We forgot to mention this near its original point of publication, but Sophie Yanow spoke to Simon Hanselmann way back in early September, grabbing the scoop on the then forthcoming United States tour with fellow Cute Boys Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle. Their conversation was posted at The Comics Journal, and it can be read here.
If you’ve followed any comics people on Twitter in the last month, then you know the tour was a success. Yet, read this interview anyway, and act like it’s still September 8th. When all was good.
Zak Sally’s ongoing project Recidivist is now another volume heavier. He completed it just in time for last weekend’s Rain Taxi Festival, and it should soon be on sale online.
For now, check out Zak’s site, and hype yourself up. Also, order Sammy the Mouse. It’s too damn good!
Foreword Reviews calls Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again one of the best graphic novels of Fall 2014. You can see what other selections they made here.
Order It Never Happened Again from our website!
Sam Alden will speak at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, and it’s free. If you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you should definitely attend.
Visit MCAD’s website for more information. Order Sam’s latest collection, It Never Happened Again, from our website.
Jason Little drew an awesome rendition of our logo! That’s Borb, the titular homeless man from Jason’s comic strip, striking the caveman pose.
Expect more Jason and Uncivilized Books this Spring. In the mean time, check out Borb on Jason’s blog.
There’s a new review of Brian Evenson’s Ed vs. Yummy Fur at HTMLGiant.
Brian Evenson is the perfect critic for the first installment of Uncivilized Books’s Critical Cartoons series … As an author renowned for fiction and scholarship that bridges the gap between high- and low-brow cultures—after all this is the author of both Altmann’s Tongue and two Dead Space novelizations—Evenson lends a sense of legitimacy to Ed the Happy Clown as he meticulously examines Chester Brown’s work.
Read the full review here. Order Ed vs. Yummy Fur from our website.
Today (Saturday, Oct. 11, 10am – 6pm) we’re camping out at the Rain Taxi Book Festival. Tom Kaczynski and Peter Wartman are holding down the fort at our table (63) but don’t miss special festival guests Zak Sally (new Recidivist!!!) and Anders Nilsen who are both debuting new books! Don’t miss their panel at 3:30! Tom Kaczynski will have advance copies of The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics in which he has a comic.
Stop by and say hi! Table 63!
Rob McMonigal reviewed MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for Panel Patter, as part of the site’s coverage of SPX debuts.
One of the things I really like about Mari’s work as an autbio author is that she does change things up on a regular basis. While I enjoy the work of others, their static style means that a heartbreaking moment and a silly one can get the same panel layouts or visuals … It reminds me a lot of Anne Thalheimer or the limited work I’ve read of John Porcellino, where there’s no set form to how the comic has to look.
Read the full review here. Order Dragon’s Breath from the Uncivilized Books website.
Alexis Somerville offers a positive review of Gabrielle Bell’s Truth is Fragmentary at For Books’ Sake.
Bell’s artistic style is perfect for this type of diaristic comic – simple but lively line drawings which communicate the atmosphere of the situations … Truth is Fragmentary is a funny, thought-provoking and exquisitely observed book.
Read the full review here. Order Truth is Fragmentary from our website.
PopMatters contributing editor Hans Rollman recently penned a piece about Canadian comics and their authors, and as part of his coverage Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses was written about.
Yanow’s work is a fascinating reflection on the significance a place can have; more fascinating still as the product of an American writer writing about Canada. And even more fascinating yet as one writing about Quebec: the sometimes-rebellious Francophone province which periodically threatens to separate from the rest of the country and has historically had a very contentious relationship with its Anglophone partners.
Read the full essay here. After that, order War of Streets and Houses from our website.