Get Goosed!  Mother Goosed’s collection of sequential art (aka comic book art/stories), poetry, fables, prose poems, flash/sudden fiction, and fractured fairy tales is coming to book form this Fall 2009.   Artists and writers have until August 1, 2009 to submit their work.   Check this site for updates and previews.


October 7-11, 2009    Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison.   Lynda Barry and Harvey Pekar are featured presenters. 

November, 2009     Tentative release date for Mother Goosed.   Visit this site in upcoming weeks and months for more news surrounding the release of Mother Goosed.

December  1, 2009    Presentation by Paul Buhle, author of COMICS IN WISCONSIN, at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Avenue,  7:00 p.m.   Free admission.   You don’t want to miss this event.

 It is my belief that, long before the constituences of the graphic novel have finished arguing among themselves, the strategies that have been devised for long-range pictorial reading will contribute significantly to an emerging new literature of our times in which word, picture, and typography interact meaningfully and which is in tune with the complexity of modern life with its babble of signs and symbols and stimuli.   “What Is A Graphic Novel?”, Eddie Campbell, WLT World Literature Today, March-April 2007, p.13

What we’ve come to call “comics” is  a unique and viable medium for storytelling that is inviting on many levels.  Comics offer a synesthetic experience through words and pictures that no other medium can.  Brendan Burford, “An Introduction”, Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays, p. v, 2009.

Comics is a medium on the cusp.  With a somewhat checkered history behind us, we are beginning to see a critical mass of young, ambitious artists interested in pushing the medium in all kinds of new directions, to truly explore what’s possible in comicsJessica Abel and Matt Madden, “Drawing Words & Writing Pictures,” p. xiii, 2008.

Comics are only one aspect of art for me.  You pick the medium that will best express what you have to say, right?  It just happens that comics are one of the best mediums.   Jack Johnson, Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix, edited by James Danky and Denis Kitchen, p. 5.

Comics are an art of pure composition, carefully constructed like music, but structured into a whole architecture, a page-by-page pattern, brought to life and “performed” by the reader–a colorful piece of sheet music waiting to be read.  Chris Ware“McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern“, Issue Number 13, p. 11-12.

I contend that the graphic novel will continue to displace (if never completely replace) purely textual writing and that it will eventually become the most popular form of reading.  Stephen E. Tabachnick, “WLT World Literature Today”, March-April 2007, p. 11

Culturally, at least, serious-minded comic artists have much in common with traditional poets.  You could describe each the same way: an underappreciated author who spends years working on a thin volume to be published by a barely surviving independent press for a small, cultlike audience.  Until recently, the difference could be measured in the level of respect accorded one over the other, at least in the United States.  Comic artists, regardless of their subject matter, have traditionally hovered in the artistic hierarchy somewhere above pornographers but below children’s book authors.  But that seems to be changing.   Andrew D. Arnold, “Comix Poetics”, WLT World Literature Today, March-April 2007,  p. 15

Comics are a “fractal” art form, somewhere between the literary and the visual, much like collage exists somewhere between two and three dimensions (confusing things further, comics are themselves a “collage” of words and pictures).  Ivan Brunetti, “An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories”, 2008, p. 7.

portrait2_spiegelmanThe hanging judge inside my head has started screaming “Fraud!” whenever I inch toward my drawing table to make comics; it’s the dark side of having found an audience.  Oh, I somehow get the job done, drawing and redrawing my panels til, dissatisfied but forced to acknowledge my own limitations, I trudge on to another page.  This is an incredibly punishing way to work at one’s chosen craft.    Art Spiegelman, Autophobia, “McSweeney’s 27”.

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