Our debut publication! Buy it now at our store, or read about the method behind our madness here.
Family, loneliness, ghosts and murder in this impressive debut graphic novel.
A classic science-fiction tale gets a new, comics adaptation.
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel drunk.
Reviews of the better offerings from the spinner racks.
28 April 2012
A 22-page comic anthology, filled with surreal horror and uncomfortable humour from Graphic Eye's resident mad cartoonist. This will be available from the Graphic Eye table at some upcoming conventions and small-press shows, and from our online store. Watch this space for further details.
21 April 2012
15 April 2012
Image Comics, $2.99
Image Comics, $3.50 Print, $2.99 Digital
To celebrate the impending apocalypse (or just to have an excuse to make some special beers) Fantagraphics have made a strange alliance with fellow Seattleites, Elysian Brewery, to release a series of 12 speciality beers with label art by Charles Burns. The beers are being released at a rate of one per month, with this month's brew being “Fallout” (coincidentally the name of Russ Battaglia's legendary Seattle record/skate/comic store) which is a pale ale made with green cardamom - one of the most expensive, and powerful, spices in the world.
Straight out of the bottle, it's easy to tell that this is an entirely different beast to the previous two limited brews. Niburu and Rapture were Elysian's take on traditional brews, but Fallout, while starting from a traditional pale ale base, is unlike any other domestic brew. The secret is all in the balance.
When poured, the beer settles quickly in the glass with very little carbonation and a light head. A sniff of the aroma reveals a medley of floral and herbal fragrances. It's a scent that's evocative of the east, offering similar notes that you'd find in Indian and Thai cookery (really putting the world in "the end of the world").
The flavour is where Fallout really comes into its own. The first taste to notice is the cardamom: a huge, but not overpowering hit, which is full of aromatic spiciness. The spiciness never becomes hot, and is balanced by the undertones of vanilla, giving nuance to the flavour. Of course, being a pale ale, the hops are rich and full, and compliment the spice nicely. After such a powerful taste, Fallout resolves itself nicely and in the aftertaste reveals its yeast flavours: light and doughy to relax the tongue.
It's almost redundant to say that this is the perfect complement to a curry. The beer itself even mimics an Indian meal, with its light, aromatic appetiser of a nose, its spicy entree and the cooling sensation of the bready aftertaste. It's perhaps too full-on of a brew for casual sipping, but is great for savouring. After the disappointment of last month's Rapture, this is a worthy return to form for one of the Northwest's most distinctive brewers.
Captured Ghosts – Patrick Meany (dir.)Respect Films, Sequart 2011, $15.00