Dash Shaw


NEW BOOKS: Cosplayers and Doctors,
New School, 3 New Stories, and New Jobs.

Previously: BodyWorld and Bottomless Belly Button.

Recent Animations: New School, Seraph, and Wheel of Fortune.

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Fernand Leger

Dash Shaw

That’s cool. A few people have mentioned this to me. I can’t say I was thinking about Leger. I was thinking more about Picabia’s transparencies, which came out of doing all of the overlays in BodyWorld (laying acetate sheets over each other, or using the “multiply” function in Photoshop — also, dissolves in film, especially animation where you have total control and can make two unlikely frames line up in unusual ways.) Lots of artists have done similar things — Warhol, Polke, Picasso — Gary Panter would do more psychedelic-ish things like this. But, I’m into Leger. I like Leger’s still life type ones the best. Thank you.

A crucial acquisition from the library.

A crucial acquisition from the library.

Now I am looking at actual Civil War soldier diaries at the library. Most educated people were required to take a “draftsmanship” class in school back then, so that’s why they drew maps better than present-day people do.

I thought there would be a lot of juicy stuff in these diaries, but the fact is they mostly wrote about two things:

1. the weather that day. (“pleasant and warm… pleasant and cool” etc.)

2. what they ate that day. (“cornbread”)

And, if I’m lucky, 3. how many miles they marched that day.

Look at this book they had at the library. There aren’t many books solely about Quakers who fought in the American Civil War. I think this might be the first one, Fighting Quakers. This book was published in 1866 !!! Read some of these sentences. This is from back when everyone wrote like Kirby’s Fourth World.

This is my new office. I sit in here and read books and draw comics. I’m with these other fellows. It’s great. I’ve always loved libraries. A dream come true.

A couple pages from recent sketchbook. I’ve been drawing in sketchbooks a lot this year. Trying to get in the zone for fellowship at library, to make Quaker soldier during the Civil War book. I think upper right of second page is a copy of a William Thackeray drawing maybe.


"Dash Shaw, it’s fair to say, is something of a genius." –Chris Ware

Praise for Shaw’s previous book

New School is about art, about the art that’s in the book itself…There’s stuff going on at other levels, the intuitive, the level of the unconscious, the subconscious I guess you could say…This book is just fascinating…[A] masterful, gorgeous and defiantly odd work that demands close attention—and richly rewards it.” –NPR’s “Best Books of 2013”

by Dash Shaw

96-page full color 6” x 8” softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-803-8

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:


Kill My Mother | The Comics Journal

I wrote a review of Feiffer’s Kill My Mother for The Comics Journal. I write a comics review once every 2 years.


Excerpt from ‘New School’ - Dash Shaw

This book is about being a young boy who teaches English in a foreign country. It’s an unusual version of that story.

I thought this was going to be a hit gif.

I thought this was going to be a hit gif.

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