Restricted Frequency #160

Posters: Wave One, Haus Red, Radix Media, Walls of (Un)Fear, Moody Summer Video and more

1. Posters: Wave One

I keep getting asked to make available affordable poster editions of some of my art, something I've been neglecting to do because I'm often too caught up in creating the new!

So I've decided to release a series of posters in waves of three. One wave each month until the end of 2020, with each wave adhering to a theme of sorts.

For the first wave (pictured above), titled “The Resistance”, I'm revisiting a few “classics” of mine and reintroducing them with a slightly new spin on the originals. All posters come in two sizes:

  • 24x36 inches (60x91.4 cm) at $30

  • 12x18 inches (30.5x45.7 cm) at $20

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2. Haus Red, Vol. 4

Awesome literary journal HAUS RED have dedicated their fourth volume to WE ARE ALL THINGS, the illustrated chapbook I created with Elliott Colla and published by Radix Media. Read in depth interviews with everyone involved about how the entire thing came together. For a limited time, the issue is available for free download in PDF format.

get Haus Red


And while you’re at, get your hands on a copy of WE ARE ALL THINGS!

And if you’re feeling particularly generous, you can buy 2 and get 1 free + free domestic shipping with discount code 3THINGS.

Maybe you have a zine-loving friend you’d like to cheer up with a little somethin’ somethin’.

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3. Radix Media’s Kickstarter

Radix Media aren’t a bunch of office executives who make calls to mediocre offshore printers to produce their books. They are actual printmakers themselves, and they print everything with our own hands, bringing beautiful craftsmanship to everything they touch—something readers of WE ARE ALL THINGS can attest to.

And now, they’re launching a kickstarter for a series of graphic narrative works by Molly Crabapple, John Dermot Woods and Matt L., as well as myself.

Those who have read THE SOLAR GRID (chapter 5 in particular) will notice the illustration in the above graphic, so I might as well spill the beans: Radix Media, in collaboration with Mythomatic, will be publishing chapbook editions of THE SOLAR GRID, to be rolled out monthly throughout 2021. This is independent from the hardback edition collecting the entirety of the series for which I already ran a kickstarter back in 2017. I’m all for bringing the material to a wider audience, and its become apparent to me that some people prefer their comix in printed installments (personally, I’m a graphic-novel/book guy myself, but to each their own). In any case, I have no doubt that both formats will be perfectly and lovingly produced with utmost care and the finest sensibilities.

Radix Media’s kickstarter officially launches on Monday, but you can sign up now to get first dibs.

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4. Walls of (Un)Fear

Finally got around to photographing my triptych from 2019, WALLS OF (UN)FEAR, something I’ve been putting off because… well, at 48”x106” each, these things are huuuuge and really damn hard to photograph!

More pics and details about the circumstances of their making are up at ganzeer.com

check it out



5. Moody Summer Video

With summer officially over, Houston’s Moody Center for the Arts has just released a video about their summer programming, for which my installation IT TAKES A VILLAGE was part of. If you’ve already seen the installation and need not be bothered, the video is still worth watching for the terror wreaked by my hair—which makes Neil Gaiman’s look timid in comparison.

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One of my new year’s resolutions was to get in shape (Isn’t everyone’s? Like every year?), but as I’m sure you might imagine, this whole pandemic thing brought my plans to a screeching halt. I was actually going to my fitness center daily by March, but then by late April that wasn’t an option anymore and I’ve been terrible about creating a viable alternative for myself.

Little over three months left in the year though, and I’ll be damned if I don’t hit my targets. And so, this week… we build ourselves a little home-gym.

Better get started.

Ganzeer
September 19, 2020
Houston, TX

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Restricted Frequency #159

Comicbook Cover Design, Octobriana 1976, #FreeMustafa, The Shock of Victory

1. On Cover Design For Comic Books

Cover Design isn't solely an aesthetic endeavor but involves a great many practical considerations as well, which differ as per what the cover design is for. Not solely because of the content it is meant to reflect/package, but more importantly how it is retailed and displayed. Ultimately, a cover design's most important function is to sell the product, so how the product is sold must inform how the product is designed.

When it comes to comicbook covers, I used to think that the approach to design that has dominated the industry for decades was largely due to a failure of the imagination: cornerbox featuring company logo, issue number, date, price, next title.

