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J LHLS Archives: May 2005

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Escalator
by Brandon Graham
Alternative Comics

Review by Tom Good

"I never saw a traditional plaid skirt Catholic school girl until I moved to New York. I remember wondering why the little girls were dressed like strippers." -- Escalator

Escalator is a collection of short comics by Brandon Graham, and it is full of interesting ideas for stories: a demonic FedEx guy, extraterrestrial pornography, an illegal musical instrument that can kill its owner if played carelessly, a sumo hero, and more.

Frustratingly, none of these take the form of a fully realized story that can really do justice to the creative concept. I found myself wishing that any one of these stories had been expanded to book-length. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 10:48 PM PST [Link]

Safe Area Gorazde
The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95
by Joe Sacco
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

Review by Tom Good

"Who reads a graphic novel about the war in Bosnia?" That was the reaction I got recently when I told some people about Safe Area Gorazde. Here is my simple answer to that question: you should read it. If you appreciate the graphic novel as an art form, you would really be missing out if you skipped over this book. It has no superheroes, ninjas, or giant robots -- just very good war journalism, with enough background information that it also serves as a miniature history lesson. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 10:18 PM PST [Link]

An Interview with Raoul De la Sota

Raoul De la Sota was born and raised in Los Angeles by Mexican parents in a bilingual household. He studied at Los Angeles City College and then at UCLA where eventually he earned his Master of Arts degree. He received soon after graduation the first Fulbright Fellowship ever awarded to a Chicano artist for a yearıs study in Peru. That trip was to change his life by experiencing a Latin American country in person for the first time. The traditions, beliefs and sacred mountain landscapes have stayed with him throughout his life. He has exhibited in Oaxaca, Morelia and Valle de Bravo in Mexico along with shows in Lima, Peru, and Spain. Closer to home, he has exhibited his work in the Gallery of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., the Laguna Museum of Art, the Armand Hammer Museum in Westwood and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. The Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles commissioned a sculptural piece, and he was commissioned to do the cover of the book Wild Steps to Heaven by Victor Villaseñor. He currently leads travel groups to Peru, Spain and Mexico seeking a better understanding of Hispanic and Pre-Hispanic sites and their cosmological beliefs. He also teaches art at Los Angeles City College. Mr. Montoya gave this interview via email to Kathy Gallegos of the Avenue 50 Studio where Mr. De la Sota has a show up until May 23, and Ginger Mayerson of J LHLS in May 2005. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:18 PM PST [Link]

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