THERE IS NO FATE but what we make for ourselves. Good thing then that John Brodowski has made Curio Cabinet 5. If his Curio Cabinet collection re-made the horror genre in John’s image, this foot-tall bad boy has a new genre all its own. Four alt-action tales follow our finest action hero icons on their bullet-ridden way to redemption. It is big. It is bloody. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you get one. In fact, if you pre-oder it in the next 48 hours,we’ll send you a signed and sketched copy first thing Monday morning. Everyone wants a little action for the holidays, yes?
If you happen to be in New York City, you can get Curio Cabinet 5 from John himself at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He will be joined by Mike Dawson, Samuel C. Gaskin, Joseph Lambert, Edie Fake (with the rare and elusive Gaylord Phoenix screen print in tow) and Gabby Schulz (the artist formerly known as Ken Dahl) with our very own Sean Ford across the way at the Sundays table, where he will have the last remaining copies of Only Skin – that is until his giant book comes out next year, courtesy of yours truly. It will indeed be the biggest gathering of Acres folks in a single room ever. Alas, Eamon Espey‘s wings are tired after his trip to the Minneapolis Indie Xpo, but this is okay because he’s also working on something big. Don’t let his absence stop you from going to BCGF, though. It is a uniquely amazing experience, it’s free and it’s overloaded with the very best comics has to offer. You can find our tables, numbers 18 and 19 on the BCGF map, right between Koyama Press and Drawn & Quarterly, which means we get to sit with the cool kids!
If you can’t make it to the show, you can always find your way to our Emporium. In addition to Curio Cabinet 5, we have new comics from from Alexis Frederick-Frost, Melissa Mendes, Leslie Stein, James Hindle and Anuj Shrestha with a new mini from one of our favorite people ever, Sean Christensen, on the way. Should you get carried away by the spirit of Christmas (that almost sounds scary), you will want to get yourselves these fantastic Christmas cards from Theo Ellsworth. You may also want to give something to the fine folks at the Center for Cartoon Studies, especially after you take a look at Gabby Schulz’s very appealing comic. Speaking of Gabby, In These Times has great article on the terrifying online bashing he got while being a woman. It would be funny if it weren’t true.
Before we start packing for the show, we wanted to thank the good folks at Midtown Comics for their Troop 142 Book Club. It was a really good time and we got a couple takes on Troop 142 from a couple of actual scouts, which was great and a first for us. Should anyone be missing Mike, you can catch him on Inkstuds and Ink Panthers. Better yet, all you Midtown Comics Book Club people should come and say hi to Mike at BCGF.
Tabling at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest is the best possible way to end the year – and what a year it’s been. We’ll be back after the show with our usual wrap-up. See you Saturday!
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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!