Stop by to see us at Autoptic’s mini-event Santopticlaus! It’s on Saturday (tomorrow), Dec. 7th 10 am – 6 pm at the CO Exhibitions Gallery. We’ll have our full assortment of books and minis! A bunch of our artists will be joining the fun:
- Derek Van Gieson will be on hand debuting the 4th issue of Eel Mansions!
- Peter Wartman will be signing his acclaimed hit Over The Wall! A perfect holiday gift!
- Coryn LaNasa will help run our table and have copies of her mini-comic Horns!
- Tom Kaczynski will sign copies of Beta Testing the Apocalypse and… maybe have a surprise brand new mini comic!
Stop by and say hello! Details here.
Derek Van Gieson has been busy! He recently delivered the fourth issue of his well regarded series Eel Mansions! This issue gives us a bit of Armistead Fowler’s murky past, Lizard Lord Wilma is on the run from the Zapf, the proper mix of Iggy & The Stooges “Raw Power” is given its due, and more of Janet Planet, Doomin, Milk City, and Tales of Abstraction House. It’s another 40+ page monster! Is anybody else producing 40 page mini-comics on a such a regular basis? Available now for pre-order! Copies will start shipping at the beginning of December. Oh and don’t forget that Eel Mansions subscriptions are also available, don’t miss an issue!
Uncivilized Books will be exhibiting at CAB (Comic Arts Brooklyn) on Saturday, Nov. 9th from 11-7 pm. We’ll have all of our recent books. We’ll be at table U7 with:
- Gabrielle Bell
- Jon Lewis
- James Romberger
- and Tom Kaczynski
We’re looking forward to it! Stop by and see us!
Mental Floss included our Fall 2013 Subscription on their “5 Most Interesting Comics of the Week” list! This is what they have to say:
Uncivilized Books recently announced their new Fall catalog and for a limited time are offering all 5 of these soon-to-be-released books for a discounted price of $65 (US) with free shipping. The highlight of the collection is a new graphic novel from renowned French cartoonist Joann Sfar called Pascin, about the life of the Jewish modernist painter of the same name. In addition there is Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses, a reflection on the military origins of urban planning that she wrote during her participation in the Montreal student strikes in 2012, and That Night, A Monster… by Marzena Sowa and Berenika Kołomycka which is an all-ages children’s comic about a boy whose mom gets turned into a fern.
The most interesting parts of the Fall catalog however are two books in Uncivilized’s new “Critical Cartoons” series that seek to give a platform to new critical voices and let them explore a particular comics subject in thoughtful, provocative, long-form essays. The first is Ed vs. Yummy Fur by Brian Evenson which takes a look at Chester Brown’s highly influential one-man anthology comic from the ’90s Yummy Fur (which contained the original serialization of his now classic Ed The Happy Clown) and includes a new interview with the cartoonist. The second is Carl Barks’ Duck: Your Average American by Peter Schilling Jr, examining Barks’ classic 20-year run writing and drawing Donald Duck comics for Disney which, to this day, are considered some of the finest comics ever produced.
Read the full text here. Check out our subscription offer here: Fall 2013 Subscription.
Did you know that Zak Sally is an honest to god celebrity? It’s true! In addition to being an amazing cartoonist and publisher (with La Mano) he has a storied past as bassist for great bands like Low and Enemymine (not to mention his solo record). That’s why he gets to have a six page spread in Filter magazine!
Get a peek into his amazing studio (am I saying amazing too much?)!
This is his press (an AB Dick 9810). The first volume of Sammy the Mouse (now available here… but you should really buy it direct from Zak here) was printed on this machine.
Look at that grin!
A peek at his solo album art. On the shelf you can see a copy of Fugue State by Brian Evenson (yes the translator of Incidents in the Night and author of Ed vs. Yummy Fur) illustrated by Zak Sally.
A peek at the cover of Sammy the Mouse book 2 and sample of Zak’s cross-dressing stage antics! So yeah, total super star!
