I'm really not trying to drag this out... but I will.
What we have here are a couple of nearly-panoramic-photo-collage-things I put together to try and give a sense of the fervor behind the Buenaventura booth at Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême when Dan Clowes, Chris Ware & Adrian Tomine were signing and sketching for fans. I'm not sure if it was any krazier than San Diego Comic-Con but the degree of passion and devotion on display was exciting, worrisome and definitely European. During San Diego Comic-Con it's not uncommon to see excited, overweight children trying to run from booth to booth to obtain free shit and a drawing from say the Owly guy or Prof. Neal Adams. Now, take out "excited, overweight children" and replace it with "concerned, well dressed European adult" and you get an idea of a common scene on display at the Angoulême show. One crazed, scary-eyed (and very nice) European man had snuck into (we call it "breaking and entering" where I come from) the building the day before the show opened in hopes he could procure autographs and drawings from Clowes & company!
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L to R: Dan Clowes, Alex Holden, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, Souther Salazar, Melissa P. Coats & way far to the right, just under the green sign is Tom Gauld
L to R: Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Alex Holden's shoulder, Souther Salazar & Kramers Ergot #7
Hiding behind a copy of Kramers Ergot #7, Dan Clowes signs books for his French publisher Cornélius. Signing at Angoulême is dangerous business.
Chris Ware and Dan Clowes slave away. This photo and commentary taken from a fan's point of view.
Dash Shaw draws for a fan in the French edition of Bottomless Belly Button. It was a lot of fun to watch Dash personalize copies of BBB, much to the delight of French sensibility, he drew ALL OVER the book, including the flip. It was cool.
Dash's French label mate and Seattle's own Kaz Strzepek draws for a fan as he blurs into the gloaming. Along the bottom of the frame you can see the hardcover to the French edition of Mourning Star... or you can click here to see it.
Drew Friedman will be in San Francisco this Sunday for an exhibition of his "Old Jewish Comedians" artwork and a discussion of the work, as a part of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center's Festival of Jewish Humor.
This special airing on Feb. 25th on the history channel features Frank Thorne as the official documentary "artist" and will no doubt make Jacob Covey regret not asking Mr. Thorne to contribute to Beasts!
Jaime Hernandez pencils for New Stories #2 found on the backside of the original art for the upcoming Free Comic Book Day comic.
UPDATE: Jaime dropped a note to mention that this is from an old L&R issue. The guy's right! I saw Angel (not shown here) and thought New Stories but this would have been the end of the L&R2 run. And, of course, that's Frogmouth. Tempestuous Vivian Frogmouth.
Our annual Best of the Year issue includes interviews with critics' faves Lynda Barry, Frank Quitely, Dash Shaw, David Hajdu and Mike Luckovich, as well as Best Picks of 2008 from an all-star lineup including Kim Deitch, Anders Nilsen, Emmanuel Guibert, John Porcellino, Mark Newgarden, Johnny Ryan, Paul Karasik and others. Plus, a first look at C. Tyler's upcoming project You'll Never Know, a gallery of comics from Finland's best young talents, and more.
Cartoonist Basil Wolverton was known for his grotesque drawings, fantastically odd creatures, spaghetti-like hair, smoothly sculpted caricatures and insanely detailed crosshatching. His career in the golden age of comic books lasted from 1938 until 1952, after which his illustrations and caricatures extended into such publications as Life, Pageant and MAD magazines. Stylistically, he has been regarded as one of the spiritual grandfathers of underground and alternative comix.
Less well known and understood is his work for the Worldwide Church of God, headed until 1986 by radio evangelist Herbert Armstrong. From 1953 through 1974, Wolverton, a deeply religious man, was commissioned and later employed by the church to write and illustrate a narrative of the Old Testament (including over 550 illustrations), some 20 apocalyptic illustrations inspired by the Book of Revelations, and dozens of cartoons and humorous illustrations for various Worldwide Church publications.
Compiled and edited by Wolverton’s son, Monte, the 304-page Wolverton Bible includes all of Wolverton’s artwork for the Worldwide Church of God corporation. Recording artist and noted EC authority Grant Geissman (Tales of Terror: The E.C. Companion and Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!) provides an insightful foreword, while Monte Wolverton delivers commentary and background in the introduction and in each section. This volume is authorized and commissioned by the Worldwide Church of God and endorsed by the Wolverton family.
Many of the illustrations in this book are regarded as Basil Wolverton’s finest work. Still others have never been published, and some of the humorous drawings printed here rival Wolverton’s work in MAD magazine.
(While supplies last, all orders for The Wolverton Bible will also receive, FREE, a set of 10 Wolvertoons Postcards!)