Archive for the ‘Independent Comics’ Category

How many times have you wished for a “reset” button – a chance to undo or tweak something that you had done or said? Well, Katie, the chef/restauranteur/protagonist of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s new book, Seconds, has found some magical mushrooms that allow her to do just that. One mushroom before bed, a little wishful notebooking, and she wakes up in a world in which she has exercised her editorial rights. The trouble is, she can’t stop.

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If you’re looking for a case of the heebie jeebies, The Eyes of the Cat should deliver. Originally created in the late 1970’s for Les Humanoides Associes’ Metal Hurlant magazine, this comic was the first collaboration between artist Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, and writer/director Alexandro Jodorowsky. In few words, those words a lurid monster/child’s sinister soliloquy, Les Yeux du Chat, as it was originally titled, offered a succinct but substantial commentary on the nature of life.

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“How does one man stand a chance against four billion assholes?” This is the central question of Daniel Clowes’ The Death Ray. And if this question hits home, you’re going to like Andy, the absurdest of superheroes. (more…)

The Boston Comics Roundtable and River Bird Studios Presents Outbound #1, the science fiction comics anthology. In Outbound, readers find a cluster of comics spanning throughout space and time. The protagonists of the stories varies from a futuristic race to high-tech humans or the less common hero—a flea. Not just any flea, but a flea in space.

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The Adventures of Jodelle is pure pop.  In the best sense.  A tale of espionage and betrayal set in ancient Rome, but all its decadence, bacchanalia, and frivolity rendered in the most modern sense. 1960’s modern, mind you, inspired by the famous Gottlieb pinball machines.  So Rome is re-imagined as resembling some hybrid of the French Riviera and the Vegas strip, all neon and fluorescent, yet still flat, matte, and beautiful.  Immediately recognized as a game changer, this book is all about the art – as in the work within, and the movement so definitive of the devastating cultural explosion that was the 1960’s.

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What would happen if we had to start over? To rebuild and live simply, off the land, as they say? Well, according to Fabien Vehlmann and the artist collaboration known as Kerascoet, nothing good. Their new book, Beautiful Darkness, put out by Drawn and Quarterly, is a fairy tale gone demented, in which adorable and sinister prove to be inseparable.

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Not many cartoonists make brief unannounced returns to newspaper cartooning just for the hell of it– unless you are Bill Watterson. The retired Calvin and Hobbes creator “thought it would be funny” to on a “whim” collaborate with “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephan Pastis this week.

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