The new novel by John le Carré is out in much of the world today. Available in the US and Canada on May seventh. Dedicated visitors to this site will immediately know that this much tape player porn makes our boy parts excited.
New to the Wow Cool shop is cartoonist David Lasky’s recent book of drawing-free stories – Science Fiction. David is on tour right now in the Bay Area with an appearance tonight at Mission Comics and on Thursday in Sacramento to promote his Eisner Award nominated book The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song. You will go see him.
Once upon a time, Jeff Mason–the founding ringleader at Alternative Comics–had the foresight to send a big box of the otherwise now-hard-to-find Free Comic Book Day Alternative Comics anthologies from 2003-2005 to Ricko from Poopsheet. Many years later, what is left of those has made their way to Alternative Comics new home here in Cupertino. We are very grateful to Rick for holding onto these. Found in the inside back cover of the third issue was the full color gem you see above by James Kochalka promoting his seminal The Cute Manifesto. When Alternative Comics relaunched in 2012, the Cute Manifesto was the clear choice out of the back catalog of books to offer again to the world. I like to think some sort of a statement was being made.
In the meanwhile, it has been announced that the Alternative Comics anthology title has been relaunched as a bi-annual title–many of the old contributors are involved, and there are also many fresh faces. Alternative Comics #4 is in this month’s Diamond Previews [APR130765]. We urge you to order many copies of it. The book will also be available from Last Gasp and here at Wow Cool.
The new title that Alternative Comics relaunched with last year was Ted May’s Injury #4. It was a funny sort of co-publishing arrangement. The book had previously been with the defunct Buenaventura Press for the first three issues. The fourth one was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. I basically begged Ted May to print twice and many as he had planned, and to let Alternative distribute and promote the book to a larger audience. To the surprise and joy of all of us, the lead story in that issue: “A Birdsong Shatters the Still,” by Jeff Wilson and Ted May was announced as a nominee for the best short story in the 2013 Eisner Awards yesterday.
All I can say is thank you. Maybe this mad journey back into comics makes some sense after all.
FACIAL RECOGNITION a Three Person Group Exhibition featuring James Kochalka, Matt Furie and Mark Todd opens with a reception from 6:30-10pm tomorrow, April 6 at GR2. The show runs through April 24, 2013. GR2, 2062 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90025
James Kochalka is a comic book artist, musician, and more hailing from Burlington, Vermont. His well known works include a new animated cartoon called Superfuckers. Matt Furie is well known for his illustrative character works, at times featuring super heroes and villains in a world that’s all his own. Mark Todd is an illustrator and instructor at Art Center College of Design. His works are often amalgamations of layers that often comprise his own takes on classic comics covers.
Ben Coccio, who was a major part of the cast and crew on Brown Cuts Neighbors second and third series of TV shows in the early 1990′s co-wrote the story and the screenplay for upcoming film The Place Beyond The Pines – which was shot in and around our hometown of Schenectady, New York. The film opens on March 29th. You can see Ben as the robe wearing man with a rope and many other roles – in front of and behind the camera – in the video below.
Jason Martin‘s Power Animal Systems will be doing two shows this weekend – Saturday/Sunday, March 23/24 – at AS220′s 95 Empire in Providence, Rhode Island. A wolf-human hybrid trio conduct a seance with the help of performers Jessie Pellerin, Heather Brown and Jason Martin. Also performing will be Mincemeat or Tenspeed (Saturday) and AK Slaughter, Mickey Free and Vibe Police (Sunday). Please assist them in transmission!
Here’s a brief roundup of some of the great comic books you can expect to come to these shores (or the Wow Cool shop) in the next few months. This list is by no means comprehensive. No sort of favoritism should be inferred, nor is it implied. This list was assembled in the order that the web browser tabs were assembled.
Black Eye number one was a sellout success, and now the sequel is nearly ready to drop into your lap. Editor Ryan Standfest needs your help to make it happen. Artists in this edition include Michael DeForge, Brecht Evans, Max Clotfelter, Danny Hellman, and David Lynch (!) BLACK EYE 2 is scheduled for June 2013 publication. Full details on the Kickstarter page.
Steve Ditko’s longtime publisher Robin Snyder needs your help to publish The Ditko Public Service Package #2 A 112 page, black-and-white collection of Ditko’s recent comics. “This is the 2nd edition of this book and a sequel to an earlier book, Ditko Package. As such, it is nearly ready to go. The story and artwork are finished. Most production work is complete. One addition to this book will be the inclusion of the list of backers and our ‘thank you’.”
Full information on Steve Ditko books available from Snyder can be found here.
I also found a story on Steve Ditko in the New York Post that I’d missed when it first came around… maybe you did too.
We offer a modest selection of Ditko’s comic on Wow Cool. Many more to be added.
Steven Cerio will be presenting his film The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow at two events in New England this weekend – first, at the Jack Kerouac Literary Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts on Friday. Steven will also read from KEROUAC’s “Big Sur” during a premiere of his new short filmed in Big Sur, Ca this past summer. He will also be presenting the film at Portland, Maine’s Zero Station on Saturday. The trailer is below.
Three Little Fishies. Apparently there is a fish in one panel that is missing his “arms”. Sam swears he will fix this in the printed version… Sam’s The Magic Whistle #13 is coming this summer from Alternative Comics. Go get more Magic Whistle right here on Wow Cool.
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