Category: Signings

Warren Ellis(!) Signing at Forbidden Planet NYC November 22nd

Warren Ellis event signing Forbidden Planet New York City NYCTo the droves and droves of Warren’s fans this pretty much speaks for itself, but if you’re unfamiliar with his work, well, GET ON THAT.  Or see below for his bio and a brief overview. You can also click here for a full list of the prolific writer’s books currently available from Forbidden Planet NYC.

Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN.  The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013.  His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures, with Tim Miller attached to direct.  IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He’s also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters, and is co-writing a video project called WASTELANDERS with Joss Whedon. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus. His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

On a personal note, Mr. Ellis is one of my favorite authors and I’m beyond blown away that he’s coming to FPNYC. Looking forward to a memorable night!

*ATTN: We will NOT be able to accommodate advance orders for signed books for this event, either by mail or for in-store pick up. Mr. Ellis will be signing on a first come, first served basis for in-store customers only. Thanks for understanding.

Post to Twitter

Fifth Beatle Singing November 20th

We’re pleased as punch to announce that on Wednesday, November 20th, Vivek J. Tiwary will be signing copies of his new graphic novel- the highly anticipated The Fifth Beatle - right here at Forbidden Planet NYC!

Fifth Beatle Forbidden Planet signing, Vivek Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker, event, Dark Horse Comics

The book, published by Dark Horse and releasing 11/19, has got a TON of buzz about it, with a feature film in the works. Vivek is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater and music and The Fifth Beatle is his first major comic work as writer/creator… And he’s a swell fella. Heck, he even mentioned FP in his bio…

“Vivek’s earliest childhood memories include browsing the comic book racks at Forbidden Planet with his parents and listening to their Beatles’ records at home.”

NYC area pals, we hope to see you here Wednesday the 20th when the festivities kick off at 6pm. Can’t make it to our event? You can pre-order signed copies by mail!  Standard editions (only $19.99 retail!) can be purchased here and collectors editions can be purchased here.

Follow The Fifth Beatle on Twitter or check out the official website for more.

Post to Twitter

Last Night was a Blast

MANY many many thanks to everyone who made last night’s Adventure Time Encyclopaedia celebration at Forbidden Planet so special.  So sorry we had to cap the line and turn some folks away, but I’d like to think the hundreds of attendees who met the AT crew here last night walked away happy as all get-out.

Martin Olson, Olivia Olson, Adventure Time, Jessica Diccico, Celeste Moreno, Mahendra Singh
l-r Mahendra Singh, Martin Olson, Celeste Moreno, Olivia Olson, Jessica Dicci

Post to Twitter

Legendary Comics Night at FPNYC October 11th

On Friday 10/11/13 we’ll be celebrating Legendary Comics night here at The Planet, the final event in our New York City Comic-Con week series.  Join us at 6pm to meet special guests MATT WAGNER (The Tower Chronicles, Grendel, Mage) followed by MAX BROOKS (World War Z) and SHANE DAVIS (Superman: Earth One) at 7pm.

Matt Wagner Grendel Tower Chronicles ForbiddenPlanetsigning

6pm- Matt Wagner at Forbidden Planet NYC!

  • We will be giving away FREE copies of The Tower Chronicles: GeistHawk Vol. 1 to the first 20 people in line.
  • Matt will sign other books (you don’t have to buy a copy of the book to come by, but it’s encouraged… we’ll be selling them at 30% off cover that day), but please keep your quantities within reason.
  • Every attendee will be entered in a drawing to win a free piece of original art provided by Tower Chronicles inker Rodney Ramos.

Max Brooks Shane Davis Forbidden Planet signing

7pm-  Max Brooks and Shane Davis signing at Forbidden Planet NYC!

We can’t wait to have Max back at Forbidden Planet for another signing event, and are excited to welcome Shane Davis, the acclaimed artist of two of our best-selling books of 2013.

  • They’ll be signing FREE posters and preview/ashcan copies for their upcoming graphic novel, Shadow Walk (while supplies last).
  • Customers who pre-order the graphic novel at our signing will receive 30% OFF cover price!

See you here at Forbidden Planet next Friday, October 11!

