Here’s another supplemental story to my upcoming book “Invincible Days.”
My very first comic ever was Asterix and the Great Crossing by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. The early part of my life was spent in Saudi Arabia and I was exposed more to comics from Europe than from the U.S. This was the book that my parents read to me over and over again before going to bed.
Basically, I was an American kid growing up in a Muslim country looking at ridiculous Native American caricatures written and drawn by French men in a comic that featured no female characters whatsoever.
If you’re attending ALA starting tomorrow in Las Vegas, make sure to visit us sharing our booth with sister co. Papercutz, #2009.
We’ll have previews of some remarkable new books coming:
BEAUTY from the authors of Miss Don’t Touch Me (of which a new larger omnibus edition is coming out as well!)
DUNGEON Twilight the much awaited continuation of this popular series.
And the highlight of the season:
GIRL IN DIOR chronicling the life of the famous couturier! Flip through the book and admire the amazing art:
And of course, we’ll have all our recent releases to catch up on!
Publisher Terry Nantier will be there to talk with you and looks forward to meeting you!
This Wednesday I’ll be talking along with Joel Gill at the Cambridge Public Library at 6:30. We’re going to be discussing our paths to comics as well as a bit about process like this little bit of strike out research I did for All Star. You should come join us.
Nobody struck out better than Reggie Jackson. Look at those feet! He’s got himself so twisted up, just imagine how far that ball would have gone if he had hit it.
Since 2010 I got to make comics for student magazine H/Link, periodical of the The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Alas, the paper is folding now – the magazine will continue in cyberspace, but no longer with my comic.
So it’s time to look back at four years of student life and the woes and fortunes of Fenneke, Dave, Fatima, George and their teacher Johan.
This was the first comic, which appeared in the autumn of 2010:
Student Dave was the most carefree of the lot – he devoted most of his time to his sports:
While Fatima tended to be daunted a bit by the demands of the educational system:
Fenneke and international student George found out they had special interest in each other (this strip I have posted earlier this year in my Valentine blog):
And their somewhat disillusioned teacher Johan struggled through classes as well:
It was great fun to come up with new stories for this cast, and often the editor of H/Link tipped me on issues that were going at school.
Such as communication troubles at the helpdesk:
The installation of new printers and the influx of new students after another school had been discredited:
The new canteen:
The scandal of the USB-fraud:
And the evacuation after a power outage:
The cast grew into older years and welcomed new students:
And even George adapted nicely to this foreign environment:
It’s kind of fitting that the strip ran for four years, just as long as their studies would have taken them. So I ended the run of the H/Link-strip with their graduation and farewell:
Thanks H/Link and The Hague University! It has been a pleasure. And goodbye for now, Fenneke, Dave, George, Fatima and Johan! Who knows, they’ll pop up in another incarnation some day…
So if you’re in the Boston area next Wednesday, you should come by the Cambridge Public Library and say hello to me and Joel Gill. We’re going to be talking about our books, our process, and our upcoming projects, which are both westerns.
Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s Shakespearean organized crime graphic novel, Family Ties, is their first work together since The Broadcast. Here’s what the critics have to say.
“Family Ties is a single volume graphic novel packed with tension and wrought with emotion, as well as more than a little violence. With all the hallmarks of the best mob movies, alongside the emotions of family dramas, Hobbs has crafted an engaging and original story.”
“The best part about Family Ties, and the reason I’d recommend it, is the art, by Noel Tuazon, all black and white. And gray. Lots of gray. His figures and objects are mostly minimalist sketches, and the “coloring” is various shades of gray watercolor, which I, in my non-art history background, associate with traditional Chinese and Japanese nature paintings. Meaning that the story is just automatically moody and exotic-looking. But also, the black and white and gray formatting serves as a metaphor for the story morality: it’s not a world of black/white bad/good, but a whole bunch of people operating somewhere in the middle.”
“A superb graphic novel that should appeal to students of Elizabethan drama and of grandiosely brutal gangster stories.”
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores now:
THE RETURN OF PATRICK ATANGAN!
This collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end-days of youth. Atangan creates an intricate mosaic from his own childhood memories as well as those gathered from friends and family. Bittersweet, joyful and reflective, these are the type of marking moments that best define us as adults.
By the author of the Yellow Jar and Silk Tapestry.
9×6, 128pp., color hc, $19.99 9781561639014
NEW FROM EUROTICA:
The all-new Sweet Sins by the author of Zombillenium, Peanut Butter and Molly Fredrickson’s hot action, Precinct 69 packs the heat, Barbarian Chicks! 8 1/2/x11, full color, $6.99
Over the next couple months I will be posting deleted short stories from my upcoming book. “Invincible Days.” It is a collection of true childhood stories. This first one was provided to me by my friend, Yunghee Kim.
Sometime, maybe ten years ago, I read or heard this quote from Woody Allen which went something like this: Steven Spielberg says he tries to make the films he loved as a kid. I try to make the films I love as an adult.
And at the time, I was in total agreement with Woody Allen, but now I think I’m coming around to Steven Spielberg’s way of thinking.
These are some pages from this fun little Formula 1 book I’m working. It’s very boyish.