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There’s new books from every PRESS GANG publisher! 

We’ve got awesome guest friends BWANA SPOONS (saturday only, maybe), BRANDON GRAHAM, & FAREL DALRYMPLE!

Several of us are on various panels or workshops!

YEAH WE’RE GONNA HAVE FUN!

 

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So in all the hustle and bustle trying to get Farel Dalrymple’s new book promoted and ready for Stumptown Comics Fest, we haven’t really talked about our other debut of the show:

Study Group Magazine #2!

Yes, it’s true. We finally got it together. It’s here, and it’s beautiful. Same format as #1 but in classic SG Pink & Blue this time.

Art & Comics Contributions From:
  • Jesse Balmer
  • Lilli Carre
  • Michael Deforge
  • Jeremy Onsmith
  • Lark Pien
  • Tim Root
  • Kris Mukai
  • Mickey Z
  • Zack Soto
  • Trevor Alixopulos
  • JT Dockery
  • Dan Zettwoch
  • Julia Gfrorer
  • Jonny Negron
  • David King
  • Aidan Koch
  • Chris Kuzma
  • Sam Alden

And Comics Journalism by:

  • Rob Clough on Josh Bayer
  • JT Dockery visits with John Byrne
  • Milo George interviews Angie Wang (who provides our cover)
  • Sean Witzke on Baker & Helfer’s JUSTICE INC.
  • Zack Soto interviews Maré Odomo 

64 oversized two-color pages, edited by Milo George & Zack Soto. Drops 4/27/13.

art above by David King & Mickey z

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Here’s your semi-regular “what’s goin’ on” post.

TODAY ON SG:

THE LONE WOLF gets wet.

Later on today we’ll have a new TITAN episode. Did you notice that Titan is back on a weekly schedule? I don’t know about you, but that makes ME happy.

LATELY ON SG:

Fridays: Psychedelic mega-quest comic It Will All Hurt continues on towards the end of part 2. Crime World has returned with the second installment of the hard-boiled hijinks you’ve come to know and love. Casual murder, racism, and tough guy antics continue to be the order of the day in this bleak workplace dramady.

Saturdays: HAUNTER continues her journey into the lush ruins.

Sundays: Peepers, our resident bizzaro-space race comic continues to baffle and amuse the rubes. Secret Voice part 3 has begun. If you read the Adhouse comic version of this story, you might have noticed that the whole beginning up to now has been completely rewritten and redrawn. Part 3 is where my new intro synchs back up with the old material. I liked the fight scene I drew way back when and didn’t want to scrap it. So sue me!  Anyway, if this stuff looks different than the pages leading up to now, that’s because it was drawn 6 years ago. U_U

Mondays:  Danger Country  nears the end of chapter 1!

Tuesdays: Kaz is getting ready for PAX (he works in video games) so The Mourning Star took the week off, but Klive & co. will be back Sept. 4th.

Wednesdays: The Yankee has gone on hiatus while Ian works on some other projects (including a PROPHET back up!). It’ll be back in October with Chapter 2.   Black Is The Color continues to  keep Weds wet and creepy. Speaking of which, the 2012 Ignatz Award nominations have been released and BITC was nominated for “Outstanding Online Comic!” Huzzah!

NEW SHORT STORIES ON SG:

We haven’t stopped posting complete, awesome new work just because we’re clearly on the cusp of societal breakdown. The barbarians would want us to give up, right? Check these sweeties out if you’re against the heat-death of the universe:

Tales of The Cat Killin’ Coat – by Tim Root (nsfw)

Disappearing Town – Polaroid – by Morgan Jeske

LINKYS:

Just two important links today.  First: Just one more day to help crowd-fund The Projects! Even the best comics shows in America tend to operate on a dynamic closer to a flea market than a celebration of an art form, but some friends of mine are trying to take a cue from the way European countries often run comics shows: no tables of sad-eyed people hoping you’ll buy their mini comics, just 3 days of workshops, socializing with artists, and appreciating comics qua comics. I’ll be helping out with a couple workshops and just straight up breathing comics for that whole weekend. You should consider making it up to PDX for the event if you’re into the comic art form. Should be worth it. In any case, those non-commercial festivals across the pond tend to have government grants and such backing them up, but we all know that’s crazy talk here in the USA, so the organizers have turned to Kickstarter to help make their dream a reality. Even if you can’t make it to the fest, I  urge you to  consider backing The Projects. There’s a bunch of cool incentives, including a way to get both recent Study Group publications and a cool print for a discounted price. Ok, that’s my spiel.

Second: Aidan Koch is the first SG alum to take her webcomic from the site to print, and she’s having a Blonde Woman book release in NYC to celebrate, as well as accepting pre-orders! The book looks beautiful. Says the artist herself:

You are invited!

