Read this in a faggy voice
Thoughts on small projects by Darius Kazemi, via merritt kopas on twitter. I’ve thought about this every day for weeks now!
It fits along throughlines I’ve been exploring via the book Art & Fear, a book about artmaking and cognitive distortions surrounding artmaking, which I wish I’d read in college. Highest rec, like stratospheric.
Black queer poly sci-fi writer Samuel R. Delany posits that the quality an artist needs most is “begeisterung,” literally “be-spiritedness.”
This leads into:
Why these retablos (via Morgan M Page) work better than lots of artists who make pretty images, have classical training, but don’t say much
or why I get more excited about John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats works for me as a stronger singer than, say, Michael Bublé
I am not against craft but I am not for it, not as an end in and of itself
Layers of craft lay underneath the surfaces of works by artists who work with scritchy-scratchy, crumbly, leaky, “naive” aesthetics, like Maré Odomo or Cathy G. Johnson
death to “inking”
yes to drawing
spit words if you don’t need to sing them
misuse others & make more up
"polish is poison" - merritt
(For sale) prints of “Shadow Manifesto” parts 1 and 2 run in a show called Full-Bleed: Poetry Comics at Indy Hall in Old City, Philadelphia, thanks to curator Hila Ratzabi. I do a reading on Nov. 6 and I’m doing portraits at the opening on Nov. 7 (the day before Comic Arts Brooklyn, where I debut Unholy Shapes)
The originals of part 3 run in a show at William Way with Ketch Wehr, opening Nov. 14. More on that later.
"Shadow Manifesto" originally ran on Aevee Bee’s video game criticism site ZEAL, and you can read all three parts online on Medium.
photo by kelsey johnson, bow courtesy jess (@msfeatherweight)
(FB event link)
Kitten Forever (nasty real MPLS grrrl bass punk with an open heart) / King Azaz (piercing Philly punk duo) / Moor Mother Goddess (Philly - I literally don’t know what she’s gonna do) / + DJ Nolita Selector of CutN Paste & Sissy Hop!
and See-Through Girls (scary/cute post-punk pop, Philly) debut their EP Kulay-Rosas as a mini-poster by Annie Mok with a download code!
Mon. Nov. 7 at Kung Fu Necktie, 7pm, $7-10, 21+ (sorry)
stay tuned for news on STGs’ upcoming northeast November tour with Bike Crash
poster by STGs’ Alyssa San Valentin / colors by Annie / show curated by Annie
Unholy Shapes debuts for CAB, co-published by Czap Books & Grindstone Comics
it’s in the can
Issue Press <3 prints it
a reimaging of yoko ono’s CUT PIECE
a performance with
ben grinberg | olivia jorgenson | annie mok
sat. oct. 25, 8-9 pm
155 cecil b. moore ave., philadelphia
I debut Shadow Manifesto at the Locust Moon Fest on 10/25. It clocks in at 24 pages and includes part three, which remains as a free read on ZEAL.
(Later that night I perform in a variation on Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece at 8pm at Mascher Space in Fishtown.)
Originals of part 3 run in a show with artist Ketch Wehr at the art gallery at William Way Nov. 14-Dec. 26. An opening reception receives on Nov. 14.
Prints of parts 1 and 2 run in the Full-Bleed: Poetry Comics show at Indy Hall, opening First Friday, Nov. 7 at Indy Hall; I plan to do portraits and sell comics at the opening.
My fellow cartoonists and I decided we’re too busy too busy to write/draw our CAB debuts, so Kris Mukai decided she’d cover us. Maybe she’ll dress up as the three of us (and counting) too, and sign for us? Thanks, Kris!
Paradigm shift: a list of books about artmaking
- Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, especially the two chapters on writing and editing a novel. (review)
- Art & Fear (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
- Thoughts on small projects
- David Ball, Backwards & Forwards: A Technical Manual to Reading Plays. (plotting!!!)
