09/05/2017

Aaron Cockle here today with Comics Carousel; Anders Nilsen’s new book; Josh Bayer returns to the New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium; Workshops at SPX

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Anders Nilsen

‘But those books were both black and white. Color kind of forces your hand regarding borders.’
Paste Magazine has a nice piece about Anders Nilsen’s new book, Tongues, and the process that went into its making. 

“Panel design and structure matter a lot to me. I did a bit of teaching from 2012 to 2015 or so and one of the things I found myself focusing on with certain students was how panels work and what happens to storytelling when they change in various ways. Some cartoonists do great things with a simple grid. My two biggest comics influences, Hergé and Chester Brown, use very simple panel structures in their comics, and they were brilliant with it. But I can’t keep from playing around with panels. Partly it’s because I find measuring out rectangles very boring, but it’s also, I think, partly because I studied painting, and so I can’t help but think about the visual composition of a page as more than just a collection of rectangles. It was something I wanted to explore in this book from the outset and so this small sketch is my original idea for how to structure the panels in this opening dream sequence.”

Anders Nilsen

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Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics
All Time Comics is a comic-book series that resists categorization. Part modern reworking of Bronze age comics superhero  aesthetics, part a Mad Magazine-like Gonzo attempt to  sidestep and weave that aesthetic back on itself. Published by Fantagraphcs, All Time Comics has created a space for a dialogue between older veteran creators like Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom and younger Alternative Comics mainstays like Ben Marra and Noah Van Sciver. Join Josh Bayer in a lively discussion with comics writer/historian Adam McGovern. (Panel may include special guest artist/writers, schedules permitting).

Josh Bayer is the author of Raw Power and Theth from Retrofit Comics, the editor of the Suspect Device Comics anthology series, as well as 2016’s The Black Hood. His work’s been selected for The Best American Comics series in 2016 and 2017. He is the founder of  his own “Comics Are The Enemy Press” and he is currently releasing his All Time Comics imprint from Fantagraphics.

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Comics Workbook Cartoon Workshops
If you’re planning to be at the upcoming Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD, please consider attending one or all of the workshops the CW will be conducting:

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Frank Santoro made a comic book about his parents and now he needs help making a handbound copy of the book for each of them. It’s a good story. Check out the Indiegogo campaign HERE – or if you want to contribute via PayPal, look at the campaign HERE.

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A Cosmic Journey – 9-5-2017 – by Cameron Arthur

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Suzy and Cecil – 9-5-2017 – by Gabriella Tito

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Joanie and Jordie – 9-5-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

 

 

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