Are you reading Gabrielle Bell’s July Diary (in August) right now? You should be! She’s really knocking it out of the park! It’s not often we get new daily comics from Gabrielle, so go to it! Start here, and keep reading!
We’re extending our Gabrielle Bell set deal until the end of the month, so if you need to catch up on her recent books, now is the time! If you don’t have a copy of her brand new book, Truth is Fragmentary, get it here.
Eel Mansions creator Derek Van Gieson gave a lengthy interview to The Comics Alternative podcast. He discusses the book, his past work on Mome and his relationship with Uncivilized publisher Tom K. Plus, Derek gives us the apt, one-line description for Eel Mansions: “The Young and the Restless meets the X-Files.” How can you say no to that?
You can listen to the episode here.
Eel Mansions #’s 1-6 are available here. Follow Uncivilized Books on Twitter, and stay informed.
Erik Johnson’s Kozmo-Knot met its Kickstarter goal (and then some), locking in a total $4,667. Ninety-one backers made this “kinetic pantomime” about a space and caveman possible, and we’re excited to collaborate with Erik through our Uncivilized LAB label to bring it to you.
Erik posted a warm thank you on the campaign’s page:
91 people gave their support, putting this crazy project past the finish line!
We can’t thank you enough, but we do look forward to producing an amazing edition of Kozmo-Knot and related pledge rewards. Please expect a first production update within the month!
Follow Erik on Twitter for future updates. Or, hey, follow Uncivilized Books, and we’ll inform you of what’s next.
An impressive array of talent including Gabrielle Bell are part of an art show in Beacon, New York, (about a ten minute walk from the Metro North train station). Many of the artists will be be present, including Ariel Schrag, who will be reading from her acclaimed debut novel Adam, and Matt Thurber, who will be performing one of his famous scroll readings. Wish we could be there!
Sam Alden is illustrating The Slate Book Review this week! A large pool of unfamiliar eyes will view his work in a cool, different context, and we get to watch Sam further associate himself with the literary scene (something you can read more about here).
It’s always exciting when the stuff we know so well crosses over to a broader audience. All the talent we rave about suddenly connects with others.
Slate also gave a shout out to It Never Happened Again, which is very awesome.
Visit Slate to see Sam’s work. Order It Never Happened Again here.
Gabrielle Bell excerpted a part of Truth is Fragmentary on The Nib! Here’s a bit from the introduction:
Gabrielle Bell, indie comics darling and anxious auto-bio queen, has trouble introducing her work.
“I find it difficult,” Bell told The Nib, “I usually say they are comics about myself, and then I get really quiet and mysterious and hope it makes people want to learn more about me.”
To facilitate learning more about Bell, this week The Nib will be publishing ‘The Colombia Diaries’ — an excerpt from her new book, Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries.
Unlike her other autobiographical comics, ‘Colombia Diaries’ was written in third person by a fictional secretary.
“It was an experiment,” Bell explained, “I’d done so many diaries and travelogues at this point I felt in danger of repeating myself, and also simply sick of my own voice.
“So this was meant to be a new twist.”
Check out the full post here.
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!
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’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 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!