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Daily links: 3/25/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneSupermenstaffRobert CrumbreviewsPeanutsPaul HornschemeierMomeLeah HayesIvan BrunettiCarol Tyler 25 Mar 2009 2:17 PM

• Review: Entertainment Weekly gives Supermen! an A-, saying "Supermen!, this anthology lovingly assembled by Greg Sadowski, makes the case that these earliest endeavors by the future creators of masterworks like The Spirit, Captain America, and Plastic Man were more than crude throat-clearings — they were unfiltered manifestations 
of psyche, lousy with erotic charge and questionable politics."

• Review: Graphic Novel Reporter on Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane: "Abandoned Cars doesn’t arrive at a clear-cut solution to the American Myth, but Lane’s effort to understand it for himself is beautifully presented... every last detail of the book seems perfectly devised by Lane to bring the stories together and make the reader join the inner dialogue on the subject of the Great American Mythological Drama. It is a brilliant debut."

• Review: Andrew Wheeler says Mome Vol. 11 is "a solid, interesting anthology"; following up with Mome Vol. 12, says "I expect anybody who likes 'alternative' cartooning at all will find something to enjoy here"; and finds Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes not to his taste

• Preview: Philadelphia Weekly's "Spring Books Roundup" looks at You'll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler ("luscious") and The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 4

• Profile: The Daily Eastern News previews Ivan Brunetti's visit to the Eastern Illinois University campus

• Things to see (and buy if you're filthy rich): The Daily Cartoonist reports that the original art for the April 1, 1973 Sunday Peanuts is up for auction. Go bid, or save yourself a few thou by collecting the strip in The Complete Peanuts 1972-1973, coming this Fall

• Things to see: Thomas from Paul Hornschemeier's Mother, Come Home, rendered in embroidery

• Things to see: Look upon the bookshelves of Eric Reynolds and weep... WEEP

Now in stock: Humbug: Limited Signed Edition
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesHumbugArnold RothAl Jaffee 25 Mar 2009 11:29 AM

Humbug: Limited Signed Edition by Harvey Kurtzman et al.

Humbug: Limited Signed Edition
By Harvey Kurtzman et al.

This edition of our highly anticipated, much-lauded archival collection of the classic satirical magazine Humbug, limited strictly to 600 copies, includes a special, limited edition bookplate signed by Jack Davis, Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth. (Click here and here to view front and back.)

476-page duotone/full-color 8" x 10" two-volume hardcover slipcased set with signed plate • $100.00
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Now in stock: Castle Waiting Vol. II #14 by Linda Medley
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLinda Medley 25 Mar 2009 11:28 AM

Castle Waiting Vol. II #14 by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting Vol. II #14
By Linda Medley

The Castle is full of mysterious behavior! Preparations for Jain's housewarming continue apace, and Tolly takes a break from packing to journey outside the hedge to fetch a gift with Simon... though Tolly may have an ulterior motive as well. And what's Henry doing out there too? Meanwhile, a mysterious feline has something to teach Pin, and the normally dour Dr. Fell is still in a festive spirit. All this and more in this issue of Linda Medley's hit series.

32-page black & white 6.75" x 10.25" comic book • $3.95
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Daily links: 3/24/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPeanutsHumbugEros Comix 24 Mar 2009 1:49 PM

• Review: From Publishers Weekly's starred review of Humbug: "MAD's early years have been justly lauded for their japing assault on postwar American culture, but this outstanding two-volume boxed set reflects the history of comedy in the period after staff stars like Kurtzman jumped ship in 1956... for dry cocktail laughs and low schoolboy snorts, it's hard to think of a better pair of books to have at your nightstand."

• Review: Comics Bulletin takes a good look at the revelations contained in The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972, concluding "The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972 reprints [some] of what many consider the peak years of the comic strip... [it] was better than perfection; it was glorious."

