Abstract Anthology

Indie publisher Fantagraphics do good work. On June 29  a rather unique 208 page anthology, all centred on abstract comics is released, edited by Andrei Molotiu. I had no idea such a genre even existed in comics, and now I must say I’m intrigued. There’s an interview with Andrei here. He’s quite an authority and artist, on non-narrative abstract comics apparently. There’s also a blog from the contributors, who range from newbies to oldies. Cool. Not for everyone, certainly, but this kind of artistic expression should be welcomed in sequential art.



Party Week For Geeks

This week is a big one for comics celebrations. Below are the details on 2 launch parties in events held at two different comic shops (Unthinkable from BOOM! Studios,  and Dead@17 which is now at Image Comics). You can choose, or go to both. How good is that?!


This June 10th, join BOOM! Studios for the UNTHINKABLE West Coast Release Party! 

Written by Mark Sable with art by Julian Totino Tedesco and covers by Paul Azaceta, UNTHINKABLE #1 debuted to unanimous praise. Issues #1 and #2 will be available at the signing.

To celebrate the release, UNTHINKABLE writer MARK SABLE will be signing at MELTDOWN from 7PM to ????. 

Free beer and vodka while supplies last!

Meltdown Comics & Collectibles 
7522 W Sunset Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90046 
(323) 851-7283 

June 10th, 7PM to ???? 

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Dead@17DEAD@17 creator Josh Howard celebrates his acclaimed horror series’ move to Image Comics in a big way with a World Premiere party for DEAD@17: AFTERBIRTH at Lone Star Comics in Southwest Arlington on Saturday, June 13th!

“Launching DEAD@17: AFTERBIRTH at Lone Star Comics feels right as they’ve been supporters of mine since I started,” Howard said. “The mini-series acts as a new beginning for the series, yet also ties in together threads long time fans have been following for a long time. Nara’s new role in The Zodiac is going to really shake things up and bring out some more skeletons from the series’ closet.”

DEAD@17: AFTERBIRTH catches fans up with Nara Kilday, the demonslayer recently resurrected to become an agent of the covert ops force, The Zodiac. Her new role sets up an all-new stage for the series as she attempts to safe guard her best friend, who may be key to the upcoming apocalypse. During Lone Star’s World Premiere, Howard will be signing and doing free sketches for fans who purchase DEAD@17: AFTERBIRTH #1, the latest Dead@17 series and the first to be published by Image Comics, or DEAD@17: ULTIMATE EDITION collection, which collects all four previous series. The event begins at 5 PM with food and drink made available throughout the night.

DEAD @ 17: AFTERBIRTH #1 (APR090331), a 32-page full color comic book for $2.99, will be in-stores June 17th, 2009. Lone Star Comics is located at 4001 W. Green Oaks Suite 153, Arlington, TX 76016. Please call 817-265-2550 for additional details. For more information on Josh Howard and Dead @ 17, please visit www.joshhoward.net

Spider-Man Sings

I’m actually quite curious about this project. Spider-Man, as Marvel’s flagship character has the ultimate cross-over appeal, and Marvel are banking on that as he appears in his very own Broadway show next year, with music from Bono and The Edge from U2 and direction from the well respected Julie Taymor, who has read hundreds of comics in preparation. Click here for short, but revealing interviews with the 3 and hear how they brought Peter Parker and co. from the page to the stage, and go here to buy advance tickets by using the code 1MARVL.

Spider-Man On Broadway