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The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Gift Box Set (Vols. 21-22)
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Chocolate Cheeks for 8/15 & 8/22/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 22 Aug 2008 2:05 PM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Has it really been 3 weeks since we brought you the last installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures? Indeed it has. For the record: Steven skipped 8/8, and then I missed putting up last week's installment due to various meshugaas. To make up for it, this week we're giving you a double dose! WARNING: Possibly upsetting for the very sensitive (you know who you are)! (Remember, you must be registered and logged in to read.)

Blogosphere roundup for 8/22/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 22 Aug 2008 1:42 PM

Reviews that popped up on our radar this week: 

Matthew Brady takes a good look at Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason

• Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars is a Pick of the Week at the fictional comic shop in the webcomic The Rack

Sequart on Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione

Abhay Kholsa at The Savage Critics looks at the first two issues of Sammy the Mouse by Zak Sally

Jog and Sequart both delve into Mome Vol. 12

Jarett Duncan says the works of Dave Cooper are "Worth Your Time and Dollar"

Blog@Newsarama highlights a bunch of our releases that arrived in comic shops this week

Sean T. Collins on Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes

Comics-and-More loves Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw; Matthias Wivel at The Metabunker digs it too

Wired looks at Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

Jarett Kobek's examination of Strange and Stranger includes this intriguing quote: "My guess would be that if Ditko's creator-owned work were being judged independent of What Came Before, it wouldn't be spoken of as a Decline, but rather in the same way that we have begun to discuss an outsider artist like Rory Hayes. (Note: not likening Ditko's work to that of Hayes.)"

And...

The Vancouver Courier profiles Kim Deitch

• We've got a fingernail-buffing 17 slots on Alan David Doane's "100 Must-Read Graphic Novels" list, with 3 in the top 10 (plus two collections of comics originally published by us)

Boing Boing is excited for our upcoming Boody Rogers book

ICV2 writes about The New York Times writing about Blake Bell writing about Steve Ditko in Strange and Stranger

At The Comics Reporter, Tim Lane addresses Frank Santoro's question about the future of Lane's serialized story "Belligerent Piano"

• A customer at our bookstore alerted us to the fact that musician Ryan Adams has been blogging about Leah Hayes' Holy Moly and made a video for her band Scary Mansion

• From the Strange Bedfellows Department, a sentiment we can certainly get behind (more info here, via E&P):

Senator Theater marquee says BRING ZIPPY BACK INTO THE SUN

Preview video/slideshow: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 22 Aug 2008 11:42 AM

Here's another multimedia preview of a recent release: the new printing of The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14: The Early '80s & Weirdo Magazine. (Actually, shhh, the video and photos are of a copy of the previous edition... see if you can catch me covering up the old cover price with my thumb!) Click here if it doesn't appear above.

We've got some teasers of upcoming releases that we'll be unleashing next week, so watch this space...

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #292
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 22 Aug 2008 11:41 AM

Enjoy this look at the new issue of The Comics Journal, featuring the definitive mega-interview with the Deitch clan. Tip: For a closer look with legible text (in other words, to actually read the preview), click through here to the photoset, select an image, click "All Sizes" at the top of the photo, and then click "Original." Click here for the slideshow if it doesn't appear above.

The Comics Journal #292 - cover by Kim Deitch

Friday! Kupperman! Desert Island! Thrizzle!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 21 Aug 2008 10:59 PM

Michael Kupperman Sex Blimp poster

Michael Kupperman signs copies of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, including the new 4th issue, at Desert Island Comics in Brooklyn, 6-9 PM Friday August 22nd - that's practically today! Also available: the silkscreen print shown above. How do I get one?? Here's the Facebook invitation.

 

Preview video/slideshow: The Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJim Woodring 21 Aug 2008 6:28 PM

We've got a new way to bring you previews and teasers: Flickr just launched this embeddable combination video/photo slideshow thingy. It's pretty sweet, especially when you make it full-screen by clicking the icon at bottom right. Here's The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring; click here if the slideshow won't display above, or just to see a larger version.

The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring - front cover

Now in stock: The Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJim Woodring 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

The Portable Frank
By Jim Woodring

A Visionary work of comic art for all-ages! Readers who haven’t discovered Jim Woodring’s Frank stories have a colossal treat waiting for them in this all-ages gem collecting the character’s greatest adventures.

Frank is a unique, visionary comic, exquisitely drawn and so fully realized that adults and children alike find themselves drawn deeply into Woodring’s hallucinatory mindscape. The stories, almost entirely wordless, are told with brilliant, candy colors that people of all ages find alluring. The stories themselves unravel like a good puzzle, rewarding re-reading, providing an experience as immersive as that first love affair, that first samadhi, or that first breath. Simply put, the world of Frank must be experienced to be understood.

