Monday, July 06, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
They still have newsstands in Bueno Aires.
They still like comics, too.
I went to Buenos Aires on the invitation of Juan Manuel Dominguez, the smart and enthusiastic organizer of the comics section of “Encuentro de la Palabra”, an art, music, literature, and video extravaganza held outside of Buenos Aires in a sprawling complex called Technopolis.
Jesús Cossio from Peru, Matt Borrs and myself from the US,
and Paul Gravett
from the UKprepare to enter Technopolis.
After our escort took our photo, she asked us not to explain
to her boss what her shirt meant in English.
Among the installations sprinkled around the extensive Technopolis grounds was a mini play gas station, a flashing neon-lit robot-looking thing, and a bunch of pavilions containing multimedia presentations. There is also an airplane for the family to clamber around in and play Flight Attendant and Disgruntled Passenger. Next to the parked airplane is a structure so large it could hold a fleet of such jets and have room left over for the Queen Mary. It is filled with art exhibits and cool things for kids to play on, and a huge concert hall.
A brief video that will shed no additional light onto the connective tissue that holds together Technopolis can be found here in the middle of the page:
|José-Maria Gutiérrez points to something small and |
significant to comics scholar, Paul Gravett, and publications
maestro from the Louvre, Fabrice Douar.
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Monday, March 02, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Olivier Schrauwen’s new book, “Arsène Schrauwen”, is so good that I wanted to punch him, but he has the lightning-fast reactions of a cartoonist and deftly deflected the blow.
Here Art Spiegelman and I are absorbing Roz Chast’s proclamation that humanity is “just a bucket of guts."
|Lisa, Aisha, Jillian...and Shemp Howard.|
Many “Best of the Year” lists were topped with Richard McGuire’s “Here”, a project begun waaay back as an assignment in a comics class that I co-taught with Mark Newgarden. The seminal black and white strip version appeared in RAW and now, years later, Richard has magnificently turned it into a book and soon an interactive digital experience thingy of some sort.