• Commentary: Jog presents an appreciation of Muñoz and Sampayo's Sinner

• Commentary: Carnal Nation begins a series of articles looking at the history and cultural context of Tijuana bibles

Thrizzle, Blazing Combat previews at ICv2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichael KuppermanBlazing Combat 24 Mar 2009 11:05 AM
A couple more excerpts from upcoming books are up at ICv2: 4 pages of "Twain & Einstein" from Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 and a complete 7-page story with art by John Severin from Blazing Combat. Enjoy!
Arnold Roth talks Humbug
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under HumbugArnold Roth 24 Mar 2009 7:20 AM

  

Our pals at the Daily Crosshatch talk to Arnold Roth about HUMBUG and more, in the first of a three-part interview. The site has a spiffy new design, too.

Millionaire Covers Costello
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony Millionaire 24 Mar 2009 7:09 AM

Tony Millionaire did the cover art for the new Elvis Costello record. How cool is that?

Do YOU know this beast?
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Stan SakaiBeasts 23 Mar 2009 4:58 PM

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Stan Sakai sent me an email asking if I knew anything about the strange beast pictured here. It's new to me and apparently the Japanese text doesn't address the creature. Does anyone know its story-- or at least a name?

Comments appreciated. Stan would like to know more about this unusual obakemono and I'd just love to see a hairy cyclopian leg show up in an Usagi Yojimbo story.

Daily links: 3/23/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under TMNTSupermenSteve DitkoStan SakaireviewsPopeyePeanutsLilli CarréJasonGary GrothBasil Wolverton 23 Mar 2009 4:44 PM

I think I might start posting weekend updates -- these Monday roundups are getting bananas...

• Review: We received a wonderful endorsement of Supermen! from Bud Plant, which we've proudly placed on the product page

• Review: John Mitchell on Supermen!: “Supermen points to a time when comic books were a new and exciting form — admittedly low brow in presentation, but filled with visual and narrative leaps that would affect how we told stories visually for decades to come... This book chronicles the exciting, silly, fun and experimental world in which these kinds of [superhero] characters were forged — fairy tales from the modern era."

• Review: Lady, That's My Skull takes lunch with The Wolverton Bible, saying "It is a fascinating look at the side of an artist that most fans are not familiar with due to the scarcity of the material."

• Review: My Year Online on Ted Stearn's first Fuzz & Pluck collection: "[I] laugh[ed] out loud at many points. This is all down to Ted Stearn’s genius in depicting expressions, his excellent slapstick timing and great storyboards, where you can never tell what will happen next..."

• Reviews: The blogger behind Fluid Motion has "been reading a lot of comics by Jason recently," offering micro-reviews of 3 of his books

• Review: Newsarama enthuses about Popeye Vol. 3 (scroll about halfway down): "As with previous volumes of Popeye, it's a cornucopia of mangled English, slapstick, violence and hamburger soliciting... Fantagraphics continues to knock it out of the park with their work on the production of these books... With his fun designs and slapstick exaggeration, Segar's art has always been a plus, and nothing about that changes here... It's packed with adventure and humor, strong art, inventive and complex stories, and features more slam-bang punching than any other ten comics. It is a true, to use a much abused word, classic."

• Review: Blogger Kevin Schulke particularly enjoys the hockey strips in The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972

• Review: I'm not sure if this review originally ran in Rain Taxi or is original to the Powell's Books blog where it appears now, but: John Pistelli delves into The Lagoon by Lilli Carré: "The Lagoon's artisanal craftsmanship and child's-eye ironies reflect the baffled wisdom of a heroine too young to be foolish... it is a gorgeously bleak work for so young an artist."

• Interview: Baldur Bjarnason presents a 21-minute audio interview with el jefe Gary Groth recorded at the 2000 San Diego Comic Con

• Commentary: In re Strange and Stranger, here's some further Ditko analysis from Ken Parille at Blog Flume

• Commentary: Movement Point looks at pop cultural references in Peanuts, citing an obscure example from The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972

• Things to see: Peter Laird presents a treat for Usagi Yojimbo and TMNT (*cough*Covey*cough*) fans: rough layouts for the Usagi/Leonardo crossover story

Rachel McAdams Hearts David Boring
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Daniel Clowes 23 Mar 2009 1:51 PM

  

Your unlikely book review of the day. I want to know if she identified more with Dot or Wanda, tho'.