Notice, I'm focusing here on what is often referred to in the industry as “cover dress”, not the illustration that goes on the cover (which also has its share of redundancies across the comicbook industry).

(also, just realizing there are an awful lot of guns in the above selection, huh?)

continue reading part 1

read part 2


2. Print Your Own THE SOLAR GRIDs

As a hopeless print-head, I had to go ahead and make my own copies of THE SOLAR GRID #5. Not to sell (just yet), but just to make sure everything looks good in print before proceeding with the next chapter (and I did spot a typo *facepalm*). For a limited time only, hi-res downloads of all chapters to date are now available for download. Happy to see other zinesters, makers, and readers make their own bootleg copies while it’s still possible.

download THE SOLAR GRID


3. Review: Octobriana 1976

A comic about a mythical public domain revolutionary created in hiding by underground cartoonist networks in Kiev? Brought back to life by Jim Rugg in glorious fluorescent black-light inks?

This, without even thinking about it for a split second, blows all my whistles. From the subject matter to the character's peculiar history, to the unique printing treatment, to the very cartoonist behind this revival, I was all in, and jumped at the chance to back this comicbook on Kickstarter as soon as it was announced.

Fluorescent inks aside however, the end result is largely underwhelming.

read review


4. Hands Up (Vol. 2)

Thanks to everyone who emailed about my installation HANDS UP (VOL. 2). It has been saved and is now en route to a collector based in Italy.


5. #FreeMustafa

On August 15, I received a message from Mustafa Sameh Hassanien, currently held in Egypt's infamous Tora Prison.

I met Mustafa in passing, on January 25 of this year in New York City. A student of cinema studies at the College of Staten Island, Mustafa struck me as a passionate, bright, and incredibly creative young man. On May 14th, he boarded a flight to Cairo to visit family he hadn't seen in a long time, but upon his arrival at Cairo International Airport, he was taken aside and questioned, likely about an opinion or two he might've expressed online in regards to the Egyptian regime (helmed by Trump's “favorite dictator” Abdel Fattah Al Sisi). He has since been in custody.

keep reading


6. Restricted Radar


After six months of mostly isolation, we’re headed to a nearby beach town for a few days. Of course, the universe conspired against us and has decided to bring rain and storm where we’re going. No matter though. A good book and a small journal ought to do the trick.

Yes, wear a mask and take all necessary precaution when venturing out, but remember there’s a difference between social distancing and complete isolation. If you’re starting to lose your mind, there are ways around it without being totally reckless.

Take care and thanks for reading,

Ganzeer
Houston, TX

Restricted Frequency #158

The Solar Grid #5, Caza, Leaders Among us, Shiibashi Hiroshi...

1. The Solar Grid #5 is live!

THE SOLAR GRID #5 went life on Wednesday, garnering positive (and astonished!) reactions from our incredibly dedicated readership. Mark Allen at Flickering Myth called it as early as Chapter 3 when he said “each installment brings new angles and exciting concepts to the story.”

It would seem that Chapter 5 came out of left field for a lotta people. Not for me, I’ve had it mapped out as far back as four years ago already. An illicit trade on the Moon is interrupted by an event that will shake the entire Solar System, while famed Martian artist Mickie Stardust, struggling to make end’s meet, tries to find a solution with his art dealer. Rewind back to Japan circa 2019, and a certain Dr. Alexanteri Neuhaus attempts to sway the scientific community with a new idea he has for something called The Solar Grid!

Josh MacPhee pitches in with an awesome supplement that provides a speculative look at the history of guerrilla art on Mars.

This, my friends, is comix like no other. And (!) print-friendly high-res downloads are available for a limited time only (so you can go ahead and make your own bootleg copies) .

read THE SOLAR GRID


2. Review: The Age of Darkness by Caza

Caza's line art is clearly the demented lovechild of Moebius and Druillet, an exceptional combination. His color work I would argue surpasses both, bringing forth a quality that is at once painterly as well as designy; with gradients used minimally (and traditionally) in conjunction with flats within a color palette that rarely exceeds a handful of hues. This, together with his incredibly considered compositions make each and every page within this tome worthy of its own poster. Such a statement in my mind would mean the end result probably wouldn't bode well for sequential storytelling (something say, Sergio Toppi—who I love—is often guilty of), but THE AGE OF DARKNESS is evidence that Caza may be the shining exception to the rule.

