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First look: From Wonderland with Love
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsFrom Wonderland with Love 20 Mar 2009 12:46 PM

From Wonderland with Love

The Metabunker scoops us with the details on From Wonderland with Love, an anthology of new Danish comics we're co-publishing with Aben Maler this summer.

Humbug & Dame Darcy pics & vids
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoHumbugFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcyart shows 20 Mar 2009 12:04 PM

Take a virtual tour through our phenomenal Humbug exhibit currently on view (through April 1) at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view greater detail in a new window.

Check out some scenes from last Saturday's lively signing and performance by Dame Darcy at the aforementioned Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Again, click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view it in a new window.

And below, catch a few of the bewitching musical numbers performed by Dame Darcy and her brother Matt at the evening's event. If the embedded player isn't visible, click here for the YouTube playlist.

A Mess of Everything: Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMiss Lasko-Gross 20 Mar 2009 11:32 AM

A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross

Now available for preview and pre-order: A Mess of Everything, the new sequel to Escape from "Special" by Miss Lasko-Gross. Follow Melissa through high school in this collection of intense, honest, funny semiautobiographical tales. This book is scheduled to be in stock in 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 PDF excerpt of the first 21 pages!

ICv2 Preview-rama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul Hornschemeiernew releasesMiss Lasko-GrossHumbugEsther Pearl WatsonBasil Wolverton 20 Mar 2009 11:28 AM

We have a whole mess of exclusive short excerpts of new and upcoming books that have gone up on the ICv2.com site recently. They're intended for "industry pros" but there's no reason everyone can't check 'em out:

Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier (our product page)
Humbug by Harvey Kurtzman et al. (our product page)
Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson (our product page)
The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton (our product page)
A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross (our product page)



Social networking notes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted Stearnmeta 19 Mar 2009 3:51 PM

Hey, we just re-kajiggered our MySpace profile to upgrade to their "Profile 2.0" format -- we might continue tweaking it a bit, but go ahead and check it on out if you're so inclined.

Also: we helped Ted Stearn set up an official page for Fuzz & Pluck on Facebook -- become a fan!

Better Late: Unlovable party
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watson 19 Mar 2009 3:00 PM

In the spirit of Jason's recent SDCC 2008 reports (but not quite that tardy), here are the photos and video of the gallery opening and book launch party for Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle back on February 7, 2009. If you or your reader don't like embedded slideshows, click here to browse the photos.

Below, Rusty Willoughby (Llama, ex-Pure Joy, ex-Flop) serenades the crowd. I recorded every song but the first one; click here for the YouTube playlist if the embedded player isn't visible. And stay tuned for photos and video from the Humbug exhibit and Dame Darcy's performance last weekend.

Daily links: 3/19/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGary Panter 19 Mar 2009 1:58 PM

• Review: 50 Words or Less on Love and Rockets: New Stories #1

• Review: Newsarama on Jimbo's Inferno by Gary Panter: "Great designs and scratchy, kinetic action fill every single panel... Jimbo's Inferno is a truly beautiful comic book."

• Preview: OK Erok posts a few panels from our preview of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 by Michael Kupperman (not out yet, despite what they say)

• Bookmark: Shelf Life: 25 Years of Love & Rockets, Marc Sobel's column closely examining every issue of Love and Rockets Vol. 1, has moved from the currently-defunct Sequart site to its own blog; the most recent entry focuses on Love and Rockets X

Bagge News
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peter Baggefashion 19 Mar 2009 8:34 AM

  

Stussy just released a series of T shirts that Peter Bagge designed for them, which can be seen here along with a video interview with a very bearded Bagge man. 

Bagge has also been doing a monthly comic strip for DISCOVER Magazine. Each strip features a famous (or not so famous) scientist of yore behaving in the quirky, asperger-y ways that scientists are renowned for (Bagge has uploaded a sample strip in the "pics" section of his MySpace page for you to marvel at here.)

Meanwhile, a book collection of Bagge's REASON Magazine work (accurately titled Everyone is Stupid Except for Me) will be coming soon from Fantagraphics, and he's more than halfway done with a GN for DC/Vertigo. Could be a banner 2009 for Mr. Bagge!

 

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