It’s been a busy, busy few weeks of comics events in the NYC area, and here’s one more: the final event for the year in Columbia’s graphic novel program.
I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.
Box Brown (“Belen!”, “Love is a Peculiar Kind of Thing”) is a fixture at indie comics shows, tirelessly producing his own bold and appealing short comics on a regular basis, but also, in 2011, launching an experiment in the return of the “floppy” or mini-comic via branding in the form of Retrofit Comics. Retrofit consists […]
Seraph from Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Films on Vimeo. Describing the work of Dash Shaw as “unique” strains the meaning of the word: childlike and formalist, preoccupied with the physical body and and the larger body of the family. Since his books the massive family drama Bottomless Belly Button and eerie sci-fi Body World, he’s […]
After gaining huge mainstream attention for BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON and BODY WORLD—both formally experimental graphic noels that remained emotionally true—Dash Shaw has kept a low profile in recent years, as he works on multimedia projects, including animation. But Fantagraphics has just announced two new books, NEW SCHOOL and 3 NEW STORIES. Exciting news for a […]
Thursday, November 4, 7pm Artist and SVA alumnus Dash Shaw (BFA 2005 Illustration) will deliver the fall Distinguished Alumnus Lecture. With the publication of Bottomless Belly Button (Fantagraphics, 2008) and BodyWorld (Pantheon, 2010), Shaw has quickly established himself as a leading figure among emerging graphic novelists. The animator and director of IFC’s The Unclothed Man […]