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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: David Greenberger
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 11 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's installment features an anthology collection of Duplex Planet Illustrated stories compiled and edited by David Greenberger and illustrated by some of the brightest lights in alternative comics:

No More Shaves, edited by David Greenberger

No More Shaves

The Duplex Planet started in 1979 as a small, self-xeroxed fanzine by David Greenberger. In 20 years, it has become a veritable cottage industry and endless source of inspiration for Greenberger. The Duplex Planet features stories and conversations that Greenberger had with the residents of the Duplex Nursing Home in Boston, where he worked in the late 1970s and '80s. Greenberger presents the beauty and comical wisdom of the often bizarre and occasionally poignant things said by his elderly friends. Greenberger never imposes his own worldview, allowing the residents to quietly flesh themselves into some of the more remarkable characters in contemporary literature. No More Shaves presents these stories in comics form interpreted by many of today's best cartoonists, including Dave Cooper, Jason Lutes, Rick Altergott, Doug Allen, Daniel Clowes, JR Williams, Ron Regé Jr., Dame Darcy, Jeff Johnson, Tim Hensley, Holly Jane Zachary, Paul Nitsche, Pat Moriarity, Eric Theriault, Greg Ruth, Wayno, George Parsons, Gary Leib, and Dean Rohrer.

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See you at Sub Pop 20
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffevents 11 Jul 2008 3:47 PM

Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Festival

Going to the Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary Festival this Saturday and Sunday? Us too, and we couldn't be happier about it. The Sub Pop and Fantagraphics families have been deeply entwined through the years. Not only that, the festival's proceeds are being donated to charities chosen by each of the acts performing, and Green River and Mudhoney are donating their share to the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation in honor of Seattle rock mainstay and former Fantagraphics staffer Tom Price.

Be sure and stop by our table to pick up a catalog and some other free swag, especially on Sunday when Larry Reid will be there to regale you with war stories of the Sub Pop/Fantagraphics family tree. See you there!

Blogosphere roundup for 7/11/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 11 Jul 2008 1:56 PM

This week's batch of reviews from 'round the web:

Comic Book Galaxy's Alan David Doane on Blake Bell's Stranger and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko

• Fantasy writer Icats Nitram discovers Linda Medley's Castle Waiting

Art Blog by Bob looks at Explainers by Jules Feiffer

PopMatters reviews Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button; meahwhile, Laura Hudson takes a close and thoughtful look at the animated trailer Dash made for the book and decodes the book's coded letters (spoiler alert applies to both links)

PrettyFakes on the first two issues of Kevin Huizenga's Ganges

The Austin Chronicle on The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott

• Review Pull-Quote of the Month: "A lot of people’s Top Ten Favorite-est Comics of the Year lists this year will involve comics about Israel or the exquisite sadness of being an Asian man who likes blondes, all that stuff; mine will involve cheeseburger-flavored semen...? I got dropped on my head a lot as a baby." - Abhay Kholsa of The Savage Critics on Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix #14

Non-review links:

Mike Sterling presents "The most horrible thing done to Charlie Brown by Lucy in The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968," and then rounds up links to postulated fates of the Peanuts characters

• I don't think I'd come across Sergio Ponchione's blog before

• Sean T. Collins continues rescuing his "I Can Has Comics?" interviews from WizardUniverse.com archive oblivion; this time, Johnny Ryan and (as Jacob already pointed out) Jordan Crane

The Bad Genious, profiling a handful of alt-comix publishers, says "If Noam Chomsky read comics, I am positive he would dig Fantagraphics"

On WFMU's Beware of the Blog, Irwin Chusid memorializes Jim Flora on the 10th anniversary of Flora's death (which was Wednesday)

• At Comics Comics, Frank Santoro presents the final installment of his recap of the "Craft in Comics" panel at HeroesCon that featured Jaime Hernandez

Pig State Recon profiles the multifarious creativity of Tim Hensley

• Jenny Ryan (Mrs. Johnny) finds a surprise in her freezer

Jordan Crane Talks.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Jordan Crane 11 Jul 2008 10:08 AM

He talks and rants and rails and educates. That's standard fare for even a three minute phone conversation with the always interesting and crazy talented Jordan Crane.

This is another of the I Can Has Comix interviews salvaged from the defunct Wizard Universe site but well worth revisiting: READ IT! 

Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Eve Gilbert
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsEve Gilbert 10 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's installment features the debut volume from Eve Gilbert, which garnered high praise and an introduction from Robert Crumb:

Tits, Ass & Real Estate by Eve Gilbert

Tits, Ass & Real Estate

Populated by junkies, grifters, hustlers, strippers, pimps and various strains of victims and criminals, this is a biting and satirical portrait of America as seen from the lower depths. A collection of autobiographical stories, this volume by Eve Gilbert allows readers full access to her decidedly unglamorous world, filled with people you probably hope never to meet. "The Real Resume" is a depressingly realistic tour of the various wage-slave jobs Gilbert has held over the years. Another highlight is "Pregnate?" — which was written in a San Francisco porn store while Gilbert was waiting for an interview — in which Gilbert relates how she ended up pregnant despite a safety net of latex, with no money for even a pregnancy test, let alone an abortion. Unflinchingly candid and caustic, Gilbert has one of the most uniquely confident and iconoclastic voices to hit the world of graphic novels in several years. If you put Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski and Kathy Acker in a blender and added the ratty, unadorned drawing style of Charles Rodriguez, you'd have some idea of just how hot and incendiary a brew this is.

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American Express.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 10 Jul 2008 10:38 PM

In the U.S. we get hack Superman:

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In Europe they get Nicolas Mahler:

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Members Preview: Where Demented Wented
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rory Hayespreviewsnew releases 10 Jul 2008 2:13 PM

Where Demented Wented by Rory Hayes

Hey, haven't done one of these in a while... presenting this week's free preview, a downloadable 19-page excerpt from Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comix of Rory Hayes, a first-ever collection of work from the notorious Underground primitive. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.

(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)

Jason Lettering Outtakes.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Original ArtJason 10 Jul 2008 12:42 PM

More "Behind the Scenes": Part of the sheet of Jason lettering for the translations in "Pocket Full of Rain." There wasn't much to translate so Jason just wrote it all out on a single sheet of paper. A fun bit of ephemera that went along with this stray bit of text. 

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Our Gang of Lawyers
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellanyJeff Smith 10 Jul 2008 11:43 AM

Below this post, Mike Baehr announced the release of Walt Kelly's Our Gang Volume 3. The covers for this series are being drawn by the great Jeff Smith, as tributes to one of his idols.

A lot goes on "behind the scenes" when producing these collections. You may note that the purple cap pictured seems just a little bit more detailed than the rest of the kids' clothes. In this case lawyers from Another Publisher had seen an advance copy of the cover and required four variations on the cap before they were satisfied that it didn't infringe on a character they represented-- let's call him Bucketface. A popular look in the 30s/40s, the hat is created by cutting a zig-zag out of the brim of a fedora. It is also a hat that this kid wears throughout the Our Gang stories. So while my uneducated opinion is that any infringement on Bucketface is meritless, what do I know?

Anyway, here's the evolution of the cap, minus the second stage which I lost documentation of. And yes, we had to add "more buttons" to the hat between the third and fourth change. And yes, this all cost a lot of money in lawyer fees on both sides.

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I found an ironic twist to this story, via Wikipedia. At some point in the 1960s, Bucketface's friends got curious what his real name was: "[His friends] decided to go to City Hall and check his birth certificate; the stuffy clerk there demands a large fee, which they scrape up with difficulty. The clerk responds by reading them a very ordinary name, to their great disappointment. In the last frame, [Bucketface] crawls out from under the clerk's desk and hands him a cigar, saying 'Gee, thanks, Uncle George!' (a reference to a comedic short from the 30s show Our Gang)."

Oyvey. Thank you Jeff Smith for enduring these headaches (and so many others now) for your love of Walt Kelly!

Now in stock: Our Gang Vol. 3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt Kellynew releasesclassics 10 Jul 2008 11:17 AM

Our Gang Vol. 3 by Walt Kelly

Our Gang Vol. 3
By Walt Kelly

Walt Kelly created dozens of Our Gang stories by the end of its 59-issue run in 1949, the year he quit comic books to switch careers a final time — as syndicated artist/writer on the immortal newspaper strip, Pogo.

In Our Gang’s third volume, Kelly begins to hit his stride by relying more on original ideas than following trite MGM scripts which had lacked in charm since the departure of producer Hal Roach in 1938. Keeping alive the wit that had been absent from the film series, this volume contains eight adventures of the mainstay offbeat personas as well as other whimsical characters, from mad scientists to eccentric animals. Suitable for adults and children alike, the work has been lovingly restored from the original comic books, giving Kelly’s art a renewed four-color splendor. With an all-new cover by Jeff Smith (Bone).

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