10/04/2016

Aaron here today with CW in the UK (and USA); Best North American Comics; Alex Citrin Remembers Geneviève Castrée; Review of Dane Martin Comics; Tentacular Thinking; New CW Auction Items

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Comics Workbook will be participating in two festivals next week:

  • One in the UK 

    The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, October 14-16. Join Frank Santoro, Aidan Koch, and Connor Willumsen for some cool workshops and visit table 67 in the Comics Clocktower to meet Oliver East and Jack Brougham, among others. We will be hosting 3 special workshops, “Visual Poetry” with Aidan Koch, “The Hammer Party” with Connor Willumsen and “Composition Competition” with Frank Santoro. Tickets for the main events at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival are on sale now. Visit our event page for more information.

  • And one in the US
    Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, October 13-16. We will be hosting workshops and tabling. Join Comics Workbook, along with cartoonists Alyssa Berg and Kurt Ankeny, for an immersive weekend of comics creation. We will examine art and the grid, bringing the strong artistic practices of Berg and Ankeny together with the discipline and rhythm of the grid, as laid out by Comics Workbook founder Frank Santoro. Four hours across two days will be filled with the exploration of a variety of techniques and methods which will inspire the beginner, and challenge the established cartoonist. Comics as jazz; comics as architecture; how a simple index card can transform your sequencing and storytelling process – come join us for an hour or four and take your comics making to a new level. More information on our CXC exploits to come soon – the full festival schedule is here!

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Wednesday at the Strand
Roz Chast and Bill Kartalopoulos will be in conversation at Strand Books in NYC on Wednesday, October 5 at 7pm with Anne Emond, Lianna Finck, and Char Esme in promotion of the 2016 edition of the Best American Comics. Chast guest edits this year, Bill K remains the series editor. Cover by Marc Bell.

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For Geneviève and Elsewhere: A comic by Alex Citrin

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Upon Review of Dane Martin’s Unfortunate Horse Magazine 

Dane’s comics are grouped generically under the title The Horror of the Gag, which, while apparently at odds with itself, perfectly describes his product. These strips and stories follow the funny animal tradition of anthropomorphic critter hijinx and have an olde timey aura befitting the venerable genre. However, unlike the blithe cavorting of a Mickey or a Mini, Dane takes the ire and consternation of Donald and stokes its flames until it they reach a fever pitch of pride, loathing and anxiety–and injects this toxic serum into the veins of his bug-eyed characters. So burdened, Dane’s ducks and their compatriots scramble across a crepuscular dust bowl, seemingly located in the early 20th century, manipulating and terrorizing each other as they compete for capitalist supremacy, or bicker about false memories, or worry the internal scars of childhood. And yet, somehow, in the midst of this unenviable existence, their antics are frequently, legitimately funny.

– via Donner, Party of One

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Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene
Donna Haraway has a lovely (and lovingly-footnoted) piece at e-flux about homo sapiens from, like, a geological perspective:

As a provocation, let me summarize my objections to the Anthropocene as a tool, story, or epoch to think with:

(1) The myth system associated with the Anthropos is a setup, and the stories end badly. More to the point, they end in double death; they are not about ongoingness. It is hard to tell a good story with such a bad actor. Bad actors need a story, but not the whole story.

(2) Species Man does not make history.

(3) Man plus Tool does not make history. That is the story of History human exceptionalists tell.

(4) That History must give way to geostories, to Gaia stories, to symchthonic stories; terrans do webbed, braided, and tentacular living and dying in sympoietic multispecies string figures; they do not do History.

(5) The human social apparatus of the Anthropocene tends to be top-heavy and bureaucracy prone. Revolt needs other forms of action and other stories for solace, inspiration, and effectiveness.

(6) Despite its reliance on agile computer modeling and autopoietic systems theories, the Anthropocene relies too much on what should be an “unthinkable” theory of relations, namely the old one of bounded utilitarian individualism — preexisting units in competition relations that take up all the air in the atmosphere (except, apparently, carbon dioxide).

(7) The sciences of the Anthropocene are too much contained within restrictive systems theories and within evolutionary theories called the Modern Synthesis, which for all their extraordinary importance have proven unable to think well about sympoiesis, symbiosis, symbiogenesis, development, webbed ecologies, and microbes. That’s a lot of trouble for adequate evolutionary theory.

(8) Anthropocene is a term most easily meaningful and usable by intellectuals in wealthy classes and regions; it is not an idiomatic term for climate, weather, land, care of country, or much else in great swathes of the world, especially but not only among indigenous peoples.

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