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Letters For Lucardo

Letters For Lucardo

The incomparable Erika Moen reviews out latest Kickstarted title, Letters for Lucardo: Fortunate Beasts!

Letters For Lucardo

Smash Pages Q&A: Amanda Lafrenais on ‘FTL, Y’ALL’ and more

Smash Pages Q&A: Amanda Lafrenais on ‘FTL, Y’ALL’ and more

The creator of ‘Love Me Nice’ discusses her newest anthology project for Iron Circus, her own webcomics and more.

Smash Pages Q&A: Amanda Lafrenais on ‘FTL, Y’ALL’ and more

The Best Comics of 2018 | AV Club

The best comics of 2018

Evan Dahm’s Rice Boy makes the cut for AV Club’s Best Comics of 2018 list!

The Best Comics of 2018 | AV Club

Don’t Gag, But This Woman’s New Comic Will Convince You to Eat Bugs | Brit + Co

Don’t Gag, But This Woman’s New Comic Will Convince You to Eat Bugs

This comic book challenges readers think mindfully about cuisine outside of Western culture.

Don’t Gag, But This Woman’s New Comic Will Convince You to Eat Bugs

Pull List: Life Lessons in The Nameless City and The Girl Who Married a Skull | Tor.com

Pull List: Life Lessons in The Nameless City and The Girl Who Married a Skull

It’s been awhile since we last looked at middle grade comics for Pull List, and what could make a more perfect return than The Nameless City and The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stori…

Pull List: Life Lessons in The Nameless City and The Girl Who Married a Skull

Horses, Houdini, & Haunted Theme Parks: 10 Favorite Fall Graphic Novels for Tweens & Teens | School Library Journal

Horses, Houdini, & Haunted Theme Parks: 10 Favorite Fall Graphic Novels for Tweens & Teens

This autumn’s harvest has produced a brand-new crop of compelling stories, from a must-have manga series starter to a slice-of-life memoir in the graphic format.

Horses, Houdini, & Haunted Theme Parks: 10 Favorite Fall Graphic Novels for Tweens & Teens

10 Gifts for the Comic Book Lover in Your Life | Nerdist

10 Gifts for the Comic Book Lover in Your Life | Nerdist

Sophie Campbell’s Shadoweyes makes Nerdist’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for comic book lovers!

10 Gifts for the Comic Book Lover in Your Life | Nerdist

FTL, Y’ALL Is The Sci-Fi Trip In Comic Form That We All Need To Take | Black Nerd Problems

FTL, Y’ALL Is The Sci-Fi Trip In Comic Form That We All Need To Take – Black Nerd Problems

Science Fiction has been one of my favorite genres across the board in nearly every type of medium since forever. …

FTL, Y’ALL Is The Sci-Fi Trip In Comic Form That We All Need To Take – Black Nerd Problems

2018 Nominations: Graphic Novels | Cybils Awards

2018 Nominations: Graphic Novels | Cybils Awards

October 1, 2018: Melanie Gillman’s “As the Crow Flies” is nominated for a 2018 Cybils Award in the graphic novel category!

2018 Nominations: Graphic Novels | Cybils Awards

THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz , Maria Capelle Frantz | Kirkus Reviews

THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz , Maria Capelle Frantz | Kirkus Reviews

Frantz introduces readers to a world of spirits suffused in tension and magic in her debut solo graphic novel.

THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz , Maria Capelle Frantz | Kirkus Reviews

THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A SKULL by Kel McDonald | Kirkus Reviews

THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A SKULL by Kel McDonald | Kirkus Reviews

African tales get makeovers in this eclectic collection of fables in the form of comics.

THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A SKULL by Kel McDonald | Kirkus Reviews

How Do You Smoke a Weed?—Graphic Novel Review | Third Coast Review

How Do You Smoke a Weed?—Graphic Novel Review | Third Coast Review

I have a secret, neither dark nor deep. Never have I ever smoked pot.

How Do You Smoke a Weed?—Graphic Novel Review | Third Coast Review

Preview: ‘The Chancellor and the Citadel’ GN | ICv2

Preview: ‘The Chancellor and the Citadel’ GN

A eight-page preview of the new graphic novel from Maria Frantz and Iron Circus Comics!

Preview: ‘The Chancellor and the Citadel’ GN

Stack Overflow: 11 Creepy Comics | GeekDad

Stack Overflow: 11 Creepy Comics – GeekDad

Following up with last week’s column about scary-but-not-too-scary stories, today I’ve got creepy (but maybe not too creepy) comic books, for younger kids up to adults.

