Tag Archive for 'Tom Kaczynski'

Skyway Sleepless Reviewed

Thirteen Minutes reviewed Skyway Sleepless by Tom (Beta Testing the Apocalypse) Kaczynski recently:

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(!).

The rest of the review is here. There are still a few copies left from the first edition (signed + numbered). Get ‘em here.

Breaking: Updated Information Page

How often is the information page on a website newsworthy? Not very often… and maybe this isn’t that big of a deal either… In any case, check out our mini-manifesto on the Uncivilized Books information page.

Uncivilized Books Specials

We have a few specials running on the Uncivilized Books site:

  • 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.

Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is on Sunday (Sept. 22, 10-6 pm)! Uncivilized Books will be exhibiting at Booth 63 (along with publishing pals at Exterminating Angel Press & Owl Canyon Press). We’ll have all of our recent books & mini comics AND we’ll have James (Post York) Romberger and Jon (True Swamp) Lewis on hand to sign books and comics!

Additionally cartoonist & Uncivilized Books chief, Tom Kaczynski, will be participating in a panel called The Real: Comics Nonfiction:

3:00 P.M. The Real: Comics Nonfiction. Three artists represent the diverse spectrum of topics taken on by nonfiction comics-Ed Piskor’s Hip-Hop Family Tree offers an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop; Lucy Knisley’s Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a loving memoir of growing up gourmet and Tom Kaczynski’s Trans-Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics, and philosophy. Moderated by Professor Jonathan W. Gray, John Jay College. Featuring screen projection. [at the BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)]

Check out the panel, meet the artists, stop by and say hello! See you there!


Uncivilized Books will at SPX in full force this weekend! Well be set up on table i8 and our table will be run by Tom Kaczynski (ask him about the French version of Beta Testing the Apocalypse). Here’s who will be around our table this weekend:

Superstars Kevin Huizenga, Dan Zettwoch and Leon Beyond will be camping on our table all Saturday before moving to their own table on Sunday. We’ll have their new book Amazing Facts & Beyond all weekend!

Did you know Peter Wartman’s Over the Wall is our bestseller for the season? Stop by our table to see why this book has been generating so much interest.

We just found out that Zak Sally is coming too! He’ll be at our table showing off the new Sammy The Mouse book (it’s a beaut!) and being his awesome self!

We’ll be debuting Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions #3! Shit gets crazy! We’ll also have numbers 1 & 2 for those who haven’t discovered the series yet. We’ll also have a few copies of Laura Park’s newest mini comic Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream that was created for the Autoptic festival. We don’t have many copies left so don’t leave SPX without it!

Last but absolutely not least, check out our books from David B., James Romberger, Jon Lewis and 2013 Ignatz Award nominated Gabrielle Bell!

See you all there!

Cartoon Dialectics Review

The Cartoon Dialectics series was reviewed a while back over at Poopsheet Foundation:

As we try to parse the white noise and constant chatter of modern life to find things of import, we’re reminded by Kaczynski that authors who worked well before the rise of the digital age already foresaw how print would have the power to escape totalitarian regimes, even future fictional ones. Cartoon Dialectics is an important series for anyone working in creative endeavors in the modern age.

Read the entire review here.

James Romberger talks to Tom K

Here’s another post that got lost in the shuffle. James (Post York, 7 Miles a Second) Romberger talks with Tom Kaczynski about his Fantagraphics book, Beta Testing the Apocalypse.

James: There are the obvious correspondences in “100,000 Miles” to Crash, but some of your others like “Million Year Boom” and “976 Sq. Ft.” remind me in particular of a few of his perhaps less-known works such as High Rise and Concrete Island. Both of those books depict protagonists who become subsumed in the constructs of a society that in supposedly advancing has actually broken down, that has taken on the quality of an intolerable new “normalcy”. Is it perhaps that, like Ballard, in transitioning between disparate societies at an early age, you have a unique perspective and are able to remove yourself and see where you are in an overview of sorts, or to see around the corners, so to speak?

Tom: I definitely think that the experience of emigration gives you a different perspective on the idea of society. When you are born into one world (Communist Poland), and then are transplanted into another (USA), and then witness the utter transformation of the first (collapse of USSR & the Eastern Bloc), the idea that society can radically be changed (for better or worse) is not that far fetched. That is one reason that the US (a country of immigrants) has been such a successful and dynamic society. The recent political/economic climate in the US feels like an attempt to freeze and define the US as a specific unchanging idea. History is catching up with us, the US is no longer a ‘young’ undefined country. Even many European countries (not to mention countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America) have political & economic structures that are more malleable, that may better cope with future challenges (I got away from Ballard here… but it seemed in the end the question was less about Ballard but about ‘society’).

Read the entire interview here.


The Morton Report | Tom K on Uncivilized Books

Did we post a link to this interview? Tom Kaczynski discusses the Spring Season at Uncivilized Books. Most of these books are coming out NOW!

Well, you’ve assembled a rather impressive stable of creators who will be contributing both collections of older work as well as newly minted projects to Uncivilized. So, what criteria guide your selection?

A lot of it is serendipity. Many of the artists I’m working with I’ve known and admired for some time. I already worked with Gabrielle [Bell] on mini-comics and it was natural to doThe Voyeurs with her. I’ve known Jon Lewis for a long time. I loved True Swamp since almost its inception. We’ve had a lot of conversations about it over the years. The same is true of Zak Sally. I’ve long admired what he is doing with La Mano. I loved the first volume of Sammy the Mouse.

I met James Romberger at BCGF (Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival) last year and when he showed me Post Yorkit just blew me away.


Well, what’s coming out in the near and far terms from Uncivilized?

I’m gearing up to release the spring season of books:

Incidents in the Night by David B., translated by Brian and Sarah Evenson

Amazing Facts and Beyond by Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch

Sammy the Mouse Book 2 by Zak Sally

Over the Wall by Peter Wartman

Also, I had to push my own book Trans Terra into the spring season. It was supposed to be out now, but I didn’t want it to compete with Beta Testing the Apocalypse, which was just released by Fantagraphics.

Read the entire interview here.

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!