Thursday, June 11, 2009

Review Of The Colorblind Art Teacher #2 On The Daily Crosshatch

I finally got around to sending some copies of The Colorblind Art Teacher #2 to some blogs for review. Here's the first one, courtesy of Sarah Morean at The Daily Crosshatch:

It doesn’t matter what your anxieties or weaknesses are when you’re a parent.  Because once you have kids, you’re the grown-up.  By default.

The Colorblind Art Teacher #2 appears to be an autobiographical story about Mark Teeland his daughter Audrey as he takes her to her first swimming lessons.  The book is mostly straight-forward, but makes a few non-linear escapes to reflect on literature or the past.  Not in the expected, fictional-realism sort of way that some autobio comics skew towards — more like stream-of-consciousness narrative that offers perspective and pleasantly strengthens the conflict.

Mark has the summer off from teaching, but it’s not really a break.  The time it affords him to take his daughter to swimming classes isn’t exactly relaxing.  She has trouble with the water, which Mark attributes this to a lack of trust between the two of them.  Comically, she screams and shouts and refuses to behave for him in the water.  It hardly seems like a lack of trust, more like a typical child reacting fearfully to a new thing, but Mark’s anxiety about the situation seems to be rooted in his childhood experience with learning to swim.

Teel’s artwork has a lovely shakiness to the line that expresses both the youthful innocence of the story and Mark’s own misgivings about the situation.  The art spreads across the page, panels butting up against each other.  It’s black and white with no grayscale and minimal crosshatching.  I really liked the word bubbles, which are kind of square and occasionally fit together in a tetris-like manner.  The cover weight is the same as the interior pages, but it does use color.  The book is 32 pages long and measures 5″x5″.  The Colorblind Art Teacher #2 is available for $4 through Teel’s website.

- Sarah Morean

Thanks again, Sarah.

Also, there's a link to Sarah's review on Journalista, which is the official weblog for The Comics Journal.  It's listed under "small press/mini comics," near the bottom. 

If you're interested in purchasing the book, I've had some problems with my Paypal link, so be sure and email me with your info and whatever else at


Anonymous 'sawblade said...

Oh yeah, she didn't mention that it's gut-grabbing hysterical.

12 June, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My little brother! We always knew you'd make it to the big time. Next up: the New York Times Book Review!


12 June, 2009  
Anonymous Mom said...

How cool! Very proud of you! Little Audrey is so very much like you when you were little. We're grateful she has some of her mommy in her, too :-)

12 June, 2009  
Blogger LARRY said...

I'm not sure exactly what all the lady was saying, but it sounds like she thinks it's good.

12 June, 2009  
Blogger Steaming bowl o' Calderone said...

I still want a copy, so please hold one for me?

14 June, 2009  
Blogger Katherine C. Teel said...

This review is AWESOME! I am so glad you're getting your stuff out there and getting some recognition for it.

I wonder if there's anything I can do to help with that. Maybe I can put it on my parenting blog...

Let me give it some thought. Anyway, I'm really proud of you. A review like this makes a lot of difference.


14 June, 2009  

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