Blaise Larmee (born 1985) is an American cartoonist, critic, publisher, and artist, best known for his 2010 graphic novel Young Lions, his webcomic 2001, and a layered and discursive online presence.
Larmee was born in New York City to the artist Kevin Larmee and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Colorado College and a former fellow at CCS. His time at CCS resulted in a public apology.
Larmee's work tends to polarize his viewers insofar as it is considered an extension of his critical writing and online performance. Sean T. Collins called Larmee's comics "beautiful, thoughtful, and unique enough to get by on their own" but lamented Larmee's "deeply unfortunate internet persona." In a review of Young Lions, Dan Nadel wrote,
It is also, most obviously, the work of a young man (born in 1985) trying to understand the mythologies he’s constructed for himself. That is the second, and for me, most intriguing narrative here, and one inseparable from Larmee’s writing on art and comics."
Writing for The Comics Journal, Rob Clough noted, "It is difficult to separate Larmee’s theories from his actual work," and called Larmee "an artist obsessed with the underpinnings of art and a hyperacute awareness of an artist’s relationship with both one’s peers and the culture at large."
In 2009 Larmee was included alongside fellow cartoonist Jason Overby in Abstract Comics: The Anthology (Fantagraphics). Leading up to the book's release, the two founded the blog Comets Comets, which became known for polemic essays and an embrace of troll culture. Larmee's writing for this blog established the atmosphere in which Young Lions was received.
In April 2010 Larmee's first book, Young Lions, was published. The book garnered a Xeric grant and an Ignatz nomination for Promising New Talent. In the book's sole blurb, David Heatley wrote, "Blaise Larmee is making thoughtful, refreshing, beautiful comics that you can drink with your eyes." While reviews of the book tended to be positive, the subject of the author himself was polarizing. Larmee repeatedly described his creative process as "sarcastic" and agreed that "public discourse is inseparable from the book itself."
In 2011 Larmee began serializing the webcomic 2001 on his personal website. It was listed as a notable comic in the 2012 edition of The Best American Comics. In 2013 new versions of the characters began to appear in gifs and circulated web imagery.
Ice Cream Kisses
In a November 2013 interview Larmee discussed a comics project oriented around sexuality in which "friends and strangers alike become implicated." An "As-Yet Unnamed Collection Of Work" was announced the following month. Rumors of a 2nd graphic novel were confirmed in April 2014. The book, titled Ice Cream Kisses, is scheduled to be released in winter, 2014.
- Graphic Novels
- Young Lions, 2010
- Ice Cream Kisses, 2DCloud, 2014
- Zines (Selected)
- Comics Youth #1, 2009
- Untitled (Architecture), 2009
- Wig Wam, 2009
- Cruise, 2011
- Nudes, 2013
- Pricelist, 2013
- Nudes, Studio Operative, 2014
- Anthologies (Selected)
- Abstract Comics, Fantagraphics, 2009
- Astral Talk, Publication Studio, 2010
- StudyGroup12 Comics Anthology 4, 2011
- Mould Map 3, Landfill Editions, 2014
Selected Work Available Online
- Collins, Sean (2011-03-10). "Blaise Larmee!". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- James Sheehan, “Larmee: in from the street,” East Informer, October 1985.
- "Blogging Comics Into Zines". KRCC. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Collins, Sean (2010-04-21). "Comics Time: Young Lions". Attention Deficit Disorderly. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Nadel, Dan (2010-07-23). "Youth". Comics Comics. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Rob, Clough (2010-05-05). "Erasure and Sampling: Young Lions". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Heidi MacDonald (2010-01-26). "Fall/Winter Xeric Awards announced". The Beat. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Woods, John (2010-12-30). "Pretty Little Lions". Montevidayo. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Sturm, James (2012-05-29). "CCS Exit Interview: Blaise Larmee". Schulz Library Blog. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
- Molina, Lauren (2011-09-18). "Interview IV". LCAD. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Tom Spurgeon (2011-05-10). "Missed It: Young Lions Also Seized On Road To TCAF". The Comics Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Mouly, Françoise; Abel, Jessica; Madden, Matt, eds. (2012-10-02). "Notable Comics". The Best American Comics 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0547691121.
- Dierks, Stephen (2013-05-15). "Tweens Exist In This Uncanny Valley: An Interview With Blaise Larmee". Though Catalog. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- "Blaise Larmee". We Find Wildness. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Sadler, Leon; Frost, Hugh (2013-12-01). "* NSFW * MM3 Artist Interview: Blaise Larmee". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Tom Spurgeon (2013-12-11). "2D Cloud Announces Five Books For 2014". The Comics Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Heidi MacDonald (2014-04-23). "2D Cloud offers subs; teams with Uncivilized for MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath". The Beat. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- Darwin, Liza (2010-09-23). "Book Club: The Whale". Nylon Magazine. Retrieved 2014-06-18.