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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Misc

This batch features a bilingual English/Spanish poetry magazine, tales of the afterlife, a debut graphic novel that blends elements of memoir/magic realism/graphic medicine, the return of the Harvey Award-winning anthology BLAB!, and a collection of dark fairytales with illustrations by Charles Vess.



(W) Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (A/CA) Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

A bilingual English/Spanish poetry magazine and autofiction chapbook lusciously written and illustrated by award-winning graphic novelist Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. An amalgamation of words and images brought together to become more than the sum of their parts, exploring the body as the site and host of all pleasure and pain.


Why this caught my eye:

Love Valero-O'Connell's art (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me) and gotta support Silver Sprocket, you can order direct from here.



(W) Anas Abdulhak (A/CA) Dennis Menheere

Where do souls go when they don't belong anywhere else? Journey into Etheres searching for the answer in this introspective character study about pain and self-loathing. For fans of tales of the afterlife such as "The Lovely Bones" and "A.D. After Death." Following Valerie's passing, she finds herself navigating an unknown and perilous world. She tells her story through poetry and narration as she experiences her surroundings while also recalling her past life, her trauma, and why she believes she deserves to be there.

Writer Anas Abdulhak brings you this harrowing tale of the afterlife with groundbreaking art by Dennis Menheere, edits by "Color of Always" creator Michele Abounader and letters by Ringo-Nominated DC Hopkins.


Why this caught my eye:

Menheere's art caught my eye, check out some of his work here.



(W) Briana Loewinsohn (A/CA) Briana Loewinsohn

A debut graphic novel that poignantly blends memoir, magic realism, and graphic medicine. Ephemera is a poetic and dreamlike take on a graphic memoir set in a garden, a forest, and a greenhouse. The story drifts among a grown woman, her early memories as a child, and the gossamer existence of her mother. A lyrical entry in the field of graphic medicine, Ephemera is a story about a daughter trying to relate to a parent who struggles with mental illness. Gorgeously illustrated, it is a quiet book of isolation, plants, confusion, acceptance, and the fog of childhood.


Why this caught my eye:

Graphic medicine is something you don't really hear enough about in this industry/medium and it's fascinating to me, and the blend of genres and what Loewinsohn is trying to do with this project just sounds unique. Check out some art samples here.



(W) Monte Beauchamp, Noah Van Sciver, Jeffrey Steele, Giselle Potter (A) Noah Van Sciver, Noah Van Sciver, Jeffrey Steele, Giselle Potter, Greg Clarke (A/CA) Ryan Heshka

BLAB!-the Harvey Award-winning anthology of cutting-edge comics, art, and culture-has returned to its comics roots with a stellar lineup of contributors. Noah Van Sciver depicts the tragic demise of Crime Does Not Pay editor Robert Wood. Ryan Heshka recounts the rise and fall of Superman creators Siegel and Shuster. Sasha Velour portrays the making of film director F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu. Children's book illustrator Giselle Potter examines Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter's passion as a naturalist. Illustrated articles include the history of the gorilla and a report on UFOs. All this and much more in Comics and Stories That Will Make You BLAB!

o BLAB! is an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction presented in a variety of forms-comics, picture books, and illustrated essays-with a special emphasis on style and tone.

o Harvey Award winner for Best Anthology.


Why this caught my eye:

I haven't though about Blab in a hot minute, I think the last installment was like 2007-ish? Fun to see this anthology get a new lease on life. More details here at this Dark Horse post.



(W) Joanne M Harris (A) Charles Vess

A lushly illustrated set of dark, captivating fairy tales from the bestselling author of The Gospel of Loki with the illustrator of Stardust, Charles Vess. The beauty of stories; you never know where they will take you. Full of dreams and nightmares, Honeycomb is an entrancing mosaic novel of original fairy tales from bestselling author Joanne M. Harris and legendary artist Charles Vess in a collaboration that's been years in the making. The toymaker who wants to create the perfect wife; the princess whose heart is won by words, not actions; the tiny dog whose confidence far outweighs his size; and the sinister Lacewing King who rules over the Silken Folk. These are just a few of the weird and wonderful creatures who populate Joanne Harris's first collection of fairy tales.


Why this caught my eye:

Gotta love that Vess artwork.


That's it for this batch, we'll hit up all-ages on the next round!

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