I read that one of the crucial plot points of Marvel's big Secret Invasion crossover involved newly-elected President Obama bouncing Tony 'Iron Man' Stark from leading the Avengers and replacing him with mass-murdering psychopath Norman 'The Green Goblin' Osborn, creating some king of supervillain Illuminati and making Marvel the new Jack Chick. Shrewd move.
And now "Obama" is making another crass Marvel appearance in some kind of Spider-Man variant collectible bullshit issue. I'm loathe to link about it, but this Wonkette quote was too rich to pass up: "Who is that mysterious black person in a business suit who looks absolutely nothing like Barack Obama, your new president? It's COMIC-BOOK Barack Obama, that's who! Jesus fucking christ, could Marvel Comics maybe hire somebody who can maybe draw something vaguely resembling the president-elect, rather than 'random negro dude in a suit who also seems to have neck tumors'?"
I actually thought there was some kind of particular law (for better or worse) against trying to profit commercially off a president's likeness in a way not protected by Fair Use (and I doubt limited-edition variant covers qualify as Fair Use), but I guess I totally made that up.
Starting [January 5], and for the next seventeen weeks, I'll be contributing a weekly strip in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.The strip is in their "Tragic Strip" slot of their political section, and has been previously occupied by a slew of artists, including one of my major idols and influences, Heinz Edelmann. My contribution will feature Huge Suit (who made an appearance in Fantagraphics' 2006 Free Comic Book Day issue and is inarguably one of my more Heinz Edelmann-influenced characters). The strips aren't apparently going to be available online, but a clip is above.
MOME contributor Jonathan Bennett has a fantastic, classic Sunday-style comic strip called "Beat of the Traps" in the new Kramers Ergot. John is a fantastic cartoonist whose work exhibits the craftsmanship of a master jeweler, but also has an existential soul a laGlenn Ganges or King Cat that its quotidian trappings often belie. He's really good. It turns out he also completed an additional page for Kramers of B&W dailies leading up to the Sunday payoff that the editor, Sammy Harkham, mercilessly rejected from the book. I like to picture Sammy laughing, with a cigar, as he gave Bennett the news. Anyway, luckily for us, Bennett has rescued the page from oblivion and produced the handsome minicomic version pictured above. The only downside of this is it makes my job harder in putting together that MOME theme issue I'd been planning, KRAMERS REJECTS. But you should search it out nonetheless.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the wildly popular BEASTS exhibition will be extended though February 4. Inclement weather prevented many from making the trek to Georgetown during the first weeks of the show. This extension will allow everyone to enjoy this delightfully ambitious display. Organized by Jacob Covey, this exhibition includes a diverse collection of colorful artwork by over 50 accomplished artists. (Click here for more information about the exibit.)
Paul Constant’s enthusiastic review in The Stranger observes, “The broad array of talent is impressive... I could go on for hours.” In a comprehensive feature in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch comments, “There’s nothing as satisfying to a reader as a detailed inventory... The visuals range from striking graphic design to comic-book gothic... which blend fantasy, pseudoscience and macabre wit to savory effect.”
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Join us this Saturday, January 10 until 9:00 PM for the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. See you all soon.
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