“It’s not your regular drama” says alumnus Koren Shadmi (BFA 2006 Illustration) of his new book In the Flesh (Villard, 2009), and he’s not kidding. The graphic novel collects several short tales about relationships, each of which takes an irregular approach to the standard boy-meets-girls story. “For example, one of the stories is about a guy who has a crush on a decapitated girl,” says Shadmi, “and he carries her head around in his arms.”
To mark the release of In the Flesh, Shadmi is giving a reading at Brooklyn’s Desert Island bookstore, 540 Metropolitan Avenue, on Friday, February 13, 7 – 9pm. Because the artist works in the comic book medium, the reading will also take a non-standard approach: “We’re going to do a slide show and will talk about where my inspiration comes from and my work process.”
In addition to the release of In the Flesh, he has also contributed an image for a new, limited-edition T-shirt. Created for hip apparel company Threadless’ Select Series of artist-designed attire, Shadmi’s shirt is called Femboxers and features front-and-back drawings of female pugilists. Shadmi says that the inspiration came from a book of vintage pin-up girl posters. “One of the images in the book was two girls from the 1950s in a boxing match,” he says. “Their gloves were oversized and it struck me as a funny, retro-pop idea for a T-shirt.”
Images: Koren Shadmi, (top) cover of In the Flesh, 2009; (bottom) Femboxers T-shirt, 2009.