 

Post to Twitter

Battling Boy and Yi Soon Shin Signing and Walking Dead Midnight Release Tuesday 10/8/13

This coming Tuesday:

battling_boy

  • Paul Pope’s Battling Boy FINALLY releases!!! We’ll be selling it for 25% OFF cover in-store day of release only.  It’s also available for mail order at that discount as of this posting (and will be so thru Tuesday) here and here.

yisoonshin

  • Frequent FP guest, writer Onrie Kompan, and artist Giovanni Timpano (his first trip to the U.S. if I’m not mistaken!) will be signing copies of their Yi Soon Shin books for a few hours, starting at 5pm,

walking_dead115

  • We will close at 10pm, but re-open two hours later for a special MIDNIGHT RELEASE of The Walking Dead #115!  Exclusive variant cover and maybe some chocalate milk if you’re good.

Post to Twitter

Coming October 9th 2013 – Image Comics Night (Again!) at Forbidden Planet

Told you next week’s going to be an astoundingly fantastic week here at the shop. Check out the spectacular, jam-packed lineup we’ve got for next Wednesday night!

Nick Dragotta, Sina Grace, Forbidden Planet NYC, Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Michael Moreci, Johnnie Christmas, signing, Image Comics

Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl, Halloween Eve), Nick Dragotta (East of West), Ed Brisson (Comeback, Sheltered), Sina Grace (Not My Bag, Li’l Depressed Boy), Mike Moreci (Hoax Hunters), Duffy Boudreau (Blackacre), Johnny Christmas (Sheltered), and maybe some surprise guests!

Wow.  We need more chairs.

Can’t find New York Comic-Con tickets at a decent price on the secondary market?  Fuggedaboutit.  Come here instead. EVERYday is a comic-con at Forbidden Planet NYC.

Post to Twitter

NYCC Week FP Event Announcement Numero Dos

The week of New York Comic-Con 2013 (10/7 through 10/11) is shaping up to be a dooooooozy ’round these parts, with signings and other events lined up for EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!!!

Yesterday I let the cat outta the bag about our Adventure Time gig, today I’m pleased to announce that on Monday October 7th at 7pm we’ll be hosting another Image Comics night with guests Greg Rucka (Lazarus… to name one), Ales Kot (Zero) and Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts)!

Greg Rucka Forbidden Planet signing Ales Kot Frank Barbiere

Bring books to get signed.  Buy books here to get signed.  Meet and chat with some of the most cutting-edge comic writers working today.

See ya then!

Post to Twitter

October 10th – Adventure Time Encyclopaedia Mega-Event at Forbidden Planet NYC

Meet the voices behind ADVENTURE TIME at our signing for the most dangerous book in history!!!

Forbidden Planet FPNYC Adventure time Encyclopedia signing

Join us Thursday October 10th from 6-8pm for an all ages event featuring guests and giveaways from one of the biggest animation franchises on planet Earth!  Appearing here at FP that night will be Martin Olson (AKA The Lord of Evil, and author of the Adventure Time Encyclopaedia), Olivia Olson (the voice of Marceline), Jessica Dicicco (Flame Princess), and AT illustrators Celeste Moreno and Mahendra Singh.

Bring your Adventure Time stuff down to get signed… pick up some great swag and/or the best-selling Encyclopaedia here… come by Forbidden Planet 10/10/13 and meet the stars of Adventure Time!

Special thanks and big ups to the folks at Abrams and Cartoon Network!

UPDATE 10/2/13:  The fine folks at Cartoon Network are providing TONS of neat-o goodies for the festivities!

Adventure_Time_ForbiddenPlanet_Gift_Basket

This jam-packed Adventure Time GIFT BASKET just arrived, and will be raffled off to all attendees who buy any Adventure Time books or merchandise from us the on the night of the event!  ONE WINNER is gonna walk away with  A LOT of FREE swag, including:

·         Ice King Costume
·         Adventure Time Monopoly
·         Adventure Time Season 2 DVD
·         Lumpy Space Princess Beanie
·         Finn and Jake Watch
·         Fiona and Cake Figures
·         Marceline POP Vinyl Figure
·         Finn and Jake Tin Lunch Tote
·         Finn Talking Plush
·         Jake Mini Backpack
·         Finn Belt

We’ll also be distributing Con Quest medallions to the first Adventure Time fans in line (while supplies last, of course)!

Con Quest Medallion Adventure Time

Post to Twitter

Greg Pak signing Eternal Warrior #1

This Wednesday at Forbidden Planet NYC we’re going to have Greg Pak (Batman, Superman, Red Skull, X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong) will be in store signing copies of his new book from Valiant, Eternal Warrior #1. This is sure to be an awesome new title from an awesome, sort of, not really, kind of, new publisher. I wouldn’t miss this one folks ior you’ll be Eternally kicking yourself for it. One last time thats THIS Wednesday (9/11/13) at 6:30 p.m. New comic book day, new comic book series, new stuff to collect, new series to fall in love with.

