Some cool things happening in the next week/coming months. Here’s a quick round up!
I’m very excited to announce that I will have some drawings in the group show Character Traits, opening THIS THURSDAY @ Asya Geisberg Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. I will be showing two new drawings and a selection of recent work alongside 8 other incredible artists. This show was curated by the very talented Matthew Craven who worked hard to make this show something really special. So, if you’re in NYC, swing by on Thursday from 6-8pm. I’ll be there! Asya Geisberg Gallery is located at 537b West 23rd Street New York, NY
In comics news, 2d Cloud will be publishing my book Gulag Casual, a collection of 5 stories—it will be available in limited quantities in November at shows and festivals first and then in bookstores starting in April. A small preview of the book can be viewed now on the publishers website.
I’m also pleased to announce that I have been awarded a residency through The Sharpe Walentas Studio Program. I am the recipient of a 2015-2016 space award of a yearlong rent-free studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. 17 visual artists were selected from over 1,000 applicants by a panel of jurors including: Diana Al-Hadid, Phong Bui, Michael Berryhill, Carl Fudge, and Beverly McIver. The residency period will last from September 2015 to August 2016, with an open studios weekend, to be scheduled for spring 2016.
This is an incredible program and an opportunity to create new kinds of work. I’m beyond excited to start working on new art in DUMBO starting in September!
DOMINO is excited to announce that we will be publishing a collection of work by artist Ian Sundahl this November. THE SOCIAL DISCIPLINE READER will collect the best of Sundahl’s self published series Social Discipline, much of which is hard to find or out of print. Social Discipline has long been one of my favorite comics—Sundahl mixes beautiful figure drawing and tightly controlled storytelling over a template of pulp to express a personal attitude. So many cartoonists invoke older cartooning aesthetics but the end result is often cheap tribute or pastiche. Sundahl’s work, on the other hand, would be at home as a geniusely obscure men’s magazine insert or as contemporary naturalistic storytelling/pseudo-autobiography.
Sundahl’s figures are tough and stocky, but drawn with true passion. Touches of classic cartooning can be seen at every step, but for Sundahl it’s only a part of the puzzle. While Social Discipline has the look and design of a comic from the past, the sum of its parts makes it one of the most unique comics of recent years.
DOMINO is pleased to offer this preview of a few pages from THE SOCIAL DISCIPLINE READER. More info and previews will be posted as we get closer to the books release in November.
Austin English Solo Show opens JAN 15th, THURSDAY in TORONTO @ Weird Things Gallery / Details on New BookPosted: January 11, 2015
A new show of drawings by DOMINO founder Austin English opens January 15th (THIS THURSDAY!) at Weird Things Gallery in Toronto! Weird Things is an amazing space run by artist Jonny Petersen, located on 998 Bathurst St. English be present for the opening, which starts at 7:30pm and the show is up for a month. If you’re in Toronto, be sure to swing by! There will be around 40 new drawings on view and for sale. Hope to see you there!
We are also pleased to announce that 2d Cloud Books will be publishing a collection of Austin English comic short stories, due out near the end of 2015, entitled GULAG CASUAL. The book will include The Disgusting Room, Freddy’s Dead, My Friend Perry and more—English is working on completing it now, but in the meantime please enjoy this preview of the books cover!
Hey! Some great new items in the DOMINO shop today, including some beautiful, hard-to-find items from Finland. Limited quantities of all these books, so grab em while you have the chance!
Hey! Some great new items in the DOMINO SHOP today! Order by Wednesday and get GUARANTEED shipping by Christmas Day! And be sure to pick up our deal for the first seven DOMINO publications—7 books for $30, free shipping—while you’re checking out these new books.
And finally back in stock, 3 amazing books by Emelie Östergren, exclusively available in the USA from DOMINO!
DOMINO BOOKS returns after a one and a half year publishing hiatus with an anthology of brand new work, Tusen Hjärtan Stark #2. Roughly translated from Swedish as ‘a thousand strong hearts,’ our flagship anthology is as utopian and ambitious as the phrase suggests. TUSEN continues our attempt to present difficult, uncompromising work in a cheap and accessible edition. All too often, the most experimental or obscure work is presented in price prohibitive editions.
Each contributor is given 6 to 9 pages to work with. Anthologies—in my view—suffer from short unfocused contributions. A 50 page anthology full of one page strips often never rises above being a sampler. Our format allows for the reader to enter any artist’s world and stay there for a solid amount of time. As with issue #1, this anthology features 3 artists with radically different approaches—the reader is allowed to move from one aesthetic to another, with just enough time in each to feel and think.
We begin with a story by artist Hennessy, the longest and most focused statement so far from this author. Hennessy’s work always achieves deep criticism of the subjects at hand, mixed with extreme empathy—a grey area of embrace and dismissal comes through. This story fleshes out that tendency into a crescendo, with Hennessy’s crispest, most stripped down storytelling to date. We are shown two people pulling a third into a horrible action. The story is equal parts horror, commentary and strong narrative.
In the middle we present a selection of sketchbook work from NYC based painter Annie Pearlman. While Pearlmans paintings are rich with Arthur Dove-esque color, her sketchbooks distill her themes (cityscapes, bodies in action, exploring the entire surface of the page/canvas) into stark, bullet like images. The often solitary inhabitants of Pearlman’s city have the look of strong monuments weighted down into the page, even as they twirl around on it. 18 images were selected from years worth of sketchbooks and a punch of art comes through.
We again close out TUSEN with Elizabeth Bethea—Bethea is one of my personal favorite cartoonists working today. Her comics are drawn at a uniform size, always one page (as far as I’ve seen). But each page is an opportunity for widely different writing and drawing—the uniform nature almost as a set template for wild creativity. Bethea’s writing is heartfelt but in the way that we dream of true poetry: we overhear its heart instead of it being explained to us.
Hey, been a while since we added books to the shop, but here we are finally with some amazing new books! Go get em!