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Daily links: 3/27/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted StearnRoger LangridgereviewsPeanutsHumbugBasil Wolvertonawardsaudio 27 Mar 2009 1:30 PM

• Review: The A.V. Club gives Humbug an A-minus: "Fans of vintage Mad will immediately be at home thanks to familiar artists and attitudes, although Humbug ultimately feels a bit like an alternate-universe Mad, one 1950s grown-ups could stack between Playboy and Harper’s on the coffee table... Humbug remains a fascinating showcase for a group of artists operating at the height of their powers and inspiration. The lovingly assembled package — beautifully reprinted and filled out with extras like a long Roth and Jaffee interview — doesn’t hurt either."

• Review: The A.V. Club says "The Wolverton Bible shows the often-surprising result of [the] collaboration between a pulpit-pounding televangelist organization and one of the loopiest cartoonists of his era.... it features some of [Basil] Wolverton's most breathtaking art, and he finds plenty of opportunities in Bible stories and end-times predictions for his sense of the grotesque and horrific... for Wolverton fans, it's a must-see, and a look at a truly surprising chapter of the man's career."

• Interview: The Inkstuds radio programme has a lengthy chat with Ted Stearn

• Interview: Douglas Noble tipped us off to his late-2007 chat with Roger Langridge

• Awards: Congratulations to Snoopy, chosen "Cutest Cartoon Character" by the readers of Nickelodeon Magazine in the Nickelodeon Magazine Comics Awards

Coches Abandonados
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane 27 Mar 2009 12:26 PM

Coches Abandonados (Abandoned Cars) by Tim Lane

Dig this eye-popping, bone-crunching cover for the Spanish edition of Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars, coming later this year from our colleagues at La Cupula. From Tim's blog.

Good grief, Geithner
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsDrew Friedman 27 Mar 2009 12:18 PM

Drew Friedman illustration

Drew Friedman & Peanuts: two great tastes that taste great together. For The New Republic, via Drew's blog.

Webcomics update for 3/27/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin KellermanJohnny Ryan 27 Mar 2009 11:17 AM

It's your weekly batch of new webcomics!

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

First up, Blecky finds a crafty solution to her problem in this week's Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan!

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Next, an unexpected turn of events in this week's installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 50-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures.

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

And lastly, a trip to Gothenburg in our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's hilarious Swedish smash-hit Rocky, updated Monday-Friday!

Vector/Vectoria
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Bill Ward 26 Mar 2009 2:58 PM

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What to get that creepy pervert in the next cubicle who has everything? 

"Ward's Beauties" dingbat font! It's not like you wanted to spend money on that guy, right?

Daily links: 3/26/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanereviewsIvan BrunettiDaniel ClowesBoody Rogers 26 Mar 2009 12:56 PM

• Review: 13 Milliones de Naves says Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars is "drawn with the raw precision of a compassionless physiognomist, with a style midway between Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns... removing the rubble from the shipwreck and bringing to the fore a collection of human beings in the state of abandonment... [T]his book is anything but indifferent; the realistic and stark graphic style of its author shakes with a flying kick... [T]he Lane name has many numbers to enter on the same roster as Tomine, Burns, Clowes and company." (Translated from Spanish with help from Google)

• Review: Bookgasm on Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers: "Each page of Boody is a delight to take in. These comics are colorful, good-natured and good-humored, full of pep and personality... Rogers definitely was ahead of his time, demonstrating more zeal for the medium than much of his contemporaries."

• Review: Rob Clough on Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti: "No other artist in the history of comics has worked out their misanthropy and self-loathing on the page quite like Ivan Brunetti... with each strip yet another needle jabbed into the eyes of his viewers. Brunetti's enormous discipline and talent as a cartoonist shines through in this collection..."

• Review: A Bucket of Instant Sunshine reads Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes: "...I think it's safe to say that if you like surreal imagery, vague noir-ish plotting, and freak shows, then you will probably like this."

• Events: The Daily Eastern News reports from yesterday's Ivan Brunetti talk at Eastern Illinois University

The Great Lloyd Llewellyn Print Giveaway
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel Clowescontests 26 Mar 2009 11:00 AM

UPDATE 4/14/09: The prints are all gone and the offer below is over. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Congratulations to the winners of our 20/20 Club Lloyd Llewellyn Llottery! We have a handful of these recently unearthed limited edition Lloyd Llewellyn prints left over, and we're gonna give them away! They measure 8.5" x 11" and are signed and numbered by Daniel Clowes. Read on for details...

