04/24/2017

Caleb Orecchio here with projects and new work from Jim Rugg, Dash Shaw, Bill Wehmann, and Alan Moore to start the week.
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Jim Rugg will be signing his brand new Image-released Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special in Pittsburgh at The Phantom of the Attic, Wednesday the 26th from 4 to 7pm.

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.

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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!

And check out Dash’s riff on René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet over on Criterion.com

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Pittsburgh cartoonist, Bill Wehmann has an interesting comics-related project over on his site called “Death  by Comics.”

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.

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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.

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Around the 12-minute mark, the boys over at the Comic Books Are Burning In Hell podcast recently had some thoughts on the final issue of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Lovecraft epic, Providence.

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.

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Blinkers – 4-24-2017 – by Jack Brougham

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Suzy and Cecil – 4-24-2017 – by Gabriella Tito

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Joanie and Jordie – 4-24-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

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Caleb Orecchio

Caleb Orecchio

Caleb Orecchio is a cartoonist living in Dayton, OH. His strip, 'Joanie and Jordie', appears every weekday on the Comics Workbook Daily News. He hosts the weekly Dayton Comics Club with fellow cartoonist/designer, Jason Hart.
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