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We're begining production on a collection of Boody Rogers comics, edited by Arf's Craig Yoe (who I recently learned lives in the castle that was used as the girls school on the TV show The Facts of Life). Opening up the first comic on the stack I saw some scratchy handwriting at the bottom of the first page and thought about how many comics I come across that are defaced by kids' scribbles.
Then I realized this old comic isn't from my collection or yours, it's from Craig Yoe's collection. So of course that's Boody's handwriting...
Cynthia Rose, co-curator of La Semaine de la Bande Desinée, presents this excellent summary website with information about the project and hundreds of photos from the events (Kim Thompson's presentation and David B.'s talks and appearances) by photographer Steve Sampson. (This image of Jim Woodring at the David B. signing is particularly unmissable.)
Hey, remember that mammoth quantity of new books we dropped here on the website a couple of weeks ago? A bunch of them should be landing on your local comic shop tomorrow (not today, due to the holiday):
Plus new printings of:
Impress the clerks with your savvy by checking out our descriptions and previews at the links above before heading out to your shop of choice. Happy hunting!
With 5 new issues from ongoing series in our deluxe Ignatz format having just come out this summer, we're giving you a chance to catch up on back issues and check out some of the other series in the format for just $5.95 each — that's over 25% off the $7.95 cover price — throughout September 2008. (Sale ends at 11:59 PM Pacific time, September 30, 2008.) Created by an international roster of cartoonists (from Anders Nilsen to Zak Sally; from Gipi to Igort to Martí), comics in the Ignatz series are magazine-sized, printed in duotone on heavy premium paper, with jacketed covers. Click here to browse all titles in the format!
Ivan Brunetti was in town this weekend, and brought along an advance copy of his second Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories for Yale Press. Great Caesar's Ghost, this is one of the most stunning -- and smartly assembled -- anthologies I've ever seen. Above is a jpg of the entire dustjacket by Daniel Clowes. I'd post it larger, but that could compromise the joy of savoring the physical object once you finally experience it, and you wouldn't want that, right? At any rate, I'm told this is out next month...
Our shutterbug pal Steve Sampson has a great set of photos from our Daniel Clowes signing last Friday; browse through thumbnails here or watch the slideshow below (slideshow link). Stay tuned in the near future for a link to Steve's great shots from last month's David B./Alliance Française events as well.
September 5-October 5
Artist's opening Friday Sept.5 7-9
487 Driggs(north 9th), Brooklyn, NY 11211
David Sandlin's road to damnation is studded with pit stops -in the Biblical sense- from adultery and avarice to venality and zealotry, and he's happy to lead you on your way in this lyric paean to southern gothic guilt, shown here for the first time in New York.
In one long, continuous room-circumnavigating drawing, Sandlin takes you on a journey of alphabetic depravity, relating a tale of jealousy, murder, and-well, you just have to come and see-all in lilting iambic pentameter:
"Our acme of ardor, was it only a fable,
The Alphabetical Ballad of Carnality, the latest installment of Sandlin's sprawling epic series "A Sinner's Progress," is perhaps his wittiest. This flowing cycloramic drawing, over 60 feet long, depicts thirty-two images in sin-drenched color illustrating one man's sordid spiral into depravity. Every letter of the alphabet gets titillating, tongue-twisting treatment in rhyme as each luridly illustrated image seamlessly segues to the next. Sandlin's love of inventive language, especially puns, finds full expression here, tracing a lineage to traditions for which he claims a congenital affinity: Irish literature and American country music.
Looming above Sandlin's adults-only abecedary and backlit in lurid barroom lights is a frieze of wooden cutouts, Hangover Hollow. A bestiary of tortured creatures caper and prance across the walls, gleefully playing off the human drama unfolding in the drawing below.
The drawing exhibited here is the original artwork for Sandlin's 2006 book, published by Fantagraphics Books, in Seattle, Washington. Steven Heller, in his review in the New York Times, called the book a "comically grotesque series of disturbingly funny tableaus about the upside of eternal damnation, filthy lucre, and masochistic mendacity."
David Sandlin's paintings, prints, books, and installations have been exhibited extensively in New York and elsewhere across the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. His comics and paintings have appeared in Blab!, The Ganzfeld, Hotwire, Raw, and many other graphic venues. He is a recipient of grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Penny McCall Foundation, among others. An instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Sandlin was also the 2007-2008 Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia.
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