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paul lyons of hidden fortress press will be debuting the new monster book at SPX in bethesda, md this year! i have a comic in it, a long with a bunch of other dudes.

“the new MONSTER is finally upon us! 200 pages of comics, offset printed in two colors, with letterpress and silkscreen covers by Heather Benjamin.

here is a full list of the contributing artists:

Tom Toye, Edie Fake, Brittany Hague, Jon Vermilyea, Leif Goldberg, Mike Taylor, Sam Dollenmayer, Michael Deforge, Keith Jones, Mickey Zacchilli, Marc Bell, Molly O'Connell, Seth Cooper, Devin Flynn, Lale Westvind, Jordan Crane, Brian Ralph, Mollie Goldstrom, Paul Lyons, Mat Brinkman, Roby Newton, Walker Mettling, Andy Neal and Kevin Hooyman.

that’s a lot of talent to cram into 200 pages!

the book will be available this weekend at SPX, come by and take a look!”

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Monster 2012, Debuted at SPX 2013. 
1: Interior page from my 8-page story! 2 colors of ink make a third color.
2: Cover art by Heather Benjamin!
3: It’s split into three lovely little volumes!

200 pages of comics by:
Thomas Toye, Edie Fake, Brittany Hague, Jon Vermilyea, Leif Goldberg, Mike Taylor, Sam Dollenmayer, Michael Deforge, Keith Jones, Mickey Zacchilli, Marc Bell, Molly O'Connell, Seth Cooper, Dein Flynn, LAle Westvind, Jordan Crane, Brian Ralph, Mollie Goldstrom, Paul Lyons, Mat Brinkman, Roby Newton, Walker Mettling, me (holy cow), & Kevin Hooyman. Covers & Endpages by Heather Benjamin. Printed by Paul Lyons & Roby Newton, Hidden Fortress Press.

Paul will get these online for sale at some point, I’m sure. I’ll post when it happens.

If Barcelona can sign Pogba it would be really good for him. This team, with Pogba, would win things for many years. The 4-3-3 style of the team is ideal for him. At [Real] Madrid, he would probably need more time to adapt. I would choose Barca.
—  Legendary Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano has urged Juventus starlet Paul Pogba to join Barcelona over Real Madrid.
Creator Q + A: Paul Lyons
Linework NW is at its heart a gathering of remarkable creators, editors, illustrators, cartoonists, and publishers who represent some of the best work that is being produced in these mediums today.

Each day from now until the show we are going to be highlighting the amazing creators of Linework NW in a series of interviews conducted by the awesome folks over at Gridlords. Today’s spotlight is on Paul Lyons of Hidden Fortress Press.

Describe the first piece of art that changed your life. When was it? How old were you? Where on the planet were you standing?  When I was a kid, I think the grown-up world was not as concerned with shielding horrible things from the innocent minds of children as the kids growing up today. My grandmother gave me a King Arthur book illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren for Christmas when I was 5, and that book was filled with terrible, wonderful things: Sir Tor slicing off the arm of a giant, the witch Vivien turning men into stone, Lancelot cleaving heads in two (with one hand tied behind his back, mind you)… oh it warped me, to be certain.

If you were in charge of a small press show like Linework, how would your tastes shape the event?  I’d try to bring in book makers that make imperfect, hand-crafted, beautiful books, because that’s what I love. Who are five people that helped you get to the place you are now with your current work? What did they contribute?  Umm… I just took an inking class with Rick Altergott, does that count? And I wouldn’t be able to run the Hidden Fortress press without Roby Newton, she’s the only thing that keeps that old engine humming. Plus 3 more people.

What do you think you can contribute to someone else who is trying to make progress with their small press or artistic projects?  Oh geez, I’m not the right person to ask that, I think every approach I’ve made has been wrong. For the first couple of years, I had the luxury of supporting my press with my day job, but now I don’t have that anymore and it’s getting tough. I don’t know how anyone pulls it off. You’d think that if you poured all your time and energy into doing something that you love, you’d be able to support yourself doing it, but that’s simply not the case.

If you could design a monument, what would it look like and what would it represent? I’d build an ice luge in the shape of a wizened wizard’s head, where you pour lemonade down the left eyebrow and iced tea down the right, and sip Arnold Palmers from the forks of his beard. What kinds of obstacles do you encounter in your work, and how do you overcome them?  I freeze up when I draw on fancy paper, so I’ve been drawing exclusively on butcher paper.

If Linework were a country, who should be the president and why? This can be anyone in history or in the world.  Carl Yastremski. Pick a zine or small press item you really like, and promote the shit out of it right here: There’s a small press show starting up here in Providence called RIPExpo, the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, the first weekend of August (08/02 - 08/03). Providence has a deep and talented pool of comic artists, it’s about time we had our own show!

http://ripexpo.tumblr.com/ Gridlords Interview by Emily Nilsson

HYPERALLERGIC: Monster in My Head

Ever wondered what your childhood nightmares would look like if they met your adult nightmares? Well, take a peek at Monster, the latest installation of Providence, Rhode Island’s giant, horror-themed comic book (published in October 2010, but recently made available by the Chipsylvania online store).

Monster is monstrous: at 10”x14” and 88 pages long, it’s a gigantic collection of some of Providence’s most well-known comic artists. Comic critic Sean T. Collins affectionately describes it as “gettin’ the band back together, man!” The collection’s editor, Paul Lyons, was a founding member of Fort Thunder — once a show-space and artists collaborative house in Rhode Island, now, a genre of comics spawned from the artists who lived there. Monster features many of the original Fort Thunder team as well as some newer faces in Providence’s alternative comics scene.

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