From the Archive: Cole Closser ‘A Drip in the  Mouth of a Horse’ Interview (CAROUSEL 39)

From the Archive: Cole Closser ‘A Drip in the Mouth of a Horse’ Interview (CAROUSEL 39)

American cartoonist Cole Closser has been called a master of “butchered quotes and borrowed styles” — a man whose ink-stained dreams tend to have a yellowed, nostalgic residue covering them, and whose drawing style is constantly in a state of technical re-examination and flux. Like the abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock — who is said to have noticed a drip in the mouth of a horse in Picasso’s mural-sized oil painting Guernica, and from that

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From the Archive: “But the mouse can make a nest in you”: Richard Kraft + Danielle Dutton Interviewed (CAROUSEL 37)

From the Archive: “But the mouse can make a nest in you”: Richard Kraft + Danielle Dutton Interviewed (CAROUSEL 37)

Los Angeles artist Richard Kraft’s Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera is a wildly irreverent collage narrative that challenges at every turn. To create his dreamlike paper opera, Kraft worked directly over an issue of Kapitan Kloss — a Cold War comic about a Polish spy infiltrating the Nazis — superimposing a cast of strange new voices and characters on top of it. “A riot of images and words”, the resulting project is arbitrary, inventive and

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USEREVIEW 018: Dwelling in the Organic

USEREVIEW 018: Dwelling in the Organic

Mark Laliberte transliterates visual poems into text in this traditional review of Sacha Archer’s third full-length collection, Mother’s Milk (Timglaset Editions, 2020). Balancing considerations of both the sensory impact of the works with their articulated thematic preoccupations, Laliberte brings his twin literary and artistic expertise to bear in a way that contextualizes and enlivens Archer’s book. ISBN 978-91-985539-0-1 | 84 pp | €16.00 #CAROUSELreviews#USEREVIEWEDNESDAY Mother’s Milk is an essential collection of Canadian creator Sacha Archer’s

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CAROUSEL 44 — our first online issue — out now!

CAROUSEL 44 — our first online issue — out now!

The fall 2020 issue of CAROUSEL is available to read for free at our website now! Fall 2020; released exclusively online Cover artwork by Chet Bell Design by Origin Obscure Art Portolio — Chet Bell Fiction — Anne Baldo— Timothy DeLizza— Síle Englert— Jennifer McAuley Poetry — Renee Agatep— Anne Barngrover— Despy Boutris— Amee Nassrene Broumand— Conyer Clayton— James Collier— Mikayla Fawcett— Layla Flowers— Sean Madden— Caroline Misner— Kevin Stebner— Sneha Subramanian Kanta— John Sibley

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From the Archive: gustave morin ‘Clean Sails’ interview (CAROUSEL 36)

From the Archive: gustave morin ‘Clean Sails’ interview (CAROUSEL 36)

Canadian ‘para-literary agent provocateur’ gustave morin has been working in the fields of composition & performance for the last twenty years. As a maker of concrete, found, collage, typewriter & sound poetry, his creative practice always manages to the blur the borders between poetry & visual art, offering up startling hybrid works that resist conventional reading. Clean Sails, a 164 page volume of visually complex, next-generation typewriter poems composed using dozens of different typewriters — the

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From the Archive: Kioskerman Interview (CAROUSEL 34)

From the Archive: Kioskerman Interview (CAROUSEL 34)

Cartoon minimalist Pablo Holmberg — better known in Argentina under his pen name Kioskerman — makes four-panel comics that elude easy description. His darkly romantic strip series Edén appears in Spanish every week on his website, offering readers an ideal mix of weight & whimsy. Interview conducted October, 2014 You’ve been publishing strips on the Internet since 2004; why did you decide to start a web-comic?I was reading Tony Millionaire’s Maakies and Kaz’s Underworld online

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From the Archive: Chip Kidd ‘Gasp! You Did It!’ Interview (CAROUSEL 33)

From the Archive: Chip Kidd ‘Gasp! You Did It!’ Interview (CAROUSEL 33)

Chip Kidd is a man of many talents, with an insider’s perspective on pop culture. Universally recognized as an American master of contemporary book design — USA Today once described him as “the closest thing to a rock star” in the graphic design world — his iconic covers offer an inventive marriage of type and found images. In addition, Kidd’s work as an editor of books of comics for the mass market have helped to

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From the Archive: ‘Improvisation is Important’ Jason Interview (CAROUSEL 30)

From the Archive: ‘Improvisation is Important’ Jason Interview (CAROUSEL 30)

With a career spanning nearly two decades, Norwegian cartoonist Jason is undoubtedly one of world’s finest storytellers. Known for his sparse drawing style and anthropomorphic characters, he is the creator of a series of acclaimed, award-winning graphic novels that always deliver the perfect blend of humour and heartache. Interview conducted May, 2012 Jason, can you give us an idea how you create a new work? I’m interested in how you break down the tasks, how

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From the Archive: Winnie Truong (CAROUSEL 28)

From the Archive: Winnie Truong (CAROUSEL 28)

WINNIE TRUONG Portfolio: Trichophilia They stamp on any change: they close the way and keep the type fixed because they’ve got the arrogance to think themselves perfect. As they reckon it, they, and only they, are in the true image; very well, then it follows that if the image is true, they themselves must be God: and, being God, they reckon themselves entitled to decree, “thus far, and no farther.” That is their great sin:

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From the Archive: Tor Lundvall ‘Transforming a Landscape’ Interview (CAROUSEL 25)

