Sunday Morning Review of Books...
Well, at least an overview
of some recent and upcoming publications that may be of interest to some of you.
An opening morning thought (compliments of HomeyM
, thanks, Homey
!):"The creative process is a process of waiting, trusting, acting, it has a deep wisdom, if we will surrender to it. The power of the unconscious rises to the page. It can be frightening. It is difficult. But it is in the vitality of this struggle between the writer and the word that we can create transformative work. Each book I have written has transformed me in the process. I write myself to the other side of my question..."
- Terry Tempest Williams
This past Friday, Charlito
and Mister Phil of the popular podcast venue Indie Spinner Rack
visited the Center for Cartoon Studies
and interviewed yours truly at great length; that'll be online soon. As CCS
fellow faculty member Robyn Chapman
points out, Indie Spinner Rack
has been a great supporter of CCS
-- "they are donating half of the profits from their upcoming anthology to CCS,
says -- and they are excellent promoters. Charlito
is also a fellow XQB
graduate), and it so happens we first met and he was a student there when I visited the school and presented an early version of the ever-expanding Journeys Into Fear: A History of Horror Comics
slide show lecture.
Anyhoot, among the many things Charlito
and Mister Phil
grilled me about was "Why isn't there any new Bissette comics?
," a question touched upon ad infinitum
here from time to time. Which leads me to this morning's subject: My work appears in a number of new comics and books! Here's a quick review of those goodies, now out and/or about to hit the shelves:
* Rick Veitch
's King Hell Press
's new anthology Shiny Beasts
; for more relevant info, memories and details, and a peek at the story and artwork I had a hand in that appears in this anthology, check out this previous blog posting,and this one,and then there's this, too! All worth visiting or revisiting.Best of all, though, is Rick's own preview section he's posted online, here!
* The latest issue of Bob McLeod
's magazine Rough Stuff
#4 features an illustrated overview of some of my Swamp Thing
pencils, with insights by yours truly, and best of all a lengthy illustrated interview with my venerable amigo and fellow Swamp Thing
vet John Totleben
. Pick it up, and pronto -- it's on the shelves now, or you can order your copy immediately at the TwoMorrows publisher website.
I wrote about this issue on the blog hereand here, including art, links, etc. of interest and delivering some immediate gratification and eye-candy delights.
* So much for vintage Bissette -- there's new stuff, too. here's the upcoming (shipping in May!
) Accent UK Zombies
anthology, for which I drew a cover, some interior spot illustrations, and completed a brand-new four-page Edward-Gorey
like humor piece working with my son Daniel Bissette
, which I first announced here,discussed at some length here,blathered more about with this post,and provided bios for the anthology's fellow contributors here.
also features some stories and art by Center for Cartoon Studies
students is a plus in my book, too!
I'm not sure if this anthology is going to make it over to the US, so best you check out the Accent UK site and see about ordering your copy online, just in case.
I'll be posting more info, links, and tidbits on Zombies
-- and the planned US followup, featuring much all-new work (including new material by yours truly!) -- later this coming month and spring. Keep your eye on this blog!
* In stores right now is the third (and, alas, final) issue of Mark Martin
's most recent anthology Runaway Comics which prints the complete version of "Blog Opera," the amazing story featuring me, Steve Bissette, trying to rescue my friend Mike Dobbs's severed head, which I previewed here
(lifting the images from Mark Martin
's marvelous blog "Jabberous
," which is forever linked on the menu at your immediate right), and which places me at last in the Brain That Wouldn't Die
pantheon I secretly forever longed to belong to.
Thanks, Mark! Do I give head as well as I take head? You'll have to buy Runaway Comics
#3 to find out!
I also have a teeny, tiny li'l drawing that's part of Mark
's eye-popping back cover painting, and you can find out the secrets of this back cover painting here, including my part in it -- scroll down the menu at the left Mark has created, and click on the contribution by everyone Mark invited to "come draw with me!" (which is also covered -- pun intended -- in the pages of Runaway Comics #3)!
So, don't hesitate, run right out today and pick up your copy of Runaway Comics
#3! While you're at it, get Runaway Comics
#1 and 2, too -- all great, fun reading -- and all available here, where you can also preview every issue as well, right now.
Check 'em out, and tell Mark
I sent you.
* I've also written the introductions for two new graphic novel collections -- one a partial reprint extensively revised and expanded into a whole new graphic novel, the other reprinting for the first time a seminal body of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
work by Michael Zulli
. Both, though, are well worth picking up, and pronto!If you scroll down a bit, you'll find my writeup of Michael Zulli's excellent TMNT: Soul's Winter here,and you can order a copy here (with Michael's exquisite & exclusive signed bookplate as a bonus)!
* The amazing new
graphic novel I proudly scribed an intro for is Rob Walton
's masterpiece Ragmop
, which doesn't "just" collect the existing pair of Ragmop
series from the mid-1990s -- don't believe those know-it-all online putzes and pundits who claim otherwise.
Ragmop, the book, is not a reprint edition -- Rob completely revised, revamped, redrew, rewrote, and expanded the whole into a complete, self-standing and mighty hilarious satiric epic that is hands-down one of my favorite graphic novels of all time!
Here's Rob's blog and site, always worth a visit (on a regular basis),and here's where you must immediately go and purchase a copy of Ragmop with the limited edition signed color bookplate -- no, right now. No excuses.
You think I refer to something as "my favorite graphic novel of all time
So, there. Some new Bissette
, some old Bissette
-- all in print now, and in comics shops and bookstores now.
Now, I personally
know how many of you did (and most of all how many didn't
) order my son Dan
's zine Hot Chicks Take Huge Shits
last year, with my first-ever all-new comic story of the Millennium
. A vast yawn greeted Dan
and I with that little wonder. There's a stack of 'em signed sitting here in the SpiderBaby
was so discouraged with the cosmic indifference to his first effort he damn near killed himself -- good thing I talked him down out of that tree. That's right -- and it would have been your fault
You don't really care whether I draw comics again, you just like to gripe about it, and expect me to post whatever I do online so you can dig it for free. Well, I'm on to your little game. I can just glance over at the huge stack remaining of Hot Chicks Take Huge Shits
and I know
So get out there, or just click your fucking mouses, and buy
the books and comics above. They're all great! I'll know if you did or didn't, bunky. Quit whining about my not doing anything and go buy 'em all
, or leave me alone!
On another matter all together, which Ragmop
creator Rob Walton
and I talked about during his visit here, and which Clan Apis
and The Sandwalk Adventure
creator (and biologist) Jay Hosler
had a lot to say about during his visit to CCS
, check out the comments on yesterday's blog posting for a lengthy comeback from Luke Przybylski
about this Easter blog posting, which I still stand by (your writing still played to the prejudices I noted, Luke).
I've replied in kind in the same comment thread, so check that out, too, and feel free to weigh in (and feel free to read the local article in this recent post, too -- scroll down past the Grindhouse writeup -- as followup; that goes for you, too, Luke!).
Happy to talk about it, if anyone wishes to.
______________________And this just in, Naomi Wolf's sobering Guardian story about how we're currently perceived overseas, and justifiably so.
Thanks to Tim Lucas
for the link -- and y'all have a good Sunday, now, y'here?
Labels: Accent UK, Global Warming, Indie Spinner Rack, Mark Martin, Michael Zulli, Ragmop, Rick Veitch, Rob Walton, Rough Stuff, Runaway Comics, Shiny Beasts, zombies