Preorder VOLKSMODE 2014!

Cover_Mockup

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.

VOLKSMODE preview: Conchita Wurst

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.

CONCHITA

Comics Workbook interview

Violet, the super-sleuthin’ pet detective from our Bitch Media series Don’t Be a Dick, graces the cover of the current Comics Workbook Magazine. (Check the crews’ Tumblr here.) She’s only one of many amazing inventions from the mind of Melissa Mendes, who’s interviewed alongside Anne Elizabeth Moore by Zach Mason.

Here’s a clip, on HATERZ:

AEM: As far as pushback, we’ve had, and have, a ton of haters. … What I think people don’t realize, or they would stop expressing any venom toward us at all, is that all that stuff is fuel. The dude who left the comment about stats being the last refuge of people who have nothing to say? Used that in a strip. GT66, who used to troll us with long and nonsensical arguments about … well, it was sort of unclear. Women, or something? That guy was *the best.* I miss him a little bit, because when you hit that wall of hate, the stakes get really clear. You absolutely for sure know that you are on the right path, and then, best part: the angriest people start telling you where not to tread next. Then you go there.

All that stuff has died down some now, and we’re getting to some kind of critical mass, at least about gender and comics (or maybe more accurately, women and comics). There’s clearly a ton more to do: I haven’t seen anything yet that makes me believe the current conversation, which we obviously helped start, will result in permanent change. In the early days—just a few years ago!—it was sort of amazing. All the other folks in the crew had, like, no qualms about any of it. Nicole Boyett, Rachel Swanson—they would stay up all night reading hateful comments about us to each other and laughing. We even did a puppet show of them. Esther Pearl Watson designed most of the puppets from stuff she found on the ground in a field.

MM: I personally I haven’t had any haters (that I know of) on this front—just people being generally confused about when other characters are boys or girls, and one kid being genuinely mind blown by the fact that one of my characters, usually depicted in black and white, had “brown skin”.  Usually it’s kids that are the most honest.  They’re like “Is that a girl or a boy?” And just the fact that they are genuinely, and not hatefully, asking that question about a book they enjoyed makes me feel good.

Ladydrawers: Our Fashion Year (the talkumentary)

Anne Elizabeth Moore’s talk on comics, gender, culture, and labor on August 7 at Gallery 400 will air in a documentary on CAN-TV in Chicago at the following dates and times:

Sunday, August 31st, 10:30 AM, Channel 21
Tuesday, September 2nd, 8:00 AM, Channel 19
Wednesday, September 3rd, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

But you can also watch it from the comfort of your own laptop! Right here on this very website! Enjoy!