by BK Munn
Look Straight Ahead, the first graphic novel by Saskatchewan’s Elaine M. Wil, will be distributed in print form for Fall 2013 by Cupertino, California-based Alternative Comics, run by publisher Marc Arsenault. Originally serialized online, the comic was among the last to win a Xeric grant, shortly before the prizes were discontinued a year ago. Advanced copies of the graphic novel, whose subject is mental illness, will be available at TCAF.
According to a press release, The final Xeric grants were handed out in May 2012. One of the very last books to be released from that batch is Look Straight Ahead by Elaine M. Will; and it will be distributed through Alternative Comics. This is an astounding debut graphic novel from this young Canadian artist. DC Comics’ writer Gail Simone says of the book, “Look Straight Ahead is the comic I didn’t know I couldn’t live without”.
The publisher also plans to debut the anthology Alternative Comics #4 at TCAF showcasing a David Lasky feature by Inkstuds’ host Robin McConnelland comics by Theo Ellsworth (The Understanding Monster) & Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Sam Alden (Eighth Grade), James Kochalka (SuperF*ckers), Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle), Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo), Grant Snider (Incidental Comics), Alex Schubert (Blobby Boys), Andy Ristaino (Adventure Time), and Allison Cole (Never Ending Summer).
05.Jul.2012 Final Slate of Xeric Grant Winners Announced
2 Canadians Among Grant Recipients
by BK Munn
The final slate of winners of the Xeric Grant, the comic book self-publishing prize established in 1992 by Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird, have been announced.
As Laird announced last year, this is the last group of grants to receive funding ever from the Xeric Foundation before it shuts down permanently, having given out over $2 million to young cartoonists in a 20-year period.
Among the 17 winners this last time around, are two Canadians. Shih-Mu Dino Pai and Elaine M. Will.
Vancouver art teacher and self-confessed Ninja Turtle fan Shih-Mu Dino Pai won for his first graphic novel Dear Beloved Stranger. You can see a promotional video of the book here and a sample of Dino’s comics work here.
Saskatchewan-based Elaine M. Will won for her graphic novel Look Straight Ahead, which Will describes as “a real-life drama about mental illness, loosely based on my own experience during autumn of 2002.”
With this book, Will is “attempting to explore, as realistically as possible, all the situations that go along with this: What does it mean to be “crazy?” What are some of the stigmas associated with mental illness? What are some of the negative side effects of antidepressants and other medications?”
The book has been serialized as individual issues and online. currently Elaine is posting pages or chapter 6 so there’s quite a lot to take in.
21.Jun.2012 Hey Kids, Comics!
Oh no, i’ve put this off too long,
my bookmarks have had babies!
Ok, gona plow right through them….
First, those clever canucks, Troy Little & Nick Cross
are launching Angora Napkin
online with a “Nation Wide” lunch party Eh?
Begins July 1st! ha ha!
Even have some fireworks planed.
Check out the Angora Napkin pilot for Teletoon,
to get an idea of the craziness to look forward too!
Leading up to that,
there are many Comic Jams!
Join the doodle.
Also the Ottawa Comic Jam has a new blog.
Brian mentioned this next thing in the C-list,
Kate posted her first magazine gig,
a nice one for The Walrus.
You can get it as a print too I hear.
Next is J.Duncan, and his strip “Mine”
I can’t say I agree with him on this,
but given my involvement and bias
when it comes to the local Student conflicts,
I thought I’d give the other side some time.
Check his site for the notes!
France’s Boulet posted another incredible comic,
about the most shredding pizza ever. Read this now!
Ty had a few intersting posts
for Bun Toons over
the last few weeks.
One about Before Watchmen,
and one about his father,
Wanted to include it after I saw
Bryan’s Lou Skuce Summer reading post.
Check out this weekly series
Magnet magazine is running
of the work of David Lester,
Musician and author of The listener!
The Mecca Normal guitarist
is visually documenting people,
places and events from his band’s
28-year run, with text by
vocalist Jean Smith.
And to round out this post,
“Down the Stairs”,
the cartoonists daily ritual
as depicted by Seth
in one of his sketchbooks.
Published first in the September 2008 issue of the Walrus.
The image links to the essay it accompanies
archived online and a zoomable version of this page.
