Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Julie Doucet, Kirk and Spot & Charming Periods, photocopy, c. 1988

In 1988 I was in communication with Julie Doucet, who even in this early period was obviously a very talented artist. Doucet would later break out with her Dirty Plotte zine with its extraordinary drawings and intimate subject matter. During our postal exchanges Doucet sent me this accordion which is made up of two of her early strips taped together in the middle to create this one long work. These two stories reflect both her irreverent and feminist view of the world combined not only with a startling honesty but also a bravery in tackling a variety of difficult subjects in both her drawings and comics.

8 pages at 4" x 2 3/4" and open 22".

Monday, December 12, 2016

Michael Bartalos, 29 Degrees North, San Francisco: San Francisco Center for the Book, 2012, 2nd trade edition, ed. 200

A curious little 8-page accordion that illustrates a poem that references a degree of latitude shared by all the six eastward journey's described inside - mexico to morocco, india and china, to japan and hawaii. There's a fun and quirky quality to the imagery that gives this small accordion a unique charm. 

8 pages at 2 7/8" x 3 6/8" and opened up 23", includes poem on translucent paper and interwoven into the first couple of pages.