Oakland’s Fictilis, who will create amazing collaborative experiences; and the young adults creating zines through The Zine Project. Our decadent bake sale will be accompanied by visiting food trucks to provide a quick bite for visitors. Join us on this "Small Business Saturday," a nationwide campaign that encourages you to shop locally for the holidays.
After the festival closes, Washington Hall will be transformed into a “Comics Prom,” a 21 + dance party with comic book corsages, microbrews, spiked punch, and featuring local favorite La Luz, K Records band The Shivas, and Specs Wizard, “The Elder Statesman” of Seattle area Hip Hop.
The latest from James Rubino comics is Meraamya #1, the story of an alien princess from the lost city of Arkticopolis who experiences the world of humans with the launch of this new series. It's the work of creator, writer, illustrator James Rubino, with inks by Thomas Aheam.
MF.com asked Rubino the genesis of the comic: "The name Meraamya is simply a play on the word “mermaid.” As to how the character came about—well, I like mermaids. I wanted to create a character with an intriguing background; wanted her to be beautiful but with an air of cuteness and innocence as well.
"I came up with “Arkticopolis” back when I was creating “homemade” comics as a kid. Thought it would fit in well here. Didn’t want to stick with the traditional “Atlantis” thing—instead these are highly-advanced mer-people who came from a distant, dying planet and settled here. Of course, Arkticopolis may have given rise to the Atlantis legend. Most of the artwork/gags for the book were created back in 2009-2010, then I just continued fine-tuning it."
Rubino said his future plans for Meraamya depend mostly on reader response. When asked what else he was working on, he said, "I'm just putting the finishing touches on Tales from the Seventh Galaxy #4—hopefully that should be out in November, and among other things, it will include a brief tribute to the late Luisa Felix, a fine illustrator and a wonderful person. Also in the works is a second JARU Sketchbook and a Top-Secret project featuring one of my biggest characters, who returns in a special one-shot being illustrated by Thomas Ahearn who did such a fabulous job inking the Meraamya book."
Kudos to Rubino and his associates for the quality and quantity of their production. Meraamya #1 and other titles are available via the Rubino Comics Store. Click through for preview pages.
ITEM: The Baltic Comics Magazine has an open call for contributions themed to villages.
Eureka Productions has announced that Halloween Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 23, will be on sale at the special price of $10 this month (only), on the Graphic Classics website (List price is $17.95)
Halloween Classics presents five scary tales for the holiday, each with an EC Comics-style introduction by famed horror author Mort Castle. Featured are Washington Irving's “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Arthur Conan Doyle’s mummy tale “Lot No. 249”, Mark Twain’s “A Curious Dream”, and H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cool Air”. Plus, a comics adaptation of the great silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Calligari”, illustrated by Matt Howarth, with a terrifying cover by Simon Gane.
The Graphic Classics series presents the works of great authors in comics adaptations and heavily-illustrated text. The adaptations are written at an adult level, and utilize as much of the author’s original language as possible. GC's goal is to create books that are enjoyable for adults, yet accessible to children ages twelve and up. Graphic Classics are available in bookstores and comics shops nationally.
“The quality of the Graphic Classics series has never faltered and this treat for horror fans is no exception. Great art and story adaptions. My favourite has to be ‘The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow’ — I saw the animated film when I was a kid and ever since tried to check out any movie or comic adaptions and this one is spot on!"
“Adapting stories by such luminaries as H.P Lovecraft, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Washington Irving, and more, Halloween Classics is a fantastic collection. Well-written and wonderfully illustrated throughout, this really is a must-have for fans of comics, horror, and literature alike. And best of all, it's all-ages material, suitable for anyone 12 (or slightly younger, depending on the kid) and up. This is a perfect read for the Halloween season and should be a part of each and every library collection."
"In addition to adapting genuinely classic works into accessible and fun comics for all ages, for this volume Mr. Pomplun and his crew have also created a sly EC tribute book as well. There’s a framing story done in the EC style by Mort Castle and Kevin Atkinson introducing each story in the book that left me grinning from ear to ear, and the stories chosen for adaptation this time out are very cool. My favorite, though, has to be 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', adapted from the original screenplay with art by Matt Howarth. Strongly recommended."
Sept. 22 Midnight Ramblings
Fantagraphics previewed Michael Dower's Treasury of Mini Comics Volume 1 on Flickr in video and slide show. Copies are enroute to contributors and available at bookstores on Sept. 30.
Rob Kirby put together a collection of indie comikers' takes on what it's like to table their wares at fests and shows. Contributors include Max Clotfelter, Cara Bean, Sally Carson, Kelly Froh, Carrie McNinch, Rob Kirby, Mark Campos, Aron Nels Steinke, Gabrielle Gamboa, Justin Hall, Tony Breed, Matt Moses, Jess Worby, Zine Crush, Rick Worley, Jason Martin and John Porcellino. Excerpts from Tablegeddon #1 are available at Rob Kirby Comics. You can order the 32-page digest from the Rob Kirby Comics Store, along with other series titles and one-shots.
Mystery & Adventure Series Review #47 is available, with Fred Woodward's Editorial, Hunting for Hidden Books by Kent Winslow, More Western Heroes by I.R. Ybarra, Typographical Corner, Whiteside, Rick's Home Town by D.E. Hedrick, E.J. Craine, Vanished Series Writer by Bill Harper, Gulliver's Jeep by John Rush, Memories of Boyhood Reading by Steve Bovee, and an impressive letters section. Send $5 (Cash or stamps only, don't even think about a check!) or trade from:
Aron Nels Steinke's second issue of Mr. Wolf is out. The mini comic collects Steinke's full color comic strips that previously appeared on his website. Mr. Wolf #2 is a handmade mini comic with a color cover and b&w interior pages. Available for $5 from Buy Olympia (click through for preview pages).
Two of the latest 28-page mini kuš! arrived in my mailbox earlier this week. Tiina Lehikoinen's The Pernicious Kiss and Heta Bilaletdin's Hideous Fiesta. These are wild, colorful and slickly produced minis from the wonderful folks behind the Baltic Comics Magazine. Available from the Kush Komikss Shop.
Sept. 2 Midnight Ramblings
Ian Shires' Self Publisher #66 is now available as a free PDF download. Cover feature with Monte Moore, on breaking into Hollywood, interviews with Dean Harris, Michael John Morris, Matt Forbeck, Steven Stonebreaker and Danny McMaughlin. Sneak peeks of Spear. Featured indy band: Mad Anthony and more articles. Covering comics, zines, music and more by Ian Shires, Louise Cochran-Mason, Douglas Owen, Nicholas Yanes, Ellen Fleisher, Mark Turner, John Wilson and Mike Schnieder. All in a full color, magazine-sized 36 pages.
Get your own Bob Vojtko tote bag or other gear at zazzle.com
Wow Cool announced the debut of Sam Henderson's Magic Whistle #13.
Twenty-two international comics artists contributed stories to the Baltic Comics Magazine š! #14 'Sports', which as the name says, is a comics anthology from the Baltics about sports. Not all of the artists taking part consider themselves very sportive, but have very colorful, exciting and sweaty stories to tell anyway, about basketball, cycling, ping pong, roller derby. quidditch and more.
Plus four new mini kuš! by Tiina Lehikoinen, Heta Bilaletdin, Emelie Östergren and Inés Estrada were announced. Little 28-page books with comics each by the mentioned artists on a slightly wider theme named 'modern heroes', but are as diverse and crazy as it can get.
There are different options how you can buy them from their webshop. They ship worldwide, with shipping costs included:
Brian John Mitchell is holding a Kickstarter for twenty new micro mini comics, bringing his library of matchbook-size titles to an even 100.
Cloudscape Comics announced the launch of Waterlogged, which has been described by Jason Wilkins of Broken Frontier as “a treasury of tales inspired by the briny deep in its latest top-notch showcase of local talent. Waterlogged overflows with accomplished graphic storytelling from across the comics spectrum and, at 200+ pages, is a massively fun read!”
