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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

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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.

Now in stock (with FREE shipping offer!): Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me by Peter Bagge
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsPeter Baggenew releases 26 Jun 2009 2:20 PM

Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations by Peter Bagge

Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations
By Peter Bagge

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Fans of Peter Bagge’s generation-defining, satirical fiction may not realize this, but the cartoonist doubles as an opinionated cuss, and has been contributing provocative (but still hilarious) comic-strip opinion pieces to Reason magazine for the last several years... finally collected in this volume.

Although a libertarian by inclination (hence the Reason gig), Bagge (who lives in the fuzzy-headed, liberal capital of the Northwest, Seattle) is hardly dogmatic, and many of the pieces undermine traditional party lines in favor of a rather personal, rational and informed take on hot-button issues that will force partisan Democrats and Republicans alike to rethink them. And of course, Bagge’s well-researched comic strip “essays” crackle with the same energy and wit that propelled him into the collective Gen X consciousness with his comic book series Hate.

Favorite topics include the erosion of our civil liberties (whether the post-9/11 Bush administration's gradual erosion of the Bill of Rights, the insanity of the war on drugs, or nanny-state meddling), ongoing boondoggles of the American public (for professional sports stadiums or ineffective public transportation systems), the Iraq war (Bagge is vociferously against it), so-called art and so-called entertainment, the homeless, the mall-ification of America, politicians both in general and in particular (including the 2008 presidential race and a revelatory one-on-one with Republican not-so-hopeful Ron Paul that soured Bagge on the candidate forever), the conservative/religious war on sex and drugs, and whether citizens should be allowed to own bazookas. Each piece features the voluble Bagge himself front and center as the puzzled, indignant, or deeply conflicted everyman-on-the-street trying to make sense of this 21st Century.

And of course, every panel is delineated in Bagge’s glorious, laugh-out-loud stretchy 4-color cartoon style, making even his disquisitions on some very serious topics go down as smoothly as Buddy Bradley’s latest escapade.

120-page full-color 7.75" x 10" softcover • $16.99
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Now in stock: Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938 by Hal Foster
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince Valiantnew releasesHal Foster 26 Jun 2009 2:19 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938
By Hal Foster

HAROLD FOSTER’S LEGENDARY MEDIEVAL EPIC, FINALLY IN ITS DEFINITIVE EDITION

Universally acclaimed as the most stunningly gorgeous adventure comic strip of all time, Prince Valiant ran for 35 years under the virtuoso pen of its creator, Hal Foster. (Such was its popularity that today, decades after Foster’s death, it continues to run under different hands.)

The giant Sunday-funnies pages (Valiant ran only on Sundays) gave Foster a huge canvas upon which he was able to limn epic swordfights, stunning scenes of pomp and pageantry, and some of the most beautiful human beings — male and female — ever to appear in comics. And he matched his nonpareil visual sense with the narrative instincts of a born storyteller, propelling his daring young hero from one crisis to another with barely a panel to catch one’s breath.

Prince Valiant has previously been widely available only in re-colored, somewhat degraded editions (now out of print and fetching collectors’ prices). Thanks to advances in production technology and newly available original proof sheets, this new series from the industry leader in quality strip classics is the first to feature superb restored artwork that captures every delicate line and chromatic nuance of Foster’s original masterpiece. Comic strip aficionados will be ecstatic, and younger readers who enjoy a classic adventure yarn will be bowled over.

Volume One is rounded out with a rare, in-depth classic Foster interview previously available only in a long out-of-print issue of The Comics Journal, as well as an informative Afterword detailing the production and restoration of this edition, which you can read in its entirety right here on our website.

120-page full color 10.5" x 14.25" comic book • $29.99
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