Tuesday, October 18th: Daniel Clowes and Seth in Conversation

Daniel Clowes and Seth in Conversation
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)

Acclaimed graphic novelists Daniel Clowes and Seth in conversation about The Death-Ray and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists in their only New York City event. Presented by Desert Island, Drawn & Quarterly, and Housing Works.

The Death-Ray utilizes the classic staples of the superhero genre — origin, costume, ray-gun. sidekick, fight scene — reconfiguring them in a story that is anything but morally simplistic. With subtle comedy, deft mastery and an obvious affection for the bold Pop Art exuberance of comic book design, Daniel Clowes delivers a contemporary meditation on the the darkness of the human psyche.

In The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, Seth offers a rich and varied study of Canadian cartoonists, both real and fictional. This group of drawings celebrates nearly every kind of cartoon – newspaper strips, nickel-backs, gags, comic books, political satire, accordion books, and graphic novels – but is bound together by his own carefully-crafted style. Seth uses bold black lines and gray ink washes, occasionally with watercolor, to create his dramatically lit scenes. As the title suggests, the series has a distinctly Canadian flavor; mounted police, igloos, dog-sleds, pine trees, bears, and British soldiers all make appearances.