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Webcomics update for 1/9/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 9 Jan 2009 10:26 AM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Time for the new 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. Steven sez: "Watch in this and next week's installments how a frightened Chubby starts to resemble an Ariel Bordeaux character."

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's misadventures abroad in New York City continue!

The Usual Gang of Idiots
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 8 Jan 2009 8:56 PM

  I read that one of the crucial plot points of Marvel's big Secret Invasion crossover involved newly-elected President Obama bouncing Tony 'Iron Man' Stark from leading the Avengers and replacing him with mass-murdering psychopath Norman 'The Green Goblin' Osborn, creating some king of supervillain Illuminati and making Marvel the new Jack Chick. Shrewd move. 

And now "Obama" is making another crass Marvel appearance in some kind of Spider-Man variant collectible bullshit issue. I'm loathe to link about it, but this Wonkette quote was too rich to pass up: "Who is that mysterious black person in a business suit who looks absolutely nothing like Barack Obama, your new president? It's COMIC-BOOK Barack Obama, that's who! Jesus fucking christ, could Marvel Comics maybe hire somebody who can maybe draw something vaguely resembling the president-elect, rather than 'random negro dude in a suit who also seems to have neck tumors'?"

I actually thought there was some kind of particular law (for better or worse) against trying to profit commercially off a president's likeness in a way not protected by Fair Use (and I doubt limited-edition variant covers qualify as Fair Use), but I guess I totally made that up.

 

More Things to See (6 of 5): TMNTart
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under TMNT 8 Jan 2009 8:33 PM

tmntart.jpg

Okay, yeah, I GET why the TMNT have a bad name. I do. But not all fans are looking to depict Raphael nude with towel, or Leonardo "brandishing his Katana." I feel very sick about this.

Things to see (5 of 5): John Hankiewicz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under John Hankiewiczart 8 Jan 2009 8:30 PM

Too Busy - John Hankiewicz

...and to buy: John Hankiewicz is offering three small drawings for sale. Actually there will probably only be two left by the time you read this.

Things to see (4 of 5): Tim Lane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane 8 Jan 2009 8:21 PM

The Hitchhiker by Tim Lane

Tim Lane presents a new page from a new story, "Hitchhiker." Read more about it on Tim's blog.

Things to see (3 of 5): Johnny Ryan
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny Ryan 8 Jan 2009 8:09 PM

Cinefamily program cover by Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan illustrates the cover of the Cinefamily January/Febuary program. See Johnny's blog for more info.

Things to see (2 of 5): Paul Hornschemeier
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul Hornschemeier 8 Jan 2009 8:02 PM

Huge Suit by Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier states: 

Starting [January 5], and for the next seventeen weeks, I'll be contributing a weekly strip in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.The strip is in their "Tragic Strip" slot of their political section, and has been previously occupied by a slew of artists, including one of my major idols and influences, Heinz Edelmann. My contribution will feature Huge Suit (who made an appearance in Fantagraphics' 2006 Free Comic Book Day issue and is inarguably one of my more Heinz Edelmann-influenced characters). The strips aren't apparently going to be available online, but a clip is above.

More details on Paul's blog.

Things to see (1 of 5): Anders Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Anders Nilsen 8 Jan 2009 7:56 PM

Anders Nilsen sketchbook

New sketchbook pages from Anders Nilsen. Above: the devil.

Bennett's Beat of the Traps
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under MomeJonathan Bennett 8 Jan 2009 6:58 PM

MOME contributor Jonathan Bennett has a fantastic, classic Sunday-style comic strip called "Beat of the Traps" in the new Kramers Ergot. John is a fantastic cartoonist whose work exhibits the craftsmanship of a master jeweler, but also has an existential soul a la Glenn Ganges or King Cat that its quotidian trappings often belie. He's really good. It turns out he also completed an additional page for Kramers of B&W dailies leading up to the Sunday payoff that the editor, Sammy Harkham, mercilessly rejected from the book. I like to picture Sammy laughing, with a cigar, as he gave Bennett the news. Anyway, luckily for us, Bennett has rescued the page from oblivion and produced the handsome minicomic version pictured above. The only downside of this is it makes my job harder in putting together that MOME theme issue I'd been planning, KRAMERS REJECTS. But you should search it out nonetheless.

Obama the Magic Flute
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 8 Jan 2009 6:45 PM

We get a lot of random magazines in the office, and one is Adult Video News, a kind of Variety/Publishers Weekly for the sex industry. From today's front page: 

That's some choice copy, but they neglected to mention it could also double as a toy for H.R. Pufnstuff fetishists