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Ray Fenwick's HOBK special edition
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ray Fenwick 18 Apr 2008 10:52 AM

Tiny Showcase has just announced a special, signed edition of Ray Fenwick's amazing Hall of Best Knowledge. Every single copy of Ray Fenwick's Hall of Best Knowledge preordered through Tiny Showcase will be signed by Ray.

Each copy of the book comes packaged with a set of 10 bookplates, designed by Ray, for a low price of $26. The 3" by 4" bookplates are gum-backed, ready to apply to your most prized novels, textbooks, zines, and survival guides. The 10 bookplates come packaged in a foil-stamped library due date pocket.

This is a very special signed preorder, so we should tell you that yes, the quantities are limited. Tiny Showcase will stop taking orders for signed copies on Tuesday morning, April 22. So get on it already.

What the critics are saying: 

"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." Ray Olson, Booklist

"Fenwick has taken a high-brow route to the art of comedy. Hall of Best Knowledge is several things rolled into one: a bizarre self-help book; an eccentric college text; a guide to life from the unlikeliest of guides. It's hard to categorize (typographical novel? graphic metafiction?), even harder to explain." Mark Medley, National Post

"In addition to a neat bit of ventriloquism, Fenwick shows off dazzling visual originality in his eye-spinning use of pattern and lettering in Hall of Best Knowledge... The lettering melds with its environment as surely as letters in an illuminated manuscript blend with their angels and acanthus leaves." PRINT

 

Francoise Mouly & Jonathan Bennett
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Untagged  18 Apr 2008 10:50 AM

I enjoyed this candid interview with the legendary Francoise Mouly about her new Toon Books line for little kiddies (and which are beautifully designed by MOME's Jonathan Bennett, which is why Jonathan has missed the last few issues). I particularly enjoyed this part:

MOULY: "'If you really want to work for us,' says the head of Scholastic, 'You could help us do the comic book version of Shrek 2.'" (laughs)

Q: And of course you jumped at that.

A: You have Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly in your office and they're begging to be in your employ so of course you find them the perfect thing. The comic book adaptation of the movie which is a sequel of an adaptation of a book by a cartoonist? Yes, of course, we're going to jump on that.

Too rich. 

MATS!? at SHQ in Los Angeles
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under art shows 18 Apr 2008 10:21 AM

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Look what our pals at SHQ have for you tonight.

Tonight in NY!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikMark Newgardenevents 18 Apr 2008 10:09 AM

Desert Island's first event! 

I hearbye ban myself from Virgin Comics events
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under miscellany 18 Apr 2008 10:05 AM
Virgin Comics = Classy!  
Sketchbook #20
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under art 18 Apr 2008 9:57 AM

Courtesy Mat Brinkman:

  

 

Heroes & Villians at CHG this Tuesday
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellanyJordan Crane 17 Apr 2008 7:49 PM

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Heroes & Villians is a photo series by Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho that "features intimate portraits of the most notable emerging and established figures in the Pop Surrealist, Graffiti and Alt-Comic Book worlds."

I would contest their designation of THE most notable but it is cool to see them documenting SOME of the most notable artists working. Pictured above is the enchanting Jordan Crane. Visit Cho's site for a peek at more comics folks like Anders Nilsen, Johnny Ryan, Sammy Harkham, Souther Salazar, Ron Rege, Jr., and Steven Weissman.

UPDATE: I failed to mention that the show is 2 days only, opening this Tuesday at Corey Helford Gallery .

Steal This Book.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 17 Apr 2008 3:18 PM

In the history of plagiarism, this pretty much takes the cake of egregiousness. An art book that lifted all of its contents off the internet and includes it on a CD (original internet file names intact, no less). That fact coupled with the title "Colorful Illustrations" makes this appear to be a clip art book, with the impression that all the art is copyright free, which it isn't. It's made by hard-working artists who didn't even know about the book.

tmpe.jpgIt is a Hong Kong publisher and if you've ever made art, you may be in the book.

I first learned of it from artist Mike Egan whose work was lifted (although appears to have at least (and curiously) been credited in the book). A lot of interviews in the book were lifted from the Little Chimp Society and they have more info on the book HERE.

...Of course, all of this raises every question you can possibly have about the relevance of copyright in the digital era of a global society but in any case: PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.

Sketchbook #19
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Josh Simmonsart 17 Apr 2008 11:54 AM

Me 'n' my bitches, by Josh Simmons

 

Gary Groth talks to CBC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gary Groth 17 Apr 2008 11:51 AM
I haven't had a chance to listen to this yet, but Fanta Head Honcho Gary Groth was interviewed by the CBC this week about comics piracy