- Samuel R. Delany, About Writing. (interview with Delany on The Paris Review)
- Milan Kundera, The Curtain (!!!)
- Kinji Akwagawa, Paradigm Shift. A catalog of work and remembrances about my old teacher. Also the McKnight book about him, available as a free PDF read.
- Sidney Lumet, Making Movies (!!!!!)
- Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time: The Great Russian Filmmaker Discusses His Art
- David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger, and Marguerite Van Cook, 7 Miles a Second
- Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, The End of San Francisco (video, watch this, watch this, please)
- Ivan Brunetti, Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice and Aesthetics: A Memoir
- Alex Hahn, Posessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince (thnx to Michael DeForge for rec’ing this one. Hard read, Prince is abusive and scary as heck)
- Todd Hignite, In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists
- The Comics Journal #250, Clowes interview
- The Comics Journal #238, AKA the Highwater Books issue, guest-edited by Tom Devlin
- Salman Rushdie, The Wizard of Oz (BFI Film Classics series)
- Gary Panter, Satiro-Plastic sketchbook (review) and S/T monograph
- Andrew Loomis, Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth (“mannikin” method <3 <3 <3)
- Study Group Comics #2, interviews with Maré Odomo and Angie Wang
- Gabrielle Bell, The Voyeurs and Truth is Fragmentary
- Barbara Bradley, Drawing People
- Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
- Hayao Miyazaki & others, The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Nan Goldin, I’ll Be Your Mirror
- John Ortved, The Simpsons (review)
- Marion Ettlinger, Author Photo: Portraits 1983-2002
- Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life (review)
- David Mamet, On Directing Film
- Chip Kidd, Book One, particularly his text
- Paul Buckley, Penguin 75
- Phil Baines, Penguin: A Cover Story
- Paul Auster, Collected Prose
- Vanessa Davis, Spaniel Rage
- Simon Goddard, The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life
- Johnny Rogan, Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance
- John Porcellino, Map of My Heart and The Hospital Suite
- Lynda Barry, One! Hundred! Demons!, The Freddie Stories, intro to her Best American Comics volume, and What It Is
- Chris Ware, editor, McSweeney’s #24 (“the comics issue”)
- Zak Sally, Like a Dog, especially the “notes” section
- Maré Odomo, Internet Comics #2
- Khristine McKenna’s interview books, Book of Changes and Talk to Her
- Terry Gross, All I Did Was Ask, Paul Schrader interview
- Peter Mendelsund, What We See When We Read and Cover
- Anything, anything by Liz Suburbia, Olivia Horvath, Jhumpa Lahiri, Willa Cather, Sherman Alexie, Miriam Toews, Cathy G. Johnson, Sab Meynert, Michael DeForge, Geneviève Castrée: anything
- Sarah Horrocks, Hecate Snake Diaries vol. 2
- Emily Carroll, Through the Woods
- Casey Plett, A Safe Girl to Love
- Julie Delporte, Journal and Everywhere Antennas
- merritt kopas’s talks
- Frank Santoro’s correspondence course
- Robyn and Antony and Leonard Cohen and Joey Ramone
- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
That got off topic! But any piece of work is, for me, largely about its making.
Thanks to Angelica Sgouros for asking awhile back.
Preview and in-progress shots from Ghosts of Schiele (working title). Grindstone Comics and Czap Books co-publish the 24-pager for Comic Arts Brooklyn on Nov. 8-9 as the first issue of their Ley Lines series, inviting different cartoonists to make work in response to fine artists. The book details my original failed attempt to make a graphic novel about Austrian Expressionist painter Egon Schiele, Schiele’s life, and my drugged out fucked up dissociative early twentysomething self-destruction.
Some of the above drawings are drawn after Schiele drawings and paintings, which tell much of the story.
That’s me with Toby Jones and Madeline Queripel, listening to Eric Reynolds of Fanta’s guest lecture in the MCAD auditorium.