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I got my hands on the latest season of Koyama comics. Annie always has some pretty good strong taste in works to publish. A couple of books that stand out for me from this latest collection are Noel Freibert’s Old Ground and Patrick Kyle’s Everywhere Disappeared.
Noel Freibert has been quietly working on his comics, while also publishing a fantastic anthology with WEIRD. I was excited when this book was announced. I love reading Noel’s work, but I can’t stay on top of ordering the anthologies he puts out, as I haven’t been able to go to comic conventions the way I have in the past. Comics are hard to stay on top of. A lot of folks may not be immediately familiar with his comics. I interviewed Noel nearly 5 years ago.
This book funny, grotesque and fascinating. Noel has pushed his art into these weird abstractions that give you space to breathe and take in.
The figures drip with gooey ink, bending in every angle.
This book is a great chance to explore the work of a very modern creator taking comics into his own weird playground.
Patrick Kyle is another person I interviewed many years ago. Back in 2012! I really need to connect with Patrick again. He did join us for a couple of group podcasts during the road trip with Brandon, but those don’t really count as interviews. One of them was us hanging out at Gary Panter’s house. I think we all wanted to take in the knowledge of Gary.
Instead of high end riso printing, this collection is done on simple newsprint. It still looks great. A light book I can jump in anywhere. While Noel’s work is focused on a singular style, this book has Patrick pushing his work in a number of different directions.
From patient and deliberative, to all consuming. Patrick seems to be having a lot of fun with some of this work. I do wish the book came with a table of contents of some sort, so we could know where things were printed, and if the work is published in chronological order. Is this a progress of work, or jumbled in a random fashion.
I visited Billy Mavreas’ great Monastiraki store while in Montreal a couple of weeks ago. I interviewed Billy many years ago for Inkstuds. I really love Billy’s work. It’s full of life and imagination. While I was at the store, he was telling me about the current Montreal small press scene, saying how big it is and beyond the scope of anything he imagined 15 years ago. Billy is a major contributor to BDQ, a book on Quebec comics from Conundrum Press. I have an interview with Geneviève Castrée in the book as well. The book looks to be pretty interesting. Conundrum is always an interesting publisher putting out new strong work.
Back to Billy’s store. It’s a space filled with beautiful paper objects. Prints, vintage magazine clippings, comics and more. Since I was travelling, I stuck with comics. Billy had a great selection of odd old comics. Here’s a sampling.
First off is this book by Leif Goldberg. I never really find Leif’s comics in my shopping, so I was hyped to get this. I have come across his silkscreened calendars, but I don’t really like to buy calendars, even if they are really dope. This has a lovely silkscreened cover and an array of weirdo comics on the inside.
2d Cloud is putting out a book of Leif Goldberg comics. Be sure to check it out.
Billy clued me into this comic. A silkscreen comic from the early 90s. I think most of the work is by David Bacha. It’s got a weird mix of 90’s mini comics with a bunch of psychedelia that reminds of John Thompson comics.
It’s a great time capsule of Canadian comics I am totally unfamiliar with.
How do I find a very Vancouver small press book in Montreal? Rubberneck is a magazine sized anthology from 1994 with work by Colin Upton, Julian Lawrence, Rebecca Dart, Jason McLean, Robin Bougie and much more.
In a moment of clarity, Dave Sim referred to Colin Upton as the king of Canadian mini comics. Colin has been making mini comics for well over 30 years. His work has been extremely readable. He’s a great story teller making comics in a classic small press style.
Julian Lawrence is another creator with work from Conundrum Press. They have released a couple of book of his. Julian has a deep well of small press and mini comics work.
This book has a bunch of Julian’s comics in it, ranging from quiet and contemplative to full on filthy. Julian is another strong creator whose comics are always good to check out.
Rebecca Dart is stellar local talent who has been busy paying the bills working in animation. Most recently on the My Little Pony movie. This work is likely from when she and husband, Robin Bougie, first moved to Vancouver. You should check out Rabbit Head from Alternative comics.
Ain’t Nothin Like Fuckin Moonshine! #10 was an odd magazine that I had never seen before. It appears to be by Bwana Spoons and Brandon Stepp. But I am not too sure. the whole thing is a design mess.
Published in 1995, it’s a cluster of comics, music and zine commentary.
There’s even a comic by Dylan Williams in it. That was nice to find.
Billy Mavreas was selling these little drawings. My girlfriend picked this one.