The St. Louis Comics Avalanche Continues

Dec 4, 2006 at 11:39 am

After a months-long tease, a couple delays and mounds of praise, Kevin Huizenga's highly anticipated first book, Curses, finally hit stores on Wednesday, and it's as great as reviewers have indicated. The St. Louis-based Huizenga, an RFT contributor, has accumulated a singular body of work that tackles history, philosophy, theology, birth, death and everything in between. Most of the nine stories in Curses feature as their protagonist one Glenn Ganges, who roams the suburban Midwest in search of answers to questions both big and small.

Published by the highly respected Drawn & Quarterly Press out of Montreal, Curses was named one of the best graphic novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly and has drawn more attention to the thriving St. Louis comics scene. Fellow artist (and RFT contributor) Dan Zettwoch appears in the most recent edition of The Drawn and Quarterly Showcase, "where you find tomorrow's critically acclaimed graphic novelists today," and was featured in the newest issue of the stunning compendium Kramers Ergot. Combined with Yale University Press's publication of In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists, St. Louisian Todd Hignite's beautifully realized art book, it's been a banner year for St. Louis comic art.

Oh, and in case you missed it in the RFT's print edition, two years ago we published a full-length collaboration by Huizenga, Zettwoch and Ted May. You can read it in its entirety here.

Kevin Huizenga will sign copies of Curses at Star Clipper on Wednesday, December 6 from 4-6 p.m. Also appearing are fellow Drawn & Quarterly artists Gabrielle Bell and Anders Nilsen.

-Randall Roberts