The anthology takes the reader through a multitude of voyages, from the emotional tempest of a grandfather’s funeral to the outlandish waters of an alien world, from the prow of a savage Viking long ship to the stern of a modern family sailboat.
Persia Blues Vol. 1 Leaving Home is out by Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman from NBM Publishing. Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman struggling to define herself amid the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime and the wishes of an overbearing father.
Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape.
Blending Eastern and Western civilization with elements of ancient Persian mythology, Persia Blues explores the intersections of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas. 6 x 9 trade paperback, 128 pages, b&w. Available in print and digital formats via the Persia Blues website.
The publisher is calling it the collegiate issue. The stories in this month's Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine cover the arts, academics, and athletics—not to mention the perennial college pastimes of sex and drugs.
In fact, Terrie Farley Moran’s “Knowledge Is Deadly” depicts the life of a graduate T.A. as one rife with bloated resumes, jealousies, and criminous extracurricular activities.
Meanwhile, FBI Special Agent and erstwhile college basketball star Dawna Shepherd suits up with the Florida Suncoast State University women’s basketball coach and players as she tracks a fugitive hiding in the Sarasota Amish community in Diana Deverell’s “In Plain Sight.”
The cinematic arts offer a lesson in how a scene can reveal (or conceal) the truth in “Last Night in Cannes” by James L. Ross, while in Elaine Menge’s “Soul Thief,” truth is a little too close to home for the relatives of a best-selling novelist in southern Louisiana.
A Korean tech mogul goes searching for the truth about his sister’s fate in an impoverished village near Seoul in Martin Limón’s “The Queen of Yongju-gol.” And the stakes are high when half-brothers, sons of a drug warlord in China, spar while on a mission for their father in R. T. Lawton’s “Across the Salween.” This month’s stories make hitting the books a pleasure for all ages.
August 15 Midnight Ramblings
New Pulp publisher Airship 27 launched a new blog.
Check out the 60 mega micro mini boxed set of Brian John Mitchell's comics, drawn by a small army of cartoonists at Silber Media.
Ed Gorman reruns a terrific (but brief) interview with Vince Keenan on The Whistler film series.
Steve Willis racks up 5,000 posts surpassing even Morty Comix.
Congratulations to Poochie Press Pubs for the successful funding of Dennis P. Eichhorn's Real Good Stuff.
ePulp Sampler Volume 1, an action packed ePulp anthology that unleashes five new tales inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1920s - 1940s, is out. They're not for the faint of heart. Things will get intense and stuff on the volume's pages can't be unread. Get ready to explore strange worlds, visit forgotten pasts, and delve into parallel histories. Prepare to encounter an eclectic mix of heroes walking the line between life and death. Whether you're a nostalgian, dieselpunk, pulp fan, sci-fi and fantasy aficionado, or ebook spelunker, there's something in this collection for you to explore. You can sample them all. ePulp Sampler Volume 1 is currently available on your favorite eBookstores. Download your free copy before it’s too late.
Theo Ellsworth's Laughing Ghost Nation gallery show is online at Giant Robot.
Fantagraphics unveils the first look at Michael Dower's upcoming Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1.
Charles Ardai spoke with John Kenyon about Hard Case Crime's upcoming reissues of eight Michael Chrichton novels written under the pseudonym John Lange, over at Grift Magazine.
Poet and zinester Mark Sonnenfeld wrote to share his a few of his poems and Give-Out Sheets, available through his Marymark Press.
Taken from different worlds, a group of misfits now live in the shadow of a colossal structure surrounded by a sea of forests and unspeakable creatures which dwell within. However, all is not lost, as there is a way to escape the claustrophobia by means of a device aptly dubbed “The Gate”. Still, with so much excitement going on, sometimes it’s easy to forget. That is, until they run out of toilet paper… Then, one day Runie and Ursula discover something locked deep below in the bunker beside their ancient gate. What secret lie does it hold and how is it related to their new home? The first installment of a new graphic novel series, Dei Ex Machina; Zenith by Jason Gibson is now in print and ezine.
