PORTUGAL CONQUERS TEXAS (or an André Lemos show comes to Denton)

Portuguese cartoonist (and Gazeta contributor) André Lemos has two solo shows opening this week: “Pterodactyl in a jar” opens Saturday in Nisa, Portugual, while “Tex Not Mex” opens Saturday at La Meme Gallery in Denton TX!  Congratulations André!

(Those not in Nisa or Denton should console themselves by clicking over to Andre’s mini-art-comics label, Opuntia Books.  Just don’t order anything this Saturday — I have a hunch he’s going to be busy!)

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Ron Rege talks about the Cartoon Utopia, part one

Ron Rege has been working on a project called THE CARTOON UTOPIA for a few years now. So a few months ago Gazeta called Rege to ask what a Cartoon Utopia is. (It started with science fiction-style questions about utopia and soon morphed into hanging out at Los Angeles’ Philosophical Research Society with white witches.)

We’ll be printing snippets from that interview over the next couple of weeks. For now, please enjoy the interview’s “main course” — an audio slideshow from the interview, featuring images from Rege’s Cartoon Utopia and (badly edited by me) music from Rege’s one-man-band, Discombobulated Ventriloquist. (You can download Discombobulated Ventriloquist’s album for free here.)

ron rege talks to gazeta comics about the cartoon utopia from gazeta comics on Vimeo.

More from the interview will be printed in the coming weeks, and we’d love to hear what you think of this slideshow!
SLIDESHOW TRANSCRIPT for those who aren’t in a sound-and-pictures state of mind (i.e. the bored at work network)

…I got into comics because I love the fact that it’s both personal and anonymous. Which is why I think I’m drawn to the medium. And maybe it’s because I started out doing zines and doing things through the mail and before the internet, but I’d love it if people didn’t know what sex I was, how old I am. Me personally, as a person, is not important to the work.

And I love it that…with comics it’s a one-on-one communication. It’s not like a bunch of people in a movie theater sitting watching the movie all at the same time. It’s one person quietly and they’re looking at exactly what I drew…The marks I made with my hand are what they’re looking at. So it’s a one-to-one communication.
My comics have always been about, like, philosophical searching for the nature of reality (laughs) or the nature of what life is. It [the Cartoon Utopia] started out being just a series of drawings. I’d been playing in a band and not doing that much comics work. And I thought well, if I just do one image at a time it’ll add up to something. And I kind of had this idea of it being a cartoon utopia, like a science fiction story. Kind of like “what if??” ideas. And then I just started going to some lectures that my friend was giving, and I started to become interested in the whole consciousness ahhhh — I don’t even know what to call it exactly, but the new-agey consciousness movement.
Some of the stuff in the Cartoon Utopia I’m just lifting directly from books and presenting it. And with this story I kind of brought together my take on a few different things that I experienced and I kind of put it together myself.

I’m also trying to take ideas that are flowery and long-winded and really trying to use comics to distill them. I kind of think of each panel as being a bumper sticker.
I think I’m coming to this with a really unique perspective. I’ve talked to a lot of people who say what you said, they completely recoil from it, they’re really disgusted by it and I’m like … I didn’t discover Robert Crumb until I was in my mid-twenties. I’m Catholic, I went to Catholic school. I didn’t know anything about — there were no hippies in my high school. So I don’t really have any of that kind of — revulsion.
And I’ve started to realize…that a lot of the ways that I’m really attracted to a lot of this stuff, the alchemy aspects of it and the kind of ancient teachings of it probably has to do with the fact that I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school…the mass is just filled with all these crazy things … this little piece of cardboard that goes underneath the cloth that has this word in Latin stitched on it and all that –. Say whatever you want about Catholicism, historically and even the present it’s this really tyrannical, terrible thing, but to me it reminds me of home, brings comfort to me.


Gazeta loves John Porcellino

There’s a new Spit-and-a-Half catalog and Gazeta is in it! John P. is the first person to put a picture of Gazeta’s blue cover on the internet. Behold!

We love John Porcellino and also his catalogue. And if YOU like international comics John P. has some doozies in his repertoire, including a set of super-beautiful Latvian anthologies named KUS (one of which includes the only color King-Cat in the universe). I think I’m going to go order some right now.



WHY: GAZETA travels to far-away locales and pesters foreign nationals for art-comics. Sometimes, the comic that’s thrust into our hands makes us say ah! How did I live so long without this! This anthology aims to bring THAT feeling to YOU.

HOW/WHAT: GAZETA is a book crammed with 132 pages of crazy art comics from around the globe and you can choose your own cover color: Ron Rege’s haloes-and-trembling Blake-inspired cover can be gotten in pink with blue linework, or light blue with red linework. Buy one for $15, postage paid Add to Cart


and Dylan Horrocks (whose story “Cornucopia” is beautiful, and one of the first pieces he’s released in North America in years).

You may also be familiar with the Finnish pencil-wielding wizard Amanda Vahamaki, whose amazing Bun Field was published in 2009 by Drawn and Quarterly.

But surprises are waiting in GAZETA too: Get ready to be distressed, soothed and magnetized by the black-and-white prints of Havana’s Belkis Ayon

to be thrilled by the beautiful fat linework of Lisbon’s Andre Lemos

and confused/amazed by the otherworldly grids of Belgrade’s Aleksandar Opacic.

DIG ALSO: the Pasoliniesque real-life Roman renderings of Maurizio Ribichini

the chunky black-and-white fables of Bangkok/Singapore’s Sam Seens,

the fine pencilwork of illustrator and German-comics-collectivist Nora Krug

the wild path-making/path-breaking swelter-vision of Dunja Jankovic

the swooping fat-lines of Parisian-comics-star Edmond Baudoin

and the proto-Zagrebian nightmare cityscapes of Igor Hofbauer.

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gazeta comics, william blake-inspired cover by ron rege

132 pages long, with amazing stories by Ron Rege (Los Angeles), Dylan Horrocks (Maraetai), Amanda Vahamaki (Tampere), Belkis Ayon (Havana), Edmond Baudoin (Paris), Igor Hofbauer (Zagreb), Dunja Jankovic (Portland), Nora Krug (New York), Andre Lemos (Lisbon), Aleksandar Opacic (Belgrade), Maurizio Ribichini (Rome) and Sam Seen (Bangkok).

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