Laura Sneddon at Publishers Weekly has released a preview of Caitlin Skaalrud’s Houses of the Holy! She writes:
Skaalrud’s graphic and poetic expressions of inner turmoil are affecting and honest, built over time through a collection of moody visual hints that point to mysterious past events in the heroine’s life.
Read the rest and check out the preview here.
Pre-order Houses of the Holy here.
Joann Sfar’s latest book Pascin received a write up by Allyce Amidon in Foreword Reviews‘ Fall issue! Pascin is Sfar’s biography of artist Jules Pascin, translated to English for Uncivilized Books by Edward Gauvin. Amidon says the artists “is truly brought to life in Sfar’s skillful hands.”
Read the rest of the review here.
The book is available for pre-order here.
Rob Clough over at High-Low Comics had some great things to say about Laura Park’s new mini Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream #4, calling it “funny, heart-breaking and sharply observed.” From the review:
Her strips about happiness, loneliness and illness are especially affecting, because Park gets at the essence of her feelings with a minimum of self-pity but a maximum of thought.
Read more here.
Buy the comic here.
Best of the year (so far) lists are popping up, and David B.’s Incidents in the Night has made Paste Magazine’s for comics.
Whether it’s read as a strange meditation on storytelling and obsession or a detective story unlike any other, this volume of Incidents in the Night has plenty of strange and compelling narratives to offer. As befits a story in which rare books and obscure histories play a key role, there’s a slightly insular quality here. The story being told is cerebral and visceral in equal measure, and it succeeds impressively in both qualities.
Read more here.
For Bleeding Cool’s podcast, The Bleed, friend and cartoonist Zander Cannon chats about Peter Wartman’s Over the Wall. As we recently reported, the book has completely sold out with a new edition on the way.
Check out the podcast here. Pre-order Over the Wall from our website.
Find Uncivilized Books in the news:
Pascin receives advance review at The Quietus
“After a cursory flip through these pages, one would expect Sfar’s biography of Jewish modernist painter Julius Mortdecai Pincas to be positively pornographic. Panel after panel of general nakedness often, but far from always, leading to varied sexual acts. But this is misleading, and the book engages the reader without any recourse to baser appetites. This is a rather excellent account of the artist’s life, serving also as a discourse on the nature of our creative urges.” Read more here.
War of Streets and Houses at Comics Worth Reading
“It’s rare to see such deep ideas about the ways we live and build explored in such a clear way.” Read more here.
Borb disucussed on TCJ Talkies Podcast
Mike Dawson chats with Box Brown about Jason Little’s tale of urban homelessness. Listen here.
Sean Rodgers features Borb in the Globe and Mail‘s latest comics round-up column.
Little’s unassuming, daily chronicle of life on the street restores a fundamental measure of individuality and decency to this overlooked everyman.
Read the full review here. Order your own copy of Borb here.
Sean Rodgers featured the latest volume of Incidents in the Night for the Globe and Mail‘s comics round-up column.
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 Night here.
For the Los Angeles Times, David Ulin reviewed David B.’s Incidents in the Night, specially Book 2.
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?
Read Ulin’s full review here. Grab both volumes of Incidents in the Night through our special offer.
There’s a new review of David B.’s Incidents in the Night: Book 2 up at Paste.
The artwork here showcases characters both grotesque and elegant: Travers’s gang in particular features a memorable selection of grotesques: a rogue’s gallery that could serve as the dictionary illustration for the term … The story being told is cerebral and visceral in equal measure, and it succeeds impressively in both qualities.
Read the full review here. The book is available for sale through our website.