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my most looked-forward-to book of 2009

If Mazzucchelli were more prolific, he'd be up there w/ Los Bros Hernandez, for me. He used to make his living drawing Batman and Daredevil, but then he blew th roof off of comix in th early 1990s when he made three issues of Rubber Blanket, an existential sci-fi mystery anthology that has never been reprinted. I see that Rubber Blanket #1 is available on Amazon for $65 -- somebody please reprint th motherfucker already! Anyhow he draws in a robust and fleshy style that reminds me of both Xaime and Beto w/o ever really looking like either of them. (It's just that so few cartoonists seem to be interested in bodies th way I want them to be.) Eleanor Davis reminds me of Mazzuchelli; if you like her, I think you'll dig Mazzuchelli. He writes a little like Kevin Huizenga -- serious and given to tangential musings. (In a way, Ganges perfects th loose, desultory tone Rubber Blanket was experimenting w/.) Mazzuchelli's last comix work of which I am aware was an adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass, published in 1994 -- a formal masterpiece, although not th emotional wrecking ball some of his Rubber Blanket stories were. Ah dunno, ah gotta reread thet one. Anyhow so it's conceivable he's been working on Asterios Polyp for th last 15 years! Th plot doesn't look terribly thrilling, but I'm sure that won't matter in th end. From Pantheon's web site:

The triumphant return of one of comics' greatest talents, with an engrossing story of one man's search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions. An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait.

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this "escape" really about?

As the story unfolds, moving between the present and the past, we begin to understand this confounding yet fascinating character, and how he's gotten to where he is. And isn't. And we meet Hana: a sweet, smart, first-generation Japanese American artist with whom he had made a blissful life. But now she's gone. Did Asterios do something to drive her away? What has happened to her? Is she even alive? All the questions will be answered, eventually.

In the meantime, we are enthralled by Mazzucchelli's extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics, sharply observed social mores, and deftly depicted asides on everything from design theory to the nature of human perception.

Asterios Polyp is David Mazzucchelli's masterpiece: a great American graphic novel.

It's due in June, let's get stoked

american book

th Best American Comics 2008 is out, edited/selected by L. Barry, w/ a dust jacket by Eleanor Davis that makes me want to use it as a hanglider and jump off a mountain. Last year's edition (edited by Chris Ware) was a real fucker, and I bet this one will be, too; and they're a really good bargain for how many pages of comix you get, especially if you haven't been keeping up w/ everything that's been coming out recently--which keeping up is getting harder and harder to do now w/ every publisher on Earth getting into th comix business.

I can hear music

crs one

basil "get lovedbad_juice" and I made like Siskel & Ebert w/ th comix last night, and from th following morning's vantage point it all looks a little on th nerdy side; but I'm posting th chat log w/ all my heart, anyhow, because Content Rules Supreme Over Nearly Everyone. (Edited to add visual relief and so you don't have to read every last "haha" and digression.)

left-wing politics

11:41 PM bad_juice: i'm glad the comics forums are staying active so far
11:42 PM talking comics always makes me happy, and now that i have no nearby RL friends, it's good to stay on top of the situation
11:43 PM lostcosmonaut: yes there's already been a lot i learned from th comm
bad_juice: me too!
lostcosmonaut: th thing is there are a lot more nerds out there
i haven't begun to spread th word about th comms

11:44 PM bad_juice: so you're saying we can expect even more new blooooood and opinions?
lostcosmonaut: comix is pretty much th only area where el gay is thriving, too
bad_juice: good thing i like both of those things
lostcosmonaut: dunno of you've discovered them yet but there are tons of webcomix based on el gay
11:45 PM and they are super-popular too
bad_juice: haha
i have not!
what are some of them called

lostcosmonaut: all th good el jay comix they have eff lists of 3000 or something
insane numbers by el gay standards

11:46 PM bad_juice: haha
for sure

11:47 PM i still haven't even cracked 100
lostcosmonaut: probably still not a hair on th ass of achewood but really decent
here let me link you some

11:48 PM bad_juice: excellent
lostcosmonaut: http://stereotypist.livejournal.com/
might be th most read one

John Campbell; click through for stirring conclusion

11:50 PM bad_juice: i added it and will read some later
any others of excellence?

11:51 PM lostcosmonaut: this lady just started her el gay in october:
11:52 PM http://beatonna.livejournal.com/

Kate Beaton is a Canadian.

bad_juice: hopefully this will help make my f_l more exciting
11:53 PM now that i has no job, i spend way more time than i should reading entries that i should not
11:54 PM lostcosmonaut: this guy is so consistently funny it is 'tarded:

Dunno know this guy's name, just Nedroid for now I guess.

