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Now in stock: Mome Vol. 11 - Summer 2008
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiRay FenwickPaul Hornschemeiernew releasesNate NealMomeKurt WolfgangKillofferJohn HankiewiczEmile BravoEleanor DavisDash ShawConor OKeefeAndrice ArpAl Columbia 28 Apr 2008 1:27 PM

Mome Vol. 11 - Summer 2008

Mome Vol. 11 - Summer 2008
By various artists; edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds

Vol. 11 of our acclaimed anthology series welcomes Killoffer, the acclaimed French cartoonist whose work has previously only been seen in the acclaimed collection 176 Apparitions of Killoffer. Killoffer delivers a new 12-page comic as well as front and back covers. MOME also features returning regulars Al Columbia, Kurt Wolfgang, Ray Fenwick, Eleanor Davis, Dash Shaw, John Hankiewicz, Emile Bravo, Andrice Arp, Tom Kaczynski, and Paul Hornschemeier. Plus, newcomers Conor O'Keefe and Nate Neal, as well as an interview with Ray Fenwick by Gary Groth.

120-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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Bookslut interviews Josh Simmons
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Josh Simmons 28 Apr 2008 1:16 PM
Bookslut has a new interview with Josh Simmons up this morning, talking long-term about Jessica Farm
The Bleckerellificator
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryan 28 Apr 2008 11:37 AM

  

Waste some time here

 

Flora's Incredible Flutist
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Floraart 28 Apr 2008 10:29 AM

The Incredible Flutist - Jim Flora

News from Jim Flora archivist Irwin Chusid:

The Incredible Flutist is an uncirculated 1953-54 record cover painting by Flora that was intended for a 7-inch RCA Victor EP. Jim Flora Art LLC is offering a limited edition fine art print.

According to a purchase order discovered in the Flora archives, the work was commissioned by RCA in late 1953, but there's no indication it was finished, accepted, or used on a commercially released EP. This painting has not previously been published or offered in any form. An alternate version appeared in the book The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora.

Only 20 numbered prints of this work have been produced. Following the sale of two launch prints, edition prints are available for sale at JimFlora.com.

Stumptown 2008 images
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTom KaczynskiJR WilliamsJim BlanchardeventsAndrice Arp 28 Apr 2008 10:03 AM

Fantagraphics was in full effect at the 2008 Stumptown Comics Fest. Your humble reporter was only there for Saturday of the two-day event, but had a smashing time (and went 200% over budget buying comics, art & t-shirts — yikes). Here's a brief video clip of our table:

Pals and table-mates J.R. Williams and Jim Blanchard:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

Andrice Arp signs issues of Mome at the Fantagraphics table:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

Georgene and Robert Goodin:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

Mome contributor Tom Kaczynski:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

For the full set of photos on Flickr, click here. Stay tuned for new sketchbook scans.

Spanish MOME
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Mome 28 Apr 2008 8:05 AM

Ediciones La Cupula of Barcelona has just published the second issue of their spanish-language edition of MOME. It's pretty unusual for an anthology to get translated into foreign editions, so I just had to Flog these:

Bob Levin talks to Tom Spurgeon
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Bob Levin 28 Apr 2008 8:04 AM
Most Outrageous author Bob Levin talked to Tom Spurgeon over at the Comics Reporter yesterday. This is your must-read interview of the day, from an author you probably haven't read, about a subject you probably thought you had no interest in. Why, then? Because in Most Outrageous, as Spurgeon so aptly put it, "Levin has written what may be the first completely unforgettable book about a modern cartoonist." 
Sketchbook #29
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryanart 28 Apr 2008 8:02 AM

Courtesy Johnny Ryan:

The funny thing is, Johnny really does kind of have ripped abs.  

Devotio Moderno May 1 NYC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joe Colemanart 28 Apr 2008 7:59 AM

A new Joe Coleman show opens this weekend in NYC... 

Speaking of Joe, if you don't have this comic, you're missing one of the truly great oddities in comic book history:

 

 

Lizz Hickey.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Lizz Hickeyart 27 Apr 2008 9:40 PM

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Lizz Hickey is one of the reasons I decided to do another anthology this year. Working with a mythology all her own, her work is the kind of world I love to be let in on and the more I've looked at her portfolio the more she's become one of my favorite young artists. Primarily a printmaker, there is definitely an aspect to Lizz's work where an understanding of traditional print processes reinforces the awesome nature of what she does. Although there's an impulsive quality to her style nothing she makes is easy, nothing is throwaway. It's pure elbow grease. On the other hand, her work is personal and compulsive and can't be scrutinized on just some technical level.

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The best part of the art is the way it works as a cummulative force, where every piece is an elaboration on a bigger universe. One piece may be dense with details (full of complicated social systems with that you can't even make out in that jpg up top) and another will just be some amorphous hand floating on the page, holding a ghost. But even then, most likely, the latter print will be printed and drawn upon a dozen different times, each time revealing more about the creatures and their world. And I can't say what it reveals, specifically, but I'm comforted by her playful characters who thrive in a world of mutual suffering and soothing and exploration.

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April 28th-May 3rd Lizz has her Senior Show happening at Purchase College in New York. I'm a shut-in but if I were in the area I'd go to the reception April 30th if only to get ahold of the inexpensive silkscreened goodies she's selling. 

Visit her Flickr page for updates to her portfolio.