Now you have two ways to shop for your favorite Out of Step Arts stuff!
The Art Store has all of the original art, prints, books, etc. from the OOSA artists that you’re looking for.
The Bodega has print-on-demand t-shirts with designs from all of the OOSA artists (or it will soon, anyway) to appease your fashion sensibilities.
I’ve also updated the Out of Step Arts website with links, just in case you forget.
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” -Gustave Flaubert [x]
It’s that time of year again for best of lists and gift guides. We decided to get into the swing of things at Koyama Press and present our own gift guide. We surveyed some of our cartoonists and asked them what Koyama Press title they thought made the best gift. Here is what they came back with (many couldn’t pick just one!):
Diego Bergia — Lose #5 by Michael DeForge
Nathan Bulmer — The Big Team Society League Book of Answers by Team Society League
Cole Closser — By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs
Aaron Costain — By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs and Turtie Needs Work by Steve Wolfhard
Michael DeForge — Journal by Julie Delporte
Julie Delporte — By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs
Matthew Forsythe — By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs
Clayton Hanmer — Blobby Boys by Alex Schubert
Dustin Harbin — S.F. #3 by Ryan Cecil Smith
Jesse Jacobs — Journal by Julie Delporte, Wax Cross by Tin Can Forest and Lose #4 by Michael DeForge
Keith Jones — S.F. #3 by Ryan Cecil Smith and Blobby Boys by Alex Schubert
Jeremy Kai — By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs and Baba Yaga and the Wolf by Tin Can Forest
Victor Kerlow — The Big Team Society League Book of Answers by Team Society League and Turtie Needs Work by Steve Wolfhard
Seo Kim — Comics Class by Matthew Forsythe
Chris Kuzma — By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs
Patrick Kyle — The Big Team Society League Book of Answers by Team Society League
Ginette Lapalme — By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs
Aaron Leighton — The Big Team Society League Book of Answers by Team Society League, Wax Cross by Tin Can Forest and Rivers Forgotten by Jeremy Kai
Elisha Lim — Very Casual by Michael DeForge and Fata Morgana by Jon Vermilyea
Jane Mai — Turtie Needs Work by Steve Wolfhard
Steve Manale — Fata Morgana by Jon Vermilyea, Blobby Boys by Alex Schubert and Michael DeForge’s Lose series
John Martz — Comics Class by Matthew Forsythe and Turtie Needs Work by Steve Wolfhard
Robin Nishio — Blobby Boys by Alex Schubert and anything by Michael DeForge
Alex Schubert — Turtie Needs Work by Steve Wolfhard
Walter Scott — The Infinite Wait and Other Stories by Julia Wertz
Ryan Cecil Smith — Blobby Boys by Alex Schubert
Sean Wainsteim — Lose #5 by Michael DeForge
Julia Wertz — Rivers Forgotten by Jeremy Kai and By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs
Britt Wilson — The Big Team Society League Book of Answers by Team Society League
Steve Wilson — Wax Cross by Tin Can Forest, Very Casual by Michael DeForge and Fata Morgana by Jon Vermilyea
Jon Vermilyea — Blobby Boys by Alex Schubert and Very Casual by Michael DeForge
Thanks so much to all the cartoonists for their recommendations. Find out more about the above books, and all of our books, on our website here!
Turn of the century trade card care of the Toronto Reference Library.
#DECEMBOND 004 - “Thunderball”
So I don’t have a ton of notes on this one. I like the general direction by Terence Young better then Guy Hamiltons, Young’s Bond movies just feel bigger. Over all I really like this one but it does fall apart a bit at the end. The final underwater battle I’m sure was great at the time but it’s a bit sluggish, hard to follow and too long.
The main thing I think everyone remembers about this one is the jetpack. It’s a fun scene and a funny set up. This one also sets up a lot of tropes; villains with eye patches, sharks, and huge bombs.
Maurice Binder is back on titles, check out the titles here:
Couple other notes:
- The scene of James skeet shooting is super great: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFai3y0B70I
- More great sets by Ken Adam.
#DECEMBOND 005 - “You Only Live Twice”
First off, not as racist as I thought it would be. You don’t see this one on tv very often and the only two parts that really stuck out in my memory was James’s burial at sea and that they tried to disguise him as a Japanese fisherman.
Roald Dahl, yeah the same guy that wrote Willy Wonka, adapted this one. From what I can tell very little from the book was used. I can’t say it’s one of this better works but has some fun stuff in it.
Check out the titles here:
The them song is by Nancy Sinatra, and it’s one of my all time favorites.
Here are a couple fun covers of the song:
- Bjork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi5f3TVhnoE
- Coldplay (sorry but it’s pretty good): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIKyNyI6V68
Couple other notes:
- Aki’s car in the film, Toyota 2000GT is pretty great: http://blog.toyota.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/fe_10151210_815.jpg
- “Tiger” Tanaka is one a great name and two should have been spun-off.
My comic books by Beth Evans arrived and I couldn’t be happier!
They made it all the way to Germany very quickly and are printed on what feels like high quality card stock. My boyfriend found me chuckling on the bed after I opened the mail.
I can really only recommend buying them if you want to support an artist whose work you enjoyed.
I am thrilled you like them! Thanks so much again!
BUZZ! - Free Preview!
Hey gang! Here’s a free sneak preview of Ananth Panagariya and Tessa Stone’s BUZZ!, which is hitting stores TOMORROW!
It’s a hyperkinetic, super fun tale of Webster, a kid who finds himself embroiled in the cutthroat world of underground spelling bees!
See it. Believe it.
Whoa, Oni posted a long preview of BUZZ! I think this is the first 10 pages or so!
BUZZ drops tomorrow, December 11th! AHHHHH I’m gonna burst into flames.