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Webcomics update for 2/20/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin KellermanJohnny Ryan 20 Feb 2009 10:57 AM

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

Friday is new webcomics day! First up, Johnny Ryan's Blecky Yuckerella to the rescue, sort of, in this week's strip.

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

And in this week's 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: the best laid plans...

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: celebrating New Year's, Rocky-style.

Welcome home, Junior.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 19 Feb 2009 8:44 AM

Sam's Strip: Read the Authors' Introductions
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMort WalkermetaJerry Dumas 18 Feb 2009 4:27 PM

Sam's Strip press release illustration

Our collection of Sam's Strip contains two introductory essays by the strip's creators, which we've placed online for you to read and enjoy while you're waiting for the book to be released (any day now): "How Sam's Strip Began" by Jerry Dumas and "My Time with Sam's Strip" by Mort Walker. Together they comprise a Rashomon-like tale of the strip's run.

Humbug signature plate - first look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesHumbug 18 Feb 2009 3:00 PM

Humbug: Limited Signed Edition signature plate

Humbug: Limited Signed Edition signature plate

The tri-fold signature plate shown above (front and back -- click here and here for better views) that comes with Humbug: Limited Signed Edition is currently winging its way between Jack Davis, Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth as they apply their signatures to it. (While they're hard at work, you can reserve your copy today.)

SLIDE SHOW part three
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Untagged  18 Feb 2009 1:47 PM

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 An American in Paris! Can I buy you a fancy lunch? Snails? How do you work this thing!?! Oh boy... that's right! Even though I was upright my fingers were fast asleep. Wish I could tell you these were the only misfires on my camera...

These photos are from my second day in Paris. I woke up at 7am (10pm Seattle time) and enjoyed the complimentary breakfast of a large roll, croissant, cereal and... another croissant. For the record, every morning I consumed AT LEAST 3 to 4 members of the bread family. My plan for the day was to find a LARGE CUP OF COFFEE*, hopefully several and to walk ALL OVER Paris (by days end I'd walked close to 15 miles by my dirty American reckonin').

 *Most French coffee is small... espresso and the like... I hail from the Northwest; our coffee comes in buckets.

I took MANY photos during my hike around Paris, none of which I'm going to share (bore you with). If you've never been to Paris click here .

By early evening I made my way to the 4th arrondissement where Dash Shaw was signing the French edition of Bottomless Belly Button at the fantastic comic book shop Super Heros.

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As you approach Super Heros you see this giant Jacques Tardi billboard... honestly, it's things like this that make Paris great. Why would there be a comic book shop in Paris called Super Heros with Tardi imagery for signage?

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Yes, in France there is Tintin type everywhere and it's awesome.

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Super Heros' storefront.

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Inside we find Dash Shaw and Editions çà et là éditeur Serge Ewenczyk. It was a surprising relief to speak some American (not English, American). When I first saw Dash I had trouble navigating the word "Hey." Serge was a godsend and took us to a nice little place where we had crêpes (mine was called the "Toronto" and came with a sausage patty and fried egg). 

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At Super Heros they had a limited edition Charles Burns / Killoffer print!

Okey, hold on tight, we're going to do some time traveling.

The following photos were taken the day after Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême ended and I was back in Paris, where it had snowed.

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The only reason I took this photo was to prove to my Grandpa that it snowed in Paris. 9.Obama.jpg

Lets get one thing straight. Paris was lousy with Obama propaganda . Everwhere I looked I saw t-shirts proclaiming "My President is Black." I couldn't help but wonder if tacit French rasicsm extends to Obama or not. I asked a few expats and they all responded with fishy shrugs.

Moving right along... Since I was in Paris I decided I should go visit Centre Georges Pompidou... 10.SurrealistComix.jpg

... to read some comix! Courtesy André Breton and co. 11.SurrealistComix.jpg

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 Just as I was about to leave Centre Georges Pompidou I spotted a flyer for a talk to be given by Joe Dog aka Anton Kannemayer, Konradski aka Conrad Botes and Joe Daly. The talk was centered around the amazing Bitterkomix and it was fantastic. I highly recommend all of their work.

On my way home I spied this...

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 ... some French smart alec demanding Jordan Crane's NON #6.

More to come.

Daily links: 2/18/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Simon DeitchreviewsMomeMatthias LehmannKim DeitchJohnny RyanHumbugFletcher HanksBarry Windsor-Smith 18 Feb 2009 1:01 PM

I didn't find any links yesterday, so there was no update (in case you were wondering). Today, however:

• Review: Beyond Race Magazine says that Deitch's Pictorama by the brothers Deitch is "entertaining, as well as a unique way to read comics"

• Review: Sean T. Collins presents his review of Mome Vol. 4 that originally ran in The Comics Journal in 2006

• Review: The Groovy Age of Horror examines the psychology of Fletcher Hanks and I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! (link via Sean T. Collins)

• Blurb: Thanks to Mike Lynch for hyping Humbug

• Things to see: Golden Age Comic Book Stories presents a whole bunch of vintage Barry Windsor-Smith art

• Things to see (and buy): A new blog of drawings for sale by Matthias Lehmann

• Things to see (and buy): Johnny Ryan drew a new strip to promote his Angry Youth Comix dolls from Span of Sunset

He draws good, too
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staff 18 Feb 2009 12:09 PM

Moon Knight No. 15 covered by Eric Reynolds

On the Covered blog, our own Eric Reynolds takes on Moon Knight vintage 1982.

Inkstuds
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Rick AltergottJaime HernandezDaniel Clowes 18 Feb 2009 11:25 AM
Go here for a fantastic set of interviews with Sammy Harkham, Rick AltergottDaniel Clowes and Jaime Hernandez about the new Kramers Giant-Sized Annual #1.
Good Times
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony Millionaire 18 Feb 2009 7:43 AM

Emailed to me this morning by my dear ol' pal, Tony Millionaire: "I'll be coming to Seattle in May, we should have a good time. I'm going to punch your baby in the face, teach her a lesson about hard reality." 

Looking forward to it, man! 

 

 

New Comics Day 2/18/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under New Comics DayNate Neal 17 Feb 2009 3:12 PM
We don't have any new titles scheduled to ship to comic shops this week, but we do have a reoffer of Nate Neal's The Sanctuary #1-3, so pester your local shop for this inventive Stone Age-set series.