Through Door

Back again... Frank has some things he'd like to get off his chest.

Matisse lived in the south of France during the second world war and painted nudes and still life subjects. Maybe it’s best to just ignore the world outside. It’s pretty mellow around here where I live. Well, it depends on where you go, but you aren’t gonna get fucked with too bad. Michael DeForge wanted to go jogging around here when he was in town on tour. I drove him to the park instead of letting him just figure it out. There are these roving packs of scary white "yinzer” teenager boys who hangout across the street in the shopping center. They remind me of the roving packs of wild dogs that patrolled Williamsburg, Brooklyn, back in the early '90s. Often I’d have to run for it on the way to the subway. Once, one of the dogs followed me into the subway and up on the platform and then got on the train when the doors opened and went to Manhattan. I wonder if he ever made it home to Brooklyn. It was like a Disney movie, I thought. The dog gets a whole new life and new friends but he misses his old neighborhood and wanders the waterfront staring at Brooklyn across the river and sniffing the air. Sorry. What was I saying about Matisse? Maybe just be like him and ignore the dogs of war?

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum's Caitlin McGurk get the local profile treatment.

I gotta admire the sheer stubbornness of whoever is giving the green light to these Dover books, none of which have even the slightest chance of making a dent in the marketplace. I do love Sam Glanzman's work, though, and now his finest war comics are being reissued.

Steve Brower on the new Richard Thompson book.

I always enjoy Metamorpho.

Graphic Design dept.: NY Times Book Review art director Nicholas Blechman (who published and edited the oft-overlooked comics anthology  Nozone) chooses his favorite book cover designs of 2014.

Richard McGuire is launching Here tonight in Brooklyn at Desert Island, along with a cute looking print.

One Response to Through Door

  1. I’ll leave my comment here for Frank Santoro’s column:

    Dear Frank–
    I highly encourage you, and all artists, not to hole up in Southern France, but to step out of the studio, off the internet. We do live in crazy, fucked-up times. Artists (not just cartoonists) have a real tendency toward isolation– as do many others in contemporary internet-America.

    Social movements and times like these give us the opportunity to find the local groups that are protesting or holding meetings or discussing problems face-to-face and in community, and that helps a lot to feel less crazy. You don’t have to become a political cartoonist, but as an artist, you can certainly lend your services painting signs or doing layout on flyers, or you can just come be another body at the protest. You’ll meet people and feel better.

    Here in NYC we are having an art build to support the #ThisStopsToday movement:
    All are welcome to come help.

    No matter where you live I’m sure there are people nearby who are doing things who would love to meet you.

    “The only recognizable feature of hope is action.” ― Grace Paley.

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