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More Clowes photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 2 Sep 2008 1:29 PM

Our shutterbug pal Steve Sampson has a great set of photos from our Daniel Clowes signing last Friday; browse through thumbnails here or watch the slideshow below (slideshow link). Stay tuned in the near future for a link to Steve's great shots from last month's David B./Alliance Française events as well.

Dog Shit Gallagher
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJohnny Ryan 2 Sep 2008 12:08 PM

One of Johnny Ryan's many beloved characters, come to life through the magic of YouTube!

David Sandlin show opens Sept. 5
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under david sandlin 2 Sep 2008 10:14 AM

Jack the Pelican Presents
David Sandlin's
ABCs of Carnality

September 5-October 5

Artist's opening Friday Sept.5 7-9
Grand Opening Friday Sept.12 7-9
Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery

487 Driggs(north 9th), Brooklyn, NY 11211
hours Thur.-Mon. 12-6 phone 718-782-0183

  

David Sandlin's road to damnation is studded with pit stops -in the Biblical sense- from adultery and avarice to venality and zealotry, and he's happy to lead you on your way in this lyric paean to southern gothic guilt, shown here for the first time in New York.

In one long, continuous room-circumnavigating drawing, Sandlin takes you on a journey of alphabetic depravity, relating a tale of jealousy, murder, and-well, you just have to come and see-all in lilting iambic pentameter:

"Our acme of ardor, was it only a fable,
Was it the adultery and avarice that made it unstable
Like a television soap opera coming over the cable?"

The Alphabetical Ballad of Carnality, the latest installment of Sandlin's sprawling epic series "A Sinner's Progress," is perhaps his wittiest. This flowing cycloramic drawing, over 60 feet long, depicts thirty-two images in sin-drenched color illustrating one man's sordid spiral into depravity. Every letter of the alphabet gets titillating, tongue-twisting treatment in rhyme as each luridly illustrated image seamlessly segues to the next. Sandlin's love of inventive language, especially puns, finds full expression here, tracing a lineage to traditions for which he claims a congenital affinity: Irish literature and American country music.

Looming above Sandlin's adults-only abecedary and backlit in lurid barroom lights is a frieze of wooden cutouts, Hangover Hollow. A bestiary of tortured creatures caper and prance across the walls, gleefully playing off the human drama unfolding in the drawing below.

The drawing exhibited here is the original artwork for Sandlin's 2006 book, published by Fantagraphics Books, in Seattle, Washington. Steven Heller, in his review in the New York Times, called the book a "comically grotesque series of disturbingly funny tableaus about the upside of eternal damnation, filthy lucre, and masochistic mendacity."

David Sandlin's paintings, prints, books, and installations have been exhibited extensively in New York and elsewhere across the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. His comics and paintings have appeared in Blab!, The Ganzfeld, Hotwire, Raw, and many other graphic venues. He is a recipient of grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Penny McCall Foundation, among others. An instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Sandlin was also the 2007-2008 Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia.

 






Kim Deitch at MoCCA Sept. 9
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Kim Deitchevents 2 Sep 2008 8:54 AM

If you live near NYC, this is probably the best comics news you'll read all week:  

Major Retrospective of Work by Underground Cartoonist Kim Deitch Opens at MoCCA on September 12

Exhibition dates: September 9 – December 5, 2008
Opening Reception: September 12, 2008, 6 – 9 pm

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is pleased to announce a major retrospective of work by underground cartoonist and graphic novelist Kim Deitch (b. 1944), opening September 9th and running through December 5th, 2008.

Kim Deitch: A Retrospective will display original comics pages and other work covering the artist's entire career to date, beginning with full-page comic strips drawn for the East Village Other in 1967 up to recent graphic novels including The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Alias the Cat, Shadowland, and Deitch's Pictorama.  The exhibit will also feature rarely seen work including elaborate preparatory drawings, hand-colored originals, lithographs and other prints.

Kim Deitch was born in Los Angeles in 1944, the eldest son of Oscar-wining animator Gene Deitch (Tom Terrific, Munro).  Deitch studied at the Pratt Institute, traveled with the Norwegian Merchant Marines and worked at a mental institution before joining the burgeoning underground press in 1967. As an early contributor to the East Village Other and the editor of Gothic Blimp Works, Kim Deitch was among the first members of the underground comix scene that would explode with the 1968 publication of Robert Crumb's Zap #1.  Forty years later, he stands alongside Crumb, Bill Griffith, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Art Spiegelman as one the most notable and consistently prolific artists to emerge from that milieu.  In addition to his comic books and graphic novels, Deitch's work has appeared in such venues as RAW, Weirdo, Arcade, Details, the L.A. Weekly, McSweeney's, Nickelodeon Magazine, and The New Yorker.

"Kim Deitch's career spans the post-war history of avant-garde comics," said curator Bill Kartalopoulos.  "And throughout it he brilliantly weaves vast intergenerational narratives that enfold a deep history of American popular entertainment, from the past to the present and into the fantastic outer reaches of his meta-fictional universe.  Distinctions between fiction and reality blur in Deitch's work just as real madness bleeds into the visions and schemes of the artists, entertainers, and hustlers who populate his world.  The result is a rich narrative tapestry as compelling and breathtaking as Deitch's densely layered, tightly woven, and intricately detailed
black and white comics pages."

