Sally here with comics by Ellice Weaver, Katie Fricas, Jessica Campbell, Cara Gormally, and more!
The Washington Post has more on the new exhibition on female cartoonists at the Library of Congress. Michael Cavna reports:
“It is possible, in this era of increasing recognition of women artists, to gaze at the recent prize-laced success of Alison Bechdel and Roz Chast and Raina Telgemeier and Lynda Barry, to name just a few, and consider that the field of illustration is becoming more level along gender lines. But then you consider that only two women have ever won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, or that The Washington Post runs only two comic strips created by women — and none by a woman of color — and you remember how much further the cause of women artists getting fair representation has yet to travel.
That is a central thread running through “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” the rotating exhibit of nearly 70 works now up at the Library of Congress’s Swann Gallery from its Prints and Photographs Division.“
I don’t know if I can wait until September to plan a visit to the Library of Congress, in conjunction with SPX – I may need a spring visit. Who’s with me?
John Sevin reviews Ellice Weaver‘s Something City on The Comics Beat. Weaver is an English artist who currently lives in Berlin – I hadn’t heard of her or this comic before, but it looks pretty interesting.
“Like a Richard Scarry book for the modern urbanite, Ellice Weaver’s beautifully drawn Something City weaves together various corners of an urban environment to create a tapestry of experience that portrays the trees to make the forest more clear. A city is a super-organism, a compilation of sections and neighborhoods, which are in turn the sum of their residents.
Each short piece in Something City corresponds to an area of the city, with some characters and situations making more than one appearance, but none dominating the travelogue. These are pit stops that give you a flavor for the parts of the city, echoing the intro to the old TV show Naked City that promises you the existence of eight million stories there. In Something City, there are at least 10, but probably more.“
More images and details HERE. I’m keeping an eye out for this one!
Katie Fricas has a review in comics form of Paul Alexander’s Trinkets, on Hyperallergic. The first part is above – see the rest HERE.
Upstairs and Downstairs
- November Garcia concludes her adventure in daily comics – see the results HERE.
- The U. P. Supply Co. interviewed Sara Lautman, after discovering her hilarious comic about how the Great Lakes were named in the New Yorker. Read the interview HERE.
- Frank Santoro talks John Pham‘s J + K over on The Comics Journal – read about it HERE.
- Biologist and cartoonist Cara Gormally shares a story about making certain long-term decisions for your child – on Mutha Magazine.
- Jessica Campbell has a new comic up at Hyperallergic – on the totally enthralling life of an artist at her day job.
- Michael Cavna on Ann Telnaes‘ new Trump-themed A-B-C book, which is out this week from Fantagraphics – read about it HERE.
Collected from the thousands of pages of material that Frank has left scattered all over the digital landscape, these 4 PDF collections contain Frank’s best writing on comics and comics making from the past decade. Theory and process, reviews and discoveries, journeys both physical and spiritual.
Suzy and Cecil – 1-26-2018 – by Gabriella Tito
Joanie and Jordie – 1-26-2018 – by Caleb Orecchio