Open Space Publications and Multiples Fair V Scene Report
The Open Space Publications and Multiples Fair in Baltimore this past weekend was freaking great. Here’s my scene report.
1. Open Space member Sarah Konigsburg and her boyfriend Matt Clough were incredible hosts. Here’s a picture of a little sculpture by Matt that sat over their staircase:
And their awesome wall of air plants:
2. The fair was GREAT. Amazing traffic on both days, lots of people actually bought things, nice people, and so on and so forth. The organizers really did a fantastic job.
3. I had a great talk with Mickey Zacchilli about ecsema. I’m not sure she’d agree with me that it was a great talk, but she gave me very good advice (moisturize). She remains one of my top 10 favorite people in the world (after myself, my family, and the survivng members of Devo). Here’s a picture of a can of Yoo Hoo.
4. Mitchell Goodrich was possibly the nicest table neighbor I’ve ever had. He was so nice that at several points over the course of the weekend I wanted to punch him to see whether he’d still be nice to me. Here’s a picture of the comic Mi Kasa that he made with Andrew Liang and Nick Iluzada.
5. I didn’t get out from behind my table much to buy many comics, but the one thing I’m super excited about is the two issues Zoe Burke's Sanpa Ku that I picked up. It has hand-stitched cloth covers and the first page reads “Spoiler Alert: You Will Die.”
6. The highlight of my weekend was when I trying to tell the parents of an 8 year old kid at my table that some of the comics were not age appropriate, and the kid looked at me with wide, excited eyes and said “At home we have a snow globe with the F-word in it.” The kid bought two Neil Fitzpatrick comics on Saturday, and sent his parents back to buy a third on Sunday.
7. If, like me, you wash your hands 20-30 times a day, Baltimore is not for you.
I’m super excited to announce a whole slew of books that Hic & Hoc will be publishing or distributing this year. Some new faces, some old faces, some dirty faces, some faces that are mostly clean but have one gross smudge and I’m not sure I know them well enough to say “Hey, wipe that off.” No…
I’m super excited to announce a whole slew of books that Hic & Hoc will be publishing or distributing this year. Some new faces, some old faces, some dirty faces, some faces that are mostly clean but have one gross smudge and I’m not sure I know them well enough to say “Hey, wipe that off.” No clean faces.
Mimi and the Wolves Act I by Alabaster
First up is Alabaster’s self-published and much-loved Mimi and the Wolves, reprinted in a spanking new paperback edition, exclusively distributed by Hic & Hoc. As Alabaster’s followup to her awesome debut The Complete Talamaroo, the first Mimi book begins an epic tale of affairs, alliances, and friendships in a quest for power and self-discovery. Paperback, 64pp. Due this spring.
"There’s a level of immersion I want to compare to classic children’s literature, but that brings me to something else I really love about this work: This is some of the realest writing about adult relationships you can ask for." Mia Schwartz, Comics & Cola
"Alabaster takes you off guard — you expect one kind of story, a light meditation on Mimi’s pursuits, and end up with something much darker, emotional and thoroughly fascinating." John Seven, North Adams Transcript Arts
Irene Volume 4 edited by Dakota McFadzean, Andy Warner, and d w
Each of the first three issues of the Irene anthology, co-edited by Dakota McFadzean (Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On), Andy Warner (the Stumptown-nominated Complete Brief Histories of Everyday Objects), and d w (Abzernad), offered a sampling of the highest quality work being produced by emerging cartoonists, including some of their buds from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Hic & Hoc is psyched to be distributing the fourth volume, which promises to be their best issue to date. Just have a looksee at this lineup: Amy Lockhart, Emi Gennis, Jackie Roche, James Hindle, Georgia Webber, and many others (including the three fine editors). Softcover, 168pp. Due this spring.
"[F]or … anthology series like Irene, everyone is bringing their A-game.” Rob Clough
Scaffold: The Collected Edition by V A Graham & J A Eisenhower
V A Graham & J A Eisenhower create the kind of comics that grab you by the eye, and then the brain — beautiful, sprawling spaces dotted with detail and motion that suck you right in to the weird and marvelous universe they’ve created. The first collection of their Scaffold series tells the story of a migratory people living on a world-sized structure, which is itself constantly on the move. Graham and Eisenhower draw at a fixed, ant farm-like scale, creating layouts that form one big, continuous space, along with maps that allow the reader to follow the mazy narrative in its entirety from a birds eye view. Softcover, 64pp. Due this summer.
"The narrative rules [Scaffold creates] push the boundaries of traditional comic panel sequences, partially inspired by blocky, 80’s video game labyrinths. The result is really quite elegant and a surprisingly intuitive read." Andy Rench, Printed Matters
“The pages are filled with environments so detailed with such incredible and varied line work that I get nervous the way you can when entering a crowded room or a large building you’ve never been in.” Sean Christensen, Gridlords
Cheer Up by Noah Van Sciver
Hic & Hoc continues to push itself into the funnybook ghetto with Mad Magazine contributor Noah Van Sciver’s all-jokes comic book Cheer Up. When a master artist, known for his long-running Blammo series and the fantastically nuanced Abraham Lincon bio The Hypo, offers up a comedy gold cover with an old timey gent getting a swift kick to the family jewels, how can you say no? Comic book, 24pp. Due this fall.
"Van Sciver possesses one of the most original voices in indie comics." Hannah Means-Shannon, The Beat
"[Van Sciver is] not only a talented writer and cartoonist, but a storyteller who can infuse truth and humanity into a subject that in another’s hands, runs the risk of being stuffy, dry, or worst of all, boring." Eddie Wright, MTV Geek
Infinite Bowman by Pat Aulisio
Yup, it’s all of ink maven Pat Aulisio’s Bowman stories collected in one handsome volume, with a bunch of new material to boot. Aulisio’s manic spattery squiggly style pairs magnificently with his unique breed of inter-galactic toilet humor. Softcover, 144pp. Due this fall.
"Aulisio also packs his pages with crazy amounts of eye-melting detail, drawing in scads of wavy lines and debris that leave the reader off-balance when simply looking at the page." Rob Clough, High-Low
"I imagine that [reading Bowman] is what having sex with Jennifer Lopez must be like. It is so overwhelmingly enjoyable that I can hardly articulate the emotion I’m feeling at this moment. It’s touched me in a deep and primal place that I’m not even ready to discuss." Justin Giampaoli, Thirteen Minutes