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TONIGHT: Deitch at the Strand
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 18 Sep 2008 9:30 AM

FANTAGRAPHICS AND THE STRAND BOOKSTORE PRESENT:
KIM DEITCH TALKS PICTORAMA AND MORE ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

Deitch's Pictorama

Veteran underground cartoonist Kim Deitch, creator of the acclaimed Fantagraphics collection Shadowland and the Pantheon graphic novels Alias the Cat and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, has recruited his entire cast of siblings to produce a unique, all-new "picto-fiction" pocket book.

Alternating between heavily illustrated near-comics stories and outright prose, Deitch's Pictorama is a testament to the entire Deitch family's amazing yarn-spinning abilities. Join Deitch at the Strand as he gives a power point presentation telling the story of how Deitch's Pictorama came about and showing pictorial highlights, including a dramatic reading of Deitch's story, "The Sunshine Girl," performed by Deitch and artist Pamela Butler. Deitch will also give an exclusive preview of his next graphic novel, to be published in 2009.

Can’t make this event? PRE-ORDER a SIGNED BOOK at strandbooks.com/calendar and WATCH the event LIVE on strandbooks.com/tv.

Listing Information

Who: Kim Deitch
What: Deitch's Pictorama Book Event
When: Thursday, September 18, 7:00PM
Where: The Strand Book Store
828 Broadway @ 12th Street, NYC
(212) 660-6643

For more information about upcoming events at Strand:
www.strandbooks.com/calendar






Covey talks Popeye
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Popeye 18 Sep 2008 8:14 AM

  

You know, I see Jacob Covey every day but somehow every time I read an interview with him I learn something new. Reading his comments on the design of Popeye, a project/topic I would have thought we'd exhausted in office talk, is fascinating peek into the thought processes that go into graphic design.

Cinefamily Programs
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Sammy HarkhamRichard SalamiscJosh Simmons 17 Sep 2008 9:36 PM

Los Angeles film fans not only get to watch great films at the Silent Movie Theatre, part-owned by Sammy Harkham-- they also get to take home monthly programs with cover art by great cartoonists. (Shown: Harkham, Richard Sala, Josh Simmons.)

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Jefferson Machamer
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under misc 17 Sep 2008 1:45 PM
Coming in March, another of our Pin-Up paperbacks. This time we're collecting various cartoonists who worked for the Humorama mens' magazines of old, giving an overview of styles and content.

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Jefferson Machamer is a stand-out in these old pulps. His work looked like nobody else's. The women are decidedly manish and the poses stiff so it's odd that he did pin-up work. I was unfamiliar with Machamer when I was first flipping through the Humorama digests and I couldn't get my head around this guy who seemed, at times, to be drawing Jimbo in drag. (Gary Panter has called him an influence.) Above is what I think must be a later piece, where the forms seem more natural. This one shows well what he did brilliantly: Look at those attacking lines just cutting out the forms. Every drawing screams with the artist's energy.

New Comics Day 9/17/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayLinda Medley 17 Sep 2008 1:15 PM

Just one new title from us scheduled to arrive at comic shops today:

Castle Waiting Vol. II #12 by Linda Medley

This is a rare instance of a title arriving in stores before we receive it ourselves, so head on down to your local store and snap it up! (Also, we haven't had a chance to upload the preview for this issue yet, but it's coming soon.)

Zak Sally: Rejected!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak Sally 17 Sep 2008 12:49 PM

Zak Sally cartoon

Zak Sally presents two cartoons he submitted unsuccessfully to Nickelodeon magazine.

First look: The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim Flora 17 Sep 2008 12:29 PM

The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora

Flora-philes rejoice! On the Jim Flora blog, Irwin Chusid reveals the cover design for The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora, the third in our series of Flora art books, which is due just about a year from now.

Ghost World poster winner
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel Clowescontests 17 Sep 2008 11:09 AM

Congratulations to Philip Spector of Mamaroneck, NY for winning the signed limited-edition Ghost World silkscreen print! Philip, your prize is on its way. Thanks to everyone who participated by pre-ordering Ghost World: Special Edition (which is now in stock).

Ghost World siikscreen poster

Quote of the Day
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Love and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 17 Sep 2008 10:06 AM

"When I was coming up in the '80s, the representation of Latinos, even at the literary level, was incredibly un-diverse. Even amongst hard-core Latino writers I really admire, there wasn't the kind of writing about the sectors of the Latino community that I was familiar with.

"Love and Rockets was not only a revolution in comics, it was a revolution in Latino letters. It was the first time that people were writing about the kind of Latinos that I grew up with where being a Latino was a given. What we really drew or what compelled us in our lives was who we were dating, the music we were listening to, the problems we were getting into.

"These guys were the originators of the kind of suburban Latino stories where they had all the problems of the community and the enormous complexity of who we were as young people. It was a dynamic part of the larger U.S. society, and not some static, nostalgic, sepia-print photo of itself." — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz

Now in stock: Ghost World: Special Edition (contest update!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDaniel Clowescontests 16 Sep 2008 12:29 PM

Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes

Ghost World: Special Edition
By Daniel Clowes

This deluxe new edition of our most popular book ever expands the original graphic novel — which tells the story of two best friends, Enid and Rebecca, facing the prospect of growing up and apart — from 80 pages into a 288 page, behind-the-scenes tour through the making of both the classic book and the subsequent hit film. Including a new introduction and several pages of new strips by Clowes, as well as over 200 pages of ‘extras’: the Oscar-nominated screenplay by Clowes and Terry Zwigoff, dozens of pages of never-before-collected ephemera, including unused concept drawings, notes, movie posters, foreign edition covers, merchandise, artwork created for the movie by Clowes, Sophie Crumb and the cast, and much more, all annotated by Clowes. Truly lavish, definitive and comprehensive.

288-page duotone and full-color 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover • $39.99
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(NOTE: Our contest for the drawing to win the limited-edition signed Ghost World exhibit poster is now closed as of midnight last night. We will announce the winner as soon as we figure out who it is. Stay tuned! We are also down to the very last of the signed bookplates, which will likely be gone today or tomorrow. First come, first served, so don't delay!)