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!
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Taking his cues from an earlier generation of artists gives the book to date a timeless look for a timeless dilemma, making a personal story that much more accessible.
And ending on what’s to come:
Though the story’s only half done as of this volume, reading it feels like Sally is snapping a rubber at the reader, a clever little shock that reminds us that he’s “going somewhere, I promise” with all this, as “sincerely, no one” assures us on the book’s French flaps.
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The North Adams Transcript recently reviewed Dan Zettwoch and Kevin Huizenga’s Amazing Facts and Beyond, calling the book a “a great intro to the inventive dynamism of Zettwoch’s presentations.”
The strip ran in the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, Mo., for about four years and features fictional expert-in-odd-facts Leon Beyond as host, taking readers on a topical and dense journey through the detritus of actual facts that really aren’t, but you wish were.
Read the rest of the review here!
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!
It’s as if Van Gieson is asking us to let go of narrative sense-making, to temporarily suspend those cognitive devices that puts things together, and just enjoy the ride. The connections will come later — maybe — after we’ve had time to take in the strangeness of the images… and at times, they are like something out of a nightmare. In the meantime, we are supposed to have fun with the various story lines, interspersed with musically inspired interludes (monsters dancing to Jan and Lorraine’s “Number 33″), scenes from Janet’s Doomin comics, and the cubist-inspired story, “Dr. Tong’s Cabinet of Souls,” from Frank’s Tales of Abstraction House.
You can read the rest of the review here!
You can’t map out Wartman’s city in your head, but the seemingly endless panels of well-detailed corridors, stairs, gardens and passageways give a sense of scale to the story. The city seems so foreboding and ancient, you worry the characters really will lose their way.
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Eel Mansions is published by Tom Kaczynski’s Uncivilized Books and, unsurprisingly, the design is elegant. Each book has a screen-printed, silver ink cover and an earthy, textured paper for the inside.
The series also provided nice review of the content:
Van Gieson’s loose, gestural marks and high-contrast inking work equally well in portraying grotesque demons or the subtle facial expressions of one of the main characters Janet, the sardonic lush cartoonist. Janet’s dialog, along with many of the other characters, is witty and dry. This humor lightens the noir darkness and balances out the suspense and dizziness nicely.
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In its obsession with bookstores and libraries, in its nested dreams and tale-tellings, in its straight-faced conflation of history and impossibility, and in the tone of pulpy detective yarns that pervades its final third, “Incidents” owes more than a bit to Jorge Luis Borges’s short stories.
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We missed this one when it was posted late September! The article includes a review of Peter Wartman’s Over The Wall:
The world he has crafted does ask more investigation, though, but this is as much to do with the rich illustration work as with story and character. Wartman’s presentation of the city is a magnificent, meticulously thought out, and evocative of the disaster that has obviously taken place, and understands the concept of devastated landscape as an enticement to adventure for any kid.
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.