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Foreword Reviews highlights It Never Happened Again

Sam Alden’s latest received a brief nod from Foreword Reviews, an industry leader in small press publication.

Alden’s pencil drawings play beautifully with light and shadow. Each page uses just the right amount of detail, and no more, to accurately portray emotion.

You can read the full review here. Order It Never Happened Again from the Uncivilized Books website.

Rob Clough reviews Eel Mansions #4-5, Houses of the Holy

The prolific Rob Clough reviewed some of our mini comics for his ‘Mini-Sweep’ column at Foxing Quarterly. He covered Eel Mansions #4 and 5 as well as Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy.

On Eel Mansions:

Eel Mansions is basically Van Gieson’s brain in a blender, mixing together dozens of comics and cultural touchstones into one package.

On Houses of the Holy:

Zak Sally was an obvious influence here, but Skaalrud works at a level more specifically in the style of comics-as-poetry, giving the verbal-visual tension a quality not unlike that of John Hankiewicz.

Read both full reviews here. You can order these minis from our website.

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.

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.

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.

It Never Happened Again reviewed!

Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again is racking up reviews! This time, Rob McMonigal from Panel Patter and Robert Boyd from The Great God Pan is Dead are the critics in questions. Here’s what they’re saying:

There’s a sequence in Anime that is absolutely amazing, though, because it shows that comics can convey a sense of movement, even in static images. Over the course of about 15 panels, Alden focuses not on Janet or the passengers or the plane itself, but what she can see out the window. At one point, all the reader has to look at are a few tiny dots, because they are out over the ocean. You can “see” the plane move as a result, thanks to the framing device, focus, and selection of images presented in this tight window on the action. Though it’s probably the least-detailed part of the book, in some ways it’s the most powerful, and shows just how much thought goes into Alden’s work.

Read the full Panel Patter review here.

James Joyce wrote that the moment of an epiphany in a story was when “the soul of the commonest object … seems to us radiant, and may be manifested through any chance, word or gesture.” Alden finds this in “Hawaii 1997.”

Read Robert’s full thoughts here.

Order Sam’s book because it’s really good.

It Never Happened Again reviewed by Slate!

Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again received a great review from writer Dan Kois and The Slate Book Review.

Alden’s natural sense of framing and pace, his willingness to use silent panels to tell stories, and his beautiful (yes, beautiful) pencil images combined to open my eyes to a new idea of what a great comic can be. It helps that he’s also an excellent writer—both stories sketch out lonely, lost characters efficiently, and put them each through very different quests for meaning.

Read the whole review here, and order your copy of It Never Happened Again, already. Alright!?