Sellin' you wisdom from a plexiglass prism. I'm Hazel Newlevant, a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist and illustrator.

I've self-published a lot of cool mini-comics, and even a coloring book! You can buy them from my storenvy.

 

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constellation-funk:

benneb:

danemartin:

eviscerateyoungcaptain:

book meme
from batarde via redpulp

Rules: In a text post, list ten+ books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so…

the child bastard danemartin tagged me, so:

The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson
Locas II, Jaime Hernandez
The Unexpurgated Memoirs of Bernard Mergendeiler, Jules Feiffer
The Passport, Saul Steinberg
The Man Who Grew His Beard, Olivier Schrauwen
Paper Rad BJ and Da Dogs, Ben Jones and Paper Rad
Dictionary of the Khazars, Milorad Pavic
The Complete Jack Survives, Jerry Moriarty
Tank Tankuro, Gajo Sakamoto
Powr Mastrs vol. 3, CF
Area CC, Alex Degen
The Freddie Stories, Lynda Barry
Goodnight Punpun, Inio Asano
Hyperspeed 2 Nowhere, Lale Westvind
Well Come, Erik Nebel
Missy, Daryl Seitchik
New Engineering, Yuichi Yokoyama
Cities and Spaces and, Rebekka Dunlap
Strawberries, Mia Schwartz
Tiny Bangs, Olivia Horvath
Mister Cellar’s Attic, Noel Freibert
Space Ducks, Daniel Johnston
Multiple Warheads, Brandon Graham
Unfortunate Horse Magazine #1, Dane Martin
Shower Radio Station, Minipete
Donald Duck, Carl Barks

writing this is a sickening reminder not only of how little I’ve read (2 fuckin prose books that I feel personally invested in and aren’t embarrassing to name), but of how detached I’ve come from the books I loved. it was such a struggle just to come up with this puny little list; I got up and looked at my bookshelf as a refresher of what I’m into, and almost none of the books spoke to me. either everything I like is ultimately disappointing or I disappoint it. regardless I’ve got to become a better reader.

tagging roarlivia, antibodyxxx, dixiewetsworth, adactivity, hassavocado, bonesludge, eriknebel, 1990-present, juryrig, and constellation-funk, sorry friends, thank you, have fun

alright here we go

All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers-Larry McMurtry

Lonesome Dove-Larry McMurtry

Streets of Laredo-Larry McMurtry

Spring Snow-Yukio Mishima

The Decay of the Angel-Yukio Mishima

Confessions of a Mask-Yukio Mishima

Solanin-Inio Asano

Mother, Come Home-Paul Hornschmeier

Maus-Art Speigelman

Tintin: The Black Island-Herge

The Transit of Venus-Shirley Hazzard

Final Crisis-Grant Morrison, J.G. Jones and Dave Mahnke

The City in Which I Love You-Lee Young-Li

Zero-Ignacio de Loyola Brandao

American Psycho-Bret Easton Ellis

The Squirrel Machine-Hans Rickheit 

The Portable Frank-Jim Woodring

From Hell-Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

Apollo’s Song-Osamu Tezuka

The Killer Inside Me-Jim Thompson

Body of Evidence-Patricia Cornwell

Family Happiness-Leo Tolstoy

The Stand-Stephen King

I guess I’ll tag mendelpalace, shlabam, lutine, liars, newlevant, venomousswan, and ehhhh just do it if you want honestly, I’d probably be interested to see it 

An Arrow’s Flight—Mark Merlis

Amphigory—Edward Gorey

Arabel and Mortimer—Joan Aiken, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

GoGo Monster—Taiyo Matsumoto

Epileptic—David B.

Neverwhere—Neil Gaiman

Persepolis—Marjane Satrapi

Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons—Bill Watterson

Dykes to Watch Out For—Alison Bechdel

A Child’s Life—Phoebe Gloeckner

I nominate belleandwhistle, rustbeltjessie, mazotopia, bikesbabesandbooze, whimsicalnobodycomics, darrylayo​, scaryjokes​, and b-m-f-u​ to be the new ministers of books.

birdcagebottombooks:

New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:

Hazel Newlevant’s “If This Be Sin”

Winner of the 2013 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant!

Hazel Newlevant’s ‘If This Be Sin’ is a collection of comics about queer women expressing themselves through music. It tells the stories of Gladys Bentley, the Harlem Renaissance blues singer and drag king, and Wendy and Lisa, the lesbian rockstars of Prince and the Revolution.

“Hazel Newlevant draws like a dream and weaves a mesmerizing story. ‘If This Be Sin’ is a stunning achievement.” 
—Alison Bechdel, author of ‘Fun Home’

“The stories are super sweet and hopeful, but also have a touching gloominess to them. I loved it!” 
—Ross Campbell, author of ‘Wet Moon’

8.25″ x 11″, 44 pages. $10
Full-color cover & interior, perfect bound.
An SPX 2014 debut.

