Supporting his new book Borb, Jason Little will read at Atomic Books in Baltimore this evening. Also on the bill are cartoonists Sara Lautman and Preston Spurlock. Atomic Books is a great shop, so definitely attend if you’re in the area. The event begins at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is this weekend, and Uncivilized Books will be there. Find us at Tables 87 and 88A. Uncivilized cartoonists Sophie Yanow, Sam Alden, Zak Sally, Kevin Huizenga, and Madeline McGrane will be hanging around our tables as well as exhibiting on their own. Publisher Tom K will man the fort!
Find CAKE at The Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted) from 11 am – 6 pm. It’s free and open to the public.
The plot sounds complex – what conspiracy isn’t? – but B.’s pen leads readers through all this shadowy logic using suggestive visual metaphors, stark compositions and weightless chase scenes out of a nightmare, dense with all the arcane symbolism of religious icons.
Read the full column here. Order Incidents in the Nighthere.
On Friday, June 12th Peter Schilling Jr. will read from his book Carl Barks’ Duck at Boswell Books in Milwaukee. If you’re nearby, come out and hear Peter discuss his idiosyncratic take on Carl Bark’s best Donald Duck stories. The store will have copies of the book as well as Fantagraphics latest Donald Duck collection in stock.
You can also order Carl Barks’ Duck through our website.
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 aVelvet 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)
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.
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?
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