|Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Josh Simmons, art||17 Apr 2008 11:54 AM|
Me 'n' my bitches, by Josh Simmons.
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I haven't had a chance to listen to this yet, but Fanta Head Honcho Gary Groth was interviewed by the CBC this week about comics piracy.
Al "Mad Fold-In" Jaffee will be on Craig Yoe's Arf book panel at the New York Comic Con Sunday Room IE03 at 3:00!
FANTAGRAPHICS NEW YORK COMICON SIGNING SCHEDULE:
3 - 5PM: DASH SHAW (The Bottomless Belly Button, Mome)
7PM: PAUL KARASIK & MARK NEWGARDEN at Desert Island Comics in Brooklyn
11AM - 1PM: CRAIG YOE (Arf!)
1 - 3PM: PAUL KARASIK (I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!)
1 - 3PM: MICHAEL KUPPERMAN (Tales Designed to Thrizzle)
3 - 5PM: MISS LASKO-GROSS (Escape from "Special")
3 - 5PM: DASH SHAW (The Bottomless Belly Button, Mome)
11AM - 1PM: LEAH HAYES (Funeral of the Heart)
11AM - 1PM: DASH SHAW (The Bottomless Belly Button, Mome)
1 - 2:30PM: KIM DEITCH (Shadowland, The Stuff of Dreams)
1 - 3PM: GLENN HEAD (Hotwire Comix)
1 - 3PM: CRAIG YOE (Arf!)
3PM: Arf books panel featuring CRAIG YOE, AL JAFFEE, DAVID COWLES and GLENN HEAD, Room IE03
3 - 4PM: LEAH HAYES (Funeral of the Heart)
3 - 5PM: MISS LASKO- GROSS (Escape from "Special")
4 - 5PM: KIM DEITCH (Shadowland, The Stuff of Dreams)
This week's free preview is a downloadable 25-page excerpt — the entire first chapter — from the upcoming expanded and revised softcover edition of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975, the definitive history of the era by Patrick Rosenkranz. 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...)
Hot on the heels of his first graphic novel, House, Josh Simmons' Jessica Farm fuses serialized adventure, fantasy and psychological horror and stamps it with his signature macabre sensibility in his atmospheric new graphic novel. Like a Lynchian take on Alice in Wonderland, Jessica Farm opens with an exterior of what could be any Midwestern farmhouse: once inside, we track our titular heroine as she bounds out of bed on Christmas and goes about her morning routine, eventually breakfasting with her grandparents. The banality of the situation is subverted by a ratcheting sense of dread, however, as we discover that Jessica's increasingly nightmarish house is filled with creatures around every corner: some whimsical, some sexual, some despairing and some malevolent. Jessica Farm is an ambitious experiment in world-building: as conceived by Simmons, this book is the first volume of a life-spanning comics project in which he drew one page every month for the past seven years, starting in January 2000 — and will continue this project for 50 years in total, making up the story as he goes and releasing 96-page increments every 8 years until he amasses a 600-page body of work.
Front cover hand lettered and designed by Robert Crumb, plus five wonderful pages of sketchbook drawings inside! Back cover by Christoph Mueller, "My Angel of Sin"! The life of famous Beat underground poet, Diane Di Prima, drawn and written by Mary Fleener (with guest Harvey Pekar)! Poetry by Diane Di Prima! "Pat & Corky" fiction by J.R. Helton, Zippy the Pinhead and how Bill Griffith got his start! New artwork by Christoph Mueller (with guest Joe Coleman) and William Crook, Jr.! Jay Lynch & Ed Piskor's story about Lynch and Crumb going to visit Chester Gould! "In Praise of Goth Beauticians" by Andrei Codrescu and illustrated by Aaron Lange! Plus the long awaited next chapter to the Green Star by editor Everett Rand, also Frank Stack, Bruce Simon, Aaron Lange, letters from around the globe and more!!
The Comics Journal #289
In this issue of The Comics Journal:
As always, we’ve got teasers from the new issue on the TCJ.com website, including extracts of our Robert Kirkman and Shaun Tan interviews, plus Michael Dean’s Marvel Zombies essay in its entirety! Boasting absolutely no zombie-variant covers whatsoever, The Comics Journal #289 will enlighten, entertain and irritate comics connoisseurs in all the ways you’ve come to know and love.
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WHO: Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden
Desert Island Comics
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