Thanks SO MUCH to everyone for all your links and tweets and support. This book would not exist without you.
You can see a ton of images of the book free for blogging/spreading around in my Press and Blogger’s Kit on Flickr.
Here’s a sampling of the wonderful press we’ve been getting:
“The poems resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.”
—The New Yorker
—New York Magazine
“Kleon manages to turn the paper of record into visually stark nuggets of poetry and wit.”
“[A] sense of play infuses the poems—short pieces that touch on first sex and outer space, in a voice that slips from funny to elegiac…”
—The Austin Chronicle
If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, please consider doing so!
We’re having a release party here in Austin tonight at BookPeople. 7PM. There will be newspapers, Sharpies, and chocolate chip cookies.
My friend Marsha Riti has a photo in the feature as well.
Pardon the crummy iPhone shots…
When my father-in-law was down from Cleveland last week, he brought me an envelope sent to our old address, postmarked Europe. I couldn’t imagine what European would be sending me anything, so it was a real treat and a surprise to find two copies of La Cagouille No. 6—a little zine that a couple of French folks put out. I had totally forgotten that way back Gabriel Papapietro had asked me if they could print an old comic of mine called “Rendezvous.” The package contained a note from Gabriel…so nice to get handwritten letters!
Other than my comic, everything else is in French, so I’m piecing my way through. Here’s a spread from Gabriel’s comic, “Royan Sur Brie,” which you can read online if you add him as a friend on Myspace.
Very cool. Thanks for the mail, Gabriel!
I’m ridiculously pleased that Gerry and the folks at Backwards City Review will be publishing my 5-page comic, “After The War,” in their fourth issue, which will be hitting the shelves soon. Not only is this my first paper-published comic, it’s also the first longer-format comic I ever worked on (drawn specifically with BCR in mind), and a rougher version of the technique I’m using to do Calamity. If you can tell, I was looking at a lot of Lynd Ward woodcuts, Frank Miller’s Sin City, and the illustrations for Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend:
Next to MOME, BCR is my favorite journal, one I go out and buy after each issue, so this is a real treat. Gerry and I have similar tastes (check out the blog!) and he’s even managed to get graphic work from Lynda Barry, Kenneth Koch, and Kurt Vonnegut.
I really suggest you check it out. Library Journal named it one of the best magazines of 2004, and called it “a flawless mix of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics—yes, comics” that “easily surpasses most of the more established literary titles at the local Barnes & Noble.”
For those of you who live in Cleveland, Suzanne carries it at Mac’s Backs in Coventry.