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Hidden Gems 25%-off sale & daily spotlight
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsHo Che Anderson 1 Jul 2008 12:00 AM

For one reason or another, every once in a while one of our books will slip under the radar and go under-appreciated, or maybe it made an initial splash but has since faded from the general consciousness. For the month of July, 2008, we're highlighting some of these "hidden gems" from our back catalog and encouraging you to discover some great but obscure books by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off! Click here for the full selection. (Sale ends at 11:59 PM Pacific time, July 31, 2008.)

We'll also be spotlighting these books with a daily feature here on Flog, starting right here and right now! Leading off the top of the alphabet: Canadian artist Ho Che Anderson, best known for King, his acclaimed comics biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and also creator of these lesser-known gems:

Young Hoods in Love by Ho Che Anderson

Young Hoods in Love

In this collection of original, previously unpublished stories, Anderson looks to the streets of his own modern-day Black Toronto for this group of gritty urban tales of explosive human relationships. Meet Toronto's sexiest bank robbers in "Young Hoods in Love." Join Edith in her desperate search for her son's father in "Johnny Angel." Experience the gut-wrenching surprise ending of "The Twilight of Our Years." See the unforgettable meeting of "Molly and Madeleine." And in the volume's closer, watch Cookie balance three relationships and two careers in "Doe." Funny, profane, and authoritatively real, Young Hoods in Love thrusts Ho Che Anderson into the first rank of contemporary comics creators.

80-page black & white 7" x 11" softcover
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Scream Queen by Ho Che Anderson

Scream Queen

A woman driving alone through the desert picks up a younger woman whose car has broken down on the side of the road. Later at the younger woman's job, the two ladies chat, revealing bits and pieces of their lives. After this meeting, the older woman leaves for an appointment with a man. She arrives at his apartment where he's having sex with a woman. The woman confronts him. Turns out she's the living dead, come to bring the man to the other side. Scream Queen marks the first book by Anderson since his landmark graphic novel, King. Scream Queen represents a marked departure from King, being a much shorter work of genre fiction, but employing a similar graphic sensibility and mastery of form to chilling effect.

(Trivia note: pages from Scream Queen decorate the room of the depressed son in the film Little Miss Sunshine.)

56-page black & white 10" x 10" softcover
regularly $12.95 • ON SALE $9.71
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Ray Fenwick: Inkstud
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray Fenwickaudio 30 Jun 2008 3:02 PM
The venerable Inkstuds internet radio program kicks off a month-long focus on Canadian cartoonists by interviewing Hall of Best Knowledge and Mome cartoonist Ray Fenwick.
Two Midwest exhibits
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyWill ElderHarvey Kurtzmanevents 30 Jun 2008 2:26 PM

The Daily Cross Hatch has word on "Zines of the Cities," a great-looking retrospective of Minneapolis/Saint Paul zines now on display at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts gallery (1905 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404), featuring work by Zak Sally and Mr. Mike (no relation) among many others.

And the Star Clipper Blog clues us in to the Mad Magazine Exhibit, currently on display at the St. Louis Artists' Guild in Clayton, MO. It's not stated which artists are included in the exhibit (Kurtzman? Elder?) or even what era, if any, the exhibit focuses on, but admission is free so it won't cost you nothin' to find out.

More Angry Youth classix
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny Ryan 30 Jun 2008 2:06 PM

Johnny Ryan Angry Youth Comix

Johnny Ryan dips his bucket into the archives again and hauls up another load of early Angry Youth Comix.

Anders Nilsen sketchbook comics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Anders Nilsen 30 Jun 2008 1:58 PM

Anders Nilsen sketchbook comics

Anders, as he occasionally does, posts more moleskine pages.

Strangeco Stranger strangeness
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodring 30 Jun 2008 1:50 PM

Frank cartoon by Jim Woodring

From Jim Woodring comes word that our pals at Strangeco have created an online gallery of Jim's panel-cartoon-of-sorts that used to run in The Stranger a few years back. Oh yes.

Art of the Internet.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 29 Jun 2008 10:10 PM

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Knowing of my own Ninja Turtles sketchbook, Mike Baehr pointed me to this sketchbook with several TMNT interpretations from folks at Heroes Con. Turns out it's the sketchbook of SubSub, aka Joseph Lambert, one of the CCS grads.

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Impressed by the accuracy of the Krang illustration I looked into Matt Bernier's website and discovered he's friends with Jon Vermilyea, one of my favorite cartoonists/illustrators, which pointed me to Jon's portrait of Washington on the Vice website. If you're interested they've got five more portraits from people like Laura Park and Bald Eagles. But not by Kaz Strzepek who did the awesome TMNT rubdown sketch. 

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Cheesecake photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 29 Jun 2008 9:41 PM

Hoppin' times in Georgetown last night with the opening of our "Now Serving Cheesecake" exhibit of classic pin-up cartoon art. Above, Angielena Chamberlain models for artist Augie Pagan's live pin-up drawing demonstration; click here for the rest of the photos!

I love my neighborhood.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under miscellany 28 Jun 2008 10:33 AM

Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE! And yes, they're naked. Unfortunately, I can't find the flickr account I grabbed this from -- if you see this, let me know so I can link to your excellent pool of naked cyclist photos. 

Blogosphere roundup for 6/27/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 27 Jun 2008 1:38 PM

Our ego-surfing results for the week:

Independent Weekly profiles Robert Pollard, visual artist, as collected in Town of Mirrors (link via Largehearted Boy)

• Speaking of Largehearted Boy, Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button is included in LHB's "Summer Reading Suggestions." More BBB coverage includes a profile of Dash in Canada's National Post, a starred review from Publishers Weekly (scroll to the bottom), a review by The Daily Cross Hatch, the previously-linked mention in the Wall Street Journal, another profile (alongside Jason Lutes and Guy Delisle) in the Christian Science Monitor, and Kevin Church calling the book "easily the best graphic novel of the year so far." Whew!

• Via The Comics Reporter, a passel of links to Daada Books' reviews of Acme Novelty Library #16 by Chris Ware; Mome; Monologues for the Coming Plague by Anders Nilsen; and Outlaws, Rebels, Freethinkers & Pirates by Bob Levin

• Speaking of Levin, Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter says Levin's Most Outrageous is "Maybe The Best Book About Comics Ever." Meanwhile, Levin announces that Most Outrageous is banned in California state prisons (via Journalista)

• More French love for Linda Medley, as the French edition of Castle Waiting is named one of "20 Essential Albums for Summer 2008" by l’Association des Critiques de Bandes Dessinées (Google translation)

Publishers Weekly gives an industry-focused take on the forthcoming Love and Rockets: New Stories

• Speaking of L&R, here's PrettyFakes on The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

Icats Nitram, on a roll lately, looks at Richard Sala's Delphine #1

Comic Book Galaxy's Alan David Doane says Patrick Rosenkranz's Rebel Visions is "one of the greatest historical recountings ever dedicated to the artform"

Sean T. Collins presents his 2005 Comics Journal review of Marc Bell's (unfortunately out-of-print) Worn Tuff Elbow

Our hometown alt-weekly, the coincidentally-named Stranger, looks at Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

Shuffleboil on the most recent volume of The Complete Peanuts

• Not to be outdone by the WSJ in comics coverage, The Fort Worth Business Press looks at two recent Popeye collections: ours, of E.C. Segar's original comic strips, and Warner's DVD collections of the Fleischer cartoons

du9 on Thomas Ott's The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8

Matthew Brady on Billy Hazelnuts by Tony Millionaire