Italy's premier national newspaper, La Repubblica, did a 9 page piece on the NYC graphic novel scene for their Saturday glossy magazine insert, D. In it you will see that I have been glorified with a full page photo and if you can speak italian, you'll find that I even provide a blurb as well! Also included in this article are photos and information about such luminaries as Mike Allred, Becky Cloonan, Simon Fraser, Dan Goldman, Laura Lee Gulledge, Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, George O'Connor, Kat Roberts, Jim Shooter, Joe Simon and Art Spiegelman! Molte grazie go to writer, Anna Lombardi, photographer, Seth Kushner and Chris Irving at Graphic NYC! Congratulations to all involved!
…and it comes courtesy of the Graphic NYC blog. Jared Gniewek has penned a wonderful review. Here's an excerpt:
The ACT-I-VATE Primer is a collection of 16 all new stories by the stars of the ACT-I-VATE.com universe. Reading the whole volume in one sitting leaves one wondering what makes it a collective. It takes a minute to see because the styles are so varied but I felt that the connective tissue between each of the creators was larger than simply putting their comics online under the same umbrella.
When taken together it feels like a manifesto for the future of comics. Not as abstract as some of the creators out there, but not simple story driven either. It achieves equilibrium between fantasy and love of fantasy. This is where the form has come to at this point in history and this primer represents where it is going.
Not middle of the road either. These artists are taking the best from high and low brow comics to create intelligent, fun, and readable comics stories that know exactly what they are.
These kids know how to make comics. From the classical lines of Tim Hamilton to the sweetly simple natural curve of Mike Dawson, the styles are as varied as they come. On an individual basis the stories tend towards excellence. Tastes vary but I can honestly say that depending on the reader I could recommend each of the stories in it.
Graphic NYC, the blog profiling New York City's graphic novelists, has posted their profile on yours truly. The post features more stunning photography from my recent shoot with Seth Kushner. It also has a brilliant and insightful essay by comics historian and journalist, Chris Irving. Working with both of these gentlemen has been a delight and I'm so thankful to have had this opportunity. Here's just a taste:
Daring to be Different with Joe Infurnari:
“I just figured that you’re not going to get anywhere by doing something that everybody else is doing or doing something like everybody else; so do something that’s retarded enough that nobody would dare,” Joe Infurnari says from his drawing table. “The challenge is to make something that sounds nuts actually work. If you can do that then you have something.”