Chubby's plan turns out to be surprisingly sensible in this week's 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. (Have you been counting how many pages we've posted?)
We hope you've been enjoying our downloadable PDF excerpts of recent releases! Last year we posted a group of these previews that were available only to folks who are registered and logged in to the website. We've decided to make all of these previous excerpts available to the general public as well (just as we did with our webcomics a few weeks ago)!
There are many photos I didn't take at Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême! I missed snapping pics of Moebius, Jason, JC Menu, Killoffer and Joe Dog. I missed taking the photo of all the little kids with red hats reading CF's 2-pager in Kramers Ergot #7 and I missed the guy dressed up as Tintin just after I sassed Alex about how there was no one in costume. I missed taking a picture of Souther's raw meat salad...
Souther and I were crashing together in a château about 40 minutes outside of Angoulême. Every morning we'd get picked up by a car service and taken to the show. I know, I know, it sounds fancy - - and it was. All the drivers had clean shaves and nice haircuts, their pants were pressed and their breath smelt of the finest perfume (change out for cigarettes and bread). Some times the car we were picked up in was signed by Picasso.
One morning we woke up and found Tom Gauld in our room! That same morning the fancy car service was 3 hours late...
While we waited Tom and Souther discussed the current revolution happening in Dutch comics.
Isn't this amazing! Souther peeled the shit out an orange. Amazing.
On the topic of Amazing... I wish you could flip through Tom Gauld's sketchbook (and I wish my camera hadn't auto-focused on Tom's shoulder and lovely hair). Tom's sketchbook has these great 2 page spreads, with his daughter jamming on the left page with a green marker and then the right page is FULL of Tom's jewel like drawings, cataloging his toothy imagination.
Souther and Alex behind the booth. Technically, not a good photo but I like where Souther's head is in relation to Sharry Boyle's book Otherworld Uprising.
While we were in France there was a nation-wide strike.
From what I could gather, the French people were striking because of the government's handling of the current economic crisis.
The night of the strike I was talking with some Northern European friends (possible the happiest people... ever.) and one of 'em in a loud voice goes "Hey Jason! In America what would happen if you strike against crisis!?!" I replied "You'd probably get fucking fired." And they all laughed hysterically. I asked my friend what would happen in Northern Europe and he said "Nothing. Because we aren't stupid." And then I started laughing...
It's Joe Daly! The man behind Scrublands and the upcoming The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book.
Here's Joe preparing to sign a copy of Kramers Ergot #7.
To Joe's left we find the amazing Conrad Botes. GO NOW! GO! and find a copy of The Best of Bitterkomix vol. 1 featuring Conrad's amazing story "Blood River."
Conrad and Joe sign Kramers Ergot #7... at the same time.
Here is a statue of Herge's head. It is common for French children to run up to it with excitement and glee.
If I'm remembering right, this photo was taken just after Dan Clowes finished a radio interview. Dan told me he thought the interviewer asked him to explain his take on Nietzsche, so he did... turned out the interviewer asked him about David Lynch... Anyway, it's a nice photo of Dan and Alvin Buenaventura shooting the breeze.
Alvin watches a rough preview of Ghost World II: The Bob Skeetes Story.
Melissa, Souther and Alex anticipating the upcoming Clowes & co. signing. The tension was building and so was the size of the crowd.
"AUTEUR! AUTEUR! AUTEUR!" croaked the crowd of anxious fans. Like atheletes of olde making the fabled trek down the long dark corridor to the arena of champions... Adrian Tomine! Chris Ware! and Dan Clowes! well rested and pumped up for some fuckin' book signin' dewd!
So the show ended and it was awesome.
Here's a photo-collage-thing of our exodus...
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What we didn't sell we just tossed because in France they don't give a fuck about money.
But I'm American and I was like "Alvin! what the fuck are you doing!!!"
Alvin looked up at me with those eyes and said... "Let it go Jason."
In all its many guises, sex has been around for a long time. Back in the 1930s it was these little eight-page sex comics that became the talk of men's clubs, bars and some of the rougher workplaces. Famous Sunday-funnies cartoon characters were the earliest, and most popular, targets of these XXX-rated parodies; a parade of Hollywood actors and actresses madly copulating in a wide variety of positions soon followed. These "Tijuana Bibles" were so popular in their day that fans anxiously awaited new releases; men and boys got a genuine education when they realized there was more than one position that could be used to have sex. As the years went on, pornography evolved into men's girlie magazines, and then today's adult film industry; one look at these sexy, silly little comics will have you hankering for the good ol' days.
This fat hardcover volume collects all of Vols. 1-3 and most of Vol. 4 of the original Tijuana Bibles softcover series. Like those volumes, this book features a new original cover illustration by Pat Moriarity. This volume also includes comics historian R.C. Harvey's introductory essay "Getting Our Pornograph Fixed."
Not too long ago Legendary Larry Reid asked me to put together an exhibit of HUMBUG art and artifacts for the Fantagraphics Bookstore. The show opens March 7th 2009 and it's going to be fantastic, if I do say so myself... seriously, the work is so good! If you're a fan of comics or art or history then you'd be a fool not to check it out! Anyway, I spent the better part of this morning going through original artwork by the likes of Will Elder, Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth... and Russ Heath (see above image). Heath didn't do a lot of work for HUMBUG but what he did do was amazing trompe l'oeil-esque cartooning, parodying the ads and articles of the day, circa mid 1950's. His HUMBUG contributions are so stark and deadpan, sincere and illusive that they're subversion is felt at a gut level. Since assitant editing HUMBUG I've been thinking a lot about Heath. I even pulled out my beat up old copies of BLAZING COMBAT -- what? you don't have BLAZING COMBAT? You will soon...
Days like today make me crush out on my job all over again.
Don’t miss a special performance and book signing by cult cartoonist Dame Darcy on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Darcy will perform with her three-piece acoustical combo and sign copies of her wildly popular Victorian gothic comic book series Meat Cake, as well as her new graphic novel Gasoline. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentation throughout the historic neighborhood.
Saturday, March 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Dame Darcy Music performance and book signing
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