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Now available for preview and pre-order: Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury, the latest compilation of Maakies strips by Tony Millionaire. This volume, designed as a sequel to Premillennial Maakies (and to introduce fans of TV's The Drinky Crow Show to the source material), collects the second 5 years of the strip (previously reprinted in the volumes When We Were Very Maakies, The House at Maakies Corner and Der Struwwelmaakies) in a single thick volume splendidly designed by Chip Kidd. This book is scheduled to be in stock in early March and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.
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Chubby's plan turns out to be surprisingly sensible in this week's installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. (Have you been counting how many pages we've posted?)
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Gorge yourself on juicy chunks from over 20 of our 2008 releases, including some of our most lauded and talked-about titles like Bottomless Belly Button, The Education of Hopey Glass, Explainers, and Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko. See the list of newly-public previews here. You'll also find these downloads, plus our famous slideshow previews, on the product pages for each title, just as you will with all the new previews we've been posting. And stay tuned for even more previews of upcoming books right here on Flog, including a brand new one later today!
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There are many photos I didn't take at Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême! I missed snapping pics of Moebius, Jason, JC Menu, Killoffer and Joe Dog. I missed taking the photo of all the little kids with red hats reading CF's 2-pager in Kramers Ergot #7 and I missed the guy dressed up as Tintin just after I sassed Alex about how there was no one in costume. I missed taking a picture of Souther's raw meat salad...
While we were in France there was a nation-wide strike.
From what I could gather, the French people were striking because of the government's handling of the current economic crisis.
Here is a statue of Herge's head. It is common for French children to run up to it with excitement and glee.
Here's a photo-collage-thing of our exodus...
What we didn't sell we just tossed because in France they don't give a fuck about money.
But I'm American and I was like "Alvin! what the fuck are you doing!!!"
The Tijuana Bibles Hardcover Vol. 1
In all its many guises, sex has been around for a long time. Back in the 1930s it was these little eight-page sex comics that became the talk of men's clubs, bars and some of the rougher workplaces. Famous Sunday-funnies cartoon characters were the earliest, and most popular, targets of these XXX-rated parodies; a parade of Hollywood actors and actresses madly copulating in a wide variety of positions soon followed. These "Tijuana Bibles" were so popular in their day that fans anxiously awaited new releases; men and boys got a genuine education when they realized there was more than one position that could be used to have sex. As the years went on, pornography evolved into men's girlie magazines, and then today's adult film industry; one look at these sexy, silly little comics will have you hankering for the good ol' days.
This fat hardcover volume collects all of Vols. 1-3 and most of Vol. 4 of the original Tijuana Bibles softcover series. Like those volumes, this book features a new original cover illustration by Pat Moriarity. This volume also includes comics historian R.C. Harvey's introductory essay "Getting Our Pornograph Fixed."
I was out sick yesterday, so here's a double dose:
Not too long ago Legendary Larry Reid asked me to put together an exhibit of HUMBUG art and artifacts for the Fantagraphics Bookstore. The show opens March 7th 2009 and it's going to be fantastic, if I do say so myself... seriously, the work is so good! If you're a fan of comics or art or history then you'd be a fool not to check it out! Anyway, I spent the better part of this morning going through original artwork by the likes of Will Elder, Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth... and Russ Heath (see above image). Heath didn't do a lot of work for HUMBUG but what he did do was amazing trompe l'oeil-esque cartooning, parodying the ads and articles of the day, circa mid 1950's. His HUMBUG contributions are so stark and deadpan, sincere and illusive that they're subversion is felt at a gut level. Since assitant editing HUMBUG I've been thinking a lot about Heath. I even pulled out my beat up old copies of BLAZING COMBAT -- what? you don't have BLAZING COMBAT? You will soon...
Days like today make me crush out on my job all over again.