Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. This weekend, the focus turns on the creators — both established and newcomers — with the School of Visual Arts’ Illustration & Cartooning Department’s Fresh Meat exhibition in New York City and Stumptown Comics Fest is Portland, Oregon.
Meanwhile, our contributors select their picks for the best comics going on sale Wednesday, including Jupiter’s Legacy #1, Vader’s Little Princess and Morning Glories #26.
This weekend, it’s Fresh Meat and Stumptown Comics Fest
The doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center in Oregon for the 10th annual Stumptown Comics Fest, which focuses on creators rather dealers and large publishers.
This year’s event features such guests as Matt Boors, Becky Cloonan, Bill Crabtree, Ming Doyle, Chynna Clugston Flores, Faith Erin Hicks, Brian Hurtt, James Kochalka, Dylan Meconis, Ted Naifeh, Greg Rucka, Dash Shaw, Jen Van Meter and Bill Willingham. You can find the full programming schedule here.
Friday evening, in New York City, the students of the School of Visual Arts’ Illustration & Cartooning Department will play host to Fresh Meat, providing them with a chance to exhibit and sell their self-published comics and illustrations to the public.
The event, which was established in 2001 by Raina Telgemeier, over the years has featured such exhibitors as Dash Shaw, Tintin Pantoja and Jess Fink. Fresh Meat will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at SVA’s Westside Gallery (133/141 W.t 21st St.). Admission is free.
ROBOT 6 contributors name their top choices from among the comic books, and comics-related books, scheduled to arrive in stores this week. We welcome readers to highlight their picks in the comments below.
Jupiter’s Legacy #1
The reteaming of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely is what initially attracted my attention, but after reading a preview of the first issue what truly held my interest and earned my admiration for the project is the work of colorist Peter Doherty. He gives an appealing quality to Quitely’s art that I have never seen before. Plus, I am always a sucker for stories involving different generations of families and heroes. Here’s hoping the schedule Millar set for the limited series gives Quitely enough time to stay on schedule. — Tim O’Shea
Vader’s Little Princess
I know Jeffrey Brown’s Vader and Son was a big success because everyone to whom I showed it, loved it. However, as the father of a 4-year-old girl I’m looking forward even more to Vader’s Little Princess. Maybe there’ll be a cartoon about little Leia inexplicably belting out “Call Me Maybe.” — Tom Bondurant
I remember commenting in 2008 that I’d wait for the hardback of this miniseries; that’s a long time to be avoiding spoilers. Scratch that, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this since Chris Weston posted this on his blog in 2006. I haven’t really loved anything written by J. Michael Straczynski since Season 2 of Babylon 5, but this is 300-plus pages of Weston art I’ve been postponing seeing due to my superhuman ability to delay gratification, so that makes buying this a complete no-brainer. — Mark Kardwell
How to Fake a Moon Landing
Darryl Cunningham’s first book, Psychiatric Tales, was a series of short comics about different mental illnesses. How to Fake a Moon Landing is a bit more focused, with seven chapters devoted to different sorts of bad science — the vaccine-autism connection, homeopathy, global-warming denial — and a final chapter about what science is and isn’t. There’s a good bit of narrative in each of these stories; Cunningham lays out the facts but also discusses the personalities involved and how each flawed theory came to prominence, so there are a lot of “I didn’t know that!” moments. Some of the stories originally appeared on Cunningham’s blog, where he is now running pages from his next graphic novel, which takes on economics and includes a biography of Ayn Rand. — Brigid Alverson
Neozoic: Traders’ Gambit #1,/h2>
When Red 5 first started publishing comics, there were two series that I was especially excited about. One was Atomic Robo, which of course went on to become the dictionary definition of “awesome comics.” The other was Neozoic, about a city of medieval-like humans trying to survive in a world where dinosaurs still exist. Neozoic may not have been as prolific as Atomic Robo, but it was still exciting and dramatic and beautifully drawn and I’m happy as a clamosaurus that it’s finally back. — Michael May
The one-two punch of two self-contained and personal graphic novels by Gilbert Hernandez, Julio’s Day and Marble Season, shows that the Love and Rockets creator is as creatively vibrant and vital as ever. Marble Season is a semi-autobiographical look at his childhood and coming of age in 1960s Southern California. Check out this preview of the main character Huey trying to put on a backyard play of Captain America vs. the Red Skull at Slate [http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/04/15/gilbert_hernandez_marble_season_excerpt_captain_america_s_shield_comic.html]. “Pretend!” That used to be the final solution for any playtime problem. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. — Corey Blake
Morning Glories #26
Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma and Rodin Esquejo begin the second season of their Image Comics thriller with an offer that’s tough to refuse: a $1 prelude described as “the perfect jumping-on point for collection readers looking to move to single issues.” — Kevin Melrose