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Talking with Cartoonist Blue Delliquanti, creator of “Oh Human Star” on Graphic Policy Radio

O Human Star, is a webcomic about a trans robot, the humans who made her and the complex world of robotics and human development they all live in. I interviewed series creator Blue Delliquanti

Blue is the creator of the Prism Award-winning webcomic O Human Star. Blue is also the co-creator of the graphic novel Meal (with Soleil Ho) and The ‘Stan (with David Axe and Kevin Knodell).

We discuss artistic inspiration, transhumanism, robot politics, Rossum’s Universal Robots, Mike Mignola’s influence, queer stories and generation gaps and the unique joy of finding fanart of your work.

Review: O Human Star Vol. 1

O Human Star Vol. 1

One of my favorite shows of recent memory is The Boondocks. The comic strip written and drawn by the talented Aaron McGruder was a bright light for many children of color who did not think any creator knew who they were. The comic strip spoke to generations of black kids who were raised to have “knowledge of self” who have seen themselves in comics and comic strips throughout the years but not with all the complexities of the characters who were not melanized. The show tackled subjects head on that were often considered too taboo to be spoken of outside the community.

One of those episodes revolved around a previously cryogenically frozen Martin Luther King Jr. waking up after decades of sleep to a world he had some parts to do with. The episode spoke to the realization of seeing what one plants borne fruit. The episode was powerful and poignant, in ways that most of the audience will take years to understand. In Blue Delliquanti’s brilliant O Human Star we find one such character seeing how years of work has become something more than he ever dreamed of.

We meet Alastair Sterling, a man who suddenly dies, only to wake up 16 years later, to a world ran by his inventions. His old assistant, Brendan, has taken his inventions and created an empire, one that would start a robot revolution. His grief led him to create a carbon copy of his friend with one very important difference, a female version of Alastair named Sulla. As Alastair starts to understand about what transported him back to life he also gets acclimated to this new-fangled world, one which is run by robots.

Overall, the graphic novel grips readers right from the start and makes you fall in love with the characters and this world. The story by Delliquanti is heartfelt, well developed, and engaging. The art by Dellquanti is elegant and alluring. Overall, it’s a story that shows that love truly transcends time .

Story: Blue Delliquanti Art: Blue Delliquanti
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The ‘Stan

We continue our “Trade Tuesday” reviews with a graphic novel that’s coming out this September! Dead Reckoning is the graphic novel imprint from the Naval Institute Press.

The ‘Stan is a graphic novel anthology and one of the first releases from the imprint and features stories from those who have served in the US mission in Afghanistan.

Kevin Knodell, David Axe, and Blue Delliquanti deliver a graphic novel that’s a perfect example of graphic journalism capturing the stories of the soldiers.

You can order your copy now and it will be released September 15th,

 

Dead Reckoning provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Food Porn Anthology

Food Porn AnthologyWhen it comes to erotica and comics, most readers are too shy to venture into this realm, because of the subject matter. Sex Criminals, from Image, has been successful throughout the mainstream audience because sex is used as a plot device versus being the narrative. Sex, from Image as well, is more direct, as it tackles some sex and lifestyle related questions to versions of some well-known characters. Both examples, still never quite “puts their foot” totally in the water, but the recent anthology, Food Porn, doesn’t always only not shy away, from the subject matter it full on embraces it, sensuality and all intermixed with the insatiability of food.

Food Porn Anthology, the sizable tome is divided into “savory,” ” sweet” and “sweet and savory” sections, signaling the reader of just what type of food to expect from each tale. In the first story “Following Directions,” a couple tries a new recipe, which unexpectedly gives way to a demon who unlocks all their secret desires, for sex and food. In “Safe Harbor,” a local fisherman, finds a merman and a merwoman, and has quite a ravenous time with them both.  In “Food Talk,” a couple where one is new to a transition, renew their love through food and ultimately through sex. In ‘Quick Distraction,” one half of a couple struggles to cook dinner by themselves for the first time, while the other watches on and criticizes, until the other decides to turn the tables and turn the other one on. In “The Lion and The Lamb,” a couple hilariously describes a recipe while making love.

In “Knead and Rise,” an elvish couple decides to some morning fun when the local delivery woman stops by their bakery earlier than expected, and joins in the fun. In” Breakfast In Bed,” two chefs, who just so happen to be a couple, one half decides to make breakfast for them every morning, until the other stops and tells her boyfriend that she wants something just as much, sex in the morning. In “Complex Spice,” A girlfriend comes home from a trip, terribly missing her boyfriend and his cooking, which turns into an orgy of food ad sex between them. In “Overload,” a demon stops an intruder which turns into a wild sex romp which involves a whole lot of chocolate.

In “A La Mode,” a woman and her robot boyfriend, recreate their own version of that infamous scene from When Harry Met Sally. In “Raspberry Heart,” a man must have sex to fight gelatinous chocolate mousse monster, in this funny story. In “A Little Different,” a couple while enjoying food, decides to switch roles in their sex life for one night, leading to unbridled passion being unleashed. In “Nectar,” a demon couple indulges in some nectar and in a threesome. In “Crumble,” a couple who engages in S&M, decides to engage in some breakfast and some role play. In “Seaside Sweethearts,” a couple having a picnic for breakfast enjoy their food and each other. In “Red Summer,” a crush at an open-air market turns from a love of pomegranates to a love for each other. In “Red Bean Buns,” while working on a recipe, endlessly tease other, before finally indulging into sex. In the last story “The Munchies,” an intense craving for food lead a couple to having some afternoon delight.

Overall, a fun and amatory book that does not shy away of voracious appetites people have for food and sex, as it a true celebration of sex positivity. The stories contained are all funny, sexy, and relatable. The art by al the artists, each beautiful and complement the stories well. Altogether, an excellent tribute to food and sex in all its glory.

Story: Aero Zero, Apollo Pop, Ariel Vittori, Aud Koch, Blue Delliquanti, Boltplum, Crystal Jayme, Dechanique, Dumpling Heart, Gina Biggs, Jamie Jennings, Jess Fink, Kickingshoes, Kori Michele, Megan Gedris, Molly Ostertag, Niki Smith, S.W. Searle, Tessa Woodis, Tsukiyono
Art: Aero Zero, Apollo Pop, Ariel Vittori, Aud Koch, Blue Delliquanti, Boltplum, Crystal Jayme, Dechanique, Dumpling Heart, Gina Biggs, Jamie Jennings, Jess Fink, Kickingshoes, Kori Michele, Megan Gedris, Molly Ostertag, Niki Smith, S.W. Searle, Tessa Woodis, Tsukiyono
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Small Press Expo Announces the 2015 Ignatz Award Nominees

2015 Ignatz AwardThe Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, has announced the 2015 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein and Corrine Mucha, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:30 P.M.

ComiXology will be sponsoring this year’s Ignatz Awards.

The 2015 Ignatz Award Nominees


Outstanding Artist

  • Emily CarrollThrough The Woods
  • Ed LuceWuvable Oaf
  • Roman Muradov (In a Sense) Lost and Found
  • Jillian TamakiSuperMutant Magic Academy
  • Noah Van SciverSaint Cole

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

  • Drawn and Quarterly, 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin, Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns, Tracy Hurren, and Julia Pohl-Miranda
  • An Entity Observes All Things by Box Brown
  • How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  • Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Rilly
  • SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Beauty by Kerascoët and Hubert
  • The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
  • Rav by Mickey Zacchilli
  • Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver
  • Wendy by Walter Scott

Outstanding Story

  • Doctors by Dash Shaw
  • “Me As a Baby” from Lose #6 by Michael DeForge
  • “Nature Lessons” from The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger
  • “Sex Coven” from Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki
  • Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai

Promising New Talent

  • M. DeanK.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXI (1971)
  • Sophia Foster-DiminoSphincter; Sex Fantasy
  • Dakota McFadzeanDon’t Get Eaten by Anything
  • Jane MaiSoft
  • Gina WynbrandtBig Pussy

Outstanding Series

  • Dumb by Georgia Webber
  • Frontier edited by Ryan Sands
  • March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  • Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
  • Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Comic

  • Borb by Jason Little
  • The Nature of Nature by Disa Wallander
  • The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
  • Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Rilly
  • Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai

Outstanding Minicomic

  • Devil’s Slice of Life by Patrick Crotty
  • Epoxy 5 by John Pham
  • King Cat #75 by John Porcellino
  • Sex Fantasy #4 by Sophia Foster-Dimino
  • Whalen: A Reckoning by Audry

Outstanding Online Comic

SPX will be held Saturday, September 19 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 20, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday and $20 for both days.

This year’s image of Ignatz, as seen above, was created by 2014 Promising New Talent Winner Cathy G. Johnson.

Prism Comics Announces Recipients for 2012 Queer Press Grant

At the Alternative Press Expo, Prism Comics announced the recipients of the 2012 Queer Press Grant on October 13th during the Queer Cartoonists Panel moderated by Justin Hall.  For this year’s recipients, it’s a tie between Blue Delliquanti for O Human Star and Christine Smith for The Princess.  Prism Comics, which supports LGBT comics, creators and readers, established the Queer Press Grant in 2005 to encourage the publication of LGBT-themed comics.  It is now the only grant today given to independent comic book creators, as the Xeric Foundation is no longer awarding grants for comics.

Blue Delliquanti’s entry, O Human Star, is a longform graphic novel, serialized online and in print.  Delliquanti is an artist and illustrator based in Atlanta.  She has contributed to Womanthology and Smut Peddler and has also collaborated on nonfiction comics with Nathan Schreiber and David Axe.

O Human Star concerns Alastair Sterling, an inventor who sparked the robot revolution, finding himself alive sixteen years after his death in an advanced robotic body that matches his old one exactly.  He also finds that his mind has been copied into another robot, in the form of a teenage girl named Sulla, designed by his old research partner Brendan, who was also his lover.  O Human Star follows the story of this unconventional family while also exploring Al’s lifelong discomfort with his gender and sexuality, Brendan’s reluctance to rekindle a relationship with the person he loves, and Sulla’s struggle to step out of Al’s shadow and form her own identity as a young woman.

Find O Human Star online at ohumanstar.com.

Christine Smith’s submission, The Princess, is an ongoing web and print comic, which has already won several webcomic community awards, including the DrunkDuck award for best strip. It has been published in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Borgman, and No Straight Lines: Forty Years Of Queer Comics edited by Justin Hall.

Christine provided this description of herself in introducing her work: “I am a teacher, artist, and I am transgender. These are who I am and they represent what I am passionate about. At the intersection of these paths is my webcomic.  It is called The Princess.  It is autobiography in the form of fiction, in which I reflect on growing up as a transgender child. It is a tale of inspiration for the child I was, empowering the character who represents her with determination and moxie I wish I’d had. It is a hand reached across generations, in which I offer gender nonconforming children, LGBTQ children, and children from LGBTQ families inspiration and hope to be themselves and shine brightly.”

The Princess can be read at www.drunkduck.com/the_princess.

Prism Comics’ Queer Press Grant is awarded to assist comics creators in publishing comics with LGBT characters or themes.  Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial need, proposal presentation, and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community. They are reviewed by the Prism Board, past recipients of the Grant, and Prism’s Advisory Board.

SPX 2012 – Thoughts on the Show and Books to Review

Small Press Expo 2012 has come and gone and while I didn’t spend long there, about 4 hours, I made it around the floor multiple times and picked up a thick stack of books to review (and some original art). The show was packed with all types of people across the age spectrum. Folks are reporting this was a great show, and you could see it. Indie comics are booming if this is any indication.

The books on the show floor were varied and there was something for everyone, but here’s what I picked up, in no particular order.

Comic: Burning Building Comix
Creator: Jeff Zwrek

This graphic novel is read a bit differently, telling the story one floor at a time in a burning building. The concept is cool and execution fun. The design is what sold me and this is a book I haven’t seen another example of in it’s execution. Hopefully the interior is as creative as the exterior concept.

Comic: Johnny Hiro
Creator: Fred Chao

I was sold with the words “honor-bound business ronin.” I’m still not 100% sure what the comic is about, but the art is solid and beautiful to look at. I flipped through some pages and it looks really entertaining.

Comic: The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene

Creator: Corey Hutchins and David Axe – writer, Blue Delliquanti – art

The story of South Carolina Senate candidate Alvin Greene that came out of no where. This was the political story for a solid month and it’s a book I’ve wanted to get my hands on since I heard it was released.

Comic: Nathan Sorry
Creator: Rich Barrett

I picked up both volumes which follows a man who’s on the run after he steals $20 million post 9/11. The art was cool and story intriguing. It seemed like an easy buy for me.

Comic: Infinity Roads Vol. 1
Creator: Tim Sparvero

A science fiction story about a man who has created a life in his dreams where he’s fallen in love. The story description is a bit weird and that sold me. Should be an interesting read.

Comic: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Creator: E.K. Weaver

Two guys head cross country from Berkeley to Providence. The story seems to be a coming of age sort of thing and the interior art hooked me. I seriously have no idea what to expect with this.

Comic: Between Gears
Creator: Natalie Nourigat

This is the type of book that hooks me, an autobiographical comic detailing Nourigat’s last year at the University of Oregon. Don’t know why, but I find these types of books fascinating and the art looked solid. An easy sale to me.

Comic: Afrodisiac
Creator: Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca

The art has this throwback 70s look and it’s a blaxploitation comic, sold.

Comic: The Deadbeat
Creator: Jeremy Massie

A story about a down on his luck superhero and his estranged daughter. It’s a story I thought about writing (well something close) so very interested in reading this.

Comic: Lower East Side Story #1-3
Creator: Peter Friedrich

Friedrich decided to take a look at the gentrification of the Lower East Side of New York City. He had photos to show what it looked like and his comic is pretty well researched in how it happened.

Comic: Old-Timey Hockey Tales
Creator: Robert Ullman and Jeffrey Brown

I’m a fan of hockey, nuff said.