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September 28th, 2016

Vortex Available in Comic Shops Today!

Filed under: Press,Print Comics — Tags: — William Cardini @ 9:56 am

Vortex should be available at your local comic shops today!

The comics critic Jog has chosen Vortex as a spotlight picks for his weekly column on new releases for The Comics Journal website, here’s a screenshot:

Screenshot of This Week in Comics by Jog for The Comics Journal

If you can’t find Vortex at your shop you can ask them to order it for you.

August 23rd, 2016

Vortex is in the August Previews

Filed under: Press,Print Comics — Tags: — William Cardini @ 10:37 pm

I’m very excited to tell y’all that Vortex is on Page 269 of Previews, the Diamond comics catalogue! It’ll be on shelves in fine comic book stores across the US on October 26th September 28th.

If you’d like a copy, ask your local comic book store to order it for you before September 2nd.

Order code AUG161125.

Alternative Comics page of the August Previews

You may have noticed that these two pages are the Alternative Comics section of Previews. After Virginia Paine decided to close Sparkplug Books, Marc Arsenault of Alternative Comics inherited most of Sparkplug’s backstock. I’m grateful to Virginia for taking a chance on Vortex and all the work she did to get the Kickstarter funded and the book printed and distributed. Running a publisher as a third job is hard work and I’m glad that she’s going to be able to focus on her own awesome comics, like The WHYs, an epic webcomic about queer superpowered teens.

The reviewer Rob Clough of High-Low said goodbye to Sparkplug in a review round-up that includes Vortex.

September 9th, 2015

Inkstuds Interview

Filed under: Press — Tags: , — William Cardini @ 10:25 am

Robin McConnell of Inkstuds interviewed me about Vortex, Skew, performance art, Jack Kirby, Sphere Fear (my risograph comic debuting at SPX, published by Yeah Dude Comics), and more! Listen to it here.

I was pretty nervous about the interview but friends have assured me that it sounds fine. There were a few things that I realized afterwards I should’ve mentioned:

  • José-Luis’ last name is Olivares.
  • The friend I’m doing the final Sparkplug Books Kickstarter painting for is also a cartoonist, Jason Poland. He does the webcomic Robbie and Bobby.
  • My performance art professor Mike Smith told me about chalk talks, which combine comics and theater. The performer tells a story or joke using drawings done quickly on newsprint pads or erased and altered on a chalkboard. I did a few of those in Mike’s classes.
  • My interest in psychedelia probably stems from my anxiety disorder. My reality is already distorted compared to most people’s perceptions. The constant battling and transformations in the Hyperverse is a manifestation of my persistent worries.
  • I’m not sure what show I’ll attend after SPX, but I contributed a six-page comic to Future Shock Zero and writing to Speculative Modern Dinosaur Quarterly, both edited by Josh Burggraf and both debuting at CAB.

July 14th, 2015

“Rock Troll” in RhiZome #3

Filed under: Press,Print Comics — Tags: — William Cardini @ 10:55 am

I’m the token American in the third issue of the British SF anthology series RhiZome, edited by Rob Jackson and Kyle Baddeley-Read. My comic, “Rock Troll,” is ten pages long. Here’s the first page:

Rock Troll Page 1

RhiZome #3 was reviewed by Richard Bruton on the Forbidden Planet blog. He liked “Rock Troll.” Here’s a quote:

A thing of some shape meets a rock. And the rock turns nasty. And then other stuff. It’s hardly War & Peace but by heck, it’s great. Maybe it’s the visual simplicity of it all, but whatever it was, it’s great.

Buy it from the shop link on Rob Jackson’s website. It’s £4 plus £2 if you’re outside the UK.

Here’s another page:

Rock Troll Page 4

Kyle Baddeley-Read posted an interview with me on the RhiZome blog. Here’s an excerpt:

From the first three issues of RhiZome, what stories have stood out to you? Why?

My favorite story is “Corporation Pop” by Rob Jackson. The first two installments were in RhiZome #1 and #2. I like how Rob depicts a mundane office life that is spiraling out of control into a paranoid fantasy where nothing seems real. Tyler Stafford’s comic in RhiZome #2 is also amazing, like all of his work. He puts in a lot of little details in his drawings that make his SF worlds grounded. I also dig his character designs.