05.Jun.2012 Hey Kids! Comics #45
Ah, comics comics comics. Yes.
Trying to get inspired to work on my own, looking at other peoples.
First something you should know about.
Aspen and DC Comics artist Oliver Nome was diagnosed with a brain tumour. His supporters are passing the hat here for help paying for his surgery and after-care. A cancer survivor myself and the privileged beneficiary of our wonderful Canadian healthcare system, I can’t say more how important it was not to have to worry about making ends meet. Got stupid lucky, had savings to cover the months I was unable to work at full steam and there were no hospital bills to speak of whatsoever. If you can, make recovery as easy for Oliver. They take both paypal and credit cards.
Noted: Oliver’s friends are using indiegogo.com for their fund raiser.
With a few distinct differences, including the option to be used for charity like this, and keeping whatever amount you do raise, even if less than your goal, Indiegogo is essentially the same thing as Kickstarter. Though fewer, a number of comics are funding creation or publication using Indiegogo. All to point out this link, all the independent creators at the moment seeking support in Canada. Here’s a link showing those that have used it in the past or already surpassed their goals. Think I’ll try funding a RevolveЯ print run with them this year.
Lookseelisten: Nicholas Rombes posted an interesting review on oxfordamerican.org of EU artist Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae, which was reputedly drawn to Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s first album, F# A# ∞.
Funny on the youtube: Writing Comics 101 with Ricky Lima, Fearless Fred, and Adam Gorham: Silver Surfer. Check out their book Teuton on BSC.
Comics! BD!: Associated with FBDM this weekend, was the launch of the Collectif BD Montréal-Lyon. A transatlantic project that unites 24 authors from the cities of Montreal [Qc, Canada] and Lyon [franc]. Daily during the month of June 2012, the collective will post original stories on the theme of City. Here’s a selection of the art so far. The latest by Richard Suicide, is about our mutual corner market store… I don’t think he likes it.
Lots more of that to come, check back here daily for the latest this month.
31.May.2012 Hey Kids, Comix! #44 | Drawing unrest
Hey, day one of FBDM is tomorrow!
Catching up on my irregular web comics posting, here’s a bit of what i’ve been looking at.
For one thing, i’ve been looking at these varitions on 22 Frames That Always Work,
the Brunetti version popped up in my social network streams and led to the others.
From the serious to the silly to the pornographic, all have a lot to teach about formalism.
Comics are about change and transitions.
Many 22 panels work, any cartoonists reading this, what are your reliables?
Thinking about designing a class around this,
not unlike Matt Maiden’s 99 ways to tell a story exercise.
You might have heard there have been some protests around Montreal lately.
Here’s some comics being created in sympathy and response to the issues.
Yvon is recently returning from retirement, and has been drawing
and posting some very good cartoons on the subject of the strikes on his blog here.
Dstrbo, aka Montreal artist William Daniel Buller, posted this 7 year old cartoon
about the last time Charest clashed with students,
reminding us this is not a new story.
My old freind Niall Eccles has been quietly [or at least not telling me] posting comics on a site here,
some really fine work as always. He posted a few rifting on the theme of the protests recently starting here.
Matt and I both have contributed work along with many others in Montreal and Quebec city,
as well as further afar via the net, to a not quite top secret project by
À l’atelier la Maison de la bande dessinée de Montréal.
I was invited to join in as well as many more online.
The guys are busy assembling the art for une manif de bonhommes,
I’ll post an update when it’s live, for now
there’s just this small sample up of what’s been drawn.
Ok, the first official version of the site is up!
look now, here, the cartoonist’s casseroles. Manif de bonhommes!
This is the 3rd in a string of BD projects from la Maison de la bande dessinée de Montréal
built around showing sympathy with the student come social civil rights movement
taking hold here in Quebec.
Like the marches it is ment to be an ongoing and evolving Manifestation,
casseroles are meant to be added over time.
Check out the Facebook event page here for information if you wish to participate.
Here’s a template for marchers.
this was the 3rd action
of la Maison.
And here, in the form of a blog - La hausse en question.
Here’s a few excerpts I found posted on contributors sites from both books. Some really nice work in them.
This is a comic about talkin’ money with police in Montréal,
By Chloé Germain-Thérien, one of several posts on the strikes by her.
