Uncivilized @ Brooklyn Book Festival

We’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Sunday, September 21, 10-6pm. We’ve taken over space 412 along with friends from 2D Cloud. Festival details here.

A few of our creators will be on panels:

Single Facing City: Coming of Age Comics. New graphic narratives by popular comics creators Mike Dawson (Angie Bongiolatti), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), and MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath) follow the lives of very different young women, all striving for their place, identity, and their own way to change the world—some fictional, some confessional, all unforgettable. Moderated by Nicole RudickThe Paris Review. Featuring screen projection.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. 10 am. Brooklyn Historical Society

Losing and Finding Yourself: Comics of Heartbreak and Healing. Three award-winning artists offer their stories of traveling the world, through illness, anxiety, love, family, loss, and survival. Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis), John Porcellino (Hospital Suite), and Anya Ulinich (Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel). Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos, ed., Best American Comics. Featuring screen projection.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. 2 pm.
Brooklyn Historical Society

Here’s a roster who will be camping at our table and the signing times:

10:30 – 11:30 am. Jon Lewis (True Swamp) + James Romberger (Post York, Seven Miles A Second)
11:30 am -12:30. pm Alex Holden (West Side Improvements)
12:30 – 1:30 pm. Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis) + Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary)
2 – 4 pm. Mari Naomi (Dragon’s Breath )
4:30 – 5:30 pm. Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis) + Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary)
10 am – 6 pm. Tom Kaczynski (I’ll be there all day!)

Should be a blast! Stop by and say hi!!!

James Romberger draws Daddy for Oily Comics

Post York scribe and all-around good guy James Romberger has new work out with Oily Comics. Daddy is a collaboration between he and Josh Simmons, splashed in a creepy mix of black and red. It’s horror as you’d expect from Simmons, and Romberger’s brush work gives it all the necessary texture.

The book debuted at SPX. You can order it from Oily Comics.

Rob Clough reviews Eel Mansions #4-5, Houses of the Holy

The prolific Rob Clough reviewed some of our mini comics for his ‘Mini-Sweep’ column at Foxing Quarterly. He covered Eel Mansions #4 and 5 as well as Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy.

On Eel Mansions:

Eel Mansions is basically Van Gieson’s brain in a blender, mixing together dozens of comics and cultural touchstones into one package.

On Houses of the Holy:

Zak Sally was an obvious influence here, but Skaalrud works at a level more specifically in the style of comics-as-poetry, giving the verbal-visual tension a quality not unlike that of John Hankiewicz.

Read both full reviews here. You can order these minis from our website.

Mental Floss spotlights An Iranian Metamorphosis

Rich Barrett highlighted the “most interesting” debuts of the Small Press Expo for Mental Floss last week, and our book, An Iranian Metamorphosis, made the list.

Read the column here. It’s a great selection, which also includes Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, our co-publishing project with 2D Cloud. Pre-order your copy of An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

 

2D Cloud interviews Retrofit Comics

Raighne Hogan from 2D Cloud has spent the last year interviewing various people from various North American micro-publishers, and his most recent installment features Box Brown and Jared Smith a.k.a. the Retrofit Comics guys.

This is a great interview, filled with honest answers about publishing small-press comic books. It’s both realistic as well as optimistic.

Box Brown: I would say all of the above, plus more. Noah Van Sciver and I were talking about the new rise in “headshops” with the legalization of weed and more common acceptance of it they’ve sprung up everywhere (way more places than comic shops). They used to sell comics, why not again? Comics is just gonna keep growing I think. Maybe that’s just my “youthful” optimism (I’m 34). Every year the scene seems to be growing and becoming more robust. We’ll continue to keep weaseling our way into readers hands (brains?) somehow.

Read the full interview here, and pre-order MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, our joint publishing project with 2D Cloud.

Dragon’s Breath reviewed for Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly ran a short write-up of MariNaomi’s new book, Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories.

Award-winning author MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell) returns with this charming and intimate collection of vignettes and meatier personal histories … The mixed-bag effect of a whole life jumbled together lets the reader get to know the author much faster than in a traditional narrative.

Read the full review here. Pre-order Dragon’s Breath from our website.

It Never Happened Again, reviewed again and again!

Sam Alden’s latest, It Never Happened Again, has sealed even more reviews recently. First, Matt Derman from PopMatters wrote a nice feature on the book.

We worry about things that might not even happen and/or plan for things that are completely out of our control, when we should be soaking up whatever is right in front of us. Because even if it’s dull, mundane, or meaningless, it’s precious and it matters and it’ll never happen again.

Read Matt’s full thoughts here. You should also check out Matt’s blog, which he frequently updates.

Someone from guttergeek penned a nice piece as well on the title, zeroing in on Sam’s current popularity.

“Anime,” his best work to date, more than stands up to the considerable pressure a young cartoonist faces when declared “most likely” by his profession. This is a volume, and a cartoonist, that in every way lives up to those expectations and sets us up for beautiful things to come.

Read the full review here. Also, order Sam’s book if you haven’t yet. And he’ll be at SPX this weekend, if you’re there.

Uncivilized SPX

Ed vs. Yummy Fur reviewed for Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Tobias Carroll wrote a nice review of Brian Evenson’s Ed vs. Yummy Fur for Vol. 1 Brooklyn:

As long as multiple versions of works from Smile to Star Wars to Raymond Carver’s short stories have existed, debates have raged about authorial intent and personal preference. Evenson’s book is, among its many other qualities, an extended meditation on these issues. It’s also another window into a creative work that’s frustrating, vulgar, and–for me, anyway–utterly captivating.

Read the full review here. Order Ed vs. Yummy Fur from our website. It’s the first of our Critical Cartoons series.

Publisher Tom K. interviewed for OFF LIFE

The UK comics magazine OFF LIFE interviewed Uncivilized Publisher Tom K. for its blog a few weeks back. It’s a brief interview, but it gives the general reader a good idea of who we are and what we’re up to.

Comics and publishing were always intertwined in my practice as an artist. One of the first comics I drew as a child even had a cover, a price, a logo and indicia!  Since comics started to be a bigger part of the broader book world over a decade ago, I wondered why there weren’t more little comic publishers with ‘book-world’ distribution.

In the end I decided to start one. I should add that working with Gabrielle Bell was a key to that decision. Without her amazing work it would’ve been a lot harder to kick something like this off.

Read the full interview here, and check out OFF LIFE. They publish and discuss a large and interesting variety of work.