Edited by Kazu Kibuishi. And, speaking of notable anthologies, the fourth volume of this annual (or close to it) full color anthology contains 344 pages of comics flights of fancy by a diverse cast of creators including Graham Annable, Neil Babra, Scott Campbell, Thomas Herpich, Azad Injejikian, Fábio Moon, Lark Pien, Raina Telgemeier, Joey Weiser and many others, all of which are designed to elevate your mood and float your boat. Here's a spiffy preview.
The highlight of this issue has to be the cover feature, Graham Annable's twisted tale. It is the only work we can think of that comes close to clothing the corpus of the classic EC tradition in the garb of contemporary comics sensibilities. It delivers a compelling theme with an extreme economy that is simply only possible in comics. It's pretty much an instant classic (apparently, Lynda Barry agrees, as she selected this tale for inclusion the 2008 America's Best Comics Anthology). And that's just the highlight! We also have on hand Elijah J. Brubaker (Reich), whose contribution tells the story of a pair of artists who wander a rainy city looking for beauty, inspiration... and doughnuts. And then there's the one and only Lilli Carré (Tales of Woodsman Pete), who presents a short piece about a man born with a mandolin for a head.
<•> edited by Kazu Kibuishi <•> The latest in this successful series of full color fantasy comics. Contributors this time around include: JP Ahonen, Graham Annable, Bannister, Phil Craven, Mike Dutton, Michael Gagne, Cory Godbey, Rodolphe Guenoden, Steve Hamaker, Kazu Kibuishi, Andrea Offermann, Dik Pose, Justin Ridge, Rad Sechrist and Kean Soo.
200 pages of oddball cartoons by noted animator Annable. While Graham pays the bills doing animation work for the likes of Chuck Jones, LucasArts, TellTale Games and Laika Animation, he has spent much of his free time over the last decade and a half creating his unique, gag-filled, cartoony comics. Now's your chance to see what he's been up to. Read a brand new (30 March 2010) four-part interview with Graham Annable on The Daily Cross Hatch, here (we've linked you to Part Four because it's the easiest way to access the first three parts, all of which are linked to near the top of the page after a brief introductory paragraph).