Stop by to see us at Autoptic’s mini-event Santopticlaus! It’s on Saturday (tomorrow), Dec. 7th 10 am – 6 pm at the CO Exhibitions Gallery. We’ll have our full assortment of books and minis! A bunch of our artists will be joining the fun:
- Derek Van Gieson will be on hand debuting the 4th issue of Eel Mansions!
- Peter Wartman will be signing his acclaimed hit Over The Wall! A perfect holiday gift!
- Coryn LaNasa will help run our table and have copies of her mini-comic Horns!
- Tom Kaczynski will sign copies of Beta Testing the Apocalypse and… maybe have a surprise brand new mini comic!
Stop by and say hello! Details here.
Derek Van Gieson has been busy! He recently delivered the fourth issue of his well regarded series Eel Mansions! This issue gives us a bit of Armistead Fowler’s murky past, Lizard Lord Wilma is on the run from the Zapf, the proper mix of Iggy & The Stooges “Raw Power” is given its due, and more of Janet Planet, Doomin, Milk City, and Tales of Abstraction House. It’s another 40+ page monster! Is anybody else producing 40 page mini-comics on a such a regular basis? Available now for pre-order! Copies will start shipping at the beginning of December. Oh and don’t forget that Eel Mansions subscriptions are also available, don’t miss an issue!
Uncivilized Books will be exhibiting at CAB (Comic Arts Brooklyn) on Saturday, Nov. 9th from 11-7 pm. We’ll have all of our recent books. We’ll be at table U7 with:
- Gabrielle Bell
- Jon Lewis
- James Romberger
- and Tom Kaczynski
We’re looking forward to it! Stop by and see us!
Mental Floss included our Fall 2013 Subscription on their “5 Most Interesting Comics of the Week” list! This is what they have to say:
Uncivilized Books recently announced their new Fall catalog and for a limited time are offering all 5 of these soon-to-be-released books for a discounted price of $65 (US) with free shipping. The highlight of the collection is a new graphic novel from renowned French cartoonist Joann Sfar called Pascin, about the life of the Jewish modernist painter of the same name. In addition there is Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses, a reflection on the military origins of urban planning that she wrote during her participation in the Montreal student strikes in 2012, and That Night, A Monster… by Marzena Sowa and Berenika Kołomycka which is an all-ages children’s comic about a boy whose mom gets turned into a fern.
The most interesting parts of the Fall catalog however are two books in Uncivilized’s new “Critical Cartoons” series that seek to give a platform to new critical voices and let them explore a particular comics subject in thoughtful, provocative, long-form essays. The first is Ed vs. Yummy Fur by Brian Evenson which takes a look at Chester Brown’s highly influential one-man anthology comic from the ’90s Yummy Fur (which contained the original serialization of his now classic Ed The Happy Clown) and includes a new interview with the cartoonist. The second is Carl Barks’ Duck: Your Average American by Peter Schilling Jr, examining Barks’ classic 20-year run writing and drawing Donald Duck comics for Disney which, to this day, are considered some of the finest comics ever produced.
Read the full text here. Check out our subscription offer here: Fall 2013 Subscription.
Two consecutive episodes of The Comics Alternative podcast discuss some of our books. First, is an episode (54) long examination of Dash Shaw’s entire body of work. Dash’s latest work (New School, 3 New Stories) is the focus though both Body World and Bottomless Belly Button get extended treatment as well… as does our own New Jobs (which is close to selling out… if you want a copy, now is the time!). The next episode (55) becomes enmeshed in the labyrinthine corridors of David B.’s work as the hosts discuss Black Paths and Incidents in the Night. The hosts totally fall for Incidents in the Night and name it their best read of the week. Anybody who loves reading books instantly falls in love with Incidents in the Night and this is really palpable in the conversation in the podcast. Check out these episodes. They’re worth a listen if you’re interested in these artists work.
Chris Moutner came back from SPX and wrote about a few books that caught his attention. One of them was Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions. Here’s what he had to say:
Nothing that I’ve read of Van Gieson’s previous comics – certainly not the WWII story he did for Mome – prepared me for this delightfully weird, silly and occasionally genuinely creepy comic. Like the worst ADD-addled student, the comic zips between storylines involving a former leader of a satanic cult reduced to selling cars, an alcoholic cartoonist who likes to buck cherished beliefs about 20th century music in her comics, a lizard woman hiding out in her hotel, a uber-green secret service agent and really I’m just scratching the surface here. I detect the strong influence of early Eightball, particularly Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, but as influences go that’s not a bad one to have. This is a deliciously goofy, occasionally deranged comic and I’m eager to see how Van Gieson will tie all these various threads together. Assuming he plans to that is.
Oh he plans it! See why this comic is gathering acclaim left and right: get the subscription or check out the individual issues.
Another great review for Incidents in the Night, this time on Bleeding Cool:
In a vertiginous swirl, he encounters faceless and book-faced beings, creatures from mythology, gods and monsters, as well as the Angel of Death for good measure. The artwork is black and white, with a heavily wood-blocked feel, both stark and detail-laden. Panels topple into each other, draw back and remain fixed, lose their borders and reassert themselves as David B.’s journey takes on different forms. Dream, reality, and mythology are all up for grabs, as David B. accompanies Travers into the unknown. The book is a triumph of personal storytelling and memorable artwork, and a gem brought to the English-speaking world in this translation.
The rest is here.
A nice review of Sammy the Mouse on Bleeding Cool:
Sammy The Mouse, Books 1 and 2. Sammy is a series that draws on comic strip and early comic tradition, with a heady injection of underground comics sensibilities. […] The slightly paranoid atmosphere, a justified paranoia given the unpredictability of events, wouldn’t be amiss in a Kafka short story, and the inking and coloring on the books are so subtle and nuanced that there’s a certain delicacy to its ridiculous and slapstick elements.
Read more here.
Did you know that Zak Sally is an honest to god celebrity? It’s true! In addition to being an amazing cartoonist and publisher (with La Mano) he has a storied past as bassist for great bands like Low and Enemymine (not to mention his solo record). That’s why he gets to have a six page spread in Filter magazine!
Get a peek into his amazing studio (am I saying amazing too much?)!
This is his press (an AB Dick 9810). The first volume of Sammy the Mouse (now available here… but you should really buy it direct from Zak here) was printed on this machine.
Look at that grin!
A peek at his solo album art. On the shelf you can see a copy of Fugue State by Brian Evenson (yes the translator of Incidents in the Night and author of Ed vs. Yummy Fur) illustrated by Zak Sally.
A peek at the cover of Sammy the Mouse book 2 and sample of Zak’s cross-dressing stage antics! So yeah, total super star!
Dan Zettwoch & Kevin Huizenga’s Amazing Facts & Beyond was reviewed in the Onion AV Club Comics Panel column:
Amazing Facts is a smorgasbord of social satire and gonzo surrealism masquerading as silly, fact-mangling mayhem. [The] sketchy, up-against-deadline artwork teems with itchy energy, and the jokes land solidly—but it really takes off when it enters the meta-zone and incorporates an ongoing storyline about how the strip itself is in danger of being axed by the Times.
Read the rest here.