This comic was begun about a year ago, after a sort of variety show that my friend Tony Groutsis curated. There were songs sung, poetry read and slideshows performed. I did a slideshow for one of my comics, and Kevin Kinsella read some of the poems of Sasha Chernyi that he’d been translating. I loved these poems; they were so simple and visual, morose and funny. Later on Kevin wrote me to tell me he liked my slideshow, and I got the idea to adapt this poem into a comic, which you can now find in the May issue of The Believer.
It was a charmed night. Katie Fowley of Lightful Press was also there and now this fall there will be a collection of Kevins translations of Chernyis poems.
You can read more of Sasha Chernyis work translated by Kevin here.