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Notice: Eros Comix orders back to normal
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaEros Comix 4 Mar 2009 11:22 AM
The technical malfunction which was preventing processing of orders on our Eros Comix website has been dealt with, so web orders are back to normal over there. Go buy some dirty comix!
HUMBUG 3/7/09 part four
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Humbug 4 Mar 2009 9:00 AM

Look at this!

LOOK AT IT!

Closer!

CLOSER!    

 (Click on the image above. Seriously. Click it for the detail.)

How did he do this!?!     It's not scratchboard and it's not ink.     Even resident alchemist Ted Jouflas doesn't know how Arnold Roth drew (?) this savage portrait of Mike Wallace from HUMBUG #5. 

 Look at it!     Or don't look at it on the stupid computer.     See the real thing this Saturday March 7th at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in gorgeous Georgetown Washington and help us celebrate the release of HUMBUG our latest pièce de résistance!

The Politics of Stupid, indeed!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under staffmisc 4 Mar 2009 7:56 AM

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Back in those heady 1990s, the guys at our warehouse seemingly had a lot of time on their hands. To wit: these tapes, which have been semi-legendary in inner-Fanta circles for years. Former warehouse staffer Dave Holmes -- also the front man in the legendary Seattle band The Fall-Outs -- routinely entertained his fellow warehouse coworkers with prank phone calls to local radio talk show host Susan Powter. Somehow, Susan never seemed to catch on to the joke. Dave always used the names of his fellow coworkers for the calls, and even adopts a fairly impressive Australian accent when he calls in as "Martin" -- a nod to our Aussie warehouse asst. mgr. Martin Bland (also one of Seattle's best drummers, for bands like Monkeywrench, Bloodloss and Lubricated Goat, not to mention his amazing sound experiments). I haven't heard these tapes in years but listening again now, they're as funny as ever.

Just how bad is the economy?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 4 Mar 2009 7:08 AM
Even Matt Groening can get fired. Stupid, stupid L.A. Weekly. He's your Feiffer.
The Beer Queers
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peter BaggeJohnny Ryan 3 Mar 2009 9:43 PM

There was a reason for this polaroid caption (I mean, besides the obvious, anyway), but I no longer remember it. Johnny Ryan and Peter Bagge, circa 2001.  

Daily links: 3/3/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaiMort WalkerLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJerry DumasDaniel ClowesBoody Rogers 3 Mar 2009 1:45 PM

• Review: Winsome Icarus (Katherine M. Hill) writes an appreciation of "The Ladies of Love and Rockets"

• List: The A.V. Club would like to see Daniel Clowes's Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (and Ware's Jimmy Corrigan, and Burns's Black Hole, and 21 other comics) adapted into a movie

• Blurb: Jog previews Sam's Strip: The Comic About Comics by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas (amongst other of this week's releases)

• Events: Comic Book Resources reports from the "25 Years of Usagi Yojimbo" panel at Wondercon

• Things to see: In honor of the impending release of Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers, Pappy's Golden Age Comic Blogzine posts a couple of Sparky Watts backup stories

Gahan for the Day 2
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Gahan Wilson 3 Mar 2009 1:28 PM

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Dumb Production Humor
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under production 3 Mar 2009 1:24 PM

We print a lot of our books with Print Vision, based out of Portland. They do good work and roll with the comics jokes. Try em.

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Dash Shaw Future Mome Teaser
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMomeDash Shaw 3 Mar 2009 12:59 PM

Dash Shaw Mome story preview

On his blog, Dash Shaw presents a 2-page spread from a short story he just finished for an upcoming volume of Mome.

New Comics Day 3/4/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under New Comics DayMort WalkerJules FeifferJerry DumasHumbug 3 Mar 2009 11:41 AM

Fantagraphics titles scheduled to arrive at comics shops this week:

Explainers (2nd Printing) by Jules Feiffer (good timing, too, since we just temporarily ran out of our mail-order allotment)
Sam's Strip: The Comic About Comics by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas 

Check out our descriptions and previews at the links above, give your local shop a jingle to make sure they ordered the books, count up your nickels and then trundle on down there tomorrow.

UPDATE: At least 2 sources are saying that Humbug is shipping this week too, although it's not on the official distributor list. We'll definitely have it at our shop for the art opening on Saturday!