Steve Weddle's Summer 2013 issue of Needle A Magazine of Noir is out. Check out Needlemag for updates or order your copy post haste, direct from Lulu.com for $7.95 plus shipping. Contributors for this edition include cover artist Scott Morse and writers:
Weird Tales #361 is out with interviews, poetry, a Weird Tales retrospective and fairy tales by:
John Kenyon's Grift #2 is out featuring a mix of incisive non-fiction and hard-hitting short fiction.
It includes an exhaustive (yet incredibly captivating) interview of Les Edgerton, another with Stuart Neville, and a look at the film noir woodcuts of Loren Kantor.
The fiction section includes stories from:
Grift Magazine #2 is $7.65 plus shipping from Lulu.com, which includes a twelve-page preview.
Thuglit #6 is out in Kindle edition, ready to blow up your face with eight killer tales from some of the best crime writers on the mutherlubbin' planet.
Mystery Scene Magazine #130 is out:
Your escape from a world of stress, Penpal Sweethearts from Outer Space takes you away from your terrestrial troubles each issue with lots of lovely ladies and the usual Ribino "humor with a weird twist." Previews and ordering at IndyPlanet. 28 page, black-and-white comic.
I'm way late to the party on this one, but it's strictly off the grid. Fred Woodward's The Mystery & Adventure Series Review #46 came out a while back and he was kind enough to send me a copy recently. Interesting, worthwhile zine about series characters with lots of reader participation.
Production is 100% old style. No digital technology here, sonny. Git yers fer $5 (cash or stamps only, don't even think about a check) or trade from:
Thanks to friend and reviewer D. Blake Werts, who sent the newly published Xerography Debt #33. 64 pages of (mostly) reviews of zines. At $4.00 a copy, this last-of-the-great review zines is not to be missed. Get yours from Microcosm Publishing. For more info see editor Davida Gypsy Breier's Leeking Inc.
J.T. Lindroos' Euro Comics Roundup on Bookgasm.
An avalanche of photos from the 2013 Reuben Awards. See if you can spot the cover of the upcoming issue of Hogan's Alley among the group.
Evan Lewis recalls Dashiell Hammett's never-been-reprinted On the Way.
Dennis P. Eichhorn's Real Good Stuff needs a real good Kickstarter. Looks pretty awesome. Time to send it backing!
Marc Arsenault's Alternative Comics is back publishing, what else, but alternatives. Recent releases include Failure by Karl Stevens and Alternative Comics #4, an indie anthology with an impressive list of indie cartoonists. Coming in August they will have Sam Henderson's Magic Whistle #13 and Erik T. Johnson's The Outliers #1.
Airship 27 releases Mars McCoy to the Rescue. In this second volume, Captain Mars McCoy, and his co-pilot, android Lt. Betty-12 of Black Bird 5 confront two unique and malevolent threats. In “The Curse of the Star Lance,” by James Palmer, they discover a lost Imperial Space Cruiser and the hidden horror that still dwells within it.
Ed Gorman interviews Tom Piccirilli about The Last Kind Words and its follow-on, due out July 7.
Ditkomania #91 is out with a print run of 300 copies and a color front and back cover. Order your copy for $3.00 (post paid) direct from editor Rob Imes, from his page on the Ditko-Fever website.
The successful kickstarted campaign for Black Eye #2 has borne print on page and through post. Ryan Standfest's second excursion into desperate humor features new comics and art by:
June 22 Midnight Ramblings
Anthony Woodward explores his progress and process, nearly two weeks into his mini comic challenge.
Brian Anderson releases his collection of So Super Duper on July 13, 2013. Anderson was interviewed at ComicBook.com.
Steve Willis, Future Tenant of Obscuro Bezango!
The September 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is out.
“The past is never dead,” wrote Faulkner. “It’s not even past.” The quotation comes to mind as AHMM contemplates the stories in the new issue that deal with the lingering consequences of crime and violence.
In Brad Parks’s wrenching “Two for One,” a man seeks closure when his brother’s murderer walks free. A six-year-old crime resonates ominously with a contemporary case in Joseph D’Agnese’s “Bloody Signorina.” And a police detective newly on the wagon digs into a cold case in “Hangover at Sunrise,” the well-crafted AHMM debut of C. B. Forrest.
Meanwhile, Jim Weikart’s “The Samsa File” evokes both Kafka and the Cold War, while Doc Finch’s “Prompt Watts” is a hijacking tale that raises the specter of nuclear terrorism. Turn-of-the-century medium Madame Selina returns, as she and her young assistant Nip travel to upstate New York to investigate “A Political Issue.” And newly promoted Detective Lieutenant Cyrus Auburn tackles a particularly sensitive case in John H. Dirckx’s “Departmental Issue.”
C.J. West bares his novel development process with a little help from Kickstarter.
Hard Bite by Anonymous-9 is out from New Pulp Press.
June 14 Midnight Ramblings
Clarion West's Write-a-thon for writers and their sponsors.
The United Fanzine Organization (UFO) has released their club zine, Tetragrammaton Fragments (T-Frags) #228. It's available as a free PDF from the group's website or in print for $2.50 from UFO chairman and publisher Rob Imes.
June 1 Midnight Ramblings
Fogel's Underground Price Guide is due in Summer 2013. Pre-order now to reserve your copy of the standard paperbound edition or the deluxe, limited-edition hardcover with a cover by Frank Stack, signed by the artist and editor. The new edition includes over 500 pages of listing for comix, rock posters, minis, alt, euro comix and zines.
Edited by ambulatory laff factories Lauren Barnett (Me Likes You Very Much) and Nathan Bulmer (Eat More Bikes), the first volume of an anticipated 196 volume series of the best of funny comics throughout the world features the likes of Phil McAndrew, Box Brown, Madéleine Flores, Zac Gorman, KC Green, Dustin Harbin, Jane Mai, DakotaMcFadzean, Matt Wiegle, and Joe Lambert, who did the stunning cover. 64 pages. $10.00 from the Hic Hoc Publications Shop.
Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends, edited by Emi Gennis, and published by Hic & Hoc, contains over 30 non-fiction unsolved mysteries by relative newcomers and small press comics legends alike, including J.T. Yost, Julia Gfrorer, Noah Van Sciver, Simon Moreton, and Sam Spina. Previews below from pieces by Nikki DeSautelle, Sam Alden, and Graham Kahler. Featuring tales of slaughtered hikers, vanishing prime ministers, suicide forests, and meat falling from the sky. 192 pages. $12.00 from the Hic Hoc Publications Shop.
Walter Mosley explains The Magic of Pulp Fiction at The Huffington Post.
May 25 Midnight Ramblings
James Rubino has published a nice collection of sketches in Jaru Sketchbook #1. The 28-page comic was produced through POD technology with black-and-white interior pages and a full color cover. You can view more of the interior pages at Indyplanet and purchase the book for $3.00, as well as several other fine Rubino titles like Yumishira #0, Archives of the Alien volume 1: Followers of the All and Archives of the Alien volume 2: Rubino's Happy Tales.
Peter Lefevre's Rogue Lawman is in Kickstarter mode. The pulp noir western pilot will air on the web.
May 17 Midnight Ramblings
Anthony Woodward is offering PDFs of his fine Sketch Book Comix series for a donation or free.
The cover design for April Henry's The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is previewed on her blog.
Jeremy Eaton is posting a chapter a day of his novel, Dodo, on (unfortunately) Facebook.
Congratulations to Chloe Eudaly for successful funding of the Reading Frenzy relaunch. RF is an important retail outlet for zines. Great to know it will reopen.
