Posts Tagged ‘colleen frakes’

Minis Monday: Tag Team!

Posted by on January 24th, 2011 at 1:00 PM

You can’t improve upon the participants’ own definition of their title: “Tag Team is a sweatshop-style comic anthology with an indie vibe.” Gathering in White River Junction, Vermont, six cartoonists — Dennis Pacheco, Pat Barrett, Robyn Chapman, Sam Carbaugh, Colleen Frakes and Morgan Pielli — created six stories using a modified Exquisite Corpse arrangement in the round.

Seated at a circular table, participants took a turn working on one of the tales performing one of six successive tasks — plotting, scripting, thumbnailing, lettering and paneling, penciling and finally inking. At the end of timed intervals, they passed the evolving work along to the creator to their left (meaning that during the first period, everybody was plotting one of the six stories; in the next period, everybody’s scripting the pre-plotted narrative just passed to them; then on to thumbnails next go `round, etc.). Whatever their task and whatever the tale, each was “encouraged to develop the story, improve it, and put their own stamp on it.”

Minis Monday: ill! & C. Frakes’ Guilty Pleasures / Jon Chad’s Guilty Pleasures

Posted by on December 27th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

In a very tangible if completely happenstance way, ill! and Guilty Pleasures offer a bracing, recapitulating coda — at least for me — at year’s end, a manifested sense that youth and talent and engagement and the medium and the unquenchable sustaineth, baby. Accordingly, we’ll take that cup of kindness yet..

Minis Monday: Tragic Relief #9-10

Posted by on December 13th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Last time out we looked at The Trials of Sir Christopher, the book that came of Colleen Frakes’ participation in last year’s National Novel Writing Month. As a Frakes fan, I was particularly interested in how this special challenge dovetailed with and deviated from the larger body of her work. Most prominent among the similarities were the nature of the content and her modus operandi, which is to say her taking narrative traditions, subjects and established forms and delivering them with a wicked curve, an artistically personalized arc that carried them to unanticipated outcomes. This much is once more in evidence with issues 9 and 10 of her ongoing if heretofore irregularly released title, Tragic Relief.

Minis Monday: The Trials of Sir Christopher

Posted by on December 6th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The last time I wrote about prolific Colleen Frakes I considered referring to her as “The Hardest Working Woman in Minicomics.” That was a joke and a silly one, born of the parochialism of localized distribution for self-published comics and the regional nature of the resultant renown (such as it is). Still, there are spans when I think I could legitimately rename this column “Minis Frakesday.”

More Dark Fancy From Colleen Frakes

Posted by on October 9th, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Rob kicks off a month of reviewing various comics related to students from the Center For Cartoon Studies by looking at Tragic Relief #8 and #9, by Colleen Frakes.

Much like Eleanor Davis, Colleen Frakes is building up a body …

Minis Monday: Big Sexy

Posted by on September 13th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

While some of the offerings do their level best at more straightforward pornography (without it necessarily being, you know, straight) most are better served with sex and prominent sex integrated into the rest of human experience.

Quest’s End: New Comics From Colleen Frakes & Alex Kim

Posted by on September 8th, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Rob reviews The Trials of Sir Christopher, by Colleen Frakes; and Eagle Flight Squad 2030 A.D.: Bird On Fire, by Alex Kim.

It’s been difficult to pin down exactly what sort of cartoonists Center For Cartoon Studies grads …

Minis Monday: Play and Shelter

Posted by on September 6th, 2010 at 10:28 AM

The key to appreciating these two meaty, self-published anthologies lies in their originating organization’s “mission statement.” It appears in Play as the “solution” to the prior day’s (and nonexistent) Criptaquip puzzle: “The Trees and Hills Comics Group brings together cartoonists in Vermont, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts to produce, publish and promote comics, share resources, and build creative connections in our diverse community.”


From Shelter, ©2009 Marek Bennett.

Minis Monday: Color Comics by Colleen Frakes

Posted by on August 9th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Last time out we looked at what I thought was a bijou of a minicomic: Colleen Frakes’ Revenge! This time we get a whole jewelry box, brightened to near iridescence with the addition of color.

This collection of mostly short works offers color in several guises, applied in different ways, delivering various effects and triggering varying reactions. There’s a pervasive intensity to the picture plane at work here, a real density not ordinarily found in Frakes’ comics. Color acts to unite what we’d probably call visual problem-solving for mature talents and spontaneous, natural ingenuity in drawings by children.

Rich Kreiner: Minis Monday: Revenge! Tragic Relief #8

Posted by on August 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Accurate record-keeping is superfluous to an enterprise like this, but I’d wager no other cartoonist has shown up more often on Minis Monday than Colleen Frakes. In fact, I’d modify the title once given to James Brown and call her The Hardest Working Woman in Minicomics if that sort of thing, coming from only one corner of America, didn’t sound provincial.

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