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HUMBUGGERY
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under HumbugArnold RothAl Jaffee 15 Apr 2009 10:31 AM

Thanks to everyone who came out for our HUMBUG event at the Strand last night (including a certain fanboy pictured below). Hopefully we'll get some video from it up soon, but in the meantime, here's a couple of pics of the men of the hour, Messers Roth and Jaffee.

  

By the way, if you missed the event, The Strand still has a few copies signed by these two gentlemen in stock at the regular $60 cover price only $47.95

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert WilliamspreviewsJohnny RyanGahan Wilson 15 Apr 2009 7:48 AM

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All this week and next week we're bringing you a sneak peek at our Fall 2009 - Winter 2010 schedule of releases! Today's excerpt from our latest book distributor's catalog includes a couple of books that we just teased you on yesterday — now you can get the full scoop on those plus one more: Johnny Ryan's original graphic novel Prison Pit; Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons; and Conceptual Realism: In the Service of the Hypothetical, the new art book from Robert Williams. (Note that all the info in this catalog is subject to change along the way to the books' release, including release dates, prices, cover art, book specs, etc.) Click here to download the PDF!

The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940 - Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesNell Brinkley 14 Apr 2009 5:06 PM

The Brinkley Girls

Now available for preview and pre-order: The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940 , edited by Trina Robbins. This sumptuously designed, oversized hardcover collection of Brinkley's breathtaking, spectacular full-page strips starring silent-era ingenues, spunky flappers, and real-life heroines is literally stunning: verbatim office reaction to seeing the book for the first time was "Holy motherfucker!" This book is scheduled to be in stock this month 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 (HIGHLY recommended). And at our product info page, download a 12-page PDF excerpt!

Daily links: 4/14/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeTony MillionaireTim HensleyThe Comics JournalTed StearnreviewsMort Walkerjohn kerschbaumJerry DumasJasonBob LevinBill Mauldin 14 Apr 2009 3:08 PM

• Review: Poopsheet praises Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum, noting the "deeply weird cast" of characters, the "unpredictable plots in which everybody winds up humiliated and covered in one horrible substance or other, which is just what they all deserve. All this is, of course, very, very funny. John is a ninja of comedy timing," and a story moment that "makes you happy to read comics."

• Reviews: Andrew Wheeler rounds up a lot of books, including Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin ("Not just one of the best books of comics to come out last year, not even one of the best books to come out in 2008, but an excellent, essential, carefully-designed work of real historical importance and vital art... a great monument to one of the best cartoonists of the 20th century"; Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum ("Another one of those books that makes me laugh out loud and then feel guilty about it; this is probably offensive to many people, disgusting to more, but uncomfortably funny for nearly all of us... The stories are drawn in a tight, clean style, and are full of things I don't want to describe on the open Internet. I laughed a lot; I'll admit that"); Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn ("...like Mark Beyer's Amy + Jordan, only much better drawn and with a coherent story"); The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees by Tony Millionaire ("grotesquely gorgeous art"); and The Last Musketeer by Jason ("a wry and very entertaining story")

• Review: Stripper's Guide on Jerry Dumas & Mort Walker's Sam's Strip: "...one of the most delightful and intellectually daring strips that ever appeared in newspapers... And Fantagraphics has done it up in a perfect package. The reproduction quality is top-notch, and they've given us a superb bonus -- a section of annotations by Jerry Dumas and Brian Walker... if you are a comic strip fan and you don't have this book on your shelf then there is something really wrong with you. Seriously. Go buy the book."

• List: Ben Towle names some favorites from 2008 including Most Outrageous by Bob Levin ("...fascinating... a fantastic book..."); Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum ("What more can I say? This book’s #%&*in’ hilarious. Oh, I guess this: it’s also beautifully drawn."); and Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn ("beautiful")

• Preview: Matthias Wivel plugs The Comics Journal #297, and not just because his own interview with Emmanuel Guibert is in it

• Commentary: Patrick Keck discovers that John Kerschbaum is a swell guy, "heartily recommend[s]" Petey & Pussy

• Things to see: Amen, Tim Hensley

C. Tyler shows at SPACE this Sat.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under John HankiewiczeventsCarol Tylerart shows 14 Apr 2009 2:52 PM

You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler

Original artwork from C. Tyler's imminent new book You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man will be on display at SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus OH this Saturday, April 18. More info here.

(Also exhibiting at SPACE: John Hankiewicz. Looks like a good little show!)

Gahan Wilson news: Neil Gaiman team-up; docu & talk
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoNeil GaimanGahan Wilsonevents 14 Apr 2009 11:48 AM

Before we get to the announcement below (which explains the video above), we have some related information of our own to tout: Neil Gaiman will be providing one of two introductions to Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons, our mammoth three-volume slipcased set coming this fall. (The other introduction: Hugh Hefner. Stay tuned for more info about this release in tomorrow's "Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview" post!)

And now, from The New Yorker, a must-attend event:

This Friday night at 7, the Morgan Library & Museum will hold a special screening of “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird,” a documentary, directed by Steven-Charles Jaffe, about the life and work of the New Yorker cartoonist of the gleefully macabre bent. Wilson and the director will be on hand for a Q. & A. after the screening (which is being presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “On The Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker”). Meanwhile, we have some new work by Wilson: he illustrated this short animated adaptation (also directed by Jaffe) of “It Was a Dark and Silly Night,” a story by Neil Gaiman... [embedded above; view it on the New Yorker site if it's not visible here.]

Prison Pit Is Going to Rock Your World
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryan 14 Apr 2009 11:29 AM

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMonte SchulzJacques TardiJack ColeFrom Wonderland with Love 14 Apr 2009 7:48 AM

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All this week and next week we're bringing you a sneak peek at our Fall 2009 - Winter 2010 schedule of releases! Today's excerpt from our latest book distributor's catalog includes a new softcover edition of The Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole; the anthology From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the Third Millennium; our first two Jacques Tardi reprints, You Are There and West Coast Blues; and This Side of Jordan, a new prose novel by Monte Schulz. (Note that all the info in this catalog is subject to change along the way to the books' release, including release dates, prices, cover art, book specs, etc.) Click here to download the PDF!

Opening Friday: Anders Nilsen in Chicago
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsAnders Nilsen 14 Apr 2009 6:55 AM

  

Upcoming
Anders Nilsen
Pictures of Dirt and Grass
Opening Saturday, April 18, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Closing brunch Sunday, May 3, 2009
12:00 - 3:00 pm

RAFT
Curated Installation by Laura Shaeffer + Rachel Tredon

Finestra Art Space
Friday, February 13, 2009
5:00pm - 9:00pm
410 S. Michigan Avenue
Suite 516
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1456

The Home Gallery in Hyde Park has been invited to do a show at Finestra Gallery in downtown Chicago. Artists include: Conrad Freiburg, Katrin Asbury and Shawn Greene, Casey Roberts and DeeDee Davis, Rose DiSalvo, Doug Shaeffer, Anders Nilsen, Nora Mapp, Jesus Mejia, Dax Tran-Caffee, and Andrew Nord.










Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman - Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBob Fingerman 13 Apr 2009 3:53 PM

Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman

Now available for preview and pre-order: Connective Tissue, the new boldly bizarre illustrated prose novel from Bob Fingerman. Some meat-flavored candy takes video store clerk Darla Vogel on a trip to a weird, throbbing, monstrous other world! This book is scheduled to be in stock this month 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 at our product info page, read the entire first chapter as a 15-page downloadable PDF!