Big Ugly by Ellice Weaver.

Ellice Weaver’s forthcoming book, Big Ugly, is a post coming of age comedy drama. Follow Mel as she deals with life, ruts, family expectations, and the complexities of adult sibling relationships.

Weaver comes from an illustration background. I suppose it shows. Mattisse or Gauguin as filtered through Marie Clare? Whatever, totes gorge. She also never falls into the trap, common to some with a history in illustration, of treating comics as a series of static set pieces.

Big Ugly by Ellice Weaver. Hardcover. 128 Pages. Full Colour. Avery Hill Publishing. Ships in May. Available for Pre-order.

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Preview: Baby by Patrick Kyle.

Patrick Kyle’s series of self published Baby comics are set to be collected in a single 144 page volume by Breakdown Press. Kyle is so good at dealing with big-strange ideas in the most engagingly absurd way. This time around, he tackles the recurring twists and squeezes of the human(?) life cycle. 

Baby by Patrick Kyle. 160 x 200mm. 144 pages. Offset printed. Softcover. Available March 24th. Pre-orders open.

Thanks to Mr. Kyle and the good people at Breakdown, here’s a preview. ↓

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Alt Comics #9: But is it…Comic Aht? #4, Machine Detective + News & Links.

But is it…Comic Aht? #4

The fourth issue of Austin English and August Lipp’s intermittent magazine of comics culture, But is it…Comic Aht?, is due for dropping sometime in April (or thereabouts).

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August Lipp

Unsurprisingly, given the names behind it, But is it…Comic Aht? is a periodical with a purpose and a lot of thought behind it.

To quote Mr. English:

In starting a new print magazine about comics, it’s my hope that some ideas and conversations might be preserved with an ounce of the dignity that the mediums art offers. Online criticism and discussion is important, but fades away extremely quickly and seems driven by argument rather than reflection. Early issues of The Comics Journal offered quiet pages for artists to study, piecing together the practices and ideas of favorite artists in lengthy interviews. After a month of thinking about what a cartoonist said in a discussion, some debate of those ideas would appear in the next months letter column. The weight  of a cartoonists words could be digested, embraced, rejected and most importantly THOUGHT about, rather then reacted to. 

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Chaia Startz

Issue #4 is set to feature original comics and art, as well as written pieces, long form interviews, et cetera. Including: covers by August Lipp and Mollie Goldstrom, comics by David King, Victor Cayro, Chaia Stratz, John Mejias, a long interview with Chris Cilla by Tim Goodyear, a feature on David Lasky by Megan Kelso, and lots more besides.

Yes, please.

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John Mejias

But is it…Comic Aht? #4, edited by Austin English and August Lipp. $8, 72 pages, newsprint, 8.5″ x 11″.

Pre-order now at Domino:

The Machine Detective by Dustin and Nick Holland.

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The Machine Detective: A Friendly Wager is a heart-warming comedic tale of murder, mystery and dystopia, the outcome of an art and printmaking collaboration between brothers Dustin and Nick Holland. Writing for TCJ, Ryan Carey called it “…a comic absolutely bristling with creative energy and intent…” And so it is.

The second edition, I’m told, is selling out quickly.

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Who says punk’s dead?

The Machine Detective: A Friendly Wager by Dustin and Nick Holland. 60 pages. 8.5″ x 11″. Black and White interiors with color covers. Handmade.

News & Links

The Rust Belt Review is accepting submissions for Volume 6.

Golden Record by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell opens for pre-order on Silver Sprocket.

Nate Garcia’s Plum Pocket is dropping within the next 24 hours and includes a one page painting by Simon Hanselmann.

Read Consumption and Transformation by Jason Novak on TCJ.

The Centre for Cartoon Studies opens applications for Cornish Residency Fellowship.

Kate Beaton (Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands) interviewed on BBC radio.

Silver Sprocket releases list of their top 200 selling indie titles of 2022.

Quimby’s Feb Newsletter.

Los Bros Hernandez interviewed on Broken Frontier.

Another Comics Daze with Lars Ingebrigtsen.

Uncivilized Books newsletter.


Desperate Measures by M.S. Harkness reviewed on Optical Sloth.

Supplement by Ben Cherry reviewed on Optical Sloth.

Revenge of the Librarians by Tom Gauld on TCJ.

Forget my Name by Zerocalcare, translated by Carla Roncalli Di Montorio reviewed on TJC.

Tedward Classic Moves by Josh Pettinger & Simon Hanselmann reviewed by Ryan Carey.

Ashling Larkin’s Estrela d’Oeste on Broken Frontier.

Drew Lerman’s Tales of Old Snake Creek reviewed by Ryan Carey.

Maus Now: Selected Writing, edited by Hillary Chute reviewed by the Guardian.


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Alt Comics: Rich Tommaso, Clusterfux Comix #5 + News & Links.

