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Hey Peggy...
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Popeye 22 Dec 2008 1:24 PM
Janice says if you bring the Olive Oyl dress to Comic-Con she will totally wear it.
Man of Rock meets Mr. Media
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe KubertBill Schellyaudio 22 Dec 2008 11:32 AM

We linked to this a few days ago, and now we'll go one better and let you listen right here via the widget embedded below: Bill Schelly talks about his book Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert with Bob Andelman on the Mr. Media internet radio program (after the brief commercial message).

20/20 Club: The last-minute gift that keeps on giving!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials2020 Club 21 Dec 2008 11:38 PM
So you've missed our holiday shipping deadlines but you still want to give the gift of comics this year... what to do? How about a gift membership to the Fantagraphics 20/20 Club? Your lucky and grateful recipient will get 20% savings on all their Fantagraphics purchases plus free shipping (within the U.S.; half off for international) and other perks! Just give us the recipient's name, address, e-mail address and phone number when you place your order. If you're already a member, you know how great the program is; if you're not, read up on the details -- you'll want to get a membership for yourself, too!
S. Clay Wilson benefit Dec. 28
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mark Bodeevents 21 Dec 2008 4:33 PM

Mark Bode forwarded us this message from a fellow friend of S. Clay Wilson, Dave Hodtwalker:

Hi everyone. This holiday brings a little sad news from an old friend of mine, underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson of ZAP Comix, The Checkered DEMON, Capt. Pissgums and his Perverted Pirates, Star Eyed Stella and all your favorite demented ungerground comix characters. Steve either fell or was attacked about 2 months ago and suffered a very serious brain injury. He's having trouble recovering and the bills are mounting. Fortunately a good samaritan called it in when they found him and after a long stay at S.F. General, he is now in rehab. He will need a lot of therapy and recovery time in the next few months. We will be holding a Benefit for him in conjunction with the Bistro, (Thanks Vic) and Father's Amp Repair. There will be the regular jam featuring Kenny Gross, Andrew G., Vic and Whitt Vicena, Roger Lind, and yours truly. Steve and I go way back to Lincoln Nebraska many years ago and I'd like to help get him back on the drawing board again as I'm sure you all would. I hope you can all come by. There'll be a little food, lots of music, great beers at the B of course (just a couple blocks from BART if you didn't know so you can avoid the local gendarmes), and we'll have representatives from his publishers who have graciously agreed to donate some of Steve's books for sale at a discount. We'll also have a raffle at the end of the evening with signed posters, beverages from the Celebrator donated by Tom Dalldorf and possibly a special guitar created by Andrew G. (S. type.) For you musicians there will be free amplifier service coupons from Father's Amp Repair. Please come down Sunday December 28th for this benefit to help Steve get back on his feet. You won't be dissappointed in the music, the beverages, the comix or the holiday atmosphere at the Bistro. 1001 B. St. Hayward CA.
Thanks
Dave

Preview video/slideshow: Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes by Anders Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesAnders Nilsen 19 Dec 2008 4:36 PM

Slated to be our first release of 2009, Anders Nilsen's Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes is the second Monologues... collection of darkly humorous strips and stories from one of comics' great young experimentalists. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

Webcomics update for 12/19/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 19 Dec 2008 4:18 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 episode: kisses 'n' hugs, but is there trouble brewing?

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!

Daily links: 12/19/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeTom KaczynskireviewsPeanutsMomeMichael KuppermanLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJohn PhamJoe KubertEllen ForneyDaniel ClowesChris WareCharles M SchulzCharles BurnsBill SchellyBill Mauldin 19 Dec 2008 4:06 PM

I Love Rob Liefeld reviews The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

Comic Book Resources' "Comics Should Be Good" places Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga at the #5 and #4 positions, respectively, on their "Top Ten Comics of 2008"

• They also mention Ellen Forney and Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly on a list of "Top Ten Moments of Comic-Related Happiness in 2008"

Steven Stwalley features Tom Kaczynski and praises Mome

Bram Meehan puts this year's two major Bill Mauldin releases, our collection Willie & Joe: The WWII Years and Todd DePastino's biography A Life Up Front, in a shared #10 position on his "Top Ten Comics of 2008" (via TCR)

The Oklahoman, which published Mauldin's early cartoons, looks at Willie & Joe: The WWII Years

The A.V. Club gives straight As (two As and an A-) to The Compete Peanuts 1969-1970 by Charles M. Schulz, Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes, and Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

This 2005 interview with Charles Burns and Chris Ware was found and blogged by Paul Hornschemeier

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery holiday hours
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstore 19 Dec 2008 12:59 PM

In any weather conditions, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be open every day until Christmas to fill your frantic gift list. We close at 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas day. The store will also be open between Christmas and New Year's, closing at 5:00 PM on New Year's Eve and the following New Year's Day.

Drop by and see our stunning BEASTS exhibition and the equally exquisite BEASTS BOOK 2, as well dozens of delightful new titles from the publisher of the world's greatest cartoonists. 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle. (206) 658-0110.

S.britt Troll Print
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Beasts 19 Dec 2008 11:04 AM

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There are a lot of great prints in the current Fantagraphics BEASTS! print show but I have to give a special nod to the craftsmanship of S.britt's Gocco print of the troll. I haven't used Gocco but I know that this kind of registration is hell to achieve. ...And, of course, it's just charming as all get out.

Meanwhile Aya Kakeda created a nice effect by using charcoal over the top of her screenprint. Tom Neely watercolored his letterpress print. Keith Warren Greiman was awesome to do a small 2-color screenprint that sells for 5 bucks, making it affordable for most anyone. Just a lot of cool work going on. More on the Beasts blog.

New Dame Darcy merch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dame Darcy 19 Dec 2008 11:02 AM

Dame Darcy fairy stationery

Dame Darcy has some nice-looking brand-new letterpress prints and stationery (and a haunted antique velvet dress) for sale -- see her blog for all the details.