środa, 4 czerwca 2014

HOAX Psychosis Blues

I'm not really sure about my choice of words for such vast yet delicate topic. I can say with no doubt that HOAX is a very special project. Special and personal for its creator Ravi Thornton.



You see, HOAX is both a graphic novel titled Hoax, Psychosis Blues and a "dark musical" titled Hoax, My Lonely Heart but the two don't mimic each other. The events of the graphic novel are set after the events of the musical. Both are based on a poem, titled the same, written by Ravi's younger brother Rob who have struggled for the much of his life with schizophrenia, until his tragic death in 2008.



When it comes to the book's art, there's plenty of familiar names in there: Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Leonardo M. Giron, Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway, Rian Hughes, Ian Jones, Jade Moss, Mark Stafford and Bryan Talbot. I had a chance of reading the whole book and I can assure you that art is amazing. And so is the story. It makes you think and realize that despite hard times we live in we're indeed very lucky, and how hard it is for people affected with mental illnesses and their families.



You can order the book from this website. The print run is limited to 1000 copies and sales will support mental health charities. Hoax, My Lonely Heart is showing from 4th to 7th June 2014, at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, more information can be found here.


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poniedziałek, 2 grudnia 2013

4.2.3.

Amazing Nelson Evergreen has drawn the illustration for the front cover of 4.2.3 - a short comic story written by Ryan Colucci, drawn by Jann Gallino and colored by Anna Jarmolowska. The short comic is available online for free and I hope you will enjoy it.

4.2.3. is a prequel to the graphic novel R.E.M. on which I've worked as a co-editor and letterer with Ryan Colucci (writer) and Zsombor Huszka (art). It's a great story about a loss of somebody we loved, and things we're trying to do to fill the emptiness inside us. The book also explores sleep and possibilities of living without the neccesity of entering Sandman's domain every day.

If you're not intrigued yet, please tell me: which comic book has also a short movie as a prequel?

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sobota, 26 października 2013

Borderline Press = 566 Frames + Zombre

A new publisher has arisen. It's Borderline Press! The first book from the publisher is out just now: 566 frames by Dennis Wojda.

The second book by Borderline Press will be a Zombie-themed anthology called Zombre. Check out list of contributors: Nathan Castle, Andrew Cheverton, Peter Clack, Gord Drynan, Jay Eales, Mal Earl, Ash Fielder, James Firkins, Kelvin Green, Sarah Hardy, Jamie Lewis, Nigel Lowrey, Andy Luke, Baden James Mellonie, David Metcalfe-Carr, Mitz, Michael Norwitz, Kieran O'Gorman, Nick O'Gorman, Krzystof Ostrowski, Phil Buckenham, Joanna Sanecka, Craig Sherbert, Matthew Smyth, Si Spencer, Adam Steel, Richard Whitaker, Kel Winser, Kim Winter, Dennis Wojda and Richard Worth.

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czwartek, 26 września 2013

Atlantis: The Last Survivor

R.E.M. has been sucessfully published! Thank you for all the support. How about another Kickstarter comic-related campaign?

Atlantis is about the last agonizing times of the great lost continent of Atlantis where a handful of men are trying to save humankind from extinction. The once beneficial flux, the life energy that once sustained humans and gods alike, has now been turned into a poisonous force by a powerful lineage of religious tyrants. Agathon, the young son of a member of the resistance group, and Phile, the daughter of the god Poseidon, united by their love and the hope for a new beginning, fight a battle against time to restore the flux, overthrow the High Priestess and save Atlantis from itself.

Atlantis is a collaborative endeavour of artists spread over three countries, Italy, England and the US. Arin Leviti (arinleviti.blogspot.co.uk) wrote the story, Denis Medri (http://denismedriartworks.blogspot.co.uk/) will create the arts, Paolo Francescutto will colour them and Elisabeth Cirelli (www.lizcirelli.co.uk) will compose the music. Animations will be created by Tall Chair in San Francisco using their software Active Reader (www.tallchair.com). And of course, Atlantis will be made possible thanks to each single backer who will donate to our project. 