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Black Phoenix Vol. 1 by Rich Tommaso

Black Phoenix is, at its core, a contemporary comics magazine featuring original characters and stories of various comics genres—all dreamed up by its sole author, Rich Tommaso. Don’t be fooled by the pseudonyms inside—he changes names as often as drawing styles. But, the magazine is also like a walk through comics history itself. Each volume of these golden age, pulp styled digest anthologies is headed up by a long-form comics adventure which is backed up by a bunch of short-form comics—all in the same genre or flavor.

Black Phoenix Vol. 1 by Rich Tommaso. 136pages. Color. Due 28th Feb 2023. Pre-orders available at various online retailers.

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Clusterfux Comix #5

The fifth issue of Cameron Hatheway’s Clusterfux Comix anthology is out now, including a sheet of Flippitoons trading cards designed by James Fletcher.

Contributors: James Fletcher, Alex Daikaiju, Miguel Elias Aguilar, Umberto Tonella, Catalina Rufín, Samuel Cleggett, Tanha Comics, Dylan Henty, Dave Neeson, J. Webster Sharp, Cameron Zavala, Jason Covelli, Ryan King, mattchee, Isaac Roller, Anthony Aiuppy, Jacob Fleming, Charlie Sisemore, Cameron Hatheway.

Clusterfux Comix #5. 156 pages. B&W. 8.5″x11″.

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News & Links

Fantagraphics’s Tits & Clits 1972-1987 gets good pre-release press from Publisher’s Weekly.

John Porcellino’s King Cat #82 reviewed on Optical Sloth.

Liv Stromquist’s The Reddest Rose reviewed on AIPT.

Tessa Brunton’s Notes From A Sickbed reviewed on Solrad.

Ho Che Anderson interview on CBR.

Fantagraphics Feb releases.

New Cartoonist Cooperative spearheaded by Sloane Leong and others soft launches with newsletter.

If you’re near Seattle on Feb 20th: Drawn & Quarterly at the 2023 Winter Institute.

Peter K Rostovsky’s debut graphic novel, Damnation Diaries, is now available for pre-order @ Uncivilized + Barnes & Noble/Amazon/Target.

Read Party Downer by Gemma Correll on NIB.

Brooklyn’s Last Secret by Leslie Stein extract from D&Q.

New Chris Cilla T-shirt. Limited quantity. Hot stuff.

Daily drawing from Cilla’s Patreon.


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Alt Comics #1.3: Marvels of Fauna, Maggie Umber + News & Links.

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Marvels of Fauna by Marieeve Ariey-Bonnet

In a town ravaged by a neurological disease, Fanny Fontanel, an emotionally blunted social worker, begins to experience bizarre physical symptoms that mimic her patients’ feelings. With the help of her sister and a dead woman’s memoirs, she must find the cause of her ailment before the damage to her body becomes irreversible.

Social realism meets off-kilter, ominous horror. Wonderful.

40pgs. Available via Amazon.

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Process with Maggie Umber

Maggie Umber is currently hard at work using scratchboard to color Bunworld, her new graphic novel. According to Umber, Bunworld is the story of a baker, a pipe smoking snake and a runaway birthday bun named—wait for it—Bun. The baker and the snake decide to bake a cake for Bun, but have no idea what cake tastes like, adventure ensues.

It all sounds dizzyingly existential to me.

Ms. Umber has graciously allowed us to share a few Bunworld process photos from her Patreon. Since the work is still at least a year away from publication, it’s probably a good time to sign up to the Patreon account in question, support a staggeringly talented voice in art comics, and follow Bunworld as it develops. Tiered benefits also include blog posts, pdf downloads and discounts.

And so we present to you, Bunworld in progress….

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News & Links

Andrew White begins serializing his work-in-progress adaptation of 12 Italo Calvino stories via newsletter.

This is an interesting project for a couple of reasons. 1) Italo Calvino (the late Italian novelist), has cited E.C. Segar’s Popeye cartoons as an influence on his storytelling and narrative style, and 2) In his short story The Origin of the Birds, Calvino explicitly asks the reader to imagine panels and other plays on cartoon formalism as they read.

So, if there ever was an author ripe for reverse engineered admiration from a cartoonist of Andrew White’s calibre, Italo Calvino is it, surely.

Anyway, you can catch up on White’s first instalment here and then join his mailing list here to read the rest as they become available.

Check it out. Original Comic Art for sale.

Drawn and Quarterly Fall Catalog.

In case you missed it: Back in November, Bhanu Pratap (the cartoonist behind Dear Mother) began serializing his second comic, Afternoon Pockets, on Instagram and Substack. The Substack version is running uncensored. Part one posted so far.

Fantagraphics’s NOW #12 anthology due out 24 Feb 2023.

Four new titles from kuš! coming Feb 23rd.

Floyd Tangeman (A.K.A. Deadcrow) deals with criticism. (Sound up.)


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