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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.
New FREE signed bookplates now available!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezKim DeitchBlake Bell 8 Sep 2008 2:03 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers - bookplate

We've added several new books to our roster of titles which are available with FREE signed bookplates as a bonus when you order directly from us! They include:

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell (signed by Bell, not by Ditko... are you crazy?)
Deitch's Pictorama by Kim, Seth and Simon Deitch (shown below - signed by Kim only)
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers (shown above - signed by both Gilbert and Jaime!)
The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Perla La Loca by Jaime Hernandez
Beyond Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
Amor Y Cohetes by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez (signed by all 3!)

Deitch's Pictorama - bookplate

Some conditions apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!





Preview videos/slideshows: Krazy & Ignatz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesKrazy Kat 8 Sep 2008 1:06 PM

Here's a slightly belated look at the two ultimate entries (until we go back and reprint the early Eclipse volumes) in our Krazy & Ignatz series of Krazy Kat reprint volumes: 1943-1944 (top) and The Complete Sunday Strips 1935-1944, the giant hardcover compiling the last 5 volumes (bottom). Watch these video/photo slideshow teasers for exciting fold-out action, glinting gold foil stamping, and more. Click here and here if the slideshows don't appear above.

Dan Clowes did not draw this...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 8 Sep 2008 9:07 AM

... though it's quite an impressive forgery of his late-1980s style:

Spotted HERE

Blogosphere roundup for 9/5/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 5 Sep 2008 4:51 PM

Here's what the Internet says about our books this (relatively quiet) week:

Kevin Church sandwiches a thumbs-up for Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars amongst some other reviews; Alan David Doane calls the book "thrilling";

Blog Flumer Ken Parille says it best: "In anticipation of the forthcoming release of Daniel Clowes's Ghost World: Special Edition, I take a close look at the comic's closing line of dialogue"

Mano de Papel notes our publications in general (in Spanish)

Jog notes our New Comics Day releases and, while complimentary toward the books, doesn't care for our slideshow previews

• Whatever real life person's opinions Lydia represents in The Rack recommends Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 this week; it's also Blog@Newsarama's pick of the week

PLAYBACK:stl has mixed feelings about Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes

What else?

CNN.com profiles Willie & Joe creator Bill Mauldin

Spooky sketchbook drawings by Matthias Lehmann

A USA Today article reprinted in The Detroit Free Press quotes Strange and Stranger author Blake Bell in this article on the Siegel-Shuster legacy

Jim Blanchard remembers a legendary prank

Poor Bob Levin

• Holy cramoly, a treasure trove of rare early Hernandez Brothers stories and illos (via The Beat)

• The Babeland blog presents a three part interview with Ellen Forney

Newsarama talks to Roger Langridge

3:AM Magazine profiles Peter Bagge

Flickr user mikecargill has a couple of really nice shots of our warehouse

Seattleites: Help Forney Say Ta-Ta to Lustlab on Tuesday!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ellen Forney 5 Sep 2008 11:31 AM

  

For the Capitol Hill Artwalk on September 9, Toys in Babeland is going to host a show of Ellen Forney's Lustlab originals, and she'll also be performing her Lust reading/presentation at TiB's 15th anniversary partyon September 18. The art show is called "Ta-ta, Lustlab Ad of the Week!"

ELLEN FORNEY's
Ta-Ta, "Lustlab Ad of the Week"!!

Original art exhibition and LUST book signing

Capitol Hill Art Walk
Tues., Sept. 9, 6 - 9pm
FREE!

Exhibition continues through Oct. 6

Babeland
707 E. Pike St. (on Capitol Hill)
Seattle, WA 98122
206-328-2914

Join Ellen Forney in bidding "Ta-Ta!!" to her provocative "Lustlab Ad
of the Week" cartoon series! Ellen will be on hand to sign copies of
LUST, the hardback collection of the series (Fantagraphics Books).
The art exhibit features ink-on-paper art selections from the series'
four-year run in the Stranger.

"Forney's kitschy, playful drawings make you want to know these
anonymous souls - and make personals ads not just acceptable, but
cool." - Penthouse

"No matter who - or what - your yen, LUST is worth a peep." - Readymade

"Alternately clever and goofy, LUST is a fantastic voyage into the
nether regions of human desire." - Entertainment Weekly

 












BLAB! at Copro Nason Tomorrow Night!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsBlabart 5 Sep 2008 11:17 AM

THE 4th ANNUAL BLAB! SHOW
Saturday, September 6, 8:00-11:30 pm
OPENING RECEPTION: September 6th, 8:00-11:30 pm

Check out all the artwork HERE

Copro/Nason Gallery and Monte Beauchamp proudly present "THE BLAB! SHOW," the fourth Group Art Exhibition featuring original paintings and illustrations from the forthcoming issue of BLAB! magazine - Monte Beauchamp's periodic anthology of sequential and comic art, illustration, painting, and printmaking.

Artists include: SHAG, TRAVIS LOUIE, RYAN HESHKA, GARY BASEMAN, RON ENGLISH, LUKE CHEUH, GARY TAXALI, FRED STONEHOUSE, ANDY KEHOE, TRAVIS LAMPE, LAURA LEVINE, MARC BURCKHARDT, CJ PYLE, MARK TODD, TOM HUCK, and MANY MORE.

Don't Miss Out!!!! The show continues until September 27.

COPRO/NASON GALLERY (at Bergamot Station)
2525 Michigan Ave #T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404 




Scenes from a Town of Mirrors
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Pollard 5 Sep 2008 11:10 AM

  

Here's a swell recap of our recent Robert Pollard book release party, courtesy our pal Rob Clough. Thanks to Rob for the recpap and pics (and be sure to check out Rob's writing about comics, he's one of the best on the Net):

On a rainy Durham evening on August 15th, Merge Records hosted a book release party and art exhibit for Robert Pollard. Merge has released the last several solo albums of the former Guided By Voices lead singer, so Durham was a fitting site for the debut of TOWN OF MIRRORS, a tribute to his remarkable eye as a visual artist. His works included art from his album covers, drawings, paintings, collage and other mixed media. The opening was part of a monthly "Third Friday" art walk in downtown Durham, and the small Merge gallery was quickly packed. I snapped these photos just a few minutes after the doors opened, finding a relaxed Pollard talking to friends (that's him in the striped shirt):

Some of the works featured in the photos include "Everything's Baby", "Gratification To Concrete", "The Kids Eat It Up", "The Floating Babies In Space", "Church of the Sci-Fi Episode 23 Too Much Information" "Church of the Sci-Fi Episode 7 Visit This Place", and "Off To Business".