Friday, August 26, 2011
I had a rare week this week where I could actually be in the studio and do it live. I was joined by Rebecca Dart, Robin Bougie and Brandon Graham, who are all appearing at the Comix and Stories Smallpress convention in Vancouver this weekend. Rebecca discusses her amazing Battle Kittens book, Robin has a come great filthy books out and Brandon makes terrible puns, and talks about his story in the second Thickness book. We are also joined by Brian Fukushima who makes up a song live on air about Robin Bougie and sings away with gusto.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
1:51AM - Igort
I really enjoyed doing this interview with Igort. The conversation was full of many great insights with a lot of material covered. Like many of his contemporaries, only a handful of his work is available in English. I first got into his work with the drawn and quarterly collection, 5 is the Perfect Number. More recently, you can find him in the Ignatz series, Baobab. Igort is also the editor of the Ignatz line of comics. His latest work, is a series of books on the Ukraine and Russia. You can read what has been translated so far, here.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
9:28PM - Chip Kidd on Shazam!
Here is an interview I did with Chip Kidd over the Christmas holidays and seemed to have escaped my mind. In this interview, we discuss the book on Captain Marvel memorabilia that he had put together, Shazam!
Monday, August 8, 2011
4:40AM - Vera Brosgol
Vera Brosgol joined me for a chat about her debut book, Anya’s Ghost. It’s a great piece of work and shows a lot of promise for a creators first long form work.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
4:14PM - Sharon Rudahl
Sharon Rudahl was one of the founders of the great Wimmen’s Comix anthology in the 1970s. It since then, she has a produced a range of fascinating underground comix including Crystal Night, which was reprinted in full in Dan Nadel’s Art In Time Anthology. Recently, Rudahl put together Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman. Her work will also be featured in a number of upcoming political comic anthologies.
Here is the recording of Saturday’s book club where we discussed Ronin. It was a great session with 8 participants. I am really enjoying these. It’s a great chance to discuss books with a group of smart thoughtful folks.
Let us know what you thought of Ronin and we can continue the discussion here.
Our next book will be Mat Brinkman’s classic, Multiforce. We will be meeting online on July 30th at noon pacific time. Remember to add me on Skype – Inkstuds and email me that you are taking part at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Hey Folks, I had to cancel last weeks Book Club. We will be doing it this weekend, July 9th at noon pacific time. If you want to join us, add my username Inkstuds on skype and send me an email at inkstudsradio @ gmail.com.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
1:03AM - Colleen Frakes
Colleen Frakes Island Brat is a great little story of her time growing up in a very unique location in the Pacific Northwest. Colleen is also a member of the first graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies in picturesque White River Junction, Vermont. Thanks to Colleen for taking the time to chat with me.
Friday, July 1, 2011
12:13AM - Wilfred Santiago
Wilfred Santiago’s comic biography of Roberto Clemente is a great look at a specific time in not only baseball, but also touching on mid century american racial and political tones. Wilfred skillfully tackles a range of issues in this great collection. It was a delight to discuss this great book with him.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Join us on Skype this Saturday, July 2nd at noon pacific time to discuss Frank Miller’s Ronin. If you want to take part, just email me at inkstudsradio @ gmail.com and add Inkstuds on skype. The last session was a blast and I think this one will be too!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
3:02AM - Dave Mckean
Dave Mckean is on that short list of cartoonists whose work really changed how I understand comics as a young teen many years ago. He has been creating some really fascinating and forward thinking work in books like Cages, Signal to Noise, Pictures That Tick and Violent Cases.
His latest book is no exception. Celluloid, fresh out from Fantagraphics, is a remarkable work exploring pornography through a very particular lens. Needless to say, it is fantastic.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Welcome to the inaugural Inkstuds Book Club. I was joined by seven enthusiastic comics folk for a discussion of Jason’s Isle of 100,000 Graves. This is the first time we have tried it out, and I think it worked out. Thanks to Michael, Brandon, Steve, Roman, Nolan, Chris and Andrew for taking part. I would like us to be able to continue the discussion of the book here.
If you had a chance to read it, please tell us what you think.
The next Book Club will be on July 2nd at noon pacific time. We will be discussing Frank Miller’s early work, Ronin.
Friday, June 17, 2011
6:50PM - Talamaroo 1-3, by Alabaster
Being a lady can really suck. From the day you get your little girl body, other people are constantly telling you, subtly or not so, how to act, who to love, what to consume and what your limits are, often with no regard to individuality and actual circumstances. If you are unlucky, this constant critical voice creeps into your own brain to haunt your every action like one hundred disapproving aunts and your big cartoon eyes dim a little and the forest seems less magical and more dangerous with each day.
Alabaster (one name, like, um, Cher) explores this state-of-being in her animal comic, where a cute creature named Talamaroo tries to find her way in the forest while being constantly harassed by banner-bearing birds. Cute comics aren’t a draw for me, but Alabaster’s cruelty to her character works to examine suffering in a funny, yet effective way. I love how the birds, often symbols of nature’s poetic beauty, are used here to deliver Talamaroo’s humiliations and short-comings to the reader. “You stupid shit,” they whisper in issue one, “It got away. Now you’ll starve.”
Each issue covers one feeling, roughly paralleling the emotions experienced during self-discovery: Issue one is “Hunger,” issue two: “Dizzy,” and the third is “Lonely.” The second features Talamaroo’s fight to eat what she wants and not kill her fuzzy bunny friends (silent characters in all three comics), despite the birds’ insistence that eating meat is natural and good. Instead she ends up taking a freaky mushroom trip that solves something for her. The issue ends on a saccharine note from the birds bannered over the body of our worn out hero. Issue three explicitly covers the topic that runs through all the series: loneliness. Though the stories work in a superficial way, each inspires reflection about our world in a way that surprised me. Hey, that’s what second reads are for, right? Though the author has given us a cue that shouldn’t be ignored with her character’s labia and curvy body, anyone who has felt like a deformed creature (or wanted to know what that’s like), will get something out of Talamaroo.
My buying habits demand that lovely, lush, silkscreened covers must be checked out, and this comic perfectly fits that description. The black and white, copied pages detail Talamaroo’s adventures with tiny lines and botanical decoration that seem inspired by old-timey tattoo art and create a full, if not precise, setting for the stories. Talamaroo’s body distorts as if trying to contain huge emotions, a really effective way of showing her internal world, while the rest of the characters generally remain stoic. When she meets similar creature in issue three— “Stand up Talamaroo. Don’t be too vulnerable.”— it’s fun to see how their interaction is almost entirely physical.
I’ve been checking out Alabaster’s other work, especially her color drawings, and I am really looking forward to seeing what she does next.
3:31AM - Blaise Larmee
Young cartooning upstart Blaise Larmee sat down for an extended chat about art, comics and identity. His latest book is Young Lions as well as publishing Gaze books. Blaise is doing some interesting and challenging work. I am really curious to see where his cartooning is going to take him.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Brandon and I got to talking one evening about discussing comics, as we are prone to do far too often, and one thing that came up, was a venue for discussion. I thought up maybe doing a book club type thing. I asked Michael Deforge, who immediately suggested Kyle Baker’s Shadow run. I squashed that and after some talk debate, we are starting out with Jason’s latest, Isle of 100,000 Graves.
If you would like to take part, email me at email@example.com and add me on Skype with the name Inkstuds. We will be talking about the book on Skype on saturday at noon pacific time. Who knows if this will work, but we are going to try. the audio will be recorded and posted to continue the discussion around each weeks book. If you are unable to make it on Skype, please join us in the online discussion.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
4:22PM - Edie Fake
Edie Fake’s Gaylord Phoenix is one of my favorite books of the past while. Edie is able to touch on something very personal and explore in a way that reaches far and succeeds. I think that Gaylord Phoenix is an important work on sexuality in a way that few have been able to successfully approach in an abstract way. Thanks to Edie for having such an open conversation with me about it.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
5:33AM - Mark Kalesniko
Ex-pat Canadian cartoonist, Mark Kalesniko‘s latest book, Freeway explores some of the idea’s around his move to LA and working into the animation industry. Mark was on the show for the first time, many years ago when I was still getting my grips on what I was doing with Inkstuds. As with the last time Mark was on, Colin Upton joins us as well.
Monday, June 6, 2011
7:12AM - Julia Wertz
Julia Wertz was on the show a couple of years ago, and had since gone through some pretty important changes in her life. Since that time, her book, Drinking In the Movies came out from a big time New York book publisher, and much more. This was a really great catch up conversation with Julia that touches on some pretty important subjects.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Image stolen from Kevin Boyd and the Shuster Awards blog. http://joeshusterawards.com/2011/05/09/m
Here is the audio from the panel on Canadian Cartoonists Working in the Mainstream from TCAF. I have a hard time summarizing it down to a particular topic, mostly we discussed Canadian identity. The guest list was a bit of a superstar showcase. I was a lucky host. Ray Fawkes, Darwyn Cooke, Jillian Tamaki, Stuart Immonen and Kathryn Immonen are all fantastic talents, and thanks to them for taking the time to answer my questions and also thanks to Ken Steacy for allowing me to call him out in the audience.
Also, someone filmed the panel. So you have that as an option too. Part 1 of 4
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