In this, the first issue of the all new AdHouse Books series of Viewotron, co-creators Peach Goodrich and Sam Sharpe craft a great set of comics short stories, seven in all, and in the process deliver a solid 48 page comic book that is both affecting and engaging. A particular standout is the story, "That First Summer After College We All Stayed in the City and Founded Religions." Just substitute "start-up" for "religion" in the title – and then consider the ramifications of that substitiution – and you'll come away from the story with some fresh insights into the experience of coming of age during the 21st century.
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Pleading with Stars, Kurt Ankeny's new collection from AdHouse Books, showcasing his work from 2014 to 2019, maps an intricate constellation of words and pictures. And what pictures! Ankeny can draw. His virtuosity extends to a wide range of tools and mediums: pencils, pens, markers and brushes; inks, paints and watercolors; alone and in combination. These pictures are woven together with various threads of text into a series of stories that fill this elegantly produced 184 page softcover volume, with a pleasing tactility designed to make for an æsthetically pleasing reading experience.
The stories it collects range from the science fiction of "A Bomb" and "The Synthesizer" to the personal philosophical reflections embodied by "E" and "Mother Airplane." The core of the collection is a series of meditations on the mysteries of human behavior: "Gulls," "Between December and March," "Saltwater Snow" and "Dark Desert Dawn." There are, in addition, a handful of unclassifiable 1 - 2 page "abstract and experimental" comics, unique conjunctions of techniques and topics that are highly engaging and will, we think, leave most readers wanting more. If these stories are linked in any way, it is in their searching for, finding and then exploring facets of souls shrouded in darkness and striving for illumination; pleading with stars.
SPECIAL NOTE: Mr. Ankeny stopped by the shop on 5 February to promote this book, and, during the course of his visit, he managed to find time to do sketches in five copies. So, ORDER NOW to receive one of these copies! Take a gander at the sketches on Kurt's Instagram, HERE.
Created right here in Pittsburgh, PA, Washington Unbound is an epic adventure fantasy featuring none other than America's first President, George Washington! Starting out in November 1793, it follows President Washington as he traverses all 15 of the "united colonies," and features encounters with elephants, giraffes, lions, Paul Bunyan and walking trees, as well as a flight on a flying machine and an epic battle with a giant octopus! Printed in Sepia Tone. 152 pages.