keep reading


3. Leaders Among Us

I don’t really derive much joy from making art about the “Egyptian revolution”—or any revolution for that matter—(there’s a difference between making work about a thing, and making work that is the thing). Not that I do not believe in the cause, but because it comes with bittersweet feels (more bitter than sweet at this point). The above piece though I was commissioned to do for a publication forthcoming from France, and it’s exactly that sort of thing—publications, lectures, exhibitions—that keep the memory of revolution and its ideals alive, for the next generation to carry forth the torch and do things better than we did. The thing about revolution though is that it isn’t only useful against despots and police states. We need it everyday wherever we are even even if on small, very personal scales. It is the spirit of rebellion that allows us to be everything we can possibly be, to be true to ourselves, to stand up to bullies and abusive bosses and and general injustice, to break barriers, challenge the status quo, and do the right thing!

Anyway. The above original just went up at Garage.Ganzeer.

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4. Shiibashi Hiroshi’s Schedule

Realized I botched the link to this in last week’s newsletter, so here it is. This is what it takes to make manga in Japan, y’all. If you’re not sure what the terminology is in reference to: Storyboard is essentially thumbnail layouts, and the manuscript is finished original art, typically comprised of pencils, inks, zipatone, and lettering. I’m not sure how many pages per week Shiibashi and crew had to knock out, but it’s my understanding that the standard weekly installment of manga can run anywhere from 8 to 28 pages! (Do correct me if I’m mistaken.)

Again, thanks to Briantm at Restricted.Academy for finding the above graphic.


5. Restricted Radar

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay safe, and remember to make the best of wearing a mask by going full cosplay because why the hell not?

Ganzeer
Houston, TX

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Restricted Frequency #157

The Solar Grid #5, It Takes a Village, ArteEast Interview, Hands Up Vol. 2...

1. It Takes a Village

It took me a minute, but I finally have a few photos up on Ganzeer.com (all taken by Nash Baker) for the window installation I did for Houston’s Moody Center for the Arts.

check 'em out


2. The Outspoken Bean’s Response

Curators at the Moody got in touch with Houston poet Outspoken Bean to respond to the installation.

here's what he had to say


3. The Solar Grid #5

The 5th chapter in my excessively ambitious sci-fi graphic novel THE SOLAR GRID is finally (finally!) complete! I consider this installment to be the best piece of graphic narrative I’ve ever mustered and I think I may have tapped into a few new possibilities in visual storytelling with this one! Really can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it. Mark your calendars: it goes live on Wednesday, August 19.

thesolargrid.net


4. Hands Up, Vol. 2

It has been brought to my attention that the warehouse in Berlin where HANDS UP, VOL. 2 is currently housed must be cleared. Created 5 years ago, it had a good run, having been exhibited in Munich, Stockholm, and Dresden, but it would be nice if the piece didn’t have to be tossed in the bin. If any collectors or institutions reading this are up for a speedy acquirement, let me know and I’d be more than happy to facilitate its transfer for a reduced price.

get in touch


5. Interview with ArteEast

ArteEast: You are known for being an influential artist during the Egyptian revolution, however you’ve done so many other things, how do you feel about being categorized in this way?  

Ganzeer: Generally speaking, I’m not too keen on being categorized in any incredibly narrowed down way. Nor do I care much for categorizing anyone else as such. It strikes me as a very post-industrial way of thinking about people; machine-like and almost singular in intent and function. Having said that, there are far worse things to be categorized as, so it doesn’t really bother me much nor do I give it much thought to be honest. I just work on the stuff I feel like working on, regardless of expectations or lack thereof.

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6. Radar

  • DAGGER DAGGER on Kickstarter: If I were ever to dream up a line-up of cartoonists for an anthology comix publication, it would likely include each one of the artists included in DAGGER DAGGER, which has surpassed its finding target and has 12 more days to go.

  • LAAB #2 on Kickstarter: The Rob Wimberly spearheaded broadsheet publication of socially conscious comix, graphics, essays, and interviews. This issue includes Ezra Claytan Daniels, Virginia Zamora, Michael DeForge, Paul Pope, and more!

  • FAMOUS ARTISTS CARTOON COURSE: Before “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” and Will Eisner’s “Comics and Sequential Art” there weren’t much any resources on how to make comics but there was the “Famous Artists Cartoon Course” in the 50’s which contained many instructive tips and techniques from top working cartoonists of the time (including Milton Caniff!). Invaluable resource.