*** This is the expanded book version, the mini comic version is out-of-print *** 

- See more at: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/shop/if-this-be-sin-book/#sthash.YVUF7evu.dpuf

You can also order my new book from my distributor! BBB is the best.

In honor of the recent news that 48% of American gamers are women, here’s a gaming-related panel from my next mini-comic, “A Visit from the Gringa.”
I’ve been working on a big project about female gamers that I’m excited to share soon, stay tuned for more!

In honor of the recent news that 48% of American gamers are women, here’s a gaming-related panel from my next mini-comic, “A Visit from the Gringa.”

I’ve been working on a big project about female gamers that I’m excited to share soon, stay tuned for more!

32 hours left on Jesse Reklaw’s LOVF kickstarter!
LOVF is a 168-page, full-color travel diary of Jesse’s manic episode, where he threw away all of his belongings and moved around the country. An “Illustrated vision quest of a man literally losing his mind,” as he calls it.
LOVF has been funded, but he’s only $500 away from an awesome stretch goal: a six-city LOVF book tour, which he’ll also make a mini-comic about, and post it online for free! If the tour gets funded, I’ll be joining him for many of these appearances, so I really want this to happen.
Preorder your copy of LOVF now!

32 hours left on Jesse Reklaw’s LOVF kickstarter!

LOVF is a 168-page, full-color travel diary of Jesse’s manic episode, where he threw away all of his belongings and moved around the country. An “Illustrated vision quest of a man literally losing his mind,” as he calls it.

LOVF has been funded, but he’s only $500 away from an awesome stretch goal: a six-city LOVF book tour, which he’ll also make a mini-comic about, and post it online for free! If the tour gets funded, I’ll be joining him for many of these appearances, so I really want this to happen.

Preorder your copy of LOVF now!

I got my boooooooks! boxes and boxes of them. pre-orders are getting shipped out today. this is debuting nationally at SPX, internationally at the Helsinki Comics Festival!

Recent illustration gig: doing cartoons for a training video for young men working in hotels in Saudi Arabia. I think they’re just crying out for New Yorker style captions.

There are some seriously weird art opportunities for intra-company stuff, which most people never know about because it’s not consumer facing. (Like industrial musicals!)

Pencils and inks by Jesse, watercolors by me (except the middle one, where I also did the layout and inks).

Re-blog in honor of Couch Tag getting nominated for the  Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. The final chapter is done entirely in this layered, mixed media, psychedelic style—one of my favorite parts. 
newlevant:

Another process gif from Couch Tag. I did the blue pencils, the rest is Jesse Reklaw!

Re-blog in honor of Couch Tag getting nominated for the  Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. The final chapter is done entirely in this layered, mixed media, psychedelic style—one of my favorite parts. 

newlevant:

Another process gif from Couch Tag. I did the blue pencils, the rest is Jesse Reklaw!

So happy that my main man Jesse Reklaw was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artistfor his book Couch Tag! All the nominees are a deserving and talented bunch, and I’m excited for this year’s SPX.

newlevant:

fantagraphics:

“Touching…” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] family’s evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious.” — Houston Chronicle

“Unforgettable after the first page, sad and lonely, cute and innocent.” — NewCity Chicago

“Sad… but kind of funny too. I thought I came off OK in it.” — The Author’s Mother

“I liked your comic, even though you made up all those lies about me.” — The Author’s Father

Couch Tag
by Jesse Reklaw

176-page monochrome/color 6.25” x 9.25” hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-676-8

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/couchtag

This book would make a great passive-aggressive gift for a family member. If you’re estranged from your family, treat yourself!

birdcagebottombooks:

New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:

Hazel Newlevant’s “People of Coloring Book”

Who are these people, and what are they famous for? (If you don’t know, ask your parents or teachers.) Now you can make them any color you want! People of Coloring Book is a sincere joke, spoofing the well-intentioned yet hopelessly misguided children’s books of yore and the collective awkwardness of our “colorblind” society. Its covert aim is to make you think about the role race plays in identity, but the answers are left for you to color in.

8.5 x 11″, 16 pages. $6. 
Stapled. Color cover with b&w interior.

- See more at: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/shop/people-of-coloring-book/#sthash.tNlOixXE.dpuf

More old-school zines that I’ve reprinted!

Character sketches from the next big thing I’m working on: “No Ivy League,” an autobio comic about the crappy summer job I had removing invasive ivy as part of a youth crew. Highlights include getting my privileged white homeschooler bubble burst, crushing on my boss, and sexual harassment.