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.
Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again got it’s first review on Publishers Weekly a while ago! Here’s what they say about one of the two stories, the never before published “Anime”:
The storytelling in “Anime” is a fair bit more complex, and the artwork is more refined, though only slightly. The character study of a Japanophile uncomfortable in her own skin and native country relies more heavily on dialogue to draw a full and sympathetic portrait of its protagonist, but Alden still knows when to let the silence take over. The result is two thematically divergent, but devastatingly human portraits from an emerging cartoonist displaying the sort of storytelling and artistic restraint that often only comes after years of toiling away at the drawing board. Alden is a talent to watch.
Read the whole thing here. Preorder the book here!
Ed vs. Yummy Fur by Brian Evenson is on Publishers Weekly’s list of 8 Great Books About Comics! Here’s what they say about the book:
In this monograph Evenson traces the many versions of Chester Brown’s early work, Yummy Fur […] Over the years, Brown has kept changing the format and even panel arrangement of the work. It’s a fascinating look into one cartoonists restless creative process.
See the whole list here.
Another review of Gabrielle Bell’s Truth is Fragmentary hit the web yesterday. It’s a STARRED review in Publishers Weekly! Here’s a taste:
In one brilliant four-page sequence, Bell escapes from a bathroom she’s locked in with comic urgency fueled by her discomfort with the party outside. Refreshingly revelatory and charmingly accessible, this book follows up the previous autobiographical comics Lucky and The Voyeurs and easily solidifies Bell’s reputation as one of the greatest autobiographical cartoonists working.
Read the rest here. Preorder the book here. First 100 get the free signed & numbered print (see below). Only a few spots left!
The first review (starred!) of Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses was just published on Publishers Weekly. Here’s what they say:
Engaging and informative, the book covers a surprisingly broad range of subjects given its brevity. The black-and-white artwork may appear simple but each illustration conveys a wealth of emotional detail, from demonstrations to Yanow’s stripped-down view of herself. The book’s quiet deliberation becomes more impressive with each read; Yanow is an author/illustrator to watch.
Check out the rest of the review here.
The first review is in for Over the Wall by Peter Wartman and it’s in Publishers Weekly! Here’s a taste:
[The unnamed protagonists] venture into the abandoned, taboo city to find him takes on aspects of a hero’s journey from multicultural mythology, presented by Wartman in lavish inks and detailed haunting, labyrinthine architecture. Wartman’s use of silent panels, distance, and scale suggest the overwhelming revelations facing his youthful challenger, and his visual focus on the role of storytelling is often ingeniously presented through stone inscriptions and statuary that expand upon the story. Although the story resonates with mythic allusions, Wartman’s art is closer to an animated style, with cartoony characters and sometimes exaggerated emotions. This makes the story a highly approachable adventure tale that explores the nature of quests and the motivations behind them.
Read the rest here.
After a successful debut at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, Jon Lewis’ True Swamp: Choose Your Poison is finally on the way to bookstores everywhere! In the meantime Publishers Weekly just published starred (and stellar!) review of the book. Here’s a taste:
Lewis’s achievement—illustrated with a loose but expressive line—isn’t just that he has effectively grafted human personalities onto animals, but that he has mingled the actual traits of the animals onto those personalities. All the creatures, including bugs and fish, figure into the drama, creating not only tension over the dilemmas the animals face but building on themselves to make a sense of mystery surrounding whole ecosystem. Lewis has also taken great care with the swamp culture—monetary, religious, romantic—to create a believable and intricate society, and it all comes together brilliantly.
See the full review here.
The Uncivilized Books HQ is still reeling from the fact that Publishers Weekly named Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs as one of the Best Books of 2012 (in the Comics category)! The Voyeurs is our first wide release book so we’re doubly excited that it made the list! Of course all credit is really due to Gabrielle Bell (Congratulations!!). Her comics just keep getting better and it’s an honor to be her publisher! Congratulations are also in order to the authors and publishers of all the other books on the list. If you haven’t seen or read The Voyeurs yet and are curious to see what the fuss is all about, here’s what others are saying:
- “The Voyeurs is the work of a mature writer, if not one of the most sincere voices of her literary generation. It’s a fun, honest read that spans continents, relationships and life decisions. I loved it.”—Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library
- “As she watches other people living life, and watches herself watching them, Bell’s pen becomes a kind of laser, first illuminating the surface distractions of the world, then scorching them away to reveal a deeper reality that is almost too painful and too beautiful to bear.”— Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
- “A concise short story cartoonist and an accomplished storyteller of the mundane, Gabrielle Bell humorously blends the extraordinary — shooting a movie in Japan, and the all-too common — obsessing about a pimple. A master of the exquisite detail, Bell provides a welcome peephole into our lives.”—Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker
- “One of the best things going in auto-bio inflected comics these days.”—Art Spiegelman, Maus
- “Playfully drawn and provocatively written, the memoir reinforces Bell’s standing among the first rank of the genre’s artists.”—Kirkus Reviews
- “[Gabrielle Bell's] thoughtful and revealing comics are eccentric, funny, and irresistibly readable.”—Publishers Weekly
- “You could say The Voyeurs is the work of a writer’s writer, but it’s actually something more cool, more exotic, more punk: a rare glimpse of the fiercely mysterious human heart, observed in its natural habitat.”—The Comics Journal
But don’t take their word for it. Check it out for yourself. Here are a few options to get the book:
A nice starred review of Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs over at Publishers Weekly. Here’s a sample:
Autobiographical cartoonist Bell combines comic charm, obsessive self-examination, and an oddly entertaining touch of self-pity (“I’ve pretty much spent my life trying to be a cartoonist, and what do I have to show for it? A wikipedia page and arrested development”) in a new series of full-color vignettes that document her life as part of a free-floating community of indie comics artists drifting between the neighborhood bars of Brooklyn and L.A. and an international and domestic circuit of comics conventions.
Read the rest here.
The Voyeurs has been in stores only for a few days, but there’s already a number of great interviews with Gabrielle: