Box Brown, creator of Bellen! and general comics ace, has launched a new website in the form of Everything Dies. It’s a web counterpart to his print series of the same name which, for my sins, I have yet to get my hands on. Although I never really got into Bellen! (actually that’s not totally true: I read it when it first started, thought it had promise, then promptly forgot about if for a bunch of years, only returning to it in its final weeks) I am an admirer of Brown’s work. His line work is bold, treading the line between funny cartoony curves and poignant, stark, dramatic and otherwise affecting images.
Although ‘Everything Dies’ tackles some hefty concepts, it is done, from what I can see, with grace, humour, balance and respect. That said, I don’t get the impression that Brown will be pulling any punches when it comes to some topics, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
More preview panels from Smoo #3, all non-sequential like. The whole comic will be done and dusted in time for Thought Bubble in November.
In other news, Richard Bruton has also written a review of Days over at the Forbidden Planet International blog (and don’t forget you can buy Days, and other comics, from selected Forbidden Planet International stores!). I can’t (without sounding all weepy and unmanly) say how much I appreciate a thoughtful, supportive review like this one: I just hope #3 can meet or even exceed expectations. If it doesn’t, well, #4 will just have to kick doppel-arse. I’m in this for the long haul…
PS If you’re a tumblr user and like what you see here, please consider recommending me for inclusion in their comics directory. It is Tumblr Tuesday after all!
(image swiped from the here: I’m afraid I don’t know who the artist is)
While reading the Daily Cross Hatch today, I was (late as ever) pointed in the direction of a new (silly) enterprise known as 'Read Comics in Public Day'. Dreamed up by Brian Heater and Sarah Morean, the concept is both simple and awesome. This is how they describe it:
We’re asking that everyone take an hour or two out of their day on [Saturday] August 28th (also the birthday of Jack “King” Kirby, incidentally) to read a comic book in a public setting—a park bench, a beach, a bus, the front steps of your local library (we do ask, however, that you be mindful of local loitering laws). Let strangers see you reading a piece of sequential art.
Take to the streets. Be proud. If someone asks what you’re reading, say, “a comic book” (the phrase “graphic novel is also acceptable, but let’s face it, it sort of defeats the whole purpose). Heck, lend them a book, if you’ve got an extra—what better way to make a new friend and convert a new reader?
So here’s to ‘Read Comics in Public Day’: I know I’ll be taking part, and will bore my readership senseless with shots of me, my beard, and maybe some friends (if I can find some) reading comics in public. The fact that I am due to be going camping in the arse end of nowhere that weekend will not sway my resolve (even if it turns into Reading Comics in Front of Livestock Day’). Read more about it here.
In other news, the ever-diligent and ceaselessly dedicated Kevin Bramer of Optical Sloth has reviewed Smoo #2 1/2. He seems perplexed (or just a bit annoyed) at the idea of an issue between 2 and 3, but the message still seems pretty positive. Either way, I ain’t griping. As for Kevin, he’s a friendly guy doing good (and probably thankless) work, so I’d urge you to check out his site, browse his shop, and think about signing up for his comic book rental service, too.
Anyhow, you can check out the aforementioned review here.