July 7th, 2015

Two Contrasting Vortex Reviews

Filed under: Press — Tags: — William Cardini @ 10:44 am

Here are two more reviews of Vortex with contrasting perspectives. Click here for blockquotes and links.

March 24th, 2015

Two Vortex Reviews

Filed under: Press — Tags: — William Cardini @ 10:42 am

Vortex got two reviews last week!

Here’s a quote from Rob McMonigal’s review on Panel Patter, part of a roundup of SF comics:

Cardini’s plot works well, drawing the reader in with increasing layers of complexity, as the Miizzzard finds himself in greater and greater danger, fighting forces that may in fact be beyond his ability to combat. What’s really cool, however, is the fact that the art, which is just on the border between abstract and structured, reflects this layering. Thanks to an art style that focuses heavily on shapes and patterns, we as the reader are challenged ourselves to try to pick out the distinct images or watch as one pattern dissolves into another, changing the scene.

Here’s the summary paragraph from Alex Hoffman’s review on Sequential State:

In a way, Vortex’s best comparison is shonen battle manga, specifically Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, where super-powered heroes battle super-powered enemies, who later become friends to fight greater enemies. There is death and revival, always advancing the plot; a secret move that can only be used in times of great need. There is a juvenileness and a joy about it, qualities that are the essence of shonen battle manga. These things jump out at me from Vortex, despite its psychedelic trappings. But the abstraction of art, Cardini’s use of texture, and the loose structure of this comic make it a refreshing read.

January 21st, 2015

Vortex Updates and Press

Filed under: Press — Tags: — William Cardini @ 9:53 am

Releasing the Vortex book was my second biggest accomplishment of 2014. (The biggest was getting my daughter to sleep in her crib. Neither would have been possible without the help of my wife.) Thanks again to everyone who supported the Sparkplug Books Kickstarter! Virginia is sending out your copies of Vortex and I’m working on the 3d print and original art rewards. If you missed out on the Kickstarter but would still like a copy, it’s for sale in the Sparkplug web store and in Austin at Farewell Books and Austin Books. I’ll sell copies on this site once I finish my part of the Kickstarter rewards.

Glade and Ruby
I did this drawing of my wife and daughter for my father-in-law’s Kickstarter reward.

Here’s some press that Vortex got in the tail end of 2014:

If you’ve read Vortex, please consider rating or reviewing it on Goodreads.

May 1st, 2014

Hyperbroadcasts: New Comics, Upcoming Events, Book Recommendations, and Reviews

Filed under: Admin,Events,Press — William Cardini @ 11:43 am

I’ve got some updates for y’all:

January 29th, 2013

Hyperbroadcasts

Filed under: Artwork,Press,Print Comics — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 11:12 am

I’ve got a couple bits of news:

William Cardini Digital Prints Composite
If there’s an artwork or single comics page that you’d like to see me offer as a digital print, let me know.

I love the increasingly abstract and artificial texture of Cardini’s series…. It’s interesting to see a book done in the “mark-making” school of comics drawn entirely on a computer, as it heightens reader tension and makes the contents all the more alien in its coldness.

  • Here’s a somewhat abstract Vortex #3 preview page:

Vortex 3 Page 13
This is Page 13. Vortex #3 is also available in my online store, in a combo pack or by itself.

December 5th, 2012

Hyperbroadcasts (NSFW)

Filed under: Press,Print Comics — Tags: — William Cardini @ 12:52 am

I’ve got several things to tell y’all about:

Paper Party Print Show Flyer
Flyer artwork by Monica Ramos. Facebook event page here.

  • I’m going to have a digital print of a full-color drawing of the Miizzzard performing an experiment in the upcoming Paper Party Print Show, opening this Saturday, December 8th, from 7 to 9pm.

Vortex 3 Release Party Flyer Flyer
Press release here. Facebook event page here.

  • Domy Books Austin is having a release party for Vortex #3 on 12/12/12 from 7 to 9pm. I’ll do drawings in whatever Cardini books you bring or buy!

The Cockroach preview 3
A snippet of “The Cockroach.”

Origin of Stoner Alien minicomic
Sample of the minicomic Origin of Stoner Alien.

Vortex 2 in the Sparkplug Books Store

William Cardini page at Wow Cool

  • You can get a bunch of my comics and anthologies that I’ve contributed to at the William Cardini page on Wow Cool. (There’s even a video of me talking in my studio, good find Marc!)
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