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July Sale

Gabrielle Bell’s annual ritual known as the July Diary returns! This time is is selling the original art in real time! Check it out here: http://gabriellebell.com/

To celebrate we’re selling The Voyeurs and July Diary at a 25% discount for the whole month of July! If you haven’t gotten either one yet, now is a good time!

 

Dan Nadel interviews Gabrielle Bell for TCJ

Gabrielle Bell was interviewed by Dan Nadel over at The Comics Journal. It’s a fascinating conversation covering wide raging topics, from The Voyeurs to Kramer’s Ergot, to her thoughts on autobiographical comics, to… well so much more! Here’s a taste:

NADEL: So then what’s the process in assembling something like Voyeurs? Because it has a definite structure, and it covers a bunch of years. It doesn’t feel like a book of incidental pieces: it actually kind of felt like an arc. I mean, not only because relationships happen, come to an end —

BELL: I think it’s actually — maybe the reader imposes that arc.

NADEL: Really? That wasn’t intentional?

BELL: It was intentional, but I was only working with this big pile of stories.

NADEL: Right. But you must’ve left some out, and —

BELL: Yeah, but — also, there were stories that I left out that were relevant to the “so-called” arc that I left out because they weren’t that good … But I did, I definitely was trying to streamline it. I added a few pages in here and there. Like to begin and end Ron and my relationship, for example, so we didn’t just jump into it. And then also Michel [Gondry] and me. It’s kind of weird to have these two relationships in there, and they’re not really much to do with each other in the story. But mostly, I was just choosing the stories that were the best, or perhaps were reaching for something bigger, so in a way it was more like the natural — I mean, every story that we write, that one individual writes, is kind of the same story — they’re trying to get at the same thing, in a way. So, I think there are natural themes that come about, and that’s, in a way, the arc. As I was doing all the stories, I wasn’t thinking about it in the bigger sense — it was just each story I would try to do the thing as an independent unit. I wish I were more calculating though — if I could somehow make my life into a story.

NADEL: [Laughs.] But you do — I mean, the stuff with Michel in France is very story-ish. You know, you have set-ups, and comic beats, and there are gags in there, and there’s a story. You get there, and you leave, but in between there are these episodes.

BELL: I wish I could tell more of it. I wish I could — when I was working on the movie [Interior Design – a segment within Tokyo! (2008)] with him in Japan, I wish I could have told the story then. I wish I had kept the comics journals then, but we were working so much. We’d get up at 5, 6 in the morning, and then work until 2 in the morning, and there was no time to even jot anything down. But it was so much more interesting than — I feel like, in a way, I’m doing all the comics about the boring parts, because there’s nothing happening, so there’s time to do it.

Read the entire interview here. It’s a good one!

All about polar bears: A new comic by Gabrielle Bell

I got to see this performed live by Gabrielle during her tour in support of The Voyeurs late last year. Now you can all see it!

The Voyeurs is Best Again

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The Forbidden Planet has been running best-of lists by a variety of creators. The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell made Nick Abadzis’ list. Here’s what he had to say:

She’s hilarious, an adept at conjuring stories from tangential thinking, memory and oblique corners of the imagination at play in the real world. The collection of strips in here are just incredibly funny, well-observed, tragic, brilliant, haunting and generally nutty. I love it.

See Nick Abadzis’ full ‘best of’ list here.

Gabielle Bell nominated for Cartoonist Studio Prize

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies have announced nominees for the first Cartoonist Studio Prizes and Gabrielle Bell is on the list! She’s nominated for her webcomic Lucky, much of which was collected in The Voyeurs. Here’s the announcement:

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the nominees for the first Cartoonist Studio Prizes. The winner in each of our two categories will be announced on March 1; each winner will receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory. The shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and this year’s guest judge, legendary New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly.

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Gabrielle Bell for Lucky, her ongoing diary comic that explores, in oft-uncomfortable detail, the ups and downs of a life lived in creative pursuits. Read it here.

Check out the other the nominees here!

Gabrielle Bell in Bitch Magazine

Gabrielle Bell is featured in the current (57th) issue of Bitch Magazine. It’s a really nice feature and a great interview. Here Gabrielle is asked about money:

One major focus of The Voyeurs is money and self-sufficiency, particularly the story in which you talk to aspiring cartoonists about how to make money. Is it important for women, or women artists, to have frank discussions about money?

I’m not sure if it is a major focus, but it is a focus. Money is a thing we’re not supposed to talk about , it works behind the scenes. But that works to the advantage of those who have more of it. Having had it and — more often the case — having not had much, I am very aware of what a major driving force in life it is. I think there are a lot of myths about money. For example, if you do what you love, it is pretty unlikely that the money will follow. And it DOES buy happiness!

Check your local newsstand or order direct.

Gabrielle Bell is Worthy!

We’ve always known that Gabrielle Bell is worthy! Now you don’t have to take our word for it. Flavorwire recently anointed 8 cartoonists as “worthy successors to Alison Bechdel.” We couldn’t agree more! What they say:

“Already of our favorite alternative cartoonists, Bell’s recent “real-time” memoir The Voyeurs cements her place as one of the genre’s contemporary masters. Incisive and playful all at once, we guarantee you won’t be able to resist her work.”

See the entire Flavorwire.com article and see who the other great cartoonists are. Get your copy of The Voyeurs here.

The Comics Journal Tom Kaczynski Interview

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Here’s another article we failed to post. Our publisher, Tom Kaczynski was interviewed by The Comics Journal about his new book Beta Testing the Apocalypse, and about upcoming Uncivilized Books projects. Here’s a small sample of the interview:

The Minneapolis-based artist and publisher Tom Kaczynski [...] is also the founder of a relatively new publishing company, Uncivilized Books, representing a roster of accomplished artists including Gabrielle Bell, Jon Lewis, James Romberger, and others.

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TIM HODLER: …Wait, so does that mean that you’re going to be publishing Leon Beyond?

TOM KACZYNSKI: It’s part of the next season. The next season is figured out, from March next year until July or so. That’s four books. It’s gonna be Amazing Facts … and Beyond! which is a Leon Beyond book, the David B. book, Les Incidents de la Nuit, which is Incidents in the Night. That’s gonna be translated by Brian Evenson! [Laughs.]

Oh, that’s a great get!

Yeah, I’m really excited about that one! Then, Zak Sally is doing Sammy the Mouse Vol. 2 with me. He’s almost done with it. And I’m doing this book with Peter Wartman, who’s a brand new cartoonist… Not many people know anything about him. This is his first book. He’s in Minneapolis. He graduated from MCAD a couple years ago. I want to support the Minneapolis scene. [Laughs.]

Read the rest of the interview here.

More details on the Spring season of books coming soon!

The Atlantic Wire: The Voyeurs Best Graphic Memoir of 2012

Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs has been appearing a bunch of ‘Best of…’ lists. This time the book is called out by Jami Attenberg over at The Atlantic:

Best Graphic Memoir: The Voyeurs, by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books). Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins, explains, “As a baseline, [Bell's] work is always graceful and funny, while still extremely intense and thoughtful. There’s just no one out there with a voice quite like hers. But then on top of that, this book is just plain juicy, as it documents parts of her relationship with filmmaker Michel Gondry. So if you’re into poking your nose into that sort of thing, this book has an extra thrill to it. Also it is gorgeous and will look lovely on your bookshelf. If you’re into that sort of thing, too.”

The rest of the list is here. See what the fuss is all about!

At Home with Gabrielle Bell

This is where the magic happens! Brooklyn Magazine conducted a tour of Gabrielle’s Brooklyn apartment and you’re invited!