|New Comics Day 10/22/08|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releases, New Comics Day||22 Oct 2008 4:24 PM|
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Holy smokes, I didn't know that Kim Deitch designed and storyboarded a Waldo animation for They Might Be Giants' "Trees" on their Venue Songs DVD! Shame on me! Follow this link to watch the video and get the whole backstory. Thanks Comics Comics!
Our third volume (of six) of the acclaimed hit series collecting the entirety of E.C. Segar's original Popeye (a.k.a. Thimble Theatre) comic strips features work from 1932 to 1934. In addition to the daily and Sunday strips, this volume will present a true collector’s item: Segar’s never-reprinted two-week “World’s Fair” continuity. In 1933, in addition to the normal daily and Sunday continuities, Segar produced a special, two-week sequence of extra-large strips (two to three tiers each) in which Wimpy and Popeye travel to Chicago to take in the World’s Fair. Olive Oyl is left behind on account of “she ain’t wide-minded,” but Olive has other ideas and follows Popeye to make sure he isn’t flirting with any pretty girls. This sequence has never been republished since its original publication 75 years ago.
Stories in this volume include "The Eighth Sea," a nautical thriller-diller starring, in his only appearance in the actual Segar Popeye strip, Bluto (plus the shape-shfiting detective Merlock Jones); "Long Live the King" and "Popeye King of Popilania"; "Star Reporter," in which Popeye juggles his career as a newspaperman and a recent adoptive Dad to the one and only Swee'pea. Plus over a year's worth of great full color Sunday strips, many of them focusing on everyone's favorite glutton Wimpy!
This volume also contains the conclusion of Donald Phelps’s incisive and articulate critical essay on Segar’s work “Real People, Real Theatre.”
E.C. Segar blended complex narratives, slapstick traditions, brilliant characterization, and an inimitable cartooning style to create the most exciting and profound humor of his era, rivaling the great film comics of his era, such as Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. Discover this American treasure in this handsomely designed series perfect for all ages.
Commemorate a memorable presidential campaign and sport your Trekkie pride via this Drew Friedman print available from the New York Observer. Drew, if you're reading, I'm still holding out for a Sarah Palin-in-Tatooine-Slave-Gear poster.
This Thursday night at MIT, comics critic (and Krazy & Ignatz contributing editor) Jeet Heer will moderate a talk about "Comics & Social Conflict" between King creator Ho Che Anderson and Diana Tamblyn.
Finally, here's a bunch of beautiful recent illustrations by Jeremy Eaton, including one particularly near and dear to my heart. Jeremy also tells the story of a rather pathetic 24 hour comics session that I was privileged enough to participate in.
I just put a bunch of scans online from the ridiculous book idea I haven't had the money/energy/dimwittedness to pursue: Bears Versus Horses culls together myriad illustrations from vintage sources which depict animals in conflict with each other.
Apologies and thanks to the sources on the web from which I've garnered much of this imagery. These are mostly taken from Ebay auction listings I can't afford to "win."
Today is my birthday and you get the presents! Starting now, and for one week only, the 20/20 Club is the 20/30 Club: members get 30% OFF instead of the usual 20%! This applies to everything on our site: new stuff, old stuff, exclusive stuff, you name it. And just in time for early holiday shopping! Here's how it works:
If you are a current 20/20 Club member and we have your email address, check your inbox for a message from me. This message includes a special Members-only coupon code for you to use to get your additional discount. (This will actually take 12.5% off your already-discounted price; when you do the math, it comes to 30% total.) If we don't have your email address or you didn't get the message for some reason, contact us and we will send the coupon code to you (and add you to our exclusive 20/20 Club mailing list so you can get more special offers, unless you ask us not to).
If you sign up online for the 20/20 Club while this offer is going on, unfortunately we can't apply the extra 10% to your first online order, but we will send you your own one-time-use extra-10% coupon that you can use on your next order any time before Jan. 1, 2009. And if you prefer not to shop online, our customer service folks can apply your discount over the phone at 1-800-657-1100 or 206-524-1967 outside the US.
This special offer ends 11:59 PM Pacific time on Sunday October 26, so get shopping!
Today marks something of a milestone for Fantagraphics: our very first -- in 32 years of publishing -- cover of the venerable New York Times Book Review. Featured is Jules Feiffer's EXPLAINERS, in review by David Kamp titled "Cartoons for Grown-Ups" (who'da ever thunkit??). The online version even has the requisite NY Times slideshow. As my good pal Thom put it to me this morning via email, "What's next... a black president?" There is hope.
But wait, that's not even all! The very same issue of the NYTBR features a full-page review of Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez's recent work, by the critic Douglas Wolk, appropriately titled "The Audacity of Hopey". The piece reviews The Education of Hopey Glass, Amor Y Cohetes, and Love & Rockets: New Stories #1.
Our weekly compilation of online reviews and such:
• Publishers Weekly looks at Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz
• Artvoice looks at Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944: He Nods in Quiescent Siesta by George Herriman
Here's the "and such":
• Conflict of Interest Dept. again: for comiXology, TCJ assistant editor Kristy Valenti interviews Tim Hensley about his soundtrack, as Victor Banana, for Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes