Less than a week now until mine and itsrachelconnor ‘s Regular Show Original Graphic Novel comes out! ‘Noir Means Noir, Buddy’ releases on August 5th 2015, and since I did a promo poster for OGN1 Hydration, here I am with my spin on an OGN2 image to get promoting it (another retro game cover spoof, bit more obscure this time). megagogo filled the graphic novel with his amazing artwork and I hope Regular Show fans and beyond get a huge kick out of it.
As for availability, in the America lands you’ll have no problems finding it (we hope!) but in the UK and EU theres a good chance your local comic shop will struggle to get it in (not even sure if our Leeds locals will manage this time!). It doesn’t hurt to ask, but if all else fails mega-corp Amazon has you sorted for copies.
We’re both excited to hear what everyone thinks! Enjoy!
FIVE: YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE BY YUMI SAKUGAWA
A graphic novel
It’s one of my favourite facts in the whole world: In a single molecule of our DNA there are as many atoms as there are stars in your average galaxy. “We are, each of us,” Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us in Cosmos, “a little universe.” I think people are universes, in the best and worse ways. We’re miraculous and mysterious, full of wonder, full of secrets, made of the same marvellous star stuff. To be at one with the universe only makes perfect, peaceful sense. You see if we become one with the universe, we become one with ourselves.
I only had to see two pages of Yumi Sakugawa’s Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe spread upon instagram to buy the book. Sakugawa’s drawings are intricate, beautiful little worlds. Combined with her words, assignment from The Universe, and role as a guide, make this book a breath taking and gorgeous experience. It was the first thing I picked up after getting my tonsils removed, during the worst post-surgery stage where I spent three days teetering on the brink of losing my shit. I was in a lot of pain, and this book was a beautiful distraction and very useful.
I’ve had a relative interest in the cultivation of mindfulness over the past couple of years. I’m yet to master it, but I’m a master of trying. Prior to Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe, the last time I attempted meditation had me retreat within myself and recall a memory about dispute at work where a customer incorrectly frame me as liar that made me so mad I sat bolt upright and decided not to cultivate mindfulness. Wildly unsuccessful. But while near writhing in agony post-tonsillectomy and hours away from being due for painkillers, I needed to be cast into something beyond me. There I focused on lessons, considered fairness and choice, thought about big things and little things and where they collide and correspond, paid attention, and breathed. There I welcomed in The Universe.
It’s nice sometimes to be small and present. It’s nice sometimes to get perspective and use it to sail from one moment to another. It’s nice to get these things from a book. Because Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe is a book, but it’s also a reminder to breathe in, out, when to look and when to not, and when to simply be.
The 100 + The Walking Dead crossover –Blake siblings (weapons and outfits borrowed from Daryl and Michonne) edit: on this note, check out The Prisoner and The Cure by PaintedGhostOrchid, awesome The 100/TWD crossover fanfic.
Last week we had our Tinterns animate scenes from some of our favourite comics to get them used to animating in different styles. Valerie Garnace animated “Apocalyptigirl” by Andrew MacLean. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to go pick it up.
Yesterday we asked you to tell us if we read one graphic novel this
summer, which it should be. You gave us such good recommendations,
everything from Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona to Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer to Craig Thompson’s Blankets. Thank you!
Here are the New and Recommended Graphic Novels from Powell’s City of Books:
This week we resume our exploration of Max Ernst’s 1934 graphic novel Une semaine de bonté(“A Week of Kindness”) with the first eight pages from volume four, Mercredi (Wednesday), with the element Le sang (Blood), and entitled Oedipe. The major themes here? Were not sure, but there certainly are a lot of bird-headed characters.
Last week we had our Tinterns animate scenes from some of our favourite comics to get them used to animating in different styles. Ana Gomez animated “Fight” by Jack Teagle. It’s a great series, and we’re big fans of Jack’s here at Tinman.