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czwartek, 5 września 2013

R.E.M

Here's a book I worked on as a co-editor and letterer. It's a graphic novel called R.E.M. Written by Ryan Colucci and drawn by Zsombor Huszka it's 176 pages of great content that made, and still makes, me proud. You can pre-order the book using Kickstarter campaign and get a lot of interesting bonus stuff along with the book, plus some rewards have already been unlocked! It's one time deal only!

You might think it's only for US folks since shipping/P&P rates have to be included - but wait! The campaign has special rewards and P&P rates for Europe. Please check it out or have a browse at the official website.




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poniedziałek, 26 sierpnia 2013

3x Europe

This entry won't be about British comics. I want to recommend three European comics. They've been published in English at one point and they're very popular across the Europe, but I still feel that UK audience isn't really aware of their existence.

All I can say is: shame on you.

Let's begin with the probably the most popular title among the three. Thorgal - created by Jean Van Hamme (story) and Grzegorz Rosiński (art) has sold in millions of copies across the Europe and world. 34th album is expected to be published this year, and the series has spawned a few spin-offs, including books, audiobooks and games.  

Thorgal is hard to classify as the series went through many changes, including the change of the writer (after 29th album Yves Sente has replaced Van Hamme) and style of art (new volumes are painted, not drawn). It's mainly a fantasy/sci-fi family saga set in early medieval times with heavy influences of Nordic mythology. Sounds simple, but hardcore Thorgal fans might skin me alive for this short blurb as both the story and its settings are quite complex.

The series is widely available in UK thanks to Cinebook. However, the order of albums is slightly different when compared to the original run. Child of the Stars, which is the first UK volume, contains original issues #7 (Child of Stars) and #14 (Aaricia), which is almost alright, since both sets of stories are sort of prequels to the main story. Things get a bit more complicated with the second UK volume The Three Elders of Aran which is a combo of issue #3 (The Three Elders of Aran) and #4 (The Black Galley). Where are issues #1 and #2? Haven't been published by the Cinebook yet - although both albums were published in the past in English by other publishers. Nonetheless, the series can be highly entertaining even without first two stories. I can recommend going from first UK volume (Child of the Stars) until at least UK vol. 8 (Wolf Cub). Further albums are great too, but vol. 1-8 are simply the best of the best.

I think there's a really good chance that you heard about the next title or at least about its author. Enki Bilal - The Nikopol Trilogy. I'm not sure if Bilal is well known in UK. I think he gets some recognition, for example Comic Heroes magazine has just done a long feature about him and his work. However, it's quite hard to get his books in English, The Nikopol Trilogy is unfortunately good example. They've been out of print for a long time and used copies are getting ridiculously expensive. If you can read in French, I recommend just getting a French, thus original, album.


The third title is Rork by Andreas. The story, set in early XXth century, follows paths of Rork - a young looking 300 years old magician of an unknown origin and uknown destination. I guess you can call it a bit lovecraftian, and sometimes it's really not easy for the reader to read a story that isn't really resolved in the finale. Andreas himself is known for creating comic books that require multiple readings.

The series has gone through some changes. It started in 1978 as a series of short episodes eventually tied into a bigger plot. Then the story was on hiatus for a few years only to be revived in late eighties - and by this time Andreas has changed his drawing style a lot when compared to the first two albums.

Rork concluded in 1992, but came back in 2002 and 2012 with publication of older tie-in stories and the brand new (although again sort of tie-in) album which is also included in the integral album. It worth mentioning that something like a Rork-Universe exists and it includes another Andreas great title: Capricorne.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid that only three albums are available in English: Fragments (1990), Passages (1990) and The Graveyard of Cathedrals and Starlight (1996). Rork was also featured in Cheval Noir.

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środa, 7 sierpnia 2013

Two new releases

Check them out!

The Big Book of Pudsy from Braw Books
Craw Hole by Craig Collins and Iain Laurie

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