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Daily links: 4/2/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJohnny RyanJaime HernandezEllen ForneyBasil Wolvertonawardsaudio 2 Apr 2009 3:02 PM

• Awards: Entrecomics reports that La educación de Hopey Glass (the Spanish edition of The Education of Hopey Glass) by Jaime Hernandez is nominated for "Mejor obra extranjera publicada en España en el 2008" ("Best foreign work published in Spain in 2008") at Saló del Còmic de Barcelona, Spain's largest comics convention (yes, we have a handful of copies of the Spanish edition for sale)

• Review of the Week: Pads & Panels on Johnny Ryan's XXX Scumbag Party: "It is truly unfortunate someone saw fit to publish this abomination."

• Review: Art Blog by Bob on The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton: "As much as the horrific and Bosch-esque in Wolverton’s art strikes you immediately, it’s also important to recognize the beauty of many of his visions... The Wolverton Bible still has the ability to revolt and repulse viewers, but that is just one aspect of its overall ability to make these well-known stories seem new and, more importantly, inescapably human."

• Review: Blog @ Newsarama says "A few words about every single story in Supermen!" (spoiler alert!), praising editor Greg Sadowski and concluding "I honestly can’t recommend [the book] enough to any fans of the superhero genre."

• Preview: Our pals at Diamond Comic Distributors present some excerpt pages from Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 on two of their websites: Previews and ComicShopLocator.com (it's the same in both places, so take your pick)

• Interview: Inkstuds can't wait until Paul Hornschemeier arrives in the program's hometown of Vancouver tomorrow to talk with him about Mother, Come Home and other topics (in streaming and downloadable audio)

• Profile: The Vancouver Courier spotlights Paul Hornschemeier in advance of his appearance at Lucky's Comics tomorrow

• Oddity: Ellen Forney is no fool

Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesBasil Wolverton 2 Apr 2009 12:38 PM

Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner

The Dinosaur Gardens blog recently posted a full set of Basil Wolverton's "The Culture Corner" strips from Whiz Comics, 1945-1952. This seems like the right time to announce that we will be publishing these strips in book form later this year! Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner is currently scheduled for November 2009 and will be a 160-page full-color hardcover. In addition to showcasing our usual stellar restoration, design and production, our edition will also contain Wolverton's original pencil versions of each strip, which have been carefully preserved over the years, and demonstrate a looser, more spontaneous interpretation of the finished strips. Monte Wolverton will also provide an introduction to the book. Go ahead and enjoy those unrestored scans, and then come back here for updates and info about our edition as they become available.

Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner

To the printer this month!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jordan Crane 2 Apr 2009 11:24 AM

 Long live COMICS!

Update: Now available for pre-order!

Tonight, Tomorrow, Saturday!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Hornschemeier 2 Apr 2009 6:37 AM

In Portland, Vancouver & Seattle!

Buy Zak Sally's John Denver
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyOriginal Art 1 Apr 2009 4:11 PM

John Denver illo by Zak Sally

Or Tool, or Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Daily links: 4/1/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsHumbugEsther Pearl Watson 1 Apr 2009 4:06 PM

• Review: The Barnes & Noble Review takes a long, loving look at Humbug: "...[Harvey] Kurtzman and his cronies served up some of the smartest satire of the time, much of it as fresh today as it was when first printed... beautifully restored... [a] wonderful production from Fantagraphics... Every page... attests to one thing: [Kurtzman's] all-American genius as writer, artist, and editor." Related: The New York Times "Paper Cuts" blog comments on the B&N review

• Blurb: Earz Magazine has a short update on Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd, including a mench of Unlovable Vol. 1

Emerald City Weekend!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Stan SakaiPaul HornschemeierJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame DarcyBill Schellyart shows 1 Apr 2009 9:16 AM

  

This weekend is the Emerald City Con, our hometown comics event of the year. We'll be exhibiting all weekend and showcasing a host of new spring books including Gilbert Hernandez's LUBA, Bob Fingerman's CONNECTIVE TISSUE, Miss Lasko-Gross's A MESS OF EVERYTHING, the great HUMBUG boxed set, Archie Goodwin's BLAZING COMBAT, Boody Rogers' BOODY, Paul Hornschemeier's MOTHER, COME HOME, and much, much more. We'll also be hosting signings, including:

JAIME HERNANDEZ: all weekend!

PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER: all day Saturday!

DAME DARCY: Saturday from 1 to 3PM

BILL SCHELLY (author of MAN OF ROCK, the excellent JOE KUBERT bio): Saturday from 11 to 2PM

Also, STAN SAKAI will be in attendance in Artist's Alley all weekend, signing copies of USAGI YOJIMBO. 

After the con on Saturday, join us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for an extraordinary exhibition of original artwork by Jaime Hernandez and Stan Sakai. Jaime and Stan, together with special guest Paul Hornschemeier, will be signing books and mingling with fans.

It's impossible to overstate the enduring influence of LOVE & ROCKETS on the comics medium, so we'll skip the superlatives. Suffice to say that Jaime will be on hand to greet fans and sign books. Stan's epic USAGI YOJIMBO adventure series has introduced generations of young readers to the world of comics, and his books are more popular than ever. His original drawings and paintings are inspiring. Jaime and Stan will be joined by their young colleague Paul Hornschemeier signing copies of his wonderful new graphic novel MOTHER, COME HOME.

This event serves as the official after-party for this weekend's Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, so expect to see other comics creators and luminaries. Adult beverages will be provided for grown ups and sodas for the kids.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located just minutes south of downtown Seattle at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in the colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.669.9059.

See you on Saturday.







This looks like fun.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 1 Apr 2009 8:01 AM

KGB ANNUAL EASTER GRAPHIC NOVEL READING
Sunday April 12, 2009
7pm -9pm
KGB Bar 85 E. 4th St between 2nd and 3rd Ave
21+

This year, featuring the past and future graduates of New York's
School of Visual Arts.

Reading: Dash Shaw ('05), acclaimed creator of Bottomless Belly
Button, BodyWorld and contributor to MOME.
http://www.dashshaw.com/

Leslie Stein ('03): creator of Baghead, Eye of the Majestic Creature
and Yeah, It Is.
http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/handmade-portraits-leslie-stein-2906/

Ulises Farinas: ('06ish) Reading from his Act-I-Vate serial, MOTRO.
http://www.activatecomix.com/45-1-1.comic

Alabaster Pizzo ('10) reading a story about mice at an open mic event.

and emceed by comedian Joe Boginski ('07).

Hosted as always by Tom Hart who might or might not read.









Touché, Boom!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Roger Langridge 1 Apr 2009 6:32 AM

This is a quick screenshot of part of a press release BOOM! comics sent out yesterday, which was forwarded to me by several people overnight:

I'm not sure if this is crazy or genius or what, but I laughed. 

Now in stock: A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMiss Lasko-Gross 31 Mar 2009 4:27 PM

A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross

A Mess of Everything
By Miss Lasko-Gross

A Mess of Everything is the second volume in Miss Lasko-Gross's semi-autobiographical trilogy, picking up where the first volume, Escape from "Special," left off: self-effacing non-conformist Melissa is now in high school, where the stakes are higher as she copes with an anxiety-induced drug habit and an anorexic best friend. Melissa finds herself negotiating the kinds of everyday problems facing young adults today — such as alienating her friends with her uncomfortable honesty and accidentally breaking her best guy friend's heart. Eventually, her woes cause her to nearly flunk out of school, and by the end of the book Melissa faces the choice that we all do at some point: to take the risk and pursue her dreams or settle for a safer, more secure routine.

The unsentimental truthfulness that is the hallmark of Lasko-Gross's work is coupled with a raw but increasingly refined visual vocabulary. A Mess of Everything is an intense, honest, and funny memoir that holds appeal for anyone who is navigating, or who has ever grappled with, these issues. She expresses the awkward naïveté and inexperience of a young girl with the keen insights of a mature artist.

232-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
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