Juan Fernandez with Kurt Ankeny’s IN PIECES; Residents at the Rowhouse; Laura Knetzger on SEA URCHIN; Ta-Nehisi Coates on Swampthing; Breakdown Press at Copacetic Comics; Tyler Landry’s COWARD’S HOLE; Italy on Toronto.
In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home – Kurt Ankeny
We’re excited to feature the first installment of a new graphic novel by Kurt Ankeny, creator of Saltwater Snow and A Bomb, and co-author of the Santoro School Handbook for Making Better Comics on Comics Workbook this week. In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home is a collage-portrait of a small New England town. Reflections in pencil that sweep across the grid.
Check it out and Pre-Order a copy today!
Warming up at the Rowhouse
Another wave of new residents is here for their stay at the Rowhouse Residency! A programming and architecture game development duo that were itching to get the full comics experience. To learn more about what has been happening and to stay abreast of all developments with the Rowhouse, please follow the Rowhouse Residency on instagram.
Knetzger: I can’t even get to talking about the comic before I have to do talk about the politics of autobio art. I keep using phrases like “embarrassing” to describe it but it’s not quite like that. I don’t think autobio is bad or that the people making it are selfish narcissists. But I feel this hesitation to talk about my own stuff? I think there’s still a double standard in art where women’s autobio work is considered cute, intimate, like a diary covered in Sanrio stickers, and about the singular woman, and men’s autobio work is considered hard-hitting journalism about the human condition. I think autobio gets gendered as female because it deals with so many domestic scenes, and therefore looked down on, albeit unconsciously. Maybe this is my own issues, but when I see people dump on autobio as a whole I’m like…you’re on my list now.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is blogging regularly about his reading and writing in comics. Recently Coates took some time to reflect on the Swamp Things’ reintroduction to DC’s readership in 1984. It’s neat to see a panel by panel breakdown of the craft in the work of Alan Moore, Tatjana Wood, Dan Day, John Totleben and John Costanza over at The Atlantic.
Coates: For me, the best thing about writing comics is how it takes me back to everything I loved about writing poetry. The game of spacing and efficiency is so challenging and so important. Moore proves himself a master of both here—in three frames he gives you something of Swamp Thing’s compulsions and loneliness.
Just in at Copacetic: BREAKDOWN PRESS
Another massive shipment has arrived at Copacetic Comics from Breakdown Press, including a new Hayashi Seiichi collection, Red Red Rock! You won’t want to miss your chance to buy these books.
In the heat of a stellar battle, a space pilot narrowly escapes destruction, only to crash land on a deserted planet in enemy territory. There he must confront the spectres of his past.
Published by Study Group Comics
48 page comic
newsprint + card cover
7.25 x 10.6 inches
TCAF was a couple of weeks ago, but so much went down in Toronto that substantial reports of what happened are only now trickling out. Here are some noteworthy reports with lots of photos.
- Gabriele Di Fazio over at Just Indie Comics
Insomma, impossibile riuscire a vedere e a seguire tutto, soprattutto per chi, come me, doveva anche stare dietro a un tavolo e tenendo conto degli orari di apertura piuttosto ridotti (dalle 9 alle 17 il sabato, dalle 10 alle 17 la domenica). Non ho capito molto di quello che è successo ma la cosa sicura è che c’erano un sacco di gente e un sacco di fumetti. E che l’organizzazione è veramente impeccabile, fatta di persone squisite e disponibilissime. Tra gli eventi serali segnalo il bel concerto di sabato con i Creep Highway del duo Michael DeForge/Patrick Kyle, Mickey Zacchilli alias Dungeon Broads e Brian Chippendale in versione Black Pus per il gran finale tutto drones e percussioni. Nei giorni successivi al festival sono invece riuscito a tornare da Weird Things per vedere la mostra di Matthew Thurber, autore di 1-800-Mice e Infomaniacs, che esponeva con il suo suggestivo progetto parallelo MT Shelves, fatto di strani animali in bianco e nero, lucine, macchie colorate. E con questo è tutto.
- Leon and Barry over at Secret Acres
Speaking of Dustin, we call bullshit on Dustin hosting the Dougies, or as they are known in Canada, the Doug Wright Awards, which engages in discriminatory practices by only honoring Canadian cartoonists – but it’s okay for Dustin to host? Really? In protest, we skipped the Dougies for our annual poutine sports bar with Annie Koyama and a little bit of Chris Pitzer. But just as it hung over the Dougies, the shadow of Darwyn Cooke‘s sudden death fell over our Blue Hawaiian cocktails. We knew Darwyn a bit from our days at the Distinguished Competition. We’re sitting on some stories about that man which would knock your teeth out, but what a terrible loss for comics. No, we’re not going to gossip. Unless we’re drunk and talking to Heidi in the lobby of the Marriott while trying not to stare at Tom Devlin’s track jacket and ponytail combo and wondering how he convinced Peggy that outfit was okay.
Until next time!