surprised to find myself in the latest manga by usamaru furuya: amane gymnasium – a story about a doll maker working towards an exhibition at “vagilla gallery” (vanilla gallery!) alongside “trevor black” (who can that be?) and nananano (by kenichi murata) – a double page spread of the trevor brown room with pastiche tb paintings featured (click to enlarge)
previously suehiro maruo included a drawing of my anatomy doll on the cover of the reissue of “ddt” – tb x sm
and a trevor brown book is featured in both the manga and anime of hunterxhunter – seems i’ve not blogged this before? – many times i hear “feitan reads trevor brown!”
a miguel angel martin exhibition in tokyo at vanilla gallery – i went to the private opening reception today but officially it starts tomorrow – lots to see, lots to buy – i bought the 2016 tokyo souvenir mug : ) – i might actually use this for it’s intended purpose – i.e. a receptacle for my earl grey tea rather than my pencils and paint brushes (like my tama mugs)
altho we go way back (both old acquaintances of william bennett/whitehouse), this was my first meeting with miguel angel martin – very nice to meet him, tho i’m terribly untalkative – he kindly gave me the A5 exhibition “catalogue” – i think the above pic my favourite – makes me want to do a trevor brown painting version!
the world of his comix influenced much by whitehouse, torture pornography, david cronenburg and the color pink! – the above are his most “violent” – these are now collected into a hardback book: “total overfuck” – this is available at the exhibition – only an edition of “psychopathia sexualis” was ever published in english (afaik), all his other books are in spanish or italian, sadly!
a few more favourites from the tb library – i bought all i could get from mondo bizzarro gallery back in 2001
a couple of spreads
keychain – also courtesy of mondo bizzarro – my wife had a pin of the same design (tho smaller) – she’s now lost it of course, grrr!
silkscreen post cards from a box set (which one of my cats peed on!) – despite the nature of the content, his work always very cute – japanese should love? – exhibition ends 3 december, hurry!
…finally, in english and in my hands – it took four years for this to materialize – which does kinda give some doubt as to the competency of the translation (in the translator’s own words: “It was a very challenging translation project. I got in over my head.”) – but, happily, it’s bigger and better than the japanese version : ) – printing is stronger (lines less skinny) and a couple of panels de-censored (tho this is one of the least perverse suehiro maruo books ever despite the blurb re hedonistic decadence?)
mr swirl : the hunt for christopher paul neil – michael martin
found in the amazon kindle cesspit – brief and illiterately writted by someone who knew him (or cribbed it from the documentary on youtube)
lost cat – jason
one of his best – a shame not in full color – and the art feels looser?
ice – anna kavan
arty but readable and worth reading – more linear and plotty than expected – kafka-ish (rather than wholly kafkaesque)
ban this filth! : letters from the mary whitehouse archive – ben thompson
gotta admire mary whitehouse – a true unfatiguable hate-fuelled single-minded anti-establishment revolutionary punk upstart
in case we die – danny bland
porn store clerk heroin addict and the crazy bitches in his life – a love story of sorts (note heart on cover) – hunter s thompson manic-ness – a good read
the walking dead volume 1- robert kirkman
crap compared to the video-game which is the reason i read it (i.e. the great game, not for being crap) – not really crap but not particularly piquing my interest to continue reading
jam – yahtzee croshaw
“I woke up one morning to find that the entire city had been covered in a three-foot layer of man-eating jam” – currently reading – fast-paced apocalypse fun with a flair for hilarious metaphors/similes (as followers of the writer’s game reviews will know)
goddamn this war! – jacques tardi and jean-pierre verney
just got today – it’s tardi so already know it’s excellent – fantagraphics now seem to be postponing all other tardi releases into eternity : (