Caleb Orecchio here with projects and new work from Jim Rugg, Dash Shaw, Bill Wehmann, and Alan Moore to start the week.
Rugg is a cartooning and book-making master, and his design background really shines through in a big way with this book. When I opened up an advanced copy of After School Kung-Fu Special, my eyes dilated and my brain blew out the back of my head. The complete technical control he has over his craft goes unparalleled except by the cartoonists whose names are synonymous with the medium. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a review coupled with an interview with Rugg by Geeked Gods here.
Order Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special from your local comic book store.
Also in Pittsburgh, Dash Shaw will be rolling in for a sneak preview of his animated film, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea on Tuesday the 25th. Details here.
Look for his film coming to an area near you!
Whether the story is fact or fiction is irrelevant because the sentiments and emotions ring true through the entire history of the comic-book industry.
Pittsburgh again. Over the weekend, it seems that The Toonseum held a comics award ceremony where Ed Piskor won a NEMO Award for “Excellence in the Cartoon Arts.” The ceremony took place at The ToonSeum’s fundraiser K-Blam! 2017. Caitlin Rose Boyle also won a NEMO Award for “Emerging Talent”.
Ed’s show at The ToonSeum – “Hermetically Sealed” – will be up through May 21st 2017.
I really, really enjoyed Providence, Moore’s latest and probably last graphic novel. It stands among his greatest works like Watchmen, From Hell, Miracleman, V for Vendetta, etc. Once considered the greatest comics writer (though he still is, as far as writers who don’t draw go), Moore’s reputation has gone down the toilet for a lot of folks. It’s a shame. He’s been screwed over by cooperate shadow-people and shunned by finicky readers. Now he’s leaving comics for good and it’s probably too late to apologize.
If you’re late to the game, ask your local comic shop about getting Providence Act I, a hardback collecting the first four issues.
Blinkers – 4-24-2017 – by Jack Brougham
Suzy and Cecil – 4-24-2017 – by Gabriella Tito
Joanie and Jordie – 4-24-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio