Well this is pretty cool, and has flown mostly under the radar of my usual comics sites: Roz Chast has an exhibit up at the Museum of the City of New York. It runs from April 14th until October 9th, so you have plenty of time to go see it…and you should. Best known for her 2014 award winning 2014 memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast’s droll cartoons capture urban foibles of dread, fatalism and UES (upper East Side, to non New Yorkers) neuroses with a levity that barely masks how deep they cut. One of the exhibits mentions that one of her biggest influences was Charles Addams, and it easy to see how Addams’ loose penwork and gallery of characters informs her work. She also shifted his emphasis on the lugubrious and horrific to internal anxieties over health, parental guidance, mid-life crises and geographic uncertainty.
Color me a dope for mentioning this as March is ticking down, but Beat favorite Jen Lee (Thunderpaw, Vacancy) is the Guest Artist in the OOSA (Out of Step Arts) Print Shop this month. “Runaway” is a limited release print and it will only be available in March. The giclée print is printed on […]
Yesterday the great Al Jaffee turned 95. He’s been contributing to Mad Magazine for a mere 61 years as the master of the “Fold-In,” a few of which are presented below. Still active and charming as ever, Mr. Jaffee is one of the few people who can genuinely be said to speak with a “stentorian” presence, and I would just sit and listen to him read the phone book.
Italian comics maestro Guide Crepax is getting what I’m willing to bet is his first ever US art exhibit this weekend at the Scott Eder Gallery in Dumbo.
VINES by Mike Geszel, Ben McCool*** and Inaki Miranda in a project thaht’s been in the works for a while, and though Miranda remains as concept artist and art director project, he’s left behind a bunch of spectacular concept art and covers, and hand picked his protegé Chuma Hill (link NSFW) to actually draw the series, which is being […]
Artist Mitch O’Connell originally put the above t-shirt design on sale back in September when it seemed more like a funny, funny joke. But now that Donald Trump is poised to become an actual presidential candidate who represents all the trash-talking, bigoted, gold-plated bullying aspects of American society, maybe it’s not quite as funny? In […]
It’s Oscar week and who better to cover it for the New Yorker than former Oscar nominee Daniel Clowes himself. Clowes ultra-eagerly awaited graphic novel Patience hits in a few weeks. I’ve read it and it’s a mind blower. To say any more would be a spoiler. You know you’re going to read it anyway. […]
For years, there have been rumors of Marvel and Dc shutting down the countless unauthorized prints, t-shirts and sketchbooks sold at conventions featuring licensed characters. While a few people have been shut down for doing something egregious, it’s mostly been a “look the other way” thing, as The Big Two don’t want to be […]
The timing was fortuitous with Angoulême-gate, but Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics an art show co-curated by Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett has now opened in London and the opening, as captured in this slideshow of photos by artist Alison Sampson was a triumph. Extra points to Gravett’s outfit. 646 377 9682 Just […]
With the shock of the lipstick incident behind us, it’s time for the well-received realistic Archie comic to get a “permanent” ongoing artist, and it’s Veronica Fish. Fiona Staples launched the title in high style, Annie Wu drew issue #4 with more style, and Fish has been on starting with last month’s issue #5. She joins writer Mark Waid, colorists Andre Szymanowicz and Jen Vaughn, and letterer Jack Morelli. Issue #6 goes on sale next week, 2/17 and the cover is shown above.