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Daily links: 3/10/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tori MikireviewsHumbug 10 Mar 2009 2:13 PM

• Review: In a blog post simply titled "Rave Review," Mark Evanier says of Humbug, "The material is excellent. It's Kurtzman, Elder, Davis, Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth and a few others working at the peak of their awesome powers. The package is excellent. It's well-designed and well-printed, and I can't think of a way in which it could have been improved. We've seen a lot of fancy comic book reprint projects lately but this may be my favorite. Buy it. Just buy it."

• Review: Comics Worth Reading checks out Anywhere but Here by Tori Miki, concluding "Did I like it? Yes, due to how different it was from every other manga I’ve seen, and how I appreciated the way one’s mind is engaged."

Popeye Toking FAIL
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Popeye 10 Mar 2009 1:32 PM

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Tardi Part II: Better Tardi Than Never
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Jacques Tardi 10 Mar 2009 10:38 AM

Pursuant to my jeremiad yesterday about the absence of any English language editions of Jacques Tardi's work, it gives me enormous pleasure -- admit it, you saw this coming — to announce that...

Well, let's go to the press release.

"This summer, Fantagraphics will launch an ongoing series of hardcover books presenting the works of the legendary French cartoonist Jacques Tardi.

"The first two releases will be West Coast Blues (Le petit bleu de la Côte Ouest), a hard-boiled crime thriller adapted by Tardi from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, and You Are There (Ici même), a satirical, surreal story written for Tardi by Barbarella creator Jean-Claude Forest that many consider one of the first true French graphic novels. Both will be released simultaneously in August, in what series editor Kim Thompson (ahem) calls a ‘double-pronged shock-and-awe assault on the American readership, to immediately show off Tardi's versatility.'

"Planned for Spring 2010 is the World War I-themed It Was the War of the Trenches, chapters of which have previously appeared in RAW and Drawn and Quarterly magazines during the 1980s and 1990s.

"‘Tardi has always been one of my top favorite European cartoonists,' said Thompson, who will also be translating the books. ‘I've wanted to do this for many years — pretty much as long as we've been publishing — and I think the time is ripe. In today's graphic-novel world, the audience is finally ready for Tardi.'"

Isn't that cool?

In the next couple of days I'll talk a little more about these two books.

Oh, and check out comicsreporter.com for an interview with me on this project, which gives a few more details.

The Lousy Tycoons
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy EatonAl Columbia 10 Mar 2009 7:41 AM

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Jeremy Eaton and I have collaborated on the artwork for the debut release by North Dakota psychedelic duo, The Lousy TycoonsRead more about this and other Eaton collaborations (with Al Columbia and bestselling novelist Chelsea Cain).

Tardi Part I: I Love Tardi!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Jacques Tardi 9 Mar 2009 6:53 PM

One of my all-time favorite cartoonists, and certainly one my favorite European cartoonist of the last 30 years or so, is Jacques Tardi.

It's been a source of constant annoyance and sadness to me that so far, every attempt to bring Tardi's work to an English speaking audience has been, at best, a mitigated success, and certainly never a big enough of one to warrant continuation. And it's been years since anyone even tried.

So we've seen Dark Horse (in Cheval Noir) and NBM try to launch the Adele Blanc-Sec series, both Fantagraphics (in Graphic Story Monthly back in the 1990s) and iBooks (in the Bloody Streets of Paris album) take a stab of Tardi's "Nestor Burma" adaptations, while one of his masterpieces, "It Was the War of the Trenches," was attempted in bits and pieces by both Drawn and Quarterly and RAW. But so far nothing has stuck.

I don't know why that is. Tardi represents to me one of the peaks of modern cartooning. He's managed to somehow alchemically infuse the vigor and sheer comic-page readability of the best humor cartooning with the gravitas and conviction of the best "realistic" illustration, to create an uninterrupted series of witty, wry, and sublimely beautiful graphic novels. I've got Art Spiegelman on my side on this one, too: He put Tardi in at least three issues of RAW Magazine, and it was a perfect fit.

So the fact that at this point NONE of Tardi's work is in print in an English language edition is cause for shame and embarrassment in our soi-disant enlightened graphic novel industry.

Which leads me to...

Watch this space tomorrow.

The Truth Bear
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ray FenwickMome 9 Mar 2009 6:51 PM
TruthBear.pngLadies and gentlemen, torn from the pages of MOMEThe Truth Bear, by Ray Fenwick. Read it.
Live Wolverton Podcast This Fri.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Basil Wolverton 9 Mar 2009 6:49 PM

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Basil Wolverton's son, Monte, will share stories of his father's art and religious beliefs with Mr. Media live this Friday, and Monte will talk calls from listeners, so this is your chance, Wolvertooners. Go here for details.

Tom K's MOME exhibit pics
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tom KaczynskiMome 9 Mar 2009 6:47 PM

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 I'll have a post later this week about this weekend's fantastic MOME show at MCAD in Minneapolis, but in the meantime, here's Tom K's pics from the totally awesome opening.

Citta of Glass
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Karasik 9 Mar 2009 6:46 PM

  

Each year the Dedica Festival in northern Italy celebrates a single writer. Last year they invited Nadine Gordimer and this year they will raise a glass or two of Chianti to Paul Auster. The graphic novel version of Auster's "City of Glass" has sold out of three separate editions in Italy so the organizers of the event have also invited Paul Karasik to Dedica at the end of March. For the first time Karasik's original panel-by-panel breakdowns of City of Glass will be exhibited and a limited edition of facsimile copies will be sold. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Auster and Karasik discuss the process of the creation of the graphic novel. 

Kerschbaum interviewed
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under john kerschbaum 9 Mar 2009 6:45 PM
John Kerschbaum is the latest to appear on our favorite comics radio show/podcast, Inkstuds