independent-comics

This is an announcement I’ve been hoping to be able to make for a few years now: You can now pre-order the complete Wimmen’s Comix slipcase hardcover collection, coming in September from Fantagraphics! Includes all 17 issues of Wimmen’s Comix and its one-shot predecessor It Ain’t Me Babe.

Wimmen’s Comix ran on-and-off for 20 years, from 1972 to 1992. Launched in reaction to the misogyny and boys’ club atmosphere that pervaded the underground comix scene, it provided women cartoonists (many of them early in their careers) a platform to tell their stories, from the very personal (such as Lora Fountain’s “A Teenage Abortion”) to the fantastic (like Sharon Rudahl’s science-fiction “Tale of Satvia”).

Literally all of my favorite women cartoonists from this era appear in these comics, including Dori Seda, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Shary Flenniken, and it is indeed where I discovered most of them. Later issues featured some of the defining voices on independent comics in the 1990s and beyond, including Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, and Julie Doucet.

Now if only someone would pick up Action Girl Comics for reprint…

bardofsteel asked:

Following up my previous question about Ben Urich and your newspaper stint: Hemingway's prose was influenced by his years working as a journalist. Just like he reported facts, he used only action verbs and described only observable actions in his novels and short stories. Has your stint as a journalist affected your comics writing similarly? How?

I wasn’t a journalist. I was an editorial cartoonist. I know I have a journalism award but I don’t know what for :-)

 for a couple of years I have an entire page in the plain dealer Sunday magazine to do whatever I wanted with. it was a pretty great job. I tried a lot of different things. and I made a lot of anonymous people very angry.  my independent comic spirit was off-putting to the largely older audience.

 what it taught me, what it prepared me for, is the reaction of the wider public. it taught me that no matter what you say about sex, religion, or politics half the people reading it, even if it’s a joke, will have a real problem with it.

 there are subjects that are very taboo in the mainstream culture and it looks like they always will be. up until that moment I had never been part of anything even close to a mainstream culture and there wasn’t an idea or a word that could personally offend me.

 I was an independent comic book creator. what I was doing in the newspaper was so tepid compared to any of the stuff me and my friends are doing in our actual books. so the fact that I was upsetting so many people and that I was so close to getting fired so many times was very surprising to me.

 I didn’t change my act. it was just surprising.

 but it taught me a lot. and it prepared me a great deal for the mainstream stage of Marvel comics. without working out a newspaper I wonder if I wouldn’t have stumbled more out of the gate.

 but had I changed my ways because of it? no.  the Iceman kerfuffle last month reminded me very much of my time at the newspaper.  it just toughened me up.

                                 For twenty years I traveled in space–
                   hearing in my mind the cried of millions.
                                  The dead of my planet calling out to me…
                                           begging me not to AVENGE THEM
                                                                  but to SAVE THEM!
                                          I will not be STOPPED by you!
                                Not by ANYONE!

Cerebus # 192
Mothers & Daughters, part 42
Minds graphic novel


Sorry, this one is going up VERY late. 20th anniversary commemoration of the “Spirits of Independence” tour continues with the cover to Cerebus #192, advertising the April stop in Seattle.

The inside cover commentary continues to be very interesting, especially these many years on. The comic book direct market was in turmoil for a variety of issues, and this passage from Larry Marder, creator of Beanworld, written in response to Marvel Comics’ acquisition of Heroes World distribution that significantly altered the marketplace. These excerpts from a January 23, 1995 speech make a good tonic during the current age of Marvel Comics excess. Marder was Executive Director of Image Comics at the time.

What exactly is in trouble? Not the art form. The simple unassailable, indisputable truth is that there will always be people who create comics and there will always be people who will enjoy reading them…

[The] assumption is that Marvel’s stable of characters is inherently superior to everyone else’s. Which, of course, was DC’s unbelievable tactical error in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s…

Those of us who create and distribute quality superhero comics - what exactly do we sell? Fantasy fulfillment for male adolescent rage. Satisfying the demands of male adolescent rage through fantasy fulfillment has been the key to success in the superhero comic-book business since the early ‘60s. And it is comics’ inability to satisfy male adolescent rage as superbly as the newer electronic media satisfy it that is in part at the root of the current erosion of the comic-book customer base…

Let’s face it, the people who own and operate Marvel are not good guys who love Spider-Man and the Hulk. They are predators who see the exploitation of those characters as a way to capture a big pile of cash. You and I are impediments towards their ability to capture that cash…

Heya, folks!

