Archive for the ‘Alternative Comics’ Category

James Kochalka Superstar rocks Burlington, Vermont on August 23

August 8, 2008

August 23 @ Nectar's - Burlington, Vermont

Alternative Comics cartoonist James Kochalka created this nifty poster to promote the big music event at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, August 23, 2008.


The Great Great Grandshow

August 8, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008 (from 7pm to 11pm) is the Grand Opening of the August 16th through September 1st Great Great Grandshow at Gallery Nucleus, in the heart of quaint downtown Alhambra, just East of Los Angeles.  

A most splendid exhibit yielding praises from the far reaches of the globe–featuring work of pleasing and titillating nature that explores antiquities of yore, figures of late, and tales of yesteryear.

A visual quartet of ink, watercolor, and paints, produced by the likes of:

Graham Annable
Scott Campbell
Jon Klassen
Israel Sanchez

Noteworthy ceremonies on opening night in which to partake:

  • “Historic Figures” Photography booth
  • Arrive in attire resembling an iconic figure of history and obtain a generous deduction of 15% on all in-store items (example: Abraham Lincoln, Genghis Kahn, Ninja, Pirate, Sherlock Holmes)
  • The debut of Graham Annable’s animated short From Whence Before Times
  • Trade an exhibition flyer for a free “Great Great Grandshow” button
  • Complimentary refreshments served

Check out some of Graham’s films here:

Eisner Award to Alternative Comics cartoonist Rich Tommaso

August 2, 2008
Striking Out Jim Crow, by James Sturm and Rich Tommaso (Center for Cartoon Studies/Hyperion)

2008 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work

Alternative Comics cartoonist Rich Tommaso (Miriam, Perverso!, 8-1/2 Ghosts) and James Sturm, Director of The Center for Cartoon Studies, have won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work for their Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, published by The Center for Cartoon Studies in conjunction with Hyperion Books.  James Sturm is the writer and Rich Tommaso the Illustrator.
The duo have been receiving rave reviews and have won and have been nominated for numerous other awards including Booklist‘s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2008, and the Glyph Award, among many.
Striking Out Jim Crow

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

Sam Henderson book signing in New York

August 1, 2008

Sam Henderson book signing of Magic Whistle #11 at Desert Island on Friday, August 15

WHO: Sam Henderson

WHAT: Book signing

WHERE: Desert Island

540 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn NY 11211 • 718-388-5087

WHEN: Friday, August 15, 6PM

Admission is free to the public


New York, August 1, 2008: At what promises to be the most happening event since the premiere party for ‘Stroker Ace’, cartoonist Sam Henderson is doing a signing at Desert Island in Brooklyn on Friday, August 15, 2008 from 6-9 PM, signing copies of his newest Magic Whistle book, which is popular among people who know it exists.


“Even if you have my new book already/ just saw me/ were just there/ don’t like me/ don’t like the owner/ have other plans/ it’s raining, come anyway.” said cartoonist Sam Henderson, “There will be beer, and I know most of you like that.”


Magic Whistle #11: Body Armor For Your Dignity is the latest collection of works by Sam Henderson. Praised for finding new ways of being funny while simultaneously panned for lacking the draftsmanship skills of his peers, Henderson continues what he’s been doing all along for nearly twenty years. This 96-page tome contains stories ranging from 1 to 16 pages.


Magic Whistle #11: Body Armor For Your Dignity features the return of Monroe Simmons, a re-coloring of a story previously published in the children’s’ anthology MEASLES, tons of previously unpublished strips, and the high-low-brow humor audiences have come to expect from this cartoonist who has been nominated multiple times for a Harvey award and once for an Emmy. Despite work for publications such as NICKELODEON and VICE; storyboards for TV’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS; and animation for a video by THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS; Magic Whistle remains Sam Henderson’s proudest achievement. 


From Booklist, August 1, 2008:


More of Henderson’s crude but maximally energetic comics—hurray! They’re like no other artist’s, even if they do stand squarely in the traditions of big-nose gag cartooning (see Mark Newgarden’s We All Die Alone, 2005, to grok that) and bare-bones animation (Mister Magoo, Tom Terrific, Rocky and Bullwinkle). Their humor is sometimes innocently naughty, sometimes almost smart, always easy to identify with and oddly nostalgic. They look and “sound” like what you once drew and laughed at, even if, really, you never could draw or say anything funny; it helps that Henderson often recurs to childhood and adolescence for characters and situations. His single-panel cartoons and one-page strips are surefire joy-inducers (see “Patience Pays Off,” which may be hackneyed but still hits where you live), and his long stories are brilliant stuck-record routines that, like many a Monty Python sketch, trace the struggles of genial monomaniacs in a world that just won’t humor them. Come to think of it, if the Pythons had been Americans, they would have to have been Sam Henderson.


Magic Whistle #11: Body Armor For Your Dignity
By Sam Henderson, $11.95 US; Perfect bound paperback graphic novel; 96 pages; partial color; 6” x 9”; ISBN-13: 978-1-934460-04-7; ISBN-10: 1-934460-04-4; for Mature Readers.

