Kevin Huizenga and GR

So I picked up this comic (or graphic novel I should say), Curses by Kevin Huizenga.  I knew him from the Drawn and Quarterly series, where he’s got this story of not being able to have a kid, and having to pour gasoline in his eyes to see a feathered monkey and completely liked everything about it.

Well!  A lot of the stories seemed to revolve around the West Michigan area.  Actually, Grand Rapids!  It went on to be so specific as to have a story just about 28th street.  He even drew the MC Sports store and mentioned Modernistic Carpet Cleaning.

But anyway, it’s a pretty good comic so if you want to feel all special about knowing the areas talked about in a comic, go check it out!

4 Responses to “Kevin Huizenga and GR”

  1. July 8, 2009 at 2:31 am #

    You don't have to use the term 'graphic novel'. Typically the only people that say 'graphic novel' are people who aren't in the industry. The term stopped being used as a respected description when the general populous started using the term to justify the validity of comics as literature, (i.e. calling a trashman a 'sanitation engineer' to make the title palatable to the ears). It makes me sad to see schools and libraries still use the term. I understand GRPL recently made it a catalog description separate from comics. Best analogy I can give is, it would be as if when referring to 'young adult fiction with strong female themes' to be cataloged as "chic lit". To someone who writes in that genre, they would consider that nomenclature offensive. "Long Format Comic" is becoming the "politically correct" term for what laymen call 'graphic novels'.

    But this is a good book and a good suggestion to patrons. Another comic featuring GR localities is Clumsy by Jeff Brown.

  2. July 8, 2009 at 5:32 am #

    Yes– terms change don't they?– I loved Hipphop's comment about the "sanitation engineer", esp. because in our family, my husband used to work at a "sewage plant" (eeeew), then it was a "wastewater plant", (people wondered what those were…), and finally these important facilities that keep us epidemic-free have become CLEAN WATER PLANTS. He's still a little fussed up over the language evolution, but I think these linguistic changes reflect society's movement of perception and valuation of things. I've always LOVED COMICS, and didn't realize there was a controversy of terms. Wikipedia has quite a bit about it– who knew– I like Kent Finley's quote from his site: “The difference between a graphic novel and a comic is that the bus takes four panels to arrive in a graphic novel. ” ha!

  3. July 8, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    I think one reason librarians use the term "graphic novel" is because, at least in the case of teens, it tends to be what they understand. If I tried to tell a teen that the "Long Format Comics" are over there, they'd have no idea what I was saying.

  4. July 8, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    Yes, Jeffery Brown also does some stories that are also in Grand Rapids. Very encouraging for artists like myself.