The Nose Solutions.
I did walk around with a notebook writing down every bit of overheard smalltalk with the express intention of arranging them into a hymn, but then nothing metered much and when I sat down to read the succession of bits the result was deeply disturbing. Hence this.
And that’s YZ5 finished.
Here’s a nice review of Picnic Ruined (…it takes a lot of audacity to begin anything with the phrase, “God, this is dull”), which I drew exactly a year ago in about two months.
My life and work is a celebration of futility, so tonight I decided to revisit the places in the comic via the most vulgar transport imaginable.
Also, the originals from PR are for sale at Telegraph Gallery.
After “Four illustrations of how a new idea confounds a person not prepared for it” by Daniil Kharms, 1933.
A translation by yours truly:
—I am a writer. —And I think you’re sh…t!
—I am a painter. —And I think you’re sh…t!
—I am a composer. —And I think you’re sh…t!
—I am a chemist. —And I think you’re sh…t!
And here’s #15 from the Blue Notebook, a rather short piece that I will gladly steal as a mission statement if pressed:
(15) Today I wrote nothing. That’s not important.
And that’s the only earnest autobio strip in Yellow Zine 5. In case you’re wondering, my encounters with racism aren’t limited to things written on walls, and for that very reason I’d rather obsess over specific wording of bad things rather than the bad things themselves.
YZ5 got funded today, thanks to everyone who contributed and/or helped to spread the word! Still 23 days to pledge if you want a free drawing and other exciting items.
A modest preorder for my new comics collection along with linoprints, boozy notebooks, sketches, sofas and more.
As usual, the digital version is only $1, all physical copies ($15+) come with a free original.
Number Five will explore the strange realm of smalltalk in comics, noncomics, dances and other forms.
Praise for previous Yellow Zines
"smart and funny" Comics & Cola
"stunningly surreal" It’s Nice That
“purposefully frustrating” the Comics Reporter
“funny, weird, and strangely heartfelt” Biblioklept
"wonderfully unsettling" Illustration Age