Lloyd Llewellyn print by Daniel Clowes

This print will be included with your order FREE of charge if A) your order subtotal is $100 or over, before shipping and after any discounts are applied, and B) your order includes at least one item by Daniel Clowes. Any item listed on this page will qualify for part B.  Act fast -- this offer is only good while our extremely limited quantities last, and is likely to expire without warning, so please be sure you want your order even without the print. Thanks and good luck!

L&R, Mome on Facebook
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MomeLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 25 Mar 2009 4:27 PM

Hey, all you social networkers! Mome co-editor and champion Flogger Eric Reynolds has set up a Facebook Group for Mome where you can interact with other fans, discuss the latest volumes, and so on. Join on up!

And if you haven't become an official Facebook Fan of Love and Rockets yet, how's this for incentive: some incredible photos and rare art is being posted on the L&R Facebook page by the Bros' friends and family, such as the below from 1982... hotcha!

Gilbert Hernandez artwork, 1982

JAIME HERNANDEZ and STAN SAKAI: EMERALD CITY Afterparty Art Show BLOWOUT!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Stan SakaiJaime HernandezFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 25 Mar 2009 2:59 PM

Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai at Fantagraphics Bookstore, April 4, 2009

CELEBTRATED CARTOONISTS JAIME HERNANDEZ AND STAN SAKAI APPEAR AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON APRIL 4

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery proudly presents two of the most accomplished and popular cartoonists in America on Saturday, April 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the phenomenal Love and Rockets series, will appear with Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo fame for an exhibition of original art and book signing event. They will be joined by special guest Paul Hornschemeier signing copies of his handsome new hardcover Mother, Come Home.

Jaime Hernandez, together with his brother Gilbert, revolutionized the comic book form with their epic series Love and Rockets. Introduced in 1982, their mythical tale of contemporary multicultural society re-energized a moribund medium and gave birth to the “alternative comics” genre. Jaime’s central characters, Maggie and Hopey, emerged as icons for a generation of disaffected youth and their stories remain relevant and compelling today. With nearly 100 comic books to his credit, and over a dozen collected anthologies published by Fantagraphics Books, Jaime Hernandez is among the most influential cartoonists of his generation. In the words of Alan Moore, "Jaime's art balances big white and black spaces to create a world of nuance in between, just as his writing balances our big human feelings and our small human trivias to generate its incredible emotional power. Quite simply, this is one of the twentieth century's most significant comics creators at the peak of his form, with every line a wedding of classicism and cool."

Much like Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai relies on his cultural heritage in the expansive adventure series Usagi Yojimbo. Sakai chronicles the escapades of wandering Samurai bunny Miyamoto Usagi in feudal Japan with beautifully crafted artwork and an engaging narrative style that appeals to readers of all ages. Usagi Yojimbo is at once poignant, edifying, funny, and spellbinding – a singular achievement in the comics medium. Fantagraphics Books and Portland-based Dark Horse Comics have collected his work in over 24 volumes. According to comic book sage Stan Lee: “One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.”

Mother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier’s piercing graphic-novel debut, long out of print and now available for the first time in hardcover. It secured the cartoonist’s place as one of his generation’s most skillful and ambitious practitioners, and proved a harbinger of the subject matter that the artist would go on to explore most consistently in later work: the nuclear family.

The exhibition and reception on Saturday, April 4 will serve as the official after-party for the Emerald City ComiCon. Expect an array of comics professionals and luminaries to be in attendance. Admission is free. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110.

LISTING INFORMATION

Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai

Love and Rockets and Usagi Yojimbo
Art exhibition and book signing

Saturday, April 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Emerald City ComiCon after-party
Special guest Paul Hornschemeier

Exhibition continues through May 6, 2009.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com/bookstore







WTWTA
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under maurice fucking sendak 25 Mar 2009 2:41 PM

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The great children's book illustrator, S.britt, just brought THIS to my attention and I agree with him-- this could actually be a good adaptation of a classic. Spike Jonze, we've got our fingers crossed here.