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Fantagraphics Bookstore Valentine's Weekend Sale!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstore 10 Feb 2009 10:09 AM

Comix Are for Lovers: Valentine's Sale, Feb. 12-14

NOTHING SAYS LOVE LIKE COMIX!

Looking for a perfect Valentine’s gift for that special someone? Or just want to catch up on your reading during dreary winter weather? You’re in luck!

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle is mounting a special sale of lovely comix and graphic novels this Thursday through Saturday, February 12, 13 and 14. Hundreds of new and slightly damaged books are reduced from 20% to 50%.

While bargain hunting, you can view our delightful new exhibition, UNLOVABLE by Esther Pearl Watson, and check out new offerings by some of your favorite Fantagraphics artists. And don’t miss the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack this Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations at dozens of locations throughout the enchanting neighborhood – a romantic destination for Valentine’s Day revelry. For more information visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. See you all soon.

Preview video/slideshow: Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin by Stan Sakai
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoStan Sakaipreviewsnew releases 9 Feb 2009 4:27 PM

Coming soon in its 9th printing (and still available in its redesigned 8th printing), Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin is the introductory chapter of this timeless all-ages classic, and we're pleased to bring you this multimedia preview glimpse for the first time. Click here if the embedded slideshow above is not visible, and/or to open it larger in a new window.

Daily links: 2/9/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyTom KaczynskireviewsMort WalkerLinda MedleyLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJim WoodringHumbugGilbert HernandezBeasts 9 Feb 2009 2:50 PM

• Review: J. Caleb Mozzocco offers "Nine not particularly insightful thoughts about Beasts! Book 2" (which are more insightful than advertised)

• Review: Ticket to Anywhere checks out Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

• Review: Weltklasse Serier reviews Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga in Swedish and says "this is a fantastic series. Read it. Now," according to the Google translation

• Review: I Love Rob Liefeld proffers a short review of Chance in Hell by Gilbert Hernandez, calls it a mind-reeling grand slam

• Blurb: Sandbox World anticipates Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas

• Blurb: Sacha Peet praises The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

• Blurb: Comix 411 hypes up our forthcoming Humbug collection and its downloadable preview

• Things to see: A tribute to Lux Interior by Zak Sally

• Things to see: More sketchbookery by Jim Woodring and Tom Kaczynski

Preview video/slideshow: Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMort Walker 6 Feb 2009 3:04 PM

We're pleased to present another brilliant but short-lived comic strip from the mid-20th Century, rescued from obscurity and presented in a handsome softcover volume. Sam's Strip: The Comic About Comics collects the entirety of Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas's sharp-witted feature, ahead of its time for its use of fourth-wall-breaking meta-humor. Click here if the embedded slideshow isn't visible above, and/or to view it larger in a new window.

Daily links: 2/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Anders Nilsen 6 Feb 2009 2:27 PM

Just one today:

• Excerpt/things to see: On his blog Anders Nilsen posts a sequence from his new book Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes, along with a couple of other pieces

Connective Tissue bookplate sneak peek
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatespreviewsnew releasesBob Fingerman 6 Feb 2009 12:15 PM

Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman outtake image

Here's a teaser for ya: Bob Fingerman has provided the image above, an outtake from his upcoming book Connective Tissue, for use on the exclusive signed bookplate that will be available when you order the book from us (we'll probably have it up for pre-order sometime in the next couple of weeks). Bob's the first -- and won't be the last -- artist to provide us with exclusive artwork for one of our free signed bookplates!

Webcomics update for 2/6/09: Now 100% Bleckier!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin KellermanJohnny Ryan 6 Feb 2009 11:02 AM

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

We're excited to introduce a new addition to our roster of online comics: Johnny Ryan's Blecky Yuckerella, as seen in Vice magazine, the Portland Mercury, and of course her very own collections from Fantagraphics! We'll be posting a new adventure starring America's smelliest, stupidest, stubbliest second-grader (and her disgusting friends) every week right here, starting right now!

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

And of course it's time for the next installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. In this week's installment: securing a meeting place.

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

And don't forget to catch up on our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's hilarious Swedish smash-hit Rocky, updated Monday-Friday! This week: Rocky in front of the camera. Plus: waffles!

Budweiser Owes M. Kupperman Some Superbowl Scratch
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Michael Kupperman 6 Feb 2009 10:00 AM

PShaw tipped me off to this and I think he's right on. Read this, paying close attention to the name of the robot -- 4-Playo 3000 -- and the general design of the robot, especially the head. And then as well the concept -- a marriage saving robot:

For extra credit, here's another. Again, check the name -- Spankio 3000 --and design:  

  

Now, watch this Bud Light commerical created (but not aired) for the 2009 Superbowl:

Both comics are taken from Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle #2, published in 2006 by Fantagraphics. 

This might not be the last you hear from us, Budweiser. 

Preview video/slideshow: Mome Vol. 14 - Spring 2009
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMome 5 Feb 2009 1:54 PM

Anchored by a 32-page story from first-timer Lilli Carré, the upcoming new issue of Mome features sophomore turns from Laura Park, Olivier Schrauwen and Gilbert Shelton and more exciting debuts and return appearances. Click here if the embedded slideshow isn't visible above, and/or to view it in a new window.

Cheech Blizzard
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Vaughn Bode 5 Feb 2009 1:13 PM

Cheech Blizzard by THE BUSK

By THE BUSK. Found via the Flickr blog.