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.
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.
The UK comics magazine OFF LIFE interviewed Uncivilized Publisher Tom K. for its blog a few weeks back. It’s a brief interview, but it gives the general reader a good idea of who we are and what we’re up to.
Comics and publishing were always intertwined in my practice as an artist. One of the first comics I drew as a child even had a cover, a price, a logo and indicia! Since comics started to be a bigger part of the broader book world over a decade ago, I wondered why there weren’t more little comic publishers with ‘book-world’ distribution.
In the end I decided to start one. I should add that working with Gabrielle Bell was a key to that decision. Without her amazing work it would’ve been a lot harder to kick something like this off.
Read the full interview here, and check out OFF LIFE. They publish and discuss a large and interesting variety of work.
MariNaomi will support Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, her new book, with big book tour. It kicks off this Friday at Big Planet Comics in College Park, MD.
You can also catch her at the Small Press Expo this weekend and pick up a signed copy of the book (which is good!). Dragon’s Breath is a co-publishing venture between us (Uncivilized Books) and 2D Cloud, our fellow Minneapolis micro-publisher.
Visit 2D Cloud’s site for the full tour dates. Preorder MariNaomi’s new book on our website.
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.
The talented Sam Alden wrote and drew a new story for Frontier #5, the latest issue of Youth in Decline‘s ongoing monograph series. The cover is above. A description resides below.
This issue includes a new 36-page comic, which deals with family legacies, summer vacation, and sinkholes. 2 colors printed on Risograph.
You can pre-order the book here. It will debut at SPX.
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.
Hopefully you’ve followed Gabrielle Bell’s great series of July diary comics this year. She decided to post her entries throughout the month of August, and this week marks the end. If you haven’t followed along, no problem. You can easily visit her website and quickly take the plunge.
For the moment, we’ll link to Friday’s entry, July 21st.
Also, order Gabrielle’s latest book Truth is Fragmentary. If you like these latest snippets, you may as well know the whole story.
BuzzFeed asked 23 female cartoonists to draw their bodies, and Gabrielle Bell was one of them. She contributes a short strip about swimming naked in a river, done up in her classic diary comic style. Others included are Vanessa Davis, Hope Larson and Roberta Gregory.
You can check out the full list here. Order Gabrielle’s latest, Truth is Fragmentary, from our website.