Dash Shaw

COMICS & ANIMATION
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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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Events

Jan 30th to Feb 2nd, I’ll be at Angouleme at the Ca et La table. On Friday the 31st I have a panel at 1pm at Espace Franquin.

Feb 4th, 5pm, Super Heros store in Paris (with Frank Santoro)

Feb 5th, 5pm, La Rubrique à Bulles in Paris (with Santoro)

Then back in the USA for

Feb 12th, 8pm, Elizabethtown College, PA. Animation presentation.

Then SAW later that month, and I’ll have a show and another screening in Gainesville for that. I’ll post info on those later.

I’ll try to have new jokes from the presentations I did last year.

uncivilizr:

John Porcellino’s latest blog post lists several of his favorite comics from 2013. Dash Shaw’s New Jobs was among them, which John describes as:

More brutal, brilliant tales from the sinking ship. You have to laugh to keep from crying.

We humbly agree with that one. Check out John’s entire list here!

Nice of master cartoonist John P to write that. I thought he thought I sucked hard because at the Pittsburgh festival he flipped through 3 New Stories and asked me “who published this?” and I said “Fantagraphics” and he said “that was nice of them.” Zing. True story. Ha ha ha. Thanks John P!

uncivilizr:

John Porcellino’s latest blog post lists several of his favorite comics from 2013. Dash Shaw’s New Jobs was among them, which John describes as:

More brutal, brilliant tales from the sinking ship. You have to laugh to keep from crying.

We humbly agree with that one. Check out John’s entire list here!

Nice of master cartoonist John P to write that. I thought he thought I sucked hard because at the Pittsburgh festival he flipped through 3 New Stories and asked me “who published this?” and I said “Fantagraphics” and he said “that was nice of them.” Zing. True story. Ha ha ha. Thanks John P!

Another still from the animation I’m working on, slowly, taking forever, going insane.

Another still from the animation I’m working on, slowly, taking forever, going insane.

study-group:

Happy birthday to us! Study Group Comics is 2 years old today! We normally don’t post on Tuesdays, but seeing as how it’s our special day, we thought we’d announce a couple new serials & a SALE!

In a weird way, it’s only fitting that one of the big inspirations for the site itself, Dash Shaw’s BODYWORLD, is coming to SG. BodyWorld helped me reconsider what I thought about webcomics could be, and each new update left me invigorated and excited to see what came next. In turn, Dash has been a big supporter of the SG site, and proposed that we run Body World in a slightly remastered form from its original release. Of course I said yes! Maybe you’ve read it already, but if not, get pumped because it’s a hilarious, exciting exploration of self, futurism, small town mentality, drug culture & ESP. The Prelude drops today and we’ll be serializing the first chapter starting in a week or two.

Today also brings two new comics from Portland cartoonists - First up is part two of the surreal GRAY CITY, by Ryan Dirks. Ryan gets better and better with every comic he does, and Gray City is a slice of strangeness. It’s weird & it’s wonky & I like it a lot.

Last but not least is 2005 by Gridlord extraordinaire Sean Christensen. Sean’s is a unique voice and I’m pleased to welcome his oddly trippy buddy comics to Study Group.


ADDITIONALLY: I thought it’d be cool to do a sale, since that’s always fun. Take 10% off any order when you plug in the code GROUPER during checkout. The sale is active all week, till next Tuesday the 21st.

PS- if you order any of the Ghost Attack comics, you’ll be getting a new printing done on a risograph in colored ink, so there’s that!

Another drawing.

Another drawing.

This documentary I did some animation and title designs for, I Learn America, has its National Broadcast Premiere on AL JAZEERA AMERICA this Sunday, January 19th, 9pm EST / 6pm PST.

This documentary I did some animation and title designs for, I Learn Americahas its National Broadcast Premiere on AL JAZEERA AMERICA this Sunday, January 19th, 9pm EST / 6pm PST.

BodyWorld is being reserialized on the Study Group website. The Prelude is up now. Check it out. I changed “whatever” to “tevs” — #UPDATED !

BodyWorld is being reserialized on the Study Group website. The Prelude is up now. Check it out. I changed “whatever” to “tevs” — #UPDATED !

Visting Artist Workshops

I’m teaching for a week at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida.  Feb 24th to the 28th.  Gabrielle Bell is teaching the following week, March 3rd to 7th.  Please sign up.

It’ll be a super-intense week I have planned.  I’ve taken a lot of comics classes in my life, and I tried to plan a course that will actually be useful and show you how you can generate a lot of material and get over the hump of actually sitting down to make a comic.  We will be doing a lot of writing exercises and quick comic-making and crits.

Here’s the supply list:

1.  A ream of 8.5 X 11” computer paper.

2.  Pens.  Whatever you normally draw with, plus some general office supply-type pens.

3.  Pencils with erasers.  A small pencil sharpener too.

4.  A lined notebook.  (80 sheets, meade, doesn’t matter — a lined notebook to write words in.)

5.  A comic that you want to talk about — a pamphlet, book, whatever you want.

That’s it!  I hope it’s warm in FLA then!

Dash Shaw, drawing.

Dash Shaw, drawing.

Sketch for a print, 2011.  18 X 24”

Sketch for a print, 2011.  18 X 24”

dashshaw:

I did this for Strange Tales 2. I wanted the first page to be exciting. I designed it around a giant exclamation point (it’s yellow.)

This came out in 2010 but people still email me about it.  I guess because it has Spider Man in it.

dashshaw:

I did this for Strange Tales 2. I wanted the first page to be exciting. I designed it around a giant exclamation point (it’s yellow.)

This came out in 2010 but people still email me about it.  I guess because it has Spider Man in it.

(via comicsworkbook)

INCREDIBLE CARTOONISTS OF 2013

 

——comix:

(incomplete, in no particular order)

ALEX DEGEN for MIGHTY STAR IN THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER, AREA CC, ET AL

LALE WESTVIND for EXPRESS LESS

DARYL SEITCHIK for MISSY

INÉS ESTRADA for LAPSOS and BORROWED TALES

CHARLES FORSMAN for THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD

I’ve been depressed about comics all this month, but this lifted my spirits.  I feel like the comics industry had a shitty year, and the comics internet felt stupid all year round, but look: still a lot of cartoonists making things. Making comics still feels vital. I want to add a couple: Georgia Webber’s “Dumb”. I love books that put me into an unexpected, unusual perspective. I’d never thought about what it’d be like to lose my voice, and this comic did a great job taking me there. Also, Joe Kessler’s “Windowpane 2" and Matt Seneca’s "Minotaur”. These comics are very different from each other, but they’re both more visually literate than word literate, and have drawings that I like but maybe aren’t to many people’s tastes. My fear for comics is that as everything moves to preorders (or online orders), comics will become more conservative — books go to the people who already know that they’re going to like them — it’s what they ordered off the menu. Part of what publishers and retail stores (and festivals) do is bring people things that the public might not like, but they do it anyway! Ha ha ha. Like a waiter bringing someone something unexpected, and just putting it in front of them. They didn’t ask for it. That’s difficult to do online, or in a preorder model. Anyway, I believe in them and I hope comics will have a place for them to continue to grow and make new and unusual things. Also I hope Gary Groth doesn’t die in 2014.

-DS