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WE’RE BACK to being a fully operational hive mind again. Funny how much of a difference a few creature comforts can make. Of course, because we are all snug as a bug in our beds, this must mean it is time to hit the road once again. Our last trip of the year comes later than usual and it promises to be a lightning attack on the city of brotherly love aka Philadelphia. We could say we’d rather be in Philadelphia, but that was meant as an insult and we are quite fond of Philly.

It was with great sadness that we bade goodbye to our beloved P.A.C.C., and so it is with great cheer that we welcome Locust Moon. Locust Moon is the new show organized by the proprietors of the legendary store and gallery and performance and even classroom space of the same name (which we now admit to never once yet visiting). They even appear to have included the organizers of the dearly departed P.A.C.C. in their plannings. The guest list also includes our favorites, Box Brown, Jim Rugg, Brandon Graham and Farel Dalrymple, not to mention Acres pals Brendan Leach, L. Nichols and our Koyama cousin (nephew?), Nate Bulmer.

We will be heading down with Sean Ford and meeting up with Eamon Espey, who will have both our first book of 2012, Only Skin, and our last book of 2012, Songs of the Abyss, ready and waiting for some superlative scribblings therein. We really are taking it back to the future since these were the guys who were with us for the last P.A.C.C. last year. Like that show, we will finally get to play with our Big Bro of the Funny Books, Chris Pitzer, who is bringing AdHouse back to Philly despite last year’s torrential tornado nearly drowning everyone and everything in the room (Sorry about that, Chris!). We cannot think of a better way to end this, the Year of the Greatest Comics Shows That Ever Were, than a run at entirely new show in a city that truly deserves a great one.

Meanwhile, it’s been a fairly quiet week or two for us (THANK YOU, JESUS.), but if you missed it, you should check out the site for the Horror Hangover Art Show, which was put together by Mr. Inkstuds, Robin McConnell. Paste magazine named our guy Joe Lambert‘s Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller to their top ten of the year. Rob Kirby had both our Wayward Girls and Only Skin on his best of the year. But perhaps most excitingly the lovely and talented Gabby Schulz, the artist formerly known as Ken Dahl, has finally gotten a new page up online. Don’t worry; he’s still working on Sick and that ish is ill. Before that, however, Gabby is popping up in the new issue of Arthur magazine. It’s been a long time since the last Arthur, so if you need to catch up, do that right away.

We’ll back next week with the lowdown on Locust Moon. After that, we’ll have one last post for the year with a sneak at what’s coming from us in 2013 – you know, if the world doesn’t end or something, which would be really annoying considering how killer next year is shaping up to be.

Your Pals,

Barry and Leon

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Facebook IconAugust 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

ZOMG! It's Tim O'Neil for the Onion AV Club on Corinne Mucha's Get Over It! and it's a pretty darn good review, too. Tim's clearly on top of his comics game, name-dropping and comparing Corinne to none other than Kate Beaton, John Allison and Dylan Horrocks - pretty much a Mt. Rushmore of the medium. He gets it right; Corinne hits every bump on Heartbreak Road, ever stage of grief, but all told, it's actually kind of... ...fun? As Tim puts it, she "turns a book about three years of anguish into a page-turner." There IS something fun about being heartbroken, and not just the rebound. It's like a license to crazy. At least we think so. There's lots of other good stuff reviewed here, too, including Rocket Raccoon's latest, Superman and Roman Muradov (love that guy). Corinne's got some good company for Get Over It! Thank you, Tim, and thanks, AV Club, for the very kind words. You guys go read now at the link!

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We are outta here! Or at least will we be in the morning. Actually, the very early morning. Sigh. But we're going to the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo aka RIPE! This is our first time at the show. It's also the first time FOR the show. RIPE is brand new and the brainchild of some folks we truly adore, like Mickey Z, who roped us into going way back when at the last Comic Arts Brooklyn. Yes, it is suspicious that there's a comic show in the dead of summer called RIPE. We've stopped showering and wiping for the occasion. Kidding. At our table will be Brendan Leach, of Iron Bound fame, and Sean Ford, he who has brought you Only Skin. Not only will Sean have the new and improved edition of Only Skin, he will have the fourth, yes, FOURTH issue of his new series, Shadow Hills. Playing the role of Secret Acres comics mule on the ride up will be Dave Nuss of Revival House Press, home of folks like Malachi Ward. It's a star-studded event and we don't even have to worry about crossing any borders! Doors are at noon and details are at the link below. If you're in Providence now, there's all kinds of stuff happening tonight, too. We will see you tomorrow...

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The thing about Mike Dawson's newest graphic novel, Angie Bongiolatti, is that it's daunting at first glance but kind of impossible not to identify with its characters. Well, you could somehow not identify with them, and that's your right, but you'd probably be completely insane. Rob Kirby, writing for the Comics Journal, writes about Angie Biongiolatti so well, that he might just be the ideal reader for this one. He's sensitive, empathetic, politically conscious and he likes to party. He also nails Angie, the character, who can come across as enigmatic or aloof, but it's her faith and her clarity, as Rob puts it (and we're paraphrasing), that make her the best barometer ever for the most difficult of times and the craziest of people. The key, though, is Rob writing that he knows these folks and he's partied with them. It would have been a lot easier for Mike if he'd had an agenda when he drew these people. Yeah, we might have recognized the ideas, but maybe we wouldn't have recognized these people. Poor Rob! He's one of THEM! Thanks, TCJ, and Rob, especially. This was a really good one.

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Facebook IconJuly 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Well, folks, Edie Fake has arrived! This newest LA native gets a very warm welcome indeed from Joshua Michael Demaree at the LA Review of Books. It's both a full-blown interview, a complete history and in depth review of Memory Palaces, Edie's latest and our first ever art book. If you're worried about Edie going Hollywod, go ahead and worry since Demaree has christened him a "flourishing celebrity." At least, he's a flourishing celebrity in the queer art world. There's some stuff in here that rarely gets discussed, including Edie's background as a video artist and the influence of that medium on his comics work. We even get a mention in the story of how we met Edie, which almost didn't happen. Plus, and this was news to us as well, Edie's return to Chicago (after "going feral") coincided with the death of Michael Jackson. But was it a coincidence? Thank you, Joshua, for all your super thoughtful work here (and for making another dream come true and writing up a Secret Acres book for the LA Review of Books). Go and read this very funny and very serious career retrospective right now!

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