Carlos Gonzalez is touring the country this October under his musical alter ego, Russian Tsarlag. His Portland visit is scheduled to coincide with a release party for his debut graphic novel, Test Tube. We are proud to publish this work and present an exhibit of his original artwork in all of its glory.
Test Tube follows three people living in a faceless city of decrepit movie theaters, girlie night clubs, and paper thin apartment buildings. Within that stew, they are exposed to strange photographs, old cracked statues, cardboard cut-outs, and sexual mania. A wild woman named Jill meets a white haired poet named Gene Dennel at the flea market. He invites her to collaborate on his masterpiece, revealing the secret that could spark the next phase of human evolution.
“Test Tube is a work of genius. With the power of 1,000,000 VHS tapes ejected from a dream, this erotic masterpiece will f*** your brain up forever!” – Matthew Thurber (1-800 Mice, Infomaniacs)
WHO: Carlos Gonzalez
WHAT: Test Tube release party and exhibit
WHEN: October 1st, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
Carlos Gonzalez is a deeply inspirational figure in the underground comics and music scene. He has created a vast body of DIY work including the 500 page sci-fi opus, Slime Freak, experimental films shot on VHS, and a number of cassettes recorded with his musical project, Russian Tsarlag. His comics have been published in anthologies like Kramers Ergot 6 and his artwork has been exhibited in galleries with members of Fort Thunder. Test Tube was nominated for an Ignatz award in 2014 for Outstanding Minicomic.