They say that the past is a foreign country, and as British citizens we are therefore left with an extremely limited window of opportunity to go there without a visa. We’re looking back at books we loved, formative experiences, to see how they stack up now. Also: other comics! Is a hotdog a sandwich? More! Read On…
We really expected to just talk in gushing tones about our favourite comic shops and then come up with some great ideas for how we’d run our own.
So of course we’re ranting about the comics Direct Market. But also some other stuff! Read On…
Hot dang folks, it’s the end of the year, and that means Best Of lists. We’re no exception to this cheap and easy content format, but we will at least give some lucky scamp a prize of each of our picks for the best comics this year. Read On…
Sincerity is an odd topic for three soulless husks to confront, but we’ll give it a crack. What’s up with the increase in comics that are just lovely? Where have they come from? Why now? And what are the good ones? We’ll tell ya! Read On…
For the last few years The Guardian has done a “best of the year” comics roundup. It’s pretty good. Lots of sites do it. We do one too – it’s practically a Christmas tradition.
Just as much of a tradition, however, is pointing and laughing at The Guardian’s for being:
- basically just whatever Jonathan Cape published that year
- a little bit nose-in-the-air Worthy/joyless
When I began writing about graphic novels a decade ago, I remember worrying slightly about the supply line: would I really be able to find a good one to review every month?
[but…] if there isn’t something to suit everyone on the bulging list that follows, I’ll eat my copy of Persepolis.
Anchoring your readers on Persepolis, saying “Graphic Novels”, authorizing yourself with the decade thing, and worrying that (in 2006, FFS) there weren’t enough? There’s a klaxon or two sounding there, a grasp for validity.
The list that follows is – of course – mostly from Serious Publisher Jonathan Cape.
But is our scepticism really fair? We did a budget data journalism to find out.
Now, I can’t promise that if you watched King of the Hill after dropping acid it would look exactly like Cowboys and Insects. But those already familiar with Shaky Kane’s style and the amped-up pulp vibe he created with David Hine in The Bulletproof Coffin would likely find the experience quite familiar.
With its giant bugs, bright colours, ranch hands with rifles, and a sickly uncoiling of fifties American paranoia, Cowboys and Insects is a lurid thing that takes us to a pretty severe place.
Childhood wonder to lynch mob in twenty pages, each step feeling natural and normal, and not worthy of moral scrutiny.
First published digitally in 2013, when it wasn’t a given that white America would plump for fascism in a fit of butthurt cultural pique, Cowboys and Insects seems oddly prescient now.
Much of its effect, I think comes not from being on-the-nose preachy, but rather from running full-tilt at the joyous daftness of the premise and letting that carry it through.
We’re back from Thought Bubble and here to tell you about the exciting things we picked up – including several hideous diseases! But more than that we got some great new comics and interviewed some interesting creators. Let us tell you what you would have bought if only you had our impeccable taste. Read On…
Queer comics (and the whole super-set of LGBTQ goodness) are a perennial topic for us, not least because I won’t shut up about them, and we’ve done an annual round-up episode on the podcast for the last couple of years:
So I was on the lookout for queer content at Thought Bubble this year, and delightfully, just so many of the books at the show seemed to be somewhere in the LGBTQ ballpark.
Tab Kimpton (of Discord Comics) put together a “Thought Bubble Rainbow Road” this year, highlighting LGBTQ comics, creators and merch. Chatting to him (more of that on the podcast), he put the proportion somewhere a nose over eleven percent.
I didn’t scratch the surface of that, but here’s a quick round-up of what I found.
It’s that time of year again, so Roger and Dave are at Thought Bubble with special guests the people who could be lured back to their hotel room with cheap wine and a cocked eyebrow Dave Barker and Hester Wells (from heirloom-comic.com), and Clarrie Maguire (of ProblemChimp.com – specialist bookkeeping for all your starving artist needs).
They’re all drinking chocolate-flavoured British wine (as distinct from English wine, people on Twitter get very huffy if you confuse the two. So, what was the best of day one? Read On…
Here at Consequential dot net, Thought Bubble is our absolute favourite festival occurring between Halloween and the Beaujolais Nouveau.
Seriously though, it’s probably the best comics event in the UK, and it’s a great time to:
- discover some amazing new comics.
- dance like several hundred people are watching, but are all just too lovely and welcoming to even form an opinion about that thing you’re doing with your hands.
We love the ol’ T’Bubz, and here’s a selection of things we’re looking out for, including some old favourites and interesting debuts.