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First look: Abandoned Cars softcover
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lanepreviews 3 Jun 2009 9:43 PM

Abandoned Cars paperback

On his blog, Tim Lane reveals the killer cover for the softcover edition of Abandoned Cars, due late '09-early '10, and hints that there may be two variant covers. Head over there for a sweet sampling of the lurid Golden Age crime comics covers that inspired this one!

Jason in Seattle June 13 for Low Moon Launch & Art Show
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under JasonFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 3 Jun 2009 1:15 PM

Jason poster for Low Moon signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore 

Celebrated Norwegian Cartoonist Jason Appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on June 13 for Launch of LOW MOON Graphic Novel

June 3, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is honored to host an exhibition and book signing by internationally acclaimed comics artist Jason on Saturday, June 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event marks the debut of Jason's Low Moon collection, published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books.

Low Moon by Jason

Norwegian alternative cartoonist Jason is among the most prolific and influential cartoonists of his generation. His economical narrative approach, clever rendering technique, and singular color sensibility distinguish his sophisticated yet populist style. Low Moon features Jason's recent comic strip of the same name originally serialized in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Also included are four new stories which display one of the world's most admired graphic novelists at the absolute peak of his powers.

Fantagraphics Books has published no less than 10 volumes of Jason's work in English. In addition to the display of his stunning original artwork, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will also offer several rare European editions in his native language.

The public of all ages is invited to meet this wonderful artist on Saturday, June 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. DJ Russ, former proprietor of Fallout Records, will spin platters. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

Listing Information

JASON: LOW MOON

Artist reception and book signing Saturday, June 13, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Exhibition continues through July 8, 2009

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110
Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com

http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/stories/news/jasonweb.jpg




Hornschemeier draws for you (and your money)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierOriginal Art 3 Jun 2009 11:25 AM

art by Paul Hornschemeier

For a limited time (the next 17-18 days or so), Paul Hornschemeier is accepting commissions to draw anything from your fevered imagination. I've seen him draw a cubist Smurf -- the sky's the limit here, folks. Fully rendered, $50 B&W, $100 color. Details and purchasing info right here (or just talk to him at the MoCCA Fest).

El premio de Hopey Glass
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezawards 3 Jun 2009 10:45 AM

La Educación de Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

La educación de Hopey Glass, the Spanish edition of The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez from Ediciones La Cupula, has won the Best Foreign Work Award at this year's Saló Internacional del Còmic de Barcelona. Congratulations Jaime!
Jason TONIGHT in NYC!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jasonevents 3 Jun 2009 8:18 AM

Don't forget!

Daily OCD: 6/2/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaistaffreviewspreviewsPeter BaggeLos Bros HernandezJordan CraneHumbugGilbert HernandezDash Shawcomics industryBob FingermanAbstract Comics 2 Jun 2009 11:52 PM

Updates of Online Commentary & Diversions may be oddly timed for the rest of the week as we're eyeball deep in MoCCA preparations.

• Review: "[Harvey] Kurtzman and company aimed high for a more sophisticated humor mag than the competition... Fantagraphics’ package for it is bar none — handsome, sturdy and restored with great care... I was most interested in the behind-the-scenes story of Humbug and the creative process that went into it — not to mention doomed it — and the book’s introduction and exclusive interviews more than satisfy on that count." - Rod Lott, Bookgasm

• Review: "Humbug " - Byron Coley & Thurston Moore, Arthur Magazine

• Review: "...[U]nparallel parodists Kurtzman and Elder ran rampant for themselves when they published these 11 exceptional issues of comic art anarchy. This two-volume hardcover box set has been reproduced from the original art and digitally restored to make everything look even better than when it first came out in 1957. This long-overdue definitive edition of Humbug is an essential slice of satire from the masters of the genre." - Jeffrey Morgan, Detroit Metro Times

• Review: "Everybody Is Stupid Except For Me [is] a compilation of the notorious Seattle libertarian [Peter Bagge]’s politically (and sexually) charged comics for Reason magazine... It’s great. So colourful (always my favourite part of Pete’s comics) and acerbic and smart-ass, but with a heart and purpose behind the bickering and keenly observes caricatures... It’s too early to say now, but right now I’m thinking it’s perhaps my favourite stuff of his, full stop..." - Everett True

• Review: "Connective Tissue... make[s] for an engaging read... While Darla sounds like she could be a handful, she is a good and sympathetic protagonist, making her a modern-day Alice in a 21st century Wonderland." - Jason Borelli, Beyond Race Magazine

• Preview: At Newsarama, Michael C. Lorah comments on our scheduled August 2009 releases as seen in the current issue of Previews (and right here on our site)

• Preview: Spotlighting comics shipping this week, The Comics Reporter says of Uptight #3: "The previous issue of this series from the great Jordan Crane was super, super strong." Likewise, Chris Mautner at Robot 6: "The latest issue in Jordan Crane’s very good series about ghosts and melancholy comes to town. I feel we should be doing all we can to ensure Crane keeps making comics, don’t you?" And Matthew Brady says: "I missed the second issue of this series, but the first one was great... Check it out if you see it on the shelves."

• Profile: My Adventure Is Your Advantage spotlights the design work of our very own Art Director Jacob Covey, calling him "the bees knees of design" and presenting previously unseen previews of the forthcoming Abstract Comics anthology

• Profile: "[Dash] Shaw's online and bound comics inhabit surreal spaces both cerebral and emotional, leaping from zombie love stories to futuristic set pieces without resorting to predictability... It's probably safe to say he has arrived." - Wired

• Interview: Publishers Weekly's Heidi MacDonald asks our own Eric Reynolds for his thoughts about Book Expo America and its value for comics publishers like us; The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon comments on the interview; meanwhile, The Daily Cross Hatch's Brian Heater gets a few words from Eric on the show floor

• Interview: Comic Book Resources' Jeffrey Renaud talks to Gilbert and Mario Hernandez about their forthcoming sci-fi miniseries Citizen Rex (Dark Horse is publishing it, but how could we not link?)

• Interview: Newsarama's Michael C. Lorah talks to Stan Sakai about the 25th anniversary of Usagi Yojimbo and gets a little bit of scoop about our forthcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Special Edition deluxe set

• Oddity: Julie Demboski's Astrology peppers her advice with a little Romance Without Tears

New Bagge t-shirts. Buy 'em!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter Baggefashion 2 Jun 2009 11:42 PM

Hate t-shirt by Peter Bagge

From World of Strange, 3 new Peter Bagge t-shirts, 2 featuring classic Hate and Neat Stuff covers and one for Pete's new band! Purchase!

That's right, we're moving to Dubai
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Hensleypreviews 2 Jun 2009 10:47 PM

Wally Gropius by Tim Hensley

Is this the title page for Tim Hensley's soon-to-be-collected masterwork Wally Gropius? I can only guess, but god damn I love it. Clicky click for process images that you can click to blow up bigger.

Richard Sala art blog!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard Sala 2 Jun 2009 10:32 PM

RICHARD SALA ART BLOG!

from Delphine no. 4 by Richard Sala

Look inside.

Jaxon's Last Ride
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPatrick Rosenkranz 2 Jun 2009 10:15 PM

From Underground Comix historian Patrick Rosenkranz, a video tribute to Underground pioneer Jack Jackson. Watch on YouTube.