1. A couple new original drawings by Liam Cobb. I wasn’t familiar with his work until recently… I think Brandon Graham reblogged one of his tumblr posts, so I checked out his blog, and an hour later I regained consciousness.

    I used a flash for these pics so you could see the white out and the corrections. Part of the allure of collecting original drawings for me is this sort of evidence of the creative process, which you never notice if you only ever get to see publication-ready scans.

     
  2. Artwork by Margaux Othats. Not sure what this is from, but I like her work a lot. Check out her new book La Chasse from Editions Magnani.

    (Source: margauxothats)

     
  3. Trois Fils, the new(ish) book by Ludovic Debeurme, published by Cornelius. I was familiar with Debeurme from the book that Top Shelf published a few years ago, but I had never seen his painted/color work. Another Super Heros purchase - they even gave me a free booklet of sketches/studies that was published alongside the book. 

     
  4. Last one for tonight - Ecole de la misere by Yvan Alagbe (published by Fremok), with a drop-dead stunning drawing done at SPX.

     
  5. I’m running out of stuff to say about these books I bought in France that knocked me on my ass. I had never heard of Xavier Mussat before, but this had just come out, and it was prominently displayed in every bookstore I went to. If it wasn’t such an attractive book, I probably wouldn’t have kept looking at it, eventually buying it from Super Heros (so I could get the signed bookplate). The book is an autobiography covering a tumultuous relationship, which is a story that has been done so many times before that I wondered how much more anyone can actually mine from it. A lot, it turns out. This is autobiography as self-psychoanalysis, with dream imagery, flashbacks, and abstraction used to represent the process of self-interrogation that the author submits to over the course of the book. It’s a big book and very dense in places (and my comprehension was tested more than a few times), but despite the work involved to read it, I’m really glad I got it when I had the chance.

     
  6. This book by Dominique Goblet is a goddamn masterpiece. I bought this copy on eBay a couple weeks before SPX, and it was signed to someone else back in 2007, so she covered his name with whiteout and resigned it 2014. She also added a sketch in the back with the caption “After!” But don’t let my shenanigans with the signatures detract from the art inside, which is some of the best autobiographical cartooning I have ever seen.

     
  7. It was great to meet Aisha Franz at SPX and get some books signed. Earthling is her debut book in the US, published by Drawn and Quarterly. I also brought a copy of Brigitte et la perle cachee, a heartfelt spy thriller starring a humanoid dog, and Echos, an anthology published by L’employe du moi.

     
  8. Les Practiciens de l’Infernal - Volume 1 by Pierre La Police, published by Cornelius. This is the deluxe edition, which is limited to 500 copies bound in cloth with a signed color print tipped in. The regular edition is all in color, but this was published alongside it to show the art as it was originally drawn.

    It’s very strange.

     
  9. If I got my wish, everyone would rush out and buy Le Bandit au colt d’or by Simon Roussin right now (hint: it ships worldwide from Amazon.fr). Of all the books I picked up in France, I think this one is my favorite. I’ve posted a couple images from it already, but I wanted to post some more examples, because I keep coming home from work and poring over my copy. It may not have been the most responsible thing to do financially, but I went ahead and bought the original artwork of one of my favorite pages of the book, just so I could see those jagged marker strokes up close. (Gallery link: Arts Factory.)

    I’m currently working on a translation, because I want to send this book to my nephew as a gift. I was thinking about lobbying Roussin and his publisher Julien Magnani about doing an American edition, but there’s no way I could produce anything nearly as good unless I printed every page on my Epson, which would mean that each copy cost well over $100. Editions Magnani is putting out some incredible books right now.

     
  10. New addition to the collection: this watercolor by Neil Farber.