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Koko Be Good by Jen Wang

Koko Be Good by Jen Wang

Koko Be Good by Jen Wang is a beautiful book.  The art is just a joy to look at; there are many, many panels I'd consider works of art all by themselves.  The comic as a whole is absolutely worth getting, it's a very interesting, thought-provoking story with lively characters and a tone that mixes seriousness with fun.

Be Good Be Good, Be Good Koko

Koko Be Good by Jen Wang

I got a package of books to review from First Second recently.  I can say without hesitation after my first read of it that Koko Be Good by Jen Wang is going to be extremely well-received.  I absolutely fell in love with the artwork here (and the production values on this book are amazingly good) and the story, while a little thin, has a perfectly proportioned collision between two very different characters that is just a joy to read.  (It's the same character, but a different version of the story than this short comic on Wang's website).  This book is due out for sale in early September -- I'll have a real review up sometime this month.

Home Portrait

Home Portrait by Jen Wang
Home Portrait by Jen Wang

Home Portrait by Jen Wang

William Bazillion Chapter Six, pages 14-16

Chapter Six of The Chronicles of William Bazillion continues: http://www.williambazillion.com

And for those of you keeping track of my exploits in other media, here's an article on comic book collecting that ran in the Toledo Blade this past weekend.

Webcomics And The City

MoCCa MoCCa MoCCA!!
The Beat lists a lot webcomickers in attendence at this weekend's MoCCA fest in New York:  Jeffrey Rowland, Raina Telgemeier, Josh NeufeldLark Pien, David Malki, Cat Garza, Jen Wang, Ben Rosen, Dave Roman, Lunchbox Funnies, The Flight crew, Kean Soo...

HAMMER TIME!
ComicMix redesigns its webcomic reader for comics published on its site. ComicMix contributor Rick Marshall praises the new reader and hints at new developments to come at ComicMix.

GUEST ART
Today's the last day to submit a guest strip for Alma Mater's Summer O' Fun run.

DEAD TREES
The Pulse has an interview with some members of the Chemistry Set collective on their print anthology, No Formula.

Wet Ink has an interview with Lee Salem the head of the Universal Press Syndicate.

NOT WEBCOMICS
Warren Ellis points out that Svetlana Chmakova of Tokyopop’s Dramacon is one of the creators of the new animated series, My Life Me, which is in production for a fall 2009 release.

The A.V. Club has an interview with animator Robert Smigel.

Updates On Entries in the Ill-Fated Webcomic Directory Project?

I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.

Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?

Small Packages

People think of manga as coming in 20-volume doses, and sometimes that’s true. But not every story is an epic, and some creators have used the techniques of manga to tell brief tales of romance, magic, and adventure.

Some of these are Japanese and some are not, but all are worth a look. Let's start with two artists who occasionally post short stories on their websites: Queenie Chan and Jen Wang.

Jen Wang

APE: Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco, CA

APE, the Alternative Press Expo, returns to the Concourse in San Francisco for another APE-ril weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9. This fun show has continued to grow in many ways; more exhibitors, increased attendees and added programming have made this the 'must attend' event for lovers of all things alternative and self published.

APE 2006 special guests will include Keith Knight, Alex Robinson, and Raina Telgemeier (table 334).  Other artists exhibiting include: Derek Kirk Kim (table 268A), Dave Roman (table 334) and Lark Pien (table 439).

double happiness wedding from jen wang

Scott McCloud points out this new comic from jen wang called double happiness wedding.

While you're at her site, if you haven't already read it check out pierced.