Samuel C. Gaskin's first book, a collection of gags, stories and drawings, is aimed directly at the adult reader who can appreciate his playful, often risqué riffs on pop culture. The stories and gags in Fatal Faux-Pasinvoke Black Sabbath, Klaus Kinski, the cast of Saved by the Bell, Dinosaur Jr., Sun Ra and Depeche Mode, among others. A delirious, ambitious mash-up of single-panel gags, strips and longer form stories, Fatal Faux-Pas is the definition of youthful exuberance.
96 Pages. Softcover. First Edition. Printed in Canada. ISBN: 978-0-9799609-0-1
Eamon Espey's Wormdye is a collection of interwoven tales that deftly illustrate the fever-pitched anxiety of modern life. With locales as varied as the River Styx, The Vatican, the island of Aegina and the Mitchell Corn Palace, Wormdye follows Marco, Tommy and others as they engage in the human struggle: work, religion, death and human sacrifice. Bleak and darkly funny, Wormdye uses myths and iconographic visuals to evoke a world-view that is both absorbing and upsetting, tragic and triumphant.
Intricate, even exquisite - but never immaculate, Theo Ellsworth’s Capacity is a mind turned inside out. Ellsworth's careful line gives shape to profound and profoundly silly thoughts alike, bringing a visionary, startling new life to the doubts and hopes that are so familiar to everyone.
336 pages. Softcover. Second printing. Printed in Canada. ISBN: 978-0-9799609-2-5
Please note that this the second printing of Capacity. It has a different cover from the first printing but is otherwise identical.
The characters in PS Comics may appear to be large pieces of fruit or talking animals, but they behave just like their human counterparts: they are the drunk acquaintances, annoying coworkers, troubled schoolmates, jealous friends and vindictive roommates that haunt us all. Told with biting humor, the stories in PS Comics are quintessentially human stories about the ongoing struggle to understand one another and connect, despite our individual worries, differences and quirks.
128 pages. 5.5" by 8.0" Color cover with black and white interiors. Compiles most of Minty Lewis's self-published work and includes new material.
Part fiction, part deranged educational film strip, Monsters explores the physical and emotional traumas of an STD that affects no two people the same. Dahl cements his status among the best cartoonists of his generation with this brutally sincere account of disease and self-acceptance.
7" x 7". 208 pages.
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This book is intended for MATURE READERS only. Seriously NSFW!
Edie Fake's debut graphic novel, Gaylord Phoenix follows the danger-fraught journeys of the gaylord phoenix, a creature willing to sacrifice anything for love and self-knowledge. Fake confronts the reader with violent and unexpected manifestations of sexual connection and romantic possession as the gaylord phoenix searches for his lost love, his origins and his place in the world. Culled from Edie Fake's minicomic series of the same name, Gaylord Phoenix portrays the most human, universal struggle in an epic, majestically rendered world where transformations, magic and sex are part of the everyday fabric of life.
256 pages. Two-color interior with full-color cover.
128 pages. Two-color interiors with a 16 page full-color section. Includes "Turtle Keep It Steady," "I Will Bite You," "After School Snacks," and several new stories.
Troop 142 follows a group of campers and counselors at a week-long scout retreat in the woods of New Jersey. It is a story as much about adults as it is adolescents, the blurred line between childhood and manhood, and the consequences of authoritative posturing. Dispensing with idyllic notions, Dawson describes the hilarious and brutal truths about boys and men, the hypocrisy of institutional morality and the resilience of Spam and the human spirit.
268 pages. 6.125" x 8.75"
32 pages, 12x8in, Two color.
Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly, writes:
“I’ve been writing about the similarity between the horrific and the sublime for (God help me) over a decade now, but it's rare for me to come across a comic that makes that connection as frequently and as subtly as John Brodowski’s Curio Cabinet... The message is both troubling and comforting: It implies a connection between the individual horrors we experience and the very fabric of existence, yet it also suggests that perhaps an enlightenment is possible whereby this waking nightmare can be appreciated, if never fully understood. More like this, please.”
Curio Cabinet 5 is a bold and daring change of direction from alt-horror to alt-action, with a cast fit for the Expendables. Can four action icons find peace? What the hell would that peace even look like? There's plenty of guns and ammo in John Brodowski's infrared vision of our best, and bloodiest, heroes on the high octane path to redemption.
Only Skin is a grim exploration of the hallucinatory and tragic landscape of modern rural America, as seen through the eyes of a pair of orphaned siblings, searching for answers in a world filled with terrible, terrible questions.
272 pages. 8.25 x 11
“This comic is weird and absurd and silly and baffling in the best ways possible. The humor is as strange as they come, but importantly, it does it all with a straight face, there’s no winks to the audience, beyond of course just how silly it all can be. This is the kind of thing that’s right up my alley.”
