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MariNaomi interviewed, Books and Authors with Cary Barbor

MariNaomi was recently a guest of Cary Barbor’s Books and Authors podcast. She recorded an in-studio interview to discuss Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories.

You can listen to the show here. It’s a fairly short interview, just hitting the 17 minute mark.

Order Dragon’s Breath from our website, and follow Mari on Twitter.

War of Streets and Houses reviewed!

Shawn Starr posted an insightful essay on Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses, offering commentary on Sophie’s use of the comics grid.

Yanow’s panels though are free drawn, weaving up and down, veering to the right a little or the left. It is in these inconsistencies that we see the artist’s hand first and foremost, the nature of her line, rather than the uniformity found at the edge of a ruler. This naturalism goes straight to the heart of War of Streets and Houses; the city/comics grid may have its place, but the eccentricities of the individual community or artist come through first and foremost.

Read the full piece here. Order War of Streets and Houses from our website.

An Iranian Metamorphosis reviewed for Panel Patter

Scott Cederlund offers the first review of Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis. It comes as part of Panel Patter‘s SPX Spotlight coverage.

What An Iranian Metamorphosis demonstrates is the power of the cartoon. It’s not something that we think of all that often. Our reviews and critiques mostly boil down to “buy it” or “don’t buy it.” We reduce the word and the image down to commodity and forget about the power that it really has.

Read Scott’s full review here. Order the book from our website.

BookTrib interviews MariNaomi

Tahneer Oksman caught up with MariNaomi to chat about memoir and her new book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for BookTrib.

BT: Some of your stories in Dragon’s Breath look so different from one another on the page. How did you initially decide on the length and style of each story?

MN: I never knew how long the stories were going to be. I didn’t plan out their length; I just sometimes needed more space to tell one story than I did another. There was one insanely busy month, when I was working on my Duran Duran story (“Heartthrobs”), which ended up being so long. I didn’t socialize or really leave the house; I was just furiously drawing all the time.

Read the full interview here. Order Mari’s book from the Uncivilized website.

Foreword Reviews highlights It Never Happened Again

Sam Alden’s latest received a brief nod from Foreword Reviews, an industry leader in small press publication.

Alden’s pencil drawings play beautifully with light and shadow. Each page uses just the right amount of detail, and no more, to accurately portray emotion.

You can read the full review here. Order It Never Happened Again from the Uncivilized Books website.

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!!!

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.

 

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.

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