Stack Overflow: 11 Creepy Comics – GeekDad

11 Magic-Infused Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Fall | Nerdist

11 Magic-Infused Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Fall | Nerdist

It’s the best time of the year a.k.a. fall a.k.a. Halloween a.k.a. Nerdoween. It’s time to pull out your cozy sweaters, rock some thick socks and witchy boots, and eat a lot of pumpkin pie. As the nights get longer, the leaves turn redder, and the wind gets chillier, there’s nothing better than curling up in your favorite chair with a good book, and that’s why we have a collection of magical titles for you to keep an eye out this festive fall season.

11 Magic-Infused Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Fall | Nerdist

A Story of Dreams, Love, and Entomophagy: Review of ‘Meal’ | Black Nerd Problems

A Story of Dreams, Love, and Entomophagy: Review of ‘Meal’ – Black Nerd Problems

Take your taste buds on new journey with Yarrow in Meal, a graphic novel with a beautiful queer love story as the backdrop of what’s creeping on your plate.

A Story of Dreams, Love, and Entomophagy: Review of ‘Meal’ – Black Nerd Problems

Stack Overflow: XOXO Edition | GeekDad

Stack Overflow: XOXO Edition – GeekDad

Today’s Stack Overflow features books from XOXO, an experimental festival I attended recently.

Stack Overflow: XOXO Edition | GeekDad

From A Read-Along Record To A Profane Tarot: The Year’s Quirkiest Crowdfunded Comics | NPR

From A Read-Along Record To A Profane Tarot: The Year’s Quirkiest Crowdfunded Comics

Crowdfunding and comics go well together — in fact, comic artists were doing it before that term existed. This year has been a good one for crowdfunded comics, and we’ve picked some of the best.

From A Read-Along Record To A Profane Tarot: The Year’s Quirkiest Crowdfunded Comics

 

Draw Outside the Lines with C. Spike Trotman (Episode 100)

In this inaugural episode #100, the return of the podcast to regular production, I’m pleased as punch to have C. Spike Trotman as my guest. Spike founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, and it’s risen through her hard work and excellent curatorship to become the Chicago area’s leading comics publisher.

Listen to the full episode here

 

Close Out August With Two Awesome Comic Kickstarter Campaigns | Paste Magazine

Close Out August With Two Awesome Comic Kickstarter Campaigns

Paste Comics is committed to bringing you regular coverage of campaigns across the internet that offer not only exciting new ideas, but a solid investment and good value for your money. Here are two August campaigns to check out before they conclude.

Close Out August With Two Awesome Comic Kickstarter Campaigns

 

Graphic Novels Get New Respect | Wall Street Journal

Graphic Novels Get New Respect

With ‘Sabrina’ as a Man Booker contender and ‘The Adventure Zone’ debuting on a bestseller list, the format gains further credibility.

Graphic Novels Get New Respect

 

(Don’t) Pardon My Nerdiness: The Summer Road Trip Edition | Frolic

(Don’t) Pardon My Nerdiness: The Summer Road Trip Edition | Frolic

Author Robin Covington is a NerdGirl and she’s not afraid to show it. Let’s all nerd out over her new column.

(Don’t) Pardon My Nerdiness: The Summer Road Trip Edition | Frolic

 

Iron Circus Reprints Cautionary Fables and Fairytales | Comics Worth Reading

Iron Circus Reprints Cautionary Fables and Fairytales

Iron Circus Comics, C. Spike Trotman’s publisher, will be reprinting Cautionary Fables and Fairytales with new titles and covers “for the retail and library markets… with an eye t…

Iron Circus Reprints Cautionary Fables and Fairytales

 

Rice Boy is strange and beautiful, and worth your time. | What’cha Reading?

Rice Boy is strange and beautiful, and worth your time. ~ What’cha Reading?

Rice Boy is a sweet innocent little guy living a simple life chosen to fulfill a great prophecy. One that will restore balance to the world.

Rice Boy is strange and beautiful, and worth your time. ~ What’cha Reading?

 

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2018 | Booklist

This year’s top 10 graphic novels for youth, reviewed in Booklist between July 2017 and June 2018, include a madcap adventure, a moving memoir, a winsome story about toys at night, a spellbinding adaptation of a classic, and lots more.

Read the full article here

 

Hiring Creators: Independent Publishers Have A Chat | WWAC

Hiring Creators: Independent Publishers Have A Chat – WWAC

Independent comics publishers are always looking at hiring creators. How do they find great stories and fresh freelance talent?

Hiring Creators: Independent Publishers Have A Chat – WWAC

 

Strange and Wonderful: “Riceboy” is a Delicious Treat to Be Devoured | Black Nerd Problems

Strange and Wonderful: “Riceboy” is a Delicious Treat to Be Devoured – Black Nerd Problems

Riceboy is a cocktail made with three ingredients: part high fantasy, part slice of life and lastly part epic quest.

Strange and Wonderful: “Riceboy” is a Delicious Treat to Be Devoured – Black Nerd Problems