Lillie Craw's thoughts on Moises Keymolen
The bildungsroman is a novel of moral, occupational and sometimes spiritual formation. Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird are representative examples. Autobiographies like The Education of Henry Adams (grand and great grandson of John Quincy Adams and John Adams, respectively) are also included in this genre.
I think of Moises Keymolen’s comics as the beginning of a bildungsroman in which he explores the artist’s relationship with paid work. His comic “Mindwich,” completed as a final project for the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Comics Certificate Program in 2012 and featured on the Chainsaw Comics website, follows a young man who looks not dissimilar to Keymolen and is experiencing the unreality of life as a working stiff…
who finds respite only in sleep…
but not really…
which the reader sees when they accompany him into his dreams.
Moises is debuting a new piece at tonight’s Gridlords and I couldn’t be more excited to see it.
The colors are reminiscent of the Caboodles cosmetics cases I envied during my ‘90s childhood,
which was a time when having a commercial job that complemented one’s artistic work seemed plausible and attainable.
Full House’s Uncle Joey (an underemployed comedian) and Uncle Jesse (an underemployed musician) produce radio jingles to earn money.
Moises Keymolen will be reading at Gridlords 25 tonight, Sunday August 31st at the Hollywood Theatre at 9:30.
and check out the new Gridlords store at gridlords.storenvy.com