Indie Comics

The Ogre's Staff Picks (08/29/2018)

How about a new Staff Pick to keep your Holiday Weekend going? Well then... Here we go!

Lauren's Pick

My New York Diary SC

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist:  Julie Doucet

Follow iconic underground cartoonist Julie Doucet through the trials and tribulations of life as young artist in her classic graphic novel, My New York Diary. Doucet's claustrophobic environments rendered throughout this comic reflect her state of mind at the time of its creation. Disastrous and absurd situations emerge seemingly from nothing to threaten the main character (Doucet herself) as she struggles to create work while reacting to these external stimuli. One of the most relatable arcs found within this story depicts Doucet dealing with a boyfriend threatened by her growing success as a cartoonist. As she attends events and finds an audience among the most popular independent artists of the day, he becomes increasingly resentful and determined to pull her off course. I think it's a scenario that many women will recognize if they've found themselves outshining an unsupportive partner at any time in their lives! Julie Doucet is an institution and this comic is amazing. Read it!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/25/2018)

Did you have fun at our sale? What about our signings? Need more from us? How about a new Ogre Staff Pick?

Lauren's Pick

Shit is Real GN

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Aisha Franz

Aisha Franz explores themes of isolation in this monumental new graphic novel. Main character Selma faces a breakup, a move, and unemployment all at the same time, sending her into a precarious mental state. Her dreams and fantasies are broken up by starkly real anecdotes of life in our modern dystopia. As the hits pile up Selma retreats further into a world she has imagined for herself until finally, reality can no longer be ignored. In her distinctive style, Franz creates a deeply affecting portrait of the loneliness that so many feel as we struggle to connect to the people and places around us.

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (05/30/2018)

It has been too long and some Picks have been stacking up. So... Let's catch up. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Gib's Pick

Roughneck GN

Gib's Pick

Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire

Derek and Beth had a very rough childhood, and they are still dealing with the ramifications.  Derek is drinking and fighting through his days with no much going on when Beth returns after a long absence.  In order to escape her abusive and violent ex-boyfriend they hide out in a secluded cabin and start to heal as they reconnect with each other.  When Jeff Lemire (Descender/Green Arrow) draws his own stories, you know they will be powerful and compelling.  Roughneck is that and more, a lot like his Underwater Welder book.

Lauren's Pick

Shade, the Changing Girl

Lauren's Pick

Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artists: Marley Zarcone, Ande Parks
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Saida Temofonte

Expanding on the classic Vertigo series Shade, the Changing Man, this comic is truly the best of DC’s Young Animal line. Loma is directionless on planet Meta, drifting through a life she feels doesn’t fit, until she finds a way out: she steals the madness coat once owned by missing poet Rac Shade. Using the coat Loma travels to Earth and possesses the body of a formerly comatose high school bully, where she finds herself struggling to understand her new planet and somehow barred from returning home. Meanwhile back on Meta, powerful forces are looking for the coat, and the one who stole it. Simple, right? Writer Cecil Castellucci and penciller Marley Zarcone (as well as the whole creative team—this book is crazy beautiful) work together to weave a psychedelic adventure that spans the galaxy but stays anchored in high school.

Sarah's Pick

Be Prepared GN

Sarah's Pick

Writer/Artist: Vera Brosgol
Colorist: Alec Longstreth

After continuous failed attempts to fit in with the other girls at school, Vera discovers news of a Russian summer camp where she thinks she’ll finally be around other people like herself. What she learns, however, is that mean girls and boys will always be mean girls and boys, and that the camp is nothing like she expected. From the terrible two Sashas she shares a tent with, to the door-less outhouses, Vera Brosgol recounts a summer trying to navigate the perils of adolescence and friendship in this semi-autobiographical coming of age story.

Trish's Pick

Vinland Saga GN Vol 1

Trish's Pick

Writer/Artist: Makoto Yukimura

Taking place during the Viking invasion of England in 1013 AD, Vinland Saga is a manga comprised of both fictional and historically accurate elements that blend together seamlessly. The story follows the quest of the historical Icelandic explorer, Thorfinn, as he seeks vengeance for the murder of his father and inadvertently gets wrapped up in the dawning of King Cnut the Great’s rise to power. Not only is the story consistently intriguing as you become further entangled in the bloody drama of this saga, but you’ll learn quite a bit about Viking culture and history as you read! Fans of Lone Wolf and Cub or Berserk should certainly check this out as it spins a tale of revenge and honor that are very reminiscent.

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (11/15/2017)

Are you ready for these Staff Picks? Are you? ARE YOU?!?!? Well, here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Lauren's Pick

Cartoon Clouds GN

Lauren's Pick

Follow a group of art school friends as they try to navigate the postgraduate world in this new graphic novel from Joseph Remnant (Harvey Pekar's Cleveland). Fresh out of college, main character Seth finds himself laid off from his job as an artist’s assistant. Over the course of his search for some sort of fulfilling employment, he struggles to hold onto his own creativity as well as his relationships with the people in his life. Museums offer prestigious full-time internships but offer to pay in experience. Gallerists promise to open doors for emerging artists considered worthy, all of whom happen to be beautiful young women. Remnant employs his distinctive drawing style to depict a kingdom of trust fund babies with elaborate facial hair, each character more recognizable than the last. Elements of this story, if not its entirety, will feel eerily familiar to anyone who has experienced the pretentious depths of the art world.

 
Mike's Pick

The Private Eye DLX HC

Mike's Pick

Fan favorites Brian K. Vaughn (Saga) and Marcos Martin (Batgirl: Year One) are the creators of one of my favorite original graphic novels, The Private Eye.  Some decades after a Wikileaks-style dumping of the collective information of anyone who ever spent any time online, the world is a very different place.  The internet is virtually nonexistent, individuals' privacy is protected on a federal level, America has become isolationist, and most people have at least one alternate public identity.  The hero is an outlaw paparazzo private investigator known only by his initials, P.I.  What happens to him follows a classic L.A. style noir set up.  Femme fatales, getting in over his head, exploring murky morality, etc.  The mystery, while great, isn't exactly the point though.  The real strength of the book lies in its world building aesthetic and its unique and fully fleshed out take on a future shaped by the concerns of today.  What if all our internet search histories were made public for our friends, families, colleagues, bosses, and enemies to peruse?  Every drunken text, every awkward photo, every credit card bill?  Then there’s the art!  I've long been a fan of Martin's dynamic Steve Ditko meets Eurocomic style.  Additionally, the format of the book differs from that of a typical comic in that it is wider than it is tall, mimicking a cinematic presentation that brings scope to the imagery.  It's beautiful, entertaining, and thought provoking. I don't know about you, but that's my favorite combo.  A sci fi neon neo noir with a fresh premise, a gripping mystery, fun characters, and style to spare, I highly recommend giving it a look.

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (11/8/2017)

Are you ready for this? Are you ready for some new Ogre Staff Picks? Well then... Let's jump right in.

Lauren's Pick

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea TP

Lauren's Pick

As someone who has watched a lot of documentaries about North Korea, a recurring frustration I’ve had is a result of the restrictions on what filmmakers are permitted to capture. Because the nation is notorious for secrecy, particularly when it comes to outsiders, so many narratives from inside the Hermit Kingdom come out feeling narrow. Guy Delisle (Hostage HC) brings something new to the table with this critically-acclaimed travelogue chronicling a year he spent living and working as an animator in Pyongyang. His drawing style is simple and clean, conveying a feeling of tremendous loneliness that echoes through every panel. Equipped with sharp observational skills and an often dark sense of humor, Delisle maximizes the potential of his medium by revealing details of everyday life that a camera may not. For those (most) of us who are unable to travel there, Delisle’s Pyongyang opens a window into another world.

 
Mike's Pick

My Friend Dahmer GN

Mike's Pick

Like a mash up of From Hell and DAZED AND CONFUSED, Derf Backderf’s (Trashed) tale of his adolescent pseudo friendship with the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is both heartbreaking and horrifying.  While Dahmer is the central figure in the book, he is also just a background character in Derf's own life story.  Had he not gone on to commit such grisly atrocities, he would've merely been one of those oddball outcast kids you every now and then find yourself wondering about, in the cascading years after leaving the pubescent sausage grinder of high school behind.  Dahmer's story, compiled from Derf's own memories and surviving high school memorabilia, as well as from credible news sources such as Dahmer and Derf's hometown Akron Beacon Journal, is told using Derf's more typical middle-American experience as a sort of foil that reveals much more in hindsight.  As much as he was a monster, Dahmer was also merely human.  His parents had a troubled marriage and a bitter divorce, he had a drinking problem, he had trouble coming to terms with his sexuality, he was bullied, he had urges that he couldn't confide to anyone, etc, etc.  This could be the story of any number of teenagers, and yet it isn't.  Derf's expressive and deceptively detailed artwork is also very engaging.  It looks like a cartoonish combination of Charles Burns and Robert Crumb.  Though the story is obviously a very personal one, the artwork being so unique intensified this feeling to a massive degree.  All told, this is a gorgeous book, despite the nature of the narrative.  My Friend Dahmer contains horror, but it is not a "horror" story.  It is a human story, that happens to be about the makings of a very real monster.  Read it now and then check out the new cinematic adaptation!

 

And... Because we did not post any Picks last week but Lauren always offers incredible book options. We thought we would double up!

