i had the pleaja of reviewing the first of Above & Beyond's two Toronto concerts, promoting their new album Common Ground. you can have a closer look at the strip on Now Magazine's website. it will also be in their next print issue, available Thursday. thx to Richard Trapunski and Kevin Ritchie for having me do these!
i had the pleasure of putting this poster together for Maggie MacDonald's upcoming sci-fi podcast series No One Receiving,
starring Maggie herself, with Keith Cole, Owen Pallett, Anthony Hill, Brian Taylor, Amy Lam, Vish Khanna, John Southworth, and Mike Barry.
look for it online soon.
this year, i'm embarking on a monthly webcomic series i'm calling The Twink Rage Revue
a new comic will go up near the beginning of each month on !! omg blog!!
the first installment, "Straight Couple Making Out At The Perfume Genius Concert", is up now. i hope you enjoy it!
i have a new (30x12!) illustration accompanying a piece on Torontonians getting into the ayahuasca -- out in West End Phoenix's December newspaper. big thanks to AD Robyn Colangelo.
peek at a new comic, out online in the new year!
i put together a little playlist of songs that inspired, and were listened to vurry-often during the making of Condo Heartbreak Disco. ch-check it out!
- till the world ends by britney spears
- stay ugly by mille & andrea
- invisible by annie
- like a drug by kylie minogue
- creep by dannii minogue
- 180db_ by aphex twin
- lovertits by peaches
- freakshow by britney spears
- the message by m.i.a.
- die another day by madonna
- i bite through it by oneohtrix point never
- wound by arca
- the spoils by massive attack ft. hope sandoval
- stronger by sugababes
- love me harder by ariana grande ft. the weeknd
- the one by kylie minogue
- ten miles high by roisin murphy
- last dance by donna summer
plot twist -- i conduct interviews sometimes!
i recently chatted with macy rodman ahead of her upcoming performance at toronto's beloved hotnuts party. her debut full-length album the lake is out now, and it's incredible. check out the whole interview here. thanks to frank at omgblog!
this past week, NOW Magazine sent me to review the first of two Toronto stops on Lady Gaga's Joanne World Tour. major thanks to Kevin Ritchie and Richard Trapunski at NOW for making a dream gig like this happen.
the comic will be available in next week's issue.
this week i have a new illustration featuring kim k, drake, and harry styles accompanying a piece on celeb fan fiction for NOW Magazine -- you can check out the article here. big thanks to kevin and michelle!
"Eric Kostiuk Williams’ Condo Heartbreak Disco fluctuates between superhero parody and superhero tale set in an absurdist world that reflects but warps ours like a funhouse mirror."
check out the full review here!
"Condo Heartbreak Disco is an atypical social critique that is genuinely relatable despite its outrageous characters and setting. While Toronto's plight may be a bit exaggerated, it can feel all too familiar to residents of nearly any metropolitan area in North America. Cities such as San Francisco have become impossible to afford for anyone except the extremely wealthy due to speculative property investments. If you're one of the masses resisting invading hordes of affluent assholes or even if you live in a rural area, the theme of helplessness and insecurity in the face of the never-ending march of “progress” is something that resonates with anyone in the 21st century."
check out the full review here! thanks to wes jones for his thoughtful review of the book
our set of tarot cards have arrived from the printers!
the four of them, inspired by Gregg Araki's cult classic The Living End, were commissioned by Vincent Chevalier for the group show 'Propped', opening June 25th at Oakville Galleries.
"To propose, to proposition, to prop up: Propped explores the varied functions and meanings of the prop in the work of contemporary Canadian artists, examining how objects make and shape history. The word “prop" suggests an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human subject, one that is neither autonomous, nor a backdrop for human activity, but something in between: a “thing" that gains meaning through the context of its use.
And yet, these artists' works demonstrate that props are more than mere things. Through strategies of archival research, staged photography, stand-up comedy, and assemblage, the artists in Propped position props as highly charged objects that mediate identities and frame our relationship to politics and the landscape.
Several works treat props as the supplementary materials of statecraft: the objects that set the stage for histories to be written and rewritten. In others, props are vital to processes of self-definition, working to create personae through human-object relations that are comedic, heartfelt or implicitly violent. Props can also take on a life of their own, acting on human subjects rather than being activated by them.
Through these diverse practices, props emerge as tools for proposing alternative pasts and new futures for objects, revealing the unexpected power everyday things can wield.
Participants from Abbas Akhavan's work will be present at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens each day between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Propped is made possible in part through the support of volunteers in the Oakville-Milton-Halton Hills St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.
Curated by Gabrielle Moser"
it was an honour to be able to attend the stockholm international comics festival last weekend as one of the canadian guests, alongside patrick kyle, kelly mellings, and patti laboucane! we gave a talk on our comics at the canadian embassy, exhibited our work for the weekend, and got to meet a bunch of nice folks involved in sweden's comics scene.
warmest thanks to koyama press and the toronto comic arts festival for making the trip possible. stockholm is real purdy, and i hope to go back there sometime!
i was recently commissioned by Vincent Chevalier to illustrate four tarot cards based on Gregg Araki's film The Living End. riso-printed multiples of these cards will be on display and available at the group exhibition 'Propped', opening June 25th at Oakville Galleries.