Restricted Frequency #183
Mouthfail 7, Strikethrough in SF, and the best work by either Miller or Gibbons
1. Mouthfail, p. 7
This beautiful tome had to arrive in the mail to remind me that I have work on show at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. STRIKETHROUGH: TYPOGRAPHIC MESSAGES OF PROTEST, curated by Silas Munro and Stephen Coles, is exactly what it says on the tin; a look at visual works of activism across time and space with a particular focus on typographic usage.
3. Review: Give Me Liberty
Rotterdam, 2008 -- I was an artist-in-residence at Stichting B.a.d, where one of the residents and founding members was also a reader of comicbooks. Taking note of my interest in the form, the fellow showed up one day with what he said was his favorite graphic novel of all time. It was credited to Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons on the cover, both names I instantly recognized, but the title was one I'd never heard of before: GIVE ME LIBERTY. Despite much being written about both authors and their oeuvre, this one seems to have slipped through the cracks somehow. At least as far as my reading pertained. I recall reading it on the train to Berlin and really not understanding why this work wasn't at the very top of reading lists everywhere alongside works like WATCHMEN and [the very overrated] DARK KNIGHT RETURNS because right then and there it probably made it somewhere in my top five list.
Just finished pencils on the latest THE SOLAR GRID, got word that I’ll be tabling at Zine Fest Houston come November (first time tabling at a zine fest actually), and Houston’s delightful Basket Books has begun carrying the single issue print editions of THE SOLAR GRID. It feels like months (years?) of hard work is starting to pay off, but there is still much to be done.