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Signed bookplate update: Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesEsther Pearl Watson 5 Mar 2009 3:58 PM

Unlovable signature plate by Esther Pearl Watson

Starting now, when you order Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Vol. 1 direct from us, you can choose to receive the exclusive signed bookplate pictured above as a free bonus (and why wouldn't you?)! Supplies are limited and the usual conditions and caveats apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!

Daily links: 3/5/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanereviewspreviewsLilli Carrécomics industryBob LevinBasil WolvertonAnders Nilsen 5 Mar 2009 1:30 PM

• Review/profile: The Oregonian says that Most Outrageous by Bob Levin is "The most challenging and thought-provoking book I read last year... unforgettable... among the great essays on human frailty," and discusses how the commercial success of The Complete Peanuts enables us to publish more challenging work

• Review: Brick Weekly says of The Lagoon by Lilli Carré, "Carré’s cartooning is purely excellent, evolving nicely from her earlier work and pulling you into a world of vividly drawn characters and lush environments" (scroll past the video game review)

• Previews: Whateves looks at The Wolverton Bible

• Interviews: Robot 6 talks to our own Eric Reynolds about the current state of the indie-comics market (Diamond, economy, etc.)

• Things to see: A new batch of sketchbook drawings from Anders Nilsen

• Things to see: A fantastic splash page from Tim Lane's next book

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack Marches On March 14.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 5 Mar 2009 11:26 AM

Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack - March 14, 2009

The colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack enters its second year with a lively array of arts and entertainment on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Residents of region are invited to explore the enchanting Georgetown arts community and visit the diverse and delightfully creative artists, residents, and merchants that inhabit this historic neighborhood.

Among the highlights of the March 14 installment: A record release party for Strange Jerome with special guests The Drews at the Mix; Paintings from the book "Monito Hermoso" by Mike Cressy at Georgetown Tile Works; Notebook drawings by Georgetown neighborhood advocates Holly and Kathy at their charming George boutique; A book signing and music performance by celebrated cartoonist and counterculture maven Dame Darcy at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; An opening of the expanded quarters of mid-century modern purveyors Fruit Cocktail Collectables; A multimedia presentation by participants of the South Park Youth Media Workshop taught by Laura Wright and Web Crowell at Belle & Wissell; Open studios and performances celebrating the first anniversary of our Sodo neighbors Seitch 22 Artist Studios at the Old Rainier Brewery.

The Art Attack festivities will be followed by a special benefit auction for Georgetown's favorite son and resident motorcycle mechanic Phil Weigel at the Cretins Motorcycle Club headquarters on Spokane Street at E. Marginal Way. Phil recently suffered a broken hip, and the entire neighborhood has rallied to his support. Please join us.

The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a monthly promotion of the Georgetown Merchants' Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid via www.georgetownartattack.com.

Michael Kupperman's Vacation in China
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoMichael Kupperman 5 Mar 2009 10:51 AM

Fun times! Video link. NSFW (blurry boobs). More Kuppermania on YouTube. Via Michael Kupperman's new Twitter feed, which you can follow too.

Jules Feiffer dot com
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jules Feiffer 4 Mar 2009 6:01 PM

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A new julesfeiffer.com is up and has some neat stuff like a limited print of his Obama cartoon that made the rounds during the election. Check it out. 

Daily links: 3/4/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairePeanutsMort WalkerJerry Dumas 4 Mar 2009 3:18 PM

• Review: I Love Rob Liefeld digs Tony Millionaire's Billy Hazelnuts

• Preview: Parka Blogs looks at the latest volume of The Complete Peanuts, with an overview of past volumes

• Blurbs: Italian sites afNews and Il Sole 24 Ore both preview Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas

• Blurbs: If English is more your bag, Newsarama talks up Sam's Strip in their weekly new-comics roundup

Dame Darcy sings & signs in Seattle Mar. 14
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcy 4 Mar 2009 12:21 PM

Cult cartoonist Dame Darcy appears for music performance and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Saturday, March 14.

Dame Darcy poster

Charismatic cartoonist and counterculture maven Dame Darcy will grace Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with her presence on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. She will present an acoustical music performance and sign copies of her popular comic book Meat Cake as well as her new graphic novel Gasoline.

Currently in its 17th issue, Dame Darcy’s Meat Cake is a visionary blend of gothic horror, Victorian fantasy, and punk romance rendered with the artist’s singular graphic sensibility. Published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, Meat Cake has developed a devoted following among a dramatically diverse readership. Her recently released graphic novel, Gasoline, is a post-apocalyptic gothic fairy tale of suspense, heartbreak, and redemption.

Dame Darcy has achieved national recognition through her creative associations with counterculture personalities including Courtney Love, Lisa Crystal Carver, Thurston Moore, Tori Amos, and Alan Moore, among countless others. Currently residing in Portland, OR, she remains active in visual arts, comics, video, film and music.

Dame Darcy will perform on vocals and banjo with her acoustic trio, followed by a reception and book signing. Patrons will also enjoy the exhibition of original art by the MAD geniuses behind Harvey Kurtzman’s Humbug. 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. This event coincides with the lively “Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack” featuring visual and performing arts presentation throughout the historic neighborhood.

Listing Information

DAME DARCY
Saturday, March 14, 2009, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Music performance and book signing
All ages. Admission Free.

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






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.