Archive for the 'Comics' Category

War of Streets and Houses at PopMatters!

Matt Derman included Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses in a recent PopMatters column discussing the use of space in comic books. You can check it out here.

Order War of Streets and Houses from our website.

Vice profiles Mana Neyestani

Writer Deji Bryce Olukoton published a nice profile of Mana Neyestani at Vice. The piece comes just after the release of An Iranian Metamorphosis.

Read the piece here. Order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

Best of 2014: Dragon’s Breath, ‘Anime’ make Rob Kirby’s List

Cartoonist and writer-about-comics Rob Kirby posted his Top 10 lists, highlighting his favorite graphic novels and mini comics of 2014.

MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories made the graphic novel list, and Sam Alden’s ‘Anime’, which appeared in It Never Happened Again, received a special mention as one of Rob’s favorite short stories.

Read Rob’s full report here. You can order both books from our website.

Layers of Thought reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

The blog Layers of Thought ran a nice review of Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis.

This is a powerful and eye-opening story, that is told with the help of some excellent illustrations and plenty of dark humor. You get an insider’s view of some of the complex political, cultural, ethnic and authoritarian issues within the Islamic Republic – and it is not a pretty picture.

Read the full piece here. Order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath reviewed!

A blog dedicated to Asian American Literature has published a nice review of MariNaomi’s book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories. They call the book “a highly recommended read from a new and exciting independent publisher.” Those publishers being 2D Cloud and Uncivilized Books.

You can read the full piece here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our website.

The New York Times spotlights An Iranian Metamorphosis

For the Sunday Book Review, Douglas Wolk and The New York Times ran a short piece on Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis.

He remolds the exhausting terrors of his life’s worst months into grim comedy, and presents his friends and adversaries alike as mad-eyed, putty-bodied grotesques, crosshatched with a political caricaturist’s wicked eye for frailties.

Read the full piece here. Order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

This Is Infamous reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

Shea Hennum has reviewed Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis for the website This Is Infamous.

And while comparing it—in any way—to a gag comic featuring loads and loads of poop jokes may seem like an incongruous way to talk about a Franco-Belgian comic regarding a man and his wife having to flee their oppressive government that’s cartooned by an Iranian refugee, almost like I’m being overly flip about fairly serious subject matter, I do think that one of the book’s, and one of Neyestani’s, greatest strengths is its ability to interject a shocking and much-needed amount of levity into a book that is beset on all sides by the cruelest, most frightening, most hopeless types of narratives. At the core of AN IRANIAN METAMORPHOSIS is Neyestani’s unrelenting humanity, and the book is never anything but an emotive vehicle of expression.

Read the entire review here, and order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

Zak Sally interviewed at The Comics Reporter

Zak Sally was Tom Spurgeon‘s latest Sunday Interview. He talks about Recidivist Vol. 4, Autoptic and his relationship with image making. Read it here.

Dragon’s Breath mentioned in Bitch Magazine Newsletter

Bitch Magazine Art Director Kristin Rogers Brown is reading MarNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and mentioned so in the latest newsletter from the publication.

You can view the blurb here. You can purchase Mari’s book from our website.

Marguerite Van Cook, James Romberger to speak at New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium

The event takes place tonight at 7 p.m. “Marguerite Van Cook will read from and discuss her original graphic auto/biography The Late Child and Other Animals, accompanied by a slide show of images from the book,” the event’s release says.

Van Cook wrote and colored this work, where as James Romberger (Post York) drew it.

You can read more about the event here. Attend!