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Lindsay Smith recommends Thoughts from Iceland #2

If you’re like 97% of the population in my neighborhood, you have been yearning to visit the trendy glacial wonderland that is Iceland. For those of you who can’t swing a plane ticket, Lonnie Mann's Thoughts from Iceland #2 is the sort of illustrated travel journal gem that you hope to discover at a cool indie comics show. 

Lonnie made this comic travelogue after a three-day trip to Iceland in December 2012, and a portion of it was included into the Digital category of the Society of Illustrator’s Comic and Cartoon Art Annual 2014. 

The story picks up after his adventures on Day 1 and Lonnie is being violently awoken from a jet-lag slumber by his alarm. There are several missed snooze buttons, but luckily for us he does wake up in time to make his trip to the Sólheimajökull glacier. Thoughts from Iceland is full of many familiar moments that anyone who has travelled outside their comfort zone will recognize, but the reader is also gifted with Lonnie’s attentive (and often humorous) observations of Icelandic culture, folklore, and landscapes. 

Hopefully Lonnie will have an opportunity to return to Iceland and pass on more of his experiences there, but in the mean time, check out Thoughts From Iceland #2. I also suggest his Thoughts from Iceland #1, Natalie Nourigat’s Amsterdam Sketchbook, and for the Francophone among us, Christian Clot’s Mary Kingsley

[Read Thoughts from Iceland #2 on comiXology]

Lindsay Smith is an International Production Coordinator Associate at comiXology. She lives in Brooklyn and stores comics in her sweater drawer, because bookshelves are for people who are way too optimistic about trips to Ikea. .

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Michael Crowe recommends The Kursk #1

Tired of stories about fictional characters? Then pick up our newest Comixology Submit book:

The Kursk #1 is a story about honor and duty for your nation. It’s also a story about relationships, be they international, marital, or fraternal. It is the real story behind a nearly forgotten headline and a way to immortalize all those who were lost on August 12th 2000.

Originally written as a play, Sasha Janowicz’s script recounts a real life tragedy; the sinking of the Russian submarine K-141 Kursk. The story centers on two young officers, Rashyd and Dmitry, as they prepare to depart on a three day training exercise. This first issue captures the mundanity of life, before tragedy strikes. It also introduces us to the joys, fears and passions that drive these characters. A sense of foreboding hovers over everything; we already know what fate awaits them.

Andrea Montano’s art, rendered in a soft grayscale, is haunting. It evokes the feeling of an old, blurry, well worn photography. This style lends a timelessness to the tale, although the events happened only fourteen years ago. Andrea adeptly illustrates the many kinds of ships, submersibles, and weapons featured in the narrative. Each character is handled with the same attention to detail. Every face is unique, representing a life lost or ruined by the unexpected. The cover, designed by Slawomir Nietupski, reflect the sensibilities of the interior. Immediately the atmosphere is established, inviting the reader on a journey deep into the heart of tragedy. Together, this creative team effortlessly translates this story across mediums; from the stage to the page.

[Read The Kursk #1 on comiXology]

For fans of: drama, history

Michael Crowe works on the digital assets/launch team by day and writes comics and prose by night. He’s an avid consumer of comics and all things sci-fi.

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Eric Arroyo recommends Giant Days #2

John Allison’s (scarygoround) Giant Days brings the sass and flavor of Bad Machinery and Scary-Go-Round to the first weeks of college, where freshmen form bonds with the first people they see and navigate the challenges of independence, often disastrously. After cementing their friendship through brawling a gang of former head girls/martial artists, Esther de Groot, Daisy Wooton, and Susan Ptolemy find themselves simultaneously stumbling through matters of love and that annoying band upstairs that won’t stop practicing at night.

Although Esther, Daisy, and Susan are still figuring out their identities, cartoonist John Allison has a firm grasp on their characters. Allison cements the girls’ personalities and dynamics through authentic dialogue and playful mannerisms. As they play off each other, they naturally roll into the kind of young adult tussles that are easy to identify with, but portrayed with enough wit and self-awareness to be as hilarious as they are embarrassing. Matters of long-distance relationships and unrequited love are dealt with with a frankness and lack of melodrama that’s awfully refreshing; characters aren’t villainized for their poor decisions, and the young women’s agency over their sexuality isn’t scandalous.

Giant Days #2 may not feature the more fantastic beat-downs of its first issue, but it maintains the well-paced, interlocked rollercoaster of humor and teen drama, synching the two rails at the end for a fiasco of a climax. If you fondly remember the neighbors you met the first time you locked yourself out of your dorm, or if you hate their awful mugs, dive back into university with Giant Days.

[Pick up Giant Days #2 here!]

For fans of: female leads, slice of life

Eric Alexander Arroyo is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and a Digital Editor at comiXology. He’s probably drawing giant robots or listening to ABBA.



Today sees the release of Animals Part Two : PIGS by the brilliant Claire Connelly [thinkillustration] and I.  It’s available for $2 on comixology and it’s a BIG issue.  We clock in at 37 pages.  

Some reviews have already come in:  comicbastards gave it a 5/5 and called it “an incredible comic book" and called Claire Connelly a "fierce storyteller."

Please consider supporting it.  We’re very proud of it.

Pigs is now out on ComiXology and it’s already hitting the world with reviews of 5/5! Eric Grissom is becoming the writer to watch! Don’t forget to check out Pigs and the first issue Chickens over on ComiXology!

Animals is one of the best things from comiXology submit right now. 

Part Two: Pigs is out today and if this description doesn’t intrigue you then idk what will…

When humans escape the Sunny Brookes slaughterhouse, a troubled pig finds the courage to help one stay free.

Check it out here! 
Also make sure to follow grissom & thinkillustration for all your weird anthropomorphized animal needs. 

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Helper Bot #0.1 by Jeff Gibbons (prettyjeff)

Helper Bot is tasked with delivering a mindfile to Bostrom Technologies while avoiding the hazards of Robot City.

Anyone else out there love robots??

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Deadhorse vol. 1: Dead Birds by Eric grissom and Phil Sloan

William Pike is a reclusive shut in who comes into possession of a powerful key and becomes the target of an evil industrialist. When Pike learns the key may help solve the mystery behind his father’s death, he embarks on a journey into the farthest reaches of Alaska while being pursued by a man in a plastic ape mask.

If you picked up the Submit Bundle over the weekend, this is one of the fan favorites in there!

[Check out Deadhorse vol. 1 here]

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Browsing the books that came out this week and looking for something new? What’s this business about #creatorownedday? How about some comiXology Submit books? 

Folks making their own comics and putting them out there. Least you could do is take a peek. That gifset can wait.

How about Deadhorse, World War Mob, or even Misunderstanding Comics? Explore. Love. Live. 

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Testament: Omnibus

In the near future grad student Jake Stern and his conscientious objector friends fight against the new RFID-based universal draft by attempting to access the collective unconscious through an experimental combination of the hallucinogenic preparation ayahuasca and shared sensory deprivation tank experiences. The near future story is mirrored through the history-repeats-itself idea as biblical narrative based on Torah, various Jewish and Christian apocrypha, and elements of other mythologies. One major departure from Judeo-Christian tradition in Testament is the separation of The One True God into two entities who in the story are represented by the God Elijah, who represents the Abrahamic One True God, and a new entity of the author’s invention which he calls The One True God. Much of the action in the story is driven by situations and characters being manipulated by the various gods as they battle for dominion over existence.

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