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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Otto Messmer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialscomic stripsclassics 19 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight features a great collection of classic comics starring an all-time beloved cartoon character, as drawn by his original creator, Otto Messmer.

Nine Lives to Live: A Classic Felix Celebration by Otto Messmer

Nine Lives to Live: A Classic Felix Celebration

Best known as an animated cartoon character, Felix the Cat has also had a tremendously successful run in his own newspaper comic strip. Now, gathered here is a generous sampling of many of his most important and entertaining adventures. Felix was created in 1919 by Otto Messmer for the cartoon Feline Follies (first named Master Tom, he was given a new, lasting name when he headlined his third cartoon, Adventures of Felix) and it wasn't long until Felix became the most popular cartoon character of the silent era. Wildly popular in the U.S. and England for years, well over 150 cartoons have been documented as being produced in the original series (and perhaps many more of which we have no record). Hesitating to make the jump to sound, the cartoons began to experience distribution problems and a decline in popularity. The original series ended its run in 1931. Begun in 1923, the comic strip outlasted Felix's screen career. Although credited to Pat Sullivan (as was everything else regarding the cat), the strip was produced under the constantly inventive direction of Messmer who did most of the pencils and inks on the strip until 1954. The strip began fading in popularity in the late 30's, but comic books revived public interest in the 1940's. Seeing several ups and downs from the 50's on — a TV series, various comic book original and reprint series — Felix's popularity endures to this day.

144-page full-color 9" x 11" hardcover
regularly $39.95 • ON SALE $29.96
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Matthias Lehmann
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsMatthias Lehmann 18 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today we're featuring another recent award nominee (Best U.S. Edition of International Material, 2007 Eisners) that we want to put back in the spotlight: the mind-bending debut from French artist Matthias Lehmann.

HWY 115 by Matthias Lehmann

Hwy. 115

A road movie featuring two detectives, René and Agatha, on the tracks of Robert Illot, a.k.a. "The Heimlich Killer," a serial killer whose modus operandi is to suffocate his victim with various objects (including chickens and lightbulbs) along the highways and byways of France. As they get closer and closer to catching up with him, seeking out and interrogating men and women from his past life at the insane asylum, he always stays one step ahead and the row of corpses grows longer and longer... In this lengthy original graphic novel, dreams and flashbacks converge with the ongoing narrative, done in Lehmann's hypnotically intense and insanely labor-intensive woodcut style to form a dark and disquieting vision of humanity.

240-page black & white 6.5" x 8.75" hardcover
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Read: Karasik on Eisner
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Karasik 18 Jul 2008 4:03 PM
For the London Times. 
Blogosphere roundup for 7/18/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsarbitrary cuteness 18 Jul 2008 3:18 PM

No update next week due to Comic-Con, but the next one will be a two-fer. In this week's web reviews:

The Stranger weighs in on Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button

Sean T. Collins looks at Mome Vol. 11

• The Toronto Star, Newsarama, Javier Hernandez, ComicMix and Maclean's on Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell - see this previous Flog post for even more recent links related to this book

On the NPR website, Laurel Maury looks at Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin; The Miami Herald also takes a look

Til the Last Hemlock Dies looks at I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks

Vice loves Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix #14

Sequart continues their detailed examination of Love and Rockets Vol. 1 with issue #34

Sequart also looks at the anthology fanzine Mineshaft #19

Sequart additionally examines The Comics Journal #291

The Alex Ross Collector looks at Ross's covers for TCJ #216 and #223

Newsarama digs the Comic Arf anthology

In other news:

Here's what the hardworking Roger Langridge is up to lately

Empire magazine names Usagi Yojimbo the 31st-greatest comic book character of all time (the highest-ranking alt-comics character on the list is Vladek Spiegelman, at #13)

du9 presents a 2004 interview with Daddy's Girl author Debbie Drechsler

• The latest cat-n-comix find on Flickr, from user "contrasts":

Monday night by contrasts on Flickr

Chocolate Cheeks for 7/18/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 18 Jul 2008 2:46 PM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman brings us something new! Starting today and running each week through late February/early March 2009 we'll be bringing you in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. The story begins right here! (Remember, you must be registered and logged in to read.)

Revenge of the Comic-Con Schedule
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under events 18 Jul 2008 11:59 AM

Fantagraphics 2008 Comic-Con International schedule

Here's our schedule of signings and panels for Comic-Con International next week, all prettified by our Art Department. Click it for a readable size (and see here for the text version)!

Sneak peek video & photos: Abandoned Cars
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim Lanepreviewsnew releases 18 Jul 2008 11:27 AM

Our week of video and photo teasers of upcoming releases continues to continue with Abandoned Cars, the debut collection from the young and scarily talented Tim Lane (whom you can meet at Comic-Con!). Watch the video above, and take a closer look in our photo gallery. Finale on Monday!

Sketchbook #63
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Williamsart 18 Jul 2008 9:55 AM

Courtesy Robert Williams:

Dash Shaw deconstructs BBB
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 18 Jul 2008 9:48 AM

The new issue of Comics Foundry magazine features this pretty awesome explication of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

 

Avoid the Hyatt.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 18 Jul 2008 9:04 AM
If you're attending Comic-Con next week and looking for a place to drink, fuck the Hyatt. There are about 1700 better, cheaper places to drink in downtown San Diego, anyway. I liked Tom Spurgeon's take on this controversy this morning. Oh, and if you live in Oklahoma, please don't vote for this asswipe. If so, you'll be supporting lousy cartooning on top of bigotry.