11:55 PM well those are my top 3 el jay ones i think
11:56 PM lostcosmonaut: not counting http://squinkyelo.livejournal.com/ who is one of my favourite cartoonists anywhere

Eleanor Davis is th next _________.  Click through for a bit of interesting commentude on art's importance.

11:57 PM she gets published regularly by fantagraphics
bad_juice: nice
lostcosmonaut: but posts irregularly on el jay
11:58 PM bad_juice: that's understandable, although also too bad
lostcosmonaut: if you find others please share on th comm(s)
bad_juice: i like the art so far
i definitely will

lostcosmonaut: i read that there are 14,000 webcomix out there [actually 19,000 according to this article]
so there's no way any one of us knows all of them

11:59 PM bad_juice: that's true
i haven't read many in a while, tho, sadly
i haven't even read achewood in like a year
i don't know how that happened

12:00 AM lostcosmonaut: never got into achewood, i don't think its humour is my humour, coudl be wrong, though
bad_juice: it started to go downhill, it was just kinda eh for most of the first year or so, then it got really excellent for a year, maybe two, straight, then it just kinda... got longer
and less interesting

12:01 AM lostcosmonaut: i can read pbf over and over, it's easy
bad_juice: for me pbf has always been really hit-miss
lostcosmonaut: we already had this discussion about how easy = good

12:02 AM bad_juice: when it's good it knocks my socks off tho
lostcosmonaut: i always know what he's going for, though, even when he's not right on target
bad_juice: that makes sense
12:06 AM lostcosmonaut: all right here's one i picked @ random:

bad_juice: i don't think i could be funny on purpose once a week with any consistency
lostcosmonaut: i mean it's not exactly LOL right?
12:07 AM but still a v. good idea
bad_juice: it actually did make me lol, but that might also partly be not-so-fond memories of being 15 and thinking good will hunting was super awesome great movie
lostcosmonaut: well OK mebbe thet's not th best example because that one might actually make me LOL too under diff conditions
12:08 AM bad_juice: haha
lostcosmonaut: lemme dig around for a not funny one

bad_juice: haha

12:09 AM lostcosmonaut: http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF228-The_Masculator.jpg
not LOL
in fact kind of depressing in that Jimmy C. way

12:10 AM bad_juice: it's true
lostcosmonaut: but still really good from concept to execution
bad_juice: right
i was about to say similar
for a comic with almost no dialogue
he gets the point across pretty great

12:11 AM lostcosmonaut: hmm hmm hey what if i post this log to one of th comms
12:12 AM bad_juice: definitely feel free
we could also talk about how i hate eisner
if you wanna stir stuff up!

12:13 AM bad_juice: i don't really hate him
his pictures are super pretty

12:15 AM bad_juice: my big deal with him is that, as a storyteller i think his stories can be pretty lame and contrived a lot... but also i think he has some really weird women shit going on that i never hear anyone talking about
like this one story where there's a poor girl who goes out to the hamptons to pretend to be rich and meet a rich guy, but then she meets a guy who is also poor looking for a rich girl and then when he finds out she's poor he rapes her or tries to

12:16 AM and then the nerdy guy the girl was ignoring the whole time swoops in and will still marry her and love her even tho she's damaged goods
and i was like, whoa eisner

lostcosmonaut: i haven't read that one but it doesn't surprise me from a man his age
12:17 AM and i've also seen some of his army training manuals, they are really bizarre
lostcosmonaut: "how to treat yr gun like a lady"
or somethign like that

12:18 AM lostcosmonaut: lemme try to find some supporting links
bad_juice: okay
12:24 AM bad_juice: the other story i was thinking of was the one where there's like a slow-witted apartment manager guy who's all lonely, and then this little like 10 year old girl comes in and he pays her money to show her vag or something and one day while he's distracted she steals his money case and runs off with it, then tells her aunt about him and the cops get called and at the end he kills himself out of guilt and not wanting to get arrested, but the final shot is like the girl sitting on the steps counting her money and i was all, so we're supposed to feel sorry for pedophile dude cause he got took by a gold-digging supposed lolita?
lostcosmonaut: haha that's insane
12:27 AM lostcosmonaut: http://www.needcoffee.com/2008/05/08/will-eisner-on-the-care-of-your-m-16/
12:28 AM bad_juice: wow that is pretty excellent
lostcosmonaut: in particular, this:

get in 'toon

Happy Mondaze, halohalomofokos.