Eel Mansions is oozing with love — all the kinds of love there are. It’s thick with the act of creation — fecund one might say — for all acts of creation emanate from some kind of love — you know, what Lou Reed meant when he said, ”between thought and expression there lies a lifetime.” And this is a book that celebrates the creative act. From the cartoonist to the musician, from the family man to the Wuppeteer, everybody is or was Making It — ”make some room now, dig what you see” — taking the ephemera of experience and the hope of ideas and baking something new in the oven.
What is art but an expression of love?
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This is Infamous reviews David B.’s Incidents in the Night. It’s an interesting article, with some unusual, but not implausible comparisons: to Junji Itoi’s Uzumaki or Orson Welles’ The Third Man. Check out the whole review here.
Almost everyone who comes across Laura Park’s work is smitten! Camilla at Impossible Books is no exception:
I first came across Laura Park‘s work a couple of years ago, via a series of mightily heartbreaking comics about her cat just after he had passed away. I cried my eyes out. I also became a huge fan, and have been following her flickr and website since.
Read the rest of her micro-profile here.
We just made a brand new edition (3rd! pictured above & below) on Zak Sally’s Riso. It’s a good time to get one if you haven’t already!
By diverging from that traditional display of world-building, Lewis presents us with an organic world that’s still a work in progress. As opposed to the metaphorical glass castles of Tolkien or the beautifully intricate machine that is Larry Marder’s Beanworld, True Swamp feels like an expansive backyard to stomp through and build forts in. Reading through it, I want to turn over rocks and tear down branches, and I want to come back months later to see how the seasons affect it.
There much more, check it out.
Lineweight is something every image has, but most artists don’t consciously think about how the lineweight can affect an image on an emotional, as well as visceral, level. But Shaw does (or he’s accidentally this good), and the images and figures roll into each other. It’s difficult to tell if this is intentional, but it creates a very anxious page. The figures clash and collide into one another, pushing forward, trying to force an exit; it’s an almost semiotic agoraphobia, if that makes any sense.
You can check out the rest of the review here!
Kaczynski’s lines are beautiful at this figure scale. They’re very expressive, but also quite realistic. When the armed Feds arrive, I had this rush of desire to see all-out action comic from Kaczynski, like a cop noir book, he may have a hidden knack for that genre(!).
Just Indie Comics assembled a nice forecast of upcoming works for 2014 in a ‘best of’ style list. Sam Alden and our book (pictured above) is on it. AND, a pile of other books too… he is so prolific!
“After some online comics and self productions, Sam Alden, winner of last Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent, will debut for Uncivilized Books. The book [It Never Happened Again], scheduled for spring, will include Hawaii 1997 and a new unpublished story. This will probably be a crucial year for Alden, since he’ll publish also a collection of his online comic Haunter for Study Group, The Alpine Biologist for Floating World and Wicked Chicken Queen for Retrofit.”
Check out the rest of the list here.
Look what happens when you step away from the interwebs for a few hours! An enormous, giant, epic review (on The Comics Bulletin site) of Eel Mansions #2! It’s so big, it needed two writers! It’s really impossible to describe, so just go and read what Keith and Daniel have to say. Here’s just a tiny excerpt about the anxiety of influence:
Maybe this is the ‘uncertainty principle’ you mentioned, Elkin, the bit about: ‘uncertainty between what has come before and the possibilities of the road untraveled?’ Do these characters suffer from an anxiety of influences? Weaned on the tit of late 20th century pop culture, do they struggle to transcend these cultural touchstones that have made them who they are? And as creative folk, interpreters of our culture, mirror-holder-uppers, is this a problem? Because there’s always going to be a Jaque who asks: ”Do you even like Jazz?” or ”Does the funny animal genre make it easier for you to dispense your unpopular opinons?” and ”How long do you intend to run away?”
It’s “surreal,” but also dark and erudite and witty and very playful. When David B. speaks of using a book as a means to evade death and live forever, he does so in fairly frivolous terms: it would be nice to have time to read more books and know more women.
The article also quotes novelist and translator, Brian Evenson:
[David B.] understands that subconsciously we search books for magics that will help us avoid being confronted by our own mortality, and he has made this the conscious subject of Incidents in the Night.
It’s one of our favorite things anyone has said about this book… and we’s thrilled it’s also on the back cover! Read the rest of the review here.
More brutal, brilliant tales from the sinking ship. You have to laugh to keep from crying.
We humbly agree with that one. Check out John’s entire list here!