Thursday, March 9, 2017

The American Bystander - Ali Is Still Champ





Michael Gerber of The American Bystander is so kind to me as to have published this comic short story in the third issue of the only American Humor Magazine that currently exists in the World.

I am quite thrilled to be a part of this endeavor as many of my favorite satirical writers are also participating. I feel like a stowaway teenage boy who found his way onto a marvelous pirate ship.

The other contributors are too numerous to mention and mostly outrank me. But suffice it to say that their resumes include The National Lampoon, The David Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, The Onion, The New Yorker, etc, etc, etc.

You can subscribe, and you ought to do so today. Please go to: www.americanbystander.org

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cathy Malkasian



Cathy Malkasian is my favorite living cartoonist. In fact, I like her work more than many of the dead ones I admire. Cathy has a brand new book, named EARTHA that is going to be available in the next month. She has a very unique and sincere way of making comics. I think this is because she isn't limited by the restraints that most cartoonists accept and self-impose.

Her drawings exhibit the lovely subtleties and dynamics more frequently found in fine art lithography than in comic books. Her background in animation and film direction informs her work with a verve and sophistication that is visually stunning. While her storytelling skills are of a caliber with the best writers of fairy tales.

I think that this is what she is actually creating, the absolutely serious realities of our time presented within the context of a simultaneously blithe and anxious fairy tale. It is dazzling stuff.




Her three previous graphic novels (Percy Gloom, Temperance, Wake Up, Percy Gloom!) all knocked me out. I am so looking forward to reading  EARTHA and you should be too. EARTHA ships directly from the publisher Fantagraphics March 15th. It will be available on Amazon in digital form on March 29th and in hardcover on April 4th.

If you're interested in comics as an art form, created by someone who is original and making singular work of a stand out from the crowd quality, you have to read this book.