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Alternative Comics' flagship anthology returns with more pages showcasing the best indie, web and zine artists of today's underground. Cover art by Mike Bertino (Trigger). Comics by Theo Ellsworth (The Understanding Monster) & Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Sam Alden (Eighth Grade), James Kochalka (SuperF*ckers), Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle), Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo), Grant Snider (Incidental Comics), Alex Schubert (Blobby Boys), Andy Ristaino (Adventure Time), and Allison Cole (Never Ending Summer). Inkstuds interview with and comics by David Lasky.
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"The Man on the Moon!" A special full-length, standalone tale exploring different visions of the ZvR war as well as the origin of our mystery figure from above!
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James Kochalka, the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, has been hailed by School Library Journal for creating "Just the right blend of sarcasm, silliness, and action to appeal to both child readers and to adults reading with their kids." Now, his two uproarious series collide, as "the best little ghost in the world" teams up with everyone's favorite robot-kitty-warrior to take on a terrifying Ice Dragon! When JOHNNY BOO meets DRAGON PUNCHER, the result is an explosion of adventure and fun.
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This new series will feature crazier stories in it's own all-ages continuity that draws inspiration from the hit Nickelodeon cartoon! Featuring backups from some of the finest cartoonists in comics today!
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A factory of self-replicating robots is stripping the jungle of its natural resources, threatening the territory of a colony of nearby monkeys. A series of encounters between the two groups quickly escalates into all out war. For all the book's humorous and charming appearance, beneath this entertaining veneer runs a stirring examination of the dual nature of existence, the dichotomy within the human mind, and our profound effect on the ecological environment. A modern day fable for adults and kids alike based on the age-old struggle between nature and technology.
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Deep in the forest, robots are gathering plant and animal samples, and bringing them back to Mother Computer's Knowledge Extractor for analysis. When one spunky monkey breaks free of the device, a short circuit burns out the power Crystal in one of Mother's Cognitive Reactors. Now, the robots must find a replacement Crystal... but the one they dig up is a sacred relic from a monkey burial ground. Will the monkeys stand for that? No way! Technology vs. nature, Science Vs. Religion... all wrapped up in non-stop action and blistering FUN!
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James Kochalka and Craig Thompson -- two of our best cartoonists -- go head-to-head in this free-wheeling collaboration/argument, discussing art and religion, confronting each other and playfully confronting God in one of the best comics "jams" ever set to paper. Kochalka and Thompson draw together, trading the pages back and forth, adding to each others drawings as the conversation turns in unexpected directions. A wild energy forms as their two drawing styles merge together. It's like a comics version of My Dinner with Andre, but with a giant killer octopus.
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In this issue, James Kochalka goes up against rising indy-comics star, Jeffrey Brown. The two cartoonists draw together, exchanging pages back and forth, and trade metaphorical jabs in a discussion that quickly devolves into an argument, which quickly devolves into a brawl about art and comics and the role such things play in our lives. See Jeffrey Brown turn into a city-destroying giant! See James Kochalka slap Jeffrey silly with a vomit-covered mop. Discussing art & life has never been more action-packed, or funnier.
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, American Elf! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, American Elf is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate. This first collection includes the strip's beginnings at the end of 1998 and all of 1999. In here, James launches American Elf, rents a new apartment, cares for a sick kitty, visits Portugal, buys an iMac, and drinks a lot.
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate.In 2000, James greets the new millennium, teaches his first class, plays a rock show for Courtney Love, drinks a lot, eats pie in the shower, and gets punched by a fan!
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate.In 2001, James watches his music career take off, has travel nightmares, tries to start waking up earlier, spends Comic-Con unable to speak, experiments with a GameBoy Camera, worries about a crazed fan, and James and Amy consider having a baby.
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life -- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate. In 2002, James gets a cute little fever, starts to go bald, jams with Eddie Campbell, launches AmericanElf.com, goes skinny-dipping at Comic-Con, buys a house, and finally decides to have a baby.
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In 2003, James rescues a duck, grows a beard, loses his fear of death, meets Daniel Johnston, gets fired from Vice Magazine, buys a house, invents a new grilled meat, gets bitten by the mayor, wins the Ignatz Award, is transformed by Amy's pregnancy and the birth of their son Eli, and decides that life is "harder, but better" with a baby.
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In 2004, James settles into fatherhood, gets an intern, signs a record contract, discovers the digital camera, almost invents dubstep, tours his massive American Elf book, jams with Craig Thompson, watches an old friend move away, loses an Eisner, wins an Ignatz, and learns important lessons from baby Eli.
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In 2005, James invents Dragon Puncher, tells bad jokes, takes a vow of happiness, gets his website hacked, writes a children's book, releases a new album, teaches Eli to talk, launches his first class at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and defends Jar Jar Binks.
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In 2006, Eli learns to swim, starts preschool, and invents new swears (like "pump duck"), while James gets fan mail from little kids, sells a song to FOX, launches a major new album, "fixes" a found painting, and writes a Christmas carol... plus he and Amy struggle with the idea of having another baby.
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In 2007, James exhibits 150 tiny paintings, gets dropped by his label, and films the movie MARS, while he his family invent their own language, control each other with imaginary video game controllers, tell long-distance bedtime stories, battle a milk dragon, and fall in love with new "werewolf baby" Oliver.
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In 2008, James tries to be a better daddy, is reduced to tears by Cormac McCarthy, asks his senile father to write a poem, paints with raspberry juice, meets Samuel L Jackson, tries to snap 5-year-old Eli out of a video game trance, and records some truly amazing dreams.
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In 2009, James falls pretends he won at the Angouleme Comics Festival, reveals an incredibly painful secret, has a mental breakdown, and promises to come back to life if he ever dies. Meanwhile Eli starts first grade and almost kisses a girl, Amy becomes the most powerful mommy in the universe, the family welcomes new kitten Nooko, and toddler Oliver tries to teach it to draw.
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In 2010, James makes his feature film debut, dances in an airport bathroom, grinds his teeth, struggles through movie, TV, and game development deals, watches his parents grow old, tries to stop yelling, and realizes the movie Inception is how he feels all the time. Meanwhile Amy hits a landmark birthday, Eli wows the family with his emotional sophistication, and Oliver gets popcorn up his nose.
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