- Kevin Czap, Comix Cube
Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Sigmund Freud, Scott McCloud and the Hotrod “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Wayward Girls came to life as a semi-weekly web comic by mysteriously pseudonymous authors working under the moniker Slechtemeisjes. We’ve since uncovered at least one actual name, Michiel Budel, an art school graduate and citizen of Netherlands. This is his first comic, which is shocking considering his skill, and to be expected, because there is simply nothing like Wayward Girls anywhere.
Stitch bound comic. 24 pages. 7" x 10". Full Color.
72 pages. Hardcover. Full-color.
Iron Bound is a gritty, authentic account of street gangs and life in the margins of Newark, New Jersey's Ironbound district at the start of the 60's. With all the elements of a noir mystery and a crime drama, it's Leach's insight into human nature and his ability to evoke place and moment that elevates the narrative to a complex examination of the tenuous relationships of people mired in conflict and fear. This edition of Iron Bound comes complete with a flexi-disc record of music written and recorded by the official Iron Bound band, the Newark Wanderers.
8.25" x 7.25". 252 pages. Black and white.
Please note that this item is a pre-order and will not ship until September 13th.
@gimpnelly Oh. Well, carry on then.
- Tuesday Dec 10 - 10:20pm
@gimpnelly It would probably go faster without the hand warmers, no?
- Tuesday Dec 10 - 10:15pm
@gimpnelly WHERE IS YOUR BOOK ALREADY (we ask, knowing someday you will say it's done).
- Tuesday Dec 10 - 10:12pm
@gimpnelly A little bit.
- Tuesday Dec 10 - 10:10pm
@hellophia You've already waited too long.
- Tuesday Dec 10 - 4:48pm
If you didn't make it to the New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium last week, Andrea Tsurumi has all the gory details up on the Rumpus. It was standing room only at the Symposium on Monday night. Maybe it should have been dancing room only. Our man, Brendan Leach, brought the band with him, meaning the actual Newark Wanderers, performing songs inspired by (and appearing in) Brendan's (and our very own) Iron Bound graphic novel. It was a lot of fun. We even got to hear songs that didn't make it into the book or on to the album. Not to be totally outdone, Nick Sousanis talked about his thesis project, Unflattening, which is also a graphic novel on multi-modal learning. Nick can really draw, and the project is fascinating enough that it ought to get him his PhD from Columbia, no less. In any case, this was the most interdisciplinary, most multi of media Symposium night we've ever attended. Get caught up at the link below. And thanks, Andrea and the Rumpus (which could be a good band name, maybe)!
So excited to be going to the Short Run small press fest this coming Saturday in Seattle! I'll be tabling with friend and fellow Secret Acres artist Sean Ford!
PEOPLE OF THE HERE (meaning New York City, because that's where we're at): Tonight at the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium, Brendan Leach's Iron Bound will be up for a semi-scholarly discussion. The Symposium is the brainchild (huh?) of comics deity Ben Katchor. Meeting every Monday night, a bunch of folks get together for two presentations by cartoonists, publishers, academics and the like. Each part of the double bill is up for a Q&A afterward, assuming folks can keep quiet through the actual talk part. Better than the average chalk and talk, the Iron Bound band, the Newark Wanderers, will be performing live! The other half for this meeting is Nick Sousanis, who's getting his PhD from Columbia and chatting about how "images have been typically relegated to aesthetics and spectacle." No, really. Anyway, get yourself down to Parson's Bark Room - and get on the Symposium mailing list. It's free, it's awesome, it's every Monday, and you will get an actual e-mail from Ben Katchor (mr. Picture-story himself) every week. That might be the best part. See you in a few!
Alrighty! In what is likely to be our very last Scuttlebutt blog post of this year of 2013, we give you our thoughts on the bouncing baby Comic Arts Brooklyn show. The short take: we loved it. Our new hometown comics show was a smooth ride. We dropped a ton of books and are forever grateful for the good people of Brooklyn and Gabe Fowler and his Desert Island crew for keeping the flame. Long live CAB! Just for fun, we decided to spill the beans on a whopping five new books coming from us in 2014. Some of them might sound familiar to you (because they shoulda been 2013 books) but we promise you've never seen the new ones before. Speaking of new ones, let's all give Corinne Mucha a warm welcome to Secret Acres. We've been in love with her comics for way too long now, so it feels overdue. We're totally excited to be putting out her new book, Get Over It, in 2014. Yes, Secret Acres won't be such a sausage party next year. If you want even more of the ladies, Mike Dawson's new book, Angie Bongiolatti oughtta be your kind of thing. Oh, yeah, and there's our first ever art book from that guy, Edie Fake. Not bad, huh? Plus, Casey's CAB party report and our thoughts on a certain Kickstarter (so stop asking us) are in here, too. Go on and click the link already.