Sean T. Collins reviews Gabrielle Bell’s July Diary 2014

Over at The Comics Journal, Sean T. Collins took the time to write up a nice piece on Gabrielle Bell’s latest July Diary installment. It’s a fresh take, considering sequencing and setting’s role in Gabrielle’s overall play on anxiety.

At first glance, Gabrielle Bell’s six-panel daily diary comics don’t have a lot in common with the Mines of Moria sequence in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings . Or at any number of subsequent glances, I suppose. But the more Bell I read, the more I think they share a primary strength: a sense of space, of environment.

Read the full review here. Order Gabrielle’s latest, Truth is Fragmentary, which collects previous editions of her July Diary series.

MariNaomi interviewed, Books and Authors with Cary Barbor

MariNaomi was recently a guest of Cary Barbor’s Books and Authors podcast. She recorded an in-studio interview to discuss Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories.

You can listen to the show here. It’s a fairly short interview, just hitting the 17 minute mark.

Order Dragon’s Breath from our website, and follow Mari on Twitter.

l’étoile interviews Derek Van Gieson

Derek (Eel Mansions) Van Gieson and Edie Overturf recently opened an exhibition with Public Functionary titled “In Search Of …”, and l’étoile, and an interesting Twin Cities arts mag, caught up with them to discuss it.

The premise for In Search Of… revolves around the act of narration and the authenticity and origin of narratives. In it, you’ve created the story of five fictional “tribes,” developed distinctively and secretively from one another and then webbed into a collaboration. Tell us a little more about the concept behind this exhibit.

DVG: Edie and I are both world builders, there’s so much mind digging going on that we aren’t particularly interested in representing what’s directly in front of us, rather, we enjoy combining the past, which is filled with so many versions of truth, fantasy and allegory, with our own imagination. The legends are fact and the facts have no history. It’s an exciting mess and the past is constantly being rewritten or re-understood. It’s a fantastic meeting place and baseline for us as artists to meet and the concept of the show was a natural progression from that. Edie’s work always asks questions and I enjoyed that, and so the show is a huge collection of questions. It’s meant to be mysterious, it’s meant for the viewer to fill in the gaps. It’s about making connections and making a point that the world’s history is shaped by the imagination.

City Pages also covered the event, which you can read here.

The exhibition will run through October 17th. The gallery space is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

For more on Public Functionary, visit their website. You can read the full Q&A with l’étoile here. And, of course, pre-order Derek’s new book Eel Mansions from Uncivilized Books.

War of Streets and Houses reviewed!

Shawn Starr posted an insightful essay on Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses, offering commentary on Sophie’s use of the comics grid.

Yanow’s panels though are free drawn, weaving up and down, veering to the right a little or the left. It is in these inconsistencies that we see the artist’s hand first and foremost, the nature of her line, rather than the uniformity found at the edge of a ruler. This naturalism goes straight to the heart of War of Streets and Houses; the city/comics grid may have its place, but the eccentricities of the individual community or artist come through first and foremost.

Read the full piece here. Order War of Streets and Houses from our website.

An Iranian Metamorphosis reviewed for Panel Patter

Scott Cederlund offers the first review of Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis. It comes as part of Panel Patter‘s SPX Spotlight coverage.

What An Iranian Metamorphosis demonstrates is the power of the cartoon. It’s not something that we think of all that often. Our reviews and critiques mostly boil down to “buy it” or “don’t buy it.” We reduce the word and the image down to commodity and forget about the power that it really has.

Read Scott’s full review here. Order the book from our website.

BookTrib interviews MariNaomi

Tahneer Oksman caught up with MariNaomi to chat about memoir and her new book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for BookTrib.

BT: Some of your stories in Dragon’s Breath look so different from one another on the page. How did you initially decide on the length and style of each story?

MN: I never knew how long the stories were going to be. I didn’t plan out their length; I just sometimes needed more space to tell one story than I did another. There was one insanely busy month, when I was working on my Duran Duran story (“Heartthrobs”), which ended up being so long. I didn’t socialize or really leave the house; I was just furiously drawing all the time.

Read the full interview here. Order Mari’s book from the Uncivilized website.

Foreword Reviews highlights It Never Happened Again

Sam Alden’s latest received a brief nod from Foreword Reviews, an industry leader in small press publication.

Alden’s pencil drawings play beautifully with light and shadow. Each page uses just the right amount of detail, and no more, to accurately portray emotion.

You can read the full review here. Order It Never Happened Again from the Uncivilized Books website.

Uncivilized @ Brooklyn Book Festival

We’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Sunday, September 21, 10-6pm. We’ve taken over space 412 along with friends from 2D Cloud. Festival details here.

A few of our creators will be on panels:

Single Facing City: Coming of Age Comics. New graphic narratives by popular comics creators Mike Dawson (Angie Bongiolatti), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), and MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath) follow the lives of very different young women, all striving for their place, identity, and their own way to change the world—some fictional, some confessional, all unforgettable. Moderated by Nicole RudickThe Paris Review. Featuring screen projection.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. 10 am. Brooklyn Historical Society

Losing and Finding Yourself: Comics of Heartbreak and Healing. Three award-winning artists offer their stories of traveling the world, through illness, anxiety, love, family, loss, and survival. Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis), John Porcellino (Hospital Suite), and Anya Ulinich (Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel). Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos, ed., Best American Comics. Featuring screen projection.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. 2 pm.
Brooklyn Historical Society

Here’s a roster who will be camping at our table and the signing times:

10:30 – 11:30 am. Jon Lewis (True Swamp) + James Romberger (Post York, Seven Miles A Second)
11:30 am -12:30. pm Alex Holden (West Side Improvements)
12:30 – 1:30 pm. Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis) + Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary)
2 – 4 pm. Mari Naomi (Dragon’s Breath )
4:30 – 5:30 pm. Mana Neyestani (An Iranian Metamorphosis) + Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary)
10 am – 6 pm. Tom Kaczynski (I’ll be there all day!)

Should be a blast! Stop by and say hi!!!

James Romberger draws Daddy for Oily Comics

Post York scribe and all-around good guy James Romberger has new work out with Oily Comics. Daddy is a collaboration between he and Josh Simmons, splashed in a creepy mix of black and red. It’s horror as you’d expect from Simmons, and Romberger’s brush work gives it all the necessary texture.

The book debuted at SPX. You can order it from Oily Comics.

Rob Clough reviews Eel Mansions #4-5, Houses of the Holy

The prolific Rob Clough reviewed some of our mini comics for his ‘Mini-Sweep’ column at Foxing Quarterly. He covered Eel Mansions #4 and 5 as well as Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy.

On Eel Mansions:

Eel Mansions is basically Van Gieson’s brain in a blender, mixing together dozens of comics and cultural touchstones into one package.

On Houses of the Holy:

Zak Sally was an obvious influence here, but Skaalrud works at a level more specifically in the style of comics-as-poetry, giving the verbal-visual tension a quality not unlike that of John Hankiewicz.

Read both full reviews here. You can order these minis from our website.