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Daniel Clowes on Mythbusters
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under televisionDaniel Clowes 5 Nov 2007 11:17 AM


Go here and click "Cartoonist Interruptus" in the upper left corner to watch a five-minute clip of Daniel Clowes helping the "Mythbusters" crew design a Steam Machine Gun.

Dash Shaw Preview
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under webcomicsDash Shaw 5 Nov 2007 9:49 AM


From his forthcoming WebComic, "Bodyworld," beginning in January 2008. I am rapidly becoming a very big Dash Shaw fan.

Mister Wonderful, Part 8
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under webcomicsMister WonderfulDaniel Clowes 4 Nov 2007 8:44 AM


The new strip by Daniel Clowes. Read it here.

Meanwhile, it looks like the episode of the Simpsons that features appearances by Daniel Clowes, Art Spiegelman, and Alan Moore has been rescheduled yet again from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, but check your local listings.



New Release: New Tales of Old Palomar #3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesIgnatz SeriesGilbert Hernandez 3 Nov 2007 7:23 AM


New Tales of Old Palomar #3
by Gilbert Hernandez

The third and last installment of New Tales of Old Palomar, in which Gilbert Hernandez returns to some of his best-loved characters, focuses on the gorgeous but troubled Tonantzín. Everybody in Palomar seems to take the supernatural with a grain of salt, but young Tonantzín is determined to uncover the mystery of the laughing baby that only appears to her, haunting her daily life. What is the baby's link to the giant stone idols that stand outside the small town...?

32-page black & white 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket $7.95 (Ignatz Series)

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New Release: Betsy and Me
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJack Coleclassics 2 Nov 2007 4:23 PM


Betsy and Me
by Jack Cole

Having mastered comic books and gag cartoons, in 1958, nearly two decades after he unveiled Plastic Man to the world, Jack Cole set his sights on the cartoonist's pot of gold — a syndicated newspaper strip. He hit the bull's-eye with Betsy and Me, a breezy domestic farce focusing on a middle-class urban couple and their smart-aleck genius son. Cole stripped his style down to its bare essentials, creating a strip that sparkles with economy, wit, and charm. What gave the strip its edge, however, was Cole's innovative storytelling, which utilized ironic tension between protagonist Chet Tibbit's words and actions to reveal him as fatuous and delusional. Betsy and Me was an instant success and newspapers were lining up to buy it. Then, with only two-and-a-half months' worth of strips completed, Cole purchased a .22 caliber pistol and ended his life. R.C. Harvey's insightful introduction serves as a biographical sketch and sheds light on the circumstances surrounding Cole's suicide.

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New Release: Perla La Loca: A Love and Rockets Book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime Hernandez 2 Nov 2007 4:23 PM


Perla La Loca: A Love and Rockets Book
by Jaime Hernandez

Perla begins with the "Wigwam Bam" story, arguably Jaime Hernandez's definitive statement on the post-punk culture. As Maggie, Hopey, and the rest of the Locas prowl Los Angeles, the East Coast, and parts in between trying to recapture the carefree spirit of those early days. "Wigwam Bam" brings us up to date on all the members of Jaime's extensive cast of characters and then drops a narrative bomb on Hopey (and us) in the very last pages. Split up from Hopey yet again, Maggie bounces back and forth between a one-laundromat town in Texas (the "Chester Square" that serves as the title of two of the strongest stories in the book), where she has to contend with both her own inner demons and a murderous hooker, and Camp Vicki, where she has to fend off her aunt Vicki's attempts to make her a professional wrestler and the unwanted advances of the amorous wrestling champ-to-be, Gina. As usual, Jaime spotlights a wide range of headstrong female characters. And what's this about Maggie getting married?

288-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover $16.95

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New Release: Beyond Palomar: A Love and Rockets Book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezGilbert Hernandez 2 Nov 2007 4:23 PM


Beyond Palomar: A Love and Rockets Book
by Gilbert Hernandez

Beyond Palomar collects two of Gilbert's groundbreaking works about the Central American hamlet of Palomar in one affordable book. "Poison River" is a dizzying period piece often hailed as one of Hernandez's masterpieces. It traces the pre-Palomar childhood of Luba, her teenage marriage to gangster Peter Rio, the secrets behind her mysterious mother, all the way up to her subsequent escape and arrival in Palomar. "Love and Rockets X," set in the early 1990s (in the waning years of Bush I's post-Reagan hangover, with Gulf War I in the background), takes us from plush Beverly Hills to the dangerous east side and introduces us to a dizzyingly diverse cast of characters, including a lowlife rock 'n' roll band, a "posse" of black youths, a ditzy Hollywood mom and her spoiled son, a gay activist filmmaker and his rebellious, half-Iraqi daughter, and a group of racist thugs whose violent attack on an older woman sets the plot in motion.

256-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover $16.95

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Classic Comic Strip savings at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in November!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstoreclassics 2 Nov 2007 1:06 PM


November is Classic Comic Strip Month!
20% Off Comic Strip Reprint Books


Fantagraphics Books is celebrating national Classic Comic Strip Month in November with a 20% discount on all strip reprint titles. Now is the time to explore the delightful works of timeless artists like Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), E.C. Segar (Popeye), Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace), George Herriman (Krazy Kat), and the incomparable Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts), among countless others.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle will feature these and other titles all month long at 20% off our already bargain prices. Look for similar promotions at your local shop and pick up a copy of the free "Comic Strip Masterpieces" tabloid.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle's lively Georgetown arts district. We're open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110. Don't miss our spectacular "Unseen Peanuts" exhibition of rarely seen works by Charles M. Schulz opening Friday, November 23 continuing through December 31, 2007.








Junk and Stuff.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Kovey KornerDash Shaw 2 Nov 2007 11:10 AM
I'm not uploading pictures today. Blogger is an ass.

Frank Santoro is a very insightful and concise writer of complex ideas in comics. I consider it a failing that I don't 'get' his work so much. Read this thread.

Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues is opening at the JANM this Saturday (L.A.).

I love the paintings of Alexia Stamatiou. If you're in Boston, she has a show opening tonight at the Allston Skirt Gallery.

I was totally unfamiliar with Dash Shaw until his 720 page graphic novel showed up on my desk (to be published by Fantagraphics next season). And I confess I haven't made it through the book yet but just reading what I have I'm sold that this is going to be an amazing book that will create a hell of a lot of Shaw fans. Mike Baehr also pointed me to his weirdo drawings of Ninja Turtles from his childhood. And I repeat: 720 pages!

How awesome is Tove Jansson? Very.









Sacco talk audio
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJoe SaccoFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsaudio 2 Nov 2007 10:10 AM
Hear Joe Sacco's entire half-hour discussion of Palestine: The Special Edition and his other works at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last weekend by downloading this 20 MB MP3. (Pardon the low-fi quality; the tape recorder had a few glitches and speed issues, and I think some of the quieter moments might have been dropped, but I tried to correct what problems I could and de-chipmunk it as much as possible.) Photos and video clips can be seen on this page.