Short Run Presents: Eamon Espey’s Ishi’s Brain Shadow Puppet Performance and Book Release
A Shadow Puppet Show Excerpted From The Book Songs Of The Abyss By Eamon Espey
Baltimore cartoonist Eamon Espey’s new graphic novel, Songs of the Abyss, has just been published by Secret Acres (New York). The book tour is accompanied by a puppet show adaptation of the chapter entitled Ishi’s Brain.
Eamon’s previous book, Wormdye was published in 2008, also by Secret Acres. His work has appeared in art shows in Los Angeles, Istanbul, New York and in print in Sweden’s Galago Magazine and the Washington DC publication Bash Magazine. Songs of the Abyss further examines and diagrams all things spiritual and grotesque. Ancient Egyptian gods birth Biblical giants. Santa Claus is an agent of the Devil. A scientist performs sadistic experiments in search of enlightenment. All is rendered in black ink with scalpel-like precision.
Eamon has collaborated with Lisa Krause to make a puppet show adaptation of his comic, Ishi’s Brain, based on the true story of a man that has often been referred to as “the last wild Indian.” The show includes shadow puppets, masks, a marionette and a liberal use of painted cardboard. An original soundtrack has been written by Stephen Santillian of Baltimore bands Thank You and Ghost Life.
Lisa Krause is a trained sculptor and has been an Associate Artist with Black Cherry Puppet Theater since 2009. She has studied traditional marionette carving in the Czech Republic and recently just spent a month living and performing with the anarchist theater group, Bread and Puppet. Please join us for a wild shadow adventure into the mystical minds of Eamon Espey and Lisa Krause.
Admission price: $5