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Now in stock: Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJoe KubertBill Schelly 15 Oct 2008 3:06 PM

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert
By Bill Schelly

Joe Kubert’s extraordinary career spans the history of the comic book in America: he began drawing comics in 1938, just as Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, and continues to be one of the most vital cartoonists working today, writing and drawing both mainstream comic book characters as well as, more recently, graphic novels of his own conception.

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most distinctive, dynamic artists in the history of comics. Bill Schelly’s insightful book covers all facets of Kubert’s creative life: artist, writer, innovator, entrepreneur, and educator. It abounds in heretofore unknown details about Kubert’s life and work, and is rich in colorful anecdotes drawn from numerous interviews the author conducted with Kubert’s colleagues, family and friends. Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert is a full-bodied biography intended to be read and enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of American popular culture.

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Now in stock: Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason - with preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJason 15 Oct 2008 3:05 PM

Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason

Sshhhh! (New Printing)
By Jason

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author comes this sharp suite of short tales, ranging from the funny to the terrifying to the surreal to the touching, all told entirely in pantomime. Like Chris Ware, Jason's clean, deadpan style (featuring animal-headed characters with mask-like faces) hides a wealth of emotion and human complexity, leavened with a wicked wit. Jason's work has also drawn comparisons to Art Spiegelman for the similar ways both artists utilize anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth-charge comes as an even greater shock. His dark wit and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next are endlessly surprising and exhilarating. This new 2008 reprint features a brand new cover design.

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Vanity Fair profiles David Levine
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under David Levine 15 Oct 2008 12:55 PM

  

I've been on vacation since SPX and as such neglected until now to link to this excellent feature (with slideshow) on David Levine in the pages of Vanity Fair. The news isn't all good -- Mr. Levine is losing his eyesight and his legendary career has been curtailed accordingly -- but the piece is a respectful, insightful profile of one of New York's most iconic artists. And it doesn't hurt that it hits just on the eve of the release of our new Levine book, American Presidents:

 

Xaime's Wonder Woman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJaime Hernandez 15 Oct 2008 12:50 PM

Wonder Woman sketch by Jaime Hernandez

Behold: Jaime Hernandez's Wonder Woman sketch for the Wonder Woman Day benefit auctions. (Via Forbidden Planet Intl.)

Gene Deitch & Tom Terrific
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gene Deitch 15 Oct 2008 12:44 PM
The great Gene Deitch sent me this nifty photo of himself this morning, taken by another great cartoonist (and would-be Zorro), Pete Poplaski, who recently visited Gene in Prague.  Poplaski brought with him the near mint copy of the first issue of the 1957 Tom Terrific comic book, which I never even knew existed until now. 
 


Dash Shaw talks to Daily Crosshatch
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 15 Oct 2008 12:40 PM
The Daily Crosshatch runs part one this morning of a Dash Shaw interview conducted at SPX last weekend. Speaking of which, I should have some kind of SPX report up next week, long after anyone cares. Oh, boy! 
Johnny Ryan Vice-T
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny Ryan 15 Oct 2008 11:53 AM

Johnny Ryan Vice UK T-Shirts

Johnny Ryan says and we quote:

VICE UK made these t-shirts using the covers I drew for their boys and girls student guides. Click the image and it will take you to the VICE site and you can buy one.

New Comics Day 10/15/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 15 Oct 2008 7:39 AM

Only one new release from us arriving in comic shops this week:

The Comics Journal #293

Before you make the trip, preview the contents of this issue at the link above — we've got multimedia and excerpts.

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #293
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 13 Oct 2008 3:56 PM

Available now on our website and coming possibly next week to comic shops, The Comics Journal #293 features interviews with S. Clay Wilson and Alex Robinson plus a whole bargeload more. Get yourself a visual sneak peek right here (click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, or if you just want a bigger version) and check out some teaser excerpts on TCJ.com.

I'm probably jinxing this just by typing it, but I'm hoping to bring you a new preview slideshow every day this week. Can I do it? Stay tuned.

Rocky daily strips start TODAY!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsmetaMartin Kellerman 13 Oct 2008 3:12 PM

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

Starting today (after a slight delay due to technical difficulties) we are pleased to present Monday-Friday installments of Swedish cartoonist Martin Kellerman's smash-hit comic strip Rocky, in English for the first time anywhere (until they appear in our second Rocky collection, Rocky Vol. 2: Strictly Business)! One part Fritz the Cat, one part Seinfeld, one part Jane Austen (!), Rocky is a phenomenon in its native country, having spawned a glossy magazine and a computer-animated TV show (previously seen on Flog).

Come back to this link every weekday for a new strip; we'll keep a week's worth of strips available at all times so you can catch up if you miss a few days. (If you're eagle-eyed you might notice the occasional gap in the numerical sequence; a few of the original strips have Swedish cultural references that don't translate for non-Swedes, so we've omitted them.)


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