Post to Twitter

GAMMA Signing with Ulises Farinas and Erick Fretias

On Wednesday the 24th of July at Forbidden Planet, artist/writer Ulises Farinas (Catalyst Comix, Transformers: Heart of Darkness, House of Mystery) and Erick Fretias will be in store signing copies of their new book GAMMA from Dark Horse on the day of its release!

You don’t want to miss this one folks, trust us.  It’s going to be crazier than Ulises’ art (which is effin beautiful)! Pre-orders available here.

Hope to see ya then!

Post to Twitter

Regular Show Signing!

This Wednesday the 15th at Forbidden Planet, Allison Strejlau will be in store at 6:30 signing copies of Regular Show #1! Allison is the regular monthly artist on this new comic series based off the immensely popular TV show. And if that wasn’t enough, Allison, lovely person that she is, will even be doing sketches! So don’t miss the chance to get your brand new number one signed and drawn on by the artist of what is sure to be one of the hardest books to keep on shelves.

Post to Twitter

TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 14: Pursued By The Empire’s Sinister Agents!

Hey lucky readers, I am back from the great state of Seattle in time to phone it in from my apartment. And what a phoning it in this will be. Last week’s column was brutal because I was jetlagged, sleep deprived, and over-comic’d (It’s a real thing. Look it up. Happened to millions of people in the mid-90′s.) This weeks column will be brutal because I am not a great writer and have been coasting on my mediocre sense of humor far too long. One important thing of note; dozens of readers wrote to ask why I didn’t mention Forbidden Planet’s Tech Wizard/Razor Enthusiast, Tyler, last week. Sally from Barrie, Ontario asked if it was because I was in Seattle and he was “Out of sight, out of mind.” It’s a good guess Sally, but no. When I travel I always carry a picture of Tyler in a heart shaped locket I wear around my neck at all times. He is never out of sight or mind. Tragically the reason I didn’t mention Tyler is much more dark and sinister. Tyler is on a journey now and I don’t think I have the strength to save him. Poor Tyler. Anyway folks, let’s find out what is happening in comics, shall we?

http://www.fpusadailyplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Maximum-Ghosts-Matt-D-Edition-1.jpg

Managed to get an advanced copy of FIVE GHOSTS last week. Issue #1 makes it an easy frontrunner for book of the year. Chris Mooneyham’s art is stunning, Franke Barbiere’s writing never misses a beat. This is a full tilt pulp adventure like comics hasn’t seen in a long time. Think Indiana Jones meets League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I almost guarantee this book will be a huge hit and fan favorite for the year, the buzz is crazy and the book surpasses it. Unfortunately for you all the book isn’t out this week but fortunately for you all it comes out very soon. Not just that but Forbidden Planet is hosting a signing for the book on IMAGE COMICS PREMIERE NIGHT, Wednesday, March 20th. Bob Fingerman will also be there signing his brilliant new collection, MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE. And there will be awesome special guests. And maybe a cake or something. Probably not. But great comics should make it worth your time. Mark your calenders and set aside some dollars. Not all of them though because you need to buy some books this week too.

BUDDY COPS #1 is actually out this week. Doc Shaner may be the next superstar artist in comics. He has a smart take on the updated retro style of current superstars like David Aja and Chris Samnee. In short, he draws really pretty. Nate Cosby used to edit for Marvel where he focused on the good but under loved all ages books. He has since moved on to doing fun books like Cow Boy and Pigs. Buddy Cops is like Axe Cop if you want to read absurd cops stories but instead of being written by children it is written by childish men. There is a character named Uranus. Either you find that funny or you should buy something else. I like Uranus.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL vol 26. My bet is that most of you don’t read manga. That’s cool. I was dumb once too. Here’s the thing, don’t dismiss the cultural output of an entire nation, especially when the nation loves comics as much as Japan does. And especially especially when they make such good comics. Blade Of The Immortal is one of the craziest and most badass things humans have ever made. A shamed samurai cursed with immortality must kill 1,000 evil men in order to be allowed to age and die. Awesome, right? Well volume 26 is probably not the one I would start with, but that’s the one that’s out this week. Go read volume 1 and see if you like it. If you like reading about dudes getting dismembered, bloodworms, and really detailed portraits of feudal Japan as much as I do then you should love it. Come for the bloodworms, stay for the guilt.

