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Lyn Hejinian and Open Comics

by Jackie Kirby I.      INTRODUCTION, or an Apology to Charles Olson OPEN COMICS (dynamic (plural (contradictory vs. CLOSURE (Or what Charles Olson called “The NON-Projective,” those comics which print bred and which is pretty much what we have had, in English & American, and have still got, despite the work of Frankie: it led […]

Expanding the Festival Toolkit – 2017

Juan here: I just came back from CXC 2017 and I am still bathing in its warmth. It’s a good feeling. As I do around this time of the year, I’ve been thinking about the future of comics events in America. How we move into that future. I’m typing out loud, so forgive me for […]

A Comics Id is Tenderness: Notes on Cartoon Crossroads 2017

by Adam Griffiths The first book I purchased on the expo floor at this year’s Cartoon Crossroads Columbus was Kyle Baker’s. Earlier this year, I had seen Baker speak at the Schomburg Center in New York about his book, Nat Turner to a roomful of kids. At the time, I had been struck by his […]

Tac au Tac

From the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, Jean Frappat presented a show that was a joy to watch, Tac au Tac. Based on the concept of exquisite corpses so dear to the surrealists, the show generally set up two, three or even four cartoonists to compete in a friendly drawing match. The concept was simple, efficient, […]

CWCC 2017 Final Results

Comics Workbook Composition Competition 2017 Winners Congratulations to all who created and submitted work for this contest. We really enjoyed reading each and every work. ———————————————————– FIRST PLACE – Weeklong Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency ($500 value) Sienna Cittadino – Girl’s Bathroom ——————————————————— SECOND PLACE – $250 gift certificate at Copacetic Comics Chris Kohler – Living Room ——————————————————– THIRD PLACE […]

Rowhouse Residency Report: Andrew White

Andrew White is a cartoonist based in Washington, D.C. He was one of Frank Santoro’s first students, served as an editor of the Comics Workbook Magazine, and has continued to be a cornerstone of the Comics Workbook community for years. He joined us in Pittsburgh for a Rowhouse Residency in July 2017. Here are his […]

Rowhouse Residency Report – Patrick Bonato

Patrick Bonato is an Austrian illustrator, graphic designer, and comics maker. He joined us in Pittsburgh for a Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency for the month of May 2017. Here are his thoughts about visiting the city and his Rowhouse Residency experience. ———————————————————————————————— I owe one of my artistically most intense and helpful experiences to a […]

Meter, Geometry and Comic Form

by Jackie Kirby Above, I have taken the opening couplet of Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” (1681) scanned and annotated by Phillip Hobsbaum in Metre, Rhythm, and Verse Form (1996) and translated it into an 8-panel grid spread using values of red as a accentual tool. Approaching comics with the assumption that they are […]

On Philippe Druillet – by RM Rhodes

RM Rhodes presents commentary on the work of Philippe Druillet ————————————————————————————————— I feel like when someone like me asks a young artist “Have you ever heard of…?” the young artist is expecting to know why the person in question is important. Or, even more simply, why they should care. Having said that, Philippe Druillet is […]

M. S. Harkness – Rowhouse Residency Report

M. S. Harkness lives in Minneapolis, MN. A recent graduate of MCAD, she makes comics and is a personal trainer. She joined us in Pittsburgh for a Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency in July 2017. Here are her thoughts about visiting the city and her Rowhouse Residency experience. ————————————————————————————————————— I wanted to participate in the Rowhouse […]