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BANJO-PARTIE! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

It’s finally time to announce Blank Party’s 2016 anthology project! This time we’re be focusing on the Nintendo 64 action/adventure platforming classic…

BANJO-KAZOOIE

… and we want your submissions! Guh-haw!

- GUIDELINES -

  • We are looking for comics and illustrations about anything Banjo-Kazooie -related that you can think of. (The first game only, please!)
  • The zine will be printed at 5.25 x 8.125 inches, in full color and with full bleed! Please make your files 5.5 x 8.375 inches (the extra 1/8 inch will be cut off for bleed), 300 DPI/PPI, and CMYK! You can use this template!
  • You can submit one to four pages! You can do a two-page spread! You can do 2 two-page spreads!!!
  • Banjo-Kazooie was released with a kid-friendly ESRB rating and we are following that in this project.  When working on your submission, keep that in mind.
  • This anthology will be curated, but all submissions will be posted on a special Banjo-Partie! Tumblr.

- ABOUT SUBMISSIONS -

  • Please email your completed .PSDs or .PNGs (or a download link, if your file’s big!) to BlankPartyClub[at]gmail.com with the subject Banjo-Partie Submission.  
  • Name your files like this: “artistname_01”, “artistname_02”, etc.
  • The deadline is April 15th!
  • All contributors included in the physical zine will receive one hard copy, and those contributors will be able to order extra copies from us at a wholesale price.
  • By submitting to Banjo-Partie!, you are allowing us the right to print your submission in the zine, and to post it on tumblr.

- INSPIRATION -

Time for you bear-and-bird aficionados to send us your love for breegulls, jiggies, jinjos, and all that good stuff!

ok, i know this is a redundant post, but i’m so effing excited about this. 

the Philadelphia-based comics-store and publisher is putting out a gigantic, oversized (16" x 21") anthology that’s a tribute to “Little Nemo in Slumberland”–the TIMELESS Winsor Mccay strip from the early 20th-century. The list of artists on this thing is bananas, SERIOUSLY BANANAS…like, ALL of my favorite living cartoonists are represented:

MIKE ALLRED
PETER BAGGE
FIL BARLOW
JEREMY BASTIAN
JEREMY BAUM
STEPHEN R. BISSETTE
BOX BROWN
MARK BUCKINGHAM
DAVE BULLOCK
KEVIN CANNON
ZANDER CANNON
JOHN CASSADAY
SENK CHHOUR
DAVE CHISHOLM
COLE CLOSSER
JORGE COELHO
JAMES COMEY
AARON CONLEY
TOBY CYPRESS
FAREL DALRYMPLE
CAMILLA D’ERRICO
DAVE DORMAN
ALEX ECKMAN-LAWN
DANIEL ELISII
ULISES FARINAS
LISK FENG
CHARLIE FETHEROLF
FRANK GIBSON & BECKY DREISTADT
DAN GOLDMAN
RAWN GANDY
RAUL GONZALEZ
BRANDON GRAHAM
RAFAEL GRAMPÁ
JAMES HARVEY
DEAN HASPIEL
MARIA & PETER HOEY
MATT HUYNH
J.G. JONES
SAM KIETH
JEFFRO KILPATRICK
DENIS KITCHEN
TODD KLEIN
DANIEL KRALL
ROGER LANGRIDGE
BRENDAN LEACH
MIKE LEE
JASEN LEX
DAVID MACK
ANDREW MACLEAN
MARK MARIANO
BENJAMIN MARRA
PAUL MAYBURY
CARLA SPEED MCNEIL
FÁBIO MOON & GABRIEL BÁ
MORITAT
SCOTT MORSE
DEAN MOTTER
TOM NEELY
TROY NIXEY
JEROME OPEÑA
DAVID PETERSEN
ROGER PETERSEN
NICK PITARRA
PAUL POPE
NATE POWELL
GEORGE PRATT
DAVE PROCH
HANS RICKHEIT
PAOLO RIVERA
PAUL RIVOCHE
RAFER ROBERTS
JIM RUGG
P. CRAIG RUSSELL
TOM SCIOLI
MIKE SGIER
YUKO SHIMIZU
GALEN SHOWMAN
BILL SIENKIEWICZ
R. SIKORYAK
BISAKH SOM
DAVE STEWART
JAMIE TANNER
CRAIG THOMPSON
JILL THOMPSON
JEN TONG
JENNA TROST
ANDREA TSURUMI
CHARLES VESS
S.M. VIDAURRI
MARK WHEATLEY
GRIM WILKINS
J.H. WILLIAMS III
ROB WOODS
CHRISSIE ZULLO

I’m so stoked to officially announce that I’m going to have 2 pages in this book–when I was halfway done with my first stab at it (original size: 22"x35") I had a cool idea for a second strip so I went with it. The dudes at Locust Moon dug both of them, which is great! 

Anyway, the above pic is the first panel of one of my strips. BE STOKED. DUDES. SERIOUS. they’re going to have a behemoth Kickstarter™ campaign to fund this and you are going to donate. 

