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.

dash (dot) austin (dot) shaw (at) gmail (dot) com

geewebber:

DUMB #4 and #5 to DEBUT at TCAF!

DUMB #4 and DUMB #5, by Georgia Webber

24 pages, stapled

Red and black, Self-published

www.georgiasdumbproject.com

In Toronto-based artist Georgia Webber’s debut series, Dumb, the silent medium of comics is used to describe her own silence — the result of a vocal injury sustained in October 2012. After chronic pain forced her to stop speaking for all but a handful of minutes a day, Georgia set about creating new ways to communicate, to continue life, and to support her recovery. Her comics tell the story of her turbulent internal experience alongside the unique reactions and situations that arise. Her recovery, like the series, is ongoing.

The story is being serialized online at www.georgiasdumbproject.com. Updates Monday and Thursday.

+ Print Only: Additional Content +

With these new editions, Georgia brings you into the larger project a little further by including prose introductions by special guests on facets of the voice not included in her comics. A music writer heralds the power of the scream, a social activist learns to speak for herself, a language-learner explores new vocal personalities, and a professional opera singer-turned-voice-coach describes her instrument and the need to care for it.

+ Praise for Dumb +

Georgia Webber nominated in the Spotlight (“Nipper”) category of the 2014 Doug Wright Awards! 

Dumb #2 nominated for an Expozine Alternative Press Award!

"In Dumb, the feeling of powerlessness to express oneself is expressed in a completely articulate and powerful cartooning voice. It’s a totally fascinating and meaningful comic.”

Dash Shaw, creator of New School and Bodyworld

Dumb is a passionate recount of a painful, frightening and very human experience.”

Eleanor Davis, author of the forthcoming How to Be Happy (2014)

"Georgia Webber’s Dumb has an interesting subject matter that ropes you in and I’m here to tell you that it delivers. Dumb is a pleasure to read and I bug Georgia about the next issue whenever I see her.”

— Ed Piskor, author of Hip Hop Family Tree

"Georgia Webber’s DUMB is an excellent example of how comics can do things that other mediums can’t.”

— Glyn Dillon, author of The Nao of Brown

+ Summer Travels +

Catch Georgia in the following cities on the following dates!

May 9 - 11, Toronto (TCAF!)

May 18, Portland, ME (MECAF!)

May 29 - June 1, Chicago, IL (CAKE!)

June 28 - 30, Baltimore, MD (Graphic Medicine Conference!)

July 26 - August 6, Vancouver, BC; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA (TBA)

+ About the Author +

Georgia Webber is the comics artist behind Dumb, a series chronicling of her severe vocal injury and ongoing (mostly silent) recovery. She is the Comics Editor for carte blanche, Guest Services Coordinator for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and Distribution and Marketing Director at Paper Pusher and Papirmass.

Full biography at www.georgiasdumbproject.com/about

+ Contact +

For additional information, contact Georgia at georgiasdumbcomics [at] gmail [dot] com.

This mini, Family Feud, 2012, was initially inspired by something I read Art Spiegelman say in an interview. By the time I drew it, I’d forgot exactly what he said. I remembered it differently. I was thinking about it again recently and I found it online. He said:

Well, it’s not just in Family Feud where you’re rewarded for knowing what people know. In life, you have to know what people expect you to know. Otherwise, you end up in the nut house. Now, it’s easy, because I’ve had practice at it. But, when I was twenty, I’d had no practice whatsoever. I wasn’t aware of the conventions, and that was a problem.

Possibly it’s in a different interview, but I misremembered it as being something like: “If the Family Feud prompt is ‘objects in your fridge’, you might have batteries in your refrigerator, but you have to say ‘milk’ because that’s going to be the ‘correct’ answer. In life, in order to fit in, you have to learn to provide the most common answer, not the answer that is true to you.

fantagraphics:

Cosplayers
by Dash Shaw

32-page full-color comic book • $5.00

Now in Stock! See Previews / Order Now  

Annie and Verti are two teen cosplayers with too much time on their hands. Annie wants to act, and Verti wants to be a photographer/filmmaker. Together, they embark on making a film starring themselves and featuring an unsuspecting cast of extras they record via hidden camera. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.

This’ll be in the Previews catalog that comes out later month. Cosplayers 2 takes place entirely at a fictional anime convention, “Tezukon.”

fantagraphics:

Cosplayers
by Dash Shaw

32-page full-color comic book • $5.00

Ships on: April 16, 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now  

Annie and Verti are two teen cosplayers with too much time on their hands. Annie wants to act, and Verti wants to be a photographer/filmmaker. Together, they embark on making a film starring themselves and featuring an unsuspecting cast of extras they record via hidden camera. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.

In comic shops TOMORROW!

This will debut at MoCCA Fest, this weekend. I’ll be there Saturday morning only, at the Fantagraphics table.

The cover was made by taking a screencapture of the image in photoshop, printing out the screencapture, spray-painting over the print, scanning in the spray-painted-on print, and trying to line it back up inside the original photoshop document.

(Source: dashshaw)

A couple of the color separations from Object Lesson, from 3 New Stories. The color layer underneath the drawings.