08/17/2018

Sally Ingraham here with comics from Gabby Gamboa, Summer Pierre, Kate Gavino, and more!

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by Gabby Gamboa

Gabby Gamboa has a new comic up on Popula, called For My Father. Read it HERE.

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From Summer Pierre‘s upcoming All The Sad Songs

John Seven reviews Summer Pierre‘s upcoming comic All the Sad Songs, for The Comics Beat. The comic traces part of Pierre’s emotional and creative journey through the almost diary-like mix tapes she made 20 years ago.

Thankfully, Pierre doesn’t focus on the nuts and bolts of her younger struggles and turn it into another slacker autobio comic, but instead presents the emotional journey within the context of her creative one, and that makes it both singular and universal. Not all of us have moved through a folk music scene, and I found aspects of that fascinating, since I just like to hear about other ways of living. But her inner quest for herself is more universal and the years between Pierre the cartoonist and Pierre the young singer-songwriter is time enough to provide the kind of accompanying concepts that place her struggles into more meaningful terms. She’s not in the middle of it anymore, and that perspective gives it all the more meaning in its telling.

Read the whole review HERE.

All the Sad Songs is Summer Pierre’s first full-length graphic novel, and is coming out from Retrofit in September – you can pre-order it HERE.

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From Sanpaku by Kate Gavino

“Sanpaku” is a Japanese word, and it’s meaning is described in the picture above – a page from Kate Gavino‘s new comic which is titled Sanpaku. On her website, she writes that the comic, while not technically memoir, “was inspired by my childhood in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, where I was surrounded by my classmates at a small Catholic school and my religious immigrant family. Marcine is at the point in her adolescence where she is constantly questioning what she is taught, and in effort to find something of her own to believe in, she ends up clinging to the idea of sanpaku and finding its cure.

Paste Magazine has an interview with Kate Gavino, where they discuss the comic and how it relates to her own experiences, how leaving Houston, TX, made her love the city and state in a much deeper way, and why she chose to draw the detailed patterns that lay behind each image in the comic.

The patterns in the book are inspired by origami paper patterns. Since the book was drawn by hand as opposed to digitally, there was something meditative about drawing out each pattern. I tend to work quite fast, and the process of creating this book was a lesson in slowing down for me. Drawing so many of these patterns enabled me to do that.

I find this aspect of the comic very compelling, and I’m eager to check it out for myself. Read the whole interview on Paste HERE. The comic comes out Aug. 21st 2018 – you can preorder it HERE.

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From Cosmic Fish by Eliana Falcón
  • Comicosity interviews Puerto Rican cartoonist Eliana Falcón as part of their Cómix Latinx Interview series – they discuss her webcomic Cosmic Fish, and how she managed to keep it going during and after Hurricane Maria – read the interview HERE. Check out the comic HERE.
  • Irene Valentzas reviews Marguerite Dubaie‘s The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, on The Comics Journal. and Rob Clough reviews Julia Alekseyeva‘s Soviet Daughter.
  • There’s a preview of Lisa Hanawalt‘s new comic Coyote Doggirl on The New Yorker.
  • Thi Bui was NPR’s All Things Considered earlier this month – read the interview HERE.
  • Sloane Leong was a guest on Inkstuds recently, talking about her current project Prism Stalkerlisten HERE.
  • Yet more discussion of the revamped Nancy strip, this time on Smithsonian Magazine – with commentary from the strip’s current artist and writer, Olivia Jaimes, as well as Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik – read the article HERE.

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Suzy and Cecil – 8-17-2018 – by Gabriella Tito

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