Jeremy the Garbage Boy.
This is what Jeremy is doing now. He’s the garbage boy in the city of Circle Squirrel.
New comic from Steve Wolfhard!
I will be seeing many of you at Small Press Expo (SPX) this coming weekend at the Sparkplug Comic Books table. One of the newer comic titles I will definitely have for sale is NEVER FORGETS, which was nominated this year by the Ignatz Awards committee for Outstanding Minicomic.
Just for this week only, NEVER FORGETS can be read in its entirety online here. I will be taking the link down after September 14 so read it while you can!
If you enjoy reading the story and plan on attending SPX this year, please consider voting for NEVER FORGETS under the “Outstanding Minicomic” category! And while you are at it, be sure to check out the other Ignatz-Awards nominated comic titles at SPX, which will all either be available for sale at various exhibitor tables or for free reading at the Ignatz Awards voting table.
It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Ignatz Awards committee, and to have that coincide with my first-ever SPX experience is simply wonderful. Looking forward to seeing and meeting many of you there!
To help you prep for your Ignatz voting, for the next 5 days, you can read Yumi Sakugawa’s Ignatz-nominated minicomic NEVER FORGETS. Vote wisely, SPX attendees.
"Tales from Aeaea" is a 28-page collection of stories about the various citizens of Aeaea, the isle of Circe, goddess of magic. Centuries ago, Aeaea, the isle to which Circe was exiled, was a place imbued with her magic, and docile lions and bears roamed its woods. "Tales from Aeaea" is set in a universe in which Circe was celebrated, rather than scorned, and she embraced her exile, making the isle flourish. Its citizens are students of magic, world-spanning sailors, and many are descendants of the isle’s enchanted animals of old.
Here’s a sneak peak of a couple pages from Saturn and Egon’s story (who you might remember from my previous zine, "Warlow’s Guide to Wizards, Sorceri and Familiars Arcane", a sort-of prequel).
"Tales from Aeaea" will premier at the Small Press Expo, September 13 & 14. Come see me there, and stay tuned for more updates!
Taiyo Matsumoto has a penchant for writing stories about children. He examines the world through a child’s eyes, a child’s hopes and dreams, and most importantly a child’s questions. Questions are how Matsumoto starts his latest English release, Sunny, published under Viz’s Sig IKKI line. Not with panoramas or images of far-fetched monsters like his earlier works, Tekkonkinkreet and GoGo Monster, but with questions. The difference sets the tone for a series that looks at Matsumoto’s own childhood.
Sunny is about a group of kids living at the Star Children’s Home. Each chapter of the comic asks a new question and each chapter is a moment in the lives of these children seen through a different character’s eyes. The connecting point is the Star Children’s Home, a sort of foster agency/orphanage and an old rusted out Datsun Sunny that the children nap, play, and dream in. For some, the Sunny is a place to escape, driving on the moon or playing outlaw like the brash, white-haired Harou. For others, it is a place to remember, driving back home to the family that abandoned you, like newcomer Sei.
Part of what makes Sunny so riveting is its true-to-life styling. Author Matsumoto is writing from experience as a child growing up in an orphanage. Whatever it is, Sunny feels like a combination confessional, re-imagining, and autobiography. Matsumoto uses this part of his life to explore the worries of children and the way they deal with them. The angers and quarrels of children are all there, with hogging toys and worrying about four-leaf clovers. The underlying questions about why the children are at the home, where their parents are, why some children look forward to visitation days and others dread them all dwell underneath the play and the boisterous energy. The combination of these questions and the children’s circumstances lends Sunny a melancholy that is pervasive.
Matsumoto’s sketchy artwork is complemented by earth tones and the coloring work of his wife, Saho Tono. The mix of sketchiness and painterly aesthetic makes the whole book a joy to look at. The art conveys just the right amount of detail and energy, while still maintaining a reminiscent quality. The use of watercolor with Matsumoto’s usual art and powerful lines bring a depth to Sunny that shows that despite his proven strength as a cartoonist, Matsumoto continues to grow and evolve.
Sunny is Matsumoto writing from a place we haven’t seen before despite using similar themes. While I’ve really enjoyed his previous work, none of it has resonated as well for me as Sunny has. Sunny is an expressive, beautiful, thought-provoking comic that deserves your attention. Recommended.
Howdy folks. I’m Sophie Yanow, queer cartoonist from Northern California/Montreal, presently living in White River Junction, VT as the 2014/2015 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies. My new book, War of Streets and Houses is nominated for an Ignatz for Outstanding Graphic Novel! The…
Sophie’s book War of Streets and Houses is wonderful, definitely check it out!