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R.I.P. Steve Gerber
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under The Comics Journal 13 Feb 2008 10:56 AM

Fantagraphics would like to extend its condolences to the family of Steve Gerber, who passed away on Sunday (if you'd like to read more about Mr. Gerber, the Comics Reporter has a very thorough index of online coverage of his life and works).

In honor of Mr. Gerber's legacy, our sister Comics Journal site has uploaded the entirety of Gary Groth's landmark 1978 TCJ interview (#41) interview with Gerber (this interview is also available in The Comics Journal Library Vol. 6: The Writers). For further context, we also present critic Dale Luciano's essay on the subject of Gerber's work.

Seth is Da Man
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Seth 13 Feb 2008 10:36 AM

Last week's New Yorker cover:

Jason in EW
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jason 13 Feb 2008 10:27 AM

This was a nice little interview with Jason in last week's EW:

 

 

Great minds think alike
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ivan Brunetti 13 Feb 2008 10:20 AM

From an ad in the New Yorker, to which Ivan Brunetti is, ironically, a contributor. And I would wager that at least three of the contributors to this book are familiar with Ivan's work.

Hornschemeier Radio
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Hornschemeier 13 Feb 2008 10:17 AM

Go listenPaul Hornschemeier on the venerable Inkstuds radio program out of Vancouver, BC. 
Gilbert Hernandez... Manga!?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gilbert Hernandez 12 Feb 2008 8:35 AM
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Read it here. (Thanks, Dirk.) And if you haven't read Gilbert's Speak of the Devil miniseries from Dark Horse, do. I read the first four last night and it's just great. Quintessential Gilbert, but at his most accessible. A good one for those unfamiliar with his brilliance.

In the last two days, I've read: Speak of the Devil #1-4, Omega the Unknown #1-4 by Lethem & Dalrymple, The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez, ACME Novelty Library #18 by Chris Ware, Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes, The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees by Tony Millionaire, a rough draft of our forthcoming Unlovable collection by Esther Pearl Watson, and half of Julie Doucet's 365 Days. It occurred to me that I'm not sure I've ever read so many good comics in such a short amount of time. It's an embarrassment of riches 'round these parts for us funnybook aficionados.

Resonance Mag, R.I.P.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under miscellany 11 Feb 2008 9:39 AM

 

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I was sorry to hear from my friend Andrew Monko this weekend that after 14 years, the print incarnation of Seattle's Resonance Magazine has folded. The final,  current edition is available as a free download and the plan is to re-launch the magazine online in 2009. Resonance has been one of Seattle's strongest supporters of the independent arts since it launched, whether it be local print like Fantagraphics or local music from SubPopBarsukLight in the Attic, etc. If you've never read the magazine, check out the download, because it was a good one, and we'll look forward to the relaunch next year.

The Fuzz & Pluck Theme Song
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ted Stearn 11 Feb 2008 9:29 AM

A recorded tribute to Ted Stearn's Fuzz & Pluck. Listen here. Courtesy the Pohjolas. Here's the full lyrics. By the way, the final issue (#5) of Fuzz & Pluck: Splittsville will be out in just a few weeks!
Mike Leavitt portrait of our bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreart 11 Feb 2008 8:50 AM

painting by Mike Leavitt

Nationally recognized artist and Fantagraphics fan Mike Leavitt included this stunning rendition of our storefront in his "Penny Places" series, on view through March 5 at Gallery 6311 in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Check it out.

Show and Tell, Pt. 3
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Richard SalaJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDaniel ClowesChris WareartAl Columbia 10 Feb 2008 8:15 PM

More from the files...

A couple of rejected panels by Al Columbia

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A 1997 WonderCon jam sketch by Jaime Hernandez and Daniel Clowes:

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Another 1997 WonderCon jam sketch pencilled by Gilbert Hernandez & inked by me:

A 1991 convention sketch I obtained from Dan Clowes while I was in college, three years before working at Fanta:  

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A 2004 wedding present from Chris & Marnie Ware:

The back:

A beautiful Chuckling Whatsit pin-up scored at APE several years ago from Richard Sala: