Tom Hart has put all the call. SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshop, needs your support in 2014. All is explained in the video above. Get over to indiegogo and help them out. The rewards are truly excellent.
I don’t remember exactly what I was searching for when I stumbled across Jacque Nodell’s excellent Sequential Crush blog… and I don’t care anymore, my heart was swept away for the love of this glorious collection of lush images from 1960s and 1970s romance comics.
There are too many great strips and artists featured on the blog to do it justice in this post. Some highlights worth noting are: This complete strip by Alex Niño; This one page strip by Creig Flessel; Artist Spotlight on Elizabeth Berube; A multi-part in-depth look at Alex Toth’s “20 Miles to heartbreak”; and a chat with Jim Steranko about his classic “My Heart Broke in Hollywood!”, complete with the original color guides. The freshest bit of line in here for many people will be the incredible work from Cuban-American artist Ric Estrada, known mainly for a variety of mid-70s work for various DC titles, including Karate Kid and Richard Dragon and for the Amethyst series.
Jacque’s grandfather was Martin Nodell – creator of the golden age comic book superhero Green Lantern and a part of the team that created the Pillsbury Doughboy. You can follow Jacque on Twitter.
We have marked down a selection of books by various artists and from several series that are great ‘jumping on’ or ‘get introduced to’ points.., most of them from Alternative Comics. So, now, for a mere dollar, you can get many great comics that previously cost three to five times that. Among these bargains are:
Bipolar #2 by the Hanuka Brothers
Stink Helmet is Otto Splotch’s brand new 80 page full color graphic novel. True life, SiFi future, people exercising… Real Fun. Dysfunctional people living in a psychedelic world of slime and slime and fart jokes. A classic to share with your grandkids. Go get it.
DICE is the Durham Indie Comics Expo, a comics art festival in Durham, North Carolina. The show will feature lectures, panels, signings, minicomics and more! DICE is running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise at least $3,000 to fund this otherwise completely free show.
Alternative Comics’ artist and advisor (and Wow Cool co-founder) Tom Hart will be at the show representing SAW: The Sequential Artists Workshop as will Joan Reilly – Co-editor of the Alternative Comics published anthology Hi-Horse Omnibus and the recent AC distributed anthology The Big Feminist But.
“120-page full-color graphic novel of the first book of my webcomic Persimmon Cup. Sci-fi in scope, Bertozzi-ish in execution.”
The great Nick Bertozzi has turned to self-publishing and Kickstarter for the print edition of his popular web comic Persimmon Cup. There is barely a week to go in the campaign and he is nearly at his goal. Go help him make this happen. You can get several of Nick’s older books – including Rubber Necker, Boswash and The Masochists in the Wow Cool shop.
Sorry that headline kinda sucks. Wow Cool has recently acquired the stock of legendary retailer Independent Comics and we are getting all those many fine and seldom seen alt comics titles into the shop as fast as we can. We also have picked up the Karl Stevens illustrated Anatomy for Artists by Anthony Apesos. Recently added books you should check out include:
Sweaterweather by Sara Varon
The One Trick Rip Off by Paul Pope
Magic Whistle #2 by Sam Henderson
The Last Lonely Saturday Hardcover by Jordan Crane
Boom Boom #3 by David Lasky
The Acme Novelty Library #1 by Chris Ware – The second and much nicer printing
One Life – Furnished in Early Moorcock by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
Boswash by Nick Bertozzi
Bipolar #3 by Tomer Hanuka, Asaf Hanuka & Etgar Keret
True Porn #2 by Robyn Chapman and Kelli Nelson, editors; with comics and art by Rina Ayuyang, Chester Brown, Eleanor Davis, Sam Henderson, David Lasky, Hope Larson, Liz Prince, Jim Rugg, Katie Skelly, Kazimir Strzepek, Rich Tommaso and many others.
Grickle by Graham Annable
And lastly, the comics anthology that was the precursor to Wow Cool back in the 1990s - Monkey Wrench by Ed Brubaker & Josh Petrin, editors. Comics by Lloyd Dangle, Brian Sendelbach, Joe Fullerton, Mack White, Wayno, Richard Sala, David Chelsea, George Parsons, Chuck Sperry, Denis Worden, Bobby Madness, Jason Lutes and others.
Many, many more books will be available soon. Stay tuned to this station.
RL #3 – The third chapter of Tom Hart’s chronicle of his daughter Rosalie Lightning’s far too brief life – a work in progress – is now available in this very limited risograph printed and hand assembled comic made by the artist at SAW – The Sequential Artists Workshop. The complete story in it’s final form, with a projected nine chapters, is expected sometime in late-2014 or 2015 from St. Martin’s Press.
Yes, Happiness. We can guarantee you that. It took some time, but the technology is now in place. Well, obviously that’s just a load of hooey. We can, however offer you the first three issues of the bleeding-edge New York-based comics anthology Happiness, edited by Leah Wishnia, and the related titles Jeans, edited by Harris Smith and The Inflated Head Zone by Zach Hazard Vaupen. This is the freshest comics talent in some of their first outings and there are many astounding pieces of work here from names that you are likely to hear more from in the months and years to come.
Alternative Comics books are on sale from now until SPX in mid-September at 20% off, in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Discounted price will appear once you add the book to your cart. Get on it now at: https://wowcool.com/Alternative-Comics/. The sale includes the latest books and pre-order items. Sadly, Erik T. Jonson’s The Outliers #1 is very much sold out.
Sam Henderson started publishing the Magic Whistle series 20 years ago, and today sees the release of the 24th issue. Yes, number 13 is the 24th one. There were 10 issues in the self published volume 1 (largely collected in Humor Can be Funny and The Magic Whistle Blows) Volume 2 has had 13 print issues and the free digital collection #0. That’s 24! The all new issue 13 features the return of Gunther Bumpus and Robot Duckling and the stories ‘Three Little Fishies’, ‘The Half Plus Seven Rule’ and ‘The Origin of Dirty Danny!’ Also included are precious little valentines, a four page guest strip by Lizz Hickey and a back cover by David Goldin.
If you haven’t gotten the news yet, Sam has relaunched his website MagicWhistle.com Go there now.
Hey, folks, come dig this. The beloved Mothers News – the Paper of Record from Providence, Rhode Island – has made its archives available for free online at Archive.org. Every issue of the RI broadsheet is avaialble for download in whatever appropriate format you like. Included are many fine comics by the likes of Michael DeForge (whose Military Prison strip is shown above), C.F., Brian Chippendale, Mickey Z., and many more. Oh… and also the occasional ad from Wow Cool. We’ve been a bit lazy about that lately. Thanks to Dan Nadel at TCJ for pointing this one out.
A school bus is forced off a cliff by a vehicle in pursuit of a legendary woodland giant. Secrets are revealed when it’s young passenger, a boy known for his inability to speak, commands the giant to in an unknown language. Exposed as link between our world and another, the boy must choose to stay or journey to a place on the periphery of human consciousness – the world of the Outliers. The Outliers number 1 features gorgeous letterpress covers with a full color dustjacket. Very limited quantities are available.
But wait! There’s more! Enjoy this gallery of recent sketches by Simon Gane. Bonus sketch: Juliet from Simon’s graphic novel Paris with Andi Watson – featuring Simon’s interpretation of Picasso’s 1946 painting La Joie de Vivre. Simon has a new book on the way with a well known writer that is still hush-hush and we have been trying to find the perfect project to work with him on for, uh, several years now. In the meanwhile, enjoy his amazing drawings and feel free to browse Wow Cool’s Simon Gane Shop.
Al Columbia has properly relaunched his website at a new address (www.orangesunshinehouse.com), and it is well populated with new work. Along with several songs, a couple music videos and a few pieces of Pim & Francie art, there is the tease of a new comic story called “The Heart of Love” to be published by PO Press and Floating World.
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