Jeffrey Brown and The Holy Consumption: From Chicago to Paris
With only a matter of hours until much of the ComicMix team heads out to Chicago for this year’s show, it’s only right to post a story or two with ties to the ol’ Windy City.
From June 21 to July 26, several members of the Chicago-area comic creators collective known as "The Holy Consumption" will have their art featured at Galerie Anne Barrault in Paris, France. Among the creators whose work is currently on display are Paul Hornschemeier (Mother, Come Home), Anders Nilsen (Dogs and Water) and Jeffrey Brown, the author of one of my favorite minicomic collections, I Am Going To Be Small.
The exhibit, titled "Midwest," promises to explore "the American Midwest, a huge, flat, agricultural area around Chicago, stretching over several states, swept by the winds, dotted with the Great Lakes."
IVY Paris News recently spoke with Brown about the exhibit and the notion of being an "artist" instead of a cartoonist:
Traditionally in comics, the final published book has been the ‘art’ – the drawings are just in service of the published version. In art school, I had the idea of the original drawings being the final work, imagining the book as it’s own final result. I think there’s an intimacy to the real, tangible marks on paper as opposed to the printed versions, where you still can get the story but you lose a little bit of that life that comes with the actual drawings. As for approach, I pretty much approach all of my art making the same way. It’s all just having an idea and finding the way to express it.
The image posted here is Anders Nilsen’s "Batman and Wolverine" (chosen for obvious reasons, with a larger version posted after the jump). More examples of the art on display (sans superheroes) are posted on the gallery website.