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Stonebreaker Study Group

I hope you’ve all been following Stonebreaker, Peter Wartman’s follow-up to Over The Wall? Yes? Well, now Peter’s comic joins the amazing Study Group web comics roster! Catch up on recent episodes and sign up for new updates! If you haven’t been checking out Peter’s comic, then now is a good time to start! The first post catches you up what’s been going on so far. Check it out! And if you like it pick up Over The Wall to read the whole story! We’re running a special (20% off!) to celebrate!

 

Never Ending Comic So Close To Liftoff!

Erik Johnson’s Kozmo-Knot; the amazing perpetual comic object is very close to being fully funded! It’s only about $600 away from liftoff! He’s been thinking about this project for 10 years! Help him out by supporting this Kickstarter campaign.

Gabrielle Bell Reviewed on Timesleader

Gabrielle Bell’s Truth Is Fragmentary was reviewed in Timesleader. Here’s a little taste of what they had to say:

Hailed as an alternative cartoonist, Bell is best known for her works The Voyeurs and Lucky, which won the Ignatz Award for Most Outstanding Minicomic in 2003. In her recent work, Bell demonstrates a continued maturity and excellence as one of the best young cartoonists of her time. Using her life and travels as a starting point, Bell, in the most appropriate of ways, draws life through comics.

The rest of the review is here.

The Amazing Neverending Comic Book Story

The Uncivilized Books Lab is proud to announce that we’re partnering with cartoonist Erik Johnson to bring to life his infinite loop comic, Kozmo-Knot. He’s been working on this unique object for 10 years! We we saw Erik’s prototype, we knew we had to help out! Here’s a little about the project:

Kozmo-Knot is the story of a spaceman and a caveman, a campfire and a blaster, a rocket ship, asteroid, a rocky off-world landscape. It’s a kinetic pantomime that takes a reader on a far away journey, then right back where they started … to begin again.

But really, you should check out the project via it’s Kickstarter page, there’s loads more info there! Help us bring this unique object to life! For even more Kozmo-Knot related art and sketches check out this Tumblr.

What is Uncivilized Books Lab? It’s a new label for something we’re already doing: hand made books and comics. Even though we’ve entered the mass market book world with our Graphic Novels a couple of years ago, we still love making comics by hand. It’s how we started out! It allows us to work with different formats, and artist that we might otherwise not be able to work with. We can nurture new ongoing projects like Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions, or do a series of idiosyncratic architecture zines like the Structures series. It our research and development laboratory. And, frankly, it’s loads of fun to do! Even more soon!

Comics for Introverts on Huffington Post

A couple weeks ago Gabrielle Bell and her new book, Truth is Fragmentary were all over Huffington Post. Did you catch it? If you didn’t here’s some of the nice things they said:

How does one reconcile the desire to be alone while simultaneously craving companionship? Throughout her book, Bell is pulled in opposite directions — to connect with others and to retreat.

“People! They are so annoying, yammering away with their opinions and feelings and anecdotes and advice. I sit and wait for them to go away, and even after they do their voices continue to yammer in my head,” she writes. “All the little things they say, they sting and bite and wear you down. I‘d rather be eaten alive by insects.”

While that sounds gloomy, don’t be fooled: Bell’s work is bursting with heart. Her keen eye for detail and empathetic, introspective voice results in comics that are joyful, unexpected and often refreshingly hilarious.

The article also features a very nice interview with Gabrielle, here’s a sample:

Tell me about your diary comics. What is the purpose of recording everything in the diary comics?

I used to always keep a personal comic journal. But doing comics takes so long, I’d end up doing a diary all day long, it was so compulsive, and I’d had to get in so many details, so I started publishing it just to feel like I wasn’t wasting all my time.

I used them to work through things, to try to find meaning in things. Life is so chaotic, so you try to create some system. I have to admit that these diaries that I’ve published are all about my basic coping with being alive.

When I would go on trips, I wanted to have something come out of it. If I went to Oslo for a week, I wanted to have this image of Oslo, this recording of day-to-day life in Oslo. It was a challenge for me to make something funny and interesting.

Read the whole article here and order the new book here.

Truth is Fragmentary Review in The Globe And Mail

Last week, Canada’s The Globe and Mail reviewed Gabrielle Bell’s Truth Is Fragmentary. It’s short but sweet:

At one point in her latest comic-strip memoir, Gabrielle Bell wonders whether she is “one of those people who are afflicted with too much consciousness.” For readers, though, Bell’s affliction – evident in her pensive captions, careful lines, and worried-over shading – is rather more of a blessing. Her comics brim with unpredictable, incisive observation, as she records not just the humming details of daily existence, but the fancies that fill life’s lulls as well.

Read the whole review here.

Truth is Fragmentary Reviewed by Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine reviewed Gabrielle Bell’s Truth is Fragmentary. They have some very nice things to say:

Most of the book’s pages are black-and-white, with an uncomplicated panel structure. This approach is characteristic of the genre, but Bell has a great grasp of body language. In addition, her unique aesthetic never veers into sloppiness or overworks the pages. Mostly, though, her work is strong because of its writing — this includes the way she structures a story from panel to panel. The tone is conversational, self-amused, unstressed and assuredly improvisational, like watching an excellent cook throw a meal together from what’s already on hand in the kitchen.

Read the whole review here.

Gabrielle Bell at Desert Island

Tonight! New York! Brooklyn! Desert Island Comics! 7 to 9 pm! Gabrielle Bell will be present for the NY launch of Truth is Fragmentary! Don’t miss it!

Sam Alden Interviewed on CBR

Here’s another nice interview with Sam Alden about his upcoming book It Never Happened Again and some of his other recent publications. It’s over at CBR. It’s a good conversation. Here’s a bit about Sam’s unique style:

Reading these stories and then others, I’m curious if you’ve figured out an “Alden style” or “Alden approach,” or is that still something you’re working out?

I try to experiment with materials and approaches, but if I have any particular visual style that I lean on a lot these days it’s the loose, gestural pencil stuff. I’m in a mostly-committed relationship with pencil. I’ll probably mess around with other media in the future, but I assume I’ll keep coming home to graphite.

In terms of writing structure, I’m still all over the place. Something that I tried to do with my more recent work is to write around stuff rather than about it. Like, as an example, ”Household,” which I mentioned before, deals with incest and abuse in a pretty basic, explicit way, by literally just showing you all the messed-up stuff that happens in this one family. I think the protagonist in “Anime” also has some kind of trauma in her past (I’m just speaking here as the author of the piece, which doesn’t necessarily confer final authority); but rather than talk about that, I tried to use it as something that I understood about the character which the audience wouldn’t have to know. Like a temporary support system that holds up a stone arch while you construct it. I’m still such an amateur when it comes to writing, but that felt like a baby step in the right direction.

The whole interview is here.

Truth is Fragmentary on The Comics Journal

Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell was reviewed on The Comics Journal! Here’s a bit about the razor thin lines between non-fiction & fantasy that cut across the book:

Bell plays with the line between fiction and autobiography by injecting moments of total fantasy that may well comment on reality better than any actual real moments. These mostly involve encounters with bears and zombie apocalypses, as well as one hilarious segment where she speculates recovering lost memories as revelations to other lives, and fold in psychological truths that might never appear in the work otherwise. The diary ends with an entire section written by a third person, a fictional secretary that Bell has hired to deal with her diary for her. With this, Bell completely crosses over to full fictional character, both herself and her own biographer, bringing so many of her concerns full circle and in a format that transforms her self-deprecation into the insulting perception of someone else, who may or may not be Gabrielle Bell.

Read the rest of the review here.