I’ve Kickstarted four comic projects, and fulfilled three. (The fourth only just ended last Monday!) As a result, I get asked for advice on how to do it right pretty often. So, I made this.

This 32-page, five-chapter PDF explains how to plan, prepare, run, and fulfill a Kickstarter comic project. (Specifically a comic project! They’re the only kind I’ve done.) It’s everything I’ve learned about Kickstarter since joining the site in 2009.

It’s $5.00, and you can get it here

Thanks for your patience, folks! I know this took me a while to finish. But trust me, it’s worth it.

Fiction Week optia submitted to medievalpoc:

Things I like:
Goodness, I hope I’m not the only person who mentions Elfquest. I Leetah and the rest of her people are dark-skinned elves….not evil, either. THEY are the civilized ones! There’s Rayek (who’s more of an anti-hero), and Savah Mother of Memory, and Suntoucher and the Jackwolfriders. Elfquest, definitely, FTW.

Whoa, I’ve never even heard of this. Cool!

http://www.elfquest.com/

Elfquest is the longest-running independent fantasy series, with more than 15 million comics, graphic novels and other publications in print. The story of Cutter, chief of the Wolfriders, and his quest to find others of their own kind on the World of Two Moons, Elfquest was first published in 1978 by creators Wendy and Richard Pini. The latest cycle, The Final Quest, is being published by Dark Horse Comics.

http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics3.html

Also looks like they have a 64-page one-shot prologue to the current storyline with a preview.

THERE IS EVEN FILK. OMG.

**EDIT**

The creators of Elfquest are white, and have unfortunately caused great hurt to their fans of color by endorsing blackface and engaging in it.

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If I see another melting skull screenprint / dagger with some Americana inspired motifs / weed leaf outta Bushwick I’m gonna puke.

If you are over that stuff, check out Kate Lacour based out of New Orleans. Kate is an illustrator and cartoonist who works with an artistic realm all her own. Her artwork features mechanical hybrids, detailed cutaways of flesh and muscle structure, and evolution of the microscopic. 

Buy some of her zines through the Booklyn webstore and check out her other works.

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After making its debut in print at the MoCCA Arts Festival over the weekend, The Cult House #1 is now available in digital formats.

After narrowly avoiding a grisly death during the events of “In the House of Feasts,” paranormal problem solver Connor Spectre slammed the gas pedal of his beat up Lincoln and put the deep south behind him. Arriving in his native New York, he faces a new set of horrors from the crevices and depths of the city. Plenty can go wrong from the dive bar to the subway; especially if you court the occult for a living.

The Cult House #1
Written by Joven Tolentino
Art by Daniel Ramirez
Colors by Kwan Wilson

The .zip file contains The Cult House #1 in both PDF and CBR formats. Name your price and download at Hijack’s gumroad store to read the whole comic.

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Battle-Bug Episode 1: Go, Battle-Bug, Go! is now live on tapastic!

Harvey Hayakawa lives in a city populated by monsters, robots, aliens, witches, wizards, animal people, and, most frightening of all, New Yorkers. It’s his job to make sure the sun rises on the urban sprawl each day and not a smoking hole in the ground where a metropolis of millions used to be.

Harvey is BATTLE-BUG. Japanese superhero. New York attitude.

Writer: Joven Tolentino
Artist: cannibal-sarracenian
Colorist: Sekou Noel
Cover Art: Dante Crayton

Read the full episode on Battle-Bug’s Tapastic page.

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Hey everyone. Had a great weekend at WonderCon and found a little time in between things to draw this picture of a character I hope you’ll all be more familiar with in the following few months. Drew it using a new Pentel Tradio Pen that Nick Dragotta (name drop) gave me to mess around with.

I also wanted to point you to Felix Comic Art where you can get some art that I did along with a bunch of other artists (Like Nick Dragotta) as well. Check it out.