THERE IS NO FATE but what we make for ourselves. Good thing then that John Brodowski has made Curio Cabinet 5. If his Curio Cabinet collection re-made the horror genre in John’s image, this foot-tall bad boy has a new genre all its own. Four alt-action tales follow our finest action hero icons on their bullet-ridden way to redemption. It is big. It is bloody. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you get one. In fact, if you pre-oder it in the next 48 hours,we’ll send you a signed and sketched copy first thing Monday morning. Everyone wants a little action for the holidays, yes?
If you happen to be in New York City, you can get Curio Cabinet 5 from John himself at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He will be joined by Mike Dawson, Samuel C. Gaskin, Joseph Lambert, Edie Fake (with the rare and elusive Gaylord Phoenix screen print in tow) and Gabby Schulz (the artist formerly known as Ken Dahl) with our very own Sean Ford across the way at the Sundays table, where he will have the last remaining copies of Only Skin – that is until his giant book comes out next year, courtesy of yours truly. It will indeed be the biggest gathering of Acres folks in a single room ever. Alas, Eamon Espey‘s wings are tired after his trip to the Minneapolis Indie Xpo, but this is okay because he’s also working on something big. Don’t let his absence stop you from going to BCGF, though. It is a uniquely amazing experience, it’s free and it’s overloaded with the very best comics has to offer. You can find our tables, numbers 18 and 19 on the BCGF map, right between Koyama Press and Drawn & Quarterly, which means we get to sit with the cool kids!
If you can’t make it to the show, you can always find your way to our Emporium. In addition to Curio Cabinet 5, we have new comics from from Alexis Frederick-Frost, Melissa Mendes, Leslie Stein, James Hindle and Anuj Shrestha with a new mini from one of our favorite people ever, Sean Christensen, on the way. Should you get carried away by the spirit of Christmas (that almost sounds scary), you will want to get yourselves these fantastic Christmas cards from Theo Ellsworth. You may also want to give something to the fine folks at the Center for Cartoon Studies, especially after you take a look at Gabby Schulz’s very appealing comic. Speaking of Gabby, In These Times has great article on the terrifying online bashing he got while being a woman. It would be funny if it weren’t true.
Before we start packing for the show, we wanted to thank the good folks at Midtown Comics for their Troop 142 Book Club. It was a really good time and we got a couple takes on Troop 142 from a couple of actual scouts, which was great and a first for us. Should anyone be missing Mike, you can catch him on Inkstuds and Ink Panthers. Better yet, all you Midtown Comics Book Club people should come and say hi to Mike at BCGF.
Tabling at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest is the best possible way to end the year – and what a year it’s been. We’ll be back after the show with our usual wrap-up. See you Saturday!
Bary and Leon
- Friday Apr 18 - 4:37pm
JOY! It's Publishers Weekly's Panel Mania with an exclusive preview of Corinne Mucha's Get Over It! We've been looking forward to this one for what seems like forever, and now you can, too, because, really, you're gonna love it. Corinne's quite wise for her years, certainly, but that's probably because she's learned from her mistakes. She made a lot of mistakes. A lot. But everyone's got to find their own way back to sanity. Speaking of smartypantses, Zainab Aktar is responsible for this one, writing for PW instead of her usual Comics and Cola, which you really should check out. She writes things like, "The visualization of that process is often reflected in very compact, text heavy pages, simultaneously rich and yet precise in execution and clear in intent." She's way too smart for us. Sigh. What are we babbling about? Go read Get Over It! or at least a bit of it...
Hello! Are you in New Jersey or have you escaped? If you are still in Jersey or anywhere near it, you ought to stop by the Asbury Park Comic Con, which is right along the historic boardwalk, which is the site of some terrible goings on in Brendan Leach's Iron Bound. Of course, Brendan will be there, and we promise it's much safer than you would think after reading his book. If you don't have a copy of Iron Bound handy, you can pick one up from Brendan at the show. If you do have a copy, you might want to wait to read it until after the show. You can still play pinball at the Silver Ball Museum, though. Even more ridiculous, Jersey boy Mike Dawson is crashing the party. He's back living in Jersey now, but his latest book, Angie Bongiolatti, is all about life in New York post 9/11. His other books, Troop 142 and Freddie & Me will give you all the non-scary Jersey you need. Get over there and get some comics and take a little stroll along the beach, where the "Jedi" play "Tatoine," as the kids say. We actually saw that last year. It was HILARIOUS.
HEY! Are you in Portlandia or something? Because Edie Fake is in Portland, Oregon, doing some Linework. Linework NW, kinda like Edie himself, is blurring the line between comics, fine art and illustration work. They have Jim Woodring and Michael Deforge and some pretty killer events planned for the show, including an evening of Edie at the legendary Floating World Comics. We'd tell you what Edie is doing there, but the Lineworkers say it best, "Fake will be giving a short and colorful experimental lecture on the sexuality of patterns that weaves together fabric, the tarot, the concept of individuality and jeggings." Yes, sexy fabric and jeggings. Now you have to go! Read all about it here...
Hi! Are you in Ohio someplace? Because Sean Ford is in Columbus, Ohio, aka SPACE, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo. Sean's got the brand new edition of Only Skin and a brand new issue of Shadow Hills, which is the third of that series (!). There's lots of fun programming, but you can also double dip and go check out the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum right next door. It's probably the largest collection of comics anywhere and, in conjunction with the SPACE Jam (that's a thing), they're opening up the Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes, duh) and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac, duh) exhibits, too! Now that's worth the trip. Make sure you get Sean to sketch your books out. That guy acts like every day is Angouleme. Deets at the link!