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Show and Tell, Pt. 4
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under miscellany 10 Mar 2008 6:51 PM

Here's the fourth in a continuing series I like to call "Cool shit from my walls that will fit on my (very small) scanner."

This first one didn't scan so well, probably because I'm too lazy to take any of these pieces out of their frames before throwing them on the glass.  But also because the detail in this Jim Blanchard portrait of motivational speaker Tony Robbins is enough to cause my scanner to melt. I don't seem to have an "inifinity DPI" setting. Jim gave my wife Rhea and I this as a wedding present; Tony keeps us on a righteous path.

This Mat Brinkman drawing is from an issue of Jordan Crane's NON. It didn't scan so hot, either, I should have beefed up the contrast to make it more readable. Oh, well. But it makes me laugh every time I look at it:

This is a portrait of yours truly by the great Steve Brodner, and it's the only piece of art on my walls that my dad has ever expressed liking. I love that.

I can't remember what the right term for this pinwheel animation thing is, but Al Columbia made it back around 1994:

Speaking of Al, this is the original art he made for a single cover by our old band the Action Suits recorded back in 1996. Al didn't play on the single, he'd moved out of Seattle by then, but he stayed in the family:

  

More soon... 

New poll: tell us what you think!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 10 Mar 2008 4:41 PM

Aw, shucks! The top response (with 37.1% of 170 votes) to our poll question "What was the primary reason you registered on Fantagraphics.com?" was "Just because I love you." See the full results here. Thanks for the outpouring of affection.

Starting today there's a brand new poll which you can find at the bottom of the right column here on FLOG and on various other pages of our site (including the homepage): Which part of our product listings do you find most useful or persuasive? The results will help us make the website an even better shopping experience, so vote today!

Now Available: The Comics Journal Online-Only Subscriptions (with FREE preview!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 10 Mar 2008 2:05 PM

We made brief mention of this a few posts back, but here's the full announcement: 

By popular demand — by which we mean “endless nagging from people on the TCJ.com message board” — The Comics Journal is pleased to announce that online-only subscriptions are now available, at over half off the print-subscription price. Choose from five-issue and ten-issue subscriptions to the subscriber section of the TCJ website, where you can not only read the current issue over the Internet, but every issue from TCJ #278 to present as well! Details at the links.

The Comics Journal #288 free online prevew

But wait, there’s more! We realize that you might want a look at what you’re purchasing, so for one week only, we’ve decided to make the online version of current issue, TCJ #288, free in its entirety for your reading pleasure. The whole thing’s there, from the best-of-2007 section to the comics section, and there’s no need to register — just click here and start reading! Offer ends Sunday evening, March 16, at which time the issue goes back behind the subscriber firewall.

Enjoy!

Comics jamming with Deitch, Woodring and Friends
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim DeitchJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Mar 2008 12:35 PM

It was a lively scene down at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday evening for our special Friends of the Nib Comics Jam with special guest of honor Kim Deitch and emcee Jim Woodring. We've got lotsa more photos right here at this link.

A happenin' crowd: 

Friends of the Nib Comics Jam, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08

 Kim signs books:

Friends of the Nib Comics Jam, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08

 Presenting a world premiere preview slideshow of Deitch's Pictorama:

Kim Deitch presents "Deitch's Pictorama," Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08

 "Dial M for Monster"!

Kim Deitch presents "Dial M for Monster," Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08 

Jeffrey Brown Emerald City Poster
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jordan CraneFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Mar 2008 11:35 AM

We'll have more Fanta-specific news about this show soon, but I liked this new Jeffrey Brown poster enough that I wanted to share. Oh, there is some news to share: Jordan Crane has been added! Jordan will be signing at Emerald City as well as having an art show opening at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery that same weekend. Make your travel plans now!

Stincker Stickers
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steven WeissmanJohnny Ryan 10 Mar 2008 11:22 AM

Presenting STINCKERS! Collect 'em all! 

Good comics, for free.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under webcomicsJasonDash Shaw 10 Mar 2008 11:06 AM

Are you reading Dash Shaw's BodyWorldJog is. And he reminds me to tell you that you should, too, because it's free and good! Speaking of free and good, are you reading Jason's Low Moon in the New York Times? Same deal.


It's a Hanks World
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikFletcher Hanksevents 10 Mar 2008 10:51 AM

You have exactly one-week to go over to the Comics Journal website and waste perfectly valuable work time reading an interview with Paul Karasik about Fletcher Hanks. Hanks is featured on the cover of the Journal's Best of the Year issue and they are offering the contents on-line for free this week only as a promotion.

Also, if you in in NYC this coming weekend, Paul will be signing books at Jim Hanley's Universe on Friday, March 14 from 5-7. After the Karasik signing, head on over to Rocketship in Brooklyn for a Hotwire nightcap at 8PM!

...and then on Saturday, March 15, Karasik will be giving a workshop on "Comics Deconstruction" at SPLAT: the Graphic Novel Symposium.


Market speculators take note
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 10 Mar 2008 10:50 AM
VARIANT COVER ALERT! 
 
This June, we're publishing Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, a 720-page bombshell of a graphic novel. In a cunning gambit to milk the market for all it's worth, Dash and art director Jacob Covey have come up with a masterstroke of economic manipulation: The Bottomless Belly Button will be published with two different covers! The Bottomless Belly Button tells the story of the Loony family. After 40-some years of marriage, Maggie and David Loony shock their children with their announcement of a planned divorce. The announcement sparks a week-long Loony family reunion at Maggie and David's creepy (and possibly haunted) beach house, with each family member stumbling blindly around one another, often ignoring their surroundings and consumed by their own conflicts.
 
The two covers of Bottomless will feature Maggie (Mom) and David (Dad) Loony. There will be exactly 50% made of the mom and 50% made of the dad (in a gorgeous white and black pantone on Kraft cover stock). Now, Jacob and Dash will tell you that this whole idea is conceptually great because the story is all about the splitting up of the family through the mom and dad's divorce, blah blah blah, but let's make no mistake, this is speculative publishing at its most mercenary. COLLECT THEM ALL! 
 
 
  
Jim B. opening at Tigertail
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Blanchardart 10 Mar 2008 10:43 AM
Here's a few pics of the walls of Seattle's Tigertail, which currently are hosting a lovely Jim Blanchard exhibition...