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Review: Sandcastle

Early morning on a perfect summer’s day, people begin to descend on an idyllic, secluded beach. Among their number, a family, a young couple, a refugee, and some American tourists. Its fine white sand is fringed with rock pools filled with crystal clear water. The beach is sheltered from prying eyes by green-fringed cliffs that soar around the cove. But this utopia keeps a dark secret.

Sandcastle is the inspiration for M. Night Shyamalan’s major motion picture Old.

Story: Pierre Oscar Lévy
Art: Frederik Peeters

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Preview: Lupus


(W) Frederik Peeters (A/CA) Frederik Peeters
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $29.99

Lupus Lablennorre is a man on the run. Like a cosmic Odysseus, he wanders from planet to planet, haunted by his past and orbiting around a woman. It starts as a fishing trip with his ex-military pal Tony. Their lifelong friendship has started to feel different lately, and not just because of the drugs. Picking up Sanaa, a wealthy and mysterious runaway, only complicates the situation. When tragedy strikes and they’re forced to flee, new worlds await with many ways to disappear. But Lupus will find that the tendrils of friendship, love, and family are not so easily severed. Armed with astonishingly expressive brushwork and a dreamy, intimate narrative, Frederick Peeters drifts on the solar winds to a new understanding of memory, guilt, isolation, and connection.

Award-winning Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters (Blue Pills) soars to new heights with an existential interplanetary epic that never strays far from the human heart.


SPX 2015 Announces International Guests Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke

spx-logo-240SPX is pleased to announce international creators, Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke as guests at SPX 2015. This is in addition to the previously announced guests Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Kathryn Immonen, Derf, Jessica Abel (Sat. Only) and Ted Rall

SPX 2015 is honored to have the very first United States appearance of critically acclaimed, Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters. This year saw the release of the final volume of his well reviewed planet hopping space epic, Aama Vol. 4: You Will Be Glorious, My Daughter, published by SelfMadeHero. Peeters has been nominated five times in the Best Book category at Angoulême and has done a number of posters and other illustration work in Europe. Peeters lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dylan Horrocks is returning to Small Press Expo for the first time in over a decade. Horrocks began his diverse career with the publication of Pickle, which ran from 1993-97 published by Black Eye Press. Pickle included the serialization of Hicksville, a groundbreaking story that was collected into a graphic novel that won plaudits from reviewers around the globe. Horrocks has had international success in alternative and mainstream comics with books like Atlas from Drawn & Quarterly, and as writer for DC Comics and Vertigo. In 2014, Fantagraphics published Sam Zabel and his Magic Pen to wide critical and fan acclaim. Horrocks is an Eisner Award winner and in 2006 he was appointed University of Auckland/Creative New Zealand Literary Fellow. Horrocks currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and sons.

Brecht Vandenbroucke is a Belgian cartoonist and illustrator. His debut graphic novel, White Cube, took the Angouleme International Comics Festival by storm in 2013. Vandenbroucke’s distinctive painted panels and brightly colored spreads intermingle pop culture influences and commentary on the fine art world, offering an absurdist view of the institutions of that world. White Cube has been published in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, and in English by Drawn & Quarterly. Since graduating from art school a few years ago, he has worked for numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, and has participated in group shows all over the world. Vandenbroucke lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

Review: aama Vol. 1 The Smell of Warm Dust

comics-aama-vol-1-smell-f-warm-dustIn the distant future, Verloc Nim wakes up suffering from complete amnesia, remembering nothing of his former life. But when Churchill, a robot-monkey, hands him his diary, Verloc revisits his past and quickly realizes his life has been a miserable one. He lost his business, his family, and his friends because he refused to accept the technological advancements of society. Without the eye implants and other genetic modifications, Verloc is astray in a society he deeply resents. That is, until his brother, Conrad, takes him to another planet to retrieve a mysterious biorobotic experiment called aama.

Frederik Peeters with aama: The Smell of Warm Dust has created a fully realized, and intriguing, future in this award-winning science fiction series. The story has action, mystery, adventure…. actually lots of mystery. But overall, it’s a fascinating look at technology and society, all wrapped in an enigma.

The mystery of the series is what really sucked me in. Peeters goes the fascinating route of having the story unfold through flashbacks that are learned through Nim’s journal. We know something major has happened, but we don’t know what. As Nim learns the truth, so do we. As that all is revealed, we also learn that Num is a bit of a screw-up in his personal life, which makes us the reader wonder if it’s his mistake that has lead to whatever event this is all leading up to.

The worst thing about the book is that it’s a first volume. I got to the end, and wanted to read more. The mystery is built up so much, like a good story is, and so little revealed, I left a bit frustrated. But wanting more is a good thing right?

Overall, this sci-fi mystery is an entertaining read, with solid art. Do yourself a favor a grab a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

Story and Art: Frederik Peeters
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Self Made Hero provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review