News, Views and Oddities, where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready.
To start with something rather lovely: take a look at these 98 glorious concept watercolours from Hayao Miyazaki.
You may remember me highlighting this anthology back in November when I picked it up at Thought Bubble, and now Karagoz is available for all to buy online, with contributions from Thomas Wellman and Warwick Johnson Cadwell amongst others. I really enjoyed this; some of the illustration in it is fantastic and it boasts one of the best covers (outer and inner) that I’ve ever seen. At €6, it’s well worth checking out.
Raina Telegmeier announces her next book, Sisters, due in 2014 and more of a follow up to Smile in that it focuses on Telegemeier’s own experiences and family.
The third annual mini-comics day will take place on the 24th of March this year with participants encouraged to make their own creations. I’ve become the biggest fan of mini-comics over the past year, so it’s very heartening to see them have their own celebrated day, as it were. Hopefully this event can take off over the years in a similar manner to hourly comics day.
Michael Deforge wrapped up his Ant Comic last week, you can read it in its entirety here.
I found Garen Ewing’s post on these 17th century Chinese vases fascinating. It’s always a little delightening when you see something you recognise as ‘comics’ in unexpected formats and contexts.
It was only ever a matter of time until DC announced a Batman/Superman book, noteworthy due to an interesting combination of creators in the form of Greg Pak and Jae Lee. One of the very few superhero books for me to keep an eye on.
Congratulations to Ed Kanerva who’s been officially announced as Koyama Press’ new publishing assistant. A lot of to-ing and fro-ing is done over the Internet in comics and Ed is one of the nicest people I’ve dealt with.
Charles Forsman wraps up his superb 16-part series, The End of the Fucking World, with the release of the final installment. The book will be given a complete collected release from Fantagraphics in the autumn, but issues are currently only $1 each, with Oily postage to the UK still unaffected by the US price hike- take advantage while you can.
Tables for this year’s Thought Bubble sold out in 2 hours which is great news for the convention. Steve Morris muses on the pros and cons of popularity.
Boulet’s stonking 24 hour comic from last year is to be published as a limited edition book by Adhouse, re-titled Noirness, to avoid confusion over a similarly tilted comic. That’s the first time his comics are seeing print, I believe, which I find a bit amazing- his regular strips are prime for collection, having already been translated and are certainly of higher quality and more interest than some of the dubious online stuff that makes the transition to print.
I love this cardboard Optimus Prime model, made by Paul Warner for an A-level project.