MoCCA – New York – June 7-8

June 2, 2008

The annual MoCCA Art Festival is being held this weekend in New York at the historic Puck Building in lower Manhattan.

Alternative Comics has a number of exciting new books debuting at the show – We should be at table B43 – right across from Drawn & Quarterly.

Don’t miss these guys:

Sam Henderson will be debuting Magic Whistle #11: Body Armor For Your Dignity
Body Armor For Your Dignity

Karl Stevens will be promoting Whatever

Scott Campbell will be selling art prints, mini-comics, t-shirts, and promoting the latest issue of Hickee
Hickee #4

Rich Tommaso starts blog for Miriam graphic novel “Filmography”

May 14, 2008

Rich Tommaso has just started a new blog where he will be posting pages for his Miriam graphic novel “Filmography”

Look here:

Rich Tomasso also has his own personal blog here:

Hickee v3 #3 – Now in Stores

July 1, 2007

Hickee #3

Hickee v3 #3 (Alternative Comics)
By Graham Annable, Paul Harvey Brown, Scott Campbell, Vamberto Maduro, Razmig Mavlian, Nathan Stapley, and Joe White.
For Mature Readers; 32 pgs; 6.625″ x 10.25″; $2.95; ISBN-10: 1-891867-95-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-891867-95-8; Diamond Code: APR07 3315; June 2007

The third installment of this humor anthology is a gamey one! All manner of games: bouncy games; square games; gladiatorial games; ball games and more are given the Hickee treatment by a crew of expert funny men. Hailing from such diverse backgrounds as animation, illustration, and surfing, these cartoonists bring all their skills to bear in Hickee. In the tradition of Mad, Weirdo, and Plop!, this book is for lovers of screwy, humorous comics. It’s packed from cover to cover with cartoons that will delight, shock and prod your funny bone! Giggle away at the latest works of Scott Campbell, Graham Annable, Razmig Mavlian, Joe White, Nathan Stapley, Paul Brown, and Vamberto Maduro.

“If this anthology of humorous comics by a group of San Francisco-area young artists is any measure, the spirit of anti-mainstream cartooning is alive and well.”—Publishers Weekly

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Hickee v3 #3 full cover
Hickee v3 #3 sample page

Graham Annable is the award winning animator, editor, story artist, and cartoonist behind the Grickle books, Stickleback, and Hickee anthology from Alternative Comics. When he’s not swamped by his day job in Portland, Oregon, he stays up late making comics.. Contact Graham at or visit

Paul Harvey Brown is an artist living/working in Toronto, Canada. Better known in the industry as “Dr. Amazing,” Paul has been working in animation since the days before computers were invented. When he’s not animating, he can be found enjoying life’s simple pleasures — smelling roses and public streaking. Contact Paul at or visit

Scott Campbell — has comics and paintings in a number of anthologies, including the new Flight4, Beasts!, and Project:Superior. He also does a daily comic at: and is responsible for some mini comics such as “Pyramid Car”. His paintings have been shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Montreal. E-Mail Scott at or you can see more of his work at

Vamberto Maduro — Currently living in Toronto, Canada, Vam is the only member of Hickee with webbed toes. He works as an animator on a 3D children’s show, where his award for “Most Improved Student” in Grade 8 comes in handy. Contact Vam at or visit

Razmig Mavlian — Livin’ a wicked lifestyle in the downtown core of San Francisco, Razmig finds time to animate and draw funny cartoons. Contact Raz at or vist

Nathan Stapley lives in San Francisco and enjoys drawing, painting, and surfing in front of his house on Ocean Beach. He works as a texture artist at a video game company, but has also had several gallery showings of his own paintings and drawings. Nathan enjoys drawing comics, and hopes to put out a collection of his own. Contact Nathan at or visit

Joe White — Hailing from Ontario, Canada and now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe White has formulated a fascinating theory that places the soul of America in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works as an animator and lives in a little hut on a mountaintop. Contact Mr. White at or visit

Thunderhead Underground Falls – New Reviews

July 1, 2007

Thunderhead Underground Falls

Joel Orff’s Thunderhead Underground Falls graphic novel just hit stores, and is now starting to get reviewed:

Joel Orff’s latest graphic novel packs an emotional wallop that hits like a thunderbolt, a fact belied by the delicately rendered, highly abstracted art and the light touch with which Orff tells his sharply observed story…
[full review]
Las Vegas Weekly, June 28, 2007

…Thunderhead Underground Falls is an extraordinary graphic novel that brilliantly shows the spirit of young love that a couple feels in the face of impending life events…
[full review]
—Silver Bullet Comics, June 27, 2007

Joel Orff’s work has a rich, lovely quality that makes it difficult for me to make a rigorous appraisal of its overall worth…
[full review]
—The Comics Reporter, June 26, 2007

What a thoroughly beautiful book…
[full review]
—Optical Sloth, June 20, 2007