SPX is right around the corner, and Maple Key Comics is getting ready!
You can find SO MANY contributors around SPX, especially in the L block:
Adam Whittier - L5A
John Carvajal, Jonathan Rotsztain, Rebecca Roher - K3
Jon Chad - W53-55
Laurel Holden - L7A
Laurel Lynn Leake - L7B
Luke Howard - L5A (Ignatz nominee!)
Niel Brideau - C8
Nicole J Georges - N3A
Rachel Dukes - L9
Sasha Steinberg - L6B
Sophie Goldstein - C6 (Ignatz nominee!)
Happy convention everyone!
Was invited to take part in the Comics Writing Blog tour by redinkradio!
I wrote about finding ideas in books, allowing plots to accrue around concepts, feeling weird about most of fantasy’s rather blithe treatment of class, etc., etc. Have a read, won’t you?
Traced some celebrity cryfaces in an afternoon of delirious schadenfreude. Can you name them all?
I don’t know if I ever mentioned this to you, tumblr, but I run a trivia night in Hanover on Tuesdays. Here’s a poster about it!
Fresh new Maple Key Comics in the shop!
I might be preaching to the choir here, but let me tell you folks a little bit about Maple Key Comics via the official press release. (Bold emphasis: mine.)
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Maple Key Comics issue two. Maple Key Comics is a bimonthly comics anthology featuring the work of indie comics notables, combining the eclectic appeal of manga monthlies like Shonen Jump with the edgy aesthetics of minicomics.
The inaugural issue of Maple Key Comics debuted at MoCCA 2014 and included indie cartoonists: Jon Chad (Leo Geo), Sasha Steinberg (Stonewall, Queerotica), Sophie Goldstein (Best American Comics 2013), and Rachel Dukes (Adventure Time, Garfield), among many other up-and-coming indie cartoonists.
The June/July installment of Maple Key Comics is a packed 268-pages, available in print ($15) and digital ($6) formats via the Maple Key Comics website. This second issue includes stories by indie comics vetrans: Jon Chad, Sophie Goldstein, Sasha Steinberg, Nicole Georges; Center for Cartoon Studies graduates: Bill “Billage” Bedard, Laurel Holden, Luke Howard, Josh Lees, Joyana McDiarmid, Dan Rinylo, Iris Yan, Laurel Lynn Leake, Carl Antonowicz, Adam Whittier; and many more.
Maple Key Comics is independently produced, printed, and distributed by Center for Cartoon Studies alum and 2014 Expozine winner Joyana McDiarmid. The first two issues of Maple Key Comics were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in February 2014. For full solicitation and ordering information, visit www.maplekeycomics.com
Maple Key is one of my favourite ongoing anthologies out there. I recently went up to MeCAF to help promote it and was completely honest in my pitch, saying ”[Maple Key] has tomorrows cartoonists superstars, today!”
The first two issues were funded by Kickstarter but, starting now, the book will need to be self-sustaining, with the sales of issues one and two to pay for three, then three for four and so on. If you want to get in on the ground floor of something wonderful, or if you simply want to read nearly 300 pages of some wonderful freaking comics, you should totally go check out Maple Key Comics #2. You won’t regret it!
YEAH YEAH YEAH
Maple Key Comics contributor and PR manager Carl Antonowicz( thulsadude) draws intense, dark, and generally pretty grim comics. His story in our second issue starts off at a witch burning—and that’s the most cheerful part of the narrative.
Antonowicz’s work in “A Sickness…” is marked by the heaviest of spot blacks set off by areas of painstakingly intricate detail. His storytelling is taut, suspenseful, and will very likely unsettle a few readers—which, he tells us, is what keeps his black little heart beating.
Maple Key Comics Issue 2 is coming out next month—you should preorder while supplies last!
Cannibal in a Cave: People who popped by the table at MoCCA may have seen this little 8-pager. It’s a poem I wrote about being pissed off at the internet.
BAM, it’s an interview with CCS alumna and fantastic illustrator Katherine Roy!
Katherine is one of the nicest people around and draws amazing SHARKS. We talked about her research trip to Kenya for her upcoming book about elephants.
In 1990 Jim Davis wrote a garfield comic where the punchline is JON ARBUCKLE ATE DOG CUM.
I just need people to know.
It is with good reason that Jim Davis is so revered as a writer of class and talent.
Obviously, I’ve not been doing the Daily Daemons for a while, but I wonder—would any of y’all be interested in buying a book collecting the first half of them—in GLORIOUS FULL COLOR?
Or should maybe I wait till I have them all done?
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.