Adhouse books write to announce the publication of Simone Lia's new book Monkey and Spoon, while it's come to my attention that Penguin are published the UK edition of the Chris Ware edited McSweeney's Comics Issue.
[Upate 27/1 - Just heard that Penguin are also publishing a collection of Art Speigleman's In The Shadow Of No Towers strips in November.]
Indy Magazine, the journalistic arm of Alternative Comics enters it's third incarnation as a quarterly web publication edited and designed by Bill Kartalopoulos (of the excellent Egon blog). Lots and lots of good stuff stuff there - if it was a printed venture I'd probably pay good money for it.
Dispensing with photocopying, folding & stapling, Richard Argent has released his latest comic, Conversations With Space on a CD.
It's a densely packed & intense comic, with a well crafted story; a compelling read (oh - cynical & funny too).
Purchase, for £4 from Richard Argent, PO Box 5663, Southend on Sea, SS1 2ZJ (UK).
Neil Gaiman does great services once again to the world of comics by revealing the existence of and then, through his chums at HarperCollins, providing an mp3 of a song by Alan Moore from 1983 entitled The March of the Sinister Ducks. Go download it NOW before HC realise their bandwidth is being blown away.
Sean Michael Wilson writes in about his new release.
My graphic novel Angel of the Woods is now fully out via boychild productions and in some London shops already (Gosh, Comic showcase, Mega City). An article about it will appear in issue 168 of Comics international, and it's been very well received so far.
Price £5.99 in the UK and $8.99 in the US (postage and package £1 or $2 extra). It will be available in the Diamond and Redroute and FM international February catalogues (page 218 in Previews) out about now. It is also available from amazon.co.uk or direct from myself at the boychild website: - please get a copy!
The Sequart Manefesto is another attempt to get away from the embarrassing connotations of that word "comics", should you be embarrassed by it. Sometimes I am, most times I'm not, but this also has a nice long run down of most of the alternative terms before proposing "Sequart" as a new one.
Also, The Comics Journal Audio Archive this month is an interview with Woodring from 1993 which is well worth a listen as, quite frankly, he's a loon.
A note from Patrick Findlay:
If the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing 2004 doesn't get 30 fully paid up and accepted exhibitors by the end of January it will be cancelled, so if you're in the UK and you've been thinking about it then pay up and show your cards.
Kingly Books have an archive of articles from Hairy Hi-fi fanzine including interviews and appreciations of Moe Tucker, The Archies, Yma Sumac, etc.
by cartoonists John Bagnall, Ed Pinsent and Marc Baines, plus a comic strip by
Adrian V emailed to plug his strip blog. Some nice naive black and white stuff there.
Those in New York might like to pop along to the Legal Action Comics art show at CB'S 313 GALLERY, 313 Bowery at Bleecker. It opens on January 7 and runs to the end of the month. Legal Action Comics volume 2, a 292-page paperback featuring work by seventy top cartoonists is now available. For more information visit: www.dannyhellman.com.
Here's a good one from the Canadian magazine Saturday Night, archives on the Sequential blog:
In 1979, Dave Sim gave himself a superhuman challenge: to produce the longest-running adult comic series ever, about a talking aardvark named Cerebus. Now, 25 years later, he's done it -- but not without driving himself to the very edge of insanity