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In our latest Indie Spotlight, we're taking a look at three comics-related Kickstarter projects that are currently ongoing and have caught our eye. Of course, a KS project is no real indication of what the final quality of a book will be like - nor indeed that it will ever show up! - but nevertheless, all three of these have looked to be of interest to us for different reasons.
Well, this is a shame. We're big fans of UK small press publisher Great Beast Comics, and in particular the work of its two founders, Marc Ellerby and Adam Cadwell. But sadly, due to various time- and business-related reasons, the company that most notably brought us Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter
and Blood Blokes will be closing its doors in the new year
One small piece of good news for fans (or people yet to check out anything they've done), however, is that as a result they're holding a closing down sale - you can get 25% off everything in their store
for a limited time only, by using the code "SHUTITDOWN".
It had got to the stage where I'd installed the National Film Board of Canada's app, I was so hopelessly keen to see Seth's Dominion
. I'd regularly scour through their collection of melancholic-looking films. It was never there. But maybe there was something appropriate in my ill-fated pining. Seth is my favourite comic artist and a lot of his work bows with a similar yearning for things gone, made invisible by time.
When it happened, it wasn't quite akin to chancing upon that last Kalo New Yorker
strip in a musty old bookshop. But it was close. I spotted a tweet from publishers Drawn and Quarterly
plugging the fact Seth's Dominion
was playing at the Vue, Piccadilly on October 4. Herein was a feeling of real accomplishment. The thing was, metaphorically at least, to be mine. At last!
In Indie Spotlight, we take a look at new or recent comics that we've stumbled across (or been told about) in the world of small press, self-publishing and webcomics. To begin with, here's a roundup of three indie books that have crossed our path in recent months.
I was originally going to post something from
Sandman here, but then I thought "Nah, Kate Beaton all the way."
Unfortunately it only seems to be available on the US Kindle store and so I can't seem to buy it at the moment, but WOW though. It's got to be better than the Harvey Comics stuff, anyway.
We're big fans of Marc Ellerby's Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter series, and you should be too. Any new material relating to the frequently-hilarious adventures of "the ginger whinger" is to be jumped upon and celebrated, even when it's as frustrating and tantalisingly short as being the first four pages of a strip that was ultimately abandoned.
Go and check it out on Marc's Tumblr, and then buy the assorted available issues while you're at it.