Somewhere in New York City

Mentre i fumetti si accumulano in ogni angolo della mia stanza di Brooklyn, vado in giro qua e là per Gotham City a caccia di fumetterie. A soli cinque blocks di distanza da casa mia, su Metropolitan Avenue, ne ho scovata una, sotto l’insegna di una vecchia bakery. Si chiama Desert Island e pare sia una tappa obbligata per tutti gli appassionati di comics di New York City.

Ne parlo nel mio primo articolo per Nuok.

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Comics in Brooklyn

Back from the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.

Lot of people, lot of comics, lot of nice cartoonists I’ve talked to. Lot of new ideas.

This is what I bought and what I am looking forward to read.

Sarah Glidden is a cartoonist and a graphic novelist from New York City. Her first full-lenght book is “How to understand Israel in 60 days or less” (Vertigo), a brilliant piece of comics journalism. Inspired by Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Joe Sacco‘s works about Palestine and Spiegelman’s Maus, Sarah Glidden puts together an artist’s brush and a reporter’s pen, in a smart autobiographical reportage of a 26-years-old journalist just landed to Israel.

Kate Beaton is a cartoonist from Montréal. Her book “Hark! A Vagrant” looks at history from a very modern perspective and gathers a lot of jokes and sketches about characters from literature and modern history. It is intended to be an “amazing educational tool”, as she puts together comics and reality. After her History degree, she put off writing essays and started drawing comics because, as she said, “there are always better things to be doing than writing an essay that’s due by the end of the week”.

Adrian Tomine is the only cartoonist I’ve never heard anything about. So it will be a real discovery for me. So far, I know he’s been talked about as one of the most masterful cartoonist of his generation and he has been praised by The Believer, my American literary bible. He’s from Sacramento, in California and he began drawing at the age of sixteen. Described as the Raymond Carver of comics, his most known work is the comics series Optic Nerve, a collection of short graphic stories grown from self published and photocopied sheets to collected hardback edition.

Reviews coming soon.