Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

INTERVIEW with HANS RICKHEIT at COMICDOM


Here is a fine interview with Hans at COMICDOM, a website predominantly for Greek readers. The interview itself is in English, but the introductory text is in Greek. I've thoughtfully provided a Babelfish translation of the intro below:

[Sa] it was not enough difficult you make your own world, where the History, the laws and perhaps and the natural phenomena that we know differ to a great degree, exist and certain artists that go a step this [parapera] challenge. In the world that they make they do not only bring down the laws of Physics, but also those of logic, giving us somebodies from the more authentically strange histories that perhaps we have read. From other, certain, perhaps these worlds and their histories are not also for each one. And this it could explain also why in our own pedestrian and grey world artists as called this week, Hans Rickheit, it is not as long as popular it would be supposed. Sure this phenomenon is not owed in lack of talent or - much more - imagination, but in factors of that are not hour they are discussed. Because Rickheit allocates big reserve fund also the two, something that is obvious in his, very little unfortunately, works. Most characteristic these they can find itself in the various lines mini comics that it has published occasionally, usually with his in. [Gnostoteri], CHROME FETUS was assembled recently by Fantagraphics in a volume titled FOLLY: THE CONSEQUENCES OF INDISCRETION and constitutes a first class occasion for whoever it wishes it visits the world of Rickheit, there that the control they take pictures capable you haunt with their brutality and histories that seldom remove meaning. Something [sa] small glances in a world different from ours, through a degraded prism, however, that checks himself the author. The small histories, however, constitute one only part of his work. Rickheit has published also two graphic novels, CHLOE and THE SQUIRREL MACHINE - first alone him and second via Fantagraphics. Can see these two work (first, in deed has been also rewarded with Xeric Award) as a pass of duration in his world. At the same time, do his occupations include also other forms of Art (from illustration up to performance art), but also two webcomics in serialized form, the ECTOPIARY and COCHLEA &? EUSTACHIA, that can import in the world of Rickheit and most hesitant (from economic opinion). And, naturally, you can read also the interview that follows and enter in this world with driver himself his author, called this week, Hans Rickheit.

COCHLEA & EUSTACHIA - Page 18


I'm always telling people to be careful with those things, but they never listen.

ECTOPIARY - Page 102


Yes.

CHLOE - Page 22


CHLOE, like my other comics, moves at its own speed, and is often reluctant to get out of bed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ECTOPIARY - Page 101


More downtime with Dale.

CHLOE - Page 20


Much like Ectopiary, the main character of Chloe spends a lot of time running around in the woods. I guess it's a consistent theme for me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

COCHLEA & EUSTACHIA - Page 17


Cochlea & Eustachia continue their object lesson of Things You Should Not Do.

ECTOPIARY - Page 100


100 pages of Ectopiary completed, and it appears that Dale is still running around in the woods.

CHLOE - Page 18


I'm sure you've suspected this sort of thing happens in your neighbors' backyards all the time.

Friday, May 11, 2012

COCHLEA & EUSTACHIA BY gELM

"Look!"
"What?"
"It followed us."

I received this jaw-dropping image today from an individual identified as "gElm." Pictures like this make me feel like my existence has been justified. Any and all fan-art sent to me will be immediately posted on the Chrome Fetus Website here: http://chromefetus.com/fanart.html.  I hope this inspires others to make a contribution!
For more of gElm's efforts, I give you this link:  http://stoicdecay.blogspot.com/

CHLOE - Page 17





You should always take interest in your neighbors.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

CHLOE - Page 15


"Chloe's just not popular." - I felt that the school bullying theme had been played out already, so I tried to sum up the point in a single panel.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hans Rickheit at MoCCA, 2012

 photo from moccany

It was a pleasure to be at the 10th anniversary MoCCA Art Festival. It's interesting to me that my latest book FOLLY should debut here, since my first book, the xeric-funded CHLOE, debuted at the 1st MoCCA Art Fest back in 2002. I remember it as a magical experience. While I was there, my comic strips were being featured in The Seattle Stranger, and it seemed that everybody who approached my table was abuzz about them. I recall the bus ride home, filled with a sense that I had finally floated to the surface above the quagmire of obscurity and found a hungry audience for my perverse scrawls.

photo by Krissy Dorn
 
Spectacularly, book sold out at the event. Evidently, my enervated demeanor did not diminish public response.

photo by Krissy Dorn
 
The above (slightly unfocused) photo is from my interview with Brian Heater in front of a full-house audience of thousands of enthralled enthusiasts. You can rest assured that I dazzled them with my eloquence, charm and wit and did not make a single embarrassing remark about body parts. There was a standing ovation and P. Craig Russell stepped up to the stage, kissed me on the forehead, proclaiming me his godson.*

 photo by Jen Vaughn


That evening, I enjoyed an excellent plate of mussels at Stuzzi's Ristorante on Broadway with Jason, Frederik Stromberg along with the Fantagraphics crew - Jacq, Jen and Kristy, who were extraordinarily gracious and generous hostesses.


photo by Krissy Dorn
 
The above photo, taken by my extremely patient and enduring girlfriend, Krissy, is a fair depiction of my condition on the 2nd day, as we both prepare to flee the urban environs of NYC to our quaint country hovel in quiet western Mass.
 

* (some portions of this post have been embellished with misleading statements.)


COCHLEA & EUSTACHIA - Page 16


One should always place owls in secure places to prevent this sort of thing.

ECTOPIARY - Page 98


I admit that this portion of the story lacks subtlety. I'll agree to put down my sledgehammer if the rest of you will put down yours.

CHLOE - Page 14

Oh, the things we learned in school.