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Rebus Books was founded by Bill Kartalopoulos to publish books of comics and other works of visual exposition that implicitly explore and reveal the expressive possibilities of the comics form. Rebus Books' first publication is Barrel of Monkeys by Ruppert and Mulot. See previews and order online at rebusbooks.net.

Ruppert and Mulot on drugs, for Professeur Cyclope. Click the right arrow to navigate. 

Rebus Books at MoCCA:

Rebus Books will be sharing table G4 with Domino Books at the MoCCA Arts Festival. In addition to the critically acclaimed Barrel of Monkeys, Rebus will carry copies of Ruppert & Mulot’s latest book Un Cadeau, the incredibly innovative comic that literally must be dissected to be read. These are the only copies of this unprecedented book that are available in the United States. In addition, Rebus will carry copies of Hillary Chute’s just-released book Outside the Box, collecting her interviews with major cartoonists from the pages of The Believer and elsewhere. Rebus will also be hosting Julia Gfrörer, who will have a new edition of her comic book “Too Dark to See,” with a new cover, and other comics including “In Pace Requiescat” and “Black Light.” Finally, Rebus Books will, as always, carry a selection of imported international books, including the following:

  • Issues of the leading international journal of comics and drawing, Collection Revue, featuring heavily illustrated interviews with artists including Yuichi Yokoyama, Gary Panter, Benjamin Marra, David Shrigley, Moolinex, Fabio Viscogliosi, and many more. All text is published in both French and English.
  • Soft City by Pushwagner
  • P+O by Richard McGuire
  • Da Capo by Fabio Viscogliosi
  • 2wBOX Set I: Featuring miniature silkscreened comics by Richard McGuire, Lauren Redniss, Blexbolex, and others
  • Issues of Collection Dans la Marge’s “Cahiers de dessins contemporains” series spotlighting rare work by Nine Antico and Blexbolex.

Most of these books are otherwise unavailable in the US. Many are in extremely short supply and will imminently be out of stock.

Typically, Rebus has also carried distro items by the groundbreaking Belgium-based publisher Frémok at festivals and events. However, we are pleased to note that Frémok will be exhibiting at the MoCCA Festival at the neighboring table, G3, and we are even more excited to note that influential artist Frédéric Coché will be appearing with Frémok and as part of the Festival’s programming. This weekend presents a unique opportunity to meet Coché and to discover Frémok’s backlist and latest publications. 

Finally, submissions for The Best American Comics 2015 will be accepted all weekend at the Rebus Books table. All new, North American work published since Sept. 1, 2013 is eligible for consideration for The Best American Comics. Please label all submissions with contact information and date of publication

Death and Staples 

zsigmonda:

In James Collins’ grimly comic piece Let Me Count the Days, for the NYTimes Opinionator series Private Lives, the author recalls the moment that brought him face-to-face with his own mortality: an encounter with a box of staples. Realizing that he owns more staples than he can possibly use…

New York Times Art Director Alexandra Zsigmond discusses her selection of Ruppert and Mulot to draw a comic for the paper’s “Private Lives” blog.

Believer magazine reviews editor Daniel Levin Becker picks Barrel of Monkeys as his book of the year in Salon's annual critics poll. Order your copy today from Rebus Books.  

Ruppert & Mulot’s short story “La Poubelle de la Place Vendome,” originally published by lassociation as part of the Patte de Mouche collection, has been translated in this month’s Brooklyn Rail and is available on the publication’s website

Slate's book editor lists Barrel of Monkeys among his top 15 books (of any kind) of 2013.

This book of deeply offensive short comics, by two French cartoonists, successfully bridges the seemingly unbridgeable gap between charmingly whimsical and disturbing-as-hell.

Order your copy today directly from Rebus Books

Incredible: a video preview of Ruppert & Mulot’s new book from lassociation, “Un Cadeau:” a book about an autopsy that must be dissected to be read.

sacredprism:

2013 PRISMO AWARDS

Ok, i know i’m just one person and the year isn’t over yet (I know you’re all preparing sick stuff for CAB) but this was on my mind so here it goes. The Sacred Prism awards for 2013 in comics, the PRISMOS….

BEST COMIC: I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT YOU TO - Jonathan Chandler

BEST BOOK: BARREL OF MONKEYS - Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot

BEST SERIES: ______ Comic - Michael DeForge, Mickey Z, Patrick Kyle

BEST ARTIST: Simon Hanselmann - ST. OWL’S BAY

BEST EDITOR: Box Brown - RETROFIT COMICS

BEST ANTHOLOGY: WEIRD #3 - Noel Freibert (Editor)

BEST COLLECTION: MERE - CF

BEST STRIP: SLURRICANE - Will Laren

BEST ART DIRECTION: Ryan Sands - FRONTIER

BEST SHOW: TCAF - Chris Butcher & Friends

BEST TUMBLR: MERCURIAL/FOND - Sarah Horrocks

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Sam Alden

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Tom Spurgeon

Ian Harker picks Barrel of Monkeys as book of the year for the 2013 Sacred Prism awards. 

Byron Coley (Forced Exposure) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) rave about Barrel of Monkeys in Arthur Magazine #35’s “Bull Tongue” column: "Amazing shit–those French guys can really doodle!"

Un Cadeau, Ruppert and Mulot’s next book from L’Association (due Nov. 15), requires the reader to perform an autopsy in order to experience the narrative. Images from wartmag.com.

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