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Derik Badman writes a brief post on Grandpapier, a project started by Belgian publisher L’Employé de Moi. The site features work in French and English as well as a number of wordless strips.


Recent Comics Bureau postee Darryl Cunningham comments on Derik’s post;

I was recently asked if I wanted to contribute to GrandPapier, and have now been doing so for a number of weeks. I find the style of the comics on the site to be so much more playful than US or UK comics. There’s a real freshness about the approach there which made me realise how staid English language comix have become.

Looking at the quality of the work, this is a hard opinion to disagree with.


Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Comiket/Comitia 89

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Daniel Lau of writes up his impressions of Comiket and Comitia, two comics conventions in the same venue one week apart.


On Comiket;

Comiket is more about fandom than it is about comics. What I learnt was that in a convention that permits derivative work, the majority of output seems to be 1) fan favourite characters in compromising situations, 2) fan favourite characters being repeatedly compromised by other, same-gendered characters, or 3) anything + Fist of the North Star.

On Comitia;

Comitia prides itself on being all about original comics. When you take out all the fanfiction, even going so far as to ban cosplay, the bar gets raised a little. Creators have to get a bit more serious or stay home.

Is Comiket the Japanese equivalent of the comics conventions where you spend all your time queuing to meet a guy that once wore an ewok costume?

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 1:17 pm

46 Million

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Anders Nilsen weighs in on the healthcare debate by organizing a series of auctions of artwork to raise money to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the debate and the 46 million people who have no healthcare.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned to my wife, Heather that I was thinking about putting a couple of drawings or paintings up for auction on ebay to raise a little money to influence the health care debate. The fact that some democrats were beginning to distance themselves from a Public Option (a compromise from the beginning, since Single Payer is, to me and most on the left, really the only sane system) was frustrating, infuriating, depressing, etc. The screaming morons and outrageous lies turning up at town hall meetings all over the country were just as bad. Heather said “Sure, good idea, but why don’t you get some other people involved and raise some real money.” So I did. Click here to see the auction (or go to ebay and search for “46 Million”).

Get over to Anders’ blog and read the full story

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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Samandal, a Lebanese comics magazine

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Check out Samandal, a Lebanese/French/English comics magazine. This stuff is really great – a real variety of styles, content and backgrounds, and what I think to be a very worthy mission statement;

Samandal is a non-profit organization that aims to lift the stature of comics to that of a mature art form capable of tackling more than superheroes and their baffling hairdos.

Get on over to the site, you can download the first few issues as pdfs. If you like what you see, why not drop them a line to tell them so or submit some work. If you are anywhere near Gosh! Comics, you can pick up a hard copy of Issue 5.


Written by The Department of Illustration

August 20, 2009 at 7:16 pm