After a months-long tease, a couple delays and mounds of praise, Kevin Huizenga's highly anticipated first book, Curses, finally hit stores on Wednesday, and it's as great as reviewers have indicated. The St. Louis-based Huizenga, an RFT contributor, has accumulated a singular body of work that tackles history, philosophy, theology, birth, death and everything in between. Most of the nine stories in Curses feature as their protagonist one Glenn Ganges, who roams the suburban Midwest in search of answers to questions both big and small.
Published by the highly respected Drawn & Quarterly Press out of Montreal, Curses was named one of the best graphic novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly and has drawn more attention to the thriving St. Louis comics scene. Fellow artist (and RFT contributor) Dan Zettwoch appears in the most recent edition of The Drawn and Quarterly Showcase, "where you find tomorrow's critically acclaimed graphic novelists today," and was featured in the newest issue of the stunning compendium Kramers Ergot. Combined with Yale University Press's publication of In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists, St. Louisian Todd Hignite's beautifully realized art book, it's been a banner year for St. Louis comic art.