Brian Evenson chats with Amina Cain in this interview. Brian mainly discusses his book Fugue State, but he also talks about his enjoyment of works that disorient their readers. Seems like a connection to Yummy Fur, to me.
I enjoy disorientation a lot too, though more as a reader than as a person, unless it’s recreational disorientation (I’m not that keen about getting lost in buildings, for instance, unless they’re very particular kinds of buildings). I think a good many writers see writing as something that helps them sort out and pin down the world, that allows them to organize it. I want my writing to do the opposite: to destabilize systems and orders and make everything seem a little less certain.
Read the full interview here. Order Brian’s Ed vs. Yummy Fur, as well.
Sam Alden’s It Never Happened Again received a great review from writer Dan Kois and The Slate Book Review.
Alden’s natural sense of framing and pace, his willingness to use silent panels to tell stories, and his beautiful (yes, beautiful) pencil images combined to open my eyes to a new idea of what a great comic can be. It helps that he’s also an excellent writer—both stories sketch out lonely, lost characters efficiently, and put them each through very different quests for meaning.
Read the whole review here, and order your copy of It Never Happened Again, already. Alright!?
Comic Book Resources published an interesting interview with Ed Brubaker yesterday, discussing the series wrap on he and Sean Phillips’s Fatale.
Jon Lewis appears in the book for a story set in Seattle in the 90s, and while his character ends up dead, it’s still a cool nod. It reads like a companion piece to Brubaker’s introduction to True Swamp: Choose Your Poison.
A lot of people didn’t think they were going to stop in Seattle in the ’90s, Ed.
Yeah. I was stuck there for a long time in the ’90s. [Laughter] It was a lot of fun, though. A few of my old friends from the indie comics scene really loved that arc because it felt like I was taking what I do now and blending it with something like “Lowlife.” Two of the main characters in the band in that story are based on old cartoonist friends of mine — Jon Lewis and Tom Hart. We used to be roommates in a house together and do zines and stuff. So a lot of that stuff was real things we’d talk about. It feels real to me because they’re some of my oldest friends. It was a lot of fun to put them in my comic and kill them. [Laughs] I warned them ahead of time when they gave me permission to use their likenesses that they would probably die badly.
Read the full interview here. Also, check out Jon’s work. It paints an interesting picture of a certain era. Order True Swamp: Choose Your Poison here.
Are you reading Gabrielle Bell’s July Diary (in August) right now? You should be! She’s really knocking it out of the park! It’s not often we get new daily comics from Gabrielle, so go to it! Start here, and keep reading!
We’re extending our Gabrielle Bell set deal until the end of the month, so if you need to catch up on her recent books, now is the time! If you don’t have a copy of her brand new book, Truth is Fragmentary, get it here.
Eel Mansions creator Derek Van Gieson gave a lengthy interview to The Comics Alternative podcast. He discusses the book, his past work on Mome and his relationship with Uncivilized publisher Tom K. Plus, Derek gives us the apt, one-line description for Eel Mansions: “The Young and the Restless meets the X-Files.” How can you say no to that?
You can listen to the episode here.
Eel Mansions #’s 1-6 are available here. Follow Uncivilized Books on Twitter, and stay informed.
Erik Johnson’s Kozmo-Knot met its Kickstarter goal (and then some), locking in a total $4,667. Ninety-one backers made this “kinetic pantomime” about a space and caveman possible, and we’re excited to collaborate with Erik through our Uncivilized LAB label to bring it to you.
Erik posted a warm thank you on the campaign’s page:
91 people gave their support, putting this crazy project past the finish line!
We can’t thank you enough, but we do look forward to producing an amazing edition of Kozmo-Knot and related pledge rewards. Please expect a first production update within the month!
Follow Erik on Twitter for future updates. Or, hey, follow Uncivilized Books, and we’ll inform you of what’s next.
An impressive array of talent including Gabrielle Bell are part of an art show in Beacon, New York, (about a ten minute walk from the Metro North train station). Many of the artists will be be present, including Ariel Schrag, who will be reading from her acclaimed debut novel Adam, and Matt Thurber, who will be performing one of his famous scroll readings. Wish we could be there!
Sam Alden is illustrating The Slate Book Review this week! A large pool of unfamiliar eyes will view his work in a cool, different context, and we get to watch Sam further associate himself with the literary scene (something you can read more about here).
It’s always exciting when the stuff we know so well crosses over to a broader audience. All the talent we rave about suddenly connects with others.
Slate also gave a shout out to It Never Happened Again, which is very awesome.
Visit Slate to see Sam’s work. Order It Never Happened Again here.
Gabrielle Bell excerpted a part of Truth is Fragmentary on The Nib! Here’s a bit from the introduction:
Gabrielle Bell, indie comics darling and anxious auto-bio queen, has trouble introducing her work.
“I find it difficult,” Bell told The Nib, “I usually say they are comics about myself, and then I get really quiet and mysterious and hope it makes people want to learn more about me.”
To facilitate learning more about Bell, this week The Nib will be publishing ‘The Colombia Diaries’ — an excerpt from her new book, Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries.
Unlike her other autobiographical comics, ‘Colombia Diaries’ was written in third person by a fictional secretary.
“It was an experiment,” Bell explained, “I’d done so many diaries and travelogues at this point I felt in danger of repeating myself, and also simply sick of my own voice.
“So this was meant to be a new twist.”
Check out the full post here.
I hope you’ve all been following Stonebreaker, Peter Wartman’s follow-up to Over The Wall? Yes? Well, now Peter’s comic joins the amazing Study Group web comics roster! Catch up on recent episodes and sign up for new updates! If you haven’t been checking out Peter’s comic, then now is a good time to start! The first post catches you up what’s been going on so far. Check it out! And if you like it pick up Over The Wall to read the whole story! We’re running a special (20% off!) to celebrate!