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Now in stock: The Comics Journal #289
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 16 Apr 2008 1:48 PM

The Comics Journal #289

The Comics Journal #289
Gary Groth, Executive Editor

In this issue of The Comics Journal:

  • In a mammoth interview, Marvel Zombies writer Robert Kirkman discusses everything from starting out as the publisher of Battle Pope to his work with Image and Marvel Comics. Plus: Kirkman-related essays by Michael Dean and Simon Abrams, and zombies, zombies, zombies!
  • The Arrival author Shaun Tan talks about the Australian comics scene, children’s books and the breakaway success of his immigrant-themed latest work.
  • Our comics section this issue features 100 consecutive strips from Ed Wheelan’s classic Minute Movies, plus a history of the strip by Jared Gardner.
  • Bob Levin looks at the life and work of Hustler Magazine’s most notorious cartoonist, “Chester the Molester” creator Dwaine Tinsley.
  • Historian R.C. Harvey recounts the history of the first daily comic strip, Mutt and Jeff, and its creator Bud Fisher.
  • Paul Kirchner remembers the late Charlton cartoonist Wayne Howard.
  • Alan David Doane offers a critique of the modern comics shop.

As always, we’ve got teasers from the new issue on the TCJ.com website, including extracts of our Robert Kirkman and Shaun Tan interviews, plus Michael Dean’s Marvel Zombies essay in its entirety! Boasting absolutely no zombie-variant covers whatsoever, The Comics Journal #289 will enlighten, entertain and irritate comics connoisseurs in all the ways you’ve come to know and love.

200-page color/b&w squarebound 7.5" x 9.5" magazine • $11.95
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NYCC Friday Night: DESERT ISLAND!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikMark Newgardenevents 16 Apr 2008 1:01 PM

Don't miss the inaugural event this Friday night at Brooklyn's DESERT ISLAND COMICS! 

  

LISTING INFO:

WHO: Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden
WHAT: Book signing, curiosities, and discussion
WHERE: Desert Island
WHEN: Friday, April 18, 7PM
WHY: Because we care

Desert Island Comics
540 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211





Martin Kellerman: Get rich or die tryin'
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Martin Kellerman 16 Apr 2008 11:28 AM

Martin Kellerman with 50 Cent and company

Apparently in the alternate universe known as Sweden cartoonists are given their own glossy entertainment magazine and hang around with Fiddy and his G-Unit crew. (Photo supplied to Kim Thompson by Häkon Strand of Strand Comics.)

This seems like a good time to remind you to stay tuned for daily Rocky strips in English here on Fantagraphics.com starting in the near future!

Ray Fenwick's coming out party
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ray Fenwick 16 Apr 2008 8:32 AM

  

Ray Fenwick's amazing first book, The Hall of Best Knowledge, hits stores any day now from Fantagraphics and the publicity is just starting to come in.  Today there's a great feature on Ray in The National Post of Canada

Meanwhile, the May 1 issue of Booklist features a starred review of Hall of Best Knowledge. "This is a life-passage story that reveals itself as such so slyly that the joy and loving humilty it evokes at the end are breathtaking," writes Ray Olson. Couldn't agree more. 

  

Al Jaffee original Humbug art
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsHumbug 15 Apr 2008 1:39 PM

Al Jaffee original art from Humbug, 1956

We recently received a large package of original art from Al Jaffee for our upcoming complete Humbug collection. Here's just one amazing example -- click the image above to see a high-res version, and click here for a set with close-up detail photos. Also, if you haven't seen it already, see our nifty feature detailing the production process of restoring a Humbug page.

J.W.E.: My new favorite blog
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy Eaton 15 Apr 2008 1:36 PM
My good friend, Jeremy Eaton, has launched a blog, and you must read it now, immediately, if only for the current post, "How the Hulk Almost Got Me Laid," which is easily the greatest comics-related blog post I've read in ages. And I have no doubt this is just the tip of the iceberg. Bookmark now.
Publishers Weekly's Fanta news
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under new releases 15 Apr 2008 12:10 PM
Publishers Weekly has the scoop on a number of original graphic novels coming this fall and winter from from Fantagraphics Books. Read it here!
Sneak peek photos: Explainers
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJules Feiffer 15 Apr 2008 12:06 PM

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

Have a look at (and inside) a real-life copy of the upcoming book Explainers - The Complete Village Voice Strips (1956-66) by Jules Feiffer. For a Flickr slideshow, click here, or to browse manually, click here. (And don't forget you can read the Introduction, and preview more strips, here; and registered users can download yet another preview excerpt here.)

2008 Eisner Award nominees, now on sale!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsawards 15 Apr 2008 10:48 AM

Awards & empties, Eisner Awards ceremony, San Diego Comic-Con, 07/27/07

Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2008 Eisner Awards. We're celebrating our 11 nominations (plus a few for some of our favorite artists) by putting all of our nominated titles on sale for 20% off through May 15, 2008! The full list of nominations is below; click here to browse all of the sale items.

Best Short Story
"At Loose Ends" by Lewis Trondheim, in Mome Vol. 8
"Whatever Happened to Fletcher Hanks?" by Paul Karasik, in I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!
"Young Americans" by Emile Bravo, in Mome Vol. 8

Best Anthology
Mome (Vols. 6-9)

Best Graphic Album — New
Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Strips
Popeye Vol. 2: Well Blow Me Down! by E. C. Segar

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books
I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason

Best Lettering
Lewis Trondheim, "At Loose Ends," Mome Vols. 7 & 8

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (issues #280-287)

Best Comics-Related Book
Meanwhile... A Biography of Milton Caniff by R. C. Harvey

Hall of Fame
Barry Windsor-Smith

Additional congratulations go out to Dan Clowes and Chris Ware for their nominations for "Mr. Wonderful" and Acme Novelty Library #18, respectively. 











Sketchbook #17
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under john kerschbaumart 15 Apr 2008 9:31 AM

Petey & Pussy, courtesy John Kerschbaum. Look for the Petey & Pussy graphic novel in late 2008 from Fanta -- you heard it here first!