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Bottomless Belly Brussells
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 26 Jan 2009 4:35 PM

Belgians, catch American cartoonists Dash Shaw and Alec Longstreth at Librarie MultiBD in Brussells on February 6 - click here for more information.

A Note From Our President
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gary Groth 26 Jan 2009 9:08 AM

Adam Grano says, "I've been working here for more than six years and this is the first time I've been privileged enough to receive a note on Gary's personal stationery." I've been here 16 years years and I've never been so lucky; I'm enormously jealous. I'd like to believe that Gary designed it himself.

 

 

 

Critics' Picks Sale ends soon!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 25 Jan 2009 7:30 AM
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Jan. 26) is the last day of our 2008 Critics' Picks sale, wherein all of our 2008 titles that have been selected as the best of the year by the pundits and pros are marked down 20%! Click here for the full selection and don't delay in placing your order -- the clock's a-tickin'!
Comics of Note 2008
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffRobert GoodinRenee FrenchLilli CarréLaura ParkKevin Huizenga 23 Jan 2009 11:49 PM

Here are some thoughts on last year's comics that I would like to share with you. I don't dare call this a "Best Of" list -- these are merely some comics that I read and that stand out to me, excluding Fantagraphics releases because it's my job to love them all equally, though you'll find some stuff from Fanta folks in here. Listed more or less alphabetically:

Against Pain by Ron Rege Jr. (D&Q) - A nice hefty slab of Ron's unique vision. I'm always compelled by Ron's stuff and it's great to have this much of it in one place.

Capacity by Theo Ellsworth (Secret Acres) - A warm, cleverly constructed, visually stunning tour through the artist's amazingly fertile creative imagination. Ellsworth synthesizes his mind-bogglingly detailed fantastical world-building with autobiography in a really natural and satisfying way without seeming like a crazy person, which is quite a feat.

Dead Ringer by Jason T. Miles (La Mano) - A big, haunting slab of swampy beauty, mortality, cartoon gore, poetry and lovely chipboard. Morbid, funny, sublime, and lowbrow all at once. I get to sit next to this guy at work.

Fight or Run: Shadow of the Chopper by Kevin Huizenga (Buenaventura) - Huizenga makes an experimental comic and the result is pure, distilled, uncut, unadulterated Comics Fun. Nifty!

The Man Who Loved Breasts by Robert Goodin (Top Shelf) - Like a master class in expressive cartooning. Just look at George Olavatia's face from panel to panel, for Pete's sake.

Trubble Club (online and self-published mini) - Cute, weird, gross, sad, funny jam comics from over a dozen participants (including Laura Park and Lilli Carré). Almost every panel goes in a delightfully unexpected direction.

Welcome to the Dahl House by Ken Dahl (Microcosm) - His story in Papercutter hooked me on his acerbic worldview and crackerjack cartooning. This is mostly earlier stuff and as such a little rougher but it brings you up to where the greatness is.

Renee French's blog - I look forward to Renee's daily drawings more than anything else in my RSS feeds. I especially love her lo-fi cameraphone (?) doodle snapshots and she occasionally flat out blows my mind.

New poll: overdue collections?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaiPeter BaggemetaJim WoodringDaniel Clowes 23 Jan 2009 4:04 PM

We've brought our previous website poll to a close. In answer to the question "Following Palestine and Ghost World, what should get the Special Edition treatment next?" the top response is "The Bradleys / Buddy Bradley saga" after an early lead for "Complete (non-Frank) Jim Woodring" and a long period of domination by "Complete Eightball." See the final results here. (UPDATE: apparently we've been the victims of ballot-stuffing -- see the comments for details.) So does your top choice have a chance of being made? Well, they've all been discussed at one point or another, but so far the only one to make it onto our schedule is Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition, debuting at Comic-Con this summer as a two-volume slipcased hardcover set with loads of extras -- our biggest Special Edition re-issue yet!

Our new poll asks "What never-reprinted Fantagraphics series would you most like to see collected?" Vote in the right-hand column here on Flog or on our home page. As far as I know, none of the choices have actually been discussed as a possibility, but who knows, if we get an overwhelming response...

New Jim Flora print: Kid Ory
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Floraart 23 Jan 2009 2:12 PM

Jim Flora - Kid Ory print

The newest release from Jim Flora Art is this fine art screenprint of Flora's cover for Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band. More details and ordering info here.

Daily links: 1/23/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsOriginal ArtLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezKevin HuizengaHumbugBeasts 23 Jan 2009 1:56 PM

• List: The Comics Reporter posts Rich Tommaso's Best of 2008 list, which includes Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

• Review: Swedish blog Weltklasse Serier says Ganges #1 by Kevin Huizenga is "a blue anemone in the great series of forest," according to the Google translation

• Blurb: Irish illustration blog Scamp takes note of Beasts! Book 2

• Things to see: Getting excited for the imminent release of our Humbug collection? Whet your appetite with some original pages, courtesy of Joey Anuff

Webcomics update for 1/23/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 23 Jan 2009 12:17 PM

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 installment: dang, those parents are heavy sleepers.

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! This week, Rocky has his last hurrah in New York City.

First look: Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesEsther Pearl Watson 23 Jan 2009 11:41 AM

Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson

Sweet baby Jane! We just barely got Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Vol. 1 out the door, and now we've got the cover for Vol. 2 to show you! This one will feature pink glitter and I'm guessing that the orange is going to be day-glo like the hot pink of Vol. 1. I'm betting that Vol. 2 will be out early next year -- Eric can correct me in the comments if I'm wrong.

First look: The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SethpreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 23 Jan 2009 11:28 AM

The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974

Here's the world premiere of Seth's cover design for The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974, this Fall's volume in the series. This is a preliminary version; the final printed version will likely have minor changes. If you'd been wondering (like I had) how Seth was going to handle the scale issue for the Woodstock cover, here's his beautiful solution. And watch out: the 1971-1972 volume (with Sally on the cover) is looking like it will arrive earlier than expected!