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Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 6 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 6 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Aaron McConnell, Brandon Zuern, Mari Arakaki, Benjamin Marra, Ben Passmore,
Jaimie Coe, Xiao Tong Kong, Tyler Jenkins, Reza Farazmand, Jack Sjogren, Morgan Beem, Carissa Powell, Jean Wei, Sonny Liew
Artists: Aaron McConnell, Matt Frank, Mari Arakaki, Benjamin Marra, Xiao Tong Kong, Boya Sun, Reza Farazmand, Morgan Beem, Carissa Powell, Jean Wei, Sonny Liew, Jack Sjogren
Colorists: Gonçalo Lopes, Aleksander Gushky
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Richard Chang
Price: $14.99

WHAT CAN OOO DO?

Strange peril strikes the beloved world of Ooo again and no citizen is safe! Between Ice King’s heart calling it quits,  to the entire Breakfast Kingdom getting locked out of their homes when Finn and Jake drop the key to the city in the Cappuccino River, mystery and chaos ensue in this ADVENTURE TIME COMICS collection.

Featuring work by Sonny Liew, Matt Frank, Cristina Rose Chua, Jack Sjogren and many more!

Upgrade Soul Gets Los Angeles Area Events

Following the nationwide book tour supporting the release of Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul, winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, recently optioned for film by Aperture Entertainment, and voted as one of the best books of the year for 2018 by Publisher’s Weekly, Lion Forge announces Daniels’s return home to Los Angeles with three special events.

First, Daniels will appear at the Los Feliz neighborhood bookstore, Skylight Books, accompanied by tourmate and Ignatz and DiNKy Award–winner Ben Passmore.

Following that, Ezra will appear in two more Los Angeles area stores leading into the weekend, wrapping up his nationwide book tour:

For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? This page-turning graphic novel follows Hank and Molly as they discover the brutal reality that only one version of themselves is fated to survive.

Fantagraphics to publish BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore

Fantagraphics hasannounced the acquisition of BTTM FDRS by writer Ezra Claytan Daniels and artist Ben Passmore. Out in Summer 2019, this shocking satire explores a world where gentrification and body horror collide in a rapidly changing Chicago.

Once a thriving working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, The “Bottomyards” is now the definition of urban blight. When an aspiring fashion designer, Darla, and her image-obsessed BFF, Cynthia, descend upon the neighborhood in search of cheap rent, they discover something far more seductive… and deadly.

At its core, BTTM FDRS is an allegory for cultural appropriation, which first fears, then desires, then takes, then nullifies the object of appropriation without suffering personal consequence. Diverse, dynamic, and thought-provoking, BTTM FDRS aims to appeal to an audience that encompasses anyone who enjoys smart writing with thrilling visuals

Small Press Expo Launches a GoFundMe for Defend the 11

Last month, eleven members of the independent comics community and one publisher were served with a defamation lawsuit because of concerns they raised about a fellow creator’s alleged pattern of sexual misconduct.

Whit Taylor, Laura Knetzger, Josh O’Neill, Tom Kaczynski, Hazel Newlevant, Emma Louthan, Ben Passmore, Emi Gennis, Jordan Shiveley, Morgan Pielli, and Rob Clough, as well as the indie comics publisher Uncivilized Books, all need our help to defend themselves against these charges!

SPX has established the Defend The 11 legal aid fund to help these members of our creative community in their time of need. SPX is organizing this fund in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which brings legal and fundraising experience to the effort.

Cases like this can be costly and drag out for years reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills. An amount of $20,000 was initially pledged to help with the defense and give these creators immediate access to legal representation. Most of that money has already been spent on legal bills.

SPX announced its intent to establish a legal aid fund in a September 1, 2018 joint statement with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s new President, Christina Merkler. SPX’s annual comic arts festival takes place this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to the GoFundMe campaign, those wishing to donate to the #Defendthe11 legal aid fund can do so in-person at the festival.

Small Press Expo Announces Rebecca Sugar, Kat Fajardo, Ben Passmore, Jason Lutes, Benji Nate, Carolyn Nowak, Carol Tyler, and Nate Powell

Small Press Expo proudly announces more Special Guests for SPX 2018. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics. Additional Special Guests will be announced shortly.

