BLAH! We are losing it a little bit. We are raging against the dying of the light, etc. In other words, there’s this thing that happens every once in a while when one of our little gang surprises us with a new comic. If you look at our comics, you can tell by the staples which ones were accidents, to use some pregnancy terminology. Like many parents will attest, the accidents are often the best of the litter. Such was the case with Sleeper Car and 2012, and is now the case with Curio Cabinet 5. See, we finally gave it a name!
We’ll maybe give you some more details about our latest addition in our pre-show post for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, which will host nearly the entire Acres gang. Meanwhile, we’re moving, looking for apartments, shutting down the Queens warehouse and maildrop and hauling the entirety of Acres operations over to Brooklyn. If you know of any good sublets available by the first, please holler at us.
Speaking of shows, Mike Dawson and Eamon Espey did manage to return safely from the Minneapolis Indie Xpo. It seems to have been a real good time, as you can tell from Mike’s wrap-up post on his site. While it’s very nice of him to have taken a picture of his elephant cookie, he didn’t post any pics of our dear genius, Eamon, and to make things even worse, he got to visit Zak Sally‘s studio and skipped that photo opp, too. As if to remove all doubt that Mike meant to upset us, he even made nice to the terrible, awful Comix Claptrap people on that trip. Numbers-wise, it seems like everyone but Mike had softer sales. Hopefully, this has nothing to do with whether or not there will be another MIX. We missed this one, but the thought that we might never get to go is a little too much to bear.
Mike did get to record a TCJ Talkies panel at MIX, with two great talents, MariNaomi and Noah Van Sciver. You must listen, especially if you love Jizz. Of course, there’s also been an Ink Panthers podcast, in which the Panthers tell Hitler where he went wrong (hint: Adolf had a little taint). Mike’s Troop 142 got some love from the Stranger, on their Slog blog, prompting us to guess who will direct the yearning indie film of Troop 142 (no, not Ivan Reitman). Finally, there’s a big ole Troop 142 book group discussion of how awesome that book is at New York’s own Midtown Comics tomorrow. We will be there with everyone else, including you. It’s BYOB, so don’t be stingy. Also, we got to see the Midtown warehouse, which looks something like Santa’s workshop. They have everything, so get your consumer confidence up to speed fast.
We haven’t been ignoring the other Secret Acres folks, either. Theo Ellsworth got a cartoon shout out from the master, Kevin Huizenga. We’re going to take that as his approval of us, too, since that’s a Sleeper Car character. There’s a very strange and very rad interview with Theo up on Don’t Panic. Everyone should ask questions like this, but really only Theo could have answered them so well. You can see pictures of Theo’s new kids on his site (ain’t they cute?). Speaking of children, those wacky CCS kids gave the Comics Reporter an update on the state of their library after Hurricane Irene – and you can get a sneak peak at Gabby “Ken Dahl” Schulz’s art for the CCS appeal letter. It’s gorgeous, of course. You can practically hear the checks being written. Want more sneak peaks? There’s a look at some brand new Only Skin pages on Sean Ford‘s blog. That’s going to be one enormous book. Last, but not least, Edie Fake got a little love from It’s Nice That.
We’d love to stay and chat, but we have books to make and crap to pack. We’ll be back here before BCGF with a little pre-show rundown. See you tomorrow at Midtown downtown!
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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!