YES, it’s true. Samuel C. Gaskin’s 2012 will indeed be up in your face this TCAF, albeit in somewhat limited numbers. We will have a pretty stacked little gang behind the table, no less than Sam, Joseph Lambert, Edie Fake, Sean Ford (whose Only Skin 7 is now in the Emporium) and Ken Dahl. This marks the first occasion that all of our books will actually be simultaneously available to those of the Canadian persuasion, outside of Librarie D+Q (and through the Emporium, of course, but that doesn’t count). This might seem odd, but there’s always been something in the way, Canada-wise. Monsters, for example, was classified as porn by a certain distributor and thus not allowed in the gentler lands to our north. Perhaps Ken Dahl won’t make it past customs, either? Though who knows which names “Ken” is using on his IDs, anyway? We don’t. Seriously.
2012 will be the most Acres of the books debuting at TCAF, however, you can find new stuff from Secret Acres’ own Joe Lambert, of I Will Bite You! fame, in the Root Rot anthology from Koyama Press and there’s Edie Fake’s first (we believe) new comics work since his Gaylord Phoenix in the long-awaited Gay Genius from Sparkplug Comic Books. Joe and Edie will both be on a few TCAF panels as well, which you can check out here.
American Mike Dawson will not be joining us for TCAF this year, but he has been a busy bee. If you have not done so yet, you should lend an ear to his latest foray into the podcasting wilds, TCJ Talkies (that’s TCJ as in The Comics Journal), which features an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink conversation with none other than Evan Dorkin. Furthermore, Mike has some very adult new comics on his site here (and we mean adult as in there’s big words, not porntastic action like Monsters). Even more exciting for us is that Troop 142, the final version not yet seen anywhere ever, is done. It’s so done, we may even be signing off on the printer order before we set off for TCAF.
We know not everyone can go to TCAF (and if you can’t go to TCAF and you are in LA, go here; that Malachi Ward guy is real good). If you are feeling sad about not making it to TCAF, you should watch this video spot at least one hundred times a day until you are compelled to go. Of course, Secret Acres has never been to TCAF so we are just as curious as you other TCAF virgins. Rest assured, we will have a TCAF review to beat the band upon our return – assuming our poutine cleanse doesn’t kill us.
Barry and Leon
OKAY. Summer's over and we're heading back to school, or at least back to our Scuttlebutt blog. It's been a while and a half, but we've been busy, sitting by the pool, giggling, eating watermelon. Included in this post is a rundown of our trip to RIPE, our first ever internet kerfuffle, SPX news and switcheroos, and one rather ridiculous Secret Acres baby boom. Boy, oh, boy are we looking forward to SPX. We know we promised you the second volume of Theo Ellsworth's the Understanding Monster. The good news is that the book WILL be at the show and it will be beautifully sketched and signed. The bad news is that Theo is skipping out - but he'll be coming out to Comics Art Brooklyn to officially debut his new book. He has a a good reason (note the mention of a baby boom above). We do, however, have Sean Ford, Eamon Espey and Corinne Mucha coming to comics camp with us and they will armed with new minis, prints and even little paintings. Our guest comics mule for the road trip will be Tucker Stone, so we'lll have plenty of gossip to dish when we get back. You get yourself to SPX! See you this weekend...
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!
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...
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.