This is « J’entends quelqu’un qui se moque » by Jimmy Beaulieu. Ever the romantic. Click on the page bellow to read the full comic.
Cathon Chaton did this very nice and eloquent strip expressing the democracy of free expression. Click on the art to read the full comic…
And rounding out this protest oriented posts, as I mentioned
I took some time out of working on my web comic Dream Life,
to join in and render a bonhomme for the manif. I plan to do a few more…
Some of the other artists who participated. I didn’t have time to post art from every one involved here but recently been looking at their sites. So should you! Go now.
Cédric Plante, Guillaume Pelletier, Luc Bossé, Martin PM, Nicolas Lachapelle, Sophie Yanow, & Zviane!
Many if not all are associated with À l’atelier la Maison de la bande dessinée de Montréal. I think I’ll have to vid an visit sometime soon. Great space and people.
25.May.2012 The Jason Turner TCAF 2012 Comic
I missed this last week, posted May 17th. A Journal comic by snappy dressing cartoonist Jason Turner, about his TCAF 2012 experience - Jason is a man with hap, hap, happy feet! I tried as well to work up the steam to dance that night at Lee’s, also was my 90′s haunt, and the Dance Cave upstairs. Sadly the body would not abide, 4 days of walking all over the city had done me in. But Jason does not give himself enough credit! That man dove in with great gusto! I saw him hit the boards more than once! He he. Nice comic, go read and then check out his other stuff!
Saw this in Toronto two weeks ago, was struck by what a good idea it was, old school.
And that i don’t know of a lot of web comics that have done it!
For sure the Rock and Roll camp sexy pin up photo is always genius for grabbing attention.
Comic fans will notice she’s reading a comic,
everyone will notice that she’s doing it dressed in a bath.
All kinds of good WTF guerilla advertising tactics going on here.
And having a hansom and intriguing web comic be
on the other end of it when you look it up online? …love.
Fooshwa is a web comic antholagy project by John Little, or ”jOHn”.
It also appears to have full film like credits, production and special thanks…
Going to be back there for TCAF, think i’ll take my stapler.
Tip of the hat to jOHn, sir, for the inspiration.
Was going to post this with the last Hey Kids, but forgot so it gets it’s own feature!
The first story up looks really good, i’ve read parts of it in fractions leanding to
a surreal post apocalypse like impression, set in the united provinces? Are those zombies…?
so i’m going to refrain from saying what I think of story till i’ve read it properly!
But I’ll say this, I think I like it already. No presure jOHn.
21.Apr.2012 Hey Kids! comics!
Oh my, it’s been a busy spring. Sanity is almost in sight, but I’m currently planing to probably undue that and go to Toronto in a couple of weeks for TCAF. Hey did you know Megabuss is having a seat sale now? Good cheep way to get there. Not going to be tabling I think, no new books – check out the RAID studio gang in the same spot as Transmission X has been in past years – I could sell prints but you know I just want to go see the show for myself this year. Taking in the sights and recording some of it for the site here.
Oh and yes, I think i’ve mentioned it already but also there is not going to be a pulp edition this year, just don’t have enough human resources on hand to make it this time. Think you will see something in print again but only when we can do it right.
So all to say, don’t be surprised if my comics posts like this continue to be erratic in the near future.
Lots of talk about boycotts and ethics, and being a moderate I often find myself in the hairs between absolutes.
I just found this, going to go read it next – a set of scanns of a a keynote speech by Frank Miller to Diamond Comic distributors retailers seminar,
June 12th, 1994. That should be interesting.
Any who, this is about comics, not blogs about comics!
Ty posted this pointed strip for BunToons today
about the whole creators rights and dastardly publishers
and court cases and IPs, with the qualifier of
“CAUTION: Satire and irony ahead”.
…I thought it made a good additional note
to this series of Burning Itch cartoons
from Richard Pace. In order of appearance,
Also political, but less bellybutton comics related, Colin Upton posted a few old cartoons on G+ including this one. He wrote “These are cartoons I did for Degrowth Vancouver, a local free paper devoted to slowing down rampant developement. Political caricature is not something I do often (indeed I was asked to “tone down” the orginial drawing I did of mayor Robertson) but I gave it a shot. The paper also includes cartoons by rabble rousers Ted Dave, Andy Singer & Julian Lawrence! And it’s free”
And now for something more casual,
also the west coast.
