Archive for the 'Books' Category

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.

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.

Patrick Kyle’s Distance Mover reviewed

James Kaplan reviewed Patrick Kyle’s upcoming Distance Mover for Panel Patter. The book will be published by Koyama Press, and it will debut at the Small Press Expo Sept. 13-14th.

This is an entertaining, interesting science-fiction story, in the tradition of Dr. Who and other stories about advanced being traveling from world to world (or place to place) …

Read the full review here.

We recently published Patrick’s contribution to our Structures series, which you can order here.

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!