Mike Mignola and John Arcudi make awesome comics like Hellboy, BPRD, and Lobster Johnson. (Fun Fact: John Arcudi used to work at Forbidden Planet. The store probably still owes him like 2000 hours of overtime from like 25 years ago. Good luck getting that John, we’re pulling for ya.) Every book Mignola and Arcudi have worked on has been, at worst, well worth your time. When these guys are off they are still better than 99% of the field. (Fun Fact: I met Mike Mignola recently and acted like a big idiot. He was pretty cool though. Firm handshake.) Now they have teamed up with the great Jason Latour to introduce SLEDGEHAMMER 44. A man in a giant metal suits who fights nazis. That’s pretty much all you should need to know. (Fun Fact: umm… I don’t have any fun Jason Latour facts. umm… Latour is French for “The Tour.” Useful info.)

I feel like a moron telling you to read HAWKEYE Vol. 1: MY LIFE AS A WEAPON. It’s one of the best books Marvel has done in years. Beautiful, funny, exciting, and innovative. It is David Aja and Matt Fraction doing the work of their respective careers. HAWKEYE is a line in the sand. You can either buy it or be the reason we don’t get to have nice things.

I remember reading Ben Katchor‘s brilliant JULIUS KNIPL strips that ran in The New York Press in the early ’90s I think. I bet you thought I was much younger than that, huh? I just write with childlike whimsy and grammar. Always bizarre, his oddly compelling characters made it less of a favorite read and more of a compulsion. Mr. Katchor always puts forward interesting and thought provoking work. HAND-DRYING IN AMERICA is his latest, a meditation on place, property, and possessions. His insights and wit offset the pervasive feeling of wrongness that he illuminates so eerily well. This is a book for those who notice they feel out of place or out of touch with their world.

Maybe the best book you aren’t reading this year is THE END TIMES OF BRAM & BEN by Rem Broo, Jim Festante, and James Asmus. The perfect mix of Chew‘s dark humor and Preacher‘s tongue in cheek religious and cultural satire, TETOB&B is both clever social commentary and laugh out loud absurdity. TETOB&B #3 comes out this week (with a brilliant cover by Juan Doe), but you should be able to track down issues 1 & 2 pretty easily. Image puts out a lot of new books every months, but few have the heart and personality of this one.

That about does it for me. I’m going to go listen to Lungfish and read BULLETPROOF COFFIN until I pass out. Make sure to come to the FP/IMAGE party next Wednesday and wear something nice. Maybe bring cupcakes. I am sure we will forget.

Post to Twitter

COOL AS HELL!

On Saturday March 16th at 6pm Forbidden Planet is throwing a DVD launch party for James Balsamo’s new horror movie COOL AS HELL. Director James Balsamo (Hack Job, I Spill You Guts)and the Acid Bath Production Crew will be in store for signings, as well as the other stars of the film Carmine Capobianco (I Spill Your Guts, Psychos In Love) and Frank Mullen (I Spill Your Guts, Singer of Suffocation)! And if that wasn’t enough for you greedy horror movie fanatics there is going to be a contest to get KILLED (in James’s new movie “Mystery Meat”). Don’t miss the chance to be caught on celluloid in all the glory gore.

OH, and did we mention that a scene in “Cool As Hell” was shot INSIDE of Forbidden Planet? And our very own Matt D plays a very smarmy comic shop employee. Doesn’t sound like him at all right….

Don’t miss this one folks its going to be Horrortastic.

Post to Twitter

BATH SALT ZOMBIES in FP!

On Saturday March 9th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. “BATH SALT ZOMBIESthe incredibly wild new independent horror film, will be throwing a release party at FORBIDDEN PLANET! The film is brought to you by Aggronautix , featuring Local NYC punk band World War IX.

Members of the band will be on hand with copies of their new EP “Off The Wagon” featuring the Bath Salt Zombies theme song. Guitar player Justin Melkmann will also be showcasing his newest comic book Ear Aches and Eye Sores #4, Melkmann’s Slap in the Face My Obsession with GG Allin has always been a big hit on Forbidden Planet’s indie rack when available.

Aggronautix are the people behind the thrashing  THROBBLEHEADS featuring the legendary likenesses of  everyone’s favorite GG ALLIN, and Jello Biafra!

Also, a VERY limited edition VHS of Bath Salt Zombies will be available at the signing. Collectors of this medium will not want to miss out on this.

From 8 to 9 singer Filth Phil will be recording live in the store for his weekly podcast Dispatches From The Underground so come on down for a chance to be on the show!

