I Went to SPX 2016 and Loved It

I had a terrific time at the 2016 Small Press Expo (SPX), as I do every year. It’s the nation’s premier independent comic arts festival, and everyone knows that everyone there has at least one thing in common: a love of the medium. For a factual overview of the show, please see my SPX coverage at ICv2. I also published a photo gallery there, and I’ve previously written about the Ignatz Awards winners this year. But for more of a […]

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Good Art and an Imaginative Story — With Balloons!

I love comics for a whole bunch of reasons, but one of them is seeing creative visions I never would have dreamed of. Take, for example, “Till Her Final Breath”, written by Greg van Eekhout and drawn by Sarah Winifred Searle. It’s about a super-skilled balloon animal competition. What a great idea for visuals! But it’s about more than that — it’s also about generational change and creativity and aging and caring and tradition. And it’s wonderfully drawn, particularly the […]

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Award-Winning Writer Announced for Supergirl Miniseries

As reported at the Hollywood Reporter, DC will launch a Supergirl miniseries at the end of December that takes a different approach to the hero. Supergirl: Being Super will be written by Mariko Tamaki, best-known for the Ignatz- and Eisner-winning This One Summer, which was illustrated by her cousin Jillian Tamaki. The art is by Joelle Jones (Lady Killer, You Have Killed Me) and Sandu Florea. The goal is “retelling her origin story for a new generation.” Presumably, that includes […]

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Win an Original Comic Strip

In order to increase subscriptions for Ali’s House, creators Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart are holding a raffle. Ali’s House is syndicated at gocomics.com. To enter to win one of three Ali’s House original strips, do the following before October 1: Create a free account at gocomics.com. Subscribe to Ali’s House by clicking the plus sign under any of their strips. Visit your Home page on the site. Take a screen capture of the page, showing your Ali’s House subscription, […]

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Winners of the 2016 Ignatz Awards

The winners of the 2016 Ignatz Awards were announced tonight at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland. The Ignatz is a festival prize, with winners determined by voting by those who actually attended the show today. I previously posted the nominee list; here are the winners, as introduced by host Nate Powell. Outstanding Minicomic Radishes by Carolyn Nowak Outstanding Story My Hot Date by Noah Van Sciver Outstanding Series Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts Outstanding Anthology or Collection […]

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Bread & Butter #1

In Bread & Butter #1, Liz Mayorga uses familiar elements — the dreams and struggles of a young artist working a restaurant service job — to comment on the lure of a place. She creates an engrossing portrait of today’s urban culture through the semi-autobiographical character of Liana, who went to San Francisco to paint but is working at a museum cafe. If you liked Over Easy (a longer, set-in-the-past, similar story), you should definitely check this out as a […]

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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1

Out this Wednesday is the newest in the ever-expanding Titan Comics Doctor Who line. Doctor Who: The Third Doctor features the likeness of Jon Pertwee, who played the Doctor between 1970 and 1974. Paul Cornell, who’s written Doctor Who novels and actual TV show episodes, knows his stuff. This five-issue story, “The Heralds Of Destruction”, feels faithful to the period and the characters. But for me, that’s the problem. The third Doctor was kind of like a sci-fi James Bond, […]

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Ares & Aphrodite

Ares & Aphrodite is the graphic novel equivalent of a beach read, a romance set in Hollywood with plenty of spicy tricks and sparkly back-and-forth dialogue. If this was a movie — and sometimes it reads as though it wants to be — it’d be a classic romantic comedy. Will Ares is a successful divorce attorney, which means a lot of people dislike him. His most recent client is Evans Beatty (a terrific name choice to evoke an aging Hollywood […]

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