  • A week in the life of mangaka Shiibashi Hiroshi (via Briantm at Restricted.Academy).

  • Mona Eltahawy reviews Mary and Bryan Talbot’s THE RED VIRGIN AND THE VISION OF UTOPIA.


7. Moony’s Thanks

Thanks to the Frequency Heads sending in gifts and tributes in honor of our squishy newborn! In this edition I would like to highlight two items, the octopus friend sent from Matt, and LONE WOLF & CUB from anonymous. He quite likes the face of his new octopus friend, and unlike myself, isn’t creeped out by it at all.

I’ve been reading LONE WOLF & CUB out loud next to him late at night, not that he understands anything, but he is usually mesmerized by the drawings until he drifts off. He obviously can’t see much yet, but he seems to enjoy staring at high contrast black and white stuff, until he can make out a face or two, which when he does makes him smile.

Thanks again! Love and awesome vibes all around,

Ganzeer
Houston, TX

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Restricted Frequency #156

Daddy-G, New Gods, TSG Tee...

1. Call Me Daddy

Cramping started Wednesday night strong enough to have Kelsey believe they were contractions. They were definitely strong enough to keep her from getting any sleep. By morning she was certain it would only be a matter of hours before giving birth.

Not the case. Cramping calmed down by mid morning, and we went about our day as usual. I reminded Kelsey of that time my sister-in-law thought she was going into labor that one time, but then an hour later decided she wasn't, and it wasn't until four days later that she actually gave birth.

This demoralized poor Kelsey a little because we were already a couple days past our due date and it started to feel to her that she would stay pregnant for life.

By 10:00pm Thursday night, she was having contractions. This time, she was sure of it.

keep reading


2. Review: New Gods by Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby's NEW GODS isn't good comix, but it's pretty great Kirby comix. What I mean by that is, objectively speaking and judged with other great comix in mind, NEW GODS is an incredibly underwhelming and laughable read. But if you enter NEW GODS with Jack Kirby in mind, you'll likely get a kick out of it because this is Jack Kirby at his Kirbyest, fully leaning into all the things that became his trademarks: krackles and explosions, fighting superheroics, new characters with new inventive costumes being introduced every other page, along with throwaway sci-fi concepts.

The premise is interesting enough; the old gods have perished and from their destruction arose the New Gods. This bit is only really explored in brief over two pages, afterwards it's all about the drama and brimming war between the New Gods, namely those of New Genesis and those of Apokolips, two sister planets wherein the former is bright, colorful, and joyful and the latter is dark, doomed, and miserable.

keep reading


3. The Solar Grid / Resist Dystopia Tee

New THE SOLAR GRID / RESIST DYSTOPIA tee now up on Garage.Ganzeer. I’ve wanted to do t-shirts for a while now, but I didn’t want them to be too “billboardy”; less advertisements for the graphic novel or my characters and a little more in the realm of concepts the graphic novel explores. Just the first of many, I hope. (Disclaimer: Bedhead not included.)

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4. WAAT @ Met

I have just been informed that WE ARE ALL THINGS has been acquired by The Met! How nice that our unassuming little chapbook is being received so well. Written by Elliot Colla, illustrated and designed by me, with introduction by Molly Crabapple and published by Radix Media, you can still get your hands on a copy signed by me from my garage.ganzeer webshop.

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5. TGIF?

I’m honestly surprised (and impressed) I managed to notice today was Saturday and get this newsletter out the window, because my days are now governed by schedule of newborn who knows not the notion of days and instead abides by the 2-hour feeding metronome. Day, night, or afternoon, it don’t matter, so now our lives feel like one continues existence of feeding, diaper-changing, and napping. I try to sneak in a bit of reading here and there, and by next week I’ll try to loop a little work back in there as well. As long as I can learn to do things efficiently in one-hour spurts (and sometimes with only one hand), I should be totally fine!

Hope you’re well, keeping creative, eating healthy, and avoiding the abyss of doom-scrolling.

Remember, if you’ve enjoyed this edition of Restricted Frequency, please like and/or share.

Chat in a couple weeks,

Ganzeer
Houston, TX

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P.S. This edition was brought to you by the Mounir/Ganzeer alliance.

I know, I know, too many baby pics. Don’t worry, it’s my first week of fatherhood. I’ll lay off it soon enough :-]

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