Up this week, Andrea talks about Image Expo. Aaron whines because he wasn't there. It'll knock your socks off. The manga Andrea mentions is called Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. The story and art are by Satoshi Mizukami.
We'll be back to our regular format of comics chatter, Second Opinions and The Couch next week.
This week’s theme is friendship is magic. We talk a lot about the relationships between characters in comic books - be they superhero teams, mortal enemies or anything in between. We’ve discussed the dynamics of romantic relationships, family conflict and adolescent turmoil. The two comics we’re focusing on today showcase the strong bonds that form among friends, especially in times of trouble, be it magical or mundane. Either way, there’s probably a body or two involved, so choose your friends wisely. Make sure at least one of them knows what to do when the shit hits the fan.
You may know Ignatz-award winning cartoonist Alec from his minicomic Phase 7 or his gorgeous graphic novel, Basewood, self-published in hardcover this year. Or maybe you’re wearing the sweet t-shirt he designed for the band Weezer. His comics work has also appeared in anthologies published by Villard, Three Rivers Press, Dark Horse Comics, Tugboat Press and many other indie self-publishers. He was a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies and teaches for CCS and the California College for the Arts for their MFA Comics Program.