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Daily OCD: 6/29/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyTrina RobbinsRoy CranereviewsPrince ValiantNell BrinkleyMort WalkerMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsJaime HernandezHal FosterDrew FriedmanCarol TylerBasil WolvertonArnold RothAbstract Comics 29 Jun 2009 2:39 PM

Let's see what Online Commentary & Diversions popped up over the weekend:

• Review: "Abstract Comics: The Anthology is an impressive collection of old and new work with unique pages covering exactly what the title says... bold... intriguing... This is a book for readers who like fine art or those who would like to expand their sequential art experiences. A hearty slap on the back for Fantagraphics for choosing to create this marvelous example of a widely unknown artistic expression." - Kris Bather, Comic Book Jesus

• Review: "I had always equated [Prince] Valiant with everything that is dull and lifeless and boring and supposedly good for you, but it turns out I was completely and utterly wrong. On the contrary, it's a rip-snorting good time, full of high adventure and thrilling escapades. And Valiant, far from being the schoolmarmish goody two-shoes I imagined him being, is full of piss and vinegar and quite a bloodthirsty young chap, which makes him a good deal more interesting than some of his contemporaries on the comics page." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6

• Review: "Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5, like all the previous issues by Michael Kupperman, did not fail at thrilling or dazzling me." - Brian Cronin, Robot 6 (same link as above)

• Review: "...C. Tyler's You'll Never Know Book One: A Good and Decent Man isn't... much like any other autobio comic I've encountered... It’s a really rather fascinating work, and the longer one thinks about it, the more important and universal it seems to be. On the surface level, of course, it’s an extremely interesting, rather unique story of a couple different life’s stories, and how they overlap, but there plenty of other levels waiting to be discovered and ruminated over. I won’t be at all surprised to see this book taking slots on a lot of best of the year lists in another six months or so." - J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama

• Review: "Don’t think of [The Wolverton Bible] as an exception or a bizarre footnote in religious art but one and maybe the 20th century continuation... By the end of the book, pages after pages of doom and destruction, you realize that Wolverton is maybe the only person to illustrate the The Old Testament and the Book of Revelation -- the most 'savage' books of the bible." - Are You a Serious Comic Book Reader?

• Plug: "Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1: It's the collection of the first four issues of Michael Kupperman's hilarious series, now in color! This stuff is comedy gold, so get it if you haven't read it already, and hell, spend the extra money to see the non-monochromatic version if you want." - Matthew J. Brady

• Plug (?): Robot 6's Chris Mautner proposes Ti-Girls and Snake 'n' Bacon action figures. I'd buy 'em!

• Preview: Comics And... Other Imaginary Tales gives thumbs up to two of our upcoming releases: Captain Easy Vol. 1: Solidier of Fortune by Roy Crane and Like a Dog by Zak Sally (both previewed here)

• Interview: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon talks to Trina Robbins about about the genesis and assembling of The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons 1913-1940: "It's really great to have The Brinkley Girls, and I was pleased when Robbins agreed to answer some questions about it."

• Events: Jared Gardner reports from a panel he moderated with Arnold Roth, Mort Walker and Brian Walker as part of the celebration of the merger of the International Museum of Cartoon Art with Ohio State University's Cartoon Library and Museum, adding that Jean Schulz has set up a matching grant to raise needed funds for the combined museum to move into a new permanent home

• Oddity: At Guttergeek, Chris Reilly interviews himself: "I actually am a big fan of Michael Kupperman and Eric Reynolds from Fantagraphics just sent me a copy of the hardcover Tales Designated to Thrizzle Vol. 1 and I would like to conduct this interview by commenting on the quotes of this book – would that be cool?" Um, 'kay...

• Things to see: Two more classic Michael Jackson illustrations from Drew Friedman

Huizenga's Treehouse teaser
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kevin Huizenga 29 Jun 2009 2:11 PM

Simpsons Treehouse of Horror No. 15 teaser by Kevin Huizenga

Here's a glimpse of Kevin Huizenga & Matthew Thurber's contribution to The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #15, from Kevin's blog.

So. Cal. Comic Art Show
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under walt holcombeRoberta Gregorymary fleenerJohnny RyanJohn PhamEsther Pearl Watson 29 Jun 2009 6:54 AM

  

Strips, Scripts and Scapes: Contemporary Comix in Southern California

June 22 - August 22 

I missed this Riverside Art Museum show in time to post for the opening, but the show includes Sammy Harkham, Johnny Ryan, John Pham, Mike Bertino, Travis Millard, Rusty Jordan, Souther Salazar, Brent Harada, Walt Holcombe, Martin Cendreda, Mary Fleener (story by Harvey Pekar), Taylor McKimens, Roberta Gregory, Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, and Megan Whitmarsh. 

Bagge's band this Wed. in Seattle
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peter Bagge 29 Jun 2009 6:47 AM

Seattleites: don't miss Peter Bagge's band, Can You Imagine?, this Wed. in Seattle in support of the great local comedian Paul Merrill!

Eaton's Cartoon Jumbles at SHQ
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy Eaton 29 Jun 2009 6:38 AM

This looks like an incredibly fun show. 

More HERE and HERE

Hey Seattle...
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Untagged  28 Jun 2009 10:13 PM

btsposter.jpg

I've yet to turn out to Capitol Hill Block Party but for a set of only Built To Spill fan favorites there's a good chance I will. Using the internet to its best effect, BTS are performing a set list decided by public opinion. I voted Dystopian Dream Girl but it's looking pretty iffy.

 (*The old Fantagraphics benefit poster pictured above is unrelated but available from our pals at Patent Pending.) 

Jon Vermilyea monster madness
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under jon vermilyea 26 Jun 2009 5:45 PM

Jon Vermilyea murders the universe with these poster & t-shirt designs he did for Fantastic Fest:

Jon Vermilyea Fantastic Fest poster

If you have some special kind of glasses this poster is 3D -- !!!

Jon Vermilyea Fantastic Fest t-shirt

What do they mean they're not on sale yet?!?!

Michael Kupperman at Desert Island July 10: signing, screenprint
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 26 Jun 2009 4:13 PM

Michael Kupperman Desert Island screenprint

Desert Island says, "These amazing handmade screenprints are 12" X 16" and will be signed and available on July 10th when Mr. Kupperman appears at Desert Island to celebrate the release of Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1." We should have a formal announcement of this event in the near future; in the meantime, here's the Facebook invitation with some more details, and you can pre-order a signed print here.

Michael Jackson by Drew Friedman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 26 Jun 2009 3:37 PM

Michael Jackson by Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman notes that he's had occasion to draw Michael Jackson several times over the years; find out why he chose this image (from the NY Observer) to commemorate Jackson (and see it a bit bigger) on his art blog.

More Humbug @ Strand photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under HumbugeventsArnold RothAl Jaffee 26 Jun 2009 3:27 PM

Arnold Roth & Al Jaffee Humbug signing at the Strand Bookstore, NYC

Thanks to fan Jose M. Mendez for sharing his terrific photos of April's Humbug event at the Strand Bookstore with us on Flickr! That's Arnold Roth & Al Jaffee above; check out the whole set of photos right here.