Later that night join the band in Brooklyn for a Midnight Screening of Bath Salt Zombies at The Spectacle Theater hosted by the fine folks at Horror Boobs. Spectacle Theater is located at 124 S.3rd Street (near Bedford Ave) Williamsburg, admission is 5 dollars.

Check out the full official press release…

BATH SALT ZOMBIES

NYC Premiere Events  -  March 9th

Signing at Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway – NYC) from 7PM to 9PM

Screening Spectacle Theater (124 S.3rd Street – Williamsburg) at Midnight

with special appearance by
WORLD WAR IX

$5 screening admission includes free download card of killer punk rock soundtrack featuring: The Dwarves, The Meatmen, ANTiSEEN, The Murder Junkies + more!

Balt Salt Zombies is simply a creative and chaotic caper from a pretty prolific artist coming into his own. –  Patrick Dolan, RUE MORGUE

Bath Salt Zombies is a new horror film directed and co-written by Dustin Wayde Mills (Puppet Monster Massacre, Zombie A-Hole, Ballad of Skinless Pete) and produced and co-written by Clint Weiler of Aggronautix. The movie sensationalizes the recent bath salt epidemic and the attacks surrounding them.

On March 9th at Forbidden Planet, starting at 7PM writer/producer Clint Weiler and members of the band World War IX will be on hand for signings. The band will be signing copies of their new EP “Off The Wagon” featuring the Bath Salt Zombies theme song. Guitar player Justin Melkmann will also be showcasing his newest comic book Ear Aches and Eye Sores #4, Melkmann’s Slap in the Face My Obsession with GG Allin has always been a big hit on Forbidden Planet’s indie rack when available.
Also, a VERY limited edition VHS of Bath Salt Zombies will be available at the signing. Collectors of this medium will no doubt want one.
At 8PM, singer Filthy Phil will be recording live in the store for his weekly podcastDispatches From The Underground so come on down for a chance to be on the show.
Later that night join the band in Brooklyn for a Midnight Screening of Bath Salt Zombies at The Spectacle Theater hosted by the fine folks at Horror Boobs. Spectacle Theater is located at 124 S.3rd Street (near Bedford Ave) Williamsburg, admission is 5 dollars.
“Although the film is somewhat of a black comedy, I wanted to portray the real power of drugs in a horror story… Dustin was able to pull it off with ease,” said Weiler who wrote the treatment for the film and worked on the basic characterization.

“It’s off the wall comic book insanity with blood, gore, nudity, martial arts, gunfights, and a mutant jack-chi,” said Mills. “You should check your brain at the door and prepare to have your face melted off.”

SYNOPSIS:

Present day, United States… The bath salts epidemic facing the southern and mid-western US has been stifled by an unprecedented government crackdown. Head shops have been raided and shut down, component imports from the UK, India and China have been completely stopped, and aggressive penalties for users have been instated. This has led to a tremendous amount of surplus stock hidden by black market dealers, and a migration of those dealers (and in turn, users) to the northeast and other areas. In New York City, potent strands have surfaced and have attracted the most devoted bath salt junkies. In an attempt to outsell said strands, a young aspiring chemist has developed and even stronger batch… but something has gone horribly wrong. The new ultra potent bath salt batch has revealed a major side effect… It turns users into violent flesh seeking “zombies.” When the zombies are high on balt salts, they are completely unaware of their actions and they seem to float in and out of consciousness. When they kill / eat people, they are unaware of what has happened when they come down off the drug. The drug is also more addictive than other forms, and users feel the need to stay constantly high due to the fact they become incredibly feeble when sober. They come down HARD.

FACTS ABOUT THE BATH SALT EPIDEMIC:

Traditional “bath salts” consist of a combination of amphetamine-like chemicals, mainly mephedrone, MDPV and methylone. Users of the drug have reported feeling incredibly hot, which is why many get naked (in this case, it gives us cause for female nudity). They also develop superhuman strength (it can take five or six men to restrain them) and become so manic and delusional that the term “excited delirium” is being used by the medical community to describe their mental state. The shocking wave of attacks has sparked fears of a real-life zombie outbreak in the south. This led to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention releasing a statement saying it is not aware of any virus that can cause zombie-like behavior. A spokesman said: “MDPV is an illegal and harmful drug and stiff penalties are in place for people who possess or supply it. Drugs ruin lives which is why we are taking tough action against dealers and criminal gangs and helping people to free themselves from the cycle of dependency.”

STARRING: Brandon Salkil, Josh Eal, Ethan Holey, Dave Parker, Jackie McKown, and more.

Post to Twitter

Somewhere Around The Number Ten Best Comics That Nobody Told You About

Part 1:

I love Chris Ware. Bit redundant to say so this holiday season with everyone and their sister buying Building Stories, but with so much comic awesomeness that happened in 2012; between Charles Burn’s second installment to his X’ed Out trilogy, The Hive, and Brian K. Vaughn’s SagaSAGA… It’s too easy for amazing comics to get lost in the stacks, so I’m here to give my somewhere around the number 10 best comics of 2012 that nobody told you about…

LOSE #4

Michael DeForge might be the most prolific cartoonist working right now. He pumps more work and at a higher quality that would make any other cartoonist want to quit, or work harder…..no quit thats the correct response. On top of Lose #4 this year you can also see his work in the pages of Adventure Time comics, where he does the backgrounds,variant covers, anthology stories in  Nobrow 7 (more on that in a bit) and the newest  KUS, not to mention his on going serial Ant Comics, oh and his porn comic that he designs that features work by Johnny Negron, Brandon Graham, and Jillian Tamaki….more on all of them latter too…Bottom line, DeForge has a hand in everything and you’re probably a fan of his already, so read Lose, or Ant comics, or KUS, or Nobrow, or one of the million other things he worked on this year. King of comics 2012 goes to DeForge, no contest.

The Underwater Welder

Did I mention that DeForge is Canadian? Canadians….must be a universal sigh when cartoonist’s who aren’t Canadian talk about them. Jeff Lemire is another cartoonist hailing from The Great White North. Lemire had a full year of releases with Sweet Tooth Volume 4 and 5, the reprinting of his Xeric grant book Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder. Underwater Welder is for lovers of well paced, clear story telling, and the Twilight Zone. Lemire has an economy to his comics, the art is quick yet purposeful in the same manner as the writing, which rewards the reader with a world that they can envelope themselves in. Lemire is an odd school of cartooning, he’s not so deep into independent styled comics as DeForge, but he isn’t mainstream either (though he does write the only two books at DC still worth reading Animal Man, & Frankenstein Agent of Shade ). He’s a cartoonist in love with genre but doesn’t mistake comics to be only that.

Nipper Volume 3

Nipper Volume 3 finally came out! WOOOOOOO! I might be the only American to love Nipper so go buy it and prove my gross presumption wrong. Keeping in theme with brilliant Canadian cartoonists, Nipper volume 3 is the Canadian version of Family Circus, if Family Circus was anything like a real family and not so adorable that even your grandmother finds it lame. Always silent, black and white line work with one beautiful saturation of red dropped into each panel, Doug Wright creates multi-layered story telling, in the most simple yet still incredible complicated drawing. Just go look already, and then come meet me for coffee to talk about it, I’ll be here till next year trying to describe why it’s so effffffing smart.

Diary Comics 4

Dustin Harbin is yet another broken hearted cartoonist, upset that his nationality isn’t Canadian. Diary Comics 4 starts with Dustin talking about how amazing it is to be in attendance at the Doug Wright rewards (the Canadian version of the Eisners), and how he wishes we as American could take comics as seriously as they do. Why can’t we folks? Dustin’s beautifully minimalist drawings deceive readers with their simplicity, when they are really just the right amount of information needed, each mark done with purpose in mind and simply decroative. Go read em’ they’re good. And if your not a fan of memoir, you just like the punching and kicking comics, he did letter Casanova sooo…..I don’t know Matt Fraction wrote Iron Man for like a century right? See the full picture of creators not just the characters you like….

Pope Hat #3

Pope Hat #3 by Ethan Rilly. Rilly is surprise surprise, another Canadian. Pope Hats is technically 3 issues deep but you really only need/want two and three. In Pope Hats Rilly tells the story of Franny, a young law clerk at a massive law firm, picture Wall Street with less Charlie Sheen….okay no Charlie Sheen, just that one part where he gets punched in the face by Michael Douglas… Rilly drawings show traces of his influences but they don’t unhinge the story. You can see traces of Doug Wright’s drapery in the clothing, and bits of Shultz popping up in the rendering of grass and clouds. It’s like a love letter to days past when cartooning was a profession and getting a weekly strip in a newspaper was the dream. Pope Hats narrative shares a similar tone of nostalgia with its drawing, that bitter sweet pain, from an old wound.

Thats the end of Part 1. Part 2 on Sunday 12/23/12.

Post to Twitter