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Tardi Part I: I Love Tardi!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Jacques Tardi 9 Mar 2009 6:53 PM

One of my all-time favorite cartoonists, and certainly one my favorite European cartoonist of the last 30 years or so, is Jacques Tardi.

It's been a source of constant annoyance and sadness to me that so far, every attempt to bring Tardi's work to an English speaking audience has been, at best, a mitigated success, and certainly never a big enough of one to warrant continuation. And it's been years since anyone even tried.

So we've seen Dark Horse (in Cheval Noir) and NBM try to launch the Adele Blanc-Sec series, both Fantagraphics (in Graphic Story Monthly back in the 1990s) and iBooks (in the Bloody Streets of Paris album) take a stab of Tardi's "Nestor Burma" adaptations, while one of his masterpieces, "It Was the War of the Trenches," was attempted in bits and pieces by both Drawn and Quarterly and RAW. But so far nothing has stuck.

I don't know why that is. Tardi represents to me one of the peaks of modern cartooning. He's managed to somehow alchemically infuse the vigor and sheer comic-page readability of the best humor cartooning with the gravitas and conviction of the best "realistic" illustration, to create an uninterrupted series of witty, wry, and sublimely beautiful graphic novels. I've got Art Spiegelman on my side on this one, too: He put Tardi in at least three issues of RAW Magazine, and it was a perfect fit.

So the fact that at this point NONE of Tardi's work is in print in an English language edition is cause for shame and embarrassment in our soi-disant enlightened graphic novel industry.

Which leads me to...

Watch this space tomorrow.

The Truth Bear
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ray FenwickMome 9 Mar 2009 6:51 PM
TruthBear.pngLadies and gentlemen, torn from the pages of MOMEThe Truth Bear, by Ray Fenwick. