This Meanwhile is a small press special. We went along to Publish and be Damned’s self-publishing fair at the ICA yesterday and here are some of the incredible exhibiting publishers that we think are well worth getting to know better.
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Oh, you lucky folks. It’s an Abe Christie double whammy this week. We caught up with him for a quick interview. So, here it is, with a few strips from his own site.
Let’s start with a history of your art. How did you start drawing?
I started drawing like most people, doodling from a young age.
I found comics when I was about 15 through superheroes like Spiderman. After growing a bit I found an amazing comic called Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson which was the first autobiographical comic I read.
I really enjoy the idea of dealing with superheroes, because they are so iconic they can be used to play with the comic form.
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A hunter tracks his supernatural foe through the night, but all is not as it first appears in this dark tale of claws vs. swords by Becky Cloonan.
WOLVES is the latest offering by the amazingly talented Becky Cloonan. Originally for a comic collection released in Japan (in Japanese), Cloonan has rewritten her story in english and released it as a solo work.
I have been a huge fan of Cloonan’s art for a long while, but it is excellent to see her mastery of the writing side too. (WOLVES is a totally solo venture, from the writing and drawing all the way through to choosing the card stock.) Though she freely admits that the writing side of comics is not her strongest point, the script and dialogue for WOLVES is one of the most outstanding things about it. The dialogue is sparse and open, each sentence carefully composed to give the story a real spine-tingling chill. Exactly what you want from a horror story. And that is what WOLVES is; horror in the vein of Dracula (as written by Bram Stoker not as played by Christopher Lee, as brilliant as that one is). Unsettling to its very core, yet captivating to the end.
At first glance, it’s a straightforward monster story. Sure, it’s about a werewolf, but deep down it’s about the human interaction between the characters, and that’s where the real emotive power comes from. In the twenty or so pages of the book, without giving too much away, Cloonan manages to encapsulate the entire journey of a man from Hero to Monster and everything that take place in between and the skillful use flashbacks really drums home just how tragic the story gets.
From metallic-inked cover to hand signed cover this comic is perfect. If you’ve already read it, well done you. If you haven’t, then what are you waiting for?! The current print run is only 1000 copies so don’t miss out. Gosh! Comics still has a few, but I don’t expect them the last forever.
To watch a clip of Becky Cloonan talking about WOLVES (and a little teaser about her work on Gerard Way’s Killjoys comic) go here.
To see more of her work and find out general goings-on you can visit her blog here.