Monday, October 31, 2011

That'll be Halloween, then.

Just gave my first trick-or-treater the bum's rush. I don't have a damned thing in the house except beer, and there's probably a law against giving that out to kids. Anyhow, saw these out and about tonight: Bryan Lee O'Malley dipping his toe back into PILGRIM-y waters for a "Kim Pine dresses as Ramona/Ramona dresses as Kim Pine" Halloween-themed sketch; and more proof that Ryan Sook does good Kirby without falling into the usual "Kirby-as-genre" cliches.

Oh, and for another Halloween-y sumthin'-sumthin', head over to Peter Richardson's Cloud 109. Always good to see him post some of his own work up there, now that he mainly uses that blog for thoughtful rumination on the work of past masters.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More NELSON news.

Anyone following me on Twitter knows I'm always banging on about there being a renaissance in UK comics publishing right now, with half a dozen great new graphic novel publishers, and a handful of small-press anthologies, and a couple of new comics with ambitions beyond the ghetto of the direct market.  An upcoming book I'll never tire of plugging, and the one I reckon has the real potential to be the first big break-out from this enterprising bunch is NELSON.  I've now been lucky enough to read a pre-release copy of this 'un, and I can safely say that the editors have pulled off an amazing trick, a genuine innovation: an anthology that works successfully as a novel, and as a novel packs a hell of an emotional clout.  It's the best thing I've read in the graphic novel medium since ASTERIOS POLYP

Anyway, over at their blog, loveable London retailer Gosh have simultaneously announced a launch party, and a limited edition bookplate edition which will come with an inserted signed print by Frank Quitely.  Which is  just another great reason to buy the book.

Stuff clogging up my browser.

Here's a few covers of stuff solicited in the last few weeks that I've allowed to fester in assorted tabs on my browser, always intending to show them off here. A Bisley, a Sook, a Dave Johnson and a Fegredo. In other words, the usual suspects. Can Shade The Changing Man fire beams out of that thing on his shirt? I read that book for seventy issues, never knew he had any super-powers.