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Mike Dawson and Brian Evenson discuss Ed the Happy Clown

Mike Dawson recently revamped his TCJ Talkies podcast for The Comics Journal, spotlighting discussion topics rather than interviews with creators. A recent episode features a conversation between he and Brian Evenson on Ed the Happy Clown.

Of course, Brian wrote Ed vs. Yummy Fur, the first in our Critical Cartoons series. This podcast is a nice companion to what’s in the book.

Listen to the podcast here. Order Ed vs. Yummy Fur for more.

Fall 2014 Books and Subscription

We’re happy to announce the Fall 2014 books and subscription. This season we have 3 new books: Incidents in the Night Book 2 by David B., Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories by MariNaomi and the hugely anticipated Eel Mansions by Derek Van Gieson. The subscription is $55 (almost 20% off cover price!) + free shipping.

PLUS, as tradition dictates, the first 50 subscribers will also get 3 free mini-comics! We don’t know what they’ll be yet, but you know we make great minis!

Get your subscription here and find out more about the books here.

Joann Sfar’s Pascin mentioned in Minneapolis Star Tribune

Last Friday, Claude Peck of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote a short blurb, previewing our October release of Joann Sfar’s Pascin.

Wine, women and paint defined artist Jules Pascin, whose Bohemian passion flamed out when he committed suicide in Paris in 1930, at age 45. Born in Bulgaria to a Spanish father and an Italian Serbian mother, Pascin traveled in the American South before settling in Paris, where his free-love, heavy-drinking lifestyle earned him the title “Prince of Montparnasse.” Pascin’s life, which seems to have included bedding many of his models, comes vividly alive in the graphic novel …

Read the whole blurb here. Pre-order Pascin from our website.

“What’s Actually There on the Page”: Brian Evenson interviewed for The Comics Journal

Greg Hunter produced a great interview with Brian Evenson for The Comics Journal. They talk about Ed vs. Yummy Fur, Brian’s latest from Uncivilized, and Brian offers some of his thoughts on comics criticism.

I would like to see comics criticism become more attentive to what’s actually there on the page. I think that right now there’s a lot of comics criticism that ends up being fairly large in terms of how it’s approaching a genre or trying to definite a genre. Douglas Wolk’s book [Reading Comics], for me, the problem with it is that it’s fairly general when it starts to actually talk about the specifics of a work. I feel like it often misremembers the work or gets it wrong.

Read the full interview here, and order Ed vs. Yummy Fur, the first of our Critical Cartoons series!

Brian Evenson interviewed by The Believer

Brian Evenson chats with Amina Cain in this interview. Brian mainly discusses his book Fugue State, but he also talks about his enjoyment of works that disorient their readers. Seems like a connection to Yummy Fur, to me.

I enjoy disorientation a lot too, though more as a reader than as a person, unless it’s recreational disorientation (I’m not that keen about getting lost in buildings, for instance, unless they’re very particular kinds of buildings). I think a good many writers see writing as something that helps them sort out and pin down the world, that allows them to organize it. I want my writing to do the opposite: to destabilize systems and orders and make everything seem a little less certain.

Read the full interview here. Order Brian’s Ed vs. Yummy Fur, as well.

It Never Happened Again reviewed by Slate!

Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again received a great review from writer Dan Kois and The Slate Book Review.

Alden’s natural sense of framing and pace, his willingness to use silent panels to tell stories, and his beautiful (yes, beautiful) pencil images combined to open my eyes to a new idea of what a great comic can be. It helps that he’s also an excellent writer—both stories sketch out lonely, lost characters efficiently, and put them each through very different quests for meaning.

Read the whole review here, and order your copy of It Never Happened Again, already. Alright!?

Jon Lewis cameo in Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips’s Fatale

Comic Book Resources published an interesting interview with Ed Brubaker yesterday, discussing the series wrap on he and Sean Phillips’s Fatale.

Jon Lewis appears in the book for a story set in Seattle in the 90s, and while his character ends up dead, it’s still a cool nod. It reads like a companion piece to Brubaker’s introduction to True Swamp: Choose Your Poison.

A lot of people didn’t think they were going to stop in Seattle in the ’90s, Ed.

Yeah. I was stuck there for a long time in the ’90s. [Laughter] It was a lot of fun, though. A few of my old friends from the indie comics scene really loved that arc because it felt like I was taking what I do now and blending it with something like “Lowlife.” Two of the main characters in the band in that story are based on old cartoonist friends of mine — Jon Lewis and Tom Hart. We used to be roommates in a house together and do zines and stuff. So a lot of that stuff was real things we’d talk about. It feels real to me because they’re some of my oldest friends. It was a lot of fun to put them in my comic and kill them. [Laughs] I warned them ahead of time when they gave me permission to use their likenesses that they would probably die badly.

Read the full interview here. Also, check out Jon’s work. It paints an interesting picture of a certain era. Order True Swamp: Choose Your Poison here.

Stonebreaker Study Group

I hope you’ve all been following Stonebreaker, Peter Wartman’s follow-up to Over The Wall? Yes? Well, now Peter’s comic joins the amazing Study Group web comics roster! Catch up on recent episodes and sign up for new updates! If you haven’t been checking out Peter’s comic, then now is a good time to start! The first post catches you up what’s been going on so far. Check it out! And if you like it pick up Over The Wall to read the whole story! We’re running a special (20% off!) to celebrate!

 

Never Ending Comic So Close To Liftoff!

Erik Johnson’s Kozmo-Knot; the amazing perpetual comic object is very close to being fully funded! It’s only about $600 away from liftoff! He’s been thinking about this project for 10 years! Help him out by supporting this Kickstarter campaign.

Gabrielle Bell Reviewed on Timesleader

Gabrielle Bell’s Truth Is Fragmentary was reviewed in Timesleader. Here’s a little taste of what they had to say:

Hailed as an alternative cartoonist, Bell is best known for her works The Voyeurs and Lucky, which won the Ignatz Award for Most Outstanding Minicomic in 2003. In her recent work, Bell demonstrates a continued maturity and excellence as one of the best young cartoonists of her time. Using her life and travels as a starting point, Bell, in the most appropriate of ways, draws life through comics.

The rest of the review is here.