Sally here with Thi Bui, Lale Westvind, Sophie Goldstein, Jackie Kirby, and much more!
First of all, can we please collectively freak out over this Lale Westvind cover on the upcoming Kramers Ergot 10…?! I can’t stop looking at it, and April 2018 seems like a very long time from now…
Lale has a comic inside the collection as well, and it will also include work by Anna Haifich, Noel Frieberg, Adam Buttrick, Archer Prewitt, Andy Burkholder, Will Sweeney, Dash Shaw, James Turek, Rick Altergott, CF, Aisha Franz, Kim Deitch, Ron Regé Jr., John Pham, Robert Crumb, Sammy Harkham, and I think Simon Hanselmann just Tweeted something about having a page in it…! So it’s going to be a good one, obviously.
Michael Tisserand (author of Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White) interviews Thi Bui on The Comics Journal. Her comic, The Best We Could Do, has been garnering praise and acclaim while starting important conversations since its release earlier this year. It is the story of her family’s escape from 1970s Vietnam and the reverberating impact of that on her life. It’s a difficult, but beautiful memoir – and the interview is excellent too. Thi had a lot to deal with when it came to making this comic (which she worked on for 12 years.) She has thoughtful responses to questions about working around the American narrative of the Vietnam War, and releasing her work into the present moment where the issue of immigration is so volatile.
“Images we pick up from movies stick around for a long time. If your idea of what Vietnamese people look and sound like comes from movies like Full Metal Jacket and Platoon, then I have a lot of work to do to replace those caricatures with carefully observed characterizations of real Vietnamese people. Some people are able to do this entirely in prose; for me, drawing was in my arsenal, so I used it. My hope is that my images will stick around and influence people’s ideas of Vietnamese people for the better — not because I portrayed them all as model minorities, but because I showed them as fully formed human beings who can be wonderful, average, or total assholes, just like everybody else.”
“In a time of so much anxiety and quickly moving bad news, I hope to bring a slower kind of thinking to the table. If you can give yourself a little time and headspace to filter away the 24-hour news and its effects on your psyche, the divisiveness of politics, and the way hurt triggers more hurt in a vicious cycle, you can more clearly see what matters, at the end of it all. And then you know what you have to fight for.“
Jackie Kirby is cranking out work this fall – from her own creations to these terrific “Kirby Cut-Ups” (above, riffing on Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Fantastic Four) she posts something on her blog almost everyday. Follow her on Tumblr or Instagram (@musclegirl2666) for a good example of how to keep your hand moving, your mind sharp, and your comics-making practice on point. Check out more of her comics HERE.
Also be sure to read her article for Comics Workbook from this past summer, on Meter, Geometry and Comic Form!
Here in Pittsburgh there will be a release party for House of Women by Sophie Goldstein on Saturday, Oct. 14th, at Copacetic Comics (7 PM- 9 PM). Event details are HERE.
The Candy Store
- Sequential State has a review of GG‘s I’m Not Here – a comic that perhaps relies “on the reader’s intuition“.
- Kawai Shen of Cute Juice Comics also “analyzes” I’m Not Here, saying that it is “made of clues and feelings rather than answers“.
- It’s Nice That has a good interview with Tara Booth.
- Etelka Lehoczky of NPR didn’t really like Ulli Lust‘s Voices In The Dark – the reasons are somewhat interesting however.
- Katie Skelly “shines a light” over on The Comics Journal…
- Jacob Shapiro, who runs Fantom Comics in D.C., is guest curating some reviews on Our Comics, Ourselves – he checks out Hannah K. Lee‘s collection Language Barrier HERE.
- The New York Times visits Roz Chast and talks her new book and where she looks for salvation these days.
- Lynda Barry‘s The Good Times Are Killing Me just came out from Drawn and Quarterly – you can check out an excerpt of the book HERE.
- Audra Stang has been publishing a new comics story called Little Minnow – read the whole thing so far.
Suzy and Cecil – 10-13-2017 – by Gabriella Tito
Cozytown – 10-13-2017 – by Juan Fernandez
Joanie and Jordie – 10-13-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio