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Daily links: 2/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Anders Nilsen 6 Feb 2009 2:27 PM

Just one today:

• Excerpt/things to see: On his blog Anders Nilsen posts a sequence from his new book Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes, along with a couple of other pieces

Connective Tissue bookplate sneak peek
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatespreviewsnew releasesBob Fingerman 6 Feb 2009 12:15 PM

Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman outtake image

Here's a teaser for ya: Bob Fingerman has provided the image above, an outtake from his upcoming book Connective Tissue, for use on the exclusive signed bookplate that will be available when you order the book from us (we'll probably have it up for pre-order sometime in the next couple of weeks). Bob's the first -- and won't be the last -- artist to provide us with exclusive artwork for one of our free signed bookplates!

Webcomics update for 2/6/09: Now 100% Bleckier!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin KellermanJohnny Ryan 6 Feb 2009 11:02 AM

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

We're excited to introduce a new addition to our roster of online comics: Johnny Ryan's Blecky Yuckerella, as seen in Vice magazine, the Portland Mercury, and of course her very own collections from Fantagraphics! We'll be posting a new adventure starring America's smelliest, stupidest, stubbliest second-grader (and her disgusting friends) every week right here, starting right now!

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

And of course it's time for the next installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. In this week's installment: securing a meeting place.

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

And don't forget to catch up on our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's hilarious Swedish smash-hit Rocky, updated Monday-Friday! This week: Rocky in front of the camera. Plus: waffles!

Budweiser Owes M. Kupperman Some Superbowl Scratch
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Michael Kupperman 6 Feb 2009 10:00 AM

PShaw tipped me off to this and I think he's right on. Read this, paying close attention to the name of the robot -- 4-Playo 3000 -- and the general design of the robot, especially the head. And then as well the concept -- a marriage saving robot:

For extra credit, here's another. Again, check the name -- Spankio 3000 --and design:  

  

Now, watch this Bud Light commerical created (but not aired) for the 2009 Superbowl:

Both comics are taken from Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle #2, published in 2006 by Fantagraphics. 

This might not be the last you hear from us, Budweiser. 

Preview video/slideshow: Mome Vol. 14 - Spring 2009
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMome 5 Feb 2009 1:54 PM

Anchored by a 32-page story from first-timer Lilli Carré, the upcoming new issue of Mome features sophomore turns from Laura Park, Olivier Schrauwen and Gilbert Shelton and more exciting debuts and return appearances. Click here if the embedded slideshow isn't visible above, and/or to view it in a new window.

Cheech Blizzard
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Vaughn Bode 5 Feb 2009 1:13 PM

Cheech Blizzard by THE BUSK

By THE BUSK. Found via the Flickr blog.

Daily links: 2/5/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewslife imitates comicsEllen ForneyDennis the MenaceBasil Wolverton 5 Feb 2009 1:10 PM

• Blurb: Comics on the Brain found Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1951-1952 at an unusual place and got a great bargain

• Blurb: Manxom Vroom posts info about The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton

• Blurb: Newsarama looks at the April Previews, including glimpses at some of our upcoming releases

• Oddity: A life-imitates-comics moment from Ellen Forney

 

Excerpt extravaganza: free downloads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMort WalkerMomeHumbugEsther Pearl WatsonDennis the MenaceBasil Wolverton 5 Feb 2009 11:35 AM

We've been busy bees making downloadable PDF excerpts available for several new and upcoming books. Unlike previously, when PDF previews were only available to registered users, these downloads are available to everyone (and of course they're free)! Download links are available on the product listing pages for the books listed and linked below. Try before you buy with these nice juicy chunks:

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1959-1960 - read all the strips from January 1959!
Unlovable Vol. 1 - preview the first 20 pages!
Humbug - see what the Humbug hullabaloo is all about by reading the entire first issue!
Mome Vol. 14: Spring 2009 - sample 15 pages, including almost every artist in the issue!
Sam's Strip - read the first full month of strips!
The Wolverton Bible - read the first 12 pages, comprising most of Genesis 1-6!




Notice: Orders are back to normal
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 5 Feb 2009 10:55 AM
The issues we had that were delaying the shipment of orders have been resolved, so we should be back in the groove now. Thanks everyone for your patience!
Preview Robert Goodin's Monster Show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Goodineventsart shows 5 Feb 2009 10:44 AM

Simon by Robert Goodn

"The Monster Show: New Works by Robert Goodin" opens tomorrow evening at Secret Headquarters in L.A. (More details here.) Impatient people or out-of-towners can check out the artwork in the Secret Headquarters Flickr set.

(Update: Whoops, I should read our blog before I post on it, huh?)