Had the great pleasure of seeing your work again in the Works on Paper gallery at PafA last Friday and it is most certainly high art, anyone that says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
Did you notice that the last panel and the eleventh-to-last had switched places? D’oh. (I mentioned it to Kerry, she was super-nice and they’re going to fix it ASAP.)
The New Republic posted a scathing review of Art Spiegelman’s retrospective and I got a little ranty about it.
If you use the word “pretentious” in a fine-art context, you will be treated like a philistine—pitied and disregarded. Accusations of pretension are only made against comic books, movies, television, pop music. Only fools and children try to reach beyond the limits of low media: that’s what we’re being told.
There are a thousand more fatuous sentences in any given issue of Artforum than Spiegelman’s quip about his name. If his reach often exceeds his grasp, so the fuck what?
The article begins by saying that American comics’ anxiety about art status is misplaced and silly, that the question was settled a century ago, and ends on the argument that these comics aren’t art—using a definition of art that dates to the 1950s.
Thanks for reviewing my book, Optical Sloth!
One point of confusion I ought to clear up: the NERVENKRANK preview book contains the first 8 pages of NERVENKRANK #1, so if you want to read #1 you definitely don’t need to read the preview first. It’s the same stuff. That’s why I’m not selling it online anymore (although I’ll be giving away free copies at cons until I run out).
No One Is Safe is on view until January 5, 2014 in the new Works on Paper Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
(Source: Flickr / pafacademy)
Vintage Irish baseball hooliganery especially for Angus, who was willing to play San Francisco tour guide, with sparkling enthusiasm, to an ignorant midwesterner who didn’t even know how to pay the bus fare. ilu Gus <3
I was sitting next to Nick Bertozzi when I drew this. He looked over my shoulder and I asked him if he could see any lingering Naoko Takeuchi influence in it. He could not.
What I got at the APE:
- In Pieces by Marion Fayolle
- Neufundland anthology
- Rubber Necker 5 by Nick Bertozzi
- Simple, Still, Chickadee, and Same New Year by Briana Miller
- Please, Don’t Give Up by Thien Pham
- The Giant’s Heart written by George MacDonald and illustrated by Lark Pien
- Nervenkrank no. 1 by Katherine K. Wirick
- Hagelbarger and That Nightmare Goat by Renee Franch
- Sudsy McClean and Wind & Tree by Konstantin Steshenko
So you come back from APE and you get on the tumblr and start looking for your stuff in people’s hauls, and you don’t see it, and you don’t see it, and you feel sad, and you put chocolate in your face because you’re sad, and then HEY THERE IT IS! Thank you, Nick! You guys should check Nick’s comics out, he has a quiet, considered aesthetic that I dig.
Been talking about George Grosz a lot today so I thought I’d draw him. He is fun to draw.