Thought Bubble: Take 5 – Zainab

Published On November 26, 2012 | By Zainab | Comics

James had a nifty idea of us presenting our top 5 picks out of what we bought from ThoughtBubble. I had quite a mini-haul, so choosing just 5 was difficult. It also means you’re subjected to more of my atrocious photo-taking and editing. On the evidence below, you can see why I stick to scanning images. Here we go:

Deadbeats by Chris Lackey, Chad Fifer and Ian Culbard: Bought mainly for the excellent art of Mr Culbard, but also because the plot sounded very promising:

On the run from the mob, a trio of 1920′s Chicago Jazz musicians take a job from an elderly reverend, playing for what they think is his wife’s funeral in the backwoods of Illinois. Unfortunately, the funeral is actually an elaborate cult ritual to raise the spirit of an evil sorcerer who swiftly begins raising the dead and terrorizing the innocent townsfolk. With monsters, moonshiners and mobsters on their trail, the friends must draw upon their various talents to stop this evil, save the townspeople and escape with their lives.

Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby: I haven’t read any of Ellerbisms online, but I have read excerpts of Chloe Noonan and I’m a big fan of Ellerby’s drawing style. I’m a subscriber to the theory that the less cartoonish or more realistic an art style is, the harder for the reader to transplant part of themselves into the story. I’m saving it as a treat for after I’ve completed some of these dreadful uni assignments.

Horizon by Andrew Wildman: Not read this yet, but had it earmarked as one to pick up at the con. Again, fantastic art, with some realistic manga influences, but a story that whilst a little familiar sounding, I’m always willing to see a new iteration of: a young girl whisked away to a strange robot land.

Ali is 15. Nothing works. School doesn’t work, home doesn’t work and everyone she loves is no longer there. Then she discovers an access to a place where all the answers can be found. Horizon. A place of dreams and metaphor and discovery. and ultimately freedom.

Radiator Days by Lucy Knisley: I’d seen and heard a lot about Lucy’s work online (all good), but this was my first opportunity to interact with it in print. Having since read it, I can say I am now a big fan- in fact I ordered a copy of French Milk just yesterday. I particularly love the one page comics, where Knisley takes a thought she’s had, however innocuous, and unweaves it out over the course of the page. It would be too slight to bother with for some artists, but she does it perfectly. And comics about food. Need I say more.

Karagoz by Rotopol Press, with contributions from  Thomas WellmannNadine Redlich, Warwick Johnson Cadwell,  Olaf Albers, Max Fiedler, Rita Fürstenau, Lomp, Michael Meier, Lisa Röper and Andreas Schuster. My pick of ThoughtBubble, simply because it pushes all my buttons: a focus on the illustrative, lots of intricate, detailed vistas, nice size, newsprint feel and a bargain to boot. It’s sort of like the Nobrow anthology on a smaller scale. Only beginning to dip into this and the first story by Michael Meier charting the evolution of artificial intelligence after David in Ridley’s Scott’s Prometheus is brilliantly unnerving. Keep an eye on the Rotopol Press shop, it should be added on there soon. There’s currently some excellent comics and zines on there that are  certainly worth a look:I think I’ll return to spending money on comics next year now!

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Zainab Akhtar is a qualified librarian with a specialisation in building comics collections. She currently writes for Forbidden Planet and The Beat, and is a committee member for the British Comics Awards.'

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