Once again this week your
local comics shop is not scheduled to receive any new titles from us. Keep it tuned right here for next week's update.
Effective this week through Monday, Dec. 15, all of
Jeremy Eaton's original artwork currently available at Comic Art Collective is available for just ONE-HALF the listed price.
We have a new duo of downloads with which to decorate your desktop! Just click on the size below that matches your monitor resolution -- find more info (and lots more choices) on our
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Due later this month,
features interviews with Brian K. Vaughn, The Comics Journal #295 Gipi, and John Kerschbaum along with the usual reviews, commentary, comics sections and more. Take a virtual flip-through with this preview. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.
Here’s a little preview of some of the wonderful artworks you’ll find at
the phenomenal BEASTS exhibition opening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Cryptozoology at its finest.
Behold the seductive “Deer Woman” by Thomas Allen (in a rare group show appearance).
According to The New Yorker , “Pop up art ascends to sublime heights” in Allen’s work. You have to experience this sensational piece up close to fully appreciate its alluring beauty.
The predatory beast “Chonchonyi” as imagined in this painting by
Peter Bagge. Legend has it that this monster produces a melodic cry in flight. Bagge himself will provide the melody at the BEASTS reception with his new band Can You Imagine? The combo includes legendary musician and producer Steve Fisk. We can hardly imagine.
To commemorate this auspicious occasion, curator Jacob Covey created this lovely silkscreen poster image.
The 3-color print is limited to 75 signed copies, available exclusively to patrons of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for the affordable price of only $20. (And don’t miss screen printer Art Garcia’s new work at neighboring Georgetown Tile Works.)
Also opening on Saturday is “
The Story of Belle and Wissell” right around the corner at the venue that hosted the inaugural BEASTS exhibition in 2006. And if that’s not enough, our neighbors at Georgetown Records are displaying the new line of Manik skateboards by illustrious Seattle photographer Charles Peterson.
Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Jacob Covey, Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard and special guest Ted Stearn for the season’s most festive holiday gala. See you this Saturday.
Daily links: 12/9/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak Sally, Tom Kaczynski, Tim Lane, The Comics Journal, Steve Ditko, Peanuts, Mort Walker, Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez, Lilli Carré, Leah Hayes, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dash Shaw, Daniel Clowes, Blake Bell, art shows, Anders Nilsen, Alexander Theroux
9 Dec 2008 12:58 PM
The 2008 Best-Of lists are rolling in fast and furious:
Bookmunch goes Fanta-crazy this week with reviews of by Dash Shaw ( Bottomless Belly Button "graphic novel of the year"), by Leah Hayes ( Funeral of the Heart "dazzling") and by Tim Lane ( Abandoned Cars "spirited")
counts the The Independent Love and Rockets reprints , Perla La Loca and Beyond Palomar among the best comics of the year Amor Y Cohetes
• Critic and commentator
Alan David Doane names by Jaime Hernandez his Graphic Novel of the Year; The Education of Hopey Glass by Tim Lane is his Debut of the Year; Abandoned Cars by Daniel Clowes is his Reissue of the Year; Ghost World: Special Edition by Blake Bell is tied for Comic Art Book of the Year; and 4 more of our titles are Other 2008 Titles of Note Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
names New York Magazine the #2 Graphic Novel of 2008, saying "Shaw's dysfunctional-family epic is so funny and engrossing we'd expect Oprah to pick it, but for all the graphic frog sex" Bottomless Belly Button
recommends The Globe and Mail for holiday gift-giving Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
From Steven Stwalley, here's photos of the "Hot Ink: Comic Art" show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art ( mmaa.org) that includes Zak Sally and Tom Kaczynski among others
In this video from Comicology.tv, Mort Walker talks about the history of the International Museum of Cartoon Art (look for our collection of Walker's Sam's Strip early next year)
talks to Lilli Carré about Publishers Weekly The Lagoon
also presents a 10-page excerpt from Anders Nilsen's soon-to-arrive PW Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes
Wall Street Journal book critic and novelist Alexander Theroux Laura Warholic weighs in on The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III
goes digging through back issues of The Beat , finds gold The Comics Journal
Daily links: 12/8/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane, The Comics Journal, Steve Ditko, Robert Pollard, reviews, Popeye, Paul Karasik, Pat Moriarity, Miss Lasko-Gross, Mark Newgarden, Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez, Linda Medley, Lilli Carré, Kevin Huizenga, Jules Feiffer, Humbug, Dash Shaw, Blake Bell, Bill Willingham, Bill Mauldin, Beasts
8 Dec 2008 2:03 AM
Holy figs, this daily link post looks like one of my weekly roundups of old:
takes a quick look at Robert Pollard's PopMatters Town of Mirrors
again, on Bill Mauldin's PopMatters Willie & Joe: The WWII Years
Iconoctlán examines (en Español; The Comics Journal #293 Google translation)
's lengthy roundup of coffee-table book holiday recommendations includes Bill Mauldin's Austin American-Statesman and Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Blake Bell Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
wraps up the 2008 output of Robert Pollard, including NuVoid Town of Mirrors
• Did you know that if you buy the
Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943 (Vol. 3) DVD set you also get an exclusive Popeye mini-comic we produced with a story from our upcoming Vol. 4 collection? Popeye Booksteve noticed
Chris Barat reviews Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"
talks to Forward Miss Lasko-Gross for a profile of Jewish women cartoonists
looks at North Adams Transcript by Tim Lane Abandoned Cars
includes St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Abandoned Cars by Blake Bell, and Jules Feiffer's Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko on its list of "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature" Explainers
reviews Beard by the Hernandez Brothers Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
is yet another French site looking at Tropismes (l'Appartement) by Dash Shaw ( Bottomless Belly Button Google translation)
Terri Torres is excited for the new issue of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting
• On the
USA TODAY Pop Candy blog, Whitney Matheson declares Lilli Carré's is the "Best book [she] read" last week The Lagoon
Mark Kaufman is looking forward to our collection Humbug
• Dustin Harbin's top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" includes
by Kevin Huizenga, Ganges #2 , and Popeye Vol. 3 Bottomless Belly Button
Here's video from Pat Moriarity's art opening at 108 Occidental Gallery in Seattle, with music from Pat and his son Jack
Bill Willingham looks back at Coventry
Wayno talks about contributing to our forthcoming collection of 1980s "New Wave" minicomics
On the Comics Comics blog, Mark Newgarden & Paul Karasik need your help in dating an Ernie Bushmiller Nancy strip
Dan Zettwoch discusses his contribution to Beasts! Book 2
reports on an exhibit of The Dallas Morning News Bill Mauldin cartoons at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City
Mark Mattson compares our annual catalog favorably to the Sears Wish Book -- did you get yours?
Martin Ontiveros shot this photo of a giant Superman that's for sale in the Mission in SF. I know someone out there has been looking for one.
Didn't Make the Cut
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Dan DeCarlo
5 Dec 2008 6:10 PM
gives Daily Vanguard by Kevin Huizenga the #1 spot on its Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008, a list which also includes Ganges #2 , Mome Vol. 12 by Jaime Hernandez, and The Education of Hopey Glass by Dash Shaw Bottomless Belly Button
calls The Daily Cross Hatch "downright stunning" Beasts! Book 2
looks at Ward Six by Jim Woodring The Portable Frank
is excited about the Brian K. Vaughn interview in USA TODAY Pop Candy The Comics Journal #295
• There's a great illustration by
Max in this about the future of the publishing industry that we're all reading with great interest New York Times article
New Robert Crumb comics (via everywhere)