|New poll: Special Editions?|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta||24 Sep 2008 11:07 AM|
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We have a new poll on the website today: "Following Palestine and Ghost World, what should get the Special Edition treatment next?" Will your vote help a book idea become reality? Who knows! Look in the right column on Flog or our home page for the poll module and cast your vote. And click here for the results of our previous poll, "Which is your favorite of Jason's recent books?" It was a pretty close race!
Scheduled to arrive in comic shops across the U.S. today, a few of our most eagerly-anticipated titles of the year:
As usual, you can read up on the books and check out our multimedia previews before you make the trip to your shop of choice by clicking the links above.
I don't know why, but watching a video review of a book you put together is infinitely more dread-inducing than a print review. But I guess we got off pretty easy with this week's Comic Book Haters video podcast. I'm not sure there's anything more entertaining than listening to three guys with thick Jersey accents trying to make sense of something they're not very familiar with. I'm actually quite grateful to the Haters for giving MOME a shot, because it's clearly not in their wheelhouse, per se, and it would have been easy for them to choose something else to review. But they didn't, and hey, they kind of liked it. Thanks, guys!
I just scored the first
Really, weren't you sold on this one just from the kickass poster above?Hot damn.
Anyway, the show opens on Sept 26th, 7-9PM and goes through Nov. 9th. For more info, visit:
Here's a review of Abandoned Cars from PRINT magazine:
Forget about Marvel's Secret Invasion or DC's Final Crisis. The real comic book event of the summer comes in the unassuming guise of a hardcover collection of illustrated short stories. Abandoned Cars (Fantagraphics) is the breathtaking debut book by St. Louis writer/illustrator Tim Lane. Lane drew on a number of inspirations-everything from "pre-Comics Code" comics like Will Eisner's The Spirit to Bruce Springsteen's concept album Nebraska to inform this collection of atmospheric tales about the human condition. "Over technique, over stylization, more important than anything else is emotional impact," he says. This isn't to say that the book lacks either technique or style, but that for all its visual dazzle, there's an emotional tug, sometimes sympathy, sometimes revulsion. Refreshingly, the book isn't slavishly devoted to genre or to its inherent comic book-ness (no tights or monsters). So why not just write a straight-up short story collection? "The stories I like to tell are conducive to comics," he says. The book signals the arrival of a major new voice on the American literary landscape, with or without the illustrations.
BUDDY DOES VANCOUVER!
Speaking of Word on the Street, you British Columbians won't want to miss Vancouver's graphic novel component to Word on the Street: Lucky's Comics is sponsoring Peter Bagge's appearance at Word on the Street!
Come on by the Vancouver Public Library and meet Peter Bagge on September 28 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
If you're in Toronto this weekend, don't miss the Word on the Street Festival, where super duper comic shop the Beguiling will be actively involved, including sponsoring these two events with Ray Fenwick, author of Hall of Best Knowledge.
Saturday September 27, 5PM, 2 hours