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.
Raighne Hogan from 2D Cloud has spent the last year interviewing various people from various North American micro-publishers, and his most recent installment features Box Brown and Jared Smith a.k.a. the Retrofit Comics guys.
This is a great interview, filled with honest answers about publishing small-press comic books. It’s both realistic as well as optimistic.
Box Brown: I would say all of the above, plus more. Noah Van Sciver and I were talking about the new rise in “headshops” with the legalization of weed and more common acceptance of it they’ve sprung up everywhere (way more places than comic shops). They used to sell comics, why not again? Comics is just gonna keep growing I think. Maybe that’s just my “youthful” optimism (I’m 34). Every year the scene seems to be growing and becoming more robust. We’ll continue to keep weaseling our way into readers hands (brains?) somehow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!