From the Archive: Tor Lundvall ‘Transforming a Landscape’ Interview (CAROUSEL 25)

New York-based downtempo producer Tor Lundvall balances his music production with a parallel career as a painter of cloudy autumn days & ghostly landscapes Interview conducted May, 2009 Sound is primarily for the ears; painting is primarily for the eyes. In your creative life, how are the two mediums interconnected and where do they overlap?For me, the line is most definitely blurred as to where the two pursuits overlap and blend; there’s such a strong bond

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USEREVIEW 003: Creation, Derivation, Exchange

USEREVIEW 003: Creation, Derivation, Exchange

Though he has crafted what feels like a slick trailer, Mark Laliberte‘s animated experimental review of Dani Spinosa‘s OO: Typewriter Poems (Invisible Publishing, 2020) ultimately performs not only its prescribed analytic function, but also a meta-discursive one, bringing to the fore questions about what it even means to review a book. Laliberte’s review is thus a fitting response to Spinosa’s text, which challenges its readers to reconsider the limits of its own chosen genre of

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From the Archive: Daniel Erban (CAROUSEL 21)

From the Archive: Daniel Erban (CAROUSEL 21)

Lens Irritant — DANIEL ERBAN Portfolio Montréal based artist Daniel Erban (1951-2017) creates printed images and large drawings that, in his own words, “scratch at the viewer’s retina and bleed into their conscience”. He has spent the better part of three decades hell-bent on exploring society’s dark impulses through the production of thousands of loosely figurative, near-profane images. Unapologetically provocative, Erban sees the role of the artist in contemporary culture as a “disturber of social

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From the Archive: Ed Pien (CAROUSEL 19)

From the Archive: Ed Pien (CAROUSEL 19)

Against Entropy — ED PIEN Portfolio There is something instinctual about visiting the well of inspiration. Thirst is a need, and as a need, it cries out to be satiated. Who amongst us can resist the invisible call of our base drives? Pretend or distract, need still eventually finds a way to be served. Need brings out the animal, puts the human in his place. When animal logic takes over, every gesture moves towards potential

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C35 Contributor Eduardo C. Corral Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize

C35 Contributor Eduardo C. Corral Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize

We’d like to congratulate CAROUSEL 35 contributor Eduardo C. Corral, who just took home the 2016 Holmes National Poetry Prize. This prize was developed in memory of Princeton alumnus Theodore H. Holmes, and is awarded each year by faculty of the Princeton Creative Writing Program to a poet of notable merit. Corral’s debut collection of poems, Slow Lightning, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and his poems have been featured in Best American

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C35 Contributor Robin Richardson Launches New Magazine

C35 Contributor Robin Richardson Launches New Magazine

CAROUSEL 35 contributor, Robin Richardson, has founded Minola Review, a Journal of Women’s Letters, featuring poetry and prose by women, femme-identifying, and non-binary writers. Minola Review has gained quick popularity with striking new work by Cassidy McFadzean, Catherine Graham, Alice Burdick and Paige Cooper, among many others. : : : : Read Richardson’s piece on why she founded a no boys allowed magazine in Partisan : : : : Richardson’s poems, which are from her forthcoming collection, Sit

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CAROUSEL 26!

CAROUSEL 26 (Winter 2010 issue) OUT NOW! This latest issue of CAROUSEL MAGAZINE features work from the following  writers and artists: Xavier Barrade • Jason Botkin / EN MASSE • Julie Cameron Gray • Michael DeForge • Daniel Everett • Sarah Feldbloom • Jaime Forsythe • Christopher Hutsul • Kasia Jaronczyk • Melinda Josie • KOYAMA PRESS • a.m. kozak • Drazen Kozjan • Mark Laliberte • Greg Lamarche • Ginette Lapalme • Aaron Leighton

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FASTWÜRMS – riDYKEulouse Hits Bottom (Group Show, NYC)

RiDYKEulouse Hits Bottom Nov 20– Dec 23, 2009 @ Leo Koenig Projekte (545 West 23rd St,  New York) Toronto/Creemore-based collective FASTWÜRMS (whose work graces the cover of our latest CAROUSEL #24 — with interview and portfolio inside) is now participating in a Manhattan art show. The exhibition, curated by RIDYKEULOUS, features the following artists: A.K. Burns, Aaron Johnson, Anna Sew Hoy, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Cody Critcheloe/Ssion, Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff, Dana Schutz Dawn Frasch, Dawn Kasper,

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KEMENY BABINEAU – A6ON

Kemeny Babineau’s new book, After the 6ix O’Clock News, released through BookThug. Mt. Pleasant, ON poet Kemeny Babineau (whose work has been featured in CAROUSEL #7 (in 1991) and #12 (in 1998))  has a new publication out now! “After the 6ix O’Clock News is poetry for inside and out of the eyeball. It is not a declaration of wart or a treaty of verse eyes, it is bigger than that. This is poetry that has

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FIONA SMYTH – The Parkdale Gyre

Fiona Smyth: The Parkdale Gyre Oct 14 – Nov 22, 2009 @ INDEXg (50 Gladstone Ave, Toronto) Toronto artist Fiona Smyth (who will be featured in our upcoming CAROUSEL #25 — Spring-Summer 2010 issue) has a new exhibit at INDEXg in Toronto. The catastrophic themes explored in her work, featuring a range of new drawings and paintings on black grounds, are inspired by recent news reports about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Smyth takes this

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