I honestly can't decide what to make of these "Lasagna Cat" live-action Garfield strip re-enactments and music videos that have been blogged about all over the place lately, but I've watched just about all of 'em and a few made me laugh out loud. I don't have the heart to embed one, but, well, watch this one. The laugh tracks at the end are brutal. And then? Garfield and Odie rockin' the Taxi theme? The music chosen for each video is usually inspiredly insipid or cliched. The Van Halen and MASH theme ("Suicide is Painless") videos were pretty funny. This one is like a Bizarro Jim Davis trying to steal Garfield back from Paper Rad. Tread at your own risk, though, you might think it's as stupid as Garfield itself.
CBR has a feature up on our fair city's biggest comics event, the Emerald City Con. The ECC continues to grow every year, it's become a pretty big show. I wanted to mention this story because all of you conventioneers out there should consider coming out for it. It's still a fairly mainstream show, but the organizer, Jim Demonakos, is a fine fellow who is actively trying to make a diverse show and we're working with him to cook up some good stuff for this year (which we'll divulge later). The show takes place May 10-11 in Seattle.
Presenting: a chance to win prizes! A way to familiarize yourself with the new Fantagraphics.com website! A fun time-waster! Everyone who's registered on Fantagraphics.com (do it here) has a chance to earn a 20%-off coupon good toward any online order by correctly answering ten Fantagraphics-related trivia questions (all of the answers can be found on Fantagraphics.com), and one randomly-chosen winner will receive a coupon for a whopping 50% off! Contest ends February 15, 2008. For the list of questions and complete rules, make sure you're logged in and then click here (or click "My Account" and select "Win 20% Off!" from our navigation menu at any time). Good luck!
Fantagraphics Books & Rocketship Brooklyn are proud to present:
A HOTWIRE COMIX RELEASE PARTY & SIGNING!
WHO: Jonathon Rosen, Glenn Head, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Mark Newgarden, David Sandlin, Chadwick Whitehead, Craig Yoe, R. Sikyorak, Doug Allen, Marc Dean Veca and other guests t.b.a.!
WHAT: HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 Release Party & Signing
WHERE: ROCKETSHIP, 208 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, at 8PM
Insanity, dementia, stray bullets, hangovers, hillbillies, sci-fi, candy-rods, carnies, Wilhelm Riech, PCP, decayed portraits, Tijuana bibles, gags, mobsters, Mick Jones, zombies, paranoia, orgones, and psychedelia... it's all here!
HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 weighs in at 136 pages, 64 in full color, with an eye-popping fold-out and big 9x12 format. Edited by Glenn Head (Snake Eyes). Featuring all new work by these GREAT talents: Tim Lane, Jonathon Rosen, Mark Newgarden, R. Sikoryak, David Sandlin, Mary Fleener, Johnny Ryan, Matti Hagelberg, David Paleo, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Glenn Head, Carol Swain, Mark dean Veca, Stephane Blanquet, Mack White, Onsmith, Lorna Miller, Chris Estey, David Lasky, Ivan Brunetti, Tobias Tak, Craig Yoe, and Christian Northeast....
HOTWIRE puts the kicks back in comics! Yes, the Eisner and Harvey award nominated comics' anthology is back for another mindbending, madcap, mash-up of thrills, spills, and glorious cartoon mayhem!
I don't link to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive site nearly as often as I could -- they seem to post absolutely stunning historical work on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding the site to your RSS feed. Today they added some classic comics from Virgil "Vip" Partch's greatest collection of cartoons, The Wild, Wild Women. You can never go wrong with some VIP. Why hasn't anyone (okay, us) done a VIP coffee table book yet?!
If you like what you see at the ASIFA site, you might consider supporting it.
LA Weekly has a nice Joe Saccointerview/feature up, written by our pal Scott Thill. Worth a read. Oddly, it's one of the few interviews with Joe that I've read where he is asked about Bush's foreign policy in the middle east, and needless to say, he's not happy. Sacco for President!
GEORGETOWN MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF MONTHLY SECOND SATURDAY GEORGETOWN ART ATTACK!
Seattle's colorful, industrial Georgetown neighborhood - home of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery - has drawn a lot of recent attention as the last outpost of a true blue-collar Bohemian arts community. In an effort to showcase the many accomplished artists and creative enterprises based in the neighborhood, the Georgetown Merchants Association is pleased to launch the first Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack. The first of these lively monthly artwalks will take place on Saturday, February 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
More than two dozen galleries, studios, nightclubs, boutiques, and cafes will participate in the inaugural event. The work of countless local artists in a variety of media will be presented. As the delicate social ecology of the historic Georgetown district faces challenges posed by gentrification, it is hoped that featuring Georgetown's delightful creative diversity will generate public sentiment favoring the preservation of this regional asset.
Among the many highlights of the Second Saturday Georgetown Art Attack:
The lively "Art Jam" at 9 Lb. Hammer where a dozen Georgetown artists create modern masterpieces live onstage to a pulsating urban sound mix; Open artists studios at the newly developed Equinox Studios, housing more than three dozen artists and craftsmen; Art exhibition and book launch party for cartoonist Ellen Forney's provocative new title "Lust" at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; New works by the incomparable Rick Klu at Georgetown Tile Works; Open house celebration at the newly expanded Belle & Wissell studio gallery; Improvisational theater by Real Moment Players at Calamity Jane's; A sneak peek at soon-to-open Full Throttle Bottles; A multimedia installation about the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival at Bolte Creative and an opening at the rechristened MIX (formerly Christoff Gallery); Exotic shopping, diverse dining, thirst quenching fun and limitless entertainment in the charming and challenging Georgetown industrial arts quarter.
Most participating businesses cater to all ages clientele and admission is free.
GEORGETOWN SECOND SATURDAY ART ATTACK
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
ART - MUSIC - MERRIMENT - MAYHEM
GEORGETOWN, SEATTLE, USA
All City Coffee, Artcore Tattoo, Art at the Top of the Stairs. Backstage, Belle & Wissell, Bolte Creative, Calamity Jane's, A Dog's Dream Natural Pet Supply, Equinox Studios, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Fruit Cocktail Collectibles, Full Throttle Bottles, George, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown Liquor Company*, Georgetown Records, Georgetown Tile Works, Great Stuff, Hanger Café, Jules Maes Saloon*, MIX, 9 Lb. Hammer*, Smarty Pants Restaurant*, Squid and Ink.
This Classic Television Showbiz clip is fantastic, featuring To Tell the Truth with guest William M. Gaines, publisher of EC Comics and MAD Magazine. It's pretty funny how the contestants clearly refuse to believe that a big ol' hippie like Gaines could possibly be a Madison Ave. publishing mogul.