|Bell talkin' Ditko some more|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Ditko, Blake Bell, audio||26 Jun 2008 9:57 AM|
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The Summer 2008 issue of Art Source, the newsletter of the Seattle-based arts organization the Artist Trust, contains a feature article by curator Cynthia Rose (read a preview on the Artist Trust website) which profiles Epileptic/Babel creator David B. and highlights his upcoming visit to Seattle in mid-August, which is co-sponsored by the Alliance Française de Seattle and includes, of course, a stop and art show at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Stay tuned for our complete announcement with all the details of this exciting multi-day celebration of bandes desinées, which will also include a talk given by our own Kim Thompson, a screening of Tintin et Moi at the Northwest Film Forum, and a panel discussion with David B., Jim Woodring, Peter Bagge and Joe Sacco at the Henry Art Museum.
Want to know what books we have coming in the fall and winter? Blog@Newsarama takes a peek into our crystal ball and gives you the scoop!
Johnny Ryan unearths a rarity from the original self-published run of Angry Youth Comix over on his blog.
We've added two new titles to our selection of books available with free signed bookplates: Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button and Leah Hayes' Funeral of the Heart. These bookplates are an exclusive free bonus when you order these books from us, and supplies are limited, so get them now and you'll have bragging rights when Dash and Leah are household names!
From Jim Flora doyen Irwin Chusid comes the latest Flora art offering:
PRIMER FOR PROPHETS SCREEN PRINTS
The images derive from a 1954 trade-only alphabet booklet that Flora illustrated for CBS-TV. The second set of prints features KISSED, COOKED, GROOMED, and QUAFFED. Edition of 100 (each image), hand-numbered and authenticated.
The first series ("ATE," "DROVE," "JIVED," and "SMOKED") is still available as single prints or as a SET:
Yesterday's Los Angeles Times Book Review features Blake Bell's Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko on the cover, and Geoff Boucher's review inside says "the book is an extremely satisfying archive of the artist's work, both famous and obscure, and... it intensely documents the twists and turns of his career." Blake is keeping track of more reviews on his own website, including the "A+" the book received from Sci-Fi Magazine, who call the book "an essential tribute to one of pop culture's most essential creators."
The comics world has a new heir. Arriving just one day before her daddy's birthday, Clementine Bean Reynolds was born Saturday afternoon (June 21) at 3:15 PM in Ballard's Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She weighed 7lbs, 2 oz, and is 20 inches long. And totally cute.
Congratulations to Fantagraphics' right-hand man (and its kind face), Eric Reynolds, and his wife Rhea Patton.