By the way, Fanta has just gone back to press on BBB, which we're thrilled about. I was thinking this morning that the two artists we've published of late with perhaps the most "heat" at the moment are Dash Shaw and Steve Ditko. Which then reminded me of Dash's unpublished Dr. Strange strip (see below), and inevitably led me to one conclusion: that really, Marvel Comics should give Dr. Strange to Fantagraphics. Marvel doesn't know what the fuck to do with him. Give him to us and we'll start an ongoing Dr. Strange anthology with new work by Los Bros, Dash Shaw, Daniel Clowes, Kim Deitch, and other longtime Ditko fans, and include reprints of the classic Ditko Strange as well. Joe Quesada, it is your moral duty to make this happen.
FREE ADMISSION An exclusive, limited-edition Hayes silkscreen will be available for this event.
The controversial cartoonist Rory Hayes was a self-taught dynamo of the underground comics revolution. Attracting equal parts derision and praise (the latter from the likes of R. Crumb and Bill Griffith), Hayes emerged as comics’ great primitive, drawing horror comics in a genuinely horrifying and hallucinatory manner (some have called him the Fletcher Hanks of the underground). He has influenced a generation of cartoonists, from RAW to Fort Thunder and back again.
On Friday, Aug. 8, on what would have been Hayes’ 59th birthday (Hayes died of a drug overdose in 1983), Desert Island and Fantagraphics Books will celebrate the life and art of Rory Hayes with a special evening celebrating the release of WHERE DEMENTED WENTED, the first-ever collection of Hayes’ legendary comics and art. Editor Dan Nadel (Gary Panter, The Wilco Book) will moderate a discussion of Hayes’ work with three men who knew and worked with Hayes: Kim Deitch (creator of Waldo the Cat), Bill Griffith (creator of Zippy the Pinhead), and Geoffrey Hayes (brother of Rory and author of the recent Benny and Penny from Toon Books).
WHERE DEMENTED WENTED: THE ART AND COMIX OF RORY HAYES is the first retrospective of Hayes’ career ever published, and features the best of his underground comics output alongside paintings, covers, and artifacts rarely seen by human eyes — as well as astounding, previously unprinted comics from his teenage years and movie posters for his numerous homemade films. The Art and Comix of Rory Hayes also serves as a biography and critique with a memoir of growing up with Rory by his brother, the illustrator Geoffrey Hayes, and a career-spanning essay by Edward Pouncey (a.k.a. Savage Pencil). Also included is a rare interview with Hayes himself.
“Rory Hayes was the real thing; a genuine ‘outsider’ artist. His work retains its raw, primitive power to this day, teetering precariously between chaos and control, madness and oddly endearing teddy bears.” – Bill Griffith
“A great American primitive.” – R. Crumb
WHERE DEMENTED WENTED: THE ART AND COMICS OF RORY HAYES Edited by Dan Nadel and Glenn Bray Essays by Geoffrey Hayes and Edwin Pouncey $22.99 Paperback Original 144 pages, black-and-white (with 48 pp. in color), 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-923-4 • PUBLICATION DATE: AUG. 8, 2008
You Torontoans won't want to miss this event on Aug. 7, featuring an art show with Ray Fenwick, Ho Che Anderson, Chester Brown, and many more. The awards themselves are the following night, August 8th, where you can presumably obtain this unlikeliest of jam posters featuring Brown channeling Harold Gray in the lettering dept. and Lynn Johnston channeling Charlie Brown:
Mome contributor Robert Goodin has a couple of new items available in his online shop. How can you not want to buy this silkscreened-on-wood-veneer postcard of a giraffe wearing goggles riding a bike with a sissy bar? C'mon!
Bill North, Senior Curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, sends us this link to photos of the exhibit "BLAB! A Retrospective," featuring artwork from the past several volumes of our BLAB! anthology. The exhibit opened last week and runs through November 2, 2008.
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