We’re very excited to announce a new addition to the Structures series: Structures 35-45 by Patrick Kyle! Eleven new structures in Patrick’s inimitable style. Each object is accompanied by a short narrative that illuminates (or obscures… depends on your perspective) it’s nature. We’re taking preorders now. Preorders will ship in August, and it will debut at SPX. First edition limited to 150 copies. Get yours now. This is also a good time to catch up with the Structures series. We have a special price for all 4 issues so far.
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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.
Her rendering choices are a big key as to why the comic succeeds. She has the ability to flip from near-abstraction to a more naturalistic style, depending on the setting. Her figure drawings are exquisite: circles, lines and angles all whirling together and cohering on a panel-to-panel and page-to-page basis. The way she positions her head to indicate a sort of perpetually slumped-shoulder posture is one way she gets at gesture and body language with so much skill; despite the sketchiness of her line, one never feels cheated in terms of visual impact. Indeed, the abstractness of her line combined with the artificial solidity of the zip-a-tone gives the protest scenes a strange quality that would be difficult to capture in a more naturalistic style.
Read the whole review here.
A gentle reminder: 3 days left to sign up for the Goodreads giveaway for Gabrielle Bell’s new book, Truth is Fragmentary:
We’re about to celebrate the launch of Gabrielle Bell’s new book, Truth is Fragmentary! We’ve got two events for you:
The first is Friday, June 20 at 8:00pm in Beacon, NY. Here’s the Facebok event page. Be there!
For those of you who can’t make it to Beacon, fret not, we have an event in New York City as well!
If you’ve never looked at Sam Alden’s comics, at first glance you’ll be impressed by the drawings. His pencils show the very nature of the medium and in their purity they give the feeling of looking at the original art. The pages are full of lines, marks, gray and black spots. The line work is neither realistic nor naturalistic. When in Hawaii 1997 the two children are running on the beach, they turn into two abstract figures. The representation of the night sky recalls instead the Impressionists. Alden isn’t seeking the verisimilitude but the emotions of the reader. The emotional and communicative aspect is at the heart of his cartooning. The relationship between artist and audience is incredibly direct and even by merely looking at his panels you’ll have the feeling that they’ve been drawn only for you.
If you can’t make it to the Montreal event tonight (details here), you can still see Sam read & answer questions. He was in Minneapolis at Boneshaker Books a couple of weeks ago and the event was captured on video by Alex Farley. The Q&A session (starting at 5:57) is especially great! Check out the video here & order Sam’s new book here.