Up for grabs this week is a copy of Joseph Larkin’s “Arcade of Cruelty. You know the drill email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and lucky number 11 will get the book.
via William Jones for Graphic Novel Reporter
“Crass-for-the-sake-of-crass comics usually go one way or the other; there isnâ€™t much middle ground. Either the author has a special touch that somehow makes the work funny despite the readerâ€™s better judgment or he doesnâ€™t, leaving a book filled with racist, homophobic, and/or simply offensive material, not only to the subject matter but good taste.
Joseph Patrick Larkin knows this, if the comic on page 237 of his Arcade of Cruelty is an indication. The comic is titled â€œJohnny Ryanâ€™s Response to 9/11,â€ and it takes the aforementioned cartoonist of Angry Youth Comix to task for missing the point, this time without the apologies Larkin often offers with his style-imitation strips. It features a disgusting character pointlessly spewing the dirtiest possible language and really has nothing to do with 9/11, or anything else for that matter.
Thatâ€™s not to say Larkin is an upstanding member of the comics world himself. The strip in question appears in a section devoted to 9/11 comics, and not in the artsy Art Spiegelman sense, but in the making-jokes-about-it-and-peopleâ€™s-opinions-of-it sort of way. The rest of the book is littered with his deranged sexual ponderings (including a slew of jokes about rape), defacement of childhood yearbooks, and plenty of self-loathing. But Larkin seems to have the touch, using a tongue-in-cheek approach to give many of his strips a heavy helping of irony, with many of them truly at the expense of their author.”
Up for grabs this week is PHONEBOOK vol.2 published by threewalls and Green Lantern Press. Third person to email me (email@example.com) gets the copy. Thanks Caroline for hooking us up!
“Back by popular demand, PHONEBOOK is the essential travel guide to artist-run centers, small not-for-profit, fringe galleries and other exhibition and presentation projects.
This new edition adds over 50 news spaces in the United States and over 40 Canadian centers alongside updated entries, periodical listings, a series of essays from across the country and some road-trip tips from the editors.
PHONEBOOK is a valuable resource for artist and audience alike, connecting a web of makers and projects while acting as an archive of work by smaller organizations and groups throughout the visual arts community. Use PHONEBOOK as a research tool, as a travel guide to the visual arts, for networking, for exhibition proposals or to facilitate artistic exchanges.”
Get your copy here.
The kind folks across the pond at The Wizard’s Hat sent me two copies of Issue 03 (The Magic Number) of their illustration zine to give away. â€œThe Wizard’s Hat is an illustration house & zine created by Jeffrey Bowman and Andy.J Miller as the platform for producing collaborative projects under one name. The house focuses itself on self initiated projects involving many of today’s most established illustrators as well as producing its own body of projects based on their love of illustration.â€
Jim Stoten, Olimpia Zagnoli, Gemma Correll, Will Bryant, Nick Deakin, Nousvous, Robert Loeber, MrGauky, James Gulliver Hancock, C86, HeyHeyHey, Zeptonn vs. Welmoet, Kipi Ka Popo, Edward McGowan, Ashkahn Shahparnia, John Ringhofer, Andy J.Miller, Jeffrey Bowman
John Ringhofer,Â Half Handed Cloud, Jim Stoten, Jimtheillustrator, Andy J.Miller, ‘Ponstinople Clones’ feat Nick Philpin
Hit me up if you want a copy. First two people will get one.
Last Sunday was the start of our Trevor Paglen giveaway. Congrats to Emilie S for winning a copy of Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagonâ€™s Secret World.
Emilie’s answer to where Duncan has been hiding was:
“Duncanâ€™s hiding out at Bernie Madoffâ€™s penthouse. (Now that Bernieâ€™s in prison, no one cares about the building and no one would notice himâ€¦)”
So here is how itâ€™s going to go. I have a brand new copy of former BAS guest Trevor Paglenâ€™s book Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagonâ€™s Secret World. Duncan has been M.I.A. since the start of the Southern Graphics Council Convention this past week. The best comment that answers where Duncan is hiding wins. You have until Sunday April 5th.
â€œBlank Spots on the Map is an expose of an empire that continues to grow every yearâ€”and which, officially, it isnâ€™t even there. It is the adventurous, insightful, and often chilling story of a young geographerâ€™s road trip through the underworld of U.S. military and C.I.A. â€˜black opsâ€™ sites. This is a shadow nation of state secrets: clandestine military bases, ultra-secret black sites, classified factories, hidden laboratories, and top-secret agencies making up what defense and intelligence insiders themselves call the â€˜black world.â€™ Run by an amorphous group of government agencies and private companies, this empireâ€™s ever expanding budget dwarfs that of many good sized countries, yet it denies its own existence.â€
In other Paglen related news, earlier in the week Art Fag City posted a video of him speaking at the Google Mountain View HQ to discuss Blank Spots.
Check out the video here.