The point is not to answer the questions, but to try to understand how we ended up with unanswerable questions to begin with. Like any person building a house, we can’t erase the city around us. We have to figure out how to build what we want in the environment we have.
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Over at The Comics Journal, Sean T. Collins took the time to write up a nice piece on Gabrielle Bell’s latest July Diary installment. It’s a fresh take, considering sequencing and setting’s role in Gabrielle’s overall play on anxiety.
At first glance, Gabrielle Bell’s six-panel daily diary comics don’t have a lot in common with the Mines of Moria sequence in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings . Or at any number of subsequent glances, I suppose. But the more Bell I read, the more I think they share a primary strength: a sense of space, of environment.
You can listen to the show here. It’s a fairly short interview, just hitting the 17 minute mark.
Derek (Eel Mansions) Van Gieson and Edie Overturf recently opened an exhibition with Public Functionary titled “In Search Of …”, and l’étoile, and an interesting Twin Cities arts mag, caught up with them to discuss it.
The premise for In Search Of… revolves around the act of narration and the authenticity and origin of narratives. In it, you’ve created the story of five fictional “tribes,” developed distinctively and secretively from one another and then webbed into a collaboration. Tell us a little more about the concept behind this exhibit.
DVG: Edie and I are both world builders, there’s so much mind digging going on that we aren’t particularly interested in representing what’s directly in front of us, rather, we enjoy combining the past, which is filled with so many versions of truth, fantasy and allegory, with our own imagination. The legends are fact and the facts have no history. It’s an exciting mess and the past is constantly being rewritten or re-understood. It’s a fantastic meeting place and baseline for us as artists to meet and the concept of the show was a natural progression from that. Edie’s work always asks questions and I enjoyed that, and so the show is a huge collection of questions. It’s meant to be mysterious, it’s meant for the viewer to fill in the gaps. It’s about making connections and making a point that the world’s history is shaped by the imagination.
City Pages also covered the event, which you can read here.
The exhibition will run through October 17th. The gallery space is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Yanow’s panels though are free drawn, weaving up and down, veering to the right a little or the left. It is in these inconsistencies that we see the artist’s hand first and foremost, the nature of her line, rather than the uniformity found at the edge of a ruler. This naturalism goes straight to the heart of War of Streets and Houses; the city/comics grid may have its place, but the eccentricities of the individual community or artist come through first and foremost.
Tahneer Oksman caught up with MariNaomi to chat about memoir and her new book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for BookTrib.
BT: Some of your stories in Dragon’s Breath look so different from one another on the page. How did you initially decide on the length and style of each story?
MN: I never knew how long the stories were going to be. I didn’t plan out their length; I just sometimes needed more space to tell one story than I did another. There was one insanely busy month, when I was working on my Duran Duran story (“Heartthrobs”), which ended up being so long. I didn’t socialize or really leave the house; I was just furiously drawing all the time.
Sam Alden’s latest received a brief nod from Foreword Reviews, an industry leader in small press publication.
Alden’s pencil drawings play beautifully with light and shadow. Each page uses just the right amount of detail, and no more, to accurately portray emotion.
Post York scribe and all-around good guy James Romberger has new work out with Oily Comics. Daddy is a collaboration between he and Josh Simmons, splashed in a creepy mix of black and red. It’s horror as you’d expect from Simmons, and Romberger’s brush work gives it all the necessary texture.
The book debuted at SPX. You can order it from Oily Comics.
On Eel Mansions:
Eel Mansions is basically Van Gieson’s brain in a blender, mixing together dozens of comics and cultural touchstones into one package.
On Houses of the Holy:
Zak Sally was an obvious influence here, but Skaalrud works at a level more specifically in the style of comics-as-poetry, giving the verbal-visual tension a quality not unlike that of John Hankiewicz.