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Recline

Recline

“Recline.” Wood burning and ink on plywood. 16″ x 20.”

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Plant stand

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Plant stand made using old legs from the bench (see below) and an Ikea wooden fruit bowl.

“The Bear”

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“The Bear.” Wood burning on plywood and Speedball black ink (wash). Present for Ira’s 23rd birthday.

Holmes on Homesteading

The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective by Patrick Rosenkranz (Fantagraphics Books, 2010)

Given that Lucky’s Comics recently hosted an exhibition of Holmes’ work as part of a book launch for The Artist HImself, and that the artist spent much of his life in familiar territory, I was curious. Before listening to the Inkstuds interview with Patrick Rosenkranz (Holmes’ authorized biographer), I knew nothing about Rand Holmes’ life or his comics. I thought I was going to read the biography of an underground cartoonist. Instead, I read an epic exploration of a complex human being, who just happened to be an underground cartoonist.

Top Quality Shit

When I walk into Legends Comics and Books in Victoria, co-owner Gareth Gaudin (with Lloyd Chesley) is reading Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comics, Graphic Novels and Manga (Universe, 2011) at the cash.

“Is it good?”

“It’s pretty good…there’s only one comic so far that I think should have been included in here that isn’t.”

“What’s that?”

“Harold Hedd #2.” It’s hard to find nowadays, but all of the Harold Hedd comics have been reprinted in here.” Gareth hands me a copy of The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective by Patrick Rosenkranz (Fantagraphics, 2010). “Look at this…” He flips to page 115. “Look at this! Where else will you find an authentic drawing of a BC transit bus in Vancouver, circa the 1970s?”

“Oh! Remember The Buzzer?” Continue reading ‘Holmes on Homesteading’

Comparing Covers

I was looking at the cover of Luke Pearson’s Hilda and the Midnight Giant (Nobrow Press, 2012) and was struck by how much the layout resembles that of Charles Burns’ X’ed Out (Pantheon, 2010).

Central figure, similar scale and depth of foreground and background, sloping terrain from right to left, tall object jutting out in top left corner.

On Zen and Pancakes

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Since I have been known to meditate in both the Shambhala and Soto Zen traditions, and since I am also a comics fanatic, I found the excerpt included below of particular interest. It is from The Teacup & the Skullcup: Chögyam Trungpa on Zen and Tantra (Vajradhatu Publications, 2008).

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-87) is a Vajrayana (tantric) meditation master, and a holder of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyü and Nyimgma lineages. He is also the founder of the Shambhala lineage. Many of his dharma talks have been transcribed and published by Shambhala Publications. The excerpt below is from a talk given in 1974 at Tail of the Tiger Buddhist Retreat Center in Barnet, Vermont. During this period, Trungpa’s teachings were delivered with an intensity directly influenced by Vajrayana “crazy wisdom” practices. Continue reading ‘On Zen and Pancakes’

The beauty that is Inkstuds

It didn’t take me this long to read Inkstuds (Conundrum Press, 2010) because I found it tedious; on the contrary, I wanted to savour these interviews and read them in small doses, interspersed with the ongoing consumption of comics—many created by artists featured on the radio show. Kudos to McConnell: with all of the interviews he’s conducted, I don’t know how he decided which ones to put in this volume. I suspect that’s why there’s a “1” on the spine of the book!

In the introduction to Inkstuds, comics scholar Jeet Heer remarks, “McConnell takes a deceptively casual tack, winging his way like a student at an oral exam who is willing to make up for in gusto what he lacks in preparation (6).” This may be especially true when listening to McConnell’s show, but one feature of reading the interviews that I found interesting was how once transcribed on the page, these conversations take on a new life. Now edited, gone are the traces of improvisational filler, instead leaving only a fluid path of ideas. Continue reading ‘The beauty that is Inkstuds’


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