Best of the Year 2016 – Krent Able
Day eight of our traditional guest Best of the Year series (see here for the other 2016 posts so far) and today we’re featuring a cartoonist with a truly twisted, dark, disturbing and sick sense of humour – how we love his work!! – Mr Krent Able. Let’s see what Krent’s been enjoying over the last twelve months:
FPI: Can you pick three comics/webcomics/graphic novels which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Dan Clowes- Patience. Well, he’s still the best. A primary-hued, time-travelling. detective love story. Nicely violent and angry.
I Am A Hero- Kengo Hanazawa. Amazingly drawn zombie apocalypse manga. An unhinged manga artist tries to escape a zombie apocalypse. Great hyper-detailed art, story pacing, and a funny and scary story. Also gives you a horrible insight into just how hard manga artists have to work, makes me feel very lazy indeed. Part 1 of 3.
Paper Girls – Brian K. Vaughn & Cliff Chiang. A lot like a comic version of Stranger Things, but starring a group of teenage newspaper delivery girls instead. I loved Cliff Chiang’s economical and gorgeous penwork, the colours are cool (all 80s style pink and blues) and the story is pretty fun too, by the bloke who wrote Saga.
FPI: Can you pick three books which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Cormac McCarthy – Blood Meridian. Only about halfway through, but it’s very good so far! Not dissimilar to Bone Tomahawk- an ornately-written, blood-soaked revisionist Western.
Cronenberg on Cronenberg – edited by Chris Rodley. The director discusses his life, films and philosophy in a fascinating series of interviews. A great read and scarily clever guy. Big influence on my work, obviously.
Dario Argento- The Man, The Myths & The Magic. Even when his films are not exactly what you’d call ‘good’ there’s still something magical in them that keeps drawing you back to watch them over and over again. He often jettisons the plot to go off on a ‘pure cinema’ trip, dazzling you with colour, composition, insane camera moves and beautifully violent set pieces. After reading this, I get the impression that he’s a bit of a handful – losing his rag on set and not giving his collaborators their due credit. Great films though, and this generously illustrated coffee-table book has everything you need if you’re a big fan like me. Don’t know his work? Start with Suspiria and Deep Red.
FPI: Can you pick three TV shows and/or movies which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Bone Tomahawk. A leisurely road-movie western that unexpectedly turns disturbingly batshit in the last 30 minutes. Gives ‘Cannibal Ferox’ a run for it’s money when it comes to shocking gore. Brilliant performances from Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins, cracking dialogue and terrifying mutant cannibal baddies.
Train To Busan. After Oldboy and The Host, here’s yet another fantastic Korean film. A crap dad turns hero on the commute from hell, trying to protect his daughter from the zombie hordes that have overrun the city and the titular train. Great balance of satire, heart and non-stop action. I love the Korean sense of humour, sometimes you’re laughing but you’re not really sure you ought to be.
Under The Shadow. With a supernatural enemy influenced perhaps by the one in ‘Whistle And I’ll Come To You’ by M. R. James, this feminist Iranian horror set in a warzone made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I’ll take that feeling over endless jump scares and CGI gore any day of the week.
FPI: How did 2016 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?
Yeah, I’m quite happy with it. Did a few more comics for the Guardian and Vice, painted a huge mural with fellow comic artists JAKe inside the Curzon Cinema on Shaftesbury Ave, joined forces with Julian Hanshaw for a self-published comic with a ‘Tech-Sex’ theme, and, best of all, premiered the Krent Able film ‘Ink, Cocks & Rock & Roll’ that I made with director Matt Harlock at a bunch of film festivals here and in the US.
FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2017?
My second ‘Book Of Mischief’. Though it won’t be called that, it’ll be called something way more awesome. There’s also some more embryonic stuff in the pipeline, one of which will be expanding upon the self-published monstrosity I did with Julian Hanshaw.
FPI: Anyone you think is a name we should be watching out for next year?
Er.. um..I can’t think of anyone, sorry! The new stuff I’ve seen hasn’t really grabbed me, and at the same time, I haven’t been looking as hard as I should. Have a list of the top ten records I’ve been listening to this year instead:
Thee Oh Sees – Weird Exits
10cc – Sheet Music
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
Field Music- Commontime
Jay Reatard- Blood Visions
Fleetwood Mac –Tusk
Future Of The Left – The Peace And Truce Of Future Of The Left
Medications – Completely Removed
Paul McCartney- RAM
Frank Black -Teenager Of The Year