Sally here with some odds and ends as you head into the weekend!
Spend some time today with Carol Tyler’s Soldier’s Heart (Fantagraphics, 2016) – read Annie Mok’s review of the collection via The Comics Journal. Get a copy HERE.
Jessica Campbell was interviewed by Culture Trip this week about her new book Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists (Koyama Press, 2016).
“You take a lighthearted, humorous approach to your definitive sexual judgments, but your book is obviously a simultaneous commentary on a very real historical – and contemporary – issue surrounding the objectified female figure. What do you want your readers to take away from Hot or Not?
My hope is that the absurdity of this idea – of gauging men’s work by their appearances – will make evident the absurdity of doing the same to women. And while I don’t really think it’s the case that women artists are discussed in terms of how “hot” they are, an artist’s appearance is not irrelevant to their careers. What gender someone presents as, race, class, sexuality, nationality all become relevant the further an artist strays from straight, white, male, etc. There are so many exhibitions where the only curatorial construct is that all of the artists are black, or women, or queer, and that doesn’t really address the problem. That further surreptitiously implies the white, male and straight as “neutral” positions and everything else as charged.“
There was an interview with Liz Suburbia in Razorcake awhile back that I just stumbled across. Her book Sacred Heart was recently published by Fantagraphics.
“Natalye: What specifically about zines and punk influenced your direction?
Liz: I think most of all it’s been the big DIY principle of making and sharing your own shit with your friends, instead of just consuming what the culture at large is manufacturing with a bottom line in mind. It’s the idea that wanting to do something is enough—you don’t have to be at a certain skill level, you don’t have to have a certain number of people paying attention, and it doesn’t matter if it’s forgotten a year from now or if it ever gets any kind of notice or makes any money. When you’re just making a zine or writing a song or whatever for your own edification, or to share with your friends because you love them and you want to do something fun for them, it keeps you in the moment. It’s what helps us feel alive. And the freedom that comes from that can open up a space for amazing things, like art and ideas that really push boundaries and platforms for people whose voices don’t get heard otherwise. My surface aesthetic tastes are fickle, but that core world view is going to enliven and sustain me until the day I die.“
Read the rest of the interview HERE.
“I fulfilled my fantasy of being a Classics Illustrated cartoonist by doing a short comic of Willa Cather’s “O Pioneers!” for the latest issue of The Happy Reader.”
Nice one Dash!
Check out a recent interview with Dash on making the film My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea HERE.
“I follow a lot of skateboarders and skate companies for Street Angel research. One of my favorite resources is Girl Is Not a 4 Letter Word. It’s founder, Cindy Whitehead’s goal is to give women in action sports the same opportunities and recognition as their male counterparts. She pursues that goal daily by interviewing and promoting female action sports athletes on her company’s website.“
That’s something we can definitely get behind – check out the website HERE.
Recent work by Gabriella Tito.
Sally started an eBay store to help out the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency and also her own comics-making projects. Check it out HERE!