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Blogosphere roundup for 9/26/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 26 Sep 2008 3:45 PM

Here are the book reviews that turned up around the web on this relatively quiet week:

• The incredibly-named I Love Rob Liefeld recommends Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 for fellow L&R newbies; the more sensibly-named Read About Comics looks at the issue as well; Johnny Bacardi gives it an "A" (scroll about halfway down)

• Former Fantagraphics intern Michael Jewell recommends The Complete Love and Rockets in Savannah College of Art & Design's District

• Brazilian blog Quadrinhos Coquettes takes note of Mome

Comic Book Bin looks at Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

The Forager Blog takes a trip down Matthias Lehmann's HWY 115

Comics And... Other Imaginary Tales takes an advance look at a few of our late-Fall releases

And some other articles of interest:

Here's what appears to be all the dialogue from Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom translated into Japanese

Comic Book Resources profiles Kevin Huizenga

Thomas Ott: the Brad Pitt of scratchboard! (according to this funny Angry Mum cartoon)

The Duke University Chronicle talks to Dash Shaw

• I hadn't seen this before: the Chicago Hero statuette from Chicago Comics, designed by Chris Ware and sculpted by Alex Ross

Drawn! features David Levine

The Boston Phoenix talks Boston Spaceships (his new band) and Town of Mirrors (his new book) with Robert Pollard

• If our selection of Fantagraphics iPhone wallpapers doesn't include what you're looking for, you can make your own like Tim of Sparky Malarkey did

'Beto's Homer
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gilbert Hernandez 26 Sep 2008 2:54 PM

Go read: Gilbert Hernandez does the Simpsons!

 

Chocolate Cheeks for 9/26/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 26 Sep 2008 1:21 PM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Time for a 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. In this week's episode: somebody gets Rocky Roaded! (Remember, you must be registered and logged in to read.)

Inspiration.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Inspiration 26 Sep 2008 12:05 PM

Good or bad, they don't make trading cards as intriguing as this anymore.

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The Inkstuds of Pussy Rock
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peter Bagge 26 Sep 2008 10:48 AM

Because no one demanded it! Peter Bagge & I reunite on the Inkstuds Hour of Power to talk about our old band, The Action Suits. But not before Pete and the Inkstuds crew talk about just how fucked up America is! Above comic by Jaime Hernandez.

Dan Clowes: Genius. Still.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Daniel Clowes 26 Sep 2008 9:55 AM

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This is the first time I've seen this cover large enough to make out the structure of the speech and thought balloons and it kills me. This is brilliant. I want to write an essay about the concept of this one panel as it relates to marketing this subject to the varied audience it is reaching out to in the era that it is doing so but I'm not gifted at essay writing. Dan Clowes is genius and I begrudgingly understand why my wife has a goddamn "celebrity crush" on him.

Nilsen at Quimby's TONIGHT!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MomeeventsAnders Nilsen 25 Sep 2008 1:57 PM

Anders Nilsen artwork

Chicagoans! You've got 2 hours to hie ye'self down to Quimby's to see a reading by Anders Nilsen at 7 PM. Sez Anders on his blog, "I'll be showing a sort of preview of the forthcoming Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes (Monologues II-Fantagraphics Books, due out in February) as well as a video-ized version of the strip Event, which first appeared in Mome, back in 2005, and was originally conceived as a video, not a comic strip. Which explains why it doesn't really look like one. Joe Meno and Arthur Nersesian are also reading."

Inspiration.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Inspiration 25 Sep 2008 1:31 PM

Tarzan Menko Cards.

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See you at SPX
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoevents 25 Sep 2008 12:01 PM

Next week we'll be making a full announcement of all of our guests and programming at SPX (Oct. 4-5 in Bethesda, MD) — stay tuned! In the meantime, here's a 30-second YouTube commercial for the Expo to give you a glimpse of the scene:

Dash Shaw at Duke tonight!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 25 Sep 2008 10:38 AM

09.25.2008 
Bottomless: Dash Shaw Art Exhibition
Duke University, John Hope Franklin Center
2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27708 
17:30-19:30

09.26.2008
Discussion between Dash Shaw & Gary Panter
Duke University, John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240
2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27708 
12:00

Bottomless, an exhibition of original drawings, storyboards, color background overlays and a video animation by Dash Shaw will be on display at the John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road from Thursday, September 25 through October 31. The exhibition is curated by Diego Cortez.

The opening is September 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At noon on Friday, September 26 in Franklin Center 240, Shaw will be joined by noted graphic artist Gary Panter, "Jimbo In Purgatory" cartoonist, and Shaw's former teacher at the School of the Visual Arts, who will discuss his work.
A 32-page zine from the show will be available from PictureBox Inc. 100 copies will be at the gallery space and a signed/numbered edition of 100 will be available later off of their website.

Then, if you're in D.C. for SPX and/or heading to NYC after SPX:

Mon Oct 06 5-7pm
George Washington University, Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW, Washington DC 20052
202.994.9508
Presentation and panel discussion
Jesse Reklaw, Dash Shaw, Trevor Alixopulos, and Ken Dahl

Wed Oct 08 7-9pm
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan, Brooklyn NY 11211
718.388.5087
Book signing and comics social
Jesse Reklaw, Trevor Alixopulos, Ken Dahl, and Dash Shaw