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Noel Troll. A short review.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Untagged  10 Sep 2008 11:06 PM

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The minicomics of artist Noel Friebert, aka Noel Troll, are mysterious vignettes that can go from two characters engaged in fisticuffs to two characters engaged in a kind of moist sex without a moment's notice. It's decidedly jarring, visceral stuff but I love that it always feels very personal even when I don't know what the hell is going on.

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I keep his silkscreened book (object) Troggy the Little Brother on my desk to revisit over and over just to take in the whole elaborate package. Simultaneously loose and meticulous, it's an impressive art book made from a single, well-folded piece of paper: A slotted tongue locks the contents closed. Once the reader pushes back the muscle, this book opens to a figure whose arms seem to open him up to the viewer while flailing fists punch down his insides. Those insides open further to reveal a bright and dizzying orgy of lumpy, cartoony faces purging emotions ranging from joy to resignation.

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I highly recommend checking out all of the artists of Closed Caption Comics, a talented group of young, experimental cartoonists (Ryan Cecil's labyrinthine "Gem Cave" is another brilliant example of production complementing concept). Meanwhile, here are some of Noel's comics: 3 Bros, BrownEye, Toads N Choads 2. And his Trading Cards (which arrive sealed in plastic no less).

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Powerhouse
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedmanart 10 Sep 2008 10:24 PM

Raymond Scott portrait by Drew Friedman

Raymond Scott + Irwin Chusid/Barbara Economon + Drew Friedman = magic synergy that you can buy. (Via WFMU.)

I need my Stewart TV
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 10 Sep 2008 8:48 PM
Is anyone else mildly annoyed that the Daily Show is on hiatus at all between now and the election? This is the home run derby and they are getting lobbed softballs with this "lipstick on a pig" hooey. Can I make a donation somewhere to keep this from happening the rest of the way out? Help us, Jon Stewart, you're our only hope...
FREE signed Ghost World bookplates!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesnew releasesDaniel Clowescontests 10 Sep 2008 1:14 PM

Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes - bookplate

Good news for people who pre-order Ghost World: Special Edition! Not only are you entered in our drawing for the limited-edition Ghost World exhibit silkscreen print, but the first 50 people to order the book (including everyone who's already ordered) will receive a FREE exclusive bookplate (shown above) signed by Daniel Clowes! This means they're already over half gone, and the book is due to arrive from the printer imminently, so the poster contest will be over soon... get your order in NOW!

New Comics Day 9/10/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 9 Sep 2008 1:48 PM

Here's what you'll find from Fantagraphics on the "new arrivals" racks at your friendly neighborhood comic shop tomorrow (subject to last-minute change):

Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944: He Nods in Quiescent Siesta
Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard
Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville
#5 by Ted Stearn (reoffered)
Interiorae #3 by Gabriella Giandelli

I've also seen these listed by unofficial sources; who knows?

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Printing)
Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally

Be an informed customer by checking out our descriptions and previews at the links above, and happy shopping!



Preview video/slideshow: more Krazy & Ignatz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesKrazy Kat 9 Sep 2008 1:34 PM

Following yesterday's look at the newest volumes in our Krazy & Ignatz series of Krazy Kat reprint volumes, here's a look at an upcoming reprint: The Complete Sunday Strips 1925-1934, the giant hardcover compiling the 5 volumes covering the strip's second decade, in a second limited edition. Click here if the slideshow doesn't appear above.

Letterbox
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Paul Hornschemeiermiscellany 9 Sep 2008 12:38 PM

The email one gets when one works at a comics publisher is way more fun than the email one gets when one works at, say, a shoe company.

 

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Robert Pollard Tour Starts Sept. 25
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under videoRobert Pollardevents 9 Sep 2008 10:18 AM

  

Later this month, the great Robert Pollard will head out on tour with his new band, Boston Spaceships (featuring former GBV bassist Chris Slusarenko and Decemberists drummer John Moen), to promote not one but two new albums, as well as his first book, our very own Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard. Pollard will have ToM for sale at each stop on the tour, so don't forget to hit that ATM on the way down to the show.

The tour kicks off Sept. 25th in Chincinnati. Don't miss it! 

 

  • Thu 9/25 Cincinnati OH - Midpoint Music Festival
  • Fri 9/26 Cleveland OH - Grog Shop
  • Sat 9/27 Washington DC - Black Cat
  • Mon 9/29 Philadelphia PA - Johnny Brendas
  • Tue 9/30 Boston MA - Paradise
  • Wed 10/1 New York City - Highline Ballroom
  • Fri 10/3 Ann Arbor MI - Blind Pig
  • Sat 10/4 Dayton OH - Dayton Music Festival
  • Mon 10/6 Chicago IL - Double Door
  • Tue 10/7 St Paul MN - Turf Club
  • Thu 10/9 Champaign IL - High Dive
  • Fri 10/10 St Louis MO - Bluebird
  • Sat 10/11 Memphis TN - Hi Tone
  • Tue 10/14 Austin TX- Parish
  • Wed 10/15 Dallas TX - The Loft
  • Fri 10/17 Atlanta GA - The Earl
  • Sat 10/18 Nashville TN- Mercy Lounge

Also, Pollard & Co. are sponsoring a contest to create the first official Boston Spaceships music video. There's a week left in the voting, go here to check out the finalists. Here's my favorite:


















The Jackass Story
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy Eaton 9 Sep 2008 8:54 AM

During those heady mid-1990s, Seattle's The Stranger (which has employed, at times, a slew of comics-related folks, from co-founder James Sturm, to former art directors Jason Lutes, Joe Newton, and Dale Yarger, and columnists like Tom Spurgeon and yours truly) was a hotbed for local cartooning. Strips would come and go and you could always count on the paper's back page for some quality cartoons. One of my all-time favorite Stranger strips was a short-lived feature by Jeremy Eaton, called Jackass. This surreal gem featured a disembodied head at the mercy of Eaton's imagination, and the results were always a great blend of humor, Dada, and handsome cartooning.

The reason I mention the strip is that Eaton has written a pretty great post-mortem of the strip, ten years later, featuring everything you could possibly hope to learn about Eaton's process along the way. Once you're done reading it, go buy the collection from our own Jason T. Miles' press, Drink Me.  

 

Mmm, Delicious
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 8 Sep 2008 4:57 PM
As if we don't already have enough social networks to keep track of, we're now on the "social bookmarking" site Delicious! We've been bringing you our weekly "Blogosphere Roundup" link posts for a while, and we thought it might be nice if the links could be searchable and organized with tags so you can find related links (for instance, all the reviews of a certain book, or links pertaining to a particular artist). We'll still bring you our roundup posts every week, but now you can follow along in real time on our Delicious page or with the RSS feed.