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20 posts from January 2006

January 31, 2006


Diary of an author, waiting. part 4

On Friday last, the 27 January, it was Mozart's 250th birthday. The cd stores have lately filled up with box sets comprising everything by Wofgang Amadeus in every recording company's back catalogue. MY next door neighbor went off to a 'Mozart party', where, i imagine, all the participants take turns at banging out 'Rondo alla Turk' on the old upright. The town of his birth, Salzburg, is awash with tourists and there are Mozartian entertainments around the clock. All over the
world, in fact, they are playing the great man's works.

What has this got to do with me, you ask?

It has made me a little concerned that my Mozart anecdote in Fate of the Artist, the first page of which you can read here
http://www.firstsecondbooks.net/FOA/FOAgift007.html and which I drew two years ago, long before I had found a publisher for my book, may now look like a piece of shameless opportunism.

oh well, move over and make some room on that bandwagon.

January 30, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

Good Places to Draw People - No. 2

Airports, of course. Airport waiting lounges where people drape themselves over buff-coloured couches and make important phone calls on their cellphones before the 'plane shuts them up. Airports, with all their points of connection and disconnection; becoming airborne and becoming someone else, someone who isn't rooted anymore in the place he or she just left.



January 27, 2006

From the sketchbooks of DANICA NOVGORODOFF


January 26, 2006


Diary of an artist, getting nothing done. Part 3.

Mr Campbell is very rarely photographed working at his drawing board.
Here we see him there, but not doing very much work.


January 25, 2006

Guest Blogger: SARA VARON

Lucky visitor!! Here's a rare peek at Sara Varon's upcoming ROBOT DREAMS, from :01 books, alas, not until Spring '07!




January 24, 2006


Doodles and dailies from Emmanuel Guibert!


January 23, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS


I saw this girl standing, writing in a journal on the platform of South Kensington tube station, a stop I go to a lot because I work for a publisher located there. This girl was intriguing, a.) because she appeared to be writing with pink ink and b.) because she also wore bright pink trousers with effortless cool. Unfortunately, I didn't have any colour pens with me, so you'll have to take my word for that.

January 19, 2006


More from Lewis Trondheim's "Nothing Diaries"... (Click to enlarge)




Coming this fall, the astonishing AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, by Gene Yang with color by Lark Pien. It's printing as we speak. And here's more, for those who can't stand the wait: an exhibit of some of Gene's original art from AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, at The Cartoon Art Museum !

When and where and more:

Small Press Spotlight
featuring Gene Yang

February 11 - May 7, 2006

Cartoon Art Museum • 655 Mission Street • San
Francisco, CA 94105 • 415-CAR-TOON •

And a word from the Small Press Spotlight:

San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative,
groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the
advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the
Bay Area gained further notoriety when the underground
comix movement launched from San Francisco's
Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest
names in alternative and small-press comics hail from
the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum's Small Press
Spotlight focuses on the works of these talented

January 18, 2006



Diary of an author, waiting. Part 2

The duration of a year, between sending in his book, the Fate of the Artist, and seeing it released, is enough time for the author to create in his imagination a completely different version of the work from the one he’s eventually going to have to live with. This author was still making changes and additions and subtractions right up until the moment the editor said it’s too late it’s gone to the printer, and it didn’t arbitrarily stop there. It must always have been so. Picture some second rate crime writer on the phone to his editor: “I’ve had a better idea: the butler didn’t do it!” Picture an editor pulling his hair out.

But there’s little point in telling his readers about that other mythical book, as it will never be seen, and anyway will continue to be replaced ad infinitum in his restless sleep. Life must proceed. There are other jobs to be done. However the author wants to share with you a quotation he found after it was too late use it on his frontispiece and thus give the impression that his title was quoting a noble source:

“Often he who has chosen the fate of the artist because he felt himself to be different, soon realizes that he can maintain neither his art nor his difference unless he admits that he is like the others. The artist forges himself through a continuous to-and-fro between himself and the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from." Albert Camus

And while I have your attention, check out the new issue of Comics Journal this week (no 273). The author gets the cover-featured interview. It was some five hours of blather, much of it about The Fate of the Artist. You can see the cover showing the author with a dagger in his back at http://www.tcj.com/. An editor is helping police with their inquiries.

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