July 13, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
This is an image that I stumbled across while doing research for All Star. It’s from a book on hitting that was written by Ted Williams. I was looking for good images of the body in motion during a swing. This image wasn’t too useful for that, but I think it looks absolutely awesome.
July 11, 2014 by NBM
Here’s what we’re soliciting for in comics stores now:
Hubert & Kerascoet
The team behind Miss Don’t Touch Me is back with an engrossing tale for grown-ups on the nature of beauty, both fascinating and corrupting.
When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater…
8 ½ x11, 144pp. full color hc, $27.99 9781561638949
AND WE’RE BRINGING BACK IN A BEAUTIFUL LARGER HARDCOVER THE LONG OUT OF PRINT:
MISS DON’T TOUCH ME
Hubert & Kerascoet
Now in an omnibus complete large format hardcover edition. Paris in the thirties. The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands. In her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She even becomes quite good at certain lascivious practices while still remaining a virgin! But she also doesn’t lose sight of her goal: find the Butcher.
A suspenseful spicy tale as only the French could so lightly get away with, yet deceptive in its depth and realism.
8 ½ x11, 192pp. full color hc, $29.99 ISBN 9781561638994
What they said of this:
“Miss Don’t Touch Me is really nothing more than a murder mystery and period piece, but it sure is a good one—so good, in fact, that you may find yourself needing to be reminded how un-ambitious an unpretentious it actually is. ” -Newsarama
“It’s hard to imagine a sequential art story better than this!”
-Booklist Starred Review, A BOOKLIST TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVEL 2009.
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, and presenting MARA, an all-new series with a clairvoyant and sexually aggressive chick into meting out justice on her own terms!
8 1/2/x11, full color, $6.99
July 8, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
Just after I graduated college I lived in Chicago for a couple of years, and I had this notion of doing comics. I spent about a year working on this silly superhero comic that I thought was about all sorts of things (the rise of multinationalism and the corporatization of the media), but was really about nothing. I had a friend named Brad, who I talked comics with. I showed him this superhero comic, and over drinks at a bar, he said, “You shouldn’t do any more comics like that. It’s not very good.”
And as soon as he said it I knew he was right.
Which started me off on a whole new direction. I had this idea comics that worked more like poems or songs. No need for a narrative. No need for character names. The only goal was to get at an emotion as raw and pure and undiluted as possible. There were some successes, and some failures.
And it was these comics that lead to my first book with NBM, Flower and Fade. The title of which was taken from D.H. Lawrence:
“Life and love are life and love, a bunch of violets is a bunch of violets, and to drag in the idea of a point is to ruin everything. Live and let live, love and let love, flower and fade, and follow the natural curve, which flows on, pointless.”
I was very serious.
July 5, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
A few weeks ago I joined Spoonflower, a site where you can upload your own designs and order them as fabrics and wallpaper. Since then I’ve been having a lot of fun thinking about tiled patterns, color schemes and original themes. This is what my store on Spoonflower currently looks like:
I started out looking for illustrations in my archives that lend themselves for this kind of purpose, and came up with a Burlesque fabric – I drew these models in Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School which I blogged about here – that came out like this:
And some whimsical English Country Houses I drew in Oxford that came out like this:
And I even made a wallpaper plastered full with the Scientific Method as I drew it in my book ‘Science: a Discovery in Comics’ – that came out like this:
But the most fun I had was coming up with new designs. Spoonflower has weekly design contests with different themes, and this is what I came up with for the current one, ‘Fishing Lures‘. If you like it and want to vote for it, please click the image and it will take you to the contest page with all the al-luring (haha) designs:
Next week’s theme is ‘Rhinoceroses’. I drew nine rhinoceroses on wheels, and it came out like this:
After that, the theme is ‘Herb Garden’. I really pulled out all the stops for this one, especially considering that I have no green fingers whatsoever:
I liked it so much, I also made it into a tea towel, which looks like this:
If you consider buying any of these, please note that not all designs are up for sale yet (I need to see the swatches first to colorproof them). But keep an eye on my Spoonflower shop for new stuff being added! There’s a lot already, and definitely more to come!
July 3, 2014 by Jim Benton
July 1, 2014 by Jim Benton
My new book, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats. launches today!
Head over to Reddit to celebrate with me. I’m answering questions and drawing pictures.
Here’s the link: http://www.reddit.com/r/comics/comments/29k0wk/couldnt_have_done_it_without_you_my_new_book_of/
July 1, 2014 by Eric Hobbs
So I’m extremely busy these days with a big work-for-hire project that I’ve been asked to write along with a mammoth creator owned book that is taking up a lot of my time, but I wanted to drop by and quickly let everyone know that Amazon has made the digital version of Family Ties one of their “Monthly Deals” in July.
This is really cool as most the books they include in the monthly promotion are novels. There aren’t a lot of graphic novels selected so it was kinda nice to see FT get some love. And what does that mean for you? Well, if you have a Kindle (or the Kindle app) you can get Family Ties for just $2.99. That’s almost 180 pages of story for less than three bucks! I can’t imagine you’ll ever have a chance to get it cheaper.
June 30, 2014 by Patrick Atangan
Here’s another supplemental story to my upcoming book “Invincible Days.”
June 29, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
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.
June 26, 2014 by NBM
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!