To the official release party of The Blonde Woman in NYC!
Party will take place on September 08, 2012 at 8pm at the Cartoon House, 282 Broadway #2, Brooklyn NY.
The will be refreshments as well as beautiful company to enjoy the evening with.
Come flip through some books and celebrate with me.
Copies will be available.
If you do not live in NY you can pre-order your copy now!
I will also be attending this year’s Small Press Expo September 15-16 as well as the New York Art Book Fair September 29-30.
Thank you so much, and I hope to see you all soon
<3
Aidan
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Hola, all. I’m tired so I’ll just get right into it:

TODAY ON SG:

THE LONE WOLF gets wet.

THIS WEEK SO FAR ON SG:

Saturday: HAUNTER dives deep.

Sunday: The Savage Dragon is having a bad life in my short comic Screamin’ Bones. It was originally published in the Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies collection, which I think had a fairly limited print run, so most of you are seeing it for the first time. Secret Voice will be back this Sunday and continue uninterrupted for a good long while, if everything goes according to plan.

Monday: We took Monday off. Just pretend we’re a gallery or something. Danger Country will be back this Monday!

TuesdayThe Mourning Star also took the week off, but luckily we had a new short story by Ian Sundahl called Where You Are King. Sean T. Collins calls it “impressively icky!

Wednesday: The Beast wears a crown in The Yankee, while storm clouds brew in Black Is The Color. Milo looks at the Kyle Baker drawn issue of DAMAGE CONTROL here on the blog.

I’ve got a couple links too:

- Look at this beautiful new animated webcomic, THUNDERPAW! Golly, that’s pretty. Not much there yet, just a page and some framing devices, but I’ll be checking back on it:

- Kelly Sue DeConnick is doing a comics collaboration with a young girl she met at HeroesCon, and YOU can join in!

- C.F. has a website. Has he had one for long? I don’t know, but it’s news to me.

- Oh yeah uh I started a Facebook page for myself, you should “like me.” Have you liked the Study Group Comics and Study Group Magazine pages yet?

Ok, Zack: OUT!

Only Zack Could Make School THIS much Fun!

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New on SG today:

Danger Country! Vampires and wizards are gettin’ frisky in the spiral city.

Yesterday both my overlong troll-bashing serial Secret Voice and the underground-tinged stylings of Peepers posted.

 

(put you on) Linkblast:

Last time out we linked to Dan Nadel’s SP7/Kickstarter takedown on TCJ, and the comments brushfire keeps on ragin’.  There’s plenty to chew on, and also of interest is Study Group contributor Sean T. Collins’ post with thoughts about the whole thing over on his blog. It’s pretty good, measured, etc. I expect the comments will get lively on that one, if not quite as vehement.

Keeping with the theme, some friends of ours have launched what I think is a very worthwhile Kickstarter:

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Hey guys so it’s come to my attention that the people who follow along via RSS feeds don’t always know when their favorite strips have updated, due to the way WP works with the way we basically just keep updating the same posts, blah blah blah. So: I’m going to try and post every day or so to let you know what strips have new content (though generally speaking, they tend to update once a week on a specific day as noted on the comic post).

Here’s a handy cheat-sheet for your reading pleasure:

MONDAYS
Danger Country by Levon Jihanian

THURSDAYS
Titan by Francois Vigneault (updates every two weeks)
SATURDAYS
Haunter by Sam Alden
SUNDAYS
Peepers by Patrick Keck
 Barring acts of god or laziness, those strips should update on those days every week. Today being Saturday, we have a new update of Sam Alden’s beautiful HAUNTER.

The last couple weeks have also seen some radical short pieces posted on the site:

Virginia – by Sam Humphries and Pete Toms

The Smog Emperor vs. The TV Guy – by Zack Soto

SPICY STORIES – Sally the Slut – by Ian Sundahl

Barfight – by Simon Roy

No Way Out For A Family of Five – by Sean T. Collins and Jonny Negron

Illustrious Reputikus and Rat – by Tim Root

So go get caught up, why don’t ya!

 

Linky tidbits:

  • Did I post my interview with Tom Spurgeon over on ComicsReporter yet? Because he was nice enough to interview me. What a guy!
  • Dan Nadel slams both the new Secret Prison solicitation text and the very act of using Kickstarter to crowd-source funding for comics publications. I have yet to use KS (though I have been pondering it), but it seems to me that there’s not a whole lot of difference between using the KS site to get pre-orders for your book, and using your own site to get pre-orders for your books, which Dan himself has done.. I don’t know, there’s a lot of rant-and-response going on there and in the comments, from people I respect even if I’m not in agreement with them. Worth a read, if you have 20-30 minutes to spare.

 

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