Consortium Books will distribute Secret Acres and Alternative Comics

Our distributor, Consortium Books, has picked up two fellow comics publishers – Secret Acres and Alternative Comics – and will distribute their catalogs going forward. It’s exciting news, as it suggests a growing interest in our medium from eyes embedded in the literary scene.

You can read more about the development at Publishers Weekly.

Publishers Weekly reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

Mana Neyestani’s gripping memoir received a starred review at Publishers Weekly.

From the opening panel, Neyestani’s account of his personal ordeal masterfully conveys tension with a dense, cross-hatched style that powerfully evokes the claustrophobia of his imprisonment, and the lasting mental effects of his senseless persecution.

Read the entire piece here, and order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

Autoptic Festival Needs Funds

The amazing Autoptic Festival is raising funds for it’s biannual event next year (2015). Our first year was great, help make the next year even better!

Please share! Thank you!

This is Infamous reviews Dragon’s Breath

Shea Hennum wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for This is Infamous.

The stories in DRAGON’S BREATH vary in content, though the range with which the vary isn’t that vast, but their quality—even if it’s merely quality that I’m projecting on to it—is wildly impressive and present throughout.

Read the full review here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our webstore.

Dragon’s Breath reviewed at The Comics Journal

Greg Hunter wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for The Comics Journal.

“What’s New Pussycat?”, an elliptical piece about the suicide of an acquaintance, delivers information sparingly. As a bridge between a scene dramatizing her last interaction with the acquaintance and the scene in which she learns of his death, MariNaomi provides the spread above: a handful of lines at resembling a splash, then the image of her likeness leaving a bar. These pages and others like them offer a complex yet sparse (and easily navigable) read—“What’s New Pussycat?” holds together tonally when read straight through and becomes even more cohesive when recalled or paged back through.

Read the full review here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our website.

Recidivist Vol. 4 is now on sale!

As we previously reported, Zak Sally has completed the latest of his Recidivist series, and you can now purchase a copy online. Visit La Mano, and order one (as well read the excellent catalog copy associated).

Comics Bulletin ‘brings it all back home’ with Eel Mansions #6

Concluding a very extensive conversation series, Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva wrote about Eel Mansions #6 over at Comics Bulletin.

You say Eel Mansions #6 “brings it all back home.” While, it could be easy to see this as some sort of Outlaw Blues, I’ll inherently choose track 11, Baby Blue. While Van Gieson is drawing crazy patterns on our sheets, he’s no empty handed painter. A matter of fact, he’s going big, and remember what Janet teaches us in her final Milk City, “If something is big, then it’s art, and if it’s small, it’s not art.” After all, it’s good to keep things simple.

This kind of thinking is inevitable when dealing with something like Eel Mansions, issue six in particular. This train of thought cuts through the snowy mountain passes of traditional narrative and ends up making stops along the way questioning the nature of storytelling and fueling up at the depot concerning what makes comics, comics.

You can read the entire piece here. Parts 1 – 5 are found here. Pre-order Derek Van Gieson’s collected Eel Mansions from our website!

Uncivilized Books + Comic Arts Brooklyn!

Comic Arts Brooklyn! If in Brooklyn, or anywhere surrounding, come to CAB – arguably one of the best North American comic shows – and check us out.

Publisher Tom K. will be behind the table, shaking hands and selling books. In tow, you’ll find the likes of Derek Van Gieson, Sophie Yanow, Sam Alden, James Romberger and Gabrielle Bell.

The show is free. You’ll find it at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Brooklyn. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm.

See you there!

MariNaomi shares playlist for Dragon’s Breath

Continuing her streak of exceptional press coverage, MariNaomi has shared a playlist for her latest book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories at Largehearted Boy. This appears as part of the site’s ‘Book Notes’ feature, in which authors offer up playlists connected to recent works.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra(Appears in the story “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping”)

In “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping,” I (as a little girl) watch my parents fussing under the tree late Xmas eve, after I’d supposedly gone to bed. I was livid, watching them move around the presents, certain they were delaying Santa’s visit. Because he sees us when we’re sleeping, he knows when we’re awake. Geez, how creepy is that song?

You can read the entire piece here. Also, order Mari’s wonderful book from our website!

Comic Book Resources interviews MariNaomi

MariNaomi keeps at it! At CBR, Alex Dueben spoke with her about Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories.

Your cartooning style depicts essentials and suggests other elements, focusing on the key emotional details and allowing the reader to fill in the rest. How much is this something you’re conscious of while creating each story?

I think about this a lot for every drawing I do. Like, deciding on whether or not to include a panel border, a narrative, a background, or descriptive text can drastically change the take-away from a story. It changes the pacing, the atmosphere, everything. I often experiment with multiple ways to draw a panel before I settle on the final image. I want to get it just right.

Order the book from our website while you can!