JUGS & CAPES

A supergroup of graphic novel and comic book-reading New York City ladies.
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For our August Jugs & Capes meeting, we decided to read something light & summery: Printz & Eisner award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. A majority of the group felt that they “almost loved the book” (<—thanks to Oriana for coining the phrase!) but perhaps Yang’s character of Chin-Kee’s was a bit of a drawback. We wondered whether this over-the-top sitcom stereotype was necessary, much like Long Duck Dong of Sixteen Candles or Mr. Yunioshi of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and didn’t find his scenes as interesting as the others (ie. first love & monkey kings). Could Chin-Kee have been played more subtly? Realizing this overstated character was created for a purpose, we still wondered if the Young Adult target audience played a part. Most of us also agreed that the ending was a little abrupt, though we did love the art and humor.

And speaking of overstated, ever since our book club moved from weekday nights to Sunday brunch, we have been enjoying some seriously delicious & well-themed food spreads. Special thanks to Amanda Bullock for picking up those yummy dumplings & den den mein at M. Noodle in Williamburg.

One of my favorite pages (below); Jin’s expression is priceless!

Last but not least, this is how we artists drink: Exquisite Corpse games + free shots! Thanks to Sam (of Lady Jay’s) for contributing with me & Miss Laura Lee. The rest are hanging up in the bar. xo, artsparrow

book images © Gene Luen Yang & First Second; food photography © Oriana Leckert & Amanda Bullock

Here are some of us Jugs & Capers at this year’s MoCCA Fest:

(below) Artist & Illustrator Andrea Sparacio with her published comic in The Gathering anthology.

(below) Writer & Designer Colleen AF Venable (Nominated for an Eisner Award! Best Publication for Kids!) & Marianne Ways.

(below) Artist & Graphic Novelist Laura Lee Gulledge (Nominated for an Eisner Award! Best Lettering) at her MoCCA table.

(below) New J&C member + Photographer extraordinaire Jasmina Tomic (w/ Andrea Sparacio).

For more photos & reporting visit Andrea’s MoCCA Flickr set & blog.artsparrow.com

photography © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); MoCCA poster © 2012 moccafest.org

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Last night I attended a very inspiring New York Chapter of the Graphic Artist Guild:

“GRAPHIC NOVELS, CARTOONS & THE COMIC BOOK”

the talented panel above, left to right:  Mike Dawson, David Matthew Gallaher, Christine Norrie, Nick Abadzis. Check out their links! They’re all super awesome.

Also getting excited for MoCCA! And trying to get back to drawing my own comics (doodled this thumbnail on the subway ride home):

xo, comics.artsparrow.com

  • 24. May 2012: Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware
  • 23. April 2012: Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra
  • 22. March 2012: Aya, Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
  • 21. FEBRUARY 2012: American Splendor, Harvey Pekar
  • 20. JANUARY 2012: Habibi, Craig Thompson
  • 19. DECEMBER 2011: Berlin Book One: City of Stones, Jason Lutes
  • 18. NOVEMBER 2011: La Perdida, Jessica Abel
  • 17. SEPTEMBER 2010: From Hell, Alan Moore
  • 16. AUGUST 2011: A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, Josh Neufeld
  • 15. JULY 2011: Maggie the Mechanic, Jaime Hernandez
  • 14. JUNE 2011: The Complete Essex County, Jeff Lemire
  • 13. MAY 2011: Watchmen, Alan Moore
  • 12. APRIL 2011: Blankets, Craig Thompson
  • 11. MARCH 2011: Preacher Vol 1: Gone to Texas & Preacher Vol 2: Until the End of the World, Garth Ennis
  • 10. FEBRUARY 2011: A Contract with God, Will Eisner
  • 9. JANUARY 2011: Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli
  • 8. DECEMBER 2010: Fables (Bill Willingham et al.) & Bone (second half)
  • 7. NOVEMBER 2010: Bone, Jeff Smith (first half)
  • 6. OCTOBER 2010: Stitches, David Small
  • 5. SEPTEMBER 2010: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller
  • 4. AUGUST 2010: Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
  • 3. JULY 2010: Scott Pilgrim, Brian Lee O’Malley
  • 2. JUNE 2010: Palestine, Joe Sacco
  • 1. MAY 2010: Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud

Congratulations to two of our very own Jugs & Capers! 

Colleen AF Venable, Nominated for Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12):

The Ferret’s a Foot, by Colleen AF Venable & Stephanie Yue (Graphic Universe/Lerner)

Laura Lee Gulledge, Nominated for Best Lettering:

Page by Paige (Amulet Books/Abrams)

Voting has begun on the 2012 nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The voting deadline is midnight PDT, June 4, 2012. Vote online here: http://www.eisnervote.com

Best of luck, ladies!!!

Marguerite Abouet’s graphic novel Aya of Yopougon makes great required reading for all the wrong reasons.

Set in “Yop City,” Cote d’Ivoire, and ostensibly centered on a young woman named Aya, the comic book seems ready to follow Aya’s battle to become a doctor (likely villainous obstacles: money problems, distracting friends, and a father who thinks marriage is more appropriate than medicine).

Aya would be a great hero and role model. She has witty retorts for street harassment. She’s wise and also kind, dispensing good advice to all her neighbors and still finding the time to braid her sister’s hair. She is beautiful. She doesn’t go parking with boys.

See where I’m going? Aya has all the problematic virtuousness of your typical 20th century Disney heroine: intelligence and ambition are justified by the unlikely combination of incredible sex appeal and virginal purity. An ability to conform to male fantasy while checking boxes off a progressive list is just dull tradition in the genre of stories about young women.

Luckily, author Marguerite Abouet dispenses with all that med school and straight-edge stuff in the beginning pages, and soon reveals that the story isn’t much about Aya. The real action lies with Aya’s flawed friends Bintou and Adjoua…continue reading article here

Husband & wife dynamic duo!! Clément Oubrerie (illustrator) & Marguerite Abouet (author) of AYA series. Swoon.

A behind-the-scenes look at Chris Ware’s home and amazing comics/toy/miscellaneous “junk” collection. We have yet to read Ware, but he’s on the list.