I was very excited to have the opportunity to do a back-page comic for the Winter 2011 issue of Dissent magazine, out now. I did a sort of reaction piece to Susan Faludi's article on the generational schism in feminism, from a recent issue of Harper's. Subscribe to Dissent to see my comic and other articles from this issue online, or see it here.
Tomorrow's the opening of Giant Robot's Post-It Show 6, in Los Angeles. I'm in it with a super huge bunch of other artists, we all sent in arted-up post-its and people go in there and snatch them up. They are $20. I don't have photos of the ones I did because I drew them all in Florida and didn't take pictures.
Man, I love New York!
Make Me a Woman was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review last Sunday. That was very exciting!
If you're not an elite free member of nytimes dot com, here's the excerpt:
The same delight in drawing comes through in Vanessa Davis’s MAKE ME A WOMAN (Drawn & Quarterly, $24.95), which otherwise couldn’t be more different from Cooke’s work: it’s proudly girly, chatty and frequently hilarious. Davis’s subjects are herself, her friends and the small pleasures and occasional irritations of her day-to-day existence. (On having her wisdom teeth removed: “I loved the whole experience. It was weird and fascinating and gross.”) Her artwork is doodly and gestural; she doesn’t bother much with panel borders, and her characters look as if they’ve been molded from careful observation, then squished flat onto the page.
“Make Me a Woman” collects Davis’s comics from the past six years, including a multitude of three-page strips — all tangentially about her relationship with Jewish culture — that initially appeared in the online magazine Tablet. Those more finished pieces have fleshed-out narratives and layered, glowing color, but her loosely sketched one-pagers on everyday life (some with half-erasures and false starts left intact) are even more winning. In one episode, Davis fumes at her mother’s suggestions that she should “develop past diary comics” and that “the goal is to get into fiction at some point.” Of course it’s not: the goal, as with the cartoonists of Joyce Farmer’s generation, is to make a new kind of comic out of experiences that never seemed like the stuff of art before.
Douglas Wolk is the author of “Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean.” He writes frequently about comics for The Times.
So great! And in the hard copy version, there was a LARGE and in-charge image from "Fancy Fourth":
One other thing that's great about this is that when I had just finished this story, I spilled almost an entire bottle of Ph. Martin's pink watercolor paint all across the top of this page.
Another nice thing about New York was the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival! Holy crap, how sweet and good was this event? I loved being in the church gym with so many comics buddies and celebs. And then in the lunch line in the cafeteria with Anders Nilsen. I pretended he was my study buddy. So fun! And then the next day, they hosted a free event where Mark Newgarden screened all of his old comics-related movies. Those were weird and great. La di da! Here are some pics I nabbed from people on the internet.
The formidable crowd (I got this from MTV.com, I think)
Me and Robbie Guertin (I got this from Jungyeon Roh, my new friend!)
Me signin' Julia Rothman's book!
Me n' LYNDA!