A couple of friends, Damian Duffy and John Jennings, just published a new book, The Hole. Straight from the website of Front 40 Press: “The Hole: Consumer Culture is a science fiction horror story about the buying and selling of race in America, the simultaneous worship and degradation of African Americans in popular culture, and the bloody terror of boundaries being torn down.” It’s $30.
Cover of The Hole
John and Damian also curated a comix show this fall that runs at Krannert Art Museum in Champaign til the end of 2008:
OUT OF SEQUENCE: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics
Historical Consultation by RC Harvey
By focusing on work by women and minority artists, experimental and small press comic creators, webcomics creators, and the contributions of comic book writers, inkers, colorists, and letterers, Out of Sequence seeks to explore alternate histories of American comics and explicate the limitless possibilities for the medium in the 21st century; from early newspaper comic strips to the internet to virtual narratives in simulated three dimensional space.
The galleries are designed so that you feel like you are walking into a room of giant comics, with grid patterns on the walls and some projections.