Derek Van Gieson

If you’re in New York this weekend for MoCCA Fest, you can see my new book before I do.

If you’re in New York this weekend for MoCCA Fest, you can see my new book before I do.

Nate Neal faces death from the ever cranky Eric Clapton cult, The Slowhanders. (from Eel Mansions Number 4.)

Nate Neal faces death from the ever cranky Eric Clapton cult, The Slowhanders. (from Eel Mansions Number 4.)

Freshly inked pencils, sans eraser and text jazz, from Eel Mansions Number 5.

Freshly inked pencils, sans eraser and text jazz, from Eel Mansions Number 5.

Oh yes, and how could I not post more of Janet’s Doomin comic from Eel Mansions No.5?

Oh yes, and how could I not post more of Janet’s Doomin comic from Eel Mansions No.5?

Janet Planet satires the drippy gooey school with Wizard Mountain Lasagna High, part of the ever sprawling Milk City comic featured in Eel Mansions No.5, coming soon from your drinking buddy, Uncivilized Books.

Janet Planet satires the drippy gooey school with Wizard Mountain Lasagna High, part of the ever sprawling Milk City comic featured in Eel Mansions No.5, coming soon from your drinking buddy, Uncivilized Books.

uncivilizr:

The Comics Bulletin published another of their massive & epic Eel Mansions reviews. This time they focus on issue 3:

Eel Mansions is oozing with love — all the kinds of love there are. It’s thick with the act of creation — fecund one might say — for all acts of creation emanate from some kind of love — you know, what Lou Reed meant when he said, ”between thought and expression there lies a lifetime.” And this is a book that celebrates the creative act. From the cartoonist to the musician, from the family man to the Wuppeteer, everybody is or was Making It — ”make some room now, dig what you see” — taking the ephemera of experience and the hope of ideas and baking something new in the oven.

What is art but an expression of love?

And there’s a LOT more here. Now is a good time to check out Eel Mansionsall four current issues are on sale!

Poster designs for a Katie Green play happening in Austin, Texas…

An un-inked sequence from Eel Mansions #5..

uncivilizr:

Look what happens when you step away from the interwebs for a few hours! An enormous, giant, epic review (on The Comics Bulletin site) of Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions #2! It’s so big, it needed two writers! It’s really impossible to describe, so just go and read what Keith and Daniel have to say. Here’s just a tiny excerpt about the anxiety of influence:

Maybe this is the ‘uncertainty principle’ you mentioned, Elkin, the bit about: ‘uncertainty between what has come before and the possibilities of the road untraveled?’ Do these characters suffer from an anxiety of influences? Weaned on the tit of late 20th century pop culture, do they struggle to transcend these cultural touchstones that have made them who they are? And as creative folk, interpreters of our culture, mirror-holder-uppers, is this a problem? Because there’s always going to be a Jaque who asks: ”Do you even like Jazz?” or ”Does the funny animal genre make it easier for you to dispense your unpopular opinons?” and ”How long do you intend to run away?”

There is SO MUCH MORE! The whole thing is a really fun read. Check it out! And then, get your own copy here!

Another crazy ass funny Comics Bulletin review of my soap opera noir…

Afternoon drawings part 2