Slave Labor Graphics
- My Little Pony: Friends Forever #2 at 99,
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – 100 Penny Press #1 at 95
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #16 at 73
- and Guardians of the Galaxy #12 at 18.
Furry comics that made the top 100 best-seller’s list for March 2014 include:
Action Lab Entertainment
Vamplets: The Nightmare Nursery Book Two
48 pages, full color, US $15.99
Written by Gayle Middleton and Dave Dwonch, art by Amanda Coronado and Bill Blankenship
“After the debacle at the Bizarre Bazaar, Destiny Harper is in more trouble than she imagined. To redeem herself, she must replenish the Vamplets supply of blood; but to do that she and the Vamplets must travel to the Undead Dragon Farm and into danger.”
Sanctuary is an black & white on-line digital comic story created and illustrated by animator Stephen Coughlin. Now this February Slave Labor Graphic will be releasing Sanctuary as a series of softcover graphic novels. Their description: “A research station on a secluded island houses a game reserve/sanctuary where the animals seem to be just a tad smarter than the human researchers observing them. The arrival of a Panda bear threatens to upset the delicate balance of life for everyone involved. On the surface everything seems normal enough, but beneath all the cuteness lays something sinister and more than a little creepy.” That and the front cover below might give you a little idea what you’re in store for. Check out Volume 1: Fresh Meat and order it at Things From Another World. [And with that, we'll see you again after Further Confusion!]
Mark Merlino and his friend Rod O'Riley might be called "first wave" furries from original geek culture, when that meant underground comics, fanzines and pen-pals. They held the first parties that turned into conventions, and WikiFur calls them "founding members of organized furry fandom." Mark owns The Prancing Skiltaire.
Rod's most recent accomplishment is The Art of Furry Fandom, at Avantgarden art gallery in Santa Ana, CA. It opens concurrently with this year's Califur, this weekend. In his journal, Mark calls it a dream he's had for over 30 years.
According to the gallery:
AVANTGARDEN is proud to present "Women Desperately Seeking Escape...a Series" photographically captured on film and digitally by ELLEN SEEFELDT. We also welcome JAY RIGGIO'S hand cut pasted collage work, SHARLYNORA WILKINSON's paintings, and The Art of Furry Fandom, curated by RODNEY STANSFIELD. This exhibit runs June 1–29, opening reception June 1, 7–10pm.
Mark reminded me of a similar show in 2012 in San Jose during Further Confusion, with "more artists, more art, same kind of independent gallery". Actually, there were two: a Slave Labor Graphics show, and "People-Shaped Animals" at Kaleid Gallery.
Previews for May featured an interview with Stan Sakai; he’s finishing up 47 Ronin soon and looking forward to getting back to Usagi Yojimbo. Before that, though, he mentions that he wants to do a non-canonical mini-series featuring the ronin rabbit versus the Martians from The War of the Worlds. So that’s something to look forward to.
Also, remember Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 4.
Actually, Sanctuary is a black & white on-line comic book by Stephen Coughlin, published as part of Slave Labor Graphics on-line comics initiative. It’s a funny animal adventure, but also a murder mystery. “ A research station on a secluded island houses a game reserve/sanctuary where the animals seem to be just a tad smarter than the human researchers observing them. The arrival of a Panda bear threatens to upset the delicate balance of life for everyone involved.” Word is out that Sanctuary will also be released soon on dead trees. For now, check it out at SLG’s page.
The stated objective of these shows is to get high-quality furry art out in the public, and to introduce San Jose's downtown gallery scene to the wealth of furry artwork. Local news media representatives will be invited to visit.
There is an open call for artwork, including con-badges, which will be printed by the show; the submission deadline is December 31. The shows are being organized independently of Further Confusion by its Art Track events lead, B. Root, creator of webcomic The Dawn Chapel.
Now that the Warner Brothers comics aren't being done by huge committees, the practice has moved to the Arch* companies. For better or worse, I can't say. Also there's a huge selection of non-pamphlet items this month, including three huge pricey bargains from Fantagraphics that I'd go for if I didn't have everything already. If you rely mainly on a standard pull list at your comic shop, you need to read this month's selections.
If you had asked me to name a comic book that would use the word 'ratiocination', I would not have picked Scooby-Doo. Nor would I have thought there would be so many zombies in one Previews. Surely this craze is past its sell-by date? No teenage zombie ninja turtles so far, though.
And Radio Comix is back! But will they stay? Also Flight #7 and some new titles.
Owing to bankruptcy of Comics Now!, I've missed a couple of months, but it's back to the furry trenches for July. Next month I try to be timelier.
No page numbers this month, just placeholders; none on my order form, and I am not going in search of another, being a couple of weeks late already. But there is a *lot* of great stuff this month. Three items I recommend, my average being under .5.
Anthrocon's a-comin'! I haven't been able to make it in years, but this time for sure! I hope to pick up the three paperbacks of Ursula Vernon's *Digger*, at the very least.
This was delayed a bit by a trip to Morphicon. Nice little (but growing) convention, well done 'Hooray for Furrywood' theme, some fine fursuits, not much for me as a mostly comic-book furfan. I'll probably try again next year, though.
A number of notable nonpamphlets this month, like Chumble Spuzz and Flight, and some equally notable nonfurry stuff like a trade paperback of new Halo & Sprocket stories, yay!
The 2007 Ursa Major Awards have been presented at Morphicon 2008.
Nothing exciting this month, I'd say, except the marginally furry Girl Genius collection from Airship Entertainment, my Pick of the Month. There's also a gn from Aurora Publishing if you're into pint-sized human cats. Pint-sized human cats! Pint-sized human cats!
Everything this month is more of what came before except an interesting hardcover from Dark Horse. I didn't notice anything particularly furry in the Free Comics Day stuff, so go out and buy!