WE’RE BACK to being a fully operational hive mind again. Funny how much of a difference a few creature comforts can make. Of course, because we are all snug as a bug in our beds, this must mean it is time to hit the road once again. Our last trip of the year comes later than usual and it promises to be a lightning attack on the city of brotherly love aka Philadelphia. We could say we’d rather be in Philadelphia, but that was meant as an insult and we are quite fond of Philly.
It was with great sadness that we bade goodbye to our beloved P.A.C.C., and so it is with great cheer that we welcome Locust Moon. Locust Moon is the new show organized by the proprietors of the legendary store and gallery and performance and even classroom space of the same name (which we now admit to never once yet visiting). They even appear to have included the organizers of the dearly departed P.A.C.C. in their plannings. The guest list also includes our favorites, Box Brown, Jim Rugg, Brandon Graham and Farel Dalrymple, not to mention Acres pals Brendan Leach, L. Nichols and our Koyama cousin (nephew?), Nate Bulmer.
We will be heading down with Sean Ford and meeting up with Eamon Espey, who will have both our first book of 2012, Only Skin, and our last book of 2012, Songs of the Abyss, ready and waiting for some superlative scribblings therein. We really are taking it back to the future since these were the guys who were with us for the last P.A.C.C. last year. Like that show, we will finally get to play with our Big Bro of the Funny Books, Chris Pitzer, who is bringing AdHouse back to Philly despite last year’s torrential tornado nearly drowning everyone and everything in the room (Sorry about that, Chris!). We cannot think of a better way to end this, the Year of the Greatest Comics Shows That Ever Were, than a run at entirely new show in a city that truly deserves a great one.
Meanwhile, it’s been a fairly quiet week or two for us (THANK YOU, JESUS.), but if you missed it, you should check out the site for the Horror Hangover Art Show, which was put together by Mr. Inkstuds, Robin McConnell. Paste magazine named our guy Joe Lambert‘s Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller to their top ten of the year. Rob Kirby had both our Wayward Girls and Only Skin on his best of the year. But perhaps most excitingly the lovely and talented Gabby Schulz, the artist formerly known as Ken Dahl, has finally gotten a new page up online. Don’t worry; he’s still working on Sick and that ish is ill. Before that, however, Gabby is popping up in the new issue of Arthur magazine. It’s been a long time since the last Arthur, so if you need to catch up, do that right away.
We’ll back next week with the lowdown on Locust Moon. After that, we’ll have one last post for the year with a sneak at what’s coming from us in 2013 – you know, if the world doesn’t end or something, which would be really annoying considering how killer next year is shaping up to be.
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The thing about Mike Dawson's newest graphic novel, Angie Bongiolatti, is that it's daunting at first glance but kind of impossible not to identify with its characters. Well, you could somehow not identify with them, and that's your right, but you'd probably be completely insane. Rob Kirby, writing for the Comics Journal, writes about Angie Biongiolatti so well, that he might just be the ideal reader for this one. He's sensitive, empathetic, politically conscious and he likes to party. He also nails Angie, the character, who can come across as enigmatic or aloof, but it's her faith and her clarity, as Rob puts it (and we're paraphrasing), that make her the best barometer ever for the most difficult of times and the craziest of people. The key, though, is Rob writing that he knows these folks and he's partied with them. It would have been a lot easier for Mike if he'd had an agenda when he drew these people. Yeah, we might have recognized the ideas, but maybe we wouldn't have recognized these people. Poor Rob! He's one of THEM! Thanks, TCJ, and Rob, especially. This was a really good one.
Well, folks, Edie Fake has arrived! This newest LA native gets a very warm welcome indeed from Joshua Michael Demaree at the LA Review of Books. It's both a full-blown interview, a complete history and in depth review of Memory Palaces, Edie's latest and our first ever art book. If you're worried about Edie going Hollywod, go ahead and worry since Demaree has christened him a "flourishing celebrity." At least, he's a flourishing celebrity in the queer art world. There's some stuff in here that rarely gets discussed, including Edie's background as a video artist and the influence of that medium on his comics work. We even get a mention in the story of how we met Edie, which almost didn't happen. Plus, and this was news to us as well, Edie's return to Chicago (after "going feral") coincided with the death of Michael Jackson. But was it a coincidence? Thank you, Joshua, for all your super thoughtful work here (and for making another dream come true and writing up a Secret Acres book for the LA Review of Books). Go and read this very funny and very serious career retrospective right now!
We do realize it's all Corinne Mucha and all Get Over It! all over all the time these days, but we just had to share our joy over this latest rave from Joseph Erbentraut at the Huffington Post! Yes, that Huffington Post. Complete with an actual excerpt, Joseph gives a brief rundown of the rules regarding breakup recovery times, citing scientific studies and How I Met Your Mother, no less. We're not entirely sold on the sciences here, mostly because the science of love seems to make everyone feel bad for being insane. Let's face it, love is not just blind, but very stupid. As for HIMYM, we're playing catch up with that one, but their rule seems to fit pretty well. However, if you want the real, straight up survival guide to heartbreak, look no further than our Ms. Mucha. SHE KNOWS. Thanks, Joseph and HuffPo! Have a look at the link below.
Hooo boy... WELL. Corinne Mucha is not shy with the Philadelphia Inquirer, it seems. Tirdad Derakhshani, talking about Corinne's new book, Get Over It!, asks the ever important question when it comes to autobiocomics: did that REALLY happen? And, to quote Corinne, "I didn't add or make up anything." Really, one would hope that in the making of comics, the finest medium there is, about one's actual life, that the cartoonist behind them would be brutally honest. Get Over It! is surely that. Let's face it, heartbreak is ugly as love is beautiful. And who the hell would be able to identify with a clean breakup? Does that even happen? Our favorite part of this Inquirer inquiry is the origin story that sneaks its way in. No, Corinne wasn't super into Wolverine as a kid. She wanted to be a REAL artist. The comics all started by accident, it seems, in Rome. Like Rome, Italy. Also, speaking of the other half of the (not in) love story of Get Over It! you can get That Guy's reaction to the book here, too. In other words, you pretty much have to read this.
ICYMI, as the kids say, here at last (after some more technical difficulties - and, yes, between this and our Friday night love-in at Bergen Street Comics being rained out, we are having technical difficulties galore) is Tom Spurgeon, aka the Comics Reporter, doing his Sunday Interview thing with Mike Dawson. As we can attest, these interviews are a lot of work, and require a ton of thought, so count yourself lucky that Mike is a thoughtful guy. There's plenty of shoptalk here, lots of stuff on process and the like. Angie Bongiolatti, Mike's latest graphic novel from us, was a long time in coming. There are plenty of ideas in this book, though, in a sense, it's about one thing and a certain time and place and age in post-9/11 New York. There was a lot of experimentation involved in finding a style that would both corral and express the ideas and move the narrative along, too. After all this, there was a lightning quick turnaround, with Mike finishing the book in January and us getting books printed by April. Angie Bongiolatti is catching up with its audience about now. Meanwhile, Mike has been all over the place, on tumblr, on Slate, on TCJ Talkies, and Tom has Mike talking about the future quite a bit, too. If you like Big Questions for cartoonists, this is a good place to be. As for Angie Bongiolatti, well, ask Mike says, " I think people just sort of have to read it." So go read it!