Is is #5 already?! It is! Derek Van Gieson’s unstoppable Eel Mansions series has reached #5. Infamous cartoonist Janet Planet, plots to kill her golden goose, the negative orphans continue their pre-pubesent existentialisms, records store guys do their thing, government agents Bert and Chee Chee continue their adventures in hell, and Satanist Wuppeteer, Armistead Fowler’s past further unfolds. Plus, Milk City, Tales of Abstraction House, and Doomin!
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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?
It’s our first-ever proper sale! Books by Gabrielle Bell, James Romberger, Crosby, Kevin Huizenga & Dan Zettwoch, Zak Sally, Jon Lewis, Derek Van Gieson & Tom Kaczynski. 20-50% OFF! Check it out!
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?”
Post York (by James Romberger + Crosby): Set in a post-apocalyptic New York City that thematically values humanitarianism over sheer survival, Post York seeks to re-examine man’s relationship to the natural world. This was the offering from Uncivilized Books that grabbed me by the throat and made me pay full attention to this bold new publishing house helmed by Tom Kaczynski.
Eel Mansions (by Derek Van Gieson): It’s like David Lynch on paper, flirtatious, mysterious, and dangerous. Van Gieson laces this burgeoning series with so much addictive critical bait, from cinema, to music, to cultural anthropology observations, that it quickly becomes an irresistible entryway to a never-ending conversation between the handful of people who can keep up with what Van Gieson is slinging with so much affection.
Read the rest, it’s a great list!
P.S. Check out some of our specials running until the end of the year.
We have a few specials running on the Uncivilized Books site:
- If you order before December 20th all books by Peter Wartman (Over the Wall), Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse), Tom Kaczynski (Skyway Sleepless, Beta Testing the Apocalypse) and Derek Van Gieson (Eel Mansions) will be signed!
- Because Zak Sally is having a sale over at the La Mano site, we can have a special price on Sammy the Mouse 1 + 2. you now get them both for $20! That’s almost ten bucks off!
- Tom Kaczynski released a new mini-comic: Skyway Sleepless. It’s $3. BUT, if you order $15 or more of our books, you can have it for free!
- Last but not least, there’s still time to get our Fall 2013 Subscription! 5 Books + 20% off + 4 free minis! What a deal!
What are you waiting for?
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!
It’s as if Van Gieson is asking us to let go of narrative sense-making, to temporarily suspend those cognitive devices that puts things together, and just enjoy the ride. The connections will come later — maybe — after we’ve had time to take in the strangeness of the images… and at times, they are like something out of a nightmare. In the meantime, we are supposed to have fun with the various story lines, interspersed with musically inspired interludes (monsters dancing to Jan and Lorraine’s “Number 33″), scenes from Janet’s Doomin comics, and the cubist-inspired story, “Dr. Tong’s Cabinet of Souls,” from Frank’s Tales of Abstraction House.
You can read the rest of the review here!
Eel Mansions is published by Tom Kaczynski’s Uncivilized Books and, unsurprisingly, the design is elegant. Each book has a screen-printed, silver ink cover and an earthy, textured paper for the inside.
The series also provided nice review of the content:
Van Gieson’s loose, gestural marks and high-contrast inking work equally well in portraying grotesque demons or the subtle facial expressions of one of the main characters Janet, the sardonic lush cartoonist. Janet’s dialog, along with many of the other characters, is witty and dry. This humor lightens the noir darkness and balances out the suspense and dizziness nicely.
Read the whole article here!