This signing is occasioned by the publication of “BLACK EYE 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension,” a new anthology that collects original narrative comics, art and essays by 41 international artists and writers, all focused on the expression of black, dark or absurdist humor. With comics and art by Stéphane Blanquet, Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carré, Max Clotfelter, Al Columbia, Ludovic Debeurme, Olivier Deprez, Nikki DeSautelle, Brecht Evens, Andy Gabrysiak, Robert Goodin, Dav Guedin, Gnot Guedin, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Paul Hornschemeier, Ian Huebert, Kaz, Michael Kupperman, Mats!?, Fanny Michaëlis, James Moore, Tom Neely, Mark Newgarden, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Emelie Östergren, Paul Paetzel, David Paleo, Martin Rowson, Olivier Schrauwen, Stephen Schudlich, Robert Sikoryak, Ryan Standfest, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Wouter Vanhaelemeesch and Jon Vermilyea. Original essays by Jeet Heer (on S. Clay Wilson), Bob Levin (on “The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist”), Ken Parille (on Steve Ditko) and Ryan Standfest (on Al Feldstein and EC). Also includes the text “100 Good Reasons to Kill Myself Right Now,” by Roland Topor, translated into English for the first time by Edward Gauvin. Edited by Ryan Standfest.
This event is an opportunity to bring together five of the contributing artists who are based in Chicago:
IVAN BRUNETTI edited An Anthology of Graphic Fiction: Cartoon and True Stories, Vols. 1 & 2, and is the author of Misery Loves Comedy (2007), and Schizo #4 (2006), Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (2011, Yale University Press).
LILLI CARRÉ is the author of Nine Ways to Disappear (2009, Little Otsu), The Fir Tree (2009, HarperCollins), and The Lagoon (2008, Fantagraphics Books). lillicarre.com
PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER’s books include Forlorn Funnies Volume 1 (2011, Fantagraphics), Life With Mr. Dangerous (2011, Villard), The Three Paradoxes (2006, Fantagraphics Books), Mother, Come Home (2004, Dark Horse), and the collections All and Sundry (2009, Fantagraphics) and Let Us Be Perfectly Clear (2006, Fantagraphics). blog.forlornfunnies.com
PAUL NUDD has exhibited at Western Exhibitions and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Jack the Pelican Presents, NYC, and in Seeing is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion, at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. He edits and publishes the art zine Corpus Corpus. http://www.westernexhibitions.com/nudd/index.html
ONSMITH has contributed to An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & Stories Volumes 1 and 2 (edited by Ivan Brunetti), Corpus Corpus (edited by Paul Nudd), and Hotwire Comics (edited by Glenn Head).onsmithcomics.blogspot.com
Copies of “BLACK EYE 1” will be available for purchase, as well as a limited edition letterpress print by Onsmith + Nudd.
For more information on “BLACK EYE” visit http://rotlandpress.wordpress.com/
Friday, June 24th, 7pm