I also had a look at Super Superficial at their t/sweat shirts. I like the rise of artist/independent stores in covent garden and soho, they are like galleries to me, but with art you can (just) afford and wear. Like Kid Robot, and Supreme. Quite New York.
Pictures from both from “Acme Novelty Date Book” both volumes are in the library. Chris Ware’s sketchbooks. A diverse blend of unflattering self parodies, foul mouthed mice, grumbling, personal resolutions, procrastination drawings (the best kind!) and sketches of people on public transport. Made me laugh out loud in the library a few times!
Nelson came out last year it’s a comic about one character by 54 of different British comic book artists. I like the way they put together a whole story with so many different styles. I flipped through Skim by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki in Gosh! a few weeks ago, then by chance I found it in the library today. I felt I hadn’t been taking advantage of all the comics in the library and a whole year has flown by!
In dramatic contrast to Wandering Son, I’ve also borrowed Ghost WorldSpecial Edition, Daniel Clowes’ comic about cynical teens Enid and Becky. I’ve loved Ghost World for some time, since I was a cynical teen I suppose… but the special edition is really worth having a look at, it has his early sketches, annotations for the panels which explain some of the incidental things Clowes based on real life. Also some polaroids and storyboards from the movie adaptation. Also, I didn’t know that Enid’s drawings in the film were actually done by Robert Crumb’s daughter! How about that? One of my favourite panels, from the first page, it has stuck in my mind ever since. Irrespective of Ghost World’s widespread appreciation I still holds up as Clowes best comic. The humour, the awkwardness and the alienation are all so well observed. That said Velvet Glove and Wilson are truly brilliant. Oh yeah, and Art School Confidential. Okay, all of them. Thanks for Eight Ball Daniel! [NOTE:remember to look back at the use of one colour for tone]
The Special Edition even has a bonus strip called Little Enid.
The Library just got a copy of Takako Shimura’s Wandering Son. A sensitive manga about two adolescents, one a girl who wants to be a boy and the other a boy who wants to be a girl. I sped through the comic on the train yesterday, refreshing to read a comic that approaches such a delicate subject with such thoughtfulness.
I’ve been reading Posy Simmonds at breakfast every morning this week. This one is my favourite. Reading her older strips makes me wish they had animated the film of Tamara Drewe. It would have been so much better!