October 28, 2012 by stan mack
Watching Up With Chris this morning: Professor Amar made the point that the Electoral College was created to convince slave-owning Virginians to vote for the Constitution, as illustrated in my book.
October 25, 2012 by stan mack
How do you think Romney, Ryan, and company would fare telling the women of the Colonial countryside what to do with their body parts?
October 25, 2012 by Margreet de Heer
My book Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics has been spotted in several locations! Friends and fans were kind enough to send me these pictures:
October 24, 2012 by Stefan Blitz
Founded in 2001, Florestan Recital Project promotes song repertoire in concerts, masterclasses, and educational residencies. By combining a dynamic core ensemble of committed artists with meticulous research and programming, Florestan has delighted audiences with a wide range of both established and unfamiliar repertoire.
And on October 31st they will unveil their latest project, the release of its world premiere recording of Libby Larsen’s The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, based on Rick Geary’s book The Beast of Chicago.
At the height of the Gilded Age, during Chicago’s finest moment of international glory, a man known as H.H. Holmes quietly and secretively carried out one of the most horrifically perverse and murderous crime sprees in American history. Against the ornate backdrop of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Holmes built an elaborate chamber of horrors in which he staged the methodical and grisly murders of up to 200 people, becoming America’s first known serial killer.
This macabre subject matter provides the basis for an exploration into the darkest corners of the human psyche. The work explores the unfathomable impulses that drove Holmes to commit his crimes. Scored for baritone and piano, Larsen’s song cycle interweaves passages of period parlour music with texts from Holmes’ own confessions. The result is a work that is both haunting and engaging–a perfect platform for Florestan’s “deeply felt, and impeccably prepared” performances (The Boston Globe).
This groundbreaking recording project will be accompanied by the simultaneous release of an accompanying animated video featuring illustrations from artist Rick Geary’s acclaimed graphic novel.
For more details, check out the Florestan Recital Project’s website, and check back on Halloween to see this exciting new project.
October 21, 2012 by Margreet de Heer
I had a great time yesterday, drawing in the window of local bookstore De Nieuwe Boekhandel - here’s a graphic report of the day:
October 19, 2012 by NBM
Here’s what NBM has in store for December, you can place your order at your favorite comics bookstore now:
In the Louvre Collection:
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams,
they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection after Glacial Period, The Sky Over the Louvre and Rohan at the Louvre tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8
Also new from Eurotica:
Christian Zanier is back with the outrageous Banana Games: sex on the edge and guns blazing! Also: Omaha the Cat Dancer is concluding! Plus more of Peanut Butter, Gambedotti’s Three of a Kind and more.
Quarterly magazine, 8 ½ x11, 48pp., full color, $6.99
NEW from Papercutz
GET YOUR ANNOYING ORANGE COMICS HERE!
The YouTube sensation now a smash hit on Cartoon Network comes to Papercutz with all-new comics stories! With art by Scott Shaw! and Mike Kazaleh.
Vol.1 “Secret Agent Orange”, 6×9, 64pp. full color, pb.: $6.99, ISBN 9781597073615 and hc: $10.99 9781597073622
Also this month:
October 18, 2012 by Stefan Blitz
Extra! Extra! The Reviews Are In!
Latest Review Quotes for Stan Mack’s Taxes, the Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels, Margreet de Heer’s Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics and P. Craig Russell’s The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol.5: The Happy Prince
October 17, 2012 by Margreet de Heer
This Saturday is 24 Hour Comics Day! Comic artists all over the world will attempt to create a 24-page comic in as many hours. It’s a great event in which I have taken part a few times – the last time in 2008 in comics store Lambiek, where I drew this:
This year, I won’t participate because I am sitting in a bookshop window for most of the day. So it will be a sort of mini-24-hour-comics-day for me; a 6-hour-comics-day probably. I’ll draw comics and cartoons for all to see, and sign my books if anyone comes to purchase them. The venu is De Nieuwe Boekhandel, Bos en Lommerweg 227, Amsterdam – if you’re in the neighborhood, come by and wave!
October 17, 2012 by Steve Weiner
The first graphic novel to explode out of the comic book marketplace & into bookstores was Elfquest by Wendy & Richard Pini. In many ways it was the model for some of the break out graphic novels we’ve seen over the last several years. Elfquest was self published under the Pini’s own WaRP Graphics company & supported by the network of comic book stores. Elfquest was an outgrowth of the underground Comics, but with a wider appeal, & it signaled the beginning of the Alternative Comics movement. Alternative Comics told stories with commercial appeal that weren’t published by the major comic book companies. Elfquest told an adventure story but it wasn’t a superhero story. The heroes were elves & the overarching story was a melding of fantasy tropes, fairy tales, & Native American lore. The black & white serial began in 1978, and was quickly collected into graphic novel form, making it into bookstores in 1981. Elfquest’s trajectory exemplified Will Eisner’s hope for the graphic novel form. Eisner saw the graphic novel as a mature work appealing to readers who had grown tired of superhero stories, but could still be interested in stories told in cartoon format. Elfquest went through many publishing incarnations. Originally published by the Pini’s own WaRP Graphics line, it was next reprinted in color by Marvel Comics’s Epic line in the mid 1980s, then again by DC Comics in the in the early part of this century, both in a collector’s archive edition & as a manga-sized series of books. Although it’s been around since 1978, Elfquest never gets old.
For more information on the graphic novel, read my book, Faster than a Speeding Bullet: the Rise of the Graphic Novel, available later this month.
October 16, 2012 by Stefan Blitz