Frank is an 11-year-old generic anthropomorph who lives in a force-laden landscape called the Unifactor. He is curious but not smart, naïve but not noble, and his most outstanding character trait is his ineducability. Along with Pupshaw, Frank’s semi-subservient housedog-like godling, the two traipse across their surreal landscape, occasionally encountering Manhog, the bloated bladder of sin with a heart of radiance who exists to thwart their prosperity. And then there’s the platonic Jerry Chickens, and the lachrymose Lucky, as well as Frank’s Real Pa and Faux Pa, each a part of one of the great cartoon achievements of the 20th century.

For all its mystery, the world of Frank is a simple, delightful, mesmerizing example of world-building at its most fanciful, surely to delight parents and children alike.

200-page black & white 6.25" x 8.75" softcover • $16.99
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Now in stock: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
By Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 reboots the beloved ongoing "Love and Rockets" comic into a fat, all-new annual graphic novel length package.

Jaime launches the new format with a story that's unusual even for him... A full-on, pulse-pounding super-hero yarn! Maggie's longtime friend Penny Century has finally realized her longtime dream of acquiring super-powers, but at a terrible personal cost. Now she rampages through the galaxy, half mad with grief, and a motley group of super-heroes assembles to try to stop her -- led by Maggie's girlfriend Angel and her mysterious neighbor Alarma, and involving a number of characters longtime Love and Rockets fans will delight in recognizing.

The epic-length 50-page story (only the first half of the saga!) combines Jaime's razor sharp characterization and superlative art with wildly inventive, Kirby-style slam-bang super-hero action.

Then Gilbert Hernandez explodes with a similarly generous helping of his fantastically creative one-shot short stories: "Tamanny" (rookie cop vs. demonic drug users); "Papa" (a turn-of-the-century story involving a traveling businessman); "The New Adventures of Duke and Sammy" (super-powered Martin and Lewis impostors in outer space); "The Tender Room" (Into the Wild as re-imagined by Beto); "Chiro el Indio" (written by third brother Mario Hernandez); and "Never Say Never" (a kangaroo gets lucky in Las Vegas).

One hundred pages of Jaime, Gilbert and Mario Hernandez at the peak of their powers: this is a major graphic-novel event!

100-page black & white 6.625" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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Now in stock: Deitch's Pictorama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Simon Deitchnew releasesKim Deitch 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Deitch's Pictorama

Deitch's Pictorama
By Kim Deitch, Simon Deitch and Seth Deitch

Kim Deitch, creator of the acclaimed Fantagraphics collection Shadowland and the Pantheon graphic novels Alias the Cat and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, has recruited his siblings to produce a unique, all-new "picto-fiction" pocket book. Alternating between heavily illustrated near-comics stories and outright prose pieces, Deitch's Pictorama is a testament to the Deitch family's amazing yarn-spinning abilities!

The book leads off with Kim's lengthy picto-story "The Sunshine Girl," a typically Deitchean tall tale involving bottle cap collectors, drug dealers, family secrets, and the innocents who wind up in the middle of the hullaballoo. Then it's time for Seth's prose short story "Children of Aruf," about a man and his very unusual dog; "Unlikely Hours," a paranoid picto-story about a conspiracy of sentient rats written by Seth and illustrated by Kim; the prose novella "The Golem," once again written by Seth and decorated with a series of superb pencil illustrations by Simon; and finally Kim's autobiographical "The Cop on the Beat, the Man in the Moon and Me." This entire "Deitch treat" is wrapped up with an introduction by legendary Academy Award-winning animator, cartoonist and illustrator and proud papa Gene (Tom Terrific, Terr'ble Thompson, Tom and Jerry) Deitch.

240-page black & white 6" x 8" softcover • $18.99
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Now in stock: Sammy the Mouse #2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak Sallynew releasesIgnatz Series 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally

Sammy the Mouse #2
By Zak Sally

In this issue, things ramp up, as Sammy still can't seem to find some peace and quiet in the comfort of his home (because a giant finger is poking him in the skull, among other things), and some new "friend" won't take "No" for an answer. An answer for what? Why, a PICNIC, of course. EVERYBODY loves a PICNIC, right? As if that weren't enough, Feekes keeps shooting off his drunk mouth (with dire consequences), there's more secret scary underwater business from Him, and where the hell is Puppy-boy, anyway? Also in this issue: a moustache.

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket • $7.95
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