Posts tagged mindless ones
Posts tagged mindless ones
People complained that Eddie Campbell’s review of Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life didn’t discuss the art in enough detail, but in praising the sustained consistency of Lust’s line, Campbell identified the book’s strongest aspect: its cumulative effect.
In Lust’s hands, scenes of cruel realism like this one…
…and bursts of pained expressionism like this…
…feel of a piece as equally true depictions of her experience, separated by a couple of hundred pages of hurt and by a trail of footsteps that lead from one country to another and back again.
The unified nature of Lust’s approach underlines the lacerating consistency of her encounters with men; to notice one is to be barbed by the other.
That this sense of sustained, wearying horror doesn’t quite manage to define the long adventure chronicled in Today Is The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is a testament to the desire for freedom and knowledge that lead her on this journey in the first place, and which is articulated in every line on every page of this long, difficult autobiographical comic.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu – 3″
A murder mystery that takes place in three seconds and 900,000 kilometres, 3″ exists in that strange borderland where something that would seem like a novelty item if it was less professionally produced attains a certain experimental aura by virtue of its execution.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu manipulates the reader’s experience of this interzone with astonishing ease, putting them in the position of a particle of light as it zips through a crime scene in a series of relentless zooms. This is the sort of comic that teaches you how to read it as you go; if 3″ is to be read at all it must be read in a state of heightened attention.
Then again, the same could be said of Where’s Wally?
I wrote about comics by Harvey Pekar, Joseph Remnant, Moogs Kewell, Marc-Antoine Mathieu and Ulli Lust for the Mindless Ones tonight.
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland and Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life are two of the best comics I’ve read in the last year, and I can only hope that I’ve done them justice here.
I’m working on a couple of comics reviews for the Mindless Ones site, so I decided to republish an oldie in the hopes of bugging myself into finding new ways of writing about art and stuff.
This one’s all about pre-Before Watchmen Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of Parker: The Hunter, and how it made me think of some crumpled bedsheets from Batman - Year One.
I think it’s pretty decent, - not one of my worst, at any rate.
In which I respond to some choice trolling from Brother Bobsy and try to work out which American TV dramas are actually worth defending.
Your choices would probably be different than mine.
I’d like to hear them, either here or over in the comments…
This started out as a Tumblr post but then it kept going so I decided to put it on the Mindless site because fuck it, we’ve been talking about putting more notcomics writing up there for a while now.
It’s all about local heroes Mogwai and the mess of quiet contradictions they contain and how none of them matter cause they play really fucking loud in concert.
I’m hoping to get some more time for bloggy writing in the next few weeks, but some Annoying Real Life Shit is eating up all my spare time right now so we’ll see.
KIRBY IS HERE 1: in which our man Gary Lactus talks about Stan Lee and Jack Kirby while demonstrating the durable nature of his helmet.
A new Mindless Ones post, in which my other girlfriend Mister Attack writes about Simon Furman’s latest Transformers regeneration/recurrence, which might just provide a way out of this mess…