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sabato 10 gennaio 2015

15 Comics for 2015 - Part One

As I did last year, but in a different way, I'm previewing some comics scheduled for the next months. I'm splitting this list in three parts, publishing them throughout January. Thanks to all the artist and publishers who sent me news and advance pictures.

1) Frontier #8 by Anna Deflorian - Youth in Decline continues to host in its series Frontier the best talents of our days. In May it will be the turn of Italian artist and cartoonist Anna Deflorian, best known for her graphic novel Roghi, who is creating a book described as "full and decorative in a 70s shojo manga vs renaissance painting way (haha)". This is another big hit for Ryan Sands, who discovered Deflorian's work thanks to her comic published in the ninth issue of š!

2) Revenger by Charles Forsman - The first issue of Revenger, the new series by Chuck Forsman published by his Oily Comics, marks a drastic change of pace for the author of TEOTFW and Celebrated Summer, now making an "action and violence comic book" characterized by the use of color and a more realistic style that can recall Steve Dillon. Set in a darker version of the USA in 1987, the story follows our "heroine", a sort of a rogue-for-hire, going in a small city to help a teenage boy who is worried about his missing girlfriend. Inspired by comics and movies from 70s and 80s and by contemporary cartoonists as Benjamin Marra (author of the back cover of this first issue) and Michel Fiffe, Revenger is already available for download, while the printed version will be out in February.

3) Terror Assaulter: One Man War On Terror di Benjamin Marra - And talking about Benjamin Marra, Fantagraphics will publish in the fall a book from the author of Night Business and Blades & Lazers, collecting mostly unreleased work, since only one comic book of Terror Assaulter was published so far. For those of you who aren't familiar with him, it's the right time to enter into the violent, provocative, ironic world of the bearded American cartoonist, stylistically reminiscent of unforgettable artists as Jim Steranko and Paul Gulacy and with a strong pop art vein.

4) Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels - In May Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly will put out a celebratory book of 512 pages for its 25th anniversary, with never-before-seen or rare works from cartoonists as Chester Brown, Michael DeForge, Julie Doucet, Debbie Dreschler, Tom Gauld (author of the cover above), Rutu Modan, John Porcellino, Art Spiegelman, James Sturm, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Adrian Tomine and many others. Besides the comics, editor Tom Devlin is also assembling interviews, personal reminiscences of D&Q staff, photographs and essays by guest stars Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem and Chris Ware. 

5) Viewotron #3 by Sam Sharpe and David Goodrich - 
The second issue of Viewotron, released in spring 2013, showcased a single beautiful autobiographical story by Sam Sharpe about the relationship between the author/protagonist, depicted as an anthropomorphic dog, and his schizophrenic mother. Given the considerable level of that comic, it is legitimate to expect great things from the third output of this anthology series, which will also mark the return of the co-creator David Goodrich. The tone will be definitely lighter, as you can see from the first panel of The Orb of Mild Disappointment, one of the main stories of this new issue, tentatively scheduled for a summer 2015 release.

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