I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about how much I love Julie’s ( juliedelporte ) work anywhere on the internet, but godDAMN am I pumped about her upcoming D+Q book. I spoke with her for the Schulz Blog recently, and it just got posted!
I spoke with the inimitable Beth Hetland last week for the Schulz Blog. Beth’s a 2011 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies who now teaches at SAIC—and is also a barrel of fun. She’s the kind of art prof I wish I could’ve had when I was an undergrad.
YO YO YO NEW YORK
the unstoppable comics juggernauts Sylvan Migdal (sylvanmigdal), Sophie Goldstein (redinkradio) and yes, yours truly, Carl Antonowicz, are coming this very weekend with amazing comics, stunning prints, jokes, smiles, handshakes, and conviviality the likes of which you have never seen before!
PREPARE TO BE CHANGED IRREVOCABLY
Come see us at MoCCA Fest this weekend: we’ll be at table B-12. Like the vitamin, it’ll be good for you.
Maple Key Comics—it’s REAL.
IT IS A PHYSICAL BOOK YOU CAN HOLD IN YOUR HANDS.
It’s a beautiful thing, what heartsandminis has done here—even more beautiful for its $15 price tag. I did an interview with jonchad in this issue, which is enlightening to say the least. Love that dude.
Get your hands on this book, my friends: it is the trump that heralds a bold new era in big-ass chunky comics periodicals.
Oklahoman, SVA-grad and co-founder of the Meathaus comics collective, Farel Dalrymple will be a special guest at PIX 2014! He made a name for himself a decade ago as the creator of the widely admired and highly influential series Pop Gun War. Since then he has kept busy producing his own original work for a wide range of anthologies published by Dark Horse Comics and many others, as well as serving as the artist on a number of comic book series, most notably the ten-issue revival of Omega The Unknown written by award winning author and MacArthur Fellow, Jonathan Lethem. He has just completed work on his long anticipated epic graphic novel, Wrenchies, which will be published this fall by First Second.Check in with Farel @ http://fareldalrymple.com/
OHHH MAN. I forgot to mention two or three things:
1. I straight up LOVE popgunwar's work. I'm really excited he's going to be at PiX, where…
2. redinkradio, jonchad, heartsandminis, lickspittlecomics, and I will all be tabling with our respective wares! I think crinklesnsmudges and goodpalsprinting will be there too.COME IN AND BUY SHIT, PITTSBURGH. Finally,
3. I’m super stoked to eat pierogis and kielbasa while there. It’s my understanding that there is good Polish food on offer in Pittsburgh and, as a Polish-American/human with tastebuds, I have a serious yen for potato ravioli.
Pencils from “A Sickness Upon the Land,” coming in the June/July issue of maplekeycomics. Enjoy this crappy webcam preview photo!
In this story, I learn how to draw trebuchets, haywains, war hats, vambraces, merlons, crenels, and a variety of other medieval objects. Also, there is a witch burning and HEAVY HEAVY SPOT BLACKS.
I’ll be posting a more finished image from this story sometime soon, so stay tuned!
So I meant to post this like two years ago. Fan art for redinkradio ‘s “The Good Wife.”
Big Kaiju Battle. The original to this drawing is in the possession of one Jon Chad, my best monster bro.
Thank god that kickstarter’s done, though, right? Now I can get back to posting pictures of giant tumors fighting robots or whatever.
Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics.
I hate going into the gaming stores alone. Ugh.
I will continously write this reply until I feel it sticks. Do you want to know why many male nerds are so defensive and harsh about this?
Okey, I can with confidence tell you that the majority of us started this out as a form of escapism. I mean, look at all the tumblr posts about “I love fiction, it’s my way to handle reality” etc etc. It was the same for us. suddenly.. about, idk, 4-5 years ago, feminists started to tell us that we are in the wrong for BUYING things. Instead of going to the writers, we’re the bad guys. Comics I grew up with are being torn to pieces by people who don’t read them anyway. They’re causalized because instead of catering to us, they’re catering to people who don’t really care. I know that the majority of you will go “oh, grow up!”, but you know what? Fuck you, comics were one of the things I had growing up, I emotionally connected to the Hulk, it made me feel that maybe it wasn’t so bad to be a freak.
secondly, I don’t know why women expect to get help with everything and just give up when they don’t get help. When I started out, do you really think anyone would even care about a fat, acne-cursed kid? I did ask, once, they just looked at me and told me to just read the damn comics. So I did. I got into the middle of a story, If I liked it, I tried to hunt down the first one, or the one after. Rinse and repeat. not hard. But now! NOW! You have google, I’m not even kidding, it will take you 30 secs to find ALL information you want. I don’t know why everyone think that being a nerd is “share and share alike!”, it’s socially outcast people who have been wrecked emotionally and socially by other people. You really think that they’re gonna help you without a reason?
I know, it’s really “in” to be a nerd these days, but you’re not a nerd until you know your shit. Don’t believe me?
Being a nerd isn’t something that you flaunt, you’re not gonna get help getting into it, you’re not gonna get praise for trying to. read, then read some more, then read even more. Then doublecheck that info. Not because you’re gonna be “safe” when trying to have people acknowledge your “nerd-cred”, but because you LOVE IT! It’s not a social thing, it has never been. It’s not about sitting around a table and going “OMG! I’m such a nerd! I read a couple of books!”.
Sounds harsh? yeah, it is. But, if you love it, it won’t matter. Cuz you will still have the time of your life. And really.. no one promised to help you. want help? help yourself.
*preparing to get unfollowed by everyone*
btw, I’m not saying that no one can like the same things as me/nerds/others. I’m saying “you’re not special for doing that” and “LOVE IT MORE! If you can’t find basic facts without being spoonfed, do you really LOVE it?”
Okay, you pedantic asshole, listen here.
You read a comic by a woman who reads, cares about, and EARNS A PAYCHECK from comics, that has been reblogged LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF TIMES by other women/minorities who read, care about, and earn paychecks from comics, and you have to gall to say that comics are “catering to people who don’t really care”?
Because you were picked last at kickball and now YOU want to be the bully. Because someone told you you weren’t worthy of something, now you want to be the one to tell other people that they’re not worthy of something.
First you say “this is escapism for us men” and then you say “no one HELPED me get into it” as if having a medium LITERALLY CONSTRUCTED AROUND PEOPLE WHO ARE EXACTLY LIKE YOU isn’t the biggest spoonfeeding you could possibly get.
And now there’s a whole lot of people who don’t fit YOUR very narrow definition of what a “true nerd” can be who are FIGHTING UPHILL to be a part of this thing they love that doesn’t love them back and you have the nerve to say they don’t CARE about it enough and they’re expecting special treatment. As if it’s special treatment to BE SAFE FROM HARASSMENT, SEXUALIZATION, AND CONDESCENSION IN A PUBLIC SPACE.
No one’s taking comics away from straight white men. But I certainly wouldn’t taking it out of the hands of men like you, that’s for sure. You’re dinosaurs. And you’re not a REAL nerd.
I have some stuff that I think about this, but I’m not sure I want to post it to tumblr. So i’ll post it on facebook instead.
New Kickstarter Reward! For $40 you can get the first issue of Maple Key Comics AND a 5”x7” commission by a Maple Key artist. Choose Josh Lees, Joyana McDiarmid, Dan Rinylo, Laurel Lynn Leake or Luke Howard to draw you whatever you want!
Your portrait, your parents’ portrait, your pet, your favorite pop star, your favorite character from TV, movies, comics, video games, whatever. YOUR choice!
I draw you a picture, in turn you help me Kickstart my dreams!
Fair deal, yeah?
yo, I’m pretty tempted! Maybe you should think about it too, yeah?
1994 Peter Kuper comic about the Mike Diana case. I culled this from something linked via facebook; the article itself is less than stellar, somehow linking Diana’s work to “Internet Rage Art,” whatever the fuck that is.
Florida will do whatever it wants to whomever it wants, and has been doing so for quite some time. No wonder it looks like a big droopy dick.
I don’t technically play a character other than a slightly more manic version of myself, but I’ll answer anything you ask me as a dragon or a frankenstein or a dragonstein, depending on my whim
I interviewed heartsandminis (AKA Joyana McDiarmid) about her new bimonthly comics magazine, maplekeycomics, currently in the third week of its kickstarter campaign. Joyana is a real good editor with some great and ambitious ideas for her project! Have a read, won’t you?
P.S.: I’m the PR manager for Maple Key, so I have a bit of a conflict of interest.
P.P.S.: The only way to write an article about a Kickstarter Campaign is to reference Motley Crue: http://youtu.be/KQMBz6HvSoM
From the mind and pen of rising alt comics star and Maple Key contributor Sophie Goldstein ( redinkradio ) comes “The Oven—” a magnificent soft-SF story set in a desert camp outside of a totalitarian domed city. “The Oven” will run for the first six issues of Maple Key Comics.
Goldstein, whose work has appeared not only in her long-running webcomic Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell but also in Irene 3, Best American Comics 2013, and scores of other anthologies, concerns herself with depicting a human perspective in otherworldly situations. Her style is marked by clean, precise lines and judicious use of spot blacks that often evoke elegance, loneliness, and space.
To see more of Sophie Goldstein’s work, visit her tumblr, her webcomic, or her personal website.
We’re in the second week of our Kickstarter Campaign, and we still have a ways to go! Won’t you consider backing us?
Keep your internet dial locked right here for more creator profiles!
I’m pretty proud of this creator spotlight—and of all of Maple Key's fabulous backers for getting us just shy of the halfway point in only a week!
If you haven’t already, think about putting a couple of bucks into the ol’ MK hat! This is going to be an awesome and hopefully pretty important magazine!
Also, I make the gifs for the creator spotlights and I feel like they look pretty snazzy. What’s your take?