Lauren's 2nd Pick

100 Bullets TP Book 1

Lauren's Pick (Part 2)

A creepy old man hands you a briefcase. Inside is a gun, one hundred bullets of untraceable ammunition, and a photo of the person responsible for ruining your life. 100 Bullets is a story built on this simple moral quandary, following the mysterious Agent Graves as he travels the country dispensing the option of revenge—or justice?—to individuals who at first seem randomly selected. As the tale unravels over the course of its hundred-issue run, questions answered lead to new, bigger mysteries. Lives interconnect and are cut short, clues are hidden, and a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years is revealed. Brian Azzarello (Moonshine, Dark Knight III: Master Race) and Eduardo Risso work together masterfully to execute this sprawling work, a stellar example of modern noir fiction for fans of Sin City and Scalped.

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (10/25/2017)

It is almost Halloween ComicFest! Are we going to be seeing you? We are!!! That is so exciting! And we have the perfect Staff Picks for you to pick up.

Lauren's Pick

Sacred Heart GN

Lauren's Pick

What if all the adults vanished? This fascinating graphic novel takes a teenage fantasy to extremes, twisting it to unveil the horror lurking beneath an idea every adolescent has daydreamed about. Ben Schiller, her younger sister Empathy, and their various underage peers are the only remaining residents of their small town. As the kids go through the motions of normal life—parties, school, personal dramatics—writer/artist Liz Suburbia drops hints of something sinister. Without teachers the school is simply a gathering place, attendance part of a routine that the characters cling to. Ben passes a dead body on her way home, news that is met with little more than a shrug when she reports it to her friends. References to parents returning are sprinkled through conversations at parties, and everyone seems to be waiting for something. But what? This semi-apocalyptic tale is driven by its characters, each developed as much in silent montage as in the plot of the story itself. Suburbia executes each panel masterfully in black and white, with an attention to detail that will have you wanting to read this book again as soon as you make it to the big reveal on the last page.

Mike's Pick

Saga of the Swamp Thing TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Alan Moore (Watchmen) and a cadre of talented artists including most notably Stephen Bisette (Sgt. Rock) took Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson’s classic muck monster to new heights in a run that made Moore an icon.  At turns unsettling, horrifying, psychedelic, thoughtful, and fantastical, Saga of the Swamp Thing went from a cult series to a blockbuster.  Moore’s exploding and expansion of the character’s mythology from a more sophisticated viewpoint was directly responsible for the creation of the Vertigo publishing line.  Featuring guest appearances from Batman, Etrigan the Demon, and Adam Strange, Moore and company never neglected to add some fun while they were busy breaking ground on the types of stories that could be told in a mainstream comic.

 
Sarah's Pick

The Tea Dragon Society HC

Sarah's Pick

Greta, the young daughter of a blacksmith, is contemplating whether or not she wishes to continue in her mother's profession when she randomly stumbles upon a small, adorable, lost Tea Dragon in need of assistance. As thanks for returning his companion, an older man named Hesekiel offers to teach Greta the art of caring for these tiny creatures.

Creator Katie O'Neill (Princess Princess Ever After) returns with her beautiful colors and character designs to tell this story of new friends, relationships, and the ability to keep memories alive through traditional crafts passed down through the generations. Perfect for all ages!

 

Such great books! Trust us, we know best. We will see you Saturday (10/28) for Free Comics, Halloween Costumes and to throw incredible titles like these your way.

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (10/04/2017)

Did you stop by and see us at CXC? Did you love every book we suggested? Of course you did! And we have even more titles to send your way, Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Lauren's Pick

Was She Pretty GN

Lauren's Pick

When we leave a relationship, what gets left behind for the next person to discover? Leanne Shapton (The Native Trees of Canada) channels the anxieties of dealing with a new partner’s history into this poignant collection. Each page of the book mirrors the way we learn about exes in life—in bits and pieces, latching onto specific details to anchor these unknown figures in our minds. A few sentences of text and a simple, minimal illustration give readers an outsider’s perspective on each life. Together, these vignettes weave together a tapestry of human relationships that feels true in its combination of vagueness and specificity.

Mike's Pick

The Crow TP

Mike's Pick

Arguably surpassed only by a certain quartet of mask clad turtles, The Crow was an ‘80s independent comics smash.  Creator James O’Barr (Deadworld) infused his artwork with his grief over a late loved one to create a violent supernatural noir revenge story that somehow merges operatic and punk rock sensibilities.  Utilizing lyrics interstitially from the likes of Joy Division and other goth favorites to flavor the melancholic narrative helps ground the strange happenings while enhancing the moody proceedings.  Eric’s journey as the vengeful titular Crow is both cathartic and moving, especially when considering O’Barr’s tragic history (recounted in the preface of the special edition TPB).  The Crow has lost none of its power over the years and comes highly recommended.  Check it out for a great start to this spooky season.

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