Sam Alden (& The Beat) already let the cat out of the bag. We’re very excited to publish It Never Happened Again by Sam Alden in Spring next year. A full and proper announcement is forthcoming, but since Sam already posted the cover, we thought we’d publish a nicer higher resolution version (Sam’s pencils get a little chewed up by resizing). Click on the image to see it bigger & clearer.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is on Sunday (Sept. 22, 10-6 pm)! Uncivilized Books will be exhibiting at Booth 63 (along with publishing pals at Exterminating Angel Press & Owl Canyon Press). We’ll have all of our recent books & mini comics AND we’ll have James (Post York) Romberger and Jon (True Swamp) Lewis on hand to sign books and comics!
Additionally cartoonist & Uncivilized Books chief, Tom Kaczynski, will be participating in a panel called The Real: Comics Nonfiction:
3:00 P.M. The Real: Comics Nonfiction. Three artists represent the diverse spectrum of topics taken on by nonfiction comics-Ed Piskor’s Hip-Hop Family Tree offers an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop; Lucy Knisley’s Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a loving memoir of growing up gourmet and Tom Kaczynski’s Trans-Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics, and philosophy. Moderated by Professor Jonathan W. Gray, John Jay College. Featuring screen projection. [at the BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)]
Check out the panel, meet the artists, stop by and say hello! See you there!
Uncivilized Books will at SPX in full force this weekend! Well be set up on table i8 and our table will be run by Tom Kaczynski (ask him about the French version of Beta Testing the Apocalypse). Here’s who will be around our table this weekend:
Superstars Kevin Huizenga, Dan Zettwoch and Leon Beyond will be camping on our table all Saturday before moving to their own table on Sunday. We’ll have their new book Amazing Facts & Beyond all weekend!
Did you know Peter Wartman’s Over the Wall is our bestseller for the season? Stop by our table to see why this book has been generating so much interest.
We just found out that Zak Sally is coming too! He’ll be at our table showing off the new Sammy The Mouse book (it’s a beaut!) and being his awesome self!
We’ll be debuting Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions #3! Shit gets crazy! We’ll also have numbers 1 & 2 for those who haven’t discovered the series yet. We’ll also have a few copies of Laura Park’s newest mini comic Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream that was created for the Autoptic festival. We don’t have many copies left so don’t leave SPX without it!
Last but absolutely not least, check out our books from David B., James Romberger, Jon Lewis and 2013 Ignatz Award nominated Gabrielle Bell!
See you all there!
The Onion AV Club ran a really fantastic review of Peter Wartman’s Over the Wall:
In one particularly brilliant bit of exposition, Wartman uses carvings on a wall as a kind of comics-within-comics trick, only in this context it doesn’t bear a trace of meta-trickery. Instead, it’s a quietly profound reaffirmation of the lineage between hieroglyphs and comics, made all the more dramatic by the contrast between the hieroglyphs’ flat, static perspective and Wartman’s own richly cinematic angles and dynamic points of view. Above all of the book’s technical virtuosity is a loving eye for charismatic characters who earn their charm—especially the girl and the demon she encounters as she enters the city, whose wary relationship winds up making for a simple, stunning payoff at the end that’s as heart-piercing as the greatest moments of Jeff Smith’s Bone.
That is just a taste, the whole thing is here. Oh and don’t forget there are only a few days left on the extended the signed copy offer!!
Eel Mansions #2 got a nice review on The Onion AV Club:
From a graphic standpoint, Derek Van Gieson lays on the ink with a jackhammer; thematically, he’s dredging some infernal pits of the collective psyche for images, characters, and surreal situations that add up to a nightmarish skull-fuck of a book. […] It’s the sort of David Lynch-inspired phantasmagoria that Daniel Clowes flogged to great effect in Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron—but Van Gieson slathers on a retro-hip, record-store-shopping aesthetic that owes just as much to Clowes’ earlier, lesser masterpiece, Lloyd Llewellyn. That said, the contorted flow and retina-clouding grotesquerie of Eel Mansions are all Van Gieson’s own.
Read the rest here. This is also a good time to mention the upcoming release of Eel Mansions #3! It’ll debut at SPX and will ship soon after! Can’t keep up with Derek’s output? Check out these handy Eel Mansions subscriptions!