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Art Spiegelman curates a piece in the latest Artforum!

Folks, the latest issue of Artforum is unreal, and is specially catered to you, comics fans. For this special cartooning issue, Artforum asked none other than the master himself, Art Spiegelman, to curate a selection of his favourite comics. His piece, "Eye of Doom, Hand of Glory" opens with the announcement that "the future of comics is in its past" and goes on to explore his varied influences.

Spiegelman speaks of the "invisible hidden in plain sight" and the "arc of a cartoonist's style". He namedrops Stan Drake, Chester Gould, Shigeru Sugiura, and Frank King, amongst others. People, if you're hoping to become a succesful cartoonist, or if you just love the art form, Spiegelman's advice is some of the soundest you can subscribe to. Do yourself a favour and check it out!

As though that brilliant bit wasn't enough, this issue also features a long-form piece by Stephen Burt on the histories of comics, in which he mentions lots of our favourite people, including Lynda Barry, Chris Ware, and Gilbert Hernandez, and some of our very own titles, like Lynda's The Freddie Stories , Daniel Clowes's The Death-Ray , and Dylan Horrocks's Hicksville .

There's also a wonderful profile of Julie Doucet: "Doucet is central to our understanding of comics as a particularly vibrant platform for telling and showing women's stories". Yeah!

Last but certainly not least, we'd like to mention how freakin' proud we are of our former Librairie store staffer (!!!), Julien Ceccaldi, for snagging the cover of this fantastic issue. We're all starry-eyed and inspired over here. I think I might keep this Artforum on my coffee table forever so I always have a ready opportunity to talk my unsuspecting guests's ears off about comics. Because I totally don't already do that.

Hey, Norway: Oslo Comics Expo is this weekend!

OCX 2014 poster by Peter Bagge

It seems as though we're all over the globe these days! In addition to attending our usual, much-loved North American shows, we were in Sweden last month for Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival, and we're in the UK this weekend for ELCAF. Also this weekend is Oslo Comics Expo , and although D+Q won't be there as such, you'll have the chance to meet Peter Bagge, Brecht Evens, and Brecht Vandenbroucke, Norway!

Brecht Evens, Peter Bagge, Brecht Vandenbroucke

Oslo Comics Expo takes place today, Friday June 13th, and tomorrow, Saturday June 14th, at Schous plass 10, N-0552 . Entrance is free and open to all! My Norwegian isn't very good, but here's what I've sleuthed for you:

Friday June 13th, 6 pm: Mummidalen vernissage - a show featuring six Nordic illustrators that have all been inspired by the work of Tove Jansson

Saturday, June 14th:

4:00 pm: Peter Bagge signing at Tronsmo table

4:30 pm: Brecht Evens and Brecht Vandenbroucke in conversation

5:30 pm: Brecht Evens and Brecht Vandenbroucke signing at No Comprendo Press table

6:30 pm: Peter Bagge panel

7:15 pm: Peter Bagge signing at Tronsmo table

Full programming can be found here. OCX sounds like a blast- have fun, Oslo!

In stores now: BENSON's CUCKOOS by Anouk Ricard

I don't think I've ever met anyone, young or old, who doesn't fall in love at first sight with Anouk Ricard's smart-alecky Anna and Froga series. And while those books are technically for children, we've got good news for adult fans- Anouk Ricard's latest, Benson's Cuckoos, is just for you and in stores now!

Benson's Cuckoos is both a whodunnit and office comedy, set at a cuckoo-clock factory. Despite the interview being less than conventional, duck-billed Richard is happy to have found work, and ignores the office's shortcomings- like its dead fish, or being asked to provide his own computer. But soon,

things spiral out of control, and the weirdness becomes unignorable.

Mr. Benson is never without a wild hat and calls surprise meetings like they're pop quizzes. None of office workers are in the least bit helpful, and if asked about George, the lion Richard is replacing, they'll invent elaborate lies or begin crying. Richard's psychiatrist is useless. No one, no one, gets any work done.

Perplexed and anxious, Richard becomes determined to find out what happened to the missing George, all while trying to woo the company's receptionist and maintain a sense of order in his working life. Obviously, hilarity ensues.

Like in Anna and Froga, Anouk's brightly-coloured classic panels are punctuated with washy, surreal dreamscapes. Benson's Cuckoos is as good-lookin' as it is funny, with lovably dim-witted characters that are completely unforgettable. From Publishers Weekly : "[Benson's Cuckoos] is like a fever dream of workplace anxiety drawn by Richard Scarry for those worn down by the business grind... Those who’ve worked office jobs with self-important, rude, or clueless coworkers (and who hasn’t?) will appreciate the satire."

So what's keeping you? Pick up a copy and join the cuckoos!

Brooklyn: You've got three chances to catch R. Sikoryak's carousel this month!

Hey Brooklyn, don't miss your (three!) opportunities to catch R. Sikoryak's multimedia extravaganza, Carousel , this June! The show is an adaptation of his Masterpiece Comics and is an incredible performance, including projections, music, and a rotating cast of voice actors. Here's the full list of shows and who'll be participating at each:

Saturday, June 14th, 8:15 pm: R. Sikoryak with Ryan Andes, Julie Klausner, Meg Sweeney Lawless, Steven Rattazzi

Tuesday, June 17th, 7:00 pm: R. Sikoryak with Paul Boocock, Hope Cartelli, Meg Sweeney Lawless, Kevin Maher

Saturday, June 21st, 4:45 pm: R. Sikoryak with Ryan Andes, Hope Cartelli, Meg Sweeney Lawless, Steven Rattazzi

All shows take place at The Brick , 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn 11211. You can purchase tickets here, and be sure to use special discount code MPCOMICS for 30% off!


R. Sikoryak covers the Summer Reading issue of the New York Times Book Review and is as funny and sharp as always!

\ And as part of the Summer Reading special, check out this slide show where Douglas Wolk includes Beautiful Darkness in his seasonal graphic novel round-up.


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