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Holiday shipping deadline update
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 14 Dec 2008 11:26 PM

If you want your order shipped within the U.S. to arrive before Christmas via USPS Priority Mail, tomorrow (Tuesday, December 16) is the deadline to get your order in! Orders placed with the Standard shipping option right now will most likely arrive after the holiday. After tomorrow, you'll have until Friday for orders shipped by 2nd Day UPS. We'll post a reminder for that deadline as well.

Don't forget to check out our handy Holiday Gift Guide for lots of gift ideas for every interest and budget!

Friday night video: Dave Cooper animated
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoDave Cooper 12 Dec 2008 4:14 PM

...by animator Nick Cross in this music video (I forget where I first spotted this):


Danko Jones - King Of Magazines from Bad Taste Records on Vimeo.

Beasts! show preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsBeastsart shows 12 Dec 2008 2:33 PM

Skinwalker by Tom Neely

Speaking of the Beasts! print show opening tomorrow, Jacob Covey has been previewing some of the prints that will be on display and for sale there on the Beasts! blog (including Tom Neely's "Skinwalker," above).

This show is going to be incredible.

Art sale-a-rama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJosh SimmonsJim FloraJaime Hernandezart showsart 12 Dec 2008 2:11 PM

While we wouldn't complain if you blew your entire art budget at our Beasts! print show, here are some other worthy things to spend your money on:

 cat portrait by Josh Simmons

• If you would like to buy some original pages from House, or perhaps some X-rated ABBA fan art, or commission a portrait of your kittycat, Josh Simmons has your hookup (hat tip: Spurge)

Jaime Hernandez Divorce Italian Style print (detail)

• Maybe you'd like to buy a limited-edition print based on Jaime Hernandez's cover art for the Criterion DVD of Divorce Italian Style? (Detail above -- via Spurge again)

WFMU for Cats print adapted from Jim Flora art

• Lots of good stuff at the WFMU Benefit Art Show

Daily links: 12/12/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierDavid BDash Shaw 12 Dec 2008 2:09 PM

Regular edition!

The Washington Post names Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw one of the 6 "Best Comics of 2008"

The Wall Street Journal profiles David B.

• Our own Kim Thompson provides some Eurocomics commentary in a letter to The Comics Reporter

• Look for Paul Hornschemeier's "Bearsly Windinski" in the next issue of Time Out Chicago, and the German edition of The Three Paradoxes not quite as soon

Daily Links Audio Extra
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe KubertIvan BrunettiBill Schellyaudio 12 Dec 2008 12:19 PM

A couple of interviews for your Friday listening pleasure:

Inkstuds has an audio chat with Ivan Brunetti

On his Mr. Media internet radio program, Bob Andelman talks to Joe Kubert biographer (Man of Rock) Bill Schelly

Webcomics update for 12/12/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 12 Dec 2008 10:13 AM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Time for the new installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. In this week's episode: Dear Diary...

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

And don't forget to catch up on our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's hilarious Swedish smash-hit Rocky, updated Monday-Friday!

R.I.P. Bettie Page
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 11 Dec 2008 8:20 PM

  

First Dave Stevens, then Forrest J. Ackerman, and now Bettie Page. 2008 has been a brutal year for some of the icons of my Southern California adolescence.

Mark Bode Tattooing in London
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under tattoosMark Bode 11 Dec 2008 4:10 PM

Mark Bode at Evil From the Needle
(Click for larger image)

A message from Mark Bode:

Hello out there, just a note to people who may want a Bode tattoo and live or are visiting in Europe I will be tattooing at Evil From The Needle, 232 Camden High street in London, on the dates above.

I will be tattooing by appointment only so you must call ahead of time.

Thanks!

Mark Bode

Daily links: 12/11/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanereviewsRay FenwickPeanutsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréJules FeifferJim WoodringDash ShawDaniel ClowesBob StaakeBill Mauldin 11 Dec 2008 1:38 PM

Drawn! names Ray Fenwick's Hall of Best Knowledge one of their Favourite Comics and Art Books of 2008

Boing Boing spotlights Paul Di Filippo and Jim Woodring's Cosmocopia (you may remember the release party at our bookstore, where you can still purchase copies)

Venus Zine falls in love with The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

The Vancouver Courier reviews Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

This much-discussed article by Steven Grant at Comic Book Resources has some nice things to say about Explainers by Jules Feiffer and Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin (and our own Eric Reynolds)

Sequart's issue-by-issue examination of Love and Rockets Vol. I continues with #37 (link not working at press time, but maybe you'll have better luck)

The Last Visible Blog reviews Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane (and check the "Other Articles of Interest" for more reviews of our books)

Cover Browser names Daniel Clowes' Eightball one of "10 Comic Books that Changed the Industry (Or Just Look Darn Cool)"

Time magazine names Bob Staake's post-Obama-victory New Yorker cover the Top Magazine Cover of 2008

In The Village Voice, our old pal Everett True, inspired by The Complete Peanuts, imagines Charlie Brown and the gang grown up to become indie rock fans