"...But while Chris Ware reigned through the Nineties as one of the most meticulous, creative artists and Berkeley Breathed made Bill the Cat into a household name or at least a familiar bathroom reading companion fewer people remember Austin as the birthplace of underground comix with Jack "Jaxon" Jackson's God Nose. And fewer people follow the still fertile current comics scene...."
"...What is Free Comic Book Day? Imagine record store day, but for comics. Oh, and they're free..."
"...Holy Winsor McCay, there’s a daunting multitude of comics anthologies in this world! So many, many, many anthologies of copiously illustrated stories, of sequential-art narratives, already in existence. And sometimes it seems that there’s another one being published, like, every single goddamn day..."
"...The Paramount Theatre is wasting no time in building the anticipation for its fifth Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. Rather than wait until January to announce the first wave of comics, the theatre has made a pre-Thanksgiving drop of 28 comedians lined up for 2016, and topping the list are Martin Short and Kevin Smith...."
"...From April 22-25, over 100 comics will takeover 11 venues around the city for the Moontower Comedy Festival. In only three years, the festival has featured stars like Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer and local faves like Chris Cubas and Brendon Walsh...."
"...Also added to the Moontower 5 roster: • Fahim Anwar (MTV2’s Guy Code); * Jackie Kashian (The Dork Forest podcast); • Mark Normand (Inside Amy Schumer); • Jeremiah Watkins (The Goddamn Comedy Jam); • Ari Shaffir's This Is Not Happening, with longform stories by comics; • Ian Abramson's Seven Minutes In Purgatory, which subjects comedians to performing stand-up alone while wearing soundproof headphones but which the audience gets to watch from a live video feed; and • Brendon Walsh and Randy Liedtke's podcast, The Bone Zone...."
"...The comic industry press is bubbling with the news that DC Comics pulled the original story slated for issue #712 of Superman. Written by Austin author Chris Roberson, it was to feature Superman teaming up with Sharif, an American Muslim superhero..."
"...And after doing that workshop with Scott, it was as simple as that: I knew that graphic novels were what I wanted to do. It was like two days where all we did was think about comics, talk about comics, draw comics – and it clicked with me so easily that I felt kind of silly..."
"...Obviously, the idea behind a promotion like Free Comic Book Day is that once you come in for the free stuff, you'll be inspired to get something else that costs money. But there's so much being published in comics today that it can be a little overwhelming just scanning the shelves for a comic you think you'd like..."
"...The wall-crawler is the key to the most ambitious promotion ever attempted by the folks who make and sell what used to be called funny books. It's "Free Comic Book Day," and it involves more than 30 comic book publishers and over 2,000 retailers across the country and in 28 other nations, teaming up to make available to the public on Saturday, May 4, more than 2 million comics at no charge..."
"...If anything matches Guillermo del Toro’s passion for film, it may be his passion for comics. The director is a lifelong fan, dating back to before he could read..."
"...Dallas comic Chris Cannon Nothing brings comics crawling out of the woodwork faster than the appearance of HBO network executives looking for new talent. Hell, most of us that reach the professional level are used to playing backwoods barrooms and karaoke clubs in hot spots like Yazoo City, Mississippi, or Waco; a gig on HBO is a ticket out of purgatory..."
"...Six months ago, Cates was one of the hottest writers in independent comics. This week sees his first issue writing one of Marvel Comics' most recognizable heroes, Doctor Strange..."
"...And I thought she was cute, so I got a job there too. And that’s what got me into the comics and gaming industry.”..."
"...Chris Ware comic strips Quimby the Mouse, et al. (The Daily Texan, 1986-1990; Raw; The New Yorker); comics series Acme Novelty Library (1993-present); graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000)..."
"...The Best American Comics 2013 is going to have one definite problem: It won't be able to contain the entirety of Chris Ware's Building Stories...."
"...This weekend, Greater Austin Comic Con kicks off its first installment out in Cedar Park. Headlined by Doug Jones (star of the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water), and featuring comics legends and local rising stars, it promises to be a weekend of panels, live drawing demonstrations, a costume contest, and even a superhero-themed car show..."
"...Those early perfectbound books (and Brown’s later ones, too) were published by the Canadian powerhouse of comics called Drawn and Quarterly...."
"...He was too busy figuring how he'd get out of the army and parlay his knack for telling jokes into a comedy career. These days, though, this working comic with two solid decades of paid gigs under his mic is channeling most of his professional energies into giving back to the armed services: raising both funds for and awareness about wounded veterans and their struggles to readjust to civilian life through his nonprofit, Comics for Courage..."
