i was recently brought on to create a poster for The Life & Death of Fred Herko, a dance performance being mounted this fall in toronto. big thanks to Natalie for having me on board!
i have a new 9-page comic in The Believer's 2019 Music Issue, exploring my love of Cher's ABBA covers album, and the resurgence of ABBA's music in moments of political and cultural turmoil. big thanks to my editor Kristen for being supportive of the idea! the mag is making its way into bookstores and the comic will make its way online at some point soon!
was thrilled to create another poster for the New Nails party series! this edition's proceeds are going to the Friends For Life Bike Rally in support of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.
after some hmm-ing and haw-ing (haw!), i’ve decided to make the first issue of Hungry Bottom Comics available for purchase as a PDF for $4 on Gumroad! that’s like…50 cents if you’re in the US!
check it out here!
get ready for a double dose of my dorky canadian accent, folks!
two recent podcast interviews have gone up this week, one with OK Fox and Lucia Love of Art & Labor during my recent visit to New York City, where we chatted about TCAF, the Queers & Comics Conference, the #FreeBritney movement, and gentrification in our respective cities. you can check that out here!
the other interview was from a couple months with Inkstuds, where we talked about my artistic influences, coming of age in Toronto, the Hungry Bottom Comics series, and some of my recent projects. you can check that out here.
thanks to these peeps for having me on their shows! and don’t you get too used to the sound of my voice, it’s kind of a fluke that these both came out this week! hah
Our Wretched Town Hall has picked up a nomination in the LGBT Graphic Novel category for the upcoming Lambda Literary Awards! congrats to all the finalists!
the ceremony will be held on Monday, June 3rd, hosted by the legendary Justin Vivian Bond. <3
“Nothing constrains Eric Kostiuk Williams. His cartooning is never less than near-infinitely adapatable, fluid, mercurial — maybe literally, as his forms, figures, even structures seem liquid at room temperature, ever in a state of joyous flux, refusing to define themselves and embracing the joyous possibilities of being whatever their whims allow them to be.
“Dull” is not a word in Eric Kostiuk Williams’ vocabulary, and that’s not just true on a surface level, its rejection on a conceptual level is at the very core of his overall artistic project.”
thanks to Ryan C from Four Color Apocalypse for his review of the new book!
over the dang moon!!!
thank you thank you thank you to everyone who made it out to Isotope on the 16th! it meant so much to see your faces and to spend the evening together!
thank you to the drag performers for their incredible looks and shows
to the Prism Comics queer press grant for facilitating the trip down here
to everyone who bought a book and said hey
to Kirsten for coming up with the amazing cocktail menu, inspired by the comic (!!!!!)
and to lovely James Sime for having me in his Isotope space
and special shout out to the guy who asked me to draw daredevil as a penis in his book!
happening next month! thanks to DJ and human extraordinaire Phillippe for having me on to make this poster! bjork party is an annual thing happening for the 5th (!) year now. excited to celebrate our queen!
thrilled to be bringing Our Wretched Town Hall down to San Francisco next month for a special launch party at Isotope Comics! if you’re in the bay area, come on by!
new poster for akanbi/pulsum/efemmera/vibrant matter, playing two evenings next month!
cover girl for tomorrow’s special year-end edition of NOW Magazine! thanks to Kevin and Lulu for art directing and helping put it all together!
The AV Club has presented an exclusive preview of Our Wretched Town Hall, along with a thoughtful write-up on the book from critic Oliver Sava:
“Eric Kostiuk Williams’ comics are visually defined by their malleability. His forms shine like latex and stretch like taffy, and his stories take place in surreal, psychedelic environments that morph as time passes. That fluid visual aesthetic ties into major themes of his work like gender expression, queer culture, and urban preservation and development, all of which involve people and places in a constant state of change. His new book from Retrofit, Our Wretched Town Hall, collects a variety of his short comics and illustrations, spotlighting his signature style and his skill at telling stories full of emotion and atmosphere in a very short page count.”
Our Wretched Town Hall will be premiering at Comic Arts Brooklyn on Sunday, November 11, with wider release later in the month.
thrilled to find out that Condo Heartbreak Disco has made the Notable Books list in this year’s Best American Comics anthology, edited by Phoebe Gloeckner and Bill Kartapoulos. congrats to everyone in here!
poster for an upcoming brunch at Constantine!
big thanks to Lindsey!
i was commissioned to make a flyer for NYC Inferno's upcoming party, The Nude Mutants! an unofficial after party to this month's Flame Con. thanks to Adam!