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There's a wide range of content in Catalan artist Joan Cornellà's comics. His panels can easily include silly sight gags about having a face where a butt should be, or more upsetting, gory, violent imagery. No matter what, his characters are almost always smiling and definitely psychotic. For a good example of the twisted psychotic logic that dominates each comic's narrative, see "Zonzo" (first comic below). In it, a man's arm catches on a door and rips off. He's scared and spurts blood everywhere, until a co-worker slips in the blood and everyone laughs.

Keep an eye on Joan Cornellà's blog for new work. Prints are also available directly from the artist

Inspired by Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" 

Photo by: Ryan Heshka | Frog Mens Prize

Canadian magazine illustrator Ryan Heshka actually trained in interior design, but it seems the self-taught illustrator found his true inspiration in pulp mags, classic comic styles, and graphic design. His show "Strange Powers III" just opened, featuring 16 paintings from a forthcoming BLAB! trading card set of money-grubbing zombies, a multi-tentacled death, and slime-drooling creatures. 

The show runs to November 5 at Copro Gallery.



Back in November of 2012, a mysterious illness took Marissa Paternoster and Screaming Females off their touring schedule for a few months. Instead of a press release or a tweet canceling the dates, Paternoster drew a comic strip explaining the illness, and her confusing treatment, and posted it on the band's blog.

Almost a year after that health scare, Paternoster is drawing memoir comics again, but this time around they're about her personal history as a music fan and not mysterious illnesses. So far, both of her comics have read like great character studies, with a special attention paid to how the subject influenced the soundtrack.

Marissa Paternoster's comics appear periodically on the Talkhouse, a new site that features musicians writing about music. She's written about CRASS and addiction, and her family friend Bob and the All Girl Summer Fun Band. Check out a few panels below. 

Will Laren's down-and-out characters have a tendency to deliver dark comedic monologues. His illustrations, which appear in his three-color silkscreen zine Slurricane, in Vice, and his own posters, feature highly active colors, usually bright blues, purples, and greens made to intentionally clash. The resulting work, especially his fluorescent outlines, shouts at us to be seen.

Keep up with Will Laren via his Tumblr and Facebook.

"Youth Tooth"

If you picked up the latest issue of Apartamento, you might have seen the epic 14-page "Looking for Anything" comic, the work of illustrator Andy Rementer. While his style looks great as a piece of longform, Rementer has also done remarkable lettering work, including features for New York Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and a spot for a sustainable paper called Opus 30, seen at the top of the post.

See more work on pillowcases, posters, and wrapping paper on the artist's site.

Pick up a copy of this poster from the artist.

A space in a busy Brooklyn subway station previously reserved for candy and magazines is now in the art book business. The Newsstand, a collaborative project from ALLDAYEVERYDAY and the 8-Ball Zine Fair will carry a curated selection of zines, records, and other independent publications in a small storefront right in the Lorimer Street/Metropolitan Avenue subway station. The store boasts an impressive list of local curators including McNally Jackson, Desert Island, and Co-op 87. [via Time Out]

The Newsstand is open weekdays from 9AM-8PM, and weekends from noon-5PM, until July 20.

Leah Goren

We often applaud triple threats in the sports and entertainment industries—those rare birds who excel at three skills, often all at once. But are you familiar with the art world’s quadruple threat? Someone with hands successfully in so many areas it’s a wonder that they can get anything done, much less with exceptional quality? Meet Leah Goren. The California-born, Brooklyn-based illustrator and pattern designer is killing it with everything she does. Perhaps best known as the mastermind behind a now-viral cat-print dress, the textile designer has been busy putting her unique, colorful illustration style on everything from oversized crop tops to tote bags. She also recently gathered a small group of as-talented friends to make Sad Girls, a wistful zine “featuring work by girls who make things and have a lot of feelings.” Goren’s latest endeavor is ceramics: simple plates, cups and bowls featuring botanical-inspired illustrations. Goren does enough rad stuff to make even the most proactive maker feel a bit lazy.

Visit the Leah Goren Etsy shop or buy Sad Girls online. She also has a great FAQ with info on her process.

In February of 2012, fans who pre-ordered the Islands album A Sleep & A Forgetting received a hand-drawn Valentine's Day card from the band's frontman Nick Thorburn. Inside the card was the dark but kinda sweet message, "I Want To Die in Your Arms" with an illustration of a skeleton lying on top of its human lover. Many of Thorburn's comics and illustrations are similarly dark and funny. But some are simply absurd, the exploits of his protagonist Howie Doo, or his illustration work for The Classical, for example. 

Thurburn's This Is Howie Doo 55-page digital comic book is available now. 

Follow This Is Howie Doo On Tumblr.

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