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!
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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!
Nothing that I’ve read of Van Gieson’s previous comics – certainly not the WWII story he did for Mome – prepared me for this delightfully weird, silly and occasionally genuinely creepy comic. Like the worst ADD-addled student, the comic zips between storylines involving a former leader of a satanic cult reduced to selling cars, an alcoholic cartoonist who likes to buck cherished beliefs about 20th century music in her comics, a lizard woman hiding out in her hotel, a uber-green secret service agent and really I’m just scratching the surface here. I detect the strong influence of early Eightball, particularly Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, but as influences go that’s not a bad one to have. This is a deliciously goofy, occasionally deranged comic and I’m eager to see how Van Gieson will tie all these various threads together. Assuming he plans to that is.
From a graphic standpoint, Derek Van Gieson lays on the ink with a jackhammer; thematically, he’s dredging some infernal pits of the collective psyche for images, characters, and surreal situations that add up to a nightmarish skull-fuck of a book. […] It’s the sort of David Lynch-inspired phantasmagoria that Daniel Clowes flogged to great effect in Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron—but Van Gieson slathers on a retro-hip, record-store-shopping aesthetic that owes just as much to Clowes’ earlier, lesser masterpiece, Lloyd Llewellyn. That said, the contorted flow and retina-clouding grotesquerie of Eel Mansions are all Van Gieson’s own.
Read the rest here. This is also a good time to mention the upcoming release of Eel Mansions #3! It’ll debut at SPX and will ship soon after! Can’t keep up with Derek’s output? Check out these handy Eel Mansions subscriptions!
Eel Mansions 2 by Derek Van Gieson is coming! Here are the details:
Issue number two features the further noir happenings of semi-retired demonic cultist Armistead Fowler, Tales of Abstraction House, The Negative Orphans, Janet and Frank, Doomin’, Record Store Guys, Secret Agent Types, and the Lizard Lords.
PLUS we take things into 2nd gear with Buffalo Ruffs, The Death of Jazz, Anthony Hopkins vs. Dennis Hopper, Post Punk, Nub Nub’s Bar and Grill, along with a few random head scratchers.
The 2nd issue is even thicker than the first! If you have the first issue already (and if you don’t there’s a nice deal on the site if you would like to order both) you know how chock full of stuff it was (and if you don’t believe us, check out this intense roundtable sparked by the first issue!). We will be debuting at the Autoptic Festival in August. In the meantime, you can pre-order the book from us here.
“Van Gieson manages to blend a lifetime’s worth of influences into one heady brew that is enjoyable as an individual entry as well as part of what will hopefully be an equally frantic whole.”
This book is a little bat-shit crazy, in all the right ways of course.
Eel Mansions is a compelling mélange of Duran Duran references, occult government conspiracy, hipster lingo, and strong humor, like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s a wholly unique sound and aesthetic from Derek Van Gieson. What I think makes the title succeed so boldly is that it’s able to subvert archetypes, simple ones like the lantern-jawed high school jocks who turn to law enforcement or military service so people will give them the respect they could never genuinely earn on their own, or reclamation of the “hipster” designation, but also more complex ones. Even aloof arcane archetypes are made totally self-aware and grounded in reality instead of becoming lost in their own mythologies.
Read the entire review here.
So we’re getting really excited about the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival! This is easily one of our favorite shows of the year and we’re grateful to be part of it this year! Here’s what we’ve got prepared for you: We’re going to have a table full of great cartoonists. We’re going to be hanging out at our table (Upstairs #23) for most of the day:
- Gabrielle Bell
- James Romberger
- Jon Lewis
- and our publisher/cartoonist Tom Kaczynski.
We’re debuting 3 (three!) new books at the show:
- True Swamp: Choose Your Poison by Jon Lewis (available now!)
- Post York by James Romberger, with a flexi disc single by Crosby! (pre-order!)
- Eel Mansions by Derek Van Gieson (pre-order!)
- Our publisher/cartoonist, Tom Kaczynski, will also be spend some time at the Fantagraphics table (from 2:30 to 3:30 pm more info here!) to sign copies of his brand new-can’t-get-it-anywhere-else-until-December-book: Beta Testing the Apocalypse (available for pre-order here).
- Gabrielle Bell will be signing copies of The Voyeurs which was recently named one of the best Graphic Novels of the year by Publishers Weekly!
We’ll be upstairs at table 23! See you there!