Also added to the shelves: EVERYONE IS AN ALIEBN WHEN UR AN ALIEBN TOO. It's a very wild ride. Funny, deep, sad. It's cartoon art style reminds me of James Kochalka a bit. Worth a look. Come by, have cuppa, read a funnybook.
It's been a long winter. I apologize for the lack of updates, but I've been a bit overwhelmed.
New to the shelves at Coffee Perk: Hostage by Guy Delisle.
I'm taking a bit of a risk with this one. Last time I put in a bunch of his books, they were all stolen - I suspect due to their underlying political content, as his books are mostly personal memoirs about his travel to oppressive regimes.
Marvelous day. I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Adam West Day, and am watching at the panel with Ruben Procopio.
I stopped for a Batman-themed drink at Coffee Perk, and was pleased to see a patron select Unflattening from the shelves to read. I'm not going to lie: that is the sole reason for my doing Coffee & Comix - for people to discover and enjoy the comics medium.
There's still more festivities to go.
New to the shelves at Coffee Perk: Lost Planet, a story originally published as a mini-series by Eclipse Comics back in the 80s. It's mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and pulp elements into a fun froth. I was reminded of Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, a fun series that somehow made a transition into both an animated series and a videogame. Lost Planet didn't, but it's a good ride. Come down, grab a cuppa and crack open a funnybook.
Just added to the shelves at Coffee Perk: Last Things. A graphic memoir of a wife as her husband dies from an aggressive form of ALS. Pretty brutal. Not my favorite category, but one that has its fans. And, believe it or not, I don't fill the shelves with myself in mind. I imagine a reader or readers with varied tastes.
Added to the reading library at Coffee Perk: The World of Edena by Jean Giraud aka Moebius; and Walt Kelly's Fairy Tales. These are both giants in the world of comics, so I think further description unnecessary. Come down, have a cuppa, read a big ol' funnybook.
My thoughts on assembling a library in a coffee are coming soon, never fear. In the meantime, added to the shelves at Coffee Perk is One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg.
Like her earlier graphic novel The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, it deals with love thwarted and the power of storytelling. It bears a deliberate similarity to The Arabian Nights.
Come down to Coffee Perk, order a cuppa and check it out.
New at Coffee Perk: a new minicomic by Jesus Marquez. I'm really enjoying his cartooning style and eye for layout. It's a fun one. It's going to be cold and snowy this week, so why not drop in, order a hot beverage and warm up while reading a comic from the Coffee & Comix reading library?
Next time, I'll have some thoughts about building a reading library in a coffee shop.
Just added to the shelves: Through the Habitrails. I'm not sure what to think of this one. It's brilliant, but the vibe is remniscent of Eraserhead. Your mileage may vary. Come down, have a cuppa, read a funnybook.
New to the shelves at Coffee Perk: Sarah Glidden's ROLLING BLACKOUTS. A look at what defines journalism and reporting while reporting on the Middle East. A solid work somewhere between memoir and travelogue that asks questions without expecting easy answers. Come in, have a cuppa and give it a look.
Coming next, Jeff Nicholson's THROUGH THE HABITRAILS.
I got sent copies of Jesus Marquez's mini-comic Chasing the Dragon a week or two ago, added a copy to the library.
If you live in Walla Walla and have created a mini-comic, feel free to add a copy to our collection.
Someone put their mini-comic on the shelves at Coffee Perk! It's by someone named Kels Lund, it's called "Botched Job", and it's pretty good! If you're in Coffee Perk give it a look.
And if you do mini-comics, feel free to add yours to the graphic novel/comics library at Coffee Perk! Thanks Kels!
Having seen it a second time with less jaded eyes gave it a feeling of excitement.
The good: There are sections that display narrative sequences. The oversize images are engaging and fun, with added dimensionality. The shelves of actual graphic novels for people to take down and read is a brilliant touch. The choices are all over the map, but there's a solid foundation of titles to choose from. Check it out, people.
I went to see the Sheehan Gallery exhibit on funnybooks first by myself and concentrated a bit much on its flaws to my perception. Blowing up the images far bigger than either the printed or original size, concentrates on image over narrative flow. They also credit an image from Sandman to Neil Gaiman and concentrate on film and television over printed media in the superhero section.
Running now through December 11th at Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College is the exhibition SEEING STORIES: Traversing the Graphic Narrative.
Along with the exhibit are a series of lectures and interviews. The first is tomorrow at 5:30 pm (Friday, September 11th), an interview with graphic journalist Joe Sacco. I'll have a review of the exhibit in the next few days.
The masochist in me is still trying. I'll be honest: every time I've talked about this endeavour in the past, it seems to coincide with a rash of thefts. But it's nice to find a magic library that's just waiting there for you to find. As I return to talking about this, I hope it inspires others. A few books in a coffee shop and suddenly it's a library. I hope you'll join me.