Formerly a popular feature for the acclaimed book website, Bookslut, Gordon McAlpin’s Stripped Books webcomic can now be found at its new home, StrippedBooks.com.
Although the site was unofficially launched in mid-July, the first StrippedBooks.com-exclusive installment has just been added to the site. In a slight departure from its usual format of adapting author appearances into comics form, the new “Stripped Book” covers the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” release party thrown by Chicagoâ€™s 57th St. Books on July 15th, and features appearances by Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Professor Severus Snape, and other Hogwarts faculty members, as played by a cast of volunteers and 57th St. Books/Seminar Co-op employees. This new comic features a painted cover by Libby VanderPloeg (parodying Mary GrandprÃ©’s “Half-Blood Prince” cover), with interiors written and illustrated by Gordon McAlpin.
Previous installments of Stripped Books have featured Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”), the best-selling children’s book team of Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith (“The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Stories”), Stephen Mitchell (“Gilgamesh: A New English Version”), Gary Shteyngart (“The Russian Debutante’s Handbook”) & Jeffrey Eugenides (“Middlesex”), and Neil Gaiman (“Sandman,” “American Gods”).
ABOUT STRIPPED BOOKS
“Stripped Books” is a non-fiction webcomic by writer-artist Gordon McAlpin covering book-related events in comics form.
Also featured at the Stripped Books site are “Multiplex” (http://multiplex.strippedbooks.com), a weekly humor strip about a group of kids working at a movie theater, and several other stand-alone comics and cartoons — some previously published, others exclusive to the site. You can also sign up for the Stripped Books mailing list to be notified when a new installment of Stripped Books has been added. (Please note that the mailing list is only sent when a new Stripped Books is posted, not when Multiplex or any other strips are added.)
ABOUT GORDON MCALPIN
Gordon McAlpin is a Chicago-based graphic designer, freelance writer, and cartoonist. His work has appeared in Bookslut, Comic Book Galaxy, PISTIL Magazine, and Gapers Block, as well as other print and web publications.