A little self-obsession is a prerequisite of autobiographical comics, but learning to actually love yourself? That's a near-mythic destination that cartoonists might hope to someday reach, and that's the journey undertaken by Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage with Daniel Freedman; Li'l Depressed Boy with Steven Struble) in Self-Obsessed, his upcoming collection of comic strips and personal essays from Image Comics. Taking 'self as project' as its premise, Self-Obsessed is a frank exploration at sexuality, relationships, and a life in comics.
But what does it really mean to be self-obsessed? We asked Grace to pick five icons of vanity and personal indulgence to help us unpack the phenomenon of masterful self-obsession. He also shared a few select strips from his book, so that you too can get to know him a little better!
If there's one problem that we as comics readers all share, it's that we just have too much money. Sure, we keep trying to give it to publishers and creators, but sometimes there just aren't enough comics to buy, and that's why we always need more great books out there to pick up. Fortunately, the good folks over at Comixology are doing their best to make that as easy as possible, and this week, those efforts are taking the form of the Image Comics "New Hits" Sale.
A ton of great new Image books like Southern Bastards, The Wicked + The Divine, Velvet, Burn the Orphanage and more have seen their first few issues dropped down to 99 cents each, and on top of that, there's a bundle of 20 first issues for just fifteen bucks.
When I was reading Burn the Orphanage, the one thought that kept running through my head was "Hey, this violent tribute to games like Streets of Rage is great and all, but what I'd really like to see is an all-ages fantasy story about a young girl and a magic box that grants wishes drawn by the same person!"
Okay, no, that's actually a lie -- but the only reason I didn't think that is because I didn't know how bad I wanted it until I saw that exact thing. Written by Michael Stock and drawn by Burn the Orphanage artist Sina Grace, Penny Dora and the Wishing Box is a modern re-telling of the Pandora myth inspired by a story written by Stock's eight year-old daughter, Nico.
So have you heard about these X-Men characters? Apparently they're pretty popular, and they've been in the news lately thanks to their appearance in a new movie. But in all the places you've seen them, whether it's comics, the big screen or even commercials for breakfast biscuits, I can promise you that you've never seen Marvel's Merry Mutants like they're depicted in Brandon Bird's 'X-Mans' art show.
Daniel Freedman and Sina Grace'sBurn the Orphanagewas one of my favorite new comics of the last year, which was probably a pretty predictable reaction. I mean, I am a dude who thinks of the side-scrolling Beat-'Em-Up video game as the apex of storytelling, so a comic inspired by classics like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, full of bone-crushing action and tag team combo moves? That is right up my alley.
This week, the second series drops, and as all great sequels do, Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terrorraises the stakes and upgrades the enemies to provide an even bigger challenge for Rock, Bear and their new ally Jess, and that can mean only one thing: Robots. Robots that will be punched.
Every year around this time, shops and advertisers start harshing the collective mellow of millions of youngsters by rolling out back-to-school gear. But have heart, students! There's still several weeks of summer left and you can readily savor the spirit of fun-in-the-sun with next Wednesday's Adventure Time: Summer Special 2013 #1. Containing stories by Noelle Stevenson, Ryan Pequin, Emily Partridge and the team of Frank Gibson and Becky Dreisdat, the issue promises sunburnless stories starring heroes who are on an eternal summer vacation (although Finn could probably use some math lessons, if we're all being honest with ourselves). Boom! has provided us with an early look at the special issue, and you can read it all after the jump.
One of my favorite things about Regular Show -- and folks, I have a lot of favorite things about Regular Show -- is the way it uses common elements of my life to form the foundation of its weird magical realism stories. Video games, the best VHS tape in the world, that's the stuff I can identify with.
Where some conventions skew more toward pop culture than comic books, this past weekend's Emerald City Comicon 2013 stocked Seattle with hundreds of prominent creators from every corner of the medium. ComicsAlliance
There's a very simple test to see if you'll enjoy Li'l Depressed Boy. Look at the cover. Does this apparent indie title focusing on a loner twenty-something interest you? If yes, continuing reading. If not,
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