"...Sanchez is already midway through adapting the epic science fiction saga behind Coheed's albums into graphic form through his own Evil Ink imprint and Image Comics, but this is a whole new venture, released through Boom! Studios. Like He Man, it actually started life as an action figure (actually, a limited edition vinyl art piece of Sanchez), but evolved into a full title..."
"...1. Because you enjoy synergistic combinations of words and text, whether they're called comics or sequential art or bande dessinée or manga or whatever..."
"...www.indyworld.com/altcomics, 168 pp.; $19.95 (paper) Alternative Comics, helmed by Jeff Mason, intrepid moonlighting lawyer, continues to enrich the landscape of sequential art with its frequent, well-produced editions. Among the latest and the best? James Kochalka's The Cute Manifesto, the square and perfect-bound paperback that gathers, under one cute and spot-varnished cover, eight of the affable cartoonist's meditations on life, love, death, art, and, in part, how all these relate to the comics medium...."
"...For despite my esteemed colleague's insistence that he would trounce me handily – nay, by Odin's beard, "vanquish" me, quoth he – despite his valiant efforts at channeling the hipster hypester spirit of Stan "The Man" Lee, on this site and at the debate podium, despite his staunch and impassioned testaments to Marvel's revolutionary developments in the field of comics, Brenner and the entire Marvel Universe could not "clobber", to borrow my worthy opponent's phraseology from the earlier post, "ol' Faires and his DC dunderheads." In the eyes of the assembled at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, who voted on the winner after hearing the arguments, Marvel is not better than DC. (Which is not to say that DC is better, merely that Marvel could not claim the superiority that Brenner was assured was his.)..."
"...They should be in the library of every student of contemporary comedy. Hicks was one of the few comedians to emerge in the past 10 years who could be compared to the outstanding, innovative comics of the 1950s and '60s...."
"...Apparently, all you Austin comedy fans have been good this year, because Santa has dropped off an early gift for you: the names of more than 40 comics slated for the 2018 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. Leading the list for the seventh fest are Ryan Hamilton, Preacher Lawson, and Moontower alum Janeane Garofalo...."
"...Her deadpan style and dark material – shaped in large part by her experiences growing up in very provincial, small-town East Texas – have earned Bixby the title "Comedy's Sweetheart of Darkness." It's a nickname that captures the appeal in her particular sort of pessimism and woe; at the mic, she doesn't throw a pity party so much as lay out the hard hand life has dealt her and mock each card. Her endurance on the scene and popularity at festivals (Fun Fun Fun Fest, Moontower Comedy, and Boston's Women in Comedy Fest) are proof that good comics can work black as well as blue..."
"...will be there. Yehudi Mercado and Buffalo Speedway. Big Big Truck Productions with TJ and Amal. Austin Books & Comics. You know what we're talking about. Even though, yes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' co-creator Kevin Eastman will be among the featured guests, it's an ordinary-folks kind of gathering..."
"...Especially when nearing the half-century mark, one needs to calm way the hell down & start radiating a bit of gravitas, to cease acting like, say, a teenage kid who finds that an inhalation of nicotine imbues him with super-strength – or something sufficiently similar – and begins using that power, and a weird weapon inherited from his father, for other than the greater good. Really, now. One should know better, probably. But, no, when I opened the package recently sent by Canadian graphic-novel powerhouse Drawn & Quarterly & saw that it was an advance copy of Daniel Clowes' The Death-Ray, finally in its own hardcover format after having been released as the fancy comic book Eightball, issue #23, seven years ago … when I kenned what I held in my calloused journo hands, I was compelled – Oh, lord! By powers beyond my reckoning! – to strut over to the desk of Chronicle proofreader-and-Sports-editor Mark Fagan and wave the glossy-covered, full-color volume right in his face. In his face! As if I were some juvenile & gloating fanboy. As if I were playing Rusty Brown to Fagan's Chalky White (which is a different comic, by Chris Ware, but never mind) … "Dude," said this Fagan, a strawberry blonde softball fiend and music producer and comics aficionado in addition to his Chron persona. "You already have a copy of the new Clowes?" he said. "Damn, Brenner, that's amazing..."
"...Mack was at Austin Books and Comics for Free Comic Book Day earlier this month, and explained that he had already painted a cover for Archaia's Days Missing when The Immortals came up. "What intrigued me about it was that it was Tarsem's project," he said..."