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23 posts from February 2006

February 28, 2006

JESSICA ABEL WEBSITE GOES LIVE!

No time to write about THE NEW YORK CITY COMICON, which was all at once a tremendous success and a disaster, with overcrowding problems galore... There's plenty of very good coverage and links to pieces at Johanna's Comics Worth Reading blog . In the end, the NYCC looks like it will continue, since, given half a chance to get in, many people want a NY comics convention.

Besides that, news is flying in fast and furious --for instance: Jessica Abel's brand new WEBSITE GOES LIVE NOW!

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guest Blogger: GENE YANG

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February 27, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

Good Places to Draw People No. 3

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Cafes are great places to observe people. Unfortunately, I haven't been in any recently and the pub doesn't really count. So the bus stands in here, at number three of "Good Places to Draw People". Actually, I like the way one is forced to draw while on the bus. It lurches and bumps and causes all manner of happy accidents. You just can't get too fussy. Here are some drawings made on a bus journey to Richmond station, in South West London.

February 24, 2006

From the sketchbooks of DANICA NOVGORODOFF

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February 23, 2006

Guest Blogger: LEWIS TRONDHEIM

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February 22, 2006

guest Blogger: LELAND MYRICK

[NOTE: Leland Myrick joins the inspired gang of guest-bloggers. His MISSOURI BOY is on the First Second FALL '06 list. Leland's entry includes a few magnificent behind-the-scene sketches for it.]


***Missouri Boy Origins***


Mother1


I didn't set out to make an autobiographical graphic novel. I really didn't. For years I'd been writing poems about my early years growing up in Missouri. And then one day I decided to turn one of those poems into comic form, and that became PAPER AIRPLANES, which was published in a Dark Horse Comics anthology. That was it, I thought at the time--a nice, short one-shot autobiographical story. Sweet, to the point, no more needed.


Snowday1


But then as I finished my last book, BRIGHT ELEGY, and I was busy at my drawing board sketching out ideas for the next book, my wife came up behind me and said, "You know, your poems are the best stuff you've written. You should turn them all into comic stories, make that your new book."


Father5


I laughed the idea off. But the seed of autobiographical temptation had been planted in my brain and would only grow. I began work on several ideas, but kept coming back to the poems that would eventually become the basis of MISSOURI BOY, and so I put everything else aside.


Motorcycle3


Poetry and comics have a lot in common, really--a brief amount of time to tell a story or make a point or express a sentiment, a visual flow on the page. To turn one into the other, some stanzas became images, and some words just fell away, unnecessary. And like a book of poetry, I realized it would be a memoir, not an autobiography, a series of specific moments rather than a single story.

February 21, 2006

See you at the NYC ComiCon

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Welcome to the very first ComiCon, New York -- First Second will be roaming around, some of its authors appearing on panels, beady-eyed scouts (well, me) scouring the aisles for new talents... But no, you won't be able to buy the :01 Graphic Novels yet!

They won't release until the end of April.

Sorry.

But well worth the wait.

Seen the review of Eddie Campbell's FATE OF THE ARTIST on the Savage Critic ?

Guest Blogger: EDDIE CAMPBELL

[NOTE: THIS GUEST BLOG ENTRY CONTAINS AN EXCLUSIVE FIRST GLIMPSE OF EDDIE CAMPBELL'S 2007 FIRST SECOND TITLE "THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY"!]

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Diary of an author, waiting. part 6.

As I sit here twiddling my thumbs, waiting for my book, The Fate of the Artist, to come out, I have time to get jealous of my fellow artists. Like my dear old pal, Nick Abadzis looking windswept and interesting in Moscow in front of exotic minarets on Feb 13 of this very blog. Well, after I finish ironing my pants an t-shirt here in the humdrum familiarity of my living room, I'll get back to carefully composing a 13 page shoot-out in a long-ago demolished Chicago Rail station for my next book from First Second, The Black Diamond Detective Agency. But it's all based on antique photographic reference; it still doesn't get me out of the house. That does it! My next book after this will be set somewhere very far away, like Tierra del Fuego, or Mount Killimanjaro, or the jungle of Beng Melea, and I will be required to pack my pencil case and go and do the necessary
research. Damn it!

February 20, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

Overheard Remark No. 1

Richmond Station tube platform, London, 9th October 2005. A mother says to her child, who is holding a single flower, "If you keep smelling it, it'll be ruined." It occurs to me that a flower has a finite source of perfume. But how quickly can it be used up by a child's sense of smell? The little girl in question looks disappointed.


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February 17, 2006

Guest Blogger: LEWIS TRONDHEIM

Another entry in Lewis Trondheim's NOTHING DIARIES! (click to enlarge)

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