Juan Fernandez is currently traveling in Spain and France, and will return next Wednesday with his in-depth coverage of the Spanish-speaking comics community. For today, Sally Ingraham has the comics news from near and far – including Australia, Brazil, France, Canada, and the States!


From Rowan Tedge (Santoro Correspondence Course alum and cartoonist extraordinaire) comes this exciting news:

“I’ll be making the trip from Adelaide to Melbourne to debut: Hallucinating Highlighter – Paradise Through Paper Clips at the Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair on Sunday 12 February 2017 at the Melbourne Town Hall – 12-5pm.

Hallucinating Highlighter collects all 28 comics originally posted to the Comics Workbook tumblr plus 4 new comics. I’ll also have copies of Spectrum Jogger from the 2014 comics workbook comp and some rare zines from 2012.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/382507002083477/
Tumblr: http://www.stickyinstitute.com/fotp2017

Be sure to check out more of Rowan’s work HERE and if you can’t get a copy of Hallucinating Highlighter in person, he will be making them available online shortly after the Festival of the Photocopier.


Aline Lemos is a cartoonist from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She has been working since 2013 – check out her comics HERE. A recent project has been her series of short biographies and comic strips about Brazilian female artists – see what she’s done so far HERE. About the piece above she writes:

Artistas Brasileiras em Quadrinhos #28 – Pagu – Leia toda a série aqui

Pagu was a Brazilian writer, artist and activist. She is the first known female artist to make comic strips in Brazil. She was also the first Brazilian woman to be arrested for political reasons.

Pagu was the nickname that Patrícia Rehder Galvão went by. Her story inspired the creation of Pagu Comics, which is devoted to publishing work by women – more about that HERE (put Google Translate to work if you can’t read Portuguese!)

Aline Lemos also teaches comics at FIQ Jovem and collaborates at Lady’s Comics and Marsam Graphics. She’s a member of two other collectives, ZiNas (Belo Horizonte) and 100 Têtes (Angoulême).


Tyler Landry brings us an update from the Comics Workbook “satellite school” in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He shares one of the projects the Charlottetown Comics Club (CCC) has completed and introduces cartoonist Christian Southgate. Check it out HERE.


Daniel Clowes has a gallery show at Galerie Martel in Paris. He rarely, if ever, has originals for sale so this is a unique opportunity to pick up something special. More details HERE (in French).


Benjamin Marra has a new weekly comic on Adult Swim called Bricks on Dirt – the first episode is shown above. Keep up with Ben’s other shenanigans via his Instagram – @benjamin_marra.


Once a month, Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, stops by Book Riot Comics for Creativity in Progress, a mini-column on art, process, and how he creates comics.

Gene Luen Yang is the award-winning author of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, and in addition to making comics he teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. This week he wrote about how he gets an idea for a comic over on Book Riot Comics.

When people ask me where I get my ideas, what they’re really asking is how I distinguish the good ideas from the bad ones. I don’t have a logical, clear answer for this. I wish I had a reliable litmus test, but I don’t. My own way of figuring out what’s good is very gut-based. It’s very personal. I’ll tell you my process, but your mileage may vary.

Read more HERE.

(Gene Luen Yang will be speaking in Pittsburgh on March 19th 2017 – details HERE!)


Extra! Extra!

  • Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman spoke to Paste about RESIST!full interview HERE.
  • Rob Clough released his list of The Best Short-Form Comics of 2016 on The Comics Journal – it includes pieces by Audra Stang, Eleanor Davis, Laura Park, Noah Van Sciver, Meghan Turbitt, Aaron Cockle, and many more!
  • Mutha Magazine is doing a live reading in NYC on Friday, Feb. 3rd – MUTHA Up for Reproductive Rights! Storytelling, Comics, Poetry, and More – details HERE.
  • The Comics Beat reports that Bernie Wrightson is retiring due to health issues. Bummer. Hang in there Bernie!
  • Michael DeForge will be on tour in March for Sticks Angelicacheck out the tour dates HERE.


Here at Comics Workbook we are passionate about sharing our love for the medium through Daily News posts like these, through our online correspondence course, the Rowhouse Residency, the Pittsburgh Comic Salons, and through our Comics Workbook tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We promote and share comics and their makers, provide a platform for makers – both professionals and students – to publish their work, and provide educational opportunities at local events and international comics festivals. If you like any aspect of what we are doing please consider supporting us – it’s easy to donate directly to the project, or we have a plethora of interesting work available for purchase at our school store. Check it out HERE.



Suzy and Cecil – 2-1-2017 – by Gabriella Tito


Joanie and Jordie – 2-1-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

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