Sunday, September 17, 2006


Sorry for the long hiatus between posts lately :(


+ JASON SHIGA - Our buddy, and an accomplished, amazing comic book creator. Shiga does a variety of different types of comics, but will first rock your socks with his non-linear mindbender books. Hard to describe in words, these comics (include 'Meanwhile') are a semi-choose your own adventure that range from a you-are-the-hunted thriller to a recursive, Primer-meets-Wrinkle in Time science mystery. We definitely encourage you to buy books from him-- not sure which ones he has available right this instant, but we bought Meanwhile at Alternative Press Expo this spring and are still reading and re-reading it.

Upon a little further internet digging I see, HOLY CRAP, he won an Eisner and was written up in Time magazine!!

+ MONSTER BRAINS - We found out about this blog through a thread on's message board. The posts span from Lovecraftian horror tropes to Tadami Yamada's surrealist graphics to Ray Harryhausen paintings to Ludovic Debeurme's comics. There's literally hours and hours of good stuff in the links and galleries here. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND - ENJOY!!

+ FROZEN IN HELL by Derek Yu - Comics are just one of the awesome projects that our buddy Derek works on, and he keeps amazing us with each new thing he tries his hand at. (For his latest, please check out the first description and screenshots for his gorgeous new game, Aquaria). We could type pages and pages about this dude, but for today, check out his irregularly posted gag comic strip "Frozen in Hell". There's about a dozen and read like the weird stepchild of Perry Bible Fellowship and Heartbroken Angels. SWEET!

+ THE STIFF by Jason Thompson - The Stiff is a long running webcomic written and illustrated by our other friend Jason. It'd be unfair to try to give a glib description of the epic, serialized story that he's telling, but in this interview, he explains it as "a cross between 'Video Girl Ai' and Charles Burns' 'Black Hole"... mixed with influences from Shojo manga and HP Lovecraft!

Jason has been a longtime editor for Viz (he was the editor behind Same Hat fan staples like Uzumaki and Gyo) and his current projects include editing editing Umezu's The Drifting Classroom and working on an ambitious manga book. We'll be posting lots on this book once it hits shelves). The Stiff is on hiatus while Jason works on his book, and now is a great time to get caught up on this hilarious and satisfying comic :)


fellipe said...

too many goodies! thank you posting those

Anonymous said...

Neat links, cheers. Do you have any more details about Jason Thompson's "ambitious manga book"? Could this be something like viz's old 'Secret Comics Japan' collection? (Which after checking my copy, it seems Jason worked on aswell) The english manga market is in dire need of something similar.

Ryan said...

fellipe: glad you liked them!

anonymous: no more details on my end right now :) , but i agree that Secret Comics Japan (and Comics Undeground Japan) are canonical indie texts, and another updated for the aughts collection would be an awesome, awesome publication !

Anonymous said...


But could it be loooooooooonger pleeeease. I finished both of those in one sitting (each).


Anonymous said...

To answer my own question:

At the bottom of the Del Rey section there's a little snippet which I guess refers to the project you mentioned. I can't help but feel slightly dissapointed. Ah well.

Ryan said...

haha, nice detective work!

Trust me, the book is going to be really awesome-- it's not a collection of indie manga like you hoped, but something more robust and cool. Jason knows the industry and manga inside and out, and this tome is gonna deliver for the fangirls and fanboys.


Anonymous said...

Cool, I'll take your word for it.

Anyyyway, keep up the good work, you guys "rule" as the kids say these days.