Stay tuned! More good news is on the way! 

For the last few months I’ve been making these candy and caffeine driven existential depression comics, I’ve decided to start posting some of them up as a revival of this tumblr. The plan is to draw about 50 pages by the end of spring and print booklets of them and make money off art during the summer
Cool. Enjoy.

Island #7 by Mat Sheean & Malachi Ward

ISLAND #7
STORY / ART: MICHAEL DeFORGE, MATT SHEEAN, MALACHI WARD, & BRANDON GRAHAM
COVER: MATT SHEEAN & MALACHI WARD
MAY 4 / 72 PAGES / FC / T+ / $7.99
BRANDON GRAHAM’s award-winning anthology returns! This issue introduces the first Image work by the amazing indy cartoonist MICHAEL DeFORGE (Ant Colony, Lose) along with the third chapter of MATT SHEEAN & MALACHI WARD’s “ANCESTOR.”

How to be the white guy on the diversity panel:

So, thanks to the types of stories I’m interested in telling and the types of conversations I’m interested in being a part of, I often find myself either part of or hosting diversity or representation panels. For instance, at this year’s Awesome Con I suggested a panel on representation in comics which I titled “Representation is Important”.

To my pleasure, I arrived a minute late to the panel and almost didn’t get in because the panel was overflowing. On the panel with me were Alex Simmons (long time black comic book writer/actor/editor/amazing guy who has worked on everything), Amy Chu (Asian American female comic book writer and all around great person), Alitha Martinez (long time black female comics pro who has worked for both of the big two), and Laura Lee Gulledge (white female indie cartoonist and writer).

Now, I’ve seen panels with similar make ups where the white guy takes it on himself to explain how the comic book industry “really works” to the others on the panel. That’s not really my style. Also, both Alitha and Alex have substantially more history and cred in the industry than I do and Amy and Laura Lee are on pretty well equal footing. So, what do you do? When this is the topic in play, being the white guy on the panel makes you stand out. Also, it can lead to awkward transitions where somebody has just finished talking about the tough time they’ve had dealing with white editors/writers/artists/executives.

Here’s my answer: the first thing everyone did was introduce themselves and how they got into comics. Everybody’s story is pretty different and complex, as they are in any panel where you discuss how you got in. So, I’m at the end of the line and it rolls around to my turn. I take the microphone, smile at the full audience of interested and attentive people and say:

“My name is Jeremy Whitley and I got into comics the old fashioned way: by being a white man.”

I have never seen a room full of people melt so easily. I had to stop talking for a solid minute to let everyone finish laughing. It was amazing. Just throw that elephant up on the stage and let everyone have a good look. Then I explained what I was doing there and why I had an interest in this subject. And for my encore, I decided to take it on my shoulders to be the person who complained about some of the really awful stuff that’s going on in the comics community right now. Not only do I not feel the need to explain the actions of other men (white and otherwise), but I’m not going to make the people who have to face that junk bring it up and make them feel like they’re whining.

Also, and I see this far too often, don’t talk over women/girls. Whether they are on the panel or in the audience, you can generally tell when someone wants to talk and here’s the thing: as a white man there are no shortage or places or resources through which you can express your opinion and while it’s perfectly within reason to take your turn, when the subject is hot and somebody has something they want to say, don’t step on them. It’s the first rule of being an ally and no matter how strongly you FEEL about representation, diversity, or rape threats - these are still issues that only concern you indirectly and you should ALWAYS defer to those for whom it is a day to day issue.

TL:DR - Recognize your privilage. Expose it. Facilitate the conversation. Step back and be an ally rather than attempting to run the panel.

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Click here to support Kieran needs top surgery by Kieran Thompson

Hi! My name is Kieran Thompson! I’m an indie cartoonist who draws mostly urban fantasy comics like TWIYEH and Sin Pararse. I'm also transgender, and in need of reconstructive surgery on my chest. Having the surgery would greatly improve my quality of life and has been shown to be medically neces…

Oh apparently I did publish it and didn’t realize.

I can’t really offer prizes or anything, apart from promising to get back to making content for everyone as soon as I’m well enough to do so. But I’ll be super grateful if anyone can help me out.

As always if you’d like to help out in a more sustained way I do have that Patreon thing.

Cats galore adorn the final cover design for our eagerly awaited debut graphic novel from alternative comics creator Ed Luce. Starring a gay ex-wrestler on a quest to find true love, Wuvable Oaf is a “fairy tale” of sorts set in modern-day San Francisco. Also, there might be a few cats throughout.

Luce has been a well-known indie cartoonist in the Bay Area since he began Wuvable Oaf in 2008, and we are excited to collect his first 4 issues, plus additional short stories and extra material, into this hardcover volume and give it a wider audience!

You can pre-order Wuvable Oaf on our site now, and it is slated to be released in March 2015.