Cloudscape Comics collective’s Stratus art exhibit launched on May 3rd at 7:00 pm and runs until June 2nd, 2013 at the Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, BC's International Village. Stratus highlights Vancouver's rich comic history and its thriving independent comics and self-publication scene. The exhibition features over 30 artists involved with Cloudscape, artists engaged with such mediums as graphic novels, webcomics, manga, animation, video games, and fine art; highlights include Sam & Fuzzy creator Sam Logan, Simpsons artist Nina Matsumoto, Wasted Talent creator Angela Melick, painter Laura Bifano, video game artist Edison Yan, Much the Miller’s Son creator Steve LeCoulliard, and veteran underground comics artist Colin Upton. On display will be comic pages and illustrations from each artist’s personal work alongside sample pages from Cloudscape’s numerous anthologies, including our upcoming seventh tome: Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea.
Evan Lewis reviews James Hadley Chase's Come Easy - Go Easy. One of two reprints in a Stark House Press double.
Lesann Berry's Alternate Endings, short stories of speculative fiction, is out on Kindle.
The Space Anthology 2013 and OH, Comics #21 (Magic) are now available.
Alternative Comics #4 is coming to comic shops on June 26, 2013. The flagship anthology returns as a twice-yearly, showcasing the best indie, web and zine artists of today's underground.
Theo Ellsworth's Capacity #8 is out from Secret Acres.
Anthony Woodward is offering free PDFs of his Chugnut Comics digital anthology.
Chicks on Comics (NSFW) is an ongoing dialogue carried out online in comic panels by a team of nine female authors and invited guest artists.
Space Guy 13 collects Space photo links.
Baltic Comics Magazine #13 is out.
Chugnut Comics #3 is ready to download.
Self Publisher! #63 is ready to download.
Ray Harryhausen, whose creatures battled Jason and Sinbad, dies at 92, NYT.
Down Town collects Richard Cowdry's strips from the Stool Pigeon in one handy 28-page comic.
The Infinite Corpse, a chain comic by 212 cartoonists, is online.
Pulp Ark 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to pulp writer Charles Boeckman, author of Suspense, Suspicion & Shockers and many other tales.
Neoglyphic Media has published Drew Miller's Poor Thing #1.
Max Clotfelter's new mini Buster #1 is out.
The May/June issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction is out.
Logic Storm is out from Theo Ellsworth.
Microcosm Publishing announces Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever & Ever #2 by Josh Bayer, Tom Neely and Mark Rudolph.
Jeff Zwirek's unique three-cover design for his graphic novel, Burning Building Comix, allows his stories to be told in a way that's never been explored before. Retailing at $19.95, BBC is being distributed by Top Shelf Productions and will be available in comic shops beginning in June.
April 5 Mdinight Ramblings
The second volume of David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview is out in a premier edition and hardcover.
Evan Lewis reviews Peter Rabe's Kill the Boss Good-By.
March 29 Midnight Ramblings
Retail/online zine/zinester haven Reading Frenzy requires your support to relaunch.
Lein Short interviews Steve Weddle, editor of Needle Magazine on Shoryland.
Hogan's Alley (Tom Heinjes) interviews Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen about their new biography, Al Capp: A Life of the Contrary.
š! #13 'Life Is Live' coming out soon.
Ryan Standfast runs a Kickstarter for Black Eye #2.
Mystery Tribune grills Martin Ott over The Interrogator's Notebook.
Mystery Scene magazine salutes paperback original writers.
Bob Corby's SPACE Anthology 2013 PDF is ready to download.
Alan Cranis reviews Max Allan Collins' Seduction of the Innocent for Bookgasm.
The Destroyer is back.
NaNoWriMo's writing events are April, July (Camp NaNoWriMo) and November this year.
March 15 Midnight Ramblings
SPACE Anthology 2013 on KickStarter. Hurry, ends March 25.
Sue Grafton makes the cover of the new Mystery Scene magazine #128, now out.
Alterna Comics digital lineup presents Myth #1 by Mike Loniewski and Dan Lauer on Comixology.
Airship 27 announces Mike Baron's Biker is now available for eReaders and in print.
