1. Rob Clough has reviewed our kid-and-kitten-friendly comics A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz and Cat Dad, King of the Goblins by Britt Wilson.

    ON A CAT NAMED TIM AND OTHER STORIES

    “I tested the book on my five-year-old daughter to see if she could follow it (she’s just learning to read), and the way that Martz continually subverted audiences expectations led to laugh after laugh … Martz’s cartooning rhythm is so steady that even an inexperienced reader could pick up on how to follow it.” — Rob Clough, High-Low


    ON CAT DAD, KING OF THE GOBLINS


    “Once the adventure starts, the book’s pacing is breathless. That said, the brightness of the colors and Wilson’s rendering skills give the book a flamboyant decorative quality that nonetheless doesn’t interfere with the book’s pacing. The reader is encouraged to stop and take a look around, but not for too long.”  
    — Rob Clough, High-Low

    Check out the full reviews here!

     
  2. Oliver Sava of the A.V. Club reviews Michael DeForge’s latest, Lose #6, which he sees as signalling a new direction in the artist’s approach to comics making.

    “Heartwarming” isn’t a word typically associated with DeForge’s often unsettling work, but the main story in Lose #6, “Me As A Baby,” is a surprisingly sweet tale about how far a “cool aunt” will go to make her niece happy … It’s really quite touching, as long as you’re willing to forgive the string of dead bodies left by Cherelle [the cool aunt] on her path to triumph.” — Oliver Sava, A.V. Club

    Check out the whole review right here!

     
  3. Jonathan Rotsztain provides Can-Con con coverage of this year’s SPX for Broken Pencil. Included is a brief chat with Jesse Jacobs who was in Bethesda supporting his latest book Safari Honeymoon. Check out Jonathan’s whole article right here!

     
  4. DEFORGE // HANSELMANN // KYLE ON TOUR!

    Chicago, The Second City, the Windy City, Chicagoland, Peter etc., the comics triumvirate of Michael DeForge (Lose #6), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) and Parick Kyle (Distance Mover) have made their way to your Midwestern metropolis. Comics reading and signing tonight at Editions Kavi Gupta!

    Editions Kavi Gupta
    30 September 2014 | 6PM at Editions Kavi Gupta, Chicago, OH | FREE 
    Visit the event page for more details

    Photo courtesy Caitlin McGurk. Despite rumours to the contrary, Garfield will not be in attendance.

     
  5. Spring 2015 at Koyama Press brings metaphysical men in tights, the return of bad-boy blobs, the weaponization of cute through art, and fun and philosophizing diary comics. It is a diverse and variegated variety of comics and art—just the way we like it!

    MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER
    ISBN: 978-1-927668-16-0
    $15.00
    6 ½ x 10, 172 pages, b&w, trade paper
    April 2015

    Sci-fi superheroes eschew Gotham and Metropolis in favor of nightmarish neoclassical ruins in this surreal strip.

    A. Degen has taken the superhero myth and put it in a baroque blender; the result is the cerebral, sensuous and uncanny Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater. Equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen’s mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty.

    A. DEGEN was born in Brooklyn, New York. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works in Connecticut. He is the author of the books Area CC (Snakebomb, 2011) and Soft X- Ray/Mindhunters (Astroplus/Futureshock, 2013), and his work has appeared in a number of anthologies.

    PRAISE FOR MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER
    “A. Degen is one of the smartest and funniest cartoonists in the game. Every page in the book is filled with about two dozen triumphs and upsets in humor, design, pacing … A real pleasure to pore over.” — Michael DeForge, author of A Body Beneath (Koyama Press, 2014), Ant Colony (Drawn and Quarterly, 2013), and many more

    BLOBBY BOYS 2
    ISBN: 978-1-927668-20-7
    $10.00
    5 ½ x 8 ½, 52 pages, color, trade paper
    May 2015

    Imagine The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as pot-smoking punks.

    The Blobby Boys are back and they’ve got acid tongues and acid on their tongues. The salacious and slimy Saturday Morning cast-offs haven’t lost an iota of edge. In fact, the only thing sharper than the comedy in this book just might be the boys’ switchblades.

    ALEX SCHUBERT was born in Mascoutah, IL and is based In Los Angeles, CA where he works in illustration and animation. In 2014, the first collection of Blobby Boys was awarded a Silver Medal in the Long Form and Comic Strip category of The Society of Illustrators first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual.

    PRAISE FOR BLOBBY BOYS 2
    “Alex Schubert’s collection of bold, bizarre comics is short, sharp and shocking — not unlike a quick stabbing.” — Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune

    CONFETTI
    ISBN: 978-1-927668-15-3
    $20.00
    6 x 7 ½, 200 pages, color, trade paper
    May 2015

    A colorful celebration of cartoons, creativity and the culture of cute.

    Confetti, like its namesake, is a fun and explosive mix of color from the fertile mind of multidisciplinary artist Ginette Lapalme. In comics, paintings, prints, sculpture, and jewelry, Lapalme uses cartoons and junk culture as raw material to make “cute” subversive and “pretty” punk.

    GINETTE LAPALME is a Toronto-based illustrator and artist. Lapalme is a graduate of the storied OCADU Illustration program, and is one third of Wowee Zonk, a Toronto-based illustrator collective and contemporary comic book anthology.

    PRAISE FOR CONFETTI
    “It is a goal of mine to live alone in a big house surrounded by the work of Ginette Lapalme, kind of like a cat lady, but with drawings of cats instead of real cats … Utterly delightful but never too cute, the world Lapalme has created leaves me more attuned to the perverse beauty of the one around us.” — Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor of Rookie

    DIARY COMICS
    ISBN: 978-1-927668-17-7
    $15.00
    5 x 6 ½, 236 pages, b&w, trade paper
    May 2015

    Comic and tragicomic, heartfelt and heartbreaking; these are the panels that make up a life.

    Since 2010, Dustin Harbin has been sporadically documenting the ups and downs and sideways of his life in comic form. From their humble beginnings as a sketchbook exercise documenting the quotidian, oftentimes with hilarious results, Harbin’s Diary Comics have grown into quirky existential examinations of life and living.

    DUSTIN HARBIN is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in North Carolina. He’s best known for his autobiographical comics, as well as many, many illustrations of people and animals, often mixed and matched.

    PRAISE FOR DIARY COMICS
    “Dustin’s willingness to push himself in these comics makes them special, opening his mind and life to the audience he’s meant to connect to, taking what is at times the character of himself and revealing the man. That’s always the best part of autobio comics, an ability to confront something true.” — Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant

     
  6. Comic by Matthew Houston.

     
  7. Great mail day part 2.

     
  8. Great mail day!

     
  9. Rob Kirby of Panel Patter thinks highly of the occasionally lowlife antics of Walter Scott’s Wendy, which is set to make its debut at CAB in November!

    “Scott is a wonderfully expressive cartoonist, specializing in laugh-out-loud, operatic reaction shots. His characters are deeply flawed, hilariously funny, and always recognizably human. Another triumph from Koyama Press.” 
    — Rob Kirby, Panel Patter

    Check out the whole review here along with a number of other small press comics being highlighted from Small Press Previews.

     

     
  10. Monday being a few hours away is a bummer, but you know what isn’t? The full cover to Jane Mai’s newest mini Sorry I Can’t Come In On Monday I’m Really Really Sick, which launches at Bergen Street Comics this Friday!