Jason Turner posted
a new bit of True Loves 3…
…oh, well. Hmmm. Ok how about this,
something from that other J.Turner, James Turner? The one in Toronto?
He recently started a new Max Zing strip at Drunk Duck. This is the 5th…
“Fun to attempt the strip format.
One, two, three, zing(er).”
New Digital Book!
Marrowbones, by Eric Orchard. Just released digitally, issue #1 clocks in at 47 pages for a scant 2$.
The tale is a horror book aimed at kids that has been an idea for some time in the head the author!
Here is an interviews, a review, something short from Eric they call an essay…?
and some peeks at the art pulled from all over.
Looks pretty good! Hope it sells well for him,
this is a special close to the hart kind of project!
Also have high hopes for the whole digital sales factor myself…
…so go, support Eric and read your kids a scary bed time story!
Benchmarks are good.
Last bit i’ll add is one for me too,
Dream Life has reached 100 pages! yay!
ok, that’s it for now!
10.Apr.2012 Mortimer the Slug
05.Apr.2012 The 10th Prix Expozine
The Expozine 10th Awards Gala was held April 4, 2012, 8 p.m., @Le Divan Orange, 4234 Saint-Laurent.
Featuring Simon Paquet as MC, readings by Jean-Pierre Tremblay and Jese Gordon and ended with a great dance party performance by Montreal’s premier synth showman, Super Fossil Power!
The Expozine Alternative Press Awards recognize the best publications that were on display at the Expozine small press fair in the fall of 2011.
Prologue, Jonathan Reid Sévigny
An exquisitely printed zine of large-format colour drawings, huge tableaus of characters and scenes that are simultaneously cute and violent, surreal and storybook plain. You could look at each one for hours wondering what the heck they’re supposed to mean – the unicorns, the gallows, the mermaids, the guillotines, the corner dépanneur as some sort of fairy oasis. Stunning.
HONOURABLE MENTION (TIE):
Jese Gordon’s Korea deserves an honourable mention as a superbly presented literary zine. The semi-transparent mylar pages complement the almost voyeuristic feel of the texts.
The zine Drop Target from Vermont gets its honourable mention for excellence as a real “old school” type zine: by and for fans of pinball, yet with a good enough presentation and variety of content (essays, reviews, comics etc.) that non-fans would enjoy it as well.
You Are A Cat! by Sherwin Tjia
This book takes a premise that possibly shouldn’t work and works it beautifully in every direction. From teenage lesbian suicides to psychopathic killers- with fresh cream, naps and feline sex in between – as you ‘pick your own plot’ this book provides genuine insight into what it actually might feel like to be a cat.
Rilly has a fully developed graphic and storytelling style of his own in this highly existential series.
Impossible voyage, Celine Huyghebaert
Petite collection de pensées à la fois nostalgiques et autoréflexives entourant un voyage d’une certaine Louisa-Nar sur des cartes d’identification de bagages. Chaque petite carte d’embarcation est sérigraphiée en noir et blanc. Objet d’art finement assemblé et numéroté. À méditer!
MENTION SPECIAL FANZINE FRANCOPHONE:
Salade de crudités” de Boris Paillard, ouvrage de collaboration entre la poésie de Paillard et différents illustrateurs tous plus incroyables les uns que les autres. Tout le livre est sérigraphié d’où son incroyable authenticité tant au niveau de la texture que de la couleur. Flamboyant, pertinent. Bravo!
Typographie inusuelle, Marc Pantanella, Éditions L’Oie de Cravan et Finitude
D’abord pour la beauté de l’ouvrage, la maquette de couverture, le papier, la qualité d’impression puis ensuite pour l’humour surprenant, bon enfant et réjouissant qui nous pousse de page en page.
BANDE DESSINÉE FRANCOPHONE
Boumeries, volume 1, par Boum (Samantha Leriche-Gionet), auto-publication
Des petits moments du quotidien empreints d’humour, racontés avec candeur et spontanéité. Le dessin, expressif à souhait, illustre le tout de façon très efficace sous forme de strips qui font plaisir à lire.
03.Feb.2012 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS : CARTE BLANCHE 15
There is more than one way to tell a story.
Carte Blanche would like to know how you would!
There’s no theme for this issue, it’s wide open. There is a small honorarium, and you retain all rights to your work.
