It makes sense to me that Johnny Appleseed, a man, would travel God's earth spreading his profligate seed. And then women are doomed to their lives trying to make that seed into something useful....more
It has been with this embarrassing and self-inflicted confidence that I have written this book about myself, hoping to expose myself as the piece of shit I am, but also show how sweet and beautiful shit can be.
I’ve always been fascinated by art that is willing to engage with the dirty underbelly of the body, femininity, sexuality, America, and coming of age, and none of these realms escape Martin’s careful eye. In Caca Dolce, she lets the reader in on a singular life, from childhood to the present: toilet paper and truth or dare, a personal pact against spoons, dangerous teenage liaisons, obsessive art, sexual confusion, class struggles, and pizza barf. Martin, who has published four previous books, brings similar levels of frankness and levity to each of her subjects, with conclusions both artful and unexpected. (more…)
Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your community, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth.
How America’s front pages reported Roy Moore’s loss.
We’re excited to share that our January Book Club selection is Heart Berries by former Rumpus Saturday Editor Terese Mailhot (Counterpoint, February 2018)!
Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of PTSD and Bipolar II; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot’s mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father—an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist—who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. (more…)
Last year, Rumpus Comics Editor Emeritus Paul Madonna released a limited gallery edition of an illustrated novel, Close Enough for the Angels. Happily, this led to a commercial edition, released nationally by Petty Curse Books in September.
In October, Paul sat down with Rob Goodman for an episode of Goodman’s podcast Making Ways. The two discussed Paul’s journey to where he is today, the hard work and hustle of being a successful comic artist, stories from his time as an intern at MAD Magazine, and, of course, Close Enough for the Angels.
Listen to Paul’s conversation with Rob below (or click here), and take a sneak peek at some of the artwork from Close Enough for the Angels. (more…)