STAFF PICKS :: PROBLEMATIC: SKETCHBOOK DRAWINGS 2004-2012 :: JANUARY 9, 2013

January 04, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: PROBLEMATIC: SKETCHBOOK DRAWINGS 2004-2012: I could have justifiably written about the start of artist James Harren’s new B.P.R.D. series (subtitled The Abyss of Time), or Tom Kaczynski’s Beta Testing the Apocalypse – fans of indie, political or analogy-filled comics should give this one a look.¬† However, I saw Fantagraphics’ preview of this new sketchbook from Frank artist Jim Woodring, and it quickly jumped to the top of my buy pile.¬† If you know Woodring, you know he’s a master of imaginative, bizarre, often wordless comics.¬† What I didn’t know, was that Woodring fills up Moleskine sketchbooks on a monthly basis.¬† Everything from stream of conscious excursions, life drawings, crazy new character designs and loose thumbnails find their way into Woodring’s sketchbooks.¬† Admittedly, this book might be best suited for the process hounds among us, but Woodring’s eclectic art is well worth seeking out for the uninitiated as well.

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NOW READ THIS :: INDIE SELECTIONS

September 04, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Now Read This!

Super hero comics are fine.¬† Lots of us started with them, and lots of us still enjoy the occasional cape-centric yarn.¬† Still, there’s a big chunk of readers who¬†grow¬†stagnant with¬†recycled storylines and event gimmicks and want something different.¬†¬†Sometimes I feel like there’s a social or¬†psychological barrier that keeps¬†super hero readers from dipping their toes in the Indie section (and vice versa).¬† I’m here to¬†let you know it’s entirely okay to¬†read a diversity of¬†genres.¬† It’s¬†healthy to¬†like a little bit of everything, and¬†that variety keeps you from¬†getting burnt out on any single type of comic.¬†¬†So with that said, here are a few examples from the plethora of well-crafted stories waiting for you in the Indie/Literature section in the back corner of our store.

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