Book Launch: Here by Richard McGuire, with Peter Mendelsund

Book Launch: Here by Richard McGuire, with Peter Mendelsund

Tuesday Dec 09, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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One of the great comic pioneers of our time, Richard McGuire presents the curious store of a corner of one room, and the events that have transpired there over thousands of years. Peter Mendelsund joins him in conversation.

About Here:

Richard McGuire’s comic Here appeared in Raw Magazine, volume 2, issue 1, in 1989 and was quickly seen as a transformative work that expanded the possibilities of the comic medium. It is a work that has influenced two decades of comics art.

Here is an astonishing elaboration of McGuire’s original concept, enriched by stories from different times that unfold in a single place—a plot of land in New Jersey. The layering of events and experiences succeeds in dramatizing the accidents, intersecting continuities, and encounters of history itself.

“The flat, hard lines produce art that looks like an approximation of Edward Hopper’s clean bright paintings, created on an outdated computer program. McGuire threads miniplots and knowing references through his hopscotch narrative, building up a head of steam that’s almost overwhelmingly poignant. His masterful sense of time and the power of the mundane makes this feel like the graphic novel equivalent of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.” –Publishers Weekly

About the Author and Moderator:

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Richard McGuire
 is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Le Monde, and Libération. He has written and directed for two omnibus feature films: Loulou et Autre Loups (Loulou and Other Wolves, 2003) and Peur(s) du Noir (Fear[s] of the Dark, 2007). He has also designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and he is the founder and bass player of the no-wave band Liquid Liquid. The six-page comic Here, which appeared in 1989 in Raw magazine, volume 2, number 1, was immediately recognized as a transformative work that would expand the possibilities of the comic medium. Its influence continues to be felt twenty-five years after its publication.

Peter Mendelsund
is the Associate Art Director of Alfred A. Knopf Books and a recovering classical pianist. His designs have been described by The Wall Street Journalas being “the most instantly recognizable and iconic book covers in contemporary fiction.” He is the author of Cover and What We See When We Read.


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