Kochalka Quality is unstoppable. 
kochalka:

Noooooo… don’t stop Kochalka Quality!

Kochalka Quality is unstoppable

kochalka:

Noooooo… don’t stop Kochalka Quality!

The IGNATZ AWARD NOMINATED Wicked Chicken Queen. 
gingerlandcomics:

unused page from Wicked Chicken Queen

The IGNATZ AWARD NOMINATED Wicked Chicken Queen

gingerlandcomics:

unused page from Wicked Chicken Queen

Wicked Chicken Queen by Sam Alden has been nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic! Congrats to all the nominees!

Wicked Chicken Queen by Sam Alden has been nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic! Congrats to all the nominees!

retrofitcomics:

"I love this James Kochalka portal and demand access to this forest." - Michael Deforge 

These little bits of mold and fungus that live beneath our feet are actually very interesting creatures. This book contains 11 chapters of little fungal creatures discussing life’s virtues and intricacies.

108 pages, black and white

$12 get it here, shipping early Sept. 

comiques:

A couple pages from my comic with Retrofit

retrofitcomics

Debbie’s Inferno by Anne Emond

Anne Emond is known for her comic strip Comiques. Debbie’s Inferno is her first step into a lengthy comic.  Watch as Debbie is lead through her own personal Hell!!

36 pages, shipping in Early September

Get it here.

retrofitcomics:

Number 2 by Box Brown 

Contains the stories “Sk8rh8r” about a skateboarding girl who gets White Castle and has a run in with a schizophrenic local and the cops and “Elroy Mirrors’ Big Score” about a struggling documentary film maker. 

54 pages, black and white; Shipping in early September. 

Get it here!

Friday before SPX at BIG PLANET COMICS come to a live-reading and signing by Marinaomi, Yumi Sakugawa, James Kochalka and Box Brown. 

Friday before SPX at BIG PLANET COMICS come to a live-reading and signing by Marinaomi, Yumi Sakugawa, James Kochalka and Box Brown

spudd64:

Josh Bayer's work manages the paradox of being both uniquely personal and broadly universal, which I find deeply affecting. His newest comic Theth is his most accomplished, direct, brutal and seemingly autobiographical yet. While Bayer does not explicit indicate that Theth is based directly on his own life or experiences, there is such a searing honesty and integrity to his work overall that it is difficult not to project Bayer into the story somehow. And that strengthens rather than detracts from a narrative that is visually explosive and emotionally shattering in unexpected ways.

The personal details are all there - a childhood spent in Ohio, the dreary landscape of a snowy, grubby suburbia serving as the backdrop, the recent murder of John Lennon dominating both Theth’s home life and his school room discussions, Theth lying to his parents about going to the library when he really went to the drug store to read the comics he didn’t have enough money to buy. All of these details are shown with such a furiously vivid line that one can’t help but assume Bayer is telling us something about his own life. And yet how many of us who grew up reading comic books in the 70s and 80s did not experience the same sense of loneliness and confusion that the outcast Theth grapples with? Theth slips almost unknowingly in and out of a fantasy world dominated by ROM the Spaceknight (here in epic battle with Firefall) but it is here that Theth seems at peace. Comics were, especially in those earlier decades, both the mark of the outcast and the means of providing the outcast with some sort of comfort, and a feeling that there was a place they could feel like they belonged even if that was between the smudgy newsprint pages of a Marvel comic. Bayer locks on to this with such force and authority that Theth could almost read as a manifesto for all of us with awkward and painful childhoods made somewhat more bearable by the curse of comics.

There is an intense sense of loneliness in Theth as well. A sense of confusion, a confused tangle of ideas and philosophies all savagely competing for mental real estate in the mind of young Theth. The character struggles to navigate a fractured family, an indifferent and distant stepmother, an escapist worship of ROM and Sgt. Rock stand-in Sgt. Hard, a chilling encounter in the drug store with Bile Duct, and the final climactic after-school fight with Nathan which leads to the shattering conclusion. Bayer has too much respect for his reader to spell things out, to tell us what to think and what is right. He spills his guts on the page and leaves the story there for us, making no value judgments and leaving no road map. Reading Bayer’s comics is not an easy path to walk, but it’s one of the most rewarding and most necessary explorations of the language and meaning and importance of comics I’ve ever seen. Truly, there is nothing like what Bayer is making here.

Buy Theth from Josh Bayer or from Retrofit Comics.

(Source: kochalka)