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Sacco in Minneapolis
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joe Saccoevents 12 Nov 2007 9:26 PM
Rain Taxi sponsors a reading series as a further demonstration of its commitment to literary culture.

JOE SACCO
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 pm
$10 ($8 for Walker Members and Rain Taxi subscribers)

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Join us as celebrated cartoonist JOE SACCO visits Minneapolis for a special presentation co-hosted by Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Walker Art Center. Appearing in conjunction with the Walker exhibition Brave New Worlds, Sacco will offer a visual tour of his acclaimed approach to comics journalism, in which he combines the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of graphic storytelling to explore complex, emotionally weighted situations in some of the most conflicted and war-torn regions of the globe.








Kudos for I Killed Adolf Hitler
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under JasonEllen Forneyawards 12 Nov 2007 12:25 PM


Publishers Weekly has named Jason's I Killed Adolf Hitler to their Best Books of 2007 list. They say:

"Hard-boiled hit men, a time machine and a quest to save the world add up to a story about the permanence of love in this darkly humorous tale."

Also on the list: Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, illustrated by our pal Ellen Forney, who is called out for her "witty cartoons."

Congratulations to all!







Various.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Kovey Korner 12 Nov 2007 11:30 AM
Don't forget: Adrian Tomine appearing 7 o'clock tonight at the University Bookstore, chatting with Fantagraphics' third arm, Eric Reynolds.

In Florida: "Small Stuff" at Bear & Bird Gallery on Nov. 24th. Features a bunch of artists selling work in a "cash and carry" format. A great way to buy some art for the gift-giving season. One of my favorites, Scott Campbell is in the show, as is Australian cartoonist Benjamin Constantine. Constantine (Ben Cee) recently sent comics to the office that I really enjoyed. His work has shades of Kevin Scalzo hanging out with Dave Cooper. He seems to be hitting a stride with his series "Plump Oyster" and I'm looking forward to seeing more from him.

The Closed Caption Comics crowd is doing some interesting work in the Ft. Thunder vein (shorthand shortcut I know). The group is hit and miss but the hits are heavy. I'm an idiot not to find the cash to buy Noel Freibert's new Troggy's Little Brother" silkscreened comic or art book or whatever.

Tom Spurgeon posted a response to Eric's post about the New York Times article mentioned below. Both posts are historically helpful to read and makes one marvel at how completely indifferent some people are to ethics and mass disdain.





First-ever film adaptation of a poster?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jaime Hernandez 12 Nov 2007 10:47 AM
Check it out: Jaime Hernandez's Theme Time Radio Hour Poster: The Movie.
Capitalism works.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under comics industry 11 Nov 2007 12:23 AM
Why was this story even written? This is the worst kind of wag the dog journalism about comics that I can recall reading recently, and while I'm not surprised that the NY Times ran with it, I'm a little surprised that the author's c.v. includes the Believer, which is one of the very few mags I go out of my way to read, even about things that are totally out of my wheelhouse, because I respect their editorial vigor. This story is degrading to the Times and Believer. Platinum Studios is the worst kind of intellectual property grindhouse, a shell corporation of creativity that exists for no reason other than to profit off of media manipulation exactly like this, and only proliferates for the same reason. Scott Rosenberg had as much to do with Men In Black as your average "Stan Lee presents" story from Marvel over the last 30+ years; besides, MiB was what, 15 years ago? Platinum is as creatively bankrupt as Rosenberg is morally. But because he can manipulate sales charts at EW through sheer capital investment, Rosenberg is a mover and shaker and worthy of NY Times coverage. Lazy journalists are the only reason that Platinum even exists; despite working in the comics business for nearly two decades, I've never heard Platinum's comics discussed by anyone in the industry, or even in fan circles. Rosenberg's reputation in the industry, however, precedes him, going back to his days as a comic book distributor in the 1980s. Yet Platinum keeps popping up in newspapers without really doing anything, despite a rather ignominious past for Rosenberg. And yes, sometimes the reporters solicit opposing views from folks like Gary Groth, but that's still just paying far too much attention to a creative and commercial sham. Platinum is market manipulation via huge capital, obatained through dishonesty and/or sheer luck over a decade ago.
Video of Gary Groth interviewing Schulz biographer David Michaelis
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPeanutsCharles M Schulz 9 Nov 2007 12:13 PM
Eric Reynolds recorded a couple of brief video clips of Gary Groth's interview of Schulz and Peanuts author David Michaelis at the Elliott Bay Book Company here in Seattle on Wednesday evening and passed them to me to put on YouTube:


We also have several still photos from a few different sources — click for a gallery on Flickr.

Gary Groth & David Michaelis, Elliott Bay Book Co., 11/07/07




Happy birthday Ludvig!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staff 9 Nov 2007 11:39 AM
Our office dog and unofficial mascot turns 3 today. Here he is as a puppy. Awww!



Ellen Forney: "totally sexy babe"
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ellen Forney 9 Nov 2007 11:22 AM
So says Real Change in the intro to their great interview with Ellen.
Listen up: Greg Irons
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Greg Ironsaudio 8 Nov 2007 7:14 PM


Inkstuds Radio talks underground legend Greg Irons with Patrick Rosenkranz, author of You Call This Art?!: A Greg Irons Retrospective. I haven't listened yet, but it should be good; I always enjoy talking comics with Patrick, and Inkstuds is the best radio show about comics that I am aware of.

Love and Rockets in depth
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 8 Nov 2007 11:43 AM
Spurge points out that "Shelf Life," Marc Sobel's in-depth, issue-by-issue examination of Love and Rockets Vol. 1 at Sequart, has entered its second half, with the latest installment featuring issue #26.