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BETTER LATE: San Diego 2008! part four
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Zak SallySome DouchebagNeil GaimanJordan CraneJim WoodringBlake Bell 18 Mar 2009 3:58 PM

Isn't this nice? I think it's foolproof.

Hobo Crane! "Jes' gettin' some joe 'fore hoppin' th' freight." 

Heartthrob's Neil Gaiman (televised) and "Ditko Doyen" Blake Bell.

Action shot of zak Sally as he snears (jealously) at my latest find.

NO!

Daily links: 3/18/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaireviewsPeanutsPaul HornschemeierLilli CarréJosh SimmonsJim BlanchardHumbugBasil Wolverton 18 Mar 2009 2:01 PM

• Review of the Year: Brick Weekly holds forth on The Wolverton Bible: "If you think that God was the greatest contributor to the Bible then you are wrong. In fact, when compared to the creative feats of legendary cartoonist Basil Wolverton, God’s work seems trite and superficial at best. So, throw out all of your old Bibles because you don’t need them any more..." And it goes on from there...

• Reviews: The San Antonio Current says "The Wolverton Bible collects everything [Basil Wolverton] did for the [Worldwide Church of God], presenting illustrations in chronological Biblical order — from Adam springing up from earth á la Spider-Man’s nemesis the Sandman all the way through the Old Testament and then hopping to the fantasy-friendly Book of Revelation, where eyeless corpses run rampant and jet planes tumble helplessly from the sky"; furthermore, "Humbug could be a comics blockbuster... it fills gaps in some cartoonists’ CVs and entertains like hell while doing it."

• Reviews: Andrew Wheeler rounds up some recent books: of The Lagoon by Lilli Carré he says "Carré has an expressive style reminiscent of Richard Sala -- and her stories are in the same literary territory as Sala's as well, so the gloomy blacks and busy cross-hatching add to the ominous, overwhelming feeling... there's real spookiness in these pages -- and she's telling a story in ways (particularly trying to evoke sounds and scents through a comics page) that I've rarely seen"; and of Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons, Wheeler says "Josh Simmons might just be the Gutzon Borglum of comics. Simmons's... plan... is crazy, and I admire it for that."

• Reviews: Read About Comics reads The Complete Peanuts 1961-1962 and states "Now that I've finally hit the 1960s strips... I can't help but feel that I've entered the real Golden Age of Peanuts... I can’t wait to dive into the next volume."

• Interview: ComicBookMovie.com chats with Stan Sakai about the success of Usagi Yojimbo

• Things to see: Jim Blanchard's awesome portrait of Marty Feldman

• Things to see (and buy): The Paul Hornschemeier show print previously Flogged here is now up for pre-order

Hornschemeier Tours Northwest
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 18 Mar 2009 10:18 AM

THE 2009 PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR

April 2, 5:30-8:30PM: CHARLES A. HARTMAN FINE ART, Portland
"Paul Hornschemeier: Cloistered in Crowds" First Thursday reception and book signing
134 NW 8th Ave. • hartmanfineart.net

April 3, 6PM: LUCKY'S COMICS, Vancouver
Book signing and author talk
3972 Main St. • luckys.ca

April 4, All Day: EMERALD CITY CON, Seattle
Appearing at the Fantagraphics Books tables
Seattle Convention Center • emeraldcitycomicon.com

April 4, 7PM: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY, Seattle
A book signing and Emerald City Con after-party with Stan Sakai & Jaime Hernandez
1201 S. Vale St. • fantagraphics.com/bookstore
 
Read the new book MOTHER, COME HOME from Fantagraphics 






Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5: Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMichael Kupperman 17 Mar 2009 3:31 PM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 by Michael Kupperman

Now available for preview and pre-order: Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5, the latest 32-page slice of insane comedy genius (or is it genius comedic insanity?) from Michael Kupperman. This comic is scheduled to be in stock in late March/early April and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo & video slideshow preview embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended). And visit the product details page for a downloadable, 4-page PDF excerpt starring Twain & Einstein!

BETTER LATE: San Die Go 2008! part three
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Zak SallyJordan CraneJean SchulzJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 17 Mar 2009 3:14 PM

L to R: Gilbert Hernandez, Natalia Hernandez & Jaime Hernandez.

Fuck hyperbole. Just fuck it. It doesn't exist when it comes to Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez. Is there any doubt, ANY DOUBT WHATSOEVER, that they are two of the greatest cartoonists? I dare you.

The exquisite and lovely Jean Schulz signs copies of The Complete Peanuts. I've been left astounded, the handful of times I've had the good fortune to chat with Jean Schulz at Comic-Con. She radiates calm just by saying "Hello," and that's saying something considering the din and cacophony of Comic-Con.

 

At his booth, Jordan Crane "takes a call." Look at all that beauitful stuff!

Sammy The Mouse author zak Sally studies his phone. I'm not sure which day it was, but after the show we went to this burrito place for eats. I was in line to order and about every 30 seconds or so I'd hear some form of befuddlement or rage coming from our table and I'd look over to see zak laughing and cursing at his phone like a crazy person. So I took a picture.

There is no reason for a cup to be this large... I have certain dietary restrictions when I'm at Comic-Con... I must eat burritos every night and I insist on drinking pop from a bucket! Free refills!

New Comics Day 3/18/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayEros Comix 17 Mar 2009 2:40 PM
Scheduled to arrive in comics shops this week from our Eros Comix imprint: The Tijuana Bibles Hardcover Vol. 1, containing 500+ pages of explicitly smutty vintage tomfoolery. Hit that link for more info and previews and then hit your local shop tomorrow (as always, call ahead to confirm availability).
Daily links: 3/17/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyreviewsPaul HornschemeierJoe SaccoJaime HernandezHumbugDash Shaw 17 Mar 2009 2:11 PM

• Review: For Robot 6, Chris Mautner waxes rhapsodic about Humbug: "It's very easy with a book of this nature to engage in wild hyperbole... And yet, how else to talk about a project of this nature, a large collection of work featuring some of the most stellar cartoonists of their day, originally edited by one of the most important and influential humorists (and I really don't think this is hyperbole here - I'd put him up there with Richard Pryor in terms of significance) of the 20th century?... Something should be said about the packaging and restoration work, which is nothing short of astounding... I think it’s pretty safe to say that this collection will be on my top ten/best books of 2009 list at the end of the year. Really, how could it not? Apparently I like it more than breathing."

• List: From GQ, another one of those ubiquitous "what to read after Watchmen" lists, this one with The Girl from HOPPERS by Jaime Hernandez ("Hoppers... makes Gotham and Metropolis seem as bland as Scranton"), Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco ("Graphic in every sense of the term... it’s the best argument around for comics as a journalistic medium"), and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw ("honest, meditative"), as well as work by Jessica Abel and Charles Burns

• Opinion: Zak Sally posts his take on the Watchmen movie

• Things to see: Stills from a short film adaptation of a Paul Hornschemeier story

Fenwick Finalist for Pigskin Peters
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray Fenwickawards 17 Mar 2009 1:08 PM

Hall of Best Knowledge by Ray Fenwick

Congrats to Ray Fenwick, whose Hall of Best Knowledge is a finalist for the 2009 Pigskin Peters Award for "avant-garde comics and other non-traditional works," part of the Doug Wright Awards, Canada's top comics honors. Winners will be announced at TCAF on May 9.

Blazing Combat: Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBlazing Combat 17 Mar 2009 12:20 PM

Blazing Combat by Archie Goodwin & Various Artists

Now available for preview and pre-order: Blazing Combat, the first-ever complete collection of the legendary 1965-1966 war comic written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by such luminaries as Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene Colan. This book is scheduled to be in stock in late March/early April and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo & video slideshow preview embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended). And visit the product details page for a downloadable, 19-page PDF excerpt containing the first three stories!

BETTER LATE: San Diego 2008! part two
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under staffMark ToddKim DeitchJohnny RyanEsther Pearl WatsonBlake Bell 16 Mar 2009 4:56 PM

Fantagraphics Warehouse strongman, Ajax salutes the Comic-Con and my camera. This was the second year Ajax worked Comic-Con and our second year without the riffraff crowd lingering around our booth and shoplifting our shit. Coincidence?

 

The Sultan of Shit, Johnny Ryan at the Buenaventura booth. I just read New Character Parade #2 and laffed alot. You should buy it so you can laff alot too.

Strange & Stranger scribe, Blake Bell mugs for the camera.

The AMAZING Kim Deitch personalizes a copy of Shadowland for a fan. There's not much more I can write about Deitch. He's the greatest! I really enjoyed and strongly recommend the simultaneous reading of Deitch's Pictorama and The Comics Journal #296. Very rewarding.  

Unlovable author-extraordinaire, Esther Pearl Watson and Bad Ass Mark Todd at their booth with a Popple !?