Another Epic Eel Mansions Review

The Comics Bulletin published another of their massive & epic Eel Mansions reviews. This time they focus on issue 3:

Eel Mansions is oozing with love — all the kinds of love there are. It’s thick with the act of creation — fecund one might say — for all acts of creation emanate from some kind of love — you know, what Lou Reed meant when he said, ”between thought and expression there lies a lifetime.” And this is a book that celebrates the creative act. From the cartoonist to the musician, from the family man to the Wuppeteer, everybody is or was Making It — ”make some room now, dig what you see” — taking the ephemera of experience and the hope of ideas and baking something new in the oven.

What is art but an expression of love?

And there’s a LOT more here. Now is a good time to check out Eel Mansions, all four current issues are on sale!

Our First Sale

It’s our first-ever proper sale! Books by Gabrielle Bell, James Romberger, Crosby,  Kevin Huizenga & Dan Zettwoch, Zak Sally, Jon Lewis, Derek Van Gieson & Tom Kaczynski. 20-50% OFF! Check it out!

Spotlight: Telegraph

We’ve never been to the Telegraph Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. It looks like a pretty cool place! They also carry a bunch of our books and mini-comics among many other great things. Check ‘em out if you’re in the area… or online.

Incidents in the Night is Infamous

This is Infamous reviews David B.’s Incidents in the Night. It’s an interesting article, with some unusual, but not implausible comparisons: to Junji Itoi’s Uzumaki or Orson Welles’ The Third Man. Check out the whole review here.

Laura Park Mini-Profile

Almost everyone who comes across Laura Park’s work is smitten! Camilla at Impossible Books is no exception:

I first came across Laura Park‘s work a couple of years ago, via a series of mightily heartbreaking comics about her cat just after he had passed away. I cried my eyes out. I also became a huge fan, and have been following her flickr and website since.

Read the rest of her micro-profile here.

We just made a brand new edition (3rd! pictured above & below) on Zak Sally’s Riso. It’s a good time to get one if you haven’t already!

True Swamp on Hazel & Wren

Our recent collection of Jon Lewis’ True Swamp: Choose Your Poison gets a really nice review at the excellent Hazel & Wren site. Aaron King says:

By diverging from that traditional display of world-building, Lewis presents us with an organic world that’s still a work in progress. As opposed to the metaphorical glass castles of Tolkien or the beautifully intricate machine that is Larry Marder’s Beanworld, True Swamp feels like an expansive backyard to stomp through and build forts in. Reading through it, I want to turn over rocks and tear down branches, and I want to come back months later to see how the seasons affect it.

There much more, check it out.

Gabrielle Bell on Shortlist for Best Web Comic

Gabrielle (The Voyeurs) Bell’s ongoing diary web comic Lucky is on this year’s Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year: 2013 Shortlist! Congratualtions Gabrielle!

It’s a good time to catch up with her recently updated Siberia comic. This episode: a goat! Check it out and click around the rest of the site. It’s worth it!

Over The Wall makes YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels 2014 list

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) presents a list every year for graphic novels that meet the criteria of “good quality literature, and an appealing read for teens” – this year, Peter Wartman’s Over The Wall made the list (out of 122 official nominations, no less), and we couldn’t be happier! Congratulations Peter!

Peter is currently working on the sequel to Over The Wall, and he’s posting a new page weekly…check out: Stonebreaker!

Check out YALSA’s entire list here!

This Is Infamous visits New Jobs

Shea Hennum of This Is Infamous reviewed Dash Shaw’s New Jobs. Hennum dug the comic’s “loose, expressionistic inks and emotional density.”

Lineweight is something every image has, but most artists don’t consciously think about how the lineweight can affect an image on an emotional, as well as visceral, level.  But Shaw does (or he’s accidentally this good), and the images and figures roll into each other. It’s difficult to tell if this is intentional, but it creates a very anxious page. The figures clash and collide into one another, pushing forward, trying to force an exit; it’s an almost semiotic agoraphobia, if that makes any sense.

You can check out the rest of the review here!

Minnesota Daily profiles Dan Wieken

Minnesota Daily recently highlighted artist Dan Wieken (Gagged), and examined his dark illustrations and history with underground comics culture:

Dan Wieken’s art starts in the first-floor hallway of the Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative in St. Paul, with drawings of a deer skull, a woman with mutilated breasts and what Wieken referred to as “a deathripper night attack grim reaper with a sword in a graveyard.”

The plaque underneath his work reads:

“Dan Wieken. Raised in a rural, Minnesota woods shack. With a stick, dirt, and animal hides to mark on, this is the end result of an almost feral mind.”

Have a look at the whole article here!

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