Drawing for Athens Zinefest 2018. On May 19.
Rob Kirby wrote a review of Mini Kuš! #55 – 58 on the Comics Journal, among them my comic Eviction.
‘Eviction also features unreliable, incomplete narration, using a secondhand story structure [a memory-piece within a memory-piece]. It begins with a nameless blond man, walking one night past a series of abandoned properties. He remembers another time walking by with a friend, a dark-haired fellow. The friend described meeting a group of squatters there, scab immigrant workers who scrounged up a living, despite having no water or electricity and a scarcity of food. At one point, the dark-haired man’s story shifts narrative voice to one of the squatters, adding to the story’s general sense of dislocation and uncertainty. He tells how the squatters eventually have to physically defend their turf against authorities. Back to the present: the blond man gazes at the property, now devoid of life, permeated with loss. Finland artist Evangelos Androutsopoulos draws his figures and panels with an appealingly posed, almost naïve feel, and his color palate of earth tones interspersed with yellows, oranges and reds has a somber but vibrant quality. As with the other minis discussed here, the narrative is communicated in broad strokes, a reminder that stories passed on from person to person to person take on lives of their own, often losing or accumulating details as they go. As the back-cover synopsis asks: “We hear stories all the time. But are they true?”’
Hellenic-American Union, Athens, 14.9.-28.9.2017
5.8. – 4.9.2017
Kirjaverstas, Teurastamo Helsinki