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Sketchbook #7
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim Hensleyart 4 Apr 2008 9:54 AM

Presenting the great Tim Hensley:

April 18 in Brooklyn: Karasik / Newgarden
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikMark Newgardenevents 3 Apr 2008 11:34 AM

If you're in New York, or will be in New York for the big New York Comicon, you won't want to miss this:

If you've never heard Mark or Paul speak, you'll be hard-pressed to find two guys who can talk comics any better. And if you haven't checked out Desert Island yet, by all accounts you should.  

Book Signing and "Show and Tell" with Garbage Pail Kids creator Mark Newgarden and cartoonist/archivist Paul Karasik at Williamsburg's newest comic and book store, Desert Island

Desert Island is pleased to announce its inaugural event, a book signing and "show and tell" featuring Garbage Pail Kids creator Mark Newgarden and Fletcher Hanks archivist Paul Karaik on Friday, April 18th from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. Desert Island is located at 540 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer.

Having just opened in late February of this year, Desert Island is Williamsburg's newest comic and book store, and a local resource for fans of independent publishing and artist books. Owned and run by artist Gabriel Fowler, Desert Island will host a series of similar events throughout the year.

Mark Newgarden will be signing his popular Bow-Wow series of children's books created with Megan Montague Cash, as well as his 2006 collection We All Die Alone and other works.

Paul Karasik will be signing I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks, his compilation of 15 of Hank's "best" stories published last year by Fantagraphics. Karasik spent years tracking down these obscure and hard to find stories buried in the back of long-forgotten comic book titles. Through his research, he also uncovered the dark secret of why Hanks disappeared from the comics scene.

In addition to signing books, Paul and Mark will be exhibiting relics including Fletcher Hanks' earliest known work plus censored and rejected Garbage Pail Kids artwork!

Comic archaeologist and cartoonist Paul Karasik studied at the School of Visual Arts with cartoonists Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman. He was Associate Editor of Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's avant-garde international comics and graphics review, RAW. In addition he published his own magazine, Bad News, which was among the first to run the work of cartoonists Ben Katchor, Gary Panter, and others.

In collaboration with artist David Mazzucchelli, he adapted Paul Auster's novel City of Glass as a graphic novel, which was named one of the best 100 comics of the century by The Comics Journal.

Mr. Karasik's cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker and Nickelodeon magazines. He has taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn, and, for the past three years, at the Scuola de Comics in Florence, Italy.

Cartoonist and author Mark Newgarden is the co-creator of the 1980's non-PC icon Garbage Pail Kids. He has long championed cheap junk as the 20th century's great art form & has subsequently unleashed a torrent of warped & weird entertainments in a multitude of forms.
Newgarden's work has appeared in a diverse array of venues from the pivotal avant-garde comics album Raw to the NY Times op-ed page. His work has also graced the walls (and screens) of the Smithsonian Institute, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Television and Radio and the ICA in London.

In 1999 he completed writing and directing 4 episodes of "B. Happy" the first of the experimental " Web Premiere Toons" for Cartoonnetwork.com. and subsequently established an award-winning studio, Laffpix Inc.

His picture history of the practical joke and novelty industry; Cheap Laffs; was published by Harry S. Abrams in 2004 and We All Die Alone; a monograph collection of his comics and stories was released from Fantagraphics Books in 2005. His first children's book Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug (with collaborator Megan Montague Cash) was released in 2007 by Harcourt and has won numerous awards and honors including a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.

This will be the first in a series of "show and tell" events at Desert Island, which will serve to encourage the appreciation of the odd and quirky.

LISTING INFO:

WHO: Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden
WHAT: Book signing, curiosities, and discussion
WHERE: Desert Island
WHEN:  Friday, April 18, 7PM
WHY: Because we care 

Desert Island Comics
540 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211 

 






Griffyvision
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadvideoBill Griffith 3 Apr 2008 10:41 AM

This has been floating around the inter-tubes recently: a TV interview with Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith that ran on WFSB (channel 3, Hartford, CT) Eyewitness News on November 7, 2003. Dig that close-up camera work!

The Shtick Never Stops!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under videoDrew Friedman 3 Apr 2008 10:16 AM

The audio isn't great, but it's there. Here's the legendary Milton Berle cock joke courtesy Freddie Roman at Drew Friedman's Friar's Club event:

Sketchbook #6
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Cathy Malkasianart 3 Apr 2008 9:24 AM

Cathy Malkasian sketch from Comicon 2007. 

Millionaire art show in PDX
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony Millionaireeventsart 3 Apr 2008 9:16 AM

Anyone heading to Portland for Stumptown later this month might wanna get to town a couple of nights early for this one:

Tony Millionaire's Portrait of My Unborn Baby Girl.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffKovey Korner 2 Apr 2008 10:37 PM

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I am so grateful that my little girl will be born into a world where she'll think it's perfectly normal for her to have a portrait of herself done by one of the greatest men-of-ink alive.

Thank you Tony Millionaire!

(T minus 27 days til fatherhood... and I'm praying she'll have lost that stubble by the time kindergarten starts up.)

Read the Rebel Visions introduction
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rebel VisionspreviewsPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesmeta 2 Apr 2008 3:55 PM

Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz

Now reprinted here on the Fantagraphics website for your reading enjoyment: the full Introduction to the forthcoming, revised softcover edition of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz. It actually comprises 3 sections: the Foreword, "The Setting" and "Distant Early Warnings." Read it here.

More Flickr Fun, Friedman style
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny RyanDrew Friedman 2 Apr 2008 12:44 PM

Glenn, Drew and Johnny R

Flickr user lilylord has some fantastic photos of Drew Friedman taken during his visit to L.A., including the above, with Drew approving of Johnny Ryan's homage (while Glenn Bray gives a dissenting opinion).

Flickr Fun
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 2 Apr 2008 12:08 PM

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TONTO KIDD archives some great old illustrators on his Flickr page. He's Italian so a lot of the work is foreign (and new to me). Unfortunately he doesn't have any sets organized so you just have to flip through and see what you find. 

The average-joe quality of these Spidey images kills me...

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UPDATE: Tonto-Kidd (Enrico) tells me that he had a Flickr account with over 1,500 images archived before something happened and it was lost. So this is probably a good page to bookmark for more great stuff in the future.