The Clearing is going to press really soon, and we're planning the book release! It feels pretty satisfying, too. Man, I love making comics. They'll suck up your time and disorient you from real life, but they're totally worth it.
This month, Light Grey Art Lab is hosting Stacks, a zine exhibition celebrating the years 1984 through 2014. Each zine was devoted to retelling something about that year, be it pop culture, politics, or personal anecdotes. The opening had an excellent turnout! We're lucky–the Twin Cities has a pretty solid group of comic artists, and comic appreciators. Stacks is still up at the gallery, too, and will be for the rest of August. Check the blog for the truncated hours; the LGAL team will be in Iceland, but I'll be there, willing to recommend my favorite visual narratives to all.
Here's one right now. I finally got to read Bryan Lee O'Malley's new graphic novel, Seconds, and everyone should probably go follow suit. Maybe it's too soon to say, but I think I enjoyed it even more than Scott Pilgrim–it still has that Bryan Lee O'Malley storytelling flavor, but feels more "grown-up". It's a great story that has been impressively condensed into a single book. The art is lovely, too–a full color comic, man. I kind of want to check out the color Scott Pilgrim books now.
I can't talk about comics without mentioning my all time favorite :) My friend Ian and I are doing a collaborative challenge, One Piece CC, in which we draw all of the characters from Eiichiro Oda's manga, One Piece. We post one per week, more or less in order, taking turns down the list of the (named) characters.