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29

Jul

Abyssal Yawn review on Just Indie Comics

Bill Wehmann is the author of mini-comics as Death of Spot and Would You Still Love Me in Black and White and has recently begun a collaboration with the writer and poet Ed Steck for the series Abyssal Yawn, published by Wehmann’s Pacific Reverb Society in an elegant full color comic book with heavy card stock covers. The first issue introduces to a story that recalls the Sixties and Seventies Marvel cosmic sagas as Stan Lee’s and John Buscema’s Silver Surfer and Jim Starlin’s Warlock, updating the contents and adding irony and sociopolitical metaphors. The main character is a nameless hero made of the same substance of the outer space, a sort of Silver Surfer 2.0, with rasta braids and without underwear. After being freed from the “imprisoned pocket of eternity” by a mysterious entity, he begins his trip through eternal time, “suffering the peril of the everyday wanderings of a celestial nomadic universal being”….

Read the full review here!

14

Jul

Irene #4 review on Just Indie Comics

The new issue of Irene is a jam session among its editors with the participation of several special guests. Initially related to the Center for Cartoon Studies, the anthology is freeing itself from its origins and also in this fourth issue finds strenght in the heterogeneity of contributions, as well as in a high quality standard. Starting from the collaborations between dw, Dakota McFadzean and Andy Warner, it seems that Ten Minutes Break - published in the third issue (here the review) and created by the first two - built a modus operandi. Veronica and the Good Guys in “Ain’t Pussy Footin!shows Warner drawing the characters portrayed in the previous issue by the same dw, now author of the story, creating an inner continuity…. (here the full review)

 

08

Jul

Comics People: Just Indie Comics profiles E.A. Bethea
"When you wanted to leave me, you riddled me with questions of which I could provide no answer: does water have taste? Green or blue? Knife or fork? I was at a loss. I wanted to say both, but knew I was wrong. Now my eyes are slits and I am riding down a long bridge over black water. You are my destination and you are either very far or very close. Tell me, which is it? Have I chosen the right bridge or will I wake up without you, thrashing through wild waters & wreckage?"

Comics People: Just Indie Comics profiles E.A. Bethea

"When you wanted to leave me, you riddled me with questions of which I could provide no answer: does water have taste? Green or blue? Knife or fork? I was at a loss. I wanted to say both, but knew I was wrong. Now my eyes are slits and I am riding down a long bridge over black water. You are my destination and you are either very far or very close. Tell me, which is it? Have I chosen the right bridge or will I wake up without you, thrashing through wild waters & wreckage?"

Shaky, Makeshift Bridges

25

Jun

mondaysuicide:

Just Indie Comics review of Nowt/Aktion 4! Here in English and and here in Italian.

mondaysuicide:

Just Indie Comics review of Nowt/Aktion 4! Here in English and and here in Italian.

16

Jun

uncivilizr:

Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again was reviewed by Italian blog Just Indie Comics. Here’s a taset what they had to say:

If you’ve never looked at Sam Alden’s comics, at first glance you’ll be impressed by the drawings. His pencils show the very nature of the medium and in their purity they give the feeling of looking at the original art. The pages are full of lines, marks, gray and black spots. The line work is neither realistic nor naturalistic. When in Hawaii 1997 the two children are running on the beach, they turn into two abstract figures. The representation of the night sky recalls instead the Impressionists. Alden isn’t seeking the verisimilitude but the emotions of the reader. The emotional and communicative aspect is at the heart of his cartooning. The relationship between artist and audience is incredibly direct and even by merely looking at his panels you’ll have the feeling that they’ve been drawn only for you.

We love the way the author zeroes in on the intimacy at the heart of Sam’s cartooning. Read the rest of the review here. Order Sam’s book here.

13

Jun

Felony Comics #1 review

05

Jun

"On Your Marks" anthology review

(Source: justindiecomics)

02

Jun

The Polish comics anthology Soap Zine is back with a third issue of 36 pages printed in 125 copies. The contents of this comic-book, focused on “crazy animals” and made entirely by Polish cartoonists, are often extemporaneous, in fact several contributions consist of only one page, but the reading is pleasant and some pieces are noteworthy, as for example the pages by Piotr Wymyslowski, at the beginning and at the end of the anthology, where a deliberately childish graphic style joins a brilliant text. I liked also the single page by Anna Kaczmarczyk on sex between hamsters, the small animals portrayed by Rybb while arguing about who is the best Beatle, or Renata Gąsiorowska, guest star of the zine with eight pages, in which she draws the strange inhabitants of her Crazy Zoo Shop, as the infinite dog and the fractal turtle.

Space Cats: The Beginning is a 16-page black and white comic-book, the solo project of Jakub GrocholaSoap Zine's editor along with Szymon Szelc. The mood is always ironic, the drawings in cartoon-style, while the story tells of a group of cats able to transform themselves into two-legged creatures thanks to a miraculous machine, leaving for the outer space in search of the Kabo stone, an acronym for Kill All Bad Dogs. The appendix Space Cats on Mars confirms Grochola’s taste for zany gags but shows also a more elaborate style. The second issue of the saga is due soon, as the fourth Soap Zine, which will host international artists for the first time. The submissions are open until the 28th of July: here you can find all the infos.

In the meantime, you can purchase these two books at Soap Zine on line store, at a cost of $ 5 each.

18

May

"Comics Workbook Magazine" 1-3 review

18

Nov

The Comic Arts Brooklyn Experience - part 2

Second part of a CAB report, today in the words of Chris Pitzer of Adhouse Books, Leslie Stein, Dave Nuss of Revival House Press, Ed Kanerva of Koyama Press, Mack Pauly of Space Face Books… And with a link to Conundrum Press reports. Enjoy!