The first issue of Ex.Mag (of a projected three) is packed with great comics devoted to this issue's theme/genre: Cyberpunk. The stories on hand here approach cyberpunk from a wide diversity of perspectives, so expect the unexpected!
The collection opens with a great 29 page piece by Sophia Foster-Dimino – their first substantial new work we've come across in awhile. And then it closes with Conor WIllumsen's 18 page "My Grandma Was My Bounty", which is worth the price of admission all by itself – wow! And then there's the over 120 pages of comics in between.
This 192 page softcover anthology comes in a great format and PEOW has put it all together in a nice package. Measuring 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" it presents a wider than usual canvas, with a width to height ratio slightly higher than the magazine format (think Love and Rockets). Printed in black, grey and green on a heavier weight, white newsprint, with a flexible cardstock cover, it's designed with the reader in mind.
So... check it out!
We finally got our hands on some copies of the latest work by the award-winning, Japan-based, afrofuturist comics maker, Freddy Carrasco. GLEEM presents a series of linked stories over the course of 200+ pages of mostly black and white comics – but with some nice color work included for good measure. Carrasco's composition, linework and black placement really come together, resulting in page after page of exciting, visually satisfying comics. Another beautifully produced softcover edition from PEOW, complete with dustjacket.
Comics conoisseurs jonesing for some quality linearity may find what they're looking for here. Freddy Carrasco delivers the goods with a style that – without necessarily imputing any influences – shares qualities with Taiyo Matsumoto, Alex Toth, José Muñoz, Paul Pope, Brandon Graham, Ronald Wimberly and even a dash of Frank Miller.
You can dig a little deeper with Ayoola Solarin's review on Hyperallergic, HERE.
And, you can grab a look at a few pages at PEOW's page for this work, HERE.