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Paul Hornschemeier announcement: Paul will be designing and illustrating every release from Paper Egg Books, a new subscription-only book series from featherproof Books. No images yet, but the books are sure to be as "hotly handsome" as the Paper Egg site says Paul is. More info in the official announcement.
Must Read: The New York Times looks at the "Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse" exhibit currently on view (and listen) at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. (Grateful thanks to tipster Paul Hornschemeier.)
• List: Bully, continuing with the "Fun Fifty of 2008" list, plunks Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman in at #11
• In-joke: Here's one for Jacob
From Robert Goodin: "I've just launched a blog called Covered that has an artist redrawing a comic cover in their own style. Participating artists will come from the fields of comics, animation, graphic design, and galleries from all over the world and some will be well known and some not so well known." There's just a couple of entries so far, but it looks like it's gonna be great. Above: Jeffrey Brown's version of Secret Wars #10.
Join LAGOON author Lilli Carré at Quimby's!
January 15, 2009, 7PM
Join Lilli Carré as she signs copies of her new graphic novel The Lagoon (Fantagraphics). She will also sell prints and various little handmade book items. Refreshments will be served!
In The Lagoon, a family is seduced by a mysterious creature's siren song that can be heard emanating from the lagoon after dark, and how each member reacts to the song in The Lagoon is the crux of the story. For the wise - or pixilated - Grandpa, the song reminds him that, in the time he has left, he must pause to respect, appreciate, and fear nature. The song hints at something that Zoey, the daughter, is too young to fully grasp. And the song lures the sexually frustrated mother, and eventually, her husband, into danger... Carré experimented with nib pens and brushes while drawing this black-and-white graphic novel, giving the art a different feel from her previous, Eisner-and-Harvey-Award-nominated story, Tales of Woodsman Pete.The Lagoon was influenced by the films Creature from the Black Lagoon and Night of the Hunter, but reads more like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O'Connor or Carson McCullers. Rhythms - Grandpa's taps, the ticking of a metronome - are punctuated by silences that pace this "sound"-driven story. Older teen and adult readers are invited to imagine the enigmatic creature's haunting, ever-shifting tune as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into windows at night.
Lilli Carré was born in 1983 in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Chicago, making animations, illustrations, and comics. Her animated films have shown in various festivals in the US and abroad, including the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and her previous book of comics Tales of Woodsman Pete (Top Shelf) is a collection of her stories surrounding a hermit who's slowly losing his wits.
QUIMBY'S: 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Due in February, Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1959-1960 features the tiny troublemaker's encounters with bobby-soxers, beatniks, cats and hobos, and of course plenty of mischief at home and in the neighborhood, all expressed through Ketcham's dazzlingly fluid line. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.