SPX 2018 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year’s show:

Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca Sugar is the creator of Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated series Steven Universe, an animated coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the “little brother” to a team of magical guardians of humanity—the Crystal Gems.

After graduating from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with a BFA in Animation, Sugar joined Adventure Time in 2009. During her time on the iconic series as a storyboard artist and writer, Sugar garnered both Emmy nominations and an Annie Award win, as well a deep fan base following the many songs she wrote for the show.

Sugar was recently included in Variety’s Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016: The Creatives list, where she was recognized alongside other notable artists such as Damien Chazelle, Jerrod Carmichael and Donald Glover. A children’s book adaptation of the Emmy-nominated Steven Universe episode “The Answer” also written by Sugar was released on Sept. 6., 2016 where it became a New York Times bestseller.

Kat Fajardo

Kat Fajardo is an award-winning comic artist and illustrator born & raised in NYC. She is best known for her playful and colorful auto-biographical work about self acceptance and Latinx culture. She’s recently illustrated the cover for Celia C. Pérez’s The First Rule of Punk (Penguin Random House) and was featured in several anthologies. Hoping to boost Latinx narrative in comics, she’s also edited La Raza Anthology and created the grant-winning series Bandida! You can check out her artwork on this year’s SPX program cover or at her website.

Ben Passmore

Ben Passmore lives in Philly. His comics are about crime, monsters, anarchism, sexual dysfunction, police brutality, art theory, and his feels. Creator of DAYGLOAYHOLE, Goodbye, and Your Black Friend, and contributer at the Nib.

In DAYGLOAYHOLE 2 Ben is a cockroach that even is guts can’t love. Social and political commentary mixed with punk nonsense and gore drawn in vibrant florescent colors.

Jason Lutes

Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and grew up reading American superhero and Western comics. In the late 1970s he discovered Heavy Metal magazine and the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, both of which proved major influences on his creative development. Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, and in 1993 he began drawing a weekly comics page called Jar of Fools for Seattle’s The Stranger. Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium, created over the past two decades by Jason Lutes. Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens, zeroing in on the street level to demonstrate the slow rise of fascism and extremism.

Benji Nate

Benji Nate is a Puerto Rico born cartoonist and high school drop out living in the States. Her works include Catboy, Lorna, Ghoulfriend, and other things.

Her most recent venture is co-editing North America’s greatest, best selling, and most popular comics periodical, Good Boy! Magazine which is debuting at this year’s SPX

Carolyn Nowak

Carolyn Nowak graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design in 2011. She lives in Ann Arbor.

In addition to her acclaimed mini-comics, Nowak has drawn twelve issues of Lumberjanes and is preparing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer middle-grade book, New School Nightmare.

At SPX 2018, Nowak and Top Shelf Productions compile the Ignatz-winning “Radishes” and “Diana’s Electric Tongue,” along with several other stories old and new, in her full-color debut collection, Girl Town.

Carol Tyler

Carol Tyler emerged as a distinctive voice from the underground comics scene of the 1980s, with work featured in Weirdo, Wimmen’s Comix, and Twisted Sisters. Her long form works include the autobiographical Late Bloomer (2005) and Soldier’s Heart (2012), and her books have been nominated for various awards, including multiple Ignatz Awards, an Eisner Award, and the LA Times Book Prize. Tyler received the 2016 Cartoonist Studio Prize from the Slate Book Review. Her most recent book, Fab4 Mania, chronicles her teenaged obsession with The Beatles in a facsimile of her 1965 journal.

Nate Powell

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell’s newest book is the demon-haunted Arkansas fairytale Come Again (Top Shelf Productions, 2018).

Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Max Davison, Jai Nitz, David DeGrand, Justin Jordan, Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Leah Williams, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Luca Claretti, Devmalya Pramanik, David DeGrand, Mattia Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Ryan Jampole, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Cover Artist: Paul Pope
Price: $14.99

Dive into mathematical shorts from across the the Land of Ooo, written and illustrated by acclaimed writers and artists from around the world.Collects issues #13-16.

Facebook Censors the Critically Acclaimed “Your Black Friend” Animated Film (Updated)

On Friday January 26th, Facebook took action against an animated short film made by a black artist, about anti-black racism, posted by independent comic book publisher Silver Sprocket.

The animated adaptation of Ben Passmore‘s award winning Your Black Friend comic book received positive attention when it was posted last Monday, garnering more than 130,000 views between YouTube and Facebook.

Based on Passmore’s comic book of the same name that in 2017 was nominated for an Eisner Award and won the Ignatz, Dinky, and Broken Frontier awards, and coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.

The animation was produced by Silver Sprocket and Doggo Studios to promote Passmore’s upcoming hardcover collection, Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, collecting 120 pages of comics from VICE, The Nib, and various other publications to be released in March of 2018 and available for pre-order now from Silver Sprocket’s online store.

Though unavailable on Facebook, the video remains on YouTube.

Update: Facebook says it was taken down in error.

Your Black Friend is Now an Animated Short Film

Ben Passmore‘s critically acclaimed Your Black Friend indie comic book is now a 3-minute animation courtesy of Silver Sprocket and Doggo Studios, with narration by Passmore himself.

Addressing topics of racism, identity, and alienation, the comic is a necessary contribution to the dialogue around race in the United States.

The print version of the comic won numerous awards in 2017 including the Ignatz, Dinky, and Broken Frontier, as well as an Eisner Award nomination, and coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.

The video precedes the release of Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, a 120 page hardcover collection of Passmore’s comics previously published by VICE, The Nib, and a variety of independent outlets, to be released in March of 2018 by politically charged indie comics publisher and art-crew Silver Sprocket.

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #15

Adventure Time Comics #15

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Ben Passmore, Jenna Ayoub
Artists: Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Ben Passmore, Jenna Ayoub
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Heather Danforth
Variant Cover: Jen Bartel
Subscription Cover: Piotr Kowalksi
Price: $3.99

Fed up with being called cute, BMO enlists Princess Bubblegum to help her build a buff robot bod, and Jake drags Finn to the Goblin Kingdom to witness an underground Goblin thumb-wrestling match.

Review: Your Black Friend

I can proudly say now that I am a “bookworm”, as this has not always been a tag I would have said aloud before. As I not only read books that my parents and my family have told me to read, but teachers as well. One of the books I have read growing up which not only my teachers made required reading but also members of my family, did, was Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” I am not going to lie, this first time I read it, I did not quite know what to make of it, nor did I understand their insistence.

It was not until years later, back home in NYC, when I was 14, and got stopped by the police for the first time, and subsequent times since, that a stop like this for a person of color, can be a matter of life and death. Then it sunk in, as his book, and books like Claude Brown’s Manchild in The Promised Land made me comprehend what society thought of me and yet I can still write my own narrative. Which lead to like Dr. Francis Cress Welsing’s The Isis Papers and Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of The Earth, which gave me a greater understanding. Which is only fitting that Ben Passmore’s Your Black Friend begins with a quote from Fanon, which quite simply hits the gut.

Within the first few pages, Passmore gives light to how subtle racism exists, as most people do not even realize what they say or how they say it are microaggressions. He also gets into how careful a person of color must be in their monitoring of their speech, affectations, and mannerisms, relative to the environment they inhabit, so that they don’t get profiled. He gets into the “fetishizing” aspect of having a black friend, where, to relate, their white friends bring up black authors just so that they can relate or have something to talk about. Lastly, Passmore, gets into the “acting white” aspect as well, as gets into the revalidating of your “black card,” when you have friends of other races.

Overall, an important book in today’s day and time, which is a touchstone in many facets, to understanding one another. Passmore’s prose packs punches in every panel. Passmore’s art may seem rudimentary to the passing eye but has shadows of Basquiat ad Pollock, once one digs into. Altogether, the length of the book, is deceiving at best, as it packs more in these 16 pages, than books ten times its length.

Story: Ben Passmore Art: Ben Passmore
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW!!