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Humbug update
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Humbug 11 Sep 2008 10:10 AM
Prompted by a recent customer query, here's a quick status update on our Humbug collection: it's still a bit delayed due to our painstaking production process, and is now looking like a late December/early January release. I've eavesdropped on many production discussions and I can tell you that there is incredible attention to detail going into this project. (If you missed it earlier, you can get a glimpse at the process right here.) It will absolutely be worth the wait!
L&R New Stories 1: A hack review.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Love and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 10 Sep 2008 11:51 PM

This is an old post I'm just getting to:

"Having just approved the proofs for printing the brand new Love and Rockets Volume Three I can't help but post about HOW FUCKING AMAZING these New Stories are. Absolutely mind-blowing on the part of both Gilbert and Jaime.

"EVERY SINGLE PANEL of Jaime's work is ridiculously well-rendered. Like a mural you'd stare at for days and yet each one is cast aside as simply a panel in another story he's done. And even more amazing is how he's pulled off telling a perfect Superhero story-- the thing I wish I got from the Marvel/DC Universe (or even, to be honest, Omega or Cold Heat or TMNT) is right there in his 50 page contribution to NS#1. Can I call it an homage? Or is it simply a progression of the genre-- one where Jaime adds just the right tone of human-ness to do what the Marvel Universe does while offering a gentle, gauntlent-gloved hand to pull it out of its insipid, calculated hole? I won't ruin things by posting panels, especially since there will surely be throngs of people who will better review this work in the near future.

"I don't know how to compare Gilbert's work to most popular comics. What he does is unequaled. He changed my perception of what story-telling is and he keeps doing it. It's even more satisfying than his brother's truly perfect lines.

"The thing is this: The Bros. would be burned out and spinning bald (if urgently smoking) wheels had they simply pursued a career in the Studio System of Marvel/DC where they'd be celebrated but increasingly reigned in. Having lived an under-scrutinized life of perfecting their Art has left them somehow scaling a peak that is, impossibly for their time, just going higher and higher. They're both at the top of their game nearly thirty years after they began pushing themselves towards that peak. I'm a cynic and I'm amazed at how crazy good their work on L&R3 #1 is."

*End three-month old rant.

Noel Troll. A short review.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Untagged  10 Sep 2008 11:06 PM

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The minicomics of artist Noel Friebert, aka Noel Troll, are mysterious vignettes that can go from two characters engaged in fisticuffs to two characters engaged in a kind of moist sex without a moment's notice. It's decidedly jarring, visceral stuff but I love that it always feels very personal even when I don't know what the hell is going on.

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I keep his silkscreened book (object) Troggy the Little Brother on my desk to revisit over and over just to take in the whole elaborate package. Simultaneously loose and meticulous, it's an impressive art book made from a single, well-folded piece of paper: A slotted tongue locks the contents closed. Once the reader pushes back the muscle, this book opens to a figure whose arms seem to open him up to the viewer while flailing fists punch down his insides. Those insides open further to reveal a bright and dizzying orgy of lumpy, cartoony faces purging emotions ranging from joy to resignation.

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I highly recommend checking out all of the artists of Closed Caption Comics, a talented group of young, experimental cartoonists (Ryan Cecil's labyrinthine "Gem Cave" is another brilliant example of production complementing concept). Meanwhile, here are some of Noel's comics: 3 Bros, BrownEye, Toads N Choads 2. And his Trading Cards (which arrive sealed in plastic no less).

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Powerhouse
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedmanart 10 Sep 2008 10:24 PM

Raymond Scott portrait by Drew Friedman

Raymond Scott + Irwin Chusid/Barbara Economon + Drew Friedman = magic synergy that you can buy. (Via WFMU.)

I need my Stewart TV
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 10 Sep 2008 8:48 PM
Is anyone else mildly annoyed that the Daily Show is on hiatus at all between now and the election? This is the home run derby and they are getting lobbed softballs with this "lipstick on a pig" hooey. Can I make a donation somewhere to keep this from happening the rest of the way out? Help us, Jon Stewart, you're our only hope...
FREE signed Ghost World bookplates!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesnew releasesDaniel Clowescontests 10 Sep 2008 1:14 PM

Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes - bookplate

Good news for people who pre-order Ghost World: Special Edition! Not only are you entered in our drawing for the limited-edition Ghost World exhibit silkscreen print, but the first 50 people to order the book (including everyone who's already ordered) will receive a FREE exclusive bookplate (shown above) signed by Daniel Clowes! This means they're already over half gone, and the book is due to arrive from the printer imminently, so the poster contest will be over soon... get your order in NOW!

New Comics Day 9/10/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 9 Sep 2008 1:48 PM

Here's what you'll find from Fantagraphics on the "new arrivals" racks at your friendly neighborhood comic shop tomorrow (subject to last-minute change):

Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944: He Nods in Quiescent Siesta
Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard
Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville
#5 by Ted Stearn (reoffered)
Interiorae #3 by Gabriella Giandelli

I've also seen these listed by unofficial sources; who knows?

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Printing)
Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally

Be an informed customer by checking out our descriptions and previews at the links above, and happy shopping!



Preview video/slideshow: more Krazy & Ignatz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesKrazy Kat 9 Sep 2008 1:34 PM

Following yesterday's look at the newest volumes in our Krazy & Ignatz series of Krazy Kat reprint volumes, here's a look at an upcoming reprint: The Complete Sunday Strips 1925-1934, the giant hardcover compiling the 5 volumes covering the strip's second decade, in a second limited edition. Click here if the slideshow doesn't appear above.

Letterbox
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Paul Hornschemeiermiscellany 9 Sep 2008 12:38 PM

The email one gets when one works at a comics publisher is way more fun than the email one gets when one works at, say, a shoe company.

 

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Robert Pollard Tour Starts Sept. 25
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under videoRobert Pollardevents 9 Sep 2008 10:18 AM

  

Later this month, the great Robert Pollard will head out on tour with his new band, Boston Spaceships (featuring former GBV bassist Chris Slusarenko and Decemberists drummer John Moen), to promote not one but two new albums, as well as his first book, our very own Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard. Pollard will have ToM for sale at each stop on the tour, so don't forget to hit that ATM on the way down to the show.

The tour kicks off Sept. 25th in Chincinnati. Don't miss it! 

 

  • Thu 9/25 Cincinnati OH - Midpoint Music Festival
  • Fri 9/26 Cleveland OH - Grog Shop
  • Sat 9/27 Washington DC - Black Cat
  • Mon 9/29 Philadelphia PA - Johnny Brendas
  • Tue 9/30 Boston MA - Paradise
  • Wed 10/1 New York City - Highline Ballroom
  • Fri 10/3 Ann Arbor MI - Blind Pig
  • Sat 10/4 Dayton OH - Dayton Music Festival
  • Mon 10/6 Chicago IL - Double Door
  • Tue 10/7 St Paul MN - Turf Club
  • Thu 10/9 Champaign IL - High Dive
  • Fri 10/10 St Louis MO - Bluebird
  • Sat 10/11 Memphis TN - Hi Tone
  • Tue 10/14 Austin TX- Parish
  • Wed 10/15 Dallas TX - The Loft
  • Fri 10/17 Atlanta GA - The Earl
  • Sat 10/18 Nashville TN- Mercy Lounge

Also, Pollard & Co. are sponsoring a contest to create the first official Boston Spaceships music video. There's a week left in the voting, go here to check out the finalists. Here's my favorite: