so week 3 in Brunetti’s book is all about keeping a four panel diary comic. Technically I should have had these finished last Wednesday, but that didn’t quite work out. I’d been reading about how Harvey Kurtzman and Art Spiegelman develop their pages with several layers of tracing paper and markers of increasing value. I decided to try that out on these strips. Of course, this meant each strip took significantly longer than it may have otherwise. I also worked a lot last week, so I just didn’t have a much time to draw to begin with.

That’s something I’m going to keep in mind as I move on to the next week’s assignment (a full page). My schedule being what it is, I have to find a way to work faster, even simpler, without sacrificing the quality.

got caught up with work and a friend’s art show last night. I forgot I didn’t upload this page.

Anyway, new Sheep and Shepherds page

This was a nice surprise this morning. Jeff Smith, creator of BONE and RASL, is serializing a new comic online called TUKI (Smith really like his all capital four letter titles, doesn’t he?).  It’s an epic set during the Ice Age about the first human to leave Africa.

Shinohara Ushio’s Action Cartooning

Okay this article is a lot to take in, I’m going to have to give it a second reading, but its about an artist I’d never heard of who was pretty much doing Punk art before Punk was really a thing. It’s pretty cool and I’m going to have to check out that documentary, “Cutie and the Boxer.”

Oh yeah, In the mail today I got (and then very swiftly read) Rutu Modan’s new graphic novel, The Property. I’ve been waiting for a new book by her for awhile. I really loved Exit Wounds, Jamilti, and her column for the NYT; I even did a presentation on her for a class.Her linework and color are amazing, but most interesting are her stories. The Property, is about a young woman and her grandmother coming to Poland to reclaim property taken from the family by the Nazis, thanks to a law requiring that property be restored to the original family, assuming they can prove their claim. A lot of authors use simple stories to address larger controversial issues but Modan flips that. The controversial politics of Israel are merely the hook that allows her develop very sweet and human characters simply existing where those politics are a part of life.The book found its way onto several “Best of” lists, and earned its spot. I’ve yet to be disappointed by anything by her, and you should definitely check it out.(Also its a 222 page full color hard-back graphic novel, and it’s only $25, it’s a sweet deal)

Oh yeah, In the mail today I got (and then very swiftly read) Rutu Modan’s new graphic novel, The Property. I’ve been waiting for a new book by her for awhile. I really loved Exit Wounds, Jamilti, and her column for the NYT; I even did a presentation on her for a class.

Her linework and color are amazing, but most interesting are her stories. The Property, is about a young woman and her grandmother coming to Poland to reclaim property taken from the family by the Nazis, thanks to a law requiring that property be restored to the original family, assuming they can prove their claim. A lot of authors use simple stories to address larger controversial issues but Modan flips that. The controversial politics of Israel are merely the hook that allows her develop very sweet and human characters simply existing where those politics are a part of life.

The book found its way onto several “Best of” lists, and earned its spot. I’ve yet to be disappointed by anything by her, and you should definitely check it out.
(Also its a 222 page full color hard-back graphic novel, and it’s only $25, it’s a sweet deal)

fantagraphics:

Nijigahara Holograph

by Inio Asano; translated by Matt Thorn

February 2014

$26.99 Hardcover • 200 pages

Black-and-white • 7” x 9.25”

ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

Fantagraphics continues its line of acclaimed literary manga with new classic Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano. As society slowly spirals into darkness an unexplained explosion in the butterfly population is just the first of many curiosities in the town where rumors of a creature in a tunnel under the school spread like wildfire. A curse haunts the town as the story follows the scapegoat, Arié, who is plunged into the tunnel’s horrors and offered up to the creature. Many other characters harbor secrets, grudges, suicidal thoughts, and the physical scars of battles lost. How are they all linked and can the citizens of the town live with what they’ve done as the years creep by? Asano’s mysticism and slow terror take over the town in the span of a decade as told in two timelines.

Nijigahara Holograph is scheduled for release in February 2014 and Asano joins Shimura Takako (Wandering Son) and Moto Hagio (The Heart of ThomasA Drunken Dream and Other Stories) in the Fantagraphics line of premium manga by the world’s greatest cartoonists. Translated by Matt Thorn, this 200 page book of beautiful black and white comics will be printed in gorgeous hardcover edition and presented in original “right to left” manga style for an authentic reading experience.Inio Asano’s previous translated works include Solanin and What a Wonderful World and he continues to create new work in Japan as one of the young voices of his generation.

Oh God yes, it’s probably been like 3 years now since I last read something by Inio Asano.

Okay just barely made the cut here, can’t say this one came out so great. The word was Perseus. I had about 10 minutes left and I still hadn’t figured out compositions much less design so, yeah on to the next one.

Okay just barely made the cut here, can’t say this one came out so great. The word was Perseus. I had about 10 minutes left and I still hadn’t figured out compositions much less design so, yeah on to the next one.

snailking:

A massive collection of never-before-collected pre-Comics Code horror comics of the 1950s.

Of the myriad genres comic books ventured into during its golden age, none was as controversial as or came at a greater cost than horror; the public outrage it incited almost destroyed the entire industry. Yet before the watchdog groups and Congress could intercede, horror books were flying off the newsstands. During its peak period (1951-54) over fifty titles appeared each month. Apparently there was something perversely irresistible about these graphic excursions into our dark side, and Four Color Fear collects the finest of these into a single robust and affordable volume.

gona just have to just tack this on to my thesis expenses. That sounds a little depressing, its not, I want to eat this book. Fantagraphics, you are so good to me!

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