Friday, April 30, 2010

collaboration by Christian Dotremont & Pierre Alechinsky

abrupte fable, 1976

Pierre Alechinsky & Christian Dotremont were members of CoBrA, a very short-lived group.

this image taken from the superb visual culture blog gramatologia.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

"Nautilus" available again

I just got a new (and final) shipment of copies of "Nautilus" from Copenhagen. About 8"x 12", hardcover, 48 pages, includes my pieces "Expedition to the Interior" (listed as a notable comic in "The Best American Comics 2009"), "24 x 24: A Vague Epic," and "[otherwise untitled]."

More information here. If you would like a copy, contact me (my email is in my profile). $20 a pop.

Brandl: Litho comic

Here's another recent 3-stone lithograph i made which exists as a print (one sheet) and as a leporello-folded comic book. It is titled Self-Reflexive Mark, with and obvious play on my name. It travels between abstraction and representation, beginning left with images of the three tools I used to make the piece (and usually use), traveling through some "homage" abstractions, to the self-portrait on the right, based on the full length, life-sized self-portrait painting in my last painting-installation, here only a "detail," my hand with the brush.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I believe there might be a connection between making abstract comics and being a former 13 year old
coffee-drinking dungeon master...

(well, there is for me at least.)

What Aaron must have seen at a very young and impressionable age...

See here


Friday, April 16, 2010


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

two pages


A comic using found slides. I thought since I mentioned in the previous post's comments I might post a couple of images from it.

Sliver page 9Sliver part 2 page 9
For those interested there is a 40 page book version of this comic which I recently made see here. I really like the indistinct quality of the content in the slides. A comic about memories and nostalgia.
Sliver page 1

Monday, April 12, 2010

History of the Sun, by Piotr Szreniawski

34 page book, of photos plugged into comics frames.

Piotr often rotates the photos "wrong" way up. this make his sequences work very differently to how right way up photos work. for me, it takes longer to process each frame, & it's easier to treat the photos as raw colour & shape. most of the pages give me a sense of dynamic motion.


this book will have some abstract comics in it, in fact the distinction between abstract comics and asemic writing is easy to lose.
click here for a scribd sample of the book. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

A piece I did for Pood, a new anthology from Blurred Books, debuting at MoCCA Artfest this year.
I will be at the festival at the Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York NY all weekend, either at the Nordic tables (A1-A6) or at the Blurred Books tables (D29-D30), the latter from 1pm- 2pm both Saturday and Sunday. You can also find me at a panel on Scandinavian comics on Sunday at 3:15pm. Color me happy!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Abstract Comics Anthology receives an Eisner nomination!!!!!

The nominations for the Eisner awards were announced today, and Abstract Comics received a nomination for best anthology. Here is the entire category:

Best Anthology
• Abstract Comics, edited by Andrei Molotiu (Fantagraphics)
• Bob Dylan Revisited, edited by Bob Weill (Norton)
• Flight 6, edited by Kazu Kibuishi (Villard)
• Popgun vol. 3, edited by Mark Andrew Smith, D. J. Kirkbride, and Joe Keatinge (Image)
• Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays, edited by Brendan Burford (Villard)
• What Is Torch Tiger? edited by Paul Briggs (Torch Tiger)

More information at The Beat.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Erased (sequential?) de Kooning

Casey commented on Blaise's post that it reminded him of Rauschenberg's 1953 "Erased de Kooning Drawing." So here's a game: imagine that, before being erased, the de Kooning was actually sequential, like the other de Kooning I posted here a few days ago.

Well, can you see it? Can you see it?

Drawing from 1986

I made this in college, around November/December 1986. I was nineteen. I just found it in an old folder of scans from slides of my college work. Looking back at it, it looks rather sequential, doesn't it?

Ink, gesso and charcoal on paper, about 15" tall (as far as I can recall).

Monday, April 5, 2010


Is there anything more suggestive of potential than a box of crayons?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Beautiful, beautiful art by Guy-Pascal Vallez

I am floored by the color and composition in this work. I hope its okay I linked through. Check out more on Reminds me of Mike Mignola's work.

Spoor, a comic

This is an image of a three stone lithograph I made recently as a leporello/book/comic (it folds accordion-like on the gutters). It was inspired by my dog jumping into the "Brunnen" here in the summer to cool off, the water troughs farmers have with continuously running water. Then he jumps out and leaves a Pollock-like trail on the ground. 3 quarters abstract, then not.

Jamie Alder (Bill Shut), "The Continuing Adventures of Flash Sage"

Here is one of the pieces that Jamie sent me a while ago. It was originally published in his minicomic "Tales Too Tough for TV" in 1979 (in issue no. 2, I think). When he sent it, Jamie wrote: "Flash Sage is a mutated anagram of splash page and is basically 9 splash pages and the story is an ongoing metamorphosis and whiten that the images go back and forth between concrete images and abstract. This one was inked by my brother Kelly Alder."