Our three Guests of Honor this year will be Charles Burns, Simon Roy, and Jesse Reklaw. We are delighted to be hosting three such talented and diverse cartoonists.
Charles Burns is a comics powerhouse of several decades. As one third of the Burns/Groening/Barry triumvirate, he co-ruled the comics universe at the Evergreen State College in the mid 70s. Charles is famous for his work with Sub Pop, in Art Spiegelman’s RAW magazine, and for his magnum opus Black Hole. Burns is also well known for his magazine covers (The Believer, Time, The New Yorker, and others) and his advertising work. There were many issues of DC and Marvel comics in which the best part was the Altoids ad by Burns. His current work is the surreal epic of protagonist “Nitnit” appearing in two volumes so far; X’ed Out and The Hive. Charles Burns is the American comics master of creepy horror.
Jesse Reklaw is best known for his long running Slow Wave strip, and autobiographical work such as his new graphic novel, Couch Tag. For Slow Wave, Reklaw took dreams that had been submitted to him by readers and boiled them down into four panels. It was a brilliant strip of off-kilter humor. Reklaw’s autobio work veers between a confessional black grimness and absolute hilarity, often within the same page. His books are the ultimate example in the I’ve-Gotta-Read-Just-One-More-Page genre.
The “youngin” of this year’s crop, Simon Roy is part of the team making our favorite modern science fiction comic, Prophet. A relaunch of a 90s title that was bad even for the 90s, the new Prophet reads like what would happen if indie creators took over Heavy Metal magazine. Prophet is a grand science fiction adventure in which the landscapes and inhabitants feel genuinely alien. Roy also has a collection of short stories, Jan’s Atomic Heart, recently out and is working on a new series with writer Ed Brisson, The Field. Roy’s artwork is a sublime mix of the grotesque and the beautiful.
All three guests will be participating in the Comics Stage Show at the Capitol Theater, in panels at The Olympia Center in the afternoon, and will be signing at Danger Room Comics in the early evening.