Magnetic Press got off to a good start last year, with two Eisner Award nominations (Best Publication for Teens for Tony Sandoval’s Doomboy and Best Graphic Album—Reprint for Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands), and it looks like the publisher is doing its best best to avoid sophomore slump with the newly announced second-year lineup.
The new books are very much of a piece with the first season’s offerings: Full-color graphic novels that combine action and bold, confident art, much of it from European creators. The recent announcement of a partnership with Darby Pop should shake things up a little.
Brand New Nostalgia is the sketchblog equivalent of The Defenders, a non-group, if you will — a loose conglomerate of artists doing that sketchblog thing of choosing a theme and then posting the results, originally at their respective deviantART accounts and Tumblrs, and now at their own website. They’re making the leap into the physical world with a book they’re seeking funding for through Kickstarter described as an “anthology consisting of some of the best pieces from the blog as well as all-new comic stories by each of the creators.”
There’s a list of the members’ respective galleries here, and the most easily navigable place to see their combined efforts may well be at deviantART. There’s some top-notch artists amongst their number who’ll probably go on to big things. There’s a representative selection of work from their site below. Continue Reading »