Stories can be 1 to 25 pages long – If you want to hit us up with something longer write first before submitting. We accept original submissions through our online submission form. See here for instructions. If you have problems using our submission form, please send us an email.
For comics/graphic fiction, we’ll consider work that has been published in a limited venue, say on your personal blog or via a small press local/regional publication. Work that has not had wide exposure.
For an idea of our editor’s taste [that would be me, max douglas aka Salgood Sam.] check out the last few stories we’ve published. Stories by Daniel Ha, Ainsley Olsen, James Romberger, Shannon Wheeler, Nina Bunjevac, Mara Sternberg, & Dustin Harbin!
15.Jan.2012 Hey kids, Comix!
Damn it’s cold out today.
It’s sad to see the old lady go. I had been wanting to paint them a new sign at some point.
For the next while i’m going to tour their list of can-con web comics and post some of the highlights. First sessions is in the ‘A’s, starting with…
Along with other doodles he puts up a new strip roughly Every second Monday.
That guy is prolific! Damn you DeForgeeeee!
He also organises the 48 hour comics international festival
and leads the St-Hubert workshop; French language comics classes held in Montreal.
And that’s it for today.
As always have a look at my own comic Dream life,
i’ve set up a new site for it with improved navigation to make reading easier.
And now for a comic moment of zen:
10.Jan.2012 Call for submissions : Carte Blanche 15
There is more than one way to tell a story. Carte Blanche would like to know how you would
We’re taking submissions now for the spring issue. The submission deadline is March 1st - for publication in May.
There’s no theme for this issue, it’s wide open. Stories can be 1 to 25 pages long – If you want to hit us up with something longer write first before submitting.
We accept original, previously unpublished submissions through our online submission form ONLY.
For comics/graphic fiction, we’ll consider work that has been published in a limited venue, say on your personal blog or via a small press local/regional publication. Work that has not had wide exposure.
For an idea of our editor’s taste [that would be me] check out the last few stories we’ve published. Stories by Daniel Ha, Ainsley Olsen, James Romberger, Shannon Wheeler, Nina Bunjevac, Mara Sternberg, & Dustin Harbin.
Last issue we had a really strong batch of stories submitted, looking forward to what people send in this time!
07.Jan.2012 carte blanche 14 Graphic Fiction
Bit late posting about this, carte blanch 14 has been live for a little while now already, i have not gotten it together to post the runner ups from the submissions like i have previously.
They’re worth it, some very strong submissions for this issue – thanks everyone!
I’ve just been too busy and disorganized to get it done yet. I will, later this month. But in the meantime you should check out our selected stories for this issue.
We had a loose theme this issue, Obsessions.
That and much more in carte blance 14 | the on-line lit journal you didn’t know you didn’t know about. Lots of surprisingly good stuff.
04.Jan.2012 Hey kids, Stardate: [-28] 06065.00
Welcome to the future! Da da-da-Dah!
Hmm, so what say’s ye wise pontificators,
have ye some non-predictions about comics in 2012?
Strategies for the attack?
Perhaps some history to learn from lest we repeat?
A vital new ethos to live by?
Oh good, all arranged then.
So it looks like Richard has gotten the political cartoning bug eh? This one has teeth.
Kate is inspired by vintage illustrations again.
This short story by Vera Brosgol is amazing.
I have had many days like this one depicted by Boulet!
I was just introduced to Ruffle Hall by Rebecca Clements, looks fun!
Well, we’re of to a decent start.
Here’s my two bits, the last thing I posted before the new year,
A story out of Popgun 4, and page 93 of Dream Life
This editorial comic reflecting I’m sure most discerning reader’s feelings on it, is care of Richard Pace.
22.Oct.2011 Hey Kids, Comix, by John Martz!
Living not far from the big O, this made me laugh.
18.Oct.2011 Hey Kids, Comics!
I’ve been a fan of Simon Roy’s since reading Jan’s Atomic Heart. His stuff is always amazing, I was really proud to include his short story ‘GOOD BUSINESS’ in the 2011 SEQUENTIAL PULP . Saw this via Jason Copland, Simon has teemed up with Brandon Graham to revive, wait for it - Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios title Prophet. I know what you might be thinking, but check out this 7 page preview on comicsalliance.com!