6/22/2017

Errata - Ganges 5 B/W/G Bootleg

It has been brought to my attention that some of the "black white and gray bootleg" copies of Ganges #5 floating around have some errors in them. If you have one of these and would like a corrected edition, email me at (one word) 1000 kevinh at symbol gmail period "com" with proof (a believable anecdote or phone photo is fine) and I will send you a new corrected copy.




6/02/2017

New York Times Magazine Comics Issue


Some cartoonists (including Tom Gauld, Sammy Harkham, and David Mazzuchelli) and I drew some comics for the New York Times Magazine this weekend. (link)

Here are my pages, which were supposed to introduce and explain the concept of the issue. They appear in a somewhat different form online, and were animated by someone at the Times.

Thanks to Caitlin, Frank, Ben, and Linsey.




4/23/2017

3/16/2017

Ganges 6 *


Ganges 6


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Due to popular demand I also have added a black and white "bootleg" copy of Ganges #5.
$12




2/12/2017

Notes


  Ganges title concepts:

interrupted sleep

phrases from musical forms

word that most people don’t know

  Note:

("absurd, tickles funny bone, makes her happy" --A’s criteria for what she likes in art)

  Story ideas:
cockroach bells - tie and then the cat.

stealing from the man, and thieves code
not harming individuals, harming the system

civil defense old guys who were in charge of nuclear codes, and evacuation routes, 

  Names:

    for books

(simple, fun to say, international english, not descriptive except aesthetically; may not even fit. Hard consonants--K's criteria for good titles. ex. Moby Dick, or The Whale. --makes it obvious. Other (also book cover): The Nix.)

dark house. Dark House. DARK HOUSE. (no)

GOOD SLEEP (no)

ESCAPE THE NIGHT

    for characters

Daniel Noodleman / Edelman

Bella Thorne (as example)

Reneesmee (as example)

Samuel Hall (as example)

Kendrick Jenkins (as example)

Jermaine Rydell

Chunk the doll (a Rabbit) (made up)

José the doll (doll with sombrero) (actual)


(with Amara Hark-Weber)

1/31/2017

2016 Reading

Here's some of the books I was reading or thinking about in 2016.

This is only a fraction. Actual objects that I held in my hands and considered. I liked some of them a lot, I didn't like some of them, some of them I liked the cartooning but hated the book design, some of them I thought the book design was interesting but that the content was not that interesting. Some of these are great covers, some are terrible covers.

I continue to love books and hate books. I love to go out and get books and come home with them, but I also like sorting through them and getting rid of some, or giving some away to good homes. I encourage you to do this too. It's the natural way of books.

Special note: I'm posting this on the internet. I hate the internet.

The library should be a weekly trip. The bookstore should be a monthly trip. Every quarter you should attend a "book sale" of some kind put on by an organization. This is the best place to buy books.

Last comes the Internet. The Internet hates books and is trying to destroy book culture and destroy actual physical books. It's a good place to find out about books, though.

Here's some good links to lists of books by bloggers who read more and are smarter and have better taste than me:

Also see Comics Workbook for a ton of comics to covet and learn about.
http://comicsworkbook.com/

David Auerbach
http://www.waggish.org/2017/david-auerbachs-books-of-the-year-2016/

Austin Kleon
http://books.austinkleon.com/

More in comments:

1/21/2017

links in an email sent to students I skyped with in Vancouver


kevinh.blogspot.com (best place for links)

Copacetic Comics (from Pittsburgh) is a good place to order comics online.
Or from my publishers Fantagraphics or Drawn and Quarterly. These publishers put out many other great comics and graphic novels.

Good collections are: Anthology of Graphic Fiction by Brunetti, 2 Volumes. Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics has a great selection of Early 20th Century newspaper comics.

There are good books of George Herriman’s work.

There are not many good collections of early Popeye, but there are some decent ones from Fantagraphics. They are designed badly and hard to read, but you owe it to yourself to read them.

also see: Spit and a Half for DIY current Small Publishers, punks, and great artists.

Please do not use Amazon to buy my books, or if you do, please buy my books used, using a different website. Order it through your local bookstore, if possible, and go in to pick it up!

I have a flickr account that is still pretty active https://www.flickr.com/photos/55197488@N00/

I have 3 tumblrs that are less active than a couple years ago, but I still throw stuff up on there http://fielder.tumblr.com http://khclasses.tumblr.com/ http://fielderbb.tumblr.com/

I don’t like twitter or facebook, but I’m on there but I don’t post much.
Like Amazon, these companies are transforming and destroying much of what was good about our literary culture in the USA, even as they make many things possible which on the surface seem cool and harmless, but are not.

I don’t like instagram either, but a lot of my friends are on there and I do like looking at images, but I’m on there @1000kevin

1/16/2017

“I don’t know what will happen now. 

We have got difficult days ahead, but it doesn’t matter with me because I’ve been to the mountain top. Like anybody else I would like to live a long life. But I’m not concerned with that. I just want to do God’s will and he has allowed me to go up to the mountain. I see the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. I am happy tonight that I am not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” (Ben Shahn print version) (link to youtube of longer section) 

1/11/2017

Studio shots late 2016




This is the room I work in now. It used to be Anders Nilsen's room. It's pretty good. If it's too quiet I hear my downstairs neighbors fan pulsing. I think it's always on. The people upstairs are fostering two pitbull puppies, and that can get loud at times.



Here's the view out the window.


Minneapolis


1/01/2017

1_1_2017


Time Capsule Sunday Reading Links 1/1/2016


The Current Problems at the Shops
The problems being articulated to me are the following:
  • DC’s prices are too low
  • Customers disappearing
  • Customers are switching to tpbs/book format
  • Customers don’t like Marvel’s output
  • Rising cost of doing business
  • Diamond credit crackdown
Let’s do this by the numbers.


Cyber Panic - The current panic uses a definition of hacking that rates very low on the scale of cyberattacks, and blurs the line between actual security breaches and the dissemination of political propaganda.


-images via (link). Adorno everyday (see link). Adorno reading the internet, looking at ads from old comic books. Imagine that what if this is the redeemed world. Thanks to Lambert Zuidevaart.


Currently Reading: I Hate the Internet. Leaves Of Grass. The Organized Mind. New Yorker Magazine. Baron Bean.



12/29/2016

Rumbling Ch. 1


Rumbling Chapter 1
32 page comic book
read most of it here (link)
$3.00

Comix Skool USA



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12/19/2016

Spiral

Here's a big file of the geological spiral from Ganges 5, if you want to zoom in or look at it on your retina screen.



Click here for the big file (link)

12/17/2016

Comics 2016 (part one)

Schools
-Comics Workbook
-Parsons School of Design Illustration (dir. Ben Katchor)
-UW-Madison (Lynda Barry)
-CCS? Lost touch with it this year. Same with Wash U (Dowd, Zettwoch, Tim Lane)
-MCAD (where I, Zak Sally, and Tom K. teach, among others (link TK). Anders Nilsen also taught there.)
-The school that hired Sousanis/
-Yale? I don’t know that much about comics skools, to be honest

Pap Pap (and which I paid money for)
-Last Look / Patience / Ware’s Guardian strip and NYer work / Spiegelman’s one pager
-Blammo #9 (moustache, also see: Johnny Ryan)
-Baron Bean / Krazy Kat 1916
-Jim Woodring on Facebook, 
-Kim Deitch on Facebook, 
-Carol Tyler on FB 

CARTOONIST TYPES: Princess vs. Old Grandpa vs. Street Punk vs. Sage/Witch vs. Dad/Mom vs. Content Provider models 
-Method: have a relatively large audience, give them free content every once in a while, keep a few levels distance between oneself and them (be cool), stay on top of the Latest Topics, draw big checks from big cities, somehow.

CF&BJ
-Would like to see the new Ben Jones zine, where can I get one? I need to put aside a weekend to read that interview with N. Rudick and think about it.
-CF’s CALL Magazine. 

Deep Level Moves
-My life being what it is, I’ve lost contact with some of the cartoonists I’ve learned the most from over the years. I see them, but not much of their work. When they do put work out, it’s too dense, somehow, and I can’t penetrate. If anything, I draw less from a deep knowledge of their work and I just skim off energy what I know is going on deep in the comic, because I know how deep they are seeing, beyond what I see. Their body of work helps sustain me as I drew Ganges #6. cf Anders, Sammy, Marc Bell, John P, Ron Rege, G. Bell, Clowes, Burns, Ware, etc.

Health of the Elder Ones, Careers of Peers, Middle Managers, and Caretakers
-Who is on what medication, who is helping, who is working on retrospectives, who is working on archiving, who has new work, who got divorced, how everyone is doing. Dealing with Alvin’s death.

Tumblrs:
-Santoro’s influence dominates my tumblr, but there are so many other spheres of comics on the internet now too. Need ethnographic data.
-4 Color scans of old comic book pages with sharpness on the dots, pages from the Heritage Auctions

MINN
-RIP Big Brain, Peace to Drivas
-Anders moved to Portland
-Nostalgia Zone and Dreamhaven are incredible, stores of my dreams. Minneapolis is a book lover's dream, it's almost too much for me. I may bury myself in books here.
-Magers and Quinn (best simple comics selection in Minneapolis?)
-trying to get a weekly thing going! (Shout out to STL Drawing Crew)
-Sam Gould??? Univocal??? 
-Wish I had talked to Eddie Campbell when he was in town. His line was too long at the Book Fair, is my bad excuse.

Bargain Bins:
-DreamHaven (p. good, bw boom, manga, mid 90s)
-Midway Books (89-92 junk, kind of shitty actually)

Comic Books (via The Source in St. Paul)
-Klaus by Grant Morrison
-something about demons, Rafael Grampa mixed with Kerascoet Woman’s face
-Sergio Aragones
-Island
-thinking about the career of John Romita Jr
-thinking about when Cerebus was monthly in the mid 90s

Libraries
The Hosmer Library’s collection, and the MCAD Library’s collections (worth a visit)

New Wave/Grimy Keyboard Krew, Pacific Rim and Genderwave
DeForge, Klaus, Breakdwon, Landfill, Dane Martin, A Degen, BMW

Critical Discourse
-I don’t really follow it, but I’m interested.
-Issues of Morality and Art. Groths of Twitter? Nadel is focused on NYC issues. Tisserand’s Herriman book. Twitter is brutal but necessary (like TCJ and the TCJ Messageboard, maybe?).
-In comics, critical discourse often is mixed in with a lot of Outraged Fan Ranting, as it should be. Outrage lately about sex and superheroes, of course. What others should be doing instead.
-Don’t know what goes in YA Librarian or Parent or Walking Dead, Brian K Vaughn, Saga, circles, but that’s another huge part of comics I often wonder about—what’s that all about? Near enemies.

Publishers
-D&Q and Fanta Anniversaries. 
-Breakdown/Landfill, the best UK comics publishers
-I like a lot of Retrofit comics
-Self Made Hero and No Brow are interesting. NoBrow will last much longer and seems more smart. Interesting how both sidestep US/UK Comics history for the most part, and go either France or Japan.
-2D Cloud and Uncivilized, MINNEAPOLIS
-Canada. Annie and Peter and Devlin/Burns. Chester Brown and DeForge/Tamaki lifestyle cartoonists. Patrick Kyle. Marc Bell spending most of the year in Minneapolis and not seeing him enough.
-YA and Children's comics, the stuff I see at the Hosmer library. Toon Books

ME
-I didn’t read as much as I used to, but I read a ton, relative to most people. I read a lot of Olde Canon Comics (The Best Comics): Baron Bean, Wash Tubbs, Gasoline Alley.
-I put out 2 zines, Comix Skook USA #4 and #5. I drew most of Ganges #6, but a lot of it was first written in 2014. A lot has changed in my life since then. I may be losing my mind, but I also think I’m drawing the best work of my life (the question is how much is that saying?).
-The Internet: my daily life is full, so I don’t look at it that much anymore. I don’t like it that much. I prefer books and magazines and reading things in print. I still draw a lot of inspiration and energy from it, though. I’m trying not to tell anyone about how they should live their life, other than to buy my comics. Dealing with spam is like a major thing in our lives, what a world. Who will read all the spam? Who will speak for the spam? Who will collect the spam and archive it for future historians? Who cares that I posted this on my blog?

I just read the new Blammo and it was amazing. Everyone should read it. When I clean up my apartment in a few days maybe I’ll upload a longer list of things in Part 2.

Dec. 17, 2016



12/14/2016

Final Week of the Semester (first draft)

Well, here we go. Time to see what they did this semester. It's a somber party, with everyone getting a chance at the dj booth. It goes on for over 5 hours each day.

If you are interested in my new zines, COMIX SKOOL USA, there are now 5 issues. They are notes and handouts I've used in my classes at MCAD, where I teach 6 separate courses over the course of the year.

Visual Storytelling
Intro to Comics
Comics 2
Advanced Senior Seminar
Experimental Comics
Character

Watch this space for more info, but if you would like to order them, they are available from Quimby's in Chicago, or Spit and a Half.

If you would like to order them directly from me, send money to me in Paypal. It's $20.00 for all 5 issues, $5 for each one individually.

Email me for more information and to order.

thanks
K

PS Destroyer's Rubies is 10 years old! Canada!
PPS Remember when Todd McFarlane gave all his favorite bros like $100,000 or something to write a few issues of Spawn? Remember how awesome they were?! Canada! I would like to offer $100 to Michael DeForge, Seth, and Marc Bell to write the next few upcoming issues of GANGES. Email me.
PPPS Minnesota. Congratulations to Tom and Jordan and everyone for the ODOD line. Gabrielle's new book is out next April. Sorry I've missed the two events for your book, Anders and Jay. It's a good book!

12/06/2016

Tuesday Patron Party: Page For Sale





The whole page looks like this without the pencils. There is pencil shading on it, though.


$250

Inquiries write: 1000kevinh@gmail.com