Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Comics, Fall 2010

This post will take a look at three new illustrated books that came out this October--nothing especially collectible, but highly recommended nonetheless.

Just this week, Charles Burns released his new book, the first of a three-part series called X'ed Out. It's really an outstanding work, simultaneously telling the story of a mopey art student and a completely insane hallucinatory re-imagining of Tintin. Fans of Tintin will remember a story called The Shooting Star, featuring an island of exploding eggs-turned-mushrooms... here's some of Burns's monsters making omelettes out of Herge's iconic eggs.

Also, Chris Ware's latest Acme Novelty Library is coming out next week. This installment revolves around a character named Jordan Lint, who's childhood, teens and twenties were previously serialized in Zadie Smith's Book of Other People and issues of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Acme Novelty Library #20 chronicles the entire life of Jordan Lint, from birth to death. Ware's ability to match his drawing style with Lint's mental capacity at certain ages (simplistic when he's a toddler, borderline ADD during Lint's teenage years) is stunningly well done. And the design is beautiful, too-- take a look at the gold cover and cloth binding.

Lastly, and a little change of pace: Nobuaki Tadano's 7 Billion Needles. Published by the wonderful people at Vertical, 7 Billion Needles follows high school loner Hikaru who hears voices in her headphones after a meteor crash. It's really well-written Japanese sci-fi, and I'm very much looking forward to the subsequent three volumes. Love the retro artwork too--Vertical's Peter Mendelsund is one of the best designers I've found.

All these should be available at your local bookstore if you're looking for some comics to pick up.

For Fans of Charles Burns: I recently attended a presentation of X'ed Out at The Strand, and heard that Burns is currently working on a portfolio of prints with Galerie Martel in France. It's going to be a set of four prints, all of strange knock-off "translations" of his fictional Tintin book covers. I've seen the pictures and they look fantastic--stay tuned for more scoop.

Currently reading:
The Insufferable Gaucho by Roberto Bolano

Currently listening to:
Admiral Fell Promises by Sun Kil Moon
"Not in Love" by Crystal Castles, featuring Robert Smith

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