See you @ EXPOZINE 2008 | Sat Nov 29 & Sun Nov 30
So I'm going to be at Expozine, along with much of the alternative comix scene for Montreal and many from all over Canada and the US!This year I have lots of books. Not as many copies of Therefore Repent as I'd have liked it looks like, just 10!
Expozine has evolved into the biggest zine fair in Canada now, it's been amazing to watch; I've attended every year so far.
Ordered more but unless they show up Friday I think they got held up with thanksgiving in the US.
That kind of sucks because i can probably sell 3 times as many as I have. But what you going to do?
I will have other books though, lots of RevolveR's, a few copies of Comic Boot Tattoo, Sea of Red, old jam zines and some other older books i've done. Also going to bring a long box of old books from my personal collection, stuff i'd like to start divesting myself off. Also, i had some cool new 1" pins I had made up too, hear they come out well, going to pick them up tomorrow!
The books are above, bellow is the art from the pins! See you at the show! Drop by and say hi if you read the blogs. :)
Labels: anthology, appearances, Art, book fairs, comic conventions, Comics, events, Expozine
posted by max at 11/28/2008 12:11:00 a.m.
a post rapture
Written by Jim Munroe
Drawn by me! Salgood Sam
What if the religious right... are actually right?
Without warning, multitudes of Christians float bodily up into the sky. For the immoral majority, life goes on pretty much as usual.Except that after the Rapture, magic works -- for those willing to risk demonic mutations.
And an angelic army appears to have been deployed to mop up the sinners.
But through it all, outsiders Raven and Mummy face the possibility of a bigger problem than the end of the world: the end of their relationship.
Critically acclaimed and poplar with readers, Therefore Repent! is an unconventional apocalyptic page turner.
Praise for Therefore Repent!
"Therefore Repent! is great. Loved the conflict between the old and new religions, plus it's got Jesus and mutants." -- Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned
"Therefore Repent! is impressive, layered, and in places surprisingly funny. I didn't think it would be my sort of thing, but I enjoyed it." --Jim Ottaviani, author of FALLOUT: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb
"Now, just dealing with the Rapture might be enough of a hook, but Jim and Salgood do a great job of characterization from the very beginning. The two protagonists are so interesting that I had to keep turning page after page to see what and who they were. And yes, Salgood can draw like nobody's business... I give this book two thumbs up." --Chris Pitzer, AdHouse Books
"The tale's offbeat anarchy and peculiar, parodic charms will win you over. It's like one of those church pamphlets about salvation gone terribly, terribly wrong." --John Burns, The Georgia Straight
"Therefore Repent! is an absolutely boundless piece of fantasy that he wisely grounds in very human relationships... to say it's an imaginative work would be an understatement: 'unhinged' is probably more accurate. I can't wait for more."-- Robert J. Wierseman, Quill & Quire
"The art is extraordinarily fluid and the storyline ingenious and sharply intelligent." --Jeff VanderMeer, Realms of Fantasy
"It's completely nuts... It's a book about what if the Rapture actually happened, and that's all I'm gonna tell you." --Junot Diaz, 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction
Joe Shuster Award Nominee for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer 2008
And via the publishers,
& now it can be read or downloaded @ archive.org!; The long time web geek that i am, that's pretty cool. Nice streaming reader interface too. Enjoy, if you like it please consider buying the paperback for a friend or you're own shelf; or subscribing for Sword of My Mouth. :) It's a pretty cheap damned good read and worth the $. +++
Update: A lot of shops returned surplus stock when the rescission started in late '08. I've heard from some readers that it was a little hard to find our book, If you haven't seen it locally try and ask your retailer about ordering you a copy or two of Therefore Repent! for their shop.
Labels: Comics, repenting, Therefore Repent
posted by max at 11/11/2008 05:30:00 a.m.
Matrix Magazine Review of THEREFORE REPENT!
Montreal's cool hipster art and lit mag Matrix Magazine reviewed us favorably in issue 80.
The full text is now online here, and added to my big ol' virtual scrap book on my blog. :)
I like this Vincent guy, will have to track him down and get him a drink...
THEREFORE REPENT! A Post-Rapture Graphic Novel
by Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam
in [ Reviewed in Matrix 80 ]
Read by Vincent Tinguely
The glory of science fiction and fantasy is the "what if?" factor. In Therefore Repent!, the authors gleefully explore one deceptively simple premise: "What if the Rapture actually happened?"
The graphic novel has a fairly obscure geneology, beginning with a comic book originally conceived as the invention of a couple of characters in his previous (non-graphic) novel, An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil. A 24-page comic was conceived and written by Munroe, rendered by Michel Lacombe, and posted online. Having invented the post-Rapture scenario for this project, Munroe was interested in pursuing an expanded narrative about the comic book characters, Raven and Mummy, and the strange world they find themselves in. When Munroe was ready to go ahead with Therefore Repent!, Lacombe was no longer available to do the graphics, but Salgood Sam, who'd collaborated previously with Munroe on other small projects, was eager to take on the task.
The result is a sumptuous feast for the eyes (all in black and white), and a pleasingly complex plot that takes its sweet time in unfolding. Munroe lends the fantastic notion of the Rapture a believable texture by introducing the no-less fantastic "reality" of earthly magic, telepathy, transmigration of souls, inner visions, shape-shifting, prestidigitation, and talking dogs. In a sense, he's taking on a very real anxiety - that the most powerful military industrial complex on earth is currently controlled by people who believe in fundamentalist quackery - and proposes that the power of such a belief system isn't as monolithic and indestructable as it might sometimes seem.
Salgood Sam's drawing skills never flag over the epic sweep of the tale, and he feels free to try any number of innovative framing and sequencing techniques. The characters, bizarre as they might seem - a woman with a bird head and a man who goes about wrapped in bandages like a mummy - become fully-rounded in the course of the story, and even the minor characters feel believable to the reader. The result is a spectacular graphic novel, full of angels, demons and unclassifiable creatures, with a brainy subtext that never interferes with the fun.
Labels: press, repent press, reviews, Therefore Repent
posted by max at 11/11/2008 02:56:00 a.m.
Home again home again, jiggidy jig
Back from my trip; whirl wind The 9th Rendez-vous international de la BD was lovely, Paul and friends go out of their way to make the guests feel welcomed. Also met some very cool people, made a few new friends. I've posted photos from the trip here.
Toronto & Windsor.
In Toronto I got some work done , roughs for Work, and started on a new Bread and Butter project that's proving to be off to a fun start. Will talk more about that later but for now you can see the art here>>.
I had a short interview with Dalson Chen of The Windsor Star, that ran the week before BookFest Windsor here. Came out well I think. Made me laugh when he asked about graphic novels, there was a national post article just before on the same theme that made me roll my eyes.
BookFest Windsor was a pleasure for the most part, including the funny social drama around the final night's party, but I'm getting the impression this goes with the small book festival circuit a bit. Booze + Writers and Poets + Travel? :)
I have a few photos and stuff to post from that shortly.
Also spent a great and somewhat inebriated Halloween with my old friend George, roaming about the town checking out costumes and snapping shots. I made a bit of a video of that here.
Labels: appearances, Art, comic conventions, Gatineau, News, Photos, press, repent press, video
posted by max at 11/08/2008 10:51:00 p.m.