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