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Plans We Made Praised on Panel Patter

The comics blog Panel Patter has posted a great review of Simon Moreton’s Plans We Made! Scott Sederlund praises Moreton’s gestural, elegant artwork and storytelling, writing:

The abstract spaces [Moreton] creates are without boundaries so that the world feels large and full of possibilities. But his drawings are suggestive enough though to make the experiences in those spaces feel authentic and contained. Even though the world feels wide open, there’s only so much freedom that can be experienced and Moreton’s drawings capture that conflicting expanse of possibilities and the limits of experience.

Read the full review here.

Plans We Made is now shipping from the Uncivilized Books store! Get your copy here.

Sam Alden at Skylight Books in Los Angeles

Sam Alden will be at Skylight Books in Los Angeles this Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. He will be reading from and discussing New Construction, which has been praised in Slate, Publisher’s Weekly and the AV Club, among others. This is the final scheduled reading of Sam’s release tour for New Construction. If you are in LA, be sure to check it out!

New Construction is available for purchase here (now shipping!)

Los Angeles Event
Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sam Alden Reading in Portland!

Sam Alden will be at Powell’s on Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon this Thursday, November 5th, reading from his new book, New Construction. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. More information can be found at the Powell’s website. If you are in Portland, don’t miss this great event!

Order your copy of New Construction here (now shipping).

Portland Event
Thursday, November 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214


One House, Many Rooms

Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva have released a full-length e-book about Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions!  One House, Many Rooms is a critical discussion of Eel Mansions, and includes reviews and essays by multiple authors, and an interview with Van Gieson.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon – get it here.

Get Eel Mansions here.

Plans We Made at Largehearted Boy

Simon Moreton’s Plans We Made is featured on the Atomic Books Comics Preview over at Largehearted Boy.  Check out the rest of the roundup here, and get Plans We Made here.

New Construction Praised on the AV Club

Sam Alden’s newest book New Construction was reviewed in the latest AV Club Comics Panel, where Oliver Sava writes:

With his delicate pencil work and skill for atmospheric, emotionally rich storytelling, Sam Alden has emerged as one of the most exciting talents in alt-comics. His new graphic novel New Construction is an exceptional showcase of his cartooning prowess.

Read the rest here.

Pre-order New Construction here.

AV Club Comics Panel Features Houses of the Holy

Shea Hennum writes about Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy in the latest Comics Panel on the AV Club.  In her recap, Hennum praises Skaalrud’s artwork and storytelling, writing that “Skaalrud brings life closer to the artifice of drama. She imbues the minutiae with spectacle and grandeur.”  Read the rest here.

Pre-order Houses of the Holy here (books will be shipping soon!)

Gabrielle Bell in Best American Comics 2015!

We are very excited to announce that an excerpt from Gabrielle Bell’s Truth Is Fragmentary is featured in The Best American Comics 2015Truth Is Fragmentary is a collection of funny, honest, and introspective autobiographical comics that has been praised in Publisher’s Weekly, the Atlantic Wire, and the New Yorker. We are proud to see Gabrielle’s work honored as some of the year’s best!

Several of our other authors were also recognized by The Best American Comics.  Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again, Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy, and Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses were notable mentions.

All of these titles are available through the Uncivilized Books store. Check them out!

Pascin at Biographile

Joann Sfar’s Pascin is featured in an article by Tobias Carroll about historical and biographical comics at Biographile.  Comparing different approaches to representing biography in comics, Carroll writes that “Pascin represents a more experimental side of comics-as-biography,” explaining that Sfar’s stylistic shifts offer insight into Pascin’s mental states, rather than presenting a more linear biography.

Read the post here.

Get the book here.

An Iranian Metamorphosis featured on Bookdragon

The multicultural book blog Bookdragon has recommended Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis, the true account of Neyestani’s kafkaesque experience of being imprisoned in his home country of Iran for publishing a cartoon.  Bookdragon praises Neyestani’s humor and cleverness in the face of hardship and uncertainty, and concludes that “An Iranian Metamorphosis captures the dangerous incomprehensibility of the absurd.”

Check out the rest of the write-up here.

Get the book here.