Deitch's body of work stretches outward from comics to embrace a spectrum of visual-narrative modes, including extra-textual single images and illustrated prose modeled after Victorian illustrated fiction.  His most recent book is Deitch's Pictorama, a collection of illustrated fiction produced in collaboration with brothers Seth and Simon Deitch. The exhibit will highlight Deitch's career-long experimentation with text/image modes.

MoCCA will publish an original poster and 1" button featuring Deitch's artwork in association with the exhibit.  The Museum will also host a series of talks and events related to the exhibit.  For more
information please visit: http://www.moccany.org

Please join us at MoCCA on September 12th to celebrate Kim Deitch; A Retrospective.  The artist will be present and refreshments will be served!".

Event: Kim Deitch: Opening Reception
      "Free and open to the public"
What: Opening
Host: Kim Deitch: A Retrospective
Start Time: Friday, September 12 at 6:00pm
End Time: Friday, September 12 at 9:00pm
Where: MoCCA: The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

























Caricature
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Daniel Clowes 2 Sep 2008 8:44 AM

SCARLETT IS NOT ENGAGE
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Daniel Clowes 2 Sep 2008 8:38 AM

You heard it HERE first, in the second visitor comment for a local NW NewsSource story on Bumbershoot guest appearances outside of Bumbershoot (notably Daniel Clowes's on Friday night):

 

 

 

Clowes event photo-video-rama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoIvan BrunettiFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 2 Sep 2008 12:12 AM

Behold a host of images, moving and still, from Daniel Clowes' visit to Seattle this past weekend. First up, the opening of the Ghost World exhibit at the Fantagraphics Bookstore (click here if the slideshow doesn't appear below):

Here's a snippet of the Q&A with Gary Groth and Dan at the exhibit opening (video link):

And here's the "Comix Sub-Heroes" panel discussion with Dan and Adrian Tomine, moderated by Ivan Brunetti, at the Bumbershoot festival (slideshow link):

I'll let the images speak for themselves except to say that everybody and everything was delightful and wonderful. I've said this before, but it bears repeating: what a great month it's been to be a graphic novel fan in Seattle.

Mome Vol. 26
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMomeKurt Wolfgang 29 Aug 2008 2:59 PM

Mome Vol. 26 - Kurt Wolfgang

As envisioned by Kurt Wolfgang. (Normally Eric would post this, but he's out chauffeuring Mr. Clowes right now.) 

Blogosphere roundup for 8/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsevents 29 Aug 2008 1:10 PM

Here's what people on the web are writing about our books this week:

Futurismic, German site Nerdcore and Canada's SEE Magazine (which wins for best article title and best writer name) take note of Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell; the latter article sparks debate between Steven Grant and Jarett Kobek

The Onion A.V. Club's latest "Comics Panel" roundup includes a B+ review for Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars; Sequart takes a good look at the book too

• Chris Mautner at Blog@Newsarama gets the first word in on The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring (below the Steve Canyon review)

• For The Washington Post, Douglas Wolk looks at Explainers by Jules Feiffer and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• Guided by Voices fan blog Pop Zeus plugs Robert Pollard's Town of Mirrors

Tripping Toward Lucidity looks at Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

• Mexican site Comiquero recommends The Last Lonely Saturday by Jordan Crane (albeit with art from a different story)

Sequart examines Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes, while The Village Voice pairs Demented with Herbie Vol. 1

Comic Book Resources compares Mome Vol. 12 to two other recent anthology releases and declares it "the best deal for your anthology pleasure this summer." Take that, Tori Amos!

Boing Boing spotlights Love and Rockets: New Stories #1

Sequart continues their detailed examination of the original run of Love and Rockets comics with a look at issue #35

Demon Art recommends Malicious Resplendence by Robert Williams for hot rod lovers

Dick Hyacinth updates his ongoing "Best of 2008" list with 5 more of our titles

Indie Pulp looks at Jason's Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories

PLAYBACK:stl on Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler

And in other links...

• If you fall on that part of the Venn diagram where "alt-comics fans" and "Sims 2 players" overlaps, Kinemortophobia has some virtual posters featuring our book covers for you to download

Richard Grayson of Dumbo Books reports from last Friday's Michael Kupperman signing at Desert Island in Brooklyn

• Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter makes a suggestion for The Comics Journal #300 (due next year). It's been a while since we did a flip cover like that.

Via Spurge, and from Electric Politics, three words that you might not ever expect to go together: Robert Crumb podcast

• Another great theme sketchbook: Calvin and Hobbes, with Jordan Crane, Jim Woodring and others

Bob Levin offers some additional thoughts on his book Most Outrageous

• Screenwriter and blogger Todd Alcott dishes on successfully pitching a Maakies gag to Tony Millionaire, and, with Tony, unsuccessfully pitching a Sock Monkey movie to Hollywood

• Spanish-language blog Little Nemo's Kat discusses the acquisition of a page of original Gilbert Hernandez art from Luba #3

Leon Beyond takes on Krazy Kat, courtesy of Kevin Huizenga

And in anticipation of comics events in Seattle this weekend:

Seattle Weekly profiles Ivan Brunetti

• Don't miss Ellen Forney at Bumbershoot tomorrow

The Daily Herald of Everett, WA has a profile and short interview with Daniel Clowes

The Stranger recommends that you come see Dan at our storefront tonight

The Deviant vs. the Human
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 29 Aug 2008 11:26 AM

 Does Kirby draws a badass McCain or what, eh?!?