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WILSON, PICTURE THIS and CATLAND EMPIRE make See Magazine's best books of 2010

Updated March 4, 2011


For fans of graphic novels, Daniel Clowes crafted an innovative new style with Wilson, integrating overlapping storylines for his sad-sack protagonist through multiple drawing styles and interconnected one-page narratives. Brace yourself for the same blunt, caustic humour and existential ponderings as his past masterworks Ghost World and David Boring.

Lynda Barry served up more of her enigmatic doodle collage mash-ups with Picture This: The Nearsighted Monkey, while Keith Jones’ Catland Empire was great for a few vibrant, surreal chuckles. However, the most surprising use of colour came from Charles Burns’ X’ed Out, the Black Hole author/artist’s first entry in a trilogy moving away his trademark black and white. Playing off Herge’s classic Tintin comics, Burns presented a bizarre-o world character named Nitnit, dancing between dreams and reality in a disorienting swirl.
 
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Keith Jones
Lynda Barry
Daniel Clowes

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Wilson
Catland Empire
Picture This




  Keith Jones comic in Vice Magazine

Updated March 1, 2011


Keith Jones is published in Vice Magazine. Check out the February 2011 issue of Vice for "The Swamps of Derby."
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KEITH JONES creates maps of Toronto for Vice

Updated September 14, 2010


Take a look the maps of Toronto Keith Jones created for Vice Magazine.
 
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  Straight.com loves Catland Empire

Updated June 17, 2010


Book review: Catland Empire by Keith Jones
By John Lucas

Published by Drawn & Quarterly, 184 pp, $32.95, softcover

A pair of reptilian aliens plans to destroy the known universe by driving the Earth into the sun. How can they be stopped? By pre-emptively blowing up the planet, of course. But first all the people of Earth must be evacuated to the Great Plain at the Bottom of the Universe. This won't be an easy task, since humankind is quickly killing itself off, thanks to Victor Burg and his three-million-strong army of microchip-implanted drones. And that's where the cats come in.

That's the plot of Keith Jones's new graphic novel Catland Empire . Well, part of the plot, at any rate. Did I mention that the cats' job, as assigned to them by the creator of the universe and his assistants Mr. Space and Mr. Time, is to feed the humans genetically altered hot dogs that will convince them that playing games is more important (and more fun) than systematically slaughtering one another?

It's all a bit dizzying, a psychedelic mashup of quantum theory, metaphysics, science fiction, and Saturday-morning-cartoon anthropomorphism. Victoria-born Torontonian Jones has a way with humorously convoluted pseudo-scientific language. (Example: "A rival study in subspace environmental capability exists within the realm of universal spacetime.") He has an equally sure hand with drawing, and he has illuminated Catland Empire with garish, acid-trip panels that sit somewhere between Hanna-Barbera and outsider folk art.

I'm tempted to call this book brilliant, but I'm not sure I totally understand it.
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Keith Jones

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Catland Empire




Sonja Ahlers, Keith Jones and Seth Scriver's triple book release party, Desert Island, June 16

Updated June 4, 2010


06/16Desert IslandBrooklyn, NY



Featured artists

Keith Jones
Seth Scriver
Sonja Ahlers

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Stooge Pile
Catland Empire
The Selves




Sonja Ahlers, Keith Jones and Seth Scriver's triple book release party

Updated June 4, 2010


06/16Desert IslandBrooklyn, NY



Featured artists

Keith Jones
Seth Scriver
Sonja Ahlers

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Stooge Pile
Catland Empire
The Selves





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