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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INCREDIBLE CARTOONISTS OF 2013

 

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(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

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