Upcoming Peeks – Gilbert Shelton, Robert Crumb, Emily Carroll, Katie Green, Alexander Bertram-Powell, Jade Sarson, Nina Burrows, Paul Gravett

Published On September 1, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Previews, Upcoming

Sometimes when we get word of something coming out, we’ve loads to share, but sometimes the info and the artwork is a little thinner on the ground…. but still worth showing to you, hence… Upcoming Peeks…


Saw this on Jade Sarson’s site: The Courage to Be Me, a new comics project from Nina Burrows featuring illustrators Katie Green, Alexander Bertram-Powell, and of course Sarson herself. The book “deals with the aftermath of sexual abuse and coping with vulnerability“.

More details at Nina’s website.


Emily Carroll has long been one we keep an eye on, her webcomics always worth showing to you. Her book His Face All Red and other stories is due to be published by Simon & Shuster’s Margaret K. McElderry Books (no date as yet), but she’s also adapting Laurie Halse Anderson’s 1999 book, Speak, tentatively scheduled for 2016 release from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (more details at the EW article – ‘Speak’ to be adapted as a graphic novel).

And remember, along with Vera Brosgol, Carroll contributes to the great Draw This Dress Tumblr.


That’s the cover of the forthcoming Comics Art, written by Paul Gravett, designed by Peter Stanbury and of course drawn by the wonderful Joost Swarte (those of you of older years will recognise it as the cover to Raw #2, 1980).

The hardback is out in the UK this November (Tate Publishing) and in the US next February (Yale University Press). Gravett hopes to have advance copies at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal on October 18th-20th.

wonder wart-hog

“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a blird! It’s a pane! It’s a pird! It’s a blane! It’s a plird! It’s a bane! Actually tobe precise it seems to be some sort of flying, anthropo-morphic phacochoerus aethiopicus, wearing a skin-tight red and green costume…….”

Wonder Wart-Hog! Before the Freak Bros, before Fat Freddys Cat, WW debuted in 1962 and has been popping up here and there ever since, an 8 foot tall 800 pound humanoid wart-hog. In his everyday life he is mild-mannered and slightly built reporter Philbert Desanex whom the Hog of Steel becomes by squeezing himself into a 5 foot 7 inch Philbert suit.

Promising loads of extreme vio-lence, the Best of Wonder Warthog comes out in October from Knockabout, and Shelton will be signing in London on October 17th and at the Lakes Comics Festival from the 18th to 20th


Another one from Knockabout, again hitting stores in October; this time it’s Robert Crumb’s complete Weirdo work ’81-’91. All 28 issues:

Weirdo was a magazine-sized comics anthology created by Robert Crumb in 1981, which ran for 28 issues. It served as a “low art” counterpoint to its contemporary highbrow Raw. Early issues of Weirdo reflect Crumb’s interests at the time – outsider art, fumetti, Church of the SubGenius-type anti-propaganda and assorted “weirdness.” With issue #10, Crumb later handed over the editing reins to Peter Bagge; with issue #18, the reins went to Crumb’s wife, cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. The three editorial tenures were known respectively as “Personal Confessions,” “Coming of the Bad Boys,” and “Twisted Sisters.”

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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