A Mysterious Process is the latest from the mysterious Canadian comics creator, GG. In page after page of tightly composed and rigorously rendered art, vertically formatted to resemble the scroll, this beautifully printed 36 page risograph guides the reader through a contemporary, Canadian dark night of the soul, comics style, in which the pain of identity confusion is carefully shaped through composition and clarified in line. You may read this comic on the Comics Workbook Tumblr, for which it was originally created, but, of course, it's not the same as holding and reading the comic itself...
We also have the essay Alone in a Crowd: A Close Look at Julie Doucet’s “The Double” by Daryl Seitchik, an interview with GG by Jamie McMorrow, a digital coloring guide by Pete Toms, and a discussion of the magazine’s past, present, and future by editors Andrew White and Zach Mason.
The theme of this issue of š! #25 is 'Gaijin Mangaka', and it's proven to be a very fruitful theme, as this is one of the best issues yet! Co-edited by Berliac, who also contributed the cover illustration, it opens up with an introductory essay by the celebrated British comics scholar, Paul Gravett and features new work by these fine comickers hailing from Europe as well as both North and South America: Andrés Magán (Spain), Aseyn (France), Ben Marcus (USA), Berliac (Argentina), Daylen Seu (USA), Dilraj Mann (UK), GG (Canada), Gloria Rivera (USA), Hetamoé (Portugal), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Luis Yang (Spain), Mickey Zacchilli (USA), Nou (USA), Vincenzo Filosa (Italy), xuh (Poland).
The work here ranges far and wide in tone and technique: from the action-packed surrealism of Vincezno Filosa's "Don't Touch This Gamela" that opens the book to GG's taught and controlled "Lapse" to Mickey Zacchilli's loose and ratty-lined untitled work to Nou's lush and sensous "Ring Mark" and the many excellent pieces inbetween the only unifying characteristic is a dedication to the limitless potential of manga. Recommended!
Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper.
Mysterious Canadian comics creator, GG gets the Koyama treatment in this nicely produced, French-flapped graphic novel that confronts the mystery of identity in a work of great skill and even greater restraint; less really is more and composition has the last word.
One potentially productive way to read this is as a first person accounting of the protagonist of the classic Zombies single, "She's Not There". (consider listening to Neko Case and NIck Cave's version while reading I'm Not Here.)
6 x 8”, 104 pages, b&w, trade paper