Monday, September 21, 2015

New Eels Critical E-Book

Over the last couple years, I've been lucky enough to have the individual issues of Eel Mansions reviewed, dissected, and masticated by Keith Silva and Daniel Elkin, scribes for web blog, Comics Bulletin. The reviews were hilariously extensive and included many wandering open questions, absurdities, and insightful dialogues. Just recently, they compiled all of these reviews along with some fresh analysis, and an interview i don't remember doing. Was I there? I might have still been on that two week tour. Anyhoo, it's a funny read, and if you dug Eels, a little further reading might be your cup of Chai. With whiskey.

Oh yeah, it has a cover featuring a new drawing by yours truly.

Check it out: One House, Many Rooms

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Doomin Mini

It's finally finished. AND ridiculous. Just gotta clean it up and have the good folks at Uncivilized Books scan it in with their very bitchin' device. Eels 2 is still underway. That's right, a sequel to the most obscure book ever made.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Eel Mansions 2 Progress Report

The last chapter of the first Eels collection was delivered last year in July. Then there was the editing of the collection as a whole, redrawing pages, cutting pages, adding pages, a new cover design and then some thinking. By the by, the collected book is a whole different read, check it out if you haven't already.

While it's true, I did start the second Eels book a while back, I stopped working on it as I didn't have enough material written. Honestly, I just wasn't ready. I needed some time to let the ideas gestate and for the scenes to emerge. There was also some time needed to absorb all of the lessons I learned from the first one and how to avoid those mistakes. I finally feel I've got the stories I want to flesh out and this afternoon I tracked down every scrap of paper I've been writing my notes on and compiled them all for a four page notes index. The next step is to write the script and figure out how many pages it's going to take to tell this story.

What to expect: Eels 2 will take place a few months after the first book. We'll see the return of Janet, Frank, Sheila, Max, Armistead, Bert, The Negative Orphans, The Record Store Guys, Special Agent Brody Howard and The Zapf. There will be more Milk City and Tales of Abstraction House comics.

We'll also see the introduction of some new characters, more meta layering, more comics, a long vanished character, new foes, more booze, more supernatural creatures, more obscure culture references, conspiracy theories, and the usual dusting of non-sequitors.

The images above come from a cache I was rifling through for notes. It's the pre-Eel Mansions anthology I had in mind before things got re-shuffled. The title A Fifth of Suspense is now re-purposed as Janet's new anthology. Yeah, meta.

If you have any Eels questions, feel free to ask.

More soon,

The Eels Keeper

Friday, April 3, 2015

Maybe You Can

So maybe you knew or maybe you didn't, but I'm currently playing in a band called Murder Shoes. This isn't very unusual, I'm involved in music as much as I can be, having played in The Bridge Over River Qua, The Roman Invasion Suite, The Paraguay City Rollers, and Ebersole Versus Carberry....anyways, the new group, Murder Shoes, just released it's first single off our new EP. The song, "Maybe You Can" was recorded by Knol Tate who also did the rest of the EP, which will be out May 1st via Land Ski Records. Check out the preview single here!

AND in somewhat related Eels news, here's a poster for an upcoming Murder Shoes show that utilizes an unused narrative that was supposed to come from ex-wuppeteer, Armistead Fowler!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pabst Blue Ribbon Mother Fu**Kers!

"Eel Mansions also works in another framework and that’s the melodramatic soap opera world that’s heavily reminiscent of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. It actually has the confidence that’s seen in the pilot of Twin Peaks. What I mean by that is, when you first see Twin Peaks, it’s characters and the world feels lived in and we, the viewer, got dropped in one day and it’s up to us to navigate and understand this lived in world and it’s history: Eel Mansions pulls aspect of Twin Peaks perfectly….”

Read more of Larry Vossler’s review over at the 9th Blog .

"Probably the most Lynchian (as in filmmaker David Lynch) comic to be made since Dan Clowes’ 1993 graphic novel Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions has plenty of Eraserhead’s confusing imagery but with Twin Peaks’ wry sense of humor as well….”

Rich Barrett discusses more Eels/Lynch vibes over at Mental Floss.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Eel Mansions Tasting Notes: Volume One


There’s plenty of discussion these days about what 20 year old port wine best accompanies chicken fried steak, but when it comes to books, there’s little to no dialogue on the matter. With that problem in mind, I bring a few tasting notes in regards to my damn damn damn new graphic novel, Eel Mansions. The moods and scenes shift rapidly in Eels, which calls for some sonic diversity.

1. Jerry J. Nixon- Gentleman of Rock n’ Roll : All of Englishman Nixon’s New Mexican recorded rockabilly sides are offered here on one collection. Fiesty, dusty, occasionally off key in a charming way, and engagingly flavorful. Perfect for bumpy reading. Check out the song “Moonlight”.

THE DELMONAS 5 : Before Billy Childish put together the Headcoatees, there were the Delmonas, another of his garage rock girl groups. Plenty of groups aim for stark naked honesty but seldom do they deliver the danger and joyful spark captured here. Check out “Keep Your Big Mouth Shut”.

The Motels "Suddenly Last Summer" : Absurd? Never. Kinda. A great moody pop song that suits the heavy inky Eels vibe like a warm black sock.

UNWOUND- "Totality": This is for when the sanity is nowhere to be found and there’s no telling the bleeding seas from the crispy flesh of the Earth. Harsh chaos made by artists.

JOHNNY CASH & The TENNESSEE TWO- There are five million directions you can take with this stark country crooner, but I’d direct you to the old Sun Records stuff. “Train of Love”, “Next In Line”, and “Guess Things Happen That Way”- The pluck and cluck of the chicken train powers this lean and mean ride.

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED- “Death Disco" : A high watermark from 1979, this richly constructed cyclone of punk rasta dancefloor engineering tears through the crowd leaving a gasping, deconstructed maw of gene spliced gasps. Another agent and siren song for the more abstract moments.

HANK WILLIAMS-“BLUE LOVE" After the carnage comes the calm, and Hank delivers one of his more obscure cuts "Blue Love" for a big ass bear hug that let’s you cry it all out. It’s gonna be ok. You’ve got Hank now. Wonderous Hanky.