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Quote of the Day
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy Eaton 3 Feb 2009 9:04 PM
"I encountered him one afternoon, sitting on the living room couch of my parent's home, the Sunday paper sprawled across his lap. Open before him was the color comics section, specifically the fan art portion of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature. He was regarding it like some unrecognizable weed taken root in his vegetable patch."
New Peter Kuper comic
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsPeter Kupermeta 3 Feb 2009 2:02 PM

Ceci n'est pas une comic by Peter Kuper

Thanks to Peter Kuper for providing us with his recent award-winning 2-page strip "Ceci n'est pas une comic" (originally published in the Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere around the world) to post in our Online Comics section. The last 8 years certainly did seem surreal, didn't they? Click here to read.

Daily links: 2/3/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mort WalkerDash ShawBasil Wolverton 3 Feb 2009 1:04 PM

• List: Another day, another Top 10 list with Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button on it, this time Laura Hudson's "Best Graphic Novels of 2008"

• Blurb: Trendhunter™ fingers The Wolverton Bible as the next hot thing

• Blurb: ComicNews spotlights our collection of Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas

Parille's Peanuts
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peanuts 3 Feb 2009 12:52 PM
I could read a whole book of Ken Parille's essays on Peanuts. 
Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #296
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 3 Feb 2009 10:25 AM

The upcoming February 2009 issue of The Comics Journal is our annual Best of the Year issue, featuring interviews with the year's most acclaimed cartoonists: Lynda Barry, Frank Quitely, Dash Shaw and Mike Luckovich. Plus best-of lists from dozens of comics pros, a preview of C. Tyler's new book, a gallery of new Finnish comics, and lots more. Click here if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, or to open a larger version in a new window.

Yes, we have no NYCC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikEsther Pearl Watson 3 Feb 2009 6:58 AM

A lot of folks keep asking me if we'll have a presence at the New York Comic-Con this weekend. We won't. It's a ridiculously expensive show to exhibit at and travel to, even in the best economy. It's a lousy time of year to travel cross-country, weather-wise. So we're staying home and throwing a great party for Esther Pearl Watson this weekend instead.

But if you are at NYCC, we've designated Paul Karasik our official representative and you should go say hi to him: 

Sunday, 1:30pm, Panel Room 6 (1A18):
Comics and the Language of Visual Symbolism
Comics are able to communicate dense layers of narrative, emotion, and action in a manner that no other media is able. This panel will explore the way the cartoonists use pictures to tell their stories in a way that is unique to comics. Through the interrelation of art and text, comics makes a unique kind of storytelling possible. Four creators examine their own visual storytelling styles and discuss how their art influences the text of their work. Panelists: MoCCA Director Karl Erickson, Paul Karasik, Danica Novgorodoff, and Alex Robinson.

 

Preview video/slideshow: The Wolverton Bible
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBasil Wolverton 2 Feb 2009 5:23 PM

Sweet merciful Jebus do we have an ever-lovin' load of books coming out in the next couple of months -- about a dozen of 'em, if all goes according to plan. The advance copies have been pouring into our office and we've got lots of preview photos and videos to share with you. We'll present one book a day here on Flog but if you're impatient you can head over to our Flickr page and gorge yourself on the first 5 sets right now, with many more to come shortly.

Today we're presenting The Wolverton Bible, which features hundreds of amazing illustrations of the Old Testament and Revelations by MAD pioneer Basil Wolverton. Click here if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above or to open it larger in a new window.

Now in stock: Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesEsther Pearl Watson 2 Feb 2009 4:21 PM

Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson

Unlovable Vol. 1
By Esther Pearl Watson

Loosely based on a teenager’s diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable details the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. This remarkably touching and funny graphic novel tells the first-person account of Tammy’s sophomore year in 1985, from the first day of school to winter break. Her hopes, dreams, agonies and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson’s lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels and huge hair — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases).

In the epic saga that is Unlovable, Tammy finds herself dealing with: tampons, teasing, crushes, The Smiths, tube socks, facial hair, lice, celibacy, fantasy dream proms, gym showers, skid marks, a secret admirer, prank calls, backstabbers, winter ball, barfing, narcs, breakdancing, hot wheels, glamour shots, roller coasters, Halloween costumes, boogers, boys, boy crazy feelings, biker babes, and even some butt cracks. Tammy’s life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious.

Originally (and still) serialized in Bust magazine, Unlovable includes over 100 new pages created just for this edition, which is handsomely packaged in a unique hot pink hardcover format with sparkly blue glitter that would make Tammy proud.

416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $22.99
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Clearance Sale! Closeout Deals! And More Savings!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 2 Feb 2009 3:50 PM

We need to make room for all the great books we have coming in 2009! We've just put 30 semi-recent books on sale at least 33% off in our new Clearance Sale section. And that's just for starters — we'll be adding dozens more items in the weeks and months to come!

We've also reorganized our sale items into three new categories: the aforementioned Clearance Sale; Closeout Deals, where we're blowing out our last remaining copies of dozens of items at up to 75% off; and Dents & Dings, with great deals on lightly-damaged merchandise.

These sales are ongoing, but shop early for the best selection, and keep checking back for all the latest additions to every section. Your wallet gets a break, you get great comics, and we get more room in our warehouse — everybody wins!

And don't forget, Our Valentine's Day gift sale is still going on through Feb. 14, with savings of at least 15% on a selection of holiday-appropriate (or -inappropriate) titles!

Notice: Technical difficulties, orders delayed
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 2 Feb 2009 2:54 PM
Due to some computer hardware issues beyond our control, we're currently unable to submit any orders for shipping, so any orders placed today or tomorrow will be delayed a couple of days. You can still place your order, but please keep the delay in mind before selecting a rush shipping option! We apologize for any inconvenience. We'll let you know when things are back to normal.