For some messy, honest, social realism, you can take a poke into Wallander’s world through her hourly comics that swallow up any and all documentary images for the sake of comics.
Bowie’s got a new short, Saucepan. Image and narration dance together nicely in this nice slice of microfiction for you.
And for the more observational stroll through the woods, join L. Nichols up Hunter Mountain in the latest of Nichol’s hiking comics.
There’s a cool new video of Steve Oliff reflecting on his coloring work with Katsuhiro Otomo on Akira. In 1989, Oliff, a veteran colorist, was personally selected by Katsuhiro Otomo to color his seminal manga, AKIRA. This video documents their working relationship, including Otomo’s trip to Point Arena, CA to collaborate with Steve on developing the color scheme. Steve hand-painted every page of AKIRA, using some combination of airbrush, gouache, water marker, colored pencil, Pantone film; these original color guides are now available exclusively from Felix Comic Art.
John Kelly’s got a killer piece over at the Comics Journal that delves deep into the history of the East Village Eye, an important alt-newspaper back in the day. It’s really an excellent investigation. Take some time and sit with the article. It’ll have you hopping back and forth across the web, over turning loads of stones to learn more about the publication.
“The East Village Eye did a lot of the most significant early hip-hop and aerosol ‘graffiti’ art coverage,” said James Romberger, whose strip and events at his art gallery–both called Ground Zero and both done with his partner and collaborator Marguerite Van Cook–appeared in the Eye. “It highlighted that the East Village of the early and mid-80s as a whole was very multicultural and inclusive. The art that people were doing was aggressive and accessible; and the art scene crossed-over at the time with the music, film and club scenes.”
And that was the point of the Eye.
“My point of view with the Eye was to blur the lines–and try to obliterate the lines–between the kind of popular culture that people took seriously–that the artists took seriously and the media took seriously,” said Eye founder and editor Leonard Abrams. “And I think that we succeeded. We definitely helped push that point of view.”
Bill Boichel riffs on Michale Pisano’s camera about the new Michael DeForge’s issue of Frontier. Watch the review.
Matt Davis over at Perfecty Acceptable press just announced the Spring/Summer publishing line up. It looks like a really strong line up of deft cartoonists who know how to use color to great effect.
New books by:
Daria Tessler @animalsleepstories
Jim Pluk @jimpluk
Talya Modlin @talyamodlin
& Inés Estrada @inechi