Fellow Minneapolis cartoonist Anders Nilsen spoke with Marc Sobel about his upbringing, work and forthcoming sketchbook collection.
Sobel: Did you see Love and Rockets at that point?
Nilsen: Yeah, Love and Rockets. I came across Clowes at that point, too, although I just thought he was too weird. I didn’t get it. (laughs) I picked up Eightball #1, with Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, and I was like, “This is fucked up. I don’t really get it and I don’t know what to think about this.” (laughs)
Sobel: It was a little surreal.
Nilsen: Totally. And very harsh. Like, really psychologically harsh. A lot of Weirdos were too, but the covers were so gorgeous. I was basically just buying them for the covers but then I would read them and I’d get to these crazy, gnarly sex things and be like, “Ech! (laughs) Is this what comics is?! I don’t know…” (laughs)
Read it here.
Tobias Carroll spoke with Jason Little about the process behind Borb and his duties teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Paste: Do you find that teaching has had any effect on writing and drawing comics as well?
Little: Definitely. It’s pretty important to me. And it’s kind of cool that it’s a day job where I get paid but I’m also really into it. I really like my students a lot. I’ve been doing it for about ten years, and so I feel like some of my students are ten years older than they were in college. They’re older, and so they feel more like peers. It’s nice to feel like I have a connection to younger cartoonists that way, to keep me from getting old and calcified.
Read the full interview here.
For the Los Angeles Times, David Ulin reviewed David B.’s Incidents in the Night, specially Book 2.
Yet to read “Incidents in the Night” as commentary or analogue to “Epileptic” is to miss the point. No, what David B. is doing is to push beyond the bounds of ordinary reality, with Jean-Christophe as vehicle. If his declining health — and his brother’s increasingly internalized reactions to it — was a major factor in “Epileptic,” here, the tables are turned. What can it mean except that stories are all we have to preserve us, even though that is ultimately a hollow faith?
Read Ulin’s full review here. Grab both volumes of Incidents in the Night through our special offer.
Houses of the Holy is a nightmarish vision of a damaged psyche fighting to be reborn. This debut graphic novel by Caitlin Skaalrud will arrive this Fall as one of Uncivilized Book’s latest seasonal offerings.
Find further info on our website, and get the book with either the Fall 2015 subscription or by itself.
Skaalrud’s drawing is so sharp and visceral […] It’s the mind and body laid bare to itself and the reader, representing childhood in the form of the bow in her hair and adulthood in the form of the trials faced. —Foxing Quarterly
There’s a new review of David B.’s Incidents in the Night: Book 2 up at Paste.
The artwork here showcases characters both grotesque and elegant: Travers’s gang in particular features a memorable selection of grotesques: a rogue’s gallery that could serve as the dictionary illustration for the term … The story being told is cerebral and visceral in equal measure, and it succeeds impressively in both qualities.
Read the full review here. The book is available for sale through our website.
Reviewer Jesse Allen writes that while Jason Little’s Borb “is a comic strip, its impact is novelistic in every sense.” Read his nice write-up here. If you haven’t yet, order a copy of Borb for yourself from our website.
For The Quietus, Aug Stone writes that David B.’s latest is “a great occult detective story.”
Poetically told, rich in religious and societal allegory as well as knowledge of occult histories, Incidents In The Night 2 is full of strange delights, both large and small.
Read the full review here.
We have copies in stock, so pick it up. Unfamiliar with the series? That’s OK. We’re offering both volumes as a special deal.
Catch the duo at Boston’s Million Year Picnic tomorrow for a signing and general meet-and-greet. The event is between 3 and 5 p.m. Can’t make it? No sweat. Jason has several other dates supporting Borb on the horizon, so see below.
MeCAF (Maine Comic Arts Festival)
(exhibiting with Nick Bertozzi)
Sunday May 17
10 am – 5 pm
Olympia Comics Festival
(Guest of Honor)
Saturday, June 6th
Thursday June 11th
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND:
Friday June 19th
Mon Jul 20
Read an extended excerpt of Borb at Boing Boing. If you like what you see, consider ordering your very own copy of the book.
“What we want as people is a spectrum of acknowledgement, to be seen, to be known, to be understood, to be accepted. And that’s what Little demands from the reader: that you pay witness to this person’s life.” – The A.V. Club