Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

Comic books and their spaces for storytelling

What gathers in the gutter   Take a look at this image: a 1960s housewife, casually mopping up a pool of blood by the fridge. A severed arm and a shoe falling out of a sack on the floor. This piece is from a book called Lady Killer, about a picture-perfect domestic housemaker/killer-for-hire. Comic book storytelling exists in all aspects of the book, from front … Continue reading Comic books and their spaces for storytelling

Beastgirl by Elizabeth Acevedo

Multiplicitous Mythologies

Elizabeth Acevedo on origin, body, and belonging In her 42-page poetry chapbook from YesYes Books, Beastgirl & Other Origin myths, Elizabeth Acevedo explores the stories from which she comes. Some pulling directly from common folklore, and some are of herself/her own body. The first poem, “La Ciguapa,” is about a figure from Dominican folklore—a demon with dark eyes, immense black hair, and backward-facing feet. She is … Continue reading Multiplicitous Mythologies

Restless Minds, edited by Juston McKee

Interview with cartoonist Juston McKee, part one

On comics and motivation   Juston McKee is a cartoonist in San Diego. He is the creator of Uppermind Ink, his own imprint where he edits and publishes a comic anthology called Restless Minds. I met up with Juston earlier this month at Sheldon’s Service Station in La Mesa, California to talk comics, process, and motivation. Juston: When I did my short comic for this … Continue reading Interview with cartoonist Juston McKee, part one

San Diego Poetry Slam on Voice and What We Call Ourselves

  October 10th, 2016: second-round qualifiers for the San Diego Poetry Slam team at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center.  Doors opened at 8:00 p.m. At 6:30 there was a line stretching out through North Park, vibrating on the sidewalk.  My fiancée and I went into Fatboy’s Deli down the block to use the ATM.  I hesitated.  Should we get sandwiches and just get in … Continue reading San Diego Poetry Slam on Voice and What We Call Ourselves

Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine

The Short-Dirty Human Existence

Diane Williams says we’re sort of fine Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine is a 131-page collection of 40 stories, the longest of which is five pages. Diane Williams writes like there is only one breath of air to speak with before sinking to the bottom of the pool. Every word matters. When the other editors and I started talking about what Demitasse would be, I … Continue reading The Short-Dirty Human Existence