The seventh annual volume of Love and Rockets: New Stories, the most important and enduring alternative comics series in the history of the medium, finds Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez writing and drawing at the top of their game. In Jaime's stories, Maggie and Hopey take a road trip and much-needed break from their humdrum domestic lives and travel to visit a "sick friend." And, when the cat's away, Ray visits some old sick friends of his own. Plus Tonta's nutty family! Gilbert offers a veritable suite of stories, including "The Magic Voyage of Aladdin," a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Morgan Le Fey (Fritz) teams up with Aladdin to stop the evil Circle from obtaining the magic lamp; "The Golem Suit," a WWII sci-fi thriller starring "Killer"; and "Daughters and Mothers and Daughters," in which flashbacks to Luba's mother Maria reveal how ugly secrets of the past affect their family today.
For everyone interested in the history of underground and alternative comics, Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two gathers prime examples—more than 800 pages' worth—from a quintessential self-publishing format in this compact but hefty hardcover. Previously only seen in limited-run pamphlets, these comics are startling, visionary, hilarious, profane, and profound. This volume also takes a look back at the wild 8-page sex comics called "Tijuana Bibles" that sprang from the 1930s underworld, as context for the contemporary comics that compose this book. Editor and mini comics pioneer Michael Dowers provides a historical survey of several decades' worth of some of the best that DIY comics has to offer, from some of the medium's most talented independent creators, including: Johnny Ryan, Trina Robbins, R.K. Sloane, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Tom Neely, Ellen Forney, Esther Pearl Watson, Renée French, Lisa Hanawalt, J.R. Williams, Pat Moriarity, Souther Salazar, Theo Ellsworth, Nick Bertozzi, Dan Zettwoch, Marc Bell, and many others.
Austin, TX - SXSW is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by bringing the biggest and best names from the worlds of music, film, and interactive media and entertainment. With concerts, panels and performances SXSW has earned a reputation of good business and good times. If you're heading out this March for the Texas capitol, make sure one of your stops is at the music panel, "Books are the New Vinyl", beginning Friday, March 20th at 5 pm.
As most of the media that we consume migrates from our shelves and into our digital devices, what are we leaving behind? Books are inherently a cultural placeholder for art, ideas, and discovery, but their wide digital platform has elevated the Book into an artform itself. Much like the vinyl album, it's function is almost moot, but its relevance to how we project ourselves to the world is plays an increasingly vital role.
For those of you watching FXX's Man Seeking Woman, you were probably pleasantly surprised when a nightstand featured some of our newest comics: Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge, Megahex by Simon Hanselmann, Cosplayers by Dash Shaw. Until they were replaced by a copy of Infinite Jest in an attempt to "seem cooler". Don't they know?! DON'T THEY KNOW COMICS ARE THE COOLEST?! Thanks to Noah Kuttler and Robin McConnell for the heads-up.
Feeling sad that you cannot make it to the largest comics convention in zee world? ComiXology and Fantagraphics know exactly what you want, what you need - no, crave. So say Lost Cat by Jason is typically 17.99 on comiXology, we're ringing it in at 8.99. The sale ends Sunday, February 1st at 11pm EST or about the time the wine and champagne hangovers end at Angouleme! Check out more of our deals on their site (Arsene Schrauwen 14.99, Athos in America 8.99, Jason Conquers America 0.99, I Killed Adolf Hitler 4.99 and moooore).
Local cartoonist and hero, Noah Van Sciver, will be signing copies of his latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, in Denver! Join Noah and the booksellers from the hottest independent book and comics store in town, Kilgore Books, on Wednesday, February 18th from 6-8pm. Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, their infant child, and Nicole's troubled-and-rough-around-the-edges mother, Angela. The second book from Fantagraphics and Van Sciver continues his interest in pathos and the human condition.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
116-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover $19.99 | 978-1-60699-817-5
"...with forensic precision, he unblinkingly lays bare the grim inner workings of a male character....More first-rate work from a neo-underground maestro." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
"His latest delves deeper into pathos and loss than his past one and this looks like just the kind of book for those who like their indie comics with a side order of insight." –Menachem Luchins, owner of Escape Pod Comics on 13th Dimension
Celebrating the 25th Anniverisary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is releasing one hell of a collection. The Complete Eightball (issues #1-18) comes complete with end-notes, all new front and back cover on the box set, this is the end-all-be-all of Daniel Clowes comics collections. Clowes is appearing, pen in hand, at a few select locations in the states so fingers crossed, here goes!