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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Huizenga  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: March 29, 1977 in Harvey, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

He was born in Harvey, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kevin Huizenga is a writer, artist and cartoonist best known as the creator of the comics character Glenn Ganges, who appears in most of his work. He produces short fiction and comic books. He is the founder of the online comic Catastophe Shop.

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Titles At Your Library

Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: Book One (Bk.1)
ISBN: 1896597629

Drawn and Quarterly. 2003

D&Q publisher Chris Oliveros was so impressed by the work of these two young artists that he decided to commission each of them to write and draw original illustrated short stories for this new book.

Kevin Huizenga and Nicolas Robel represent some of the brightest new talents in comics today. This is the inaugural volume in an annual showcase of new talent, complimenting our annual flagship anthology. This is comics pushing all the boundaries surreal, edgy stories of wonder that shimmer with visual style and emotional power. They are presented here in a deluxe package to introduce them to new fans of illustrated fiction.

ISBN: 1894937864

Drawn and Quarterly. 2006

"One of the brightest, most interesting new comix authors to appear in the last five years."

Delving into mythology, belief, and spirituality,Kevin Huizenga's short stories are based on the lives of familiar characters confronting the textures of mortality in unique and sometimes peculiar ways. Huizenga fuses the most banal aspects of modern culture with its most looming questions in a consistently genial style. Lighthearted, but with a healthy dose of nineteenth-century spine tingling, the narratives presented in Curses are insightful portrayals of reality. Huizenga's central character in his comics is Glenn Ganges, a seemingly middle-class man living in the suburbs whose blank-eyed wonderment at everyday experiences brings together such diverse aspects of our world as golf, theology, late-night diners, parenthood, politics, Sudanese refugees, and hallucinatory vision, into a complete experience as multifaceted as our own lives.

Huizenga is regarded by many as one of the most promising young cartoonists of his generation, whose artistic talent, singular writing, and studied substance prove the versatility of his skill. Curses collects his work from Kramer's Ergot and The Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, his award-winning and nominated comic-book series Or Else, and Time magazine it is the most extensive selection of his comics to date in a single volume.

Ganges Vol. 1 (Ignatz)
ISBN: 1560977620

Fantagraphics Books. 2006

Kevin Huizenga introduces his everyman Glenn Ganges (previously seen in the acclaimed Drawn and Quarterly Showcase and Or Else) to the "Ignatz" family with this suite of all-new stories. Ganges tries to decide what to do when confronted with "The Litterer" gets into an argument with his wife Wendy about The Beatles' "She's Leaving Home" indulges in some whimsical "Time Travelling" while on a walk around his neighborhood and more! Huizenga's elegant neo-clear-line style brings a crispness and humor to these low-key slice-of-life stories, and the gray-blue duotone he has picked gives the art a new depth and complexity

Ganges Vol. 2 (Ignatz)
ISBN: 1560979429

Fantagraphics Books. 2008

Everyman Glenn Ganges ruminates on the simple times of the dot-com era when the reality of business was propped up by the unreality of addictive technology and hope. Kevin Huizenga cleverly parallels that unreality with the unreality of addictive networked first-person shooter video games, and the attempts of people around him to genuinely connect with each other. Huizenga's elegant neo-clear-line style brings a crispness and humor to these low-key slice-of-life stories, and the gray-blue duotone he has picked gives the art a new depth and complexity

Or Else #5
ISBN: 1897299818

Drawn & Quarterly. 2008

Kevin Huizenga, acclaimed author of Curses and Ganges, is back with his fifth installment of Or Else. Stories in this pocket-sized issue include an adaptation of a Giorgio Manganelli tale about a desolate world that is stricken with religious fanaticism and violence, a "special report" on household insects, a profile of a loquacious conversationalist, and an exploration of such important questions as "How are we spending our Tuesday?" Touted as one of the best new talents of his generation, Huizenga is renowned for his bursting creativity and incisive investigations of both the quotidian and the surreal.

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