Aidan Koch’s After Nothing Comes

Spread from Aidan Koch’s After Nothing Comes (Koyama Press, 2016). From The Dancer at Midnight, 2012.

After Nothing Comes, by Aidan Koch. Toronto: Koyama Press, 2016. 112 pages.

AIDAN KOCH’S exquisitely drawn comics in this collected volume of six zines exist in the space between the seen and the obscured, memory and amnesia, speech and silence, comics and “fine art.” Koch’s visual and textual vocabulary is full of palimpsests, fragments, snippets of conversation, and partial landscapes. Her experimental pieces can be called comics insofar as they are contained by a grid on the page (usually) and combine text with images. But their sequential structure is harder to pin down, and the stories do without traditional protagonists or linear plot. Nonetheless, their juxtaposition with masterfully drawn, often abstract images holds our attention and demands interpretation as narrative.

As the title suggests, the previously published zines collected here offer a meditation on emptiness.

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