Our latest book came back from the printer! See here the cover, by Anne Elizabeth Moore, and an interior spread, from the interview with Johann Perzi, by Delia Jean. You can order it from Pressing Concern Books, or come to Vienna to pick one up in person at studio das weisse haus on November 21.
In honor of our second celebrational event in a row — and because some of you can’t make it to town tonight — we’ve made you another VOLKSMODE preview image, this one from the strip that opens our book, a long chat with the tailor Johann Perzi. (Please keep in mind that the colors will change quite a bit in the final.)
And if you are in Chicago, we’ll see you tonight at DANKhaus!
Friends! We are pleased to show off the cover of our first international investigative print book, VOLKSMODE, created in conjunction with das weisse haus in Vienna, Austria. You can also preorder it (for $7 USD!) from Pressing Concern Books.
Here’s the official description: A 24-page, two-color comics journalism collection of oral histories from Vienna’s faded fashion industry, VOLKSMODE is a new addition to Our Fashion Year, the exploration of international women’s labor that ran monthly on Truthout. Unraveling the threads that weave together fast fashion and human trafficking, Our Fashion Year asks why and how the flow of capital particularly disadvantages women, throughout the world. In Austria, we were interested in asking this question of men, in a country neither currently known as a garment producer nor a fashion capital, but which is nonetheless subject to the same global forces as workers in Phnom Penh and models in New York City.
The limited-edition book debuts at Vienna Art Week in mid-November.
You may know that we’ve been working on a book this summer in Chicago and in Vienna, and we’re now working hard to make sure it’s out before the end of the year. (It will launch at Vienna Art Week at the end of November so, um, it better be out before the end of the year!) We’ll post order information for Volksmode soon, but in the mean time, here’s a preview from “Connie, Urban Planner,” by Anne Elizabeth Moore, drawn by Delia Jean.
Sadly, the Uri-Eichen show comes down at the end of the week, but unsadly, that means our most popular strip ever is available in print for shipping. From Melissa Mendes and Anne Elizabeth Moore for the Truthout Ladydrawers series “Our Fashion Year,” this strip on Foreign-Trade Zones somehow caught the imaginations of thousands of readers, many of whom weren’t aware of these denationalized spaces where the “donuts” get made (and some of whom didn’t believe us when the strip came out). You can read it in entirety here, or support what we do by buying the two big 20″ x 40″ gicleé prints here.
Our January strip will be an introduction to the wild world of comics terminology and all its various interpretations. Comic books vs. Graphic Novels, corporate vs. independent vs. creator-owned, direct market vs. bookstores … we discuss how all these terms apply to comics with our requisite amount of sass. This first strip will be drawn by comics superstar Katie Cook, perhaps best known for her webcomic Gronk and her work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
In February we’ll tackle the entire history of comics! This will include creatorship, content, marketing, and demographic information from early comics until now, particularly as it applies to women and girls. It’s drawn by webcomics artist and co-writer of Image’s Alex + Ada, Sarah Vaughn who has an encyclopedic knowledge of romance comics in addition to mad art skillz!
March will bring everyone’s favorite discussion—content issues in comics! We’ll include looks at publishers both large and small, plus tips on what folks who aren’t men might want to read (hint: they like a lot of different kinds of things!). Genderqueer comics and fine artist Rachel N. Swanson will be adding their unique touch to this strip — more of their work can be found here and in other Ladydrawers projects including Hand Job and Unladylike.
April’s big at Ladydrawers HQ: Writer Janelle Asselin and Anne Elizabeth Moore celebrate birthdays, which means everyone must celebrate all month long. Including you! So we’ll present a how-to guide for keeping comics free of women, trans, and non-binary gender fans! In case that’s helpful to you. Comics crappiest marketing gaffes will be thoroughly examined and mocked with the assistance of artist Sarah Benkin whose “bawdy, body-positive comic” Star Power is currently available on Etsy.
Our May strip will focus on the art of buying comics. We’ll include tips for retailers on attracting that elusive non-18-35 year old straight white male, plus explain comics distribution to the lay-person. We’ll also be taking a look at how marketing and distribution work together to help or hurt comics. Ladydrawer fave Melissa Mendes will be adding her awesomeness to this strip—more of her work can be purchased here, but if you haven’t read her most recent addition to “Our Fashion Year” on Truthout you’re actually missing out on an Internet sensation.
Our final strip, in June of 2014, will look at how to sell to women and trans-folk—marketing tips and ways to not be a dick while expanding your consumer base. This super-important strip will offer real actions people in all areas of comics can take to make the industry a more welcoming place for everyone. Tess Fowler will be drawing this one — you can check out her gorgeous work here.