If you’re in the metro D.C. area, we hope you’ll visit the Small Press Expo this weekend! SPX is a really exciting festival of indie cartoonists, and a whole bunch of Adventure Zinesters are tabling, attending, and volunteering! The map above shows where you can find (and buy comics from!) all the Adventure Zine artists who are tabling this year, and here’s that full list:

  • Aatmaja Pandya - J14
  • Abby Howard- E3A
  • Alexandra Graudins- J14
  • Aliza Layne- F10
  • Amanda Scurti- H10
  • Autumn Haynes- I1A
  • Blue Delliquanti- E13B
  • Caitlin Scannell- W5
  • Carey Pietsch- M4A
  • Kate Leth- W30
  • Kevin Budnik- A1A
  • Kevin Stanton- M13
  • Molly Ostertag- M9B
  • Natalie Riess- F10
  • Sally Cantirino- F2B
  • Taylor C.- 5B

Megan Raley will be helping out around the festival, and several other artists will be attending, including Jay Jacques, Gale Galligan, Glip, Katy Farina, Hanni Brosh, Liz Parlett, Matt Cummings, Megan Brennan, Rian Sygh , S.M. Vidaurri, and Sara Goetter! 

See you there- we can’t wait!

We wanted to give a preview of some of the amazing comics from the Beyond Anthology, so we’re bringing you another Beyond Anthology Spotlight!

Today’s spotlight is on Gabby Reed & Rachel Dukes and their story Luminosity.

Rachel Dukes is a MFA graduate from The Center for Cartoon Studies who has drawn comics for BOOM! Studios and Abrams. She is a regular contributor to anthologies and fanzines by other indie cartoonists, and her ongoing mini-comic series, Frankie Comics, was a winner of the 2013 Art Exchange program by Marc Calvary.
Gabby Reed is a writer of speculative fiction and poetry with an emphasis on QPOC narratives. You can find her on Twitter @gabbysilang
Gabby and Rachel’s Beyond Anthology comic is called Luminosity: Luminosity blends science fiction and magic in the story of two women in love with each other, and the stars. 

(Find more of Rachel’s work at mixtapecomics.com - find more of Gabby’s work at twitter.com/gabbysilang)

(The Beyond Anthology is a book of 18 queer sci-fi/fantasy comics currently fundraising on Kickstarter.  Help spread the word and fund Beyond on Kickstarter!)

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Pinoy Komiks: An anthology collecting comics from some of the best indie cartoonists in the Philippines, as well as cartoonists from around the world ’

‘Filipino Comics?

When people think of comics, they typically think of American super heroes, Japanese manga or Franco-Belgian bande dessinée. Unfortunately the world of Filipino indie comics rarely crosses the radar of the Western world, which truly is a shame. There is so much exciting work coming out of the Philippines, and we feel it is about time everyone started paying attention.

This book focuses on Filipino artists both from within the Philippines as well as those working outside of the country. It features a wide array of artists from popular web cartoonists, indie creators and even industry professionals working for big international publishers (we can’t name names!) We think you will be blown-away by the talent you will find in these pages.’

Here is a list of just some of the contributors:

  • Russel Reyes
  • Danielle Riña
  • DJ Legaspi
  • Glenn Fleming
  • Trizha Ko
  • Josel Nicolas
  • Zon Petilla
  • Charles Llanto
  • SCAR (Steven Carter and Antoinette Rydyr)
  • EJ Galang
  • Michelle Bacabac
  • Rina Ayuyang
  • Joanne Cesario
  • Allan Castillo Santiago
  • Bong Redila
  • Mervin Malonzo
  • Carlorozy Clemente
  • Lisa Nguyen
  • Jason Young
  • Victor Edison
  • Norby Ela
  • AJ Bernardo/ Noel Pascual
  • Rob Cham/ Mihk Vergara
  • Jonathan Murdock

One of the first Kickstarter things I’ve gotten involved in. In return for some cash I could draw something for you custom made and what not, plus you get a book of some of the finest Filipino indie comics talent. The short story I made with Mihk Vergara is in this, too.

Thanks to Adam Pasion for getting me involved with this rad project. Hope people can get on board and support it because well, it could be something of a gateway for people to get into the Filipino Komiks Scene and also get us exposed more outside the country we love so much. 

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Praise for Bardín the Superrealist:

“Spanish cartoonist Max uses some of the most cherished pieces of high art as the catalyst for his character Bardin’s funny and thoroughly humane adventures… Max takes what can be impenetrable and uses some fine cartooning to make it accessible and enjoyable.” – Publishers Weekly

“If you glimpse traces of Magritte, Goya, and Zap Comix in Max’s exuberant panels, then you’re really enjoying yourself.” – Booklist

“Wild, illogical, surreal, and utterly charming… sometimes read like a mad cross between PeanutsJimmy Corrigan, Salvador Dalí, and the Rarebit Fiend, but beautifully executed in Max’s underground/ligne claire style… an important new body of work from a major cartoonist.” – Indy Magazine

“Max skillfully portrays dream logic in the language of comics… What makes this a great comic is its light touch and comic timing.” – Sequart

“I think this is the closest you can get to a natural high while only reading a book (although a glass of wine helped)… one of the very few really surrealist comics around.” – Wim Lockefeer

Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/vapor