Jeremy Eaton opened an Etsy Shop.
March 8 Midnight Ramblings
Maverick cartoonist Steve Lafler was there at the dawn of the Alternative Comics movement in the early 80s with his Dog Boy series. Lafler describes his ecstatic creative process and announces an auction of original Dog Boy art in a new video.
Royce Icon's Odium Comix #3 is now available: $4 + $2 shipping for
Mystery File's Steve Lewis reviews Sue Grafton's V is for Vengeance.
Goodreads interviews Harlan Corben, partially about his new novel Six Years.
Ron Lott sings the praises of Aron Nels Steinke's new Big Plans collection.
Rob Kirby's Snack Pak #1 is out.
Hard Case Crime's reissue of Harlan Ellison's first, Web of the City is reviewed by Bruce Grossman.
Feb. 28 Midnight Ramblings
Self Publisher Magazine #62 is out (free download).
Hoodlum #1 is out from Alterna.
Lee, the Lee Marvin anthology. Intro by Mike White and fiction by Scott Phillips, Heath Lowrance, Johnny Shaw, Jenna Bass, Adrian McKinty, Jake Hinkson, Ray Banks, James Hopwood, Erik Lundy, Eric Beetner, Luke Preston, Nigel Bird, Ryan K. Lindsay, Andrew Nette, Cameron Ashley and Jimmy Callaway. From Crime Factory.
Dead Letters by Chris F. Holms is out in Kindle Edition.
Mark Rose reviews Peter Robinson's Before the Poison on Bookgasm.
Birdcage Bottom Books has announced the release of Ben Snakepit's 6th volume of Daily Diary Comics 2010 to 2012. Snake Pit Gets Old will be available April 6th for MoCCA. Pre-sale packages available.
Feb. 22 Midnight Rambles
Mary Metcalfe interviews Lesann Berry, author of Passing Judgement, on Lakefront Muse.
Modern Pulp #4 is available.
All Pulp's list of best selling new pulp ebooks for Feb 22.
Elizabeth Lyon offers fiction revision tips.
Feb. 18 Midnight Ramblings
Intruder #5 is out.
Grift Magazine interviews Lawrence Block.
Feb. 12 Midnight Ramblings
30 Years of Morty Comix.
Crime Factory #12 is out.
Kelly Froh's list of best auto-bio comix.
Writer.ly a new online marketplace for people looking for help with their publishing projects is in beta.
Feb. 1 Midnight Ramblings
A chronology of comics published by James Rubino, with original music.
Happiness #3, a double issue, is out.
Indie animator Bill Plympton managed an impressive fund raising effort for his next feature, Cheatin' on KickStarter.
Gravedigger begins Feb. 4.
Jan. 26 Midnight Ramblings
Lara McCoy Rolofson has a blog.
Justin Giampaoli reviews Not My Small Diary #17 edited by Dlaine Derry Green.
Amazing Stories lives!
Alterna's Blood-Drenched Creature Double Feature.
Brad Meltzer's Ted Talk.
Book trailer of Martin Powell & Jamie Chase's adaptation of At the Earth's Core.
The fourth volume of Airship 27's Sherlock Holmes series is out.
Jan. 18 Midnight Ramblings
Kayama Press announced their Spring 2013 titles: Very Casual
The new mini kuš! #10 - 13 are out:
A new "Intruder" art print by Max Clotfelter is available from Broken Press.
Bridge City Comics has published Aron Nels Steinke's Big Plans Collection.
Open Road's ebooks: ten by James M. Cain—and many others.
Subterranean Magazine Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 free downloads.
Sad news, F+W Media announced the closure of Comic Buyer's Guide, effective March 2013. Subscribers will receive a two-for-one conversion to CBG sister publication Anitique Trader. See Maggie Thompson's website for more.
Jan. 8 Midnight Ramblings
Alexia Anastasio's KickStarter funded Adventures in Plymptoons is now available from Amazon.com.
See April thru Dec. 2012 for more Midnight Ramblings.
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