Faux bilingual sez “have э good Uikwent. Glad!”
Here’s a constrained strip: took a 9-word line from a frustrating autobio thing (that I soon abandoned altogether), put it into the first panel of a 9-p grid, deleted a word in each subsequent panel and rearranged the words trying to make up a slightly different phrase each time (sometime compromising grammar, sorry). Then I drew the beloved bird gent to link the resulting phrases into a sort of story. Now that’s proper entertainment.
Anyway, it’s the last strip of YZ3, which I will soon start printing. If you missed my kickstarter, you can get it at TCAF (details later).
Like anyone who’s ever been asleep I strongly believe that my dreams are better than your dreams.
Reading Georges Perec’s demented dreamdiary La Boutique Obscure (lovingly translated by Daniel Levin Becker) inspired me to pay more attention to my nocturnal life, so I’m trying to keep a semi-regular diary now. I very rarely remember the dreams, most of them too bleak and depressing even by my standards, and yes, I die daily. I could never keep a daylight diary, mainly because my life is of no interest to me, but the vagueness of dreams and the difficulty I have in remembering and piecing their disjointed bits together is great fun.
Hello internet. As you might know I have a modest merdreton of followers (like Jesus). To use the frankly unrealistic number for good, here are some of my favorite lesserknown or underappreciated artists on & off tumblr. I didn’t bother mentioning those already endowed with fame and/or fortune (Jesus wouldn’t either) and probably forgot a lot of great artists, but it’s a start:
I discovered Antoine Cosse through Richard Short’s twitter (Richard is the author of Klaus which you should own as a book and read online, it’s my favorite ongoing comic strip). Lovely writing & pacing, striking minimalist compositions and great use of grayscale.
Vincent Giard is infinitely inventive and amusing. Also, Vincent, if you’re reading this, can you answer my email about the car thing?
Italy! Sarah Mazzetti’s work has been evolving wildly lately, her lines and color flow perfectly between precision and detachment. Just look at this cat! Together with Giulia Sagramola (who’s a wonderful illustrator too, I think we both had our first New Yorker spots in the same issue, also she’s now on tumblr) & Christina Spano they publish darling little books under Teiera. You can buy them here. Nicolò Pellizzon is another talented member of their Italian gang, he recently published his first graphic novel.
Disa Wallander has a sophisticated style and a great sense of humor. What more can you possibly want? (please don’t send me answers)
Zosia Dzierzawska is a great (self-taught!) illustrator. And she did an adaptation of D.Kharms.
Finally, Quentin Duckit sez fuckit.
And here are some talented people you probably definitely already know, but I’ll list them just in case:
Mari Kanstad Johnsen, Renart, James Hatley, Lilly Carré, airfortress, Irkus M Zeberio, Eleni Kalorkoti, Ping Zhu, Dadu Shin, Peter Oumanski, Heather Danforth, Chuck Groenink, Charmaine Verhagen, Kris Mukai, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Hannah K.Lee, Jesse Balmer, Michael Olivo, Alison Dubois, Yoko Tanji, Matthew Houston, adactivity.