Feb 23, 2020
Gulag Casual
Posted by Austin English Bill Kartalopoulos

A new short story collection by Austin English, an innovative cartoonist and growing star in NY s Chelsea gallery scene Austin English s drawing is gelatinous, daubed, stroked, smeared, erased, redrawn, sculpted, twisted, cringes, flattens out as it squashes inward, maybe reminds one of a landscape and populace for Stravinsky folk songs, or a dream program for tragic PoliA new short story collection by Austin English, an innovative cartoonist and growing star in NY s Chelsea gallery scene Austin English s drawing is gelatinous, daubed, stroked, smeared, erased, redrawn, sculpted, twisted, cringes, flattens out as it squashes inward, maybe reminds one of a landscape and populace for Stravinsky folk songs, or a dream program for tragic Polish puppet plays, crowded, self replicating and worth checking out Gary PanterGulag Casual smashes faux grotesque drawing into crude panels, narratives tease literary tropes all the while pushing the lexicon of comics further into the 21st century Esther Pearl Watson Beautiful minimalist portraits The Comics Journal Genius Giant Robot MagazineGulag Casual, by acclaimed illustrator and cartoonist Austin English, presents some of the most mature and sustained work yet from a constantly challenging and essential artist This new suite of short stories collects material from 2010 2015, showcasing the kind of imaginative imagery which firmly establishes English as one of the most innovative cartoonists in practice today.Austin English lives and works in New York as an artist, cartoonist, and publisher His illustration work has appeared in the New York Times and has been exhibited in galleries all over the world, including Montreal, Stockholm, Croatia, and New York.

  • Title: Gulag Casual
  • Author: Austin English Bill Kartalopoulos
  • ISBN: 9781937541194
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gulag Casual A new short story collection by Austin English an innovative cartoonist and growing star in NY s Chelsea gallery scene Austin English s drawing is gelatinous daubed stroked smeared erased redraw

    David Schaafsma

    I believe making creative work is what leads to new visual ideas Austin English When mystery and ambiguity dominate the straightforward When words cannot capture meaning When one is caused to continually wonder what is going on inside this house The Comics Reporter It s my belief that comics can sometimes be viewed as webs of images that carry some kind of emotional punch for standing on the page together Austin English Gulag Casual is a wonderful and strange experimental comics collection from [...]


    jt

    Honestly, I probably wouldn t have read this if I didn t know Austin personally That s not meant to be a knock on the book itself, but of an indication of my personal tastes I ve never been a fan of abstract art or art comics , although I do sometimes find interest in what the artists was attempting to achieve In other words, I can appreciate the passion behind a piece of art even when it doesn t speak to me specifically The writing was strong in all of the stories, and the artwork improved gre [...]


    Drew Lerman

    This one was probably thought provoking what is art, what is good art, what good is art, who decides, as D Hollander put it than enjoyable It s a beautifully designed book, and I particularly love the artwork on the front and back covers, as well as English s I thought endearing essay at the end.


    Kim

    one of those great works that makes you cannot stop talking about it because it leaves so much on youthough comics is words pictures, too often it is words that lead the work English prevents this with his powerful images and thus makes a great comics Despite its artsy appearance in common comics standard, it is a great comics that is than the array of images and that delivers the incredible depth of emotions on living in a city.


    Derek Royal

    We reviewed this recently on The Comics Alternative comicsalternative episode This is an interesting text, one that challenges the way we read and appreciate comics.


    Jeff Lewonczyk

    Peculiar yet human series of stories that makes the scrappy chaos of its drawing style a true asset to conveying the ambiguity of the material Good stuff for anyone interested in exploring the aesthetic outposts that comics are capable of exploring.


    Liz Yerby

    I feel like I couldn t get a lot from this but it was still real wild in a way I appreciate His work is always really wild and both abstract and story based and I appreciate that


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    Aaron Mcilhenny

    So weird so tender so good



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