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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.

Another Stupid preview; also, befriend Bagge
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeter Baggenew releases 1 May 2009 11:07 AM

What We Believe - Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me - Peter Bagge

Get an exclusive look at 5 more pages from Peter Bagge's Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me over at ICv2!

Plus, to help spread the word about all things Bagge, we've started up an official Peter Bagge page on Facebook -- go become a fan and you'll get all the latest news & notes from Peter right in your update feed. It's a little sparse to start off, but we and Peter will continue to add stuff, and Facebook members can contribute fan photos and videos too. Neato mosquito!

Daily links: 4/30/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsMort WalkerLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJerry DumasHumbugDaniel ClowesBoody RogersBob Fingerman 30 Apr 2009 2:01 PM

• Review: "Riveting... Fingerman [is] one of the meatiest cartoonists going... Fingerman makes [Connective Tissue protagonist] Darla so smart and funny and draws so distinctively, like Daumier might for Playboy..." - Booklist (no link; from print)

• Review: "Boody... is a compilation of the wonky comics work of that overlooked genius, Boody Rogers... Rogers' quirky cartooning style is faintly reminiscent of Al Capp crossed with Basil Wolverton, and his creations are wild and strange to say the least. This is an attractive compilation, wonderfully designed by Jacob Covey, that captures the charm and feel of 1940s-era comic books." - Gary Sassaman, Innocent Bystander

• Review: "Humbug is... sumptuous... It is quite possibly the best designed book I've ever seen come out of any comics company, clean and attractive and perfectly suiting its late 1950s time period. ...[I]t's a perfect little time capsule by five cartoonists and humorists at the top of their respective games." - Gary Sassaman, Innocent Bystander (same link as above)

• Review: "Sam's Strip is a whimsical little humor strip... It's a giant in-joke, charming in its inception and invention... and again, it's one damn fine-looking book." - Gary Sassaman, Innocent Bystander (same link as above)

• Review: "Supermen! [is]... in a format (designed by the editor) that perfectly complements its source material... I'm hoping for a second volume." - Gary Sassaman, Innocent Bystander (same link as above)

• Plug: Decider previews our FCBD Love and Rockets comic: "While this teaser doesn’t feature any of the series’ most beloved characters (save superhero wannabe Penny Century), it’s still a good introduction to Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez’s blend of magical realism, goofy wit, and surprising poignancy."

• Discussion: The Ohlone College "Bibliophiles Anonymous" book club is reading Ghost World in May

Trina Robbins talks Brinkley Girls with Mr. Media
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under podcastNell Brinkleyaudio 30 Apr 2009 11:19 AM

Last night the Mr. Media internet radio program interviewed Trina Robbins, editor of our upcoming collection The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons 1913-1940. Listen to the archived broadcast using the embedded player above or, if it's not visible, at this link.

From Wonderland with Love previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsFrom Wonderland with Love 30 Apr 2009 10:48 AM

Steffen Maarup, editor of our forthcoming anthology of contemporary Danish comics From Wonderland with Love, has been posting extensive preview images over on The Comics Journal message board. If you're at all curious about what to expect from this book, this is the place to go!

HuskMitNavn - From Wonderland with Love

Zven Balslev - From Wonderland with Love

Dear Salma...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gilbert Hernandez 30 Apr 2009 9:44 AM

Please have your people call our people. It is... your destiny.

Jim Blanchard Art Show in Bellingham Friday
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Blanchardevents 30 Apr 2009 9:31 AM

Jim Blanchard will be in Bellingham, WA with an exclusive blend of paintings on canvas and framed goodies at JINX ART SPACE from May 1 through May 31-- The show is called Mutant Amour, and the opening night shindig this Friday, May 1 should be a corker: A belly dancing troupe and 3 electronic music bands in the downstairs area, and Jim's show upstairs with bro Richie Boyer spinning the punk and free jazz! Go get it on, god dammit! 

JINX ART SPACE
306 Flora St.
Bellingham, WA
360.920.4216

http://jinxartspace.com/

http://beaf.org/

http://jimblanchard.blogspot.com/


Hornschemeier in MI for FCBD
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 30 Apr 2009 9:22 AM

  

If you're anywhere near Ann Arbor on Free Comic Book Day (May 2nd), stop by Vault of Midnight and say hello to Paul Hornschemeier, who will be signing books, selling some odds and ends and trying to remember where he got those great pancakes last time he was in town.

Esther Pearl Watson signing on Sunday
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 29 Apr 2009 9:08 PM
Catch Esther Pearl Watson signing her graphic novel Unlovable Vol. 1 at the Unique LA design & gift sale, at the Narrow Books table (Booth 1009) at 2pm on Sunday, May 3rd! From the announcement on Esther & Mark Todd's website:

"The event happens on the massive penthouse floor of the California Market Center (110 East Ninth Street, LA, CA) on May 2nd and 3rd. There's a whole lot of great stuff there, and you'll want to give yourself several hours to shop the wares of all the designers and vendors. Be prepared, admission costs $5, but it's well worth it!"