With Valentine’s Day exactly a month away, we couldn’t pass up the chance to tease a little more of our Quarter Moon for lovers, issue #3.
Last week (link!) we showed off the first of its beautiful interior pages (by Alexandra Beguez), and laid out the stories you’ll be reading in this “erotic” installment of our quarterly anthology.
This week we’ve decided to reveal ONE of our cover artists, and slip you just the tip of the carnal iceberg that is his cover. Quarter Moon #3 will in fact have two covers, a reversible affair (unlike the affairs within). And each of them will knock you out.
So welcome he of Blades & Lazers, Lincoln Washington: Free Man, and Night Business fame, Benjamin Marra! What in hell has this guy gotten himself into? You’re gonna have to wait and see the full cover to figure that one out…
After a bit of a Christmas vacation, the Locust Moon Press Tuesday Tease is back to give everyone a glimpse at something we currently have in the works. Right now we’re closing in on the completion of our third Quarter Moon issue, due for release in February.
The first issue of our quarterly comics & illustration magazine focused on wordless stories.
The second was a grab-bag of fun & fighting & touches of melancholy.
The third will celebrate a topic perfectly suited for Valentine’s Day. No, not love or romance or chocolate. Quarter Moon #3 is our erotica issue. And Alexandra Beguez has come back for another go, after having last created one of our favorite, and funniest, strips to date in Quarter Moon: Silence,“Alien Raver: Forbidden Fruit”. So today I thought we’d share the first page of her new story for #3, “The Harvest”.
The setup seems simple enough, right? I promise you won’t be able to guess what happens next. This one’s out-there in the best way possible.
Other stories you’ll see in this issue include…
Jimmy Comey’s “Tijuana Bible Strip Tease”
Keren Katz’s “Mr. Beenoon, Were You Watching?”
Charles Fetherolf’s “Lilith”
Maggie Eighteen & Annie Mok’s “Errand”
and Rob Woods’ “Wilbur, Where Art Thou?”
There’ll also be a cover or two by a couple of awesome special guests. Stay tuned for those!
Nathan Fox and Sheila Keenan’s heart-wrenching, half-century-spanning tale of soldiers and soldiers’ best friends is old-fashioned in its storytelling and forward-looking in its gorgeously sleek illustration.
Locust Moon is undertaking a lot this fall, between the publication of QUARTER MOON #2: “Locust Man vs. Monster” and Rob Woods’ 36 LESSONS IN SELF-DESTRUCTION, the hosting of our second comics festival (at which both of those books are set to debut), and putting together all of various other comic projects we currently have in the works. That’s why we’re asking for a hand on QUARTER MOON – we’ve got a lot riding on October 2013, and we hope you can help us make it through in one piece!
Any little thing you can donate will earn our eternal thanks – but we’re not about to ask for money for nothing! We want to send you stuff in return like the book itself (naturally), the first issue of QUARTER MOON (“Silence”), signatures, sketches, and some special extra stuff thrown in from Locust Moon projects old (ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE) and new (36 LESSONS).
Pages from “Bow to the Wizard” by Bodie Chewning
QUARTER MOON#2: “Locust Man vs. Monster” will be 48 pages and contain 5 complete stories, by cartoonists Steve Lafler (Bughouse), Kate Farquhar (Zodiac & friends), Dave Proch (Once Upon a Time Machine), Bodie Chewning (IdN Extra 02: Neo York – Mightnight Sessions), and Daryl Seitchik (Smarter Child). It will also include 3 one-page strips by James Comey (American Monster Buffet), illustrations by Lindsey Wavrek & Steven Bradshaw, and exclusive peeks into the sketchbook of Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War, It Will All Hurt). Providing this issue’s cover – and title – is Ulises Farinas (Gamma, Catalyst Comix).
The beginning of “A Hard Boiled Heart” by Dave Proch
Here’s a little breakdown of the main stories we’re going to be sharing with you guys:
Bodie Chewning‘s “Bow to the Wizard” or “Don’t Get Your Diapers in a Twist It’s Only a Cthuloid” stars a narcissistic Wizard who may need a little more help from his assistant than he thinks.
Dave Proch‘s “A Hard Boiled Heart” teaches us that underneath every hard shell is the wrong man who will go to the ends of the Earth for the right woman.
Steve Lafler will introduce us to an expat family in Oaxaca, where Steve currently lives. There’s a wannabe superhero Luchadora (female Mexican wrestler), an existential encounter with death, and a 2500-year-old vampire. Chickens are involved.
Kate Farquhar is uncovering some secret, fantastical histories of Philadelphia.
And Daryl Seitchik will take us on a semi-autobiographical jaunt through a cartoonist’s dreams.
Page from “Oaxaca” by Steve Lafler
Like the first issue of QUARTER MOON, “Locust Man vs. Monster” will be partially in color and partially in B&W, depending on how each artist wishes to present his or her art.
But unlike the first issue, “Locust Man vs. Monster” has no single theme. The guys & gals are running wild here.
1 of 3 prints by Lindsey Wavrek & Steven Bradshaw
QUARTER MOON #1, “Silence” (56 pages), spotlighted wordless comics from Charles Fetherolf, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Sophia Wiedeman, Jeremy Baum, Alexandra Beguez, Chris Stevens and Rob Woods, along with sketch pages by Farel Dalrymple and a wraparound cover by Jeremy Baum.
Chris Stevens & Rob Woods
We hope you guys will help us out! We love the idea of getting this great work out into the world, and it’s really wonderful to see other people getting behind the idea, too.
Earlier this month, Locust Moon debuted the first issue of our ongoing comics & illustration anthology, QUARTER MOON. This issue, “Silence”, spotlights wordless comics and features work from Charles Fetherolf, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Sophia Wiedeman, Jeremy Baum, Alexandra Beguez, Chris Stevens, Rob Woods, and Farel Dalrymple. And f course there’s that beautiful wraparound cover, courtesy of Jeremy Baum. A nice, big stack arrived in the mail……and it came out beautifully. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:
Chris Stevens & Rob Woods
As planned, we had issue one in hand just in time for the one-year anniversary bash for our new store. To celebrate the occasion, we set about decorating the store’s gallery space with all our favorite prints……and all of the best art that had been produced in, around, and about the store.Continue reading →
we were in north carolina last week for heroes con. the con has been running for over 30 years and has a reputation for being maybe the best east coast convention, with a family atmosphere and emphasis on comics and comic creators–none of the pop culture nonsense that so many other cons have made the focus of their shows. it’s fair to say we were looking forward to this one.
josh and i left early thursday morning, hopping on a train, where we met up with our roomie for the weekend, ulises farinas. ulises is a fantastic artist and an easy guy to spend 13 hours on a train with. here’s the cover to his book coming out in july…
there’s not much to say about a 13 hour train ride. we traded comics biz stories (shame on some people out there, ha) and ate lousy train food and discussed the eternal subject, women. we got into charlotte around 9 pm and headed for the hotel. andrew had flown in earlier and scouted out the bbq options, which, by the time we unwound and ulises had donned his RATTICUS costume, were limited. who’s RATTICUS, you ask?
we wound up eating at QUEEN CITY Q, a middle of the road BBQ restaurant that had good ribs, terrible brisket, and weak drinks.
friday was set-up time, and we were in INDIE ISLAND, along with the pittsburgh boys (jim rugg, jasen lex, ed piskor, and tom scioli), chris pitzer of ADHOUSE BOOKS, rafer roberts, and some other folks i’m spacing on right now. we were tabled next to chad bowers, who was from the area and a real nice guy to be stuck next to for 3 days. chad did a bunch of ‘terrible sketches for $1’ over the course of the 3 days, and they were all worth a chuckle. the show got off to a slow start, sales-wise (more on that to come), so i decided to hit the floor, say hi to some folks, and try to get creators signed on to our LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM project.
i saw neal adams with only 1 or 2 people around him and figured what the hell, i’d give it a shot. after listening to some hilarious off-color stories about roy thomas and stan lee from neal, i pitched him nemo. i was excited and a little abuzz when, without too much work, he said yes. this kicked off a pretty spectacular weekend of recruiting creators for the project. when i got back to the table to hear sales were slow but josh had talked to–and gotten a yes from–peter bagge, the tone and type of weekend it was going to be was set. before the end of the day, tom scioli, ed piskor, nick pitarra, shawn crystal, and ben marra had all joined in. we also got to meet drew moss, who illustrated one of the stories in ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE and is doing stuff at IDW now. drew is a swell guy, great finally meeting in person. Continue reading →