“The beginning of my depression had been nothing but feelings, so the emotional deadening that followed was a welcome relief. I had always wanted to not give a fuck about anything. I viewed feelings as a weakness — annoying obstacles on my quest for total power over myself. And I finally didn’t have to feel them anymore.
But my experiences slowly flattened and blended together until it became obvious that there’s a huge difference between not giving a fuck and not being able to give a fuck. Cognitively, you might know that different things are happening to you, but they don’t feel very different.”
Allie Brosh is back, and her post “Depression Part Two” is painful, and weird, and funny, and perfect. via Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two)
Behold THE INFINITE CORPSE, a jam comic started in secret over a year ago by Aaron Renier, Nate Beaty and the other cartoonists of Chicago’s comics collective Trubble Club. Based on a combination of Raw’s Narrative Corpse project and Scott McCloud’s idea of the “infinite canvas,” it’s a kind of exquisite corpse comic focused around the skeleton Corpsey. There are already 200+ cartoonists who’ve participated (Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Pen Ward, Carol Tyler, Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carré etc etc etc) and now it is open to everyone. So go, read! Contribute! Be a part of this ground-breaking new project!
I’m in this! I was a founding member of Trubble Club, and it’s awesome to see all it has wrought.
Wowowow this looks so good, excited to read more!
The Cartoonist in Comics: Using Autobiography in Graphic Novels (by TrillianMedia)
Missed Tuesday’s event on semi-autobiographical comics? Trillian Media made this super-impressive recording of the discussion.
The discussion between comics artists on the panel was often freeform and interactive during the event, and they chatted about the increasing role of images online, the freedom the internet offers in terms of self-publication, and the impact that it has had on autobiographical comic production. Haspiel commented on the ways that social media has become a form of autobiographical expression, leading him further down the road of embracing metaphor rather than strict biography in his work. (via On the Scene: ‘The Cartoonist in Comics’ at Housing Works with Haspiel, Fingerman, Gulledge, Young)
Heidi Means-Shannon’s kind and thorough write-up of Tuesday’s event.
Tonight, the above artists and writers will join Christopher Irving (Leaping Tall Buildings) for a discussion of “The Cartoonist in Comics,” and the rewards and trials of semi-autobiographical work. FREE and part of Geek Week, join us!
This Week at HWBC
Geek Week continues through this Friday! Still time to pick up geeky stuff or attend even geekier events.
Tonight the bookstore closes early for Housing Works’ annual culinary-themed benefit Taste of Home, hosted by honorary co-chairs Ruth Reichl and Ted Allen. Buy tickets online and come for fancy food, barbeque, and drinks!
Then tomorrow join us for The Cartoonist in Comics, a panel of semi-autobiographical comic artists Dean Haspiel, Bob Fingerman, Laura Lee Gulledge, and Ethan Young, moderated by Christopher Irving.
Wednesday we have Dragons in Space Redux, a sci-fi and fantasy discussion featuring authors Peter Brett, Myke Cole, and Ellen Kushner. This event is presented in collaboration with WORD bookstore. There will be free drinks!
Thursday brush up on your spelling and lit knowledge for the Spelling and Literary Trivia Bee. Participants who spell a word wrong have the opportunity to save themselves by correctly answering a trivia question.
Then,if you haven’t had enough trivia yet, stop by Friday for Geeks vs. Nerds Trivia at the Slush Pile happy hour.
Finish off the week Saturday morning with the International Crime Book Group, who will be discussing Jassy Mackenzie’s novel of South African murder investigation Random Violence.
I read this book over the break. It is fucking brilliant, a great book. And as always, Kevin Thomas gets it spot on in nine panels and two sentences. (via HORN! REVIEWS: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk - The Rumpus.net)
nervous-breakdown-hat asked: Are you still doing book gift recs? I am very type A and my brother, who is type Z or whatever the opposite is, decided last night we should exchange presents (which would have been nice to know in October). He’s 25, likes Ender’s Game and all the sequels, the Dark Tower series, and I’m pretty sure he’s read all of Chuck Palahniuk. Ideas?
He might like Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves, a layered story about a haunted house, if he hasn’t read it yet… I think that would combine Dark Tower and Palahniuk pretty nicely. And there’s fancy editions where the word “minotaur” is blue and the word “house” is red every time or something, so it’s a good gift, especially for 25-year-old type Z dudes.
If he would give comics a chance (or already likes them), you could also get him into the Preacher series by Garth Ennis, which is wonderfully fucked up and funny and if I remember correctly Stephen King–endorsed. I loved it, I’m pretty sure there’s some nice gifty “deluxe” editions available. Any comics shop and some bookstores would be able to hook you up with that one. And if he’s not reading him already, he would probably like Philip K. Dick, start with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”
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