We talked to Alexander Rothman, co-editor in chief, from INK BRICK today for our Vendor Interview. They perfectly embody and encourage something PHILALALIA hopes to encourage as well: collaboration between forms and artists. Find out more:
1. What should attendees of PHILALALIA expect from INK BRICK?
INK BRICK is a press and eponymous journal dedicated to work that blends comics and poetry. We’ll have copies of our debut issue, as well as books by journal contributors and friends of the press.
2. What has INK BRICK achieved this past year that you’re most proud of?
We just opened shop in May, so willing ourselves into existence probably tops the list! Since then we’ve debuted a journal that we’re incredibly proud of, fired up a distribution service for other creators’ comics poetry, and are getting ready to release our first INK-BRICK branded mini comic.
3. What is something people might not know about INK BRICK?
Our colophon image probably seems random—a cat with its face scribbled out. It’s is actually an homage to two major influences. The first is C: Comics, a short-lived comics-poetry anthology from the 60s produced by Joe Brainard and various New York School poets. A piece by Brainard and Frank O’hara in the first issue featured a dog with its face scratched out. Our image includes a cat instead in a nod to George Herriman’s lyrical, weird strip Krazy Kat.
4. The genre of your focus is so distinct–and awesome. What do you think the future holds for poetry comics?
We couldn’t be more excited for the future of the form. Cartoonists have never been freer to push creative boundaries, and every day we learn about new creators turning comics’ visual language toward poetry. We’re here to gather and promote that work.