We’ve been fans of Emily Carroll‘s haunting webcomics for a few years now, dating back to at least 2010 and her nightmarish tale “His Face All Red,” and continuing with “Margot’s Room.” And now, just in time for Halloween, we’re treated to another: “Out of Skin,” a chilling tale that begins with a woman discovering a half-dozen bodies in a pit in the woods, and ends with … well, you’ll have to read it for yourself.
(via Becky Cloonan)
Conventions | Retailers in the Boston area talk about the importance of Boston Comic Con to their bottom line. This year’s event will be held Saturday and Sunday. [The Boston Globe]
Creators | Nate Powell, who got his start distributing photocopied minicomics at punk-rock shows, talks to his hometown newspaper about working with Rep. John Lewis on March, drawing a Percy Jackson graphic novel, and life as a full-time comic artist: “There’s a whole lot of constant hustling as a cartoon artist, and really I credit DIY punk as far as shaping the way that I navigate the world to allow me to still tap into the constant hustling necessary to keep my head above water.” [Arkansas Times]
The nominees have been announced for the 2013 Joe Shuster Awards, and faithful readers of Robot 6 will notice many familiar names on the list, including Fiona Staples, Brandon Graham, Jim Zubkavich, Ryan North and Darwyn Cooke. As you can see from that sampling, the nominees are broad in terms of styles and genres.
Named in honor of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster, the awards recognize the best of the Canadian comics world; nominees must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada. The nominees are chosen by a committee and the winners by a jury, so there is no public vote. The awards will be presented Aug. 25 at a location to be announced later.
And with no further ado, here are the nominees:
• Isabelle Arsenault – Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)
• Patrick Boutin-Gagné – Brögunn (Soleil)
• Stuart Immonen – All-New X-Men #1-4, AvX: VS #1, #6, Avenging Spider-Man #7, Secret Avengers #21 (Marvel Comics)
• Yanick Paquette – Swamp Thing #5, 7-9, 13-14 (DC Comics)
• Ramón K. Pérez – John Carter and the Gods of Mars #1-5, AvX:VS #6 (Marvel Comics)
• Fiona Staples – Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)
• Marcus To – Batwing #9-15, 0, The Flash #10,15, Huntress #4-6 (DC Comics)
Or, “Betty & Veronica & Brandon & Emily.”
Cartoonist Brandon Graham is well known for thinking about the mechanics of comics. Recently, he and fellow cartoonist Emily Carroll went about examining a throw-off five-page Betty & Veronica comic be redoing it in their own styles. The results? Marvelous.
Here’s the first page from each. If you’re enticed, click over to Graham’s blog post containing both full comics as well as the original Betty & Veronica comic they are based on.
Today is the first day of the Comix Institute series of workshops at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. As part of its Continuing Studies program, ECUAD is hosting a variety of speakers for “a week of intensive workshops, panels, public lectures and events.” Guests include Scott Hampton, Chris Moeller, Brian Stelfreeze, Mark Smylie and various Dark Horse editors, among many others.
The workshops all go from today through Thursday and are:
On Friday, the university will host a Comics Industry Day with editors from Dark Horse.
While the workshops are designed as bona fide Continuing Education courses — and the prices reflect that — the week finishes up with Emily Con, a free, public event on Saturday, Sept 29. Intended to “invite the public to engage with the comic book community,” the convention will feature exhibiting comics artists from Vancouver and beyond (Ed Brisson and Rebecca Dart, to name two), how-to panels, an open comics jam, and a live taping of the Inkstuds podcast.
Other comics courses available at ECUAD include:
The Contemporary Comic with Julian Lawrence, Sept 12 – Oct 31
A History of Graphic Novels with Miriam Libicki, Oct 15 – Dec 10
Expression and Character with Julian Lawrence, Oct 25 – Dec 13
Narrative Structures in Graphic Novels with Robin Thompson, Nov 10 - Dec 15
Webcomics wunderkind Emily Carroll is taking her deliciously dark comics to dead tree. According to Publishers Weekly, Simon & Schuster’s Margaret K. McElderry Books will be publishing His Face All Red and Other Stories, a book-length collection from the celebrated (mostly) horror-comic creator. The book will also be released in the UK through Faber & Faber and in Italy through Stile Libro.
As a big fan of Carroll’s vibrant colors, exquisite pacing, and genuinely creepy, genuinely bleak stories of murder and monstrousness, I’m really looking forward to this one. I’m doubly curious to see how her existing stories, which frequently make use of the “infinite canvas” of the web in terms of layout, translate to the printed page.
Carroll, might I remind you, had never drawn a comic prior to May 2010. So, y’know, holy smokes.
Never let it be said that webcomics wunderkind Emily Carroll is not a woman of her word. When she began her latest horror comic “Margot’s Room” at the beginning of October, she promised there would be blood. Well, she’s posted the fifth and final chapter just in time for Halloween. The title? “BLOOD.” And yes, the climax of Carroll’s dark domestic nightmare lives up to the name.
Read the whole thing by visiting the opening page and clicking on the objects mentioned in Carroll’s poem, in the order she mentions them. And don’t miss her earlier stunner of a horror comic “His Face All Red” while you’re at it.
It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a year since Emily Carroll burst into comicdom’s consciousness with her miniature masterpiece of a horror webcomic “His Face All Red.” In that time she won a Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Web Comic Creator — quite a feat for someone who’d literally never drawn a comic before May 2010. Now that it’s October, the spooky season is upon us again, and what better way to celebrate than “Margot’s Room,” Carroll’s new webcomic? Once again it’s an innovatively structured affair: The landing page is a picture of the titular room, and every week a new line will be added to a poem at the top of the page, hinting at the objects in the room you need to click on to read the next few pages. (Hint: Start by clicking on the flowers.) So far, so creepy, but what exactly are we in for? “There Will Be (More) Blood,” Carroll promises. I can’t wait.
Lavishly illustrated? Check. Lushly colored? Check. Twisty and turny? Check. Darker than a black steer’s tuches on a moonless prairie night? Big check. Fresh from winning the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Webcomics Creator, Emily Carroll returns to the web with “The Prince & the Sea,” a new story about star-crossed lovers set firmly in her gorgeous, grim tradition.
Nominees were selected by a panel of judges — Michael Allred, Brandon Graham, Laura Hudson, Michael Ring and Jason Leivian — from among the entries submitted earlier this year. Winners were determined by an online vote.
The winners are:
Best Artist: Emily Carroll, His Face All Red
Best Writer: Aaron Renier, The Unsinkable Walker Bean
Best Cartoonist: Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour
Best Letterer: Johnny Ryan, Prison Pit #2
Best Colorist: Emily Carroll, His Face All Red
Best Publication Design: Michael DeForge, Spotting Deer
Best Anthology: Studygroup 12 #4, edited by Zack Soto
Best Small Press: I Want You #2 by Lisa Hanawalt
Best New Talent: Michael DeForge
Reader’s Choice: Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk by Ben Costa
Director’s Choice: The Sixth Gun, by Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn, published by Oni Press
She first garnered major attention right around Halloween with her short, sharp shock of a horror comic, “His Face All Red.” Now, in honor of what Blanche Devereaux once referred to as “the most romantic day of the ye-ah,” cartoonist Emily Carroll has posted another all-new webcomic, “Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter,” and this time around, love is in the air rather than bloodspatter. This story of an amorous shape-shifting goddess and her beloved’s beautiful hair is so convincingly authentic an evocation of ancient legend that you’ll probably be stunned to learn that it wasn’t drawn from some dusty library book of world myths, but from a world-building project completely of her own creation. It’s also makes excellent use of the web’s scrolling capabilities, and there are a couple of formal tricks at play in terms of how Yir’s Daughter is portrayed and referred to that made me say “dang, that’s smart” once I cottoned to them. Read it with someone you love!
When last seen in this space, Emily Carroll was sketching some mighty nice zombie fanart. Now she has a new project up: four-panel snippets of her recent dreams. You know how boring it is to listen to someone else go on and on about their weird dream? This is not that. Carroll shows brief vignettes and presents everything visually, which, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense: Since dreams are largely visual, drawing them is more economical than writing about them. Like most of us, Carroll has some disturbing images in her dreams, but her drawings of them seem almost like surrealistic gag cartoons — most of them end with some sort of a punch line or non sequitur.
(via Michael Buntag)
…and in so doing makes my head damn near explode with her talent. Emily Carroll, as you may recall, was the cartoonist between the Halloween sensation “His Face All Red,” a chillingly subtle horror comic that took the comics Internet by storm around All Hallows Eve. Her latest post is a gallery of fan art for a variety of nerd-beloved franchises: Zombies from Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare and Fallout: New Vegas, the “Fear is the mindkiller” speech from Dune, and more — even a pin-up from Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski’s berserk conquistador classic Aguirre: The Wrath of God (see below). It’s always exciting to watch someone go from unknown to must-read (or must-gawk-at, in this case) overnight.
This quietly sinister webcomic has been tearing up the comics Internet over the past few Halloween-dominated days, and for good reason. Presenting “His Face All Red” by Emily Carroll — a beautifully colored little nightmare with an ending as black as the background. When I finished it, I actually muttered “whooo” out loud, I was so impressed. Enjoy, if that’s the word for it.
(Via Tom Spurgeon)