Solicited to come out in September, from Dark Horse. These comics are great.
I encountered Peter Milligan’s authorial voice in high school, through his X-Force comics with Mike Allred, and backtracked to his Vertigo work- Enigma, The Extremist, The Eaters, Face- and I pretty much devoured it, when he’d work in this sort of existentialist black comedy mode. His narrative styling is maybe best described as insouciant, and there is this cavalier approach to scripting and jokes that- while it’s fully capable of delivering “graphic novels,” works as thought-through and fully-realized as Enigma is, still seems really open to collaboration with cartoonists whose approach is a bit more free. This quality is I think what led to him never really gaining the sort of cult of personality that other writers associated with Vertigo have.
I came to Brendan McCarthy in college- had to be a legal adult with a debit card in order to track down the stuff, although I’d seen his Shade covers and an ad for Rogan Gosh before then- and his approach fit in real well with all the Kramers Ergot/Picturebox stuff that was at that time being revealed as the place where all the action was. The first issue of Comics Comics had a Frank Santoro review of McCarthy’s art book, Swimini Purpose, where he wished for a collection of this stuff. That was nine years ago, I think, and now maybe McCarthy’s stuff has been absorbed into the world- I saw a Freakwave page on the Tumblr of a girl I jokingly call a seapunk not too long ago- but I think that are enough different approaches here, to the idea of comics as visual art, as well as the literary comics model (I am assuming this book will include the story from A1 that is black and white, all collage) that it still has some lessons left to teach.
005: Jesse Schell
This is episode 5 of Boing Boing’s newest podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know. It’s an interview podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the reality/business side of how they do what they do.
Jesse Schell is the CEO of Schell Games - a video game and transformational game design company, a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, and the author of The Art of Game Design. He is a prolific speaker, well-known for his 2010 DICE talk, “Beyond Facebook”, which has had over 1 million views online. His resume also includes stints as a juggler, comedian, and Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is produced and hosted by three talented cartoonists and illustrators:
Jasen Lex is a designer and illustrator from Pittsburgh. He is currently working on a graphic novel called Washington Unbound. All of his art and comics can be found at jasenlex.com.
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Lenny gnawed his bone down to nothing and I was afraid he’d swallow it whole - so I put a chip clip on it so he wouldn’t…
I’m in San Diego judging Eisner Award submissions LOL!!
“Ewwwweeeee - not if you was the last immigrant grocer on Earth….honey!”
This year will most likely include the following titles:
-Ben Jones: Men’s Group (art/comics/design by Los Angeles master)
-Blutch: So Long, Silver Screen (graphic novel translated from the French)
-The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (gay erotic comics, translated from the Japanese)
-C.F.: MERE (Joseph Beuys + Roy Crane = best comics)
-Sun Ra + Aye Aton: Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972 (photography from transformative year)
-Shigeru Sugiura: Last of the Mohicans (classic 1974 graphic novel translated from the Japanese)
-Brandon Graham: Walrus (cartoon drawings school you))
-Jesse Pearson, ed.: Nudity Today (nude photography from 11 young artists)
-Chris Martin: Drawings (35 years of shamanistic drawings)
-Julia Chiang: Coming Together, Coming Apart (emotive paintings and sculpture)
-Joe Bradley: Drawings (Must anticipated, long awaited book of 100 works)
-Diplo + Shane McCauley: Blow Your Head 2: NYC (photography on the floor)
-Anya Davidson: School Spirits (debut graphic novel of contempo life)
-Richard Kern: Contact High (naked women smoking weed)
-Seiichi Hayashi: Gold Pollen and Other Stories (Gorgeous and searing late-1960s comics translated from the Japanese)
-Yuichi Yokoyama: World Map Room (graphic novel translated from the Japanese)
-Eddie Martinez: Paintings (bravado painting survey)
-Matthew Thurber: INFOMANIACS (graphic novel satire of digital life)
-Osamu Tezuka: The Mysterious Underground Men (Classic 1947 graphic novel translated from the Japanese)
-Wes Lang (the American iconographer’s first monograph)
And probably a few more, but you never can tell. Whatever we publish in 2013 you shall receive. Plus, any advance order premiums (bookplates, signed copies) will be included as well.
When I think of this year of publishing I think of the following words: sex; contemplation; beauty; bite; weed, hilarity; terror; intimidation; inspiration; canon; history; cartography; stupefied; bonafide.
1) If you subscribe at any time in 2013 you will receive ALL of the above books.
2) If you change your address, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) You might see other items pop up on the web site that PictureBox distributes but does not publish. Those will not be included in the subscription.
4) If you wish to order additional items throughout the year please note that we cannot combine the shipping with subscription items.
5) Things happen in life. Sometimes people are flakey. Sometimes they are especially well-organized. Sometimes the dog hides under the couch. What I’m trying to say is that some of these titles and schedules may change. But I guarantee that your $300 will get you at least 20 satisfying printed experiences at a discount of 45% or more.
Remember that Frank Santoro book we were working on? Well, I have juggled around our schedule a little bit and pushed this one back so I can capitalize on the wave of SPX publicity.
Just so you don’t forget how awesome it’s going to be, here is a video of me sewing up the first copy. Since this is a big book with heavy pages, I went with a 9-hole pamphlet stitch (most pamphlet-stitched books are 3-hole). A couple notes: at the beginning of the video, I make up a hole punching guide that I will use for the other copies. Also, I’m not sure you can tell, since I sped this up a bunch, but part of the sewing process is attaching a strip of black cloth to the spine that will be glued into the hardcover binding. As a result, it’s a little trickier to sew than if I were just sewing the pages together, which is why I get tangled up a couple times. You also get a sneak peek at some of the prints. This will be the last post about Blast Furnace Funnies for a couple months while I turn my attention to our Carol Es/Neil Farber book, due out in early June. Enjoy!
Pompeii docu-drama style documentary
I’m VERY excited to announce that my debut graphic novel debuts its first chapter today on Trip City!!!
This has been a long time coming and I’ve some great things in store for folks as the year progresses. The press release is below:
Beacon Lights by Minneapolis cartoonist George Jurard, is a series of loosely inter-locking stories that take place over the course of 200 years.
Beacon Lights launches with “That’s The Cat”.
Throughout our lives, we are perpetually in the act of pursuit. We are always seeking something in the distance — a beacon, a light, that calls us to action. But, each action has an opposite reaction, and as one person finds happiness, another can find despair.
Beacon Lights explores the spectrum of the human condition: the horrors we face, life’s joys, and the uncertainty that nags at us when the rug’s pulled out from under our feet. Throughout all of these things, we persist. Our beacons call to us.
Check back to Trip City every month to see George Jurard’s Beacon Lights illuminate man’s bold resilience.
You can contact George Jurard for an interview and any other information: email@example.com