Everett (E.S.) Glenn's Unsmooth 6 has arrived. We just received – and immediately opened – the shipment of this power-packed, pint-sized hardcover that one-time PIttsburgh resident, Mr. Glenn shipped to us direct from his current homebase in Berlin. Unsmooth is bursting with fun, energetic, ligne claire style comics – in both black and white and full color – that bring together humans and anthropomorphic animals in nicely rendered urban settings for plenty of rambunctious action (and that may, for some long time comics readers, bring to mind the work of Daniel Torres).
SPECIAL NOTE: Each of our copies closes with a personal note that includes a small, original ink drawing and signature, a few of which are in color! We've posted some of them at the conclusion of our Instagram Gallery. Take a look!
Woosh – GONE! Those went fast. BUT, no worries: It's back in print in a new edition, available HERE!
When we first received the original, self-published edition of this back in May, we sold out of our entire stock in a mere 18 hours... now Unsmooth is back! Those who missed E.S. Glenn's insouciant ligne claire bande dessinée album the first time around, now get a second - and arguably better, definitely bigger - chance to get a hold of this fine work, courtesy of the esteemable Floating World Comics, who have just released it in this great A4 size (21 x 30 cm; 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches) full color, soft cover edition, that, as a result of its higher print run, is only half the price of the original edition.
And, best of all, it's only the first of a series under the FWC imprimatur! The second issue is due out in spring of 2020 (2021?), and, from what we've seen, looks amazing! (Also, anyone – especially anyone looking for more of E.S. Glenn's work – is hereby directed to Now #8, which features an amazing 21-page piece by Glenn.)
And now there's a nice review of it by Anya Davidson on TCJ!
We are down to our last five copies... and, GONE! (However, there is now word on the street that there will be a second printing released to coincide with Unsmooth #2, so, in theory, we should have this back in stock in the fall.).
Now enters is third year of publication with a makeover. With this issue, the paper stock has switched from glossy stock to a medium weight, flat white paper. Good call: it looks and feels great; a bit more heft. As a result, it's price has increased to $12.99, but at a chock full 128 pages of great (mostly) full color comics, it's still a bargain!
And, more importantly, this issue features a stellar line up of comics creators, including many a Copacetic fave:
In the 21, full color pages of "The Gigs," E.S. Glenn shows the comics reading world what he is capable of. Socially constructed barriers between memory, dream, fiction and reality dissolve in Glenn's spirit world of clear line comics (and comics within comics!) in this densely packed (magnifying glass, anyone?), multi-layered graphic novella that takes readers deep into the comics dimension . Get ready for a treat!
The inimitable Sami Alwani really knocked himself out here, with his piece,"The Misfortunes of Virtue," which is actually an agglomeration of short bits that coheres together into a whole that is greater than the sum of it's parts, an oroboros look at the artist in society that turns things inside-out and back again.
Noah van Sciver revisits a prior work in a meta/auto-bio take on "Saint Cole."
Walt Holcombe's "Cheminant avec Emily" integrates a poster graphics æsthetic with comics to illuminate the soundtrack of romance.
With "The Intoxicated," Maggie Umber employs a minimal but evocative black and white rendering reminiscent of faded celluloid images, to good effect.
Tara Booth takes on "Binge Eating."
New-to-us talents, Veronika Muchitsch, Henry McCausland and Zuzu all turn in excellent and quite varied pieces.
And it all starts off with an eye-catching Al Columbia cover followed by a Theo Ellsworth one-pager.
The New Now is here!
Hold onto your hats, Bubbles #9 is a WOW! Long time readers will want to get their mitts on this issue ASAP, and anyone who has been on the fence about Bubbles and/or has been wondering whether they'd enjoy it – this is the issue to check out.
Interviews with Simon Hanselmann! Annie Koyama! Jasper Jubenvil!
New comics by E.S. Glenn! Audra Stang! Connor McCann!
Critical studies of the comics of Lale Westvind! Sophia Foster-Dimino!
Ryan Holmberg shares a look at the comic collection of.... Tezuka Osamu!!!
Bubbles Readers Best of 2020!