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He draws good, too, pt. 2: ODB by EAR
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staff 4 May 2009 2:51 PM

ODB by EAR in HEEB

Our own Eric Reynolds nails this full-page illo of Ol' Dirty Bastard for HEEB magazine.

Fenwick ist Rad
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray Fenwick 4 May 2009 2:42 PM

Ray Fenwick Rad T-shirt from Tiny Showcase

Ray Fenwick has a new t-shirt design up for sale at Tiny Showcase, don't ya know. Or is it an older design in new colors? In any case, save me one!

Your good deed of the day
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel Clowes 4 May 2009 1:29 PM
Make a pledge to Maximum Fun and The Sound of Young America and you could get a copy of Ghost World: Special Edition as a thank-you gift. (There's lots of other good stuff to choose from, too.) Vote for good radio with your dollars!
A Fletcher Hanks mystery!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikFletcher Hanks 4 May 2009 12:23 PM

Following the stunning success of the Eisner Award winning I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets, a second volume collecting the stories of Fletcher Hanks, "You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!", will debut at MoCCA in June.

Volume II contains more than TWICE as many Fletcher Hanks stories than Volume I as well as an introduction written by Paul Karasik and illustrated with drawings never before published by the elusive Super Wizard of the Inkwell, Fletcher Hanks.

Together the two volumes will comprise The Complete Fletcher Hanks, the artist who created 51 tales in a hailstorm of creative fury during the first three years of the comic book industry and then...mysteriously disappeared.

It now seems that he left behind another mystery, as well.

In compiling the book, editor Karasik noticed a few peculiarities. Hanks wrote and drew a story featuring a Jungle Magician named Tabu in Jungle Comics #2 (Jan. 1940). In this story Tabu speaks an odd Jungle patois in a single panel (otherwise he chats and thinks in, of course, perfect English), "ALLA KA TABU NEE PAPH EN YAL!".

Six months later in Jungle Comcs # 6 (June 1940), an evil character named The Demon speaks to the rainforest denizens in much the same kind of lingo when he says, "ALI KAH BABLOO NE PAPH EN YAH!" (see below)

Two very similar word balloons, six months apart. Is there a hidden meaning?

Calling all linguists and code-crackers! Any thoughts or suggestions, please contact Pau Karasik via his website:

www.fletcherhanks.com

  

 

 

All Hail Clowes!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Daniel Clowes 4 May 2009 11:18 AM

High-res version here

Webcomics update for 5/1/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin KellermanJohnny Ryan 1 May 2009 3:54 PM

It's your Friday nite funnies!

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

Listen up! Blecky's got an important announcement in this week's Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan...

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

We begin the R. Kelly-inspired (not really) sequence in this week's installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 51-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures....

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

And in our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's  Rocky, be sure to catch the last 2 pages of the "Intermission" story, and then we return to the daily strips. "Rocky all grown up"? Really?

Celebrity shoppers: Vivian Girls at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstore 1 May 2009 2:15 PM

The Vivian Girls at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Brooklyn's lovely Vivian Girls dropped by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery before their show at Neumo's on Thursday to stock up on road reading material by Ivan Brunetti, Paul Hornschemeier, and Esther Pearl Watson. (Unlovable, they're not!) Highlights of their current tour included a spot at the Coachella Music Festival where the band reported Sir Paul's marathon midnight serenade set him back thousands for violating local noise curfews. We're guessing he can afford it.

See you all tomorrow for Free Comic Book Day and next Saturday, May 9 for Tony Millionaire's Drinky Crow show!

Provocative Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack Returns May 9!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionaireFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 1 May 2009 2:04 PM

Georgetown Art Attack - May 2009

May 1, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. The wildly inventive and often irreverent Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack continues on Saturday, May 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This monthly event has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining and spontaneous cultural outings in the region. The public is again invited to experience this remarkably creative community of artists working in visual, applied and performing arts.

Among the many highlights of the May 9 installment: A lively PBR P(art)y at Smarty Pants featuring art, food, libations, and music by DJ Russ; Tony Millionaire's "Drinky Crow Show" and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; David Tupper's "When Sailors Sleep" painting exhibition at Georgetown Tile Works; A diverse art exhibition at Rung Studios curated by Ryan Allred and Richelle Polnik; [Blank] Canvas fundraiser to benefit Art With a Heart, where teams of Seattle-area architects and designers create collaborative paintings during the afternoon which will be auctioned that evening at a cocktail party in the Original Rainier Brewery and General Office building at 6010 Airport Way S.; Rob Johnson's reclaimed weapons sculptures at Calamity Jane's; A free concert by Michael Vermillion at the 9 Lb. Hammer; Kamala Dolphin Kingsley at Melinda Hannigan studios in the Equinox complex; exotic shopping, diverse dining, and raucous socializing at dozens of locations in close proximity throughout the historic neighborhood.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a production of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid or visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.

Daily OCD: 5/1/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PopeyeMiss Lasko-GrossLove and RocketsJaime HernandezDrew FriedmanBlazing Combataudio 1 May 2009 1:51 PM

New month, new name! It's your Online Commentary and Diversions for today:

• Review: "If the censors had delved beneath the perceived bias, they would have discovered some of the finest war stories and illustration in the medium's history... The dynamic art leaps off the pages throughout... Without leaning on glory and sensationalism, Blazing Combat focused on heroism, sacrifice, and dignity." - Rick Klaw, The SF Site: "Nexus Graphica"

• Review: "...[T]he third Popeye volume 'Let's You and Him Fight!' presents a winning complete reprint of Segar's Popeye strips... an excellent oversized presentation of strips perfect for in-depth graphic novel or comics collection in general, and for Popeye fans in particular." - ComicList/Midwest Book Review

• Interview/Audio: "Miss Lasko-Gross’s autobio series from Fantagraphics are some of my fav autobio comics I have read in a while. Escape from 'Special' and A Mess of Everything are both excellent books and well worth checking out. It's not often that you come across such honest work." - Inkstuds, leading into their audio chat with Miss Lasko-Gross

• Event/Audio: An older link I don't think I've seen before - Warped Reality reports from a lecture and seminar given by Jaime Hernandez at Brown University in 2007, with an MP3 of the lecture for download (via Journalista)

• Things to see: Drew Friedman makes a rare foray into the animal kingdom - guess which animal?

Brunch with Anders Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsart showsAnders Nilsen 1 May 2009 1:15 PM

Anders Nilsen artwork

This Sunday in Chicago, go see Anders Nilsen's exhibit at Home Gallery, listen to him talk about it a bit, and maybe have a pastry. More info at Anders's blog.