Hello everyone! It’s a big week for a variety of Indy titles, including a new series by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, the creative team behind Trees! You know that super cool alien invasion book that just sort of…stopped coming out? Cemetery Beach looks cool…WHAT HAPPENED TO TREES?? Anyway, on a more random note, I had a strange urge to find out what the hullabaloo was surrounding Donny Cates’ Thanos run and I can confirm, that book kicks all the butts. What a fun, self-contained read. Looking for a rad cosmic marvel story you can read in one sitting? Check out Thanos Wins. See you at the bottom…
Comics Classes With Jim Higgins
Comics Class for Kids with Jim Higgins
Six Saturdays, September 22 to October 27 at the Culver store
3:30pm to 6:00pm
Does your kid love to draw? Do they like comics? Then they’d love this class for kids all about making comics. They’ll learn the fundamentals of telling a story in comics form, plus basic drawing tips, information on how to write good stories, and fun activities that will help them learn all these skills. For more info: email the instructor, Jim Higgins, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $180 total, payable at the first session.
Parents MUST provide their email address and phone numbers to Jim.
Making Comics with Jim Higgins
Making Comics is a 12-session class that focuses on the fundamental skills of creating comics. The class is for both writers and artists. In it, you’ll learn the most important aspect of writing — how to structure a story as it relates to the medium of comics and graphic novels. Cartoonists will often take art classes to improve their drawing, but not enough take the time to hone their skills as writers. In this workshop, writers and cartoonists learn the essential knowledge needed to write a story with interesting characters, an engaging plot, and a satisfying ending. The artists will be given drawing tips, instruction about technique, and examples of work by great masters, new and old, to help with visual storytelling, composition, light and dark, figure work, and other drawing skills. Writers will be given example of the best formats for comics scripts, examples of pro scripts, and info on how to find and work with artists.
The goal for the artists is to have a finished 8 to 10-page mini-comic that is a complete, self-contained story at the end of the classes. The goal for writers is to have a completed script for a self-contained, 14 to 15-page short comics story.
12 Saturdays, September 22 to December 15 (no class on November 24)
To sign up, e-mail Jim Higgins at email@example.com or just show up on the 21st!
The Art of Inking – A Workshop For Comics Artists and Illustrators
Drawing is an essential skill for many types of art, especially comics. For many artists and illustrators, getting all the work done in pencil is only part of the process. To print it, they want it to look solid and be in some kind of final form. The way that’s been accomplished throughout history is to go over it with some kind of ink. Or as it’s usually said, to ink it.
In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn various different techniques to ink either your artwork or the work of others. You’ll learn how to use various types of brushes and India ink, dip pens with different types of nibs, and an array of disposable pens and brush pens that can often mimic the effects done with those other traditional tools, but with less mess and less maintenance. The art of inking is not something taught very often, even in art schools. But you’ll learn the ropes here.
Supplies to get:
A #2 watercolor brush
A bottle of Speedball waterproof black ink
2 disposable black ink pens of any size by brands like Prismacolor, Copic Fineliner (not the fat, broad-tip, alcohol-based ones), Faber-Castell, or Micron. If you have any brush pens, bring those (though it’s not necessary that you buy one)
A set of dip ink pens. Most art supply stores have ones that have a large and small pen and multiple nibs. Below is an example I’ve seen around.
New & Noteworthy Comics
Click here for a full list of all of the week’s new releases.
Archie 1941 #1
THE HISTORIC, GROUND-BREAKING MINI-SERIES STARTS HERE! Archie has been around for over 75 years and has been through many significant moments in time, but never before have we seen the characters take on real-world events as they unfold. WWII is looming and Archie and many young men from Riverdale are close to enlistment age. If you’re a Riverdale teen, how would you cope with a looming world-changing event? Join the writing team of MARK WAID and BRIAN AUGUSTYN along with artist PETER KRAUSE for the all-new mini-series that is sure to have everyone talking!
Cemetary Beach #1
From the creators of the acclaimed TREES graphic novels, which are currently being adapted for television, comes something completely different. A professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics. WARREN ELLIS & JASON HOWARD ignite a high-speed new action serial.
Ice Man #1 (of 5)
Iceman is back! Which is good, because someone is hunting the Morlocks for sport. Now it’s up to Bobby Drake to prevent another potential Mutant Massacre. But who’s behind this horrific hunt? You won’t believe it if we tell you! Guest-starring Bishop!
Journey Into Mystery: The Birth of Krakoa One-Shot
As World War II draws to a close, Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos face a mission unlike any other they’ve ever tackled… and a menace that will haunt them forever!
House of Whispers #1
An all-new corner has been added to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe!
Welcome to the House of Dahomey, the houseboat of Erzulie Fréda, where the souls of Voodoo followers go when they sleep to beseech the flirtatious and tragic goddess to grant them their hearts’ desires and counsel them on their futures and fortunes. When you arrive, you’ll find a party is in full swing, filled with all kinds of fabulous and fierce folk, while fish fry and music blasts.
From her bayou, Erzulie scries upon the mortal realm and sees four human girls open a mysterious and magical journal filled with whispers and rumors that, if they spread, could cause a pandemic unlike any the Earth has seen, with the power to release Sopona, the loa lord of infectious disease and cousin to Erzulie, who is currently banned from the human plane.
But even the fearsome Erzulie cannot be of assistance when her dream river turns tumultuous, tossing her house from her realm and into another…
Mystery Science Theater 3000 #1
The riffing hilarity of Mystery Science Theater 3000 comes to comics when Kinga Forrester pairs her Kingachrome Liquid Medium with her latest invention-the Bubbulat-R! Jonah Heston, Crow T. Robot, and Tom Servo find themselves thrust into the 2-D world of public domain comics, with riffing as their only defense!
Low Road West #1 (of 5)
Eisner Award-nominated writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Power of the Dark Crystal, Aquaman) and artist Flaviano (America, Grayson) present a new limited series.
In the aftermath of a nuclear first strike that has left the East Coast uninhabitable, five teenagers are being sent west, away from the wreckage that was once their home.
Halfway through the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the shuttle that promised safety has broken down, stranding them in the middle of nowhere with only one another to count on.
Their only hope seems to be a town just on the edge of the horizon, but the closer they get the stranger things become. If they want to survive, they will have to learn to trust one another-and with society crumbling around them, trust does not come easily.
Their only hope seems to be a town just on the edge of the horizon, but the closer they get the stranger things become. If they want to survive, they will have to learn to trust one another.and with society crumbling around them, trust does not come easily.
(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Ian MacEwan
Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure. JOE CASEY and IAN MacEWAN team up for MCMLXXV: modern mythology for a new generation.
Moth and Whisper #1
(W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Jen Hickman
Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.
Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys-identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?
A YA cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), that just HAD to be told at AfterShock!
The Wrong Earth #1
AHOY Comics launches with a biting superhero satire! On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places? By Tom Peyer (Captain Kid, Hourman) and Jamal Igle (Black, Supergirl)! And, a “Golden Age” Stinger solo story, by Paul Constant and Frank Cammuso! Plus: An all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison: “‘Hud’ Hornet’s Holiday In Hell,” illustrated by Rob Steen! All this plus a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler!