Victor Kerlow was born, raised and educated in New York City and continues to live there, drawing full time. He has done work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Random House and IFC and Redbucket Films. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators and he edits and contributes to a Gutter, a comics anthology published by TV Books. His comics are available at Birdcage Bottom Books and you can see more of his work at VictorKerlow.com and Chopped in Two.
Patrick Kain was kind enough to share this comic with us on the Arthur Blog. Here’s a bit more about what he’s been up to:
I’ve been making mini comics and zines since 2006. Really small print runs only like 100 issues of each thing I’ve done. So, I try to make them more art books/collectables by doing silk screen and block print covers. My works been in Taffy Hips since issue 5… and in the upcoming issue of Secret Prison.
Right now I’m not working on any comics but I’m turning “Cave Dweller” a strip I have on my website into a short film for my animation class and the Columbus College of Art & Design. that’ll go up on my website in January.
Lala Albert lives in Brooklyn where she does art and comics at night and on the weekends. During the week she works as the textile designer/whatever-else-they-need-her-for at a small fashion company in Manhattan.
Seripop is a Montreal based, internationally focused art/design duo made up of Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau. In addition to doing gig posters and international gallery exhibitions, they are currently touring as the noise-rock band AIDS Wolf. Catch them on tour and pick up a copy at their merch table. Limited to only 1000 copies, this oversized 10″ x 15″ newsprint monograph collects 16 mutated and melty designs suitable for browsing or framing. Each image is composed of layers like a 4 color silkscreen, inviting viewers to indulge in optical exploration.
The 64 page book is a gorgeous showcase of Aidan’s ethereal pencil illustrations and poetic storytelling. The story follows a young woman who has just suffered the loss of a loved one. There is no backstory or explanation. Instead we simply follow the protagonist for a day as she walks her dog on the beach, makes tea at home, is surprised that all of her loved one’s belongings fit in a couple cardboard boxes. The text is minimal, just her internal dialogue, but very resonant.
Most of the time we keep death at bay as an abstract mystery. Butwhen death cannot be avoided it pierces each moment like a needle.Those painful hours become linked with normally small and mundane details, almost absurd, always irreversible. I think the book is trying to capture this melancholy paradox; the complex idea that we live in a world of objects, sweaters and seashells, while simultaneously existing in the overwhelming emotional world of our memories. In our hearts we identify with the grandeur of existence, and in our minds we know there is nothing.
Special thanks to Blaise and Aidan for sharing this 12 page preview. Preorders are available on Gaze Books’ website (http://www.gazebooks.com/store.html) and Blaise has announced a release party in October, at his apartment.
Mike Getsiv has completed three books of wordless comics (Eyeballs, Lightbeam and one more as yet untitled) plus the anthology he edited called Snow Stories. He was a major supporter and contributor to the Eisner-nominated anthology Abstract Comics published by Fantagraphics and now he’s working on a full-length autobiographical comic book called The Green Kid.
He also started a collaborative project called ABCOLAB on Abstract Comics: The Blog and received contributions from ten countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, England, Finland, Portugal, Russia, the United States and Uruguay.
ARTHUR readers experienced a nine page preview toke of ‘PAWS’ in February, but who would have seen this one coming?
The comic is essentially a horror comic about a guy that only experiences the outside world through television trying to sell an autobiographical screenplay. It has all the same themes as my other comics, how people choose identity roles, the media’s effect on memory, how we mythologize our personalities, but this one has a lot more dogs and possibly werewolves, and jokes about how creepy sitcom laugh-tracks are.
I’m doing the same stuff as always, drawing at night, using my natural jazz dancing ability to put my kids through college during the day.
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