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BATTLE!
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Steven WeissmanmiscJohnny Ryan 3 Jul 2008 3:12 PM

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While Stevie Weissman's kid is away at camp he's asking people like you and Johnny Ryan (above) to "do battle" with li'l Charles' Shark Team drawing. Check Weissman's blog for updates-- so far there are three contributions. Here is the template so you can be a part of the action!

Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: John Benson (editor)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsclassics 2 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's installment features a great collection of classic '50s romance comics compiled and edited by John Benson:

Romance Without Tears edited by John Benson

Romance Without Tears

A first-time collection of the best romance comics of the 1950s. These bright, naturalistic tales (originally published by Archer St. John and written by unrecognized comics master Dana Dutch) are about high school girls who may be inexperienced but definitely have minds of their own. Many of these stories are illustrated by Matt Baker, who achieved fame for his work on Phantom Lady and other sexy female characters in the '40s and '50s.

"With bold writing and smooth, graceful artwork, these tales are fun and visually compelling stories — not just relics of the past, but good comics that hold up." – Publishers Weekly

160-page full-color 8" x 10" softcover
regularly $22.95 • ON SALE $17.21
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Dark Knight.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Untagged  2 Jul 2008 10:27 PM

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Where "The Spirit" failed, "The Dark Knight" dominates. THAT is a great teaser poster. You could bother with posting three separate images to make one weak image for a teaser campaign or you could do THAT.

(Maybe without the bogus Photoshopping-- I've never graff'ed a day in my life but those lines would be more upset by the mortar than what's happening here.)

If you're anywhere near an Imax theatre then you should consider seeing the movie there: complete with a simulated fight and some drinks in Seattle.

Where Porn and Comics Intersect My Life.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 2 Jul 2008 9:14 PM
Yesterday I found out one of my previous Flog posts about a dollhouse ended up linked to at least one honest-to-god porn site. Who are these people looking for childhood memories thrown in with their porn?

Today it's Google. I work in comics so, from time to time, I may look for an image of "manga porn" in a search engine in order to send an obnoxious joke email to a coworker. On the very first page of results this is what I got:

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That would be Chris Ware in the bottom row, which was surprising. At least until I realized the thumbnail also sort of resembles a dollhouse. Is there a comics/dollhouse sexual fetish that I'm unaware of?

Anonymous comments welcome.


Now in stock: The Comics Journal #291
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesJosh Simmons 2 Jul 2008 2:05 PM

The Comics Journal #291 - cover by Tim Sale

The Comics Journal #291
Edited by Michael Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

This issue’s cover interview is with comics artist Tim Sale, the house artist for the television series Heroes. Sale’s artwork has also graced prestigious mainstream projects such as Batman: the Long Halloween, Spider-Man Blue and Superman Confidential. The Eisner winner chats about his stylized takes on characters such as Spider-Man, Batman, Daredevil, Catwoman and Superman, as well as his earlier work on comics such as Grendel, and elaborates on the dynamics of collaborating with writers such as Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke. The Journal queries up-and-coming cartoonist Josh Simmons on his disturbing and often funny body of work — his minicomics, his series Happy; his debut graphic novel, House; and his decades-spanning series Jessica Farm. Gary Groth examines the collaborations between Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson. Also in this issue: tributes to Steve Gerber and Dan Stevens; a huge gallery of kinetic anarchy from Funny, Films, Giggle, and other Golden Age comic books by Flintstones co-creator Dan Gordon; and a sneak preview of Danica Novgorodoff's Slow Storm.

216-page color/b&w 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $11.99
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Now in stock: Usagi Yojimbo Book 5 (New Softcover Edition)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan Sakainew releases 2 Jul 2008 2:04 PM

Usagi Yojimbo Book 5: Lone Goat and Kid (New Softcover Edition) by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo Book 5: Lone Goat and Kid (New Softcover Edition)
By Stan Sakai

Now in a new softcover printing with a newly-designed cover!

This fifth volume collects the epic-length "Blood Wings," in which Usagi battles a fearsome clan of ninja bats, while "Lone Goat and Kid" offers a cunning and affectionate parody of the famous "Lone Wolf and Cub" manga while doubling as one of Usagi's most dramatic and heartfelt adventures. "Frost and Fire" and "The Way of the Samurai" provide the psychological drama of this volume, which is rounded out by one of the most unique Usagi tales ever, "A Kite Story," which doubles as a fascinating look at the daily life and work of a 17th century Japanese kite maker, dramatically showcasing the thoroughness of Sakai's research and his skills as a storyteller. Featuring a foreword by the legendary Stan Lee!

142-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.95
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Max Andersson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsMax Andersson 1 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's installment features Swedish artist Max Andersson, whose work Charles Burns describes as "my kind of fun":

Pixy by Max Andersson

Pixy

Alka Seltzer and Angina Pectoris have all the luck — bad, that is. They've been ejected into the street because their apartment was put to sleep, Angina had to abort their child (the result of a malfunctioning Safe-Sex bodysuit) — how could it get worse? When a friendly stranger offers them his apartment, things seem to be looking up... but then Angina gets a call from the Netherworld. It's her aborted fetus: he's drunk and he's pissed off. So begins Pixy, which Neil Gaiman calls "the best comic I've read this year" — a 65-page journey into a nightmare world unlike any you've ever seen before. The rest of the book follows Alka's attempts to infiltrate the Kingdom of the Dead (where time runs backwards and is sold by the pint to time-addicts), in order to track down the malevolent Pixy and kill him for good. Shedding bodies and identities with some regularity (Pixy himself blows one to smithereens), Alka finds his own sense of reality eroding further and further during his sojourn down under — and it doesn't help at all when Pixy, now his best friend, accompanies him back up to the Land of the Living, where the gun-happy undead sprite wreaks unspeakable havoc. Pixy is the first major work by Swedish cartoonist Max Andersson, and it combines the freewheeling-yet-obsessive graphic and narrative weirdness of such contemporary North American cartoonists as Chester Brown, Julie Doucet, Kaz and Charles Burns with a bizarre yet coherent story that mixes coal black humor, barbed satire, wild surrealism, and stark horror in a totally new way — a feast for the (preferably deranged) mind and the (preferably diseased) eye.

72-page black & white 9" x 12" softcover
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Bosnian Flat Dog by Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson

Bosnian Flat Dog

The 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia. A grenade shell from a Sarajevo souvenir shop. A refrigerator with the frozen mummy of Tito... These serve as the starting point for a journey further and further down the collective unconscious of the Balkans, where the borders between dream and reality are erased and redrawn until they form a tale as exciting as it is fantastic, a tale which could be about our times and a war-torn Europe but just as well might be a deep dive into the psyches of its authors or a discussion about the essence of drawing. Bosnian Flat Dog is the result of a unique collaboration between two of Sweden's most internationally renowned cartoonists, Death and Candy and Pixy creator Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson. Each of them contributed to every single drawing to the extent that they no longer can tell themselves exactly who did what. This has lead to the emergence of an independent artistic entity which is neither of the two, but something else, at once familiar and unknown and perhaps a little bit scary.

112-page black & white 10" x 7.5" softcover
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Dave Cooper exhibit opens Friday
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDave Cooperart shows 1 Jul 2008 1:03 PM

Hey Canada, happy Canada Day! Canadians (specifically, Ottawans) can spend America's big national holiday on Friday, July 4, at the opening of an exhibit of Dave Cooper's preliminary pencil sketches for his paintings of pillowy women (see Overbite and Underbelly) at Galerie La Petite Mort from 7-10 PM.

Dave Cooper It All Starts Here at Galerie La Petite Mort in Ottawa

Inkstuds teaser
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 1 Jul 2008 12:40 PM
Inkstuds teaser - A Night with Deitch
DePastino on Mr. Media
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Bill Mauldin 1 Jul 2008 11:14 AM
Todd DePastino, editor of WILLIE & JOE: THE WWII YEARS by Bill Mauldin, appeared on the Mr. Media podcast on BlogTalkRadio this afternoon. Listen here!