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Sketchbook #6
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Cathy Malkasianart 3 Apr 2008 9:24 AM

Cathy Malkasian sketch from Comicon 2007. 

Millionaire art show in PDX
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony Millionaireeventsart 3 Apr 2008 9:16 AM

Anyone heading to Portland for Stumptown later this month might wanna get to town a couple of nights early for this one:

Tony Millionaire's Portrait of My Unborn Baby Girl.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffKovey Korner 2 Apr 2008 10:37 PM

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I am so grateful that my little girl will be born into a world where she'll think it's perfectly normal for her to have a portrait of herself done by one of the greatest men-of-ink alive.

Thank you Tony Millionaire!

(T minus 27 days til fatherhood... and I'm praying she'll have lost that stubble by the time kindergarten starts up.)

Read the Rebel Visions introduction
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rebel VisionspreviewsPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesmeta 2 Apr 2008 3:55 PM

Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz

Now reprinted here on the Fantagraphics website for your reading enjoyment: the full Introduction to the forthcoming, revised softcover edition of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz. It actually comprises 3 sections: the Foreword, "The Setting" and "Distant Early Warnings." Read it here.

More Flickr Fun, Friedman style
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny RyanDrew Friedman 2 Apr 2008 12:44 PM

Glenn, Drew and Johnny R

Flickr user lilylord has some fantastic photos of Drew Friedman taken during his visit to L.A., including the above, with Drew approving of Johnny Ryan's homage (while Glenn Bray gives a dissenting opinion).

Flickr Fun
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 2 Apr 2008 12:08 PM

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TONTO KIDD archives some great old illustrators on his Flickr page. He's Italian so a lot of the work is foreign (and new to me). Unfortunately he doesn't have any sets organized so you just have to flip through and see what you find. 

The average-joe quality of these Spidey images kills me...

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UPDATE: Tonto-Kidd (Enrico) tells me that he had a Flickr account with over 1,500 images archived before something happened and it was lost. So this is probably a good page to bookmark for more great stuff in the future.

DePastino talks Mauldin
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Bill Mauldinaudio 2 Apr 2008 9:37 AM
The Collected Comics Library Podcast has a really fun and very informative interview with Todd DePastino, author of Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front (W.W. Norton) and editor of Willie and Joe: The World War II Years (Fantagraphics). For decades Mauldin was the voice of the Greatest Generation through his cartoons, particularly with his most famous characters Willie and Joe, which DePastino discusses in-depth.
The 10-cent plague afflicts Seattle
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 2 Apr 2008 9:00 AM

The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hadju

On Thursday, April 17, author David Hajdu will be at Town Hall to promote his new book, THE TEN CENT PLAGUE, detailing the Senate crackdown on comic books in the 1950s amidst fears of their contributing to juvenile delinquency. Fantagraphics didn't publish this book, but we like it so much that we're teaming up with Town Hall to promote the event. For you NEW YORKER readers out there, the current issue includes a review of THE TEN CENT PLAGUE (as well as a swell "Talk of the Town" piece by Lillian Ross about Drew Friedman's Friar's Club event to promote MORE OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS).

Anyway, we hope you'll join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk about one of the more curious and ignoble moments in American pop culture history, a period which put several comic book publishers out of business and threatened to destroy the industry completely. Here's the full description:

Conventional wisdom places rock 'n' roll at the dawn of American youth culture, but it was the comic books of the 1930s and '40s that first created a radical divide between the generations. David Hajdu looks at why Jews — such as Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer, and Stan Lee — dominated the comic book industry, and how they employed comics to express their Jewish experience. Music critic for The New Republic, Hajdu is the author of Positively 4th Street. His new book is The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America. Presented by Nextbook: Public Programs on Jewish Literature, Culture and Ideas. Advance tickets are $8/$6 Town Hall members, students, and under 25 only at www.nextbook.org. Call 206/744-2289 for more information.

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 7:30 PM. Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.

Sketchbook #5
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ellen Forneyart 2 Apr 2008 8:48 AM

Courtesy Ellen Forney

Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials, Spring Cleaning Sale at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 1 Apr 2008 1:11 PM

Fantagraphics Martin Bland/Spring Cleaning Sale poster

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY HOSTS “MARTIN BLAND’S RANDOMIZED CONTROL TRIALS” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12

Fantagraphics Books’ resident genius will present his recent experimental sound project, “Martin Bland’s Randomized Control Trials,” on Saturday, April 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. This event coincides with the colorful “Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack.” The bookstore will also offer a huge “Spring Cleaning Sale” with hundreds of graphic novels marked at 50% off from April 11 though April 13.

Fantagraphics Bookstore employee Martin Bland has an impressive musical pedigree. He was the drummer for Australia’s legendary psyche-garage band Lubricated Goat prior to relocating to Seattle 1992. He performed with Bloodloss and Monroe’s Fur and later joined Fantagraphics alums Mark Arm (Mudhoney, Mr. Epp) and Tom Price (U-Men, Gas Huffer) in the grunge supergroup Monkeywrench, which also featured Tim Kerr (Big Boys) and Steve Turner (Mudhoney). Monkeywrench recently released a posthumous collection, “Gabriel’s Horn,” on the Birdman label.

Martin Bland’s Randomized Control Trials represents a departure from his previous work. “The premise involved using the ‘shuffle’ program on a group of compact disc players running simultaneously to produce unique arrangements of original music,” Bland explains. “All of the pieces followed a few guidelines: the musicians should be recorded separately from one another with little or no idea what the other musicians had played. They would be given a loose theme to improvise on and a rigid tempo to follow. These recordings were transferred on to a computer and cut into short phrases and fragments. Once all of the music for a piece had been recorded, each instrument was then assigned a CD player. The CD players were then played simultaneously with the ‘shuffle’ program activated, thus producing a unique arrangement of the piece each time. Some of the voices were of a ‘found’ nature but none of the music was sampled from other sources.”

The resulting recordings are often stunning and always entertaining. The presentation on April 12 will reflect the random nature of the concept. Featured musicians include Bland, Price, and Arm, as well as violinists Janis Wildy and Tom Swafford, pianist John Wright, and a host of contributors from various musical genres. Examples can be heard by clicking headlines at: http://martinblandsrct.blogspot.com.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will also be the site of the publisher’s “Spring Cleaning Sale” on April 11 though April 13. Hundreds of slightly marred or damaged graphic novels will be offered at half price. Titles by Fantagraphics superstars including Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Ellen Forney, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Charles M. Schulz, Joe Sacco, Jim Woodring and dozens more will be featured. And Drew Friedman’s exquisite exhibition of original art “The Fun Never Stops!” remains on display through May 6. The space is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) in the heart of Georgetown. Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110 As always, patrons of all ages are welcome, and admission is free.

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Martin Bland’s Randomized Control Trials
Saturday, April 12, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle
206.658.0110
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
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