July 28, 2004 My Small Press Picks from CCI 2004
One of my favorite things about Comic Con is finding the up-and-comers of sequential art. I probably never would have discovered Bone, Small Favors and Finder if I hadn’t come across them at Con.
Here are my discoveries for this year, in no particular order:
Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, classic fairy tales with a noir spin. Max (who might be one of the three pigs) has been hired to recover Little Bo Peep’s herd in The Big Sheep. “In a burg called Storybookland. A magical place where dreams come true, wishes are fulfilled and everybody lives happily ever after. Or so they want ya to think.” The binding resembles a children’s book (inside the cover is a bookplate with “This Book Belongs to” and an empty space for your name)
By Frank Cammuso
Daisy Kutter : The Last Train a sci-fi/western about a woman gunslinger who can’t quite get the hang of retirement. A very well drawn black and white book. Only the first issue but it’s off to a great start.
By Kazu Kibuishi at Viper Comics
theater of the meek I don’t think I’ve ever read a comic with so many little tug-at-the-heart-strings moments. This one issue has eight stories each one to sixteen pages long. Unfortunately, the creators site (Ice World Press) is down right now which will make keeping tabs on this talented girl more difficult.
By Robyn Chapman
video plays with the connection between religion and media. What if Jesus came back as a sight gag from Late Night? If he puts as much work into the comic as he did on his website he should have no problems hitting the deadlines.
By Stephen R. Buell
Styx Taxi, A Little Twilight Music three stories by two writers who I livejournal-know via
By Steven Goldman, Dan Goldman, Elizabeth Genco, Leland Purvis and Rami Efal from FWD Books
Take-Out I picked up the first in this series of mini-comics. It’s a few cute little slice-of-life comic strips which might be autobiographical.
By Raina Telgemeier
TEEN BOAT! “The ANGST of being a teen- the THRILL of being a boat!” I can’t add anything to that. An odd and well produced mini.
By John Green and Dave Roman, Available at Realmsend.com
A Naturalist’s Guide to Art School I fell in love with a girl named Spike. Unfortuneatly, she lives in Chicago and she’s married. But, I’m willing to move and “eliminate” her husband. We will be together someday.
In the meantime I’ll be following her webcomics Lucus + Odessa and Sparkneedle.
The Naturalist’s Guide is a very funny look at eight art student archetypes and what they do when they’re not not hitting deadlines.
By Spike who is part of the girlamatic syndicate.
Horus even if I didn’t like everything Egypt I would like this book. It’s a story about living Egypt which we don’t get to see very often. The artist has one of the most expressive cartooning styles that I’ve ever seen and I had to buy all three issues right there.
By Johane Matte at Ruff Toon [link is for future reference]
This was a list of nine little comics that should get more attention.