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.
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It's that time of year again! The Best American Comics 2014 edition is out there and there are plenty of folks, like the Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon and the Stranger's Paul Constant calling this book the best of the series so far. It's the first time out for new series editor, Bill Kartalopoulos, and it has a new format of sorts, devised by edition editor, Scott McCloud, of Understanding Comics and Zot fame. McCloud groups the main selections, making a map of the current comics landscape. Broader than previous installments, it includes specific instructions to read the entire book, rather than browse through it - and you should do just that. Our very own Theo Ellsworth's the Understanding Monster Book One is included in the section titled EVEN STRANGER ADVENTURES (of course), and there are FOUR Secret Acres artists in the BAC Notable Comics section: Eamon Espey's Songs of the Abyss, Edie Fake's story from Monster Vol. 1, Robert Sergel's Eschew 3 and Sar Shahar's Sequential Vacation 2. Not bad, huh? We've got Bill K's blog post below, but you'll want to sit and read this one cover to cover. Thanks, Bill and Scott for all your hard work and congratulations on putting a great anthology together!
And Theo Ellsworth's the Understanding Monster Book Two has its very first ever review, from RE:Views Media's Max Szyc! It's a rare thing that a review makes us laugh out loud, or LOL, as the kids say. If you've read the first book of the Understanding Monster, you'll understand that reading doesn't begin to describe the experience of this story. The logic of this world, like most psychedelics, takes a minute to kick in. Like Max says, "A few more pages and then I think my mind may have reached some sort of subconscious arrangement with the material, meaning I think I 'got it'. Perhaps the book is so futuristic that it actually has the psychic power to make me think I’m understanding it." Cue us giggling. It is a long, strange trip indeed for toy mouse-bodied Izadore and his consciousness, but the sheer force of Theo's art will move you along with him. You may even start to identify with him. You can thank Max for capturing these feelings so well by reading his review. Thanks, Max!
We survived yet another Small Press Expo. This is no mean feat. Between the thousand deep gang of exhibitors and the crush of so many attendees, it's a wonder we're still standing. Credit Corrinne Mucha for pulling us through. In the absence of Theo Ellsworth (DNP - Fatherhood), Mike Dawson (DNP - Bachelor Party) and Brendan Leach (DNP - Get well soon!), Corinne sketched out everybody's books. We mean everybody's. Even Sean Ford's books. And Sean was there. Secret Acres made bank, yes, but we hardly got to see anybody, or so it felt. This might explain how we escaped the con crud which is laying so many folks out after SPX. This year's show was really all about the Breeders, meaning the band, not folks making babies. Corinne, you see, had not heard of the Breeders. We can see not having heard of, say, U2. But the BREEDERS? COME ON. Also, fair warning, we don't dare dish on our SPX 2014 Celebrity Comics Mule, Tucker Stone. In fact, we're terrified of what he must be saying about us right now. Check out the blog, and you can also get some details on this Sunday's event, the Brooklyn Book Festival! It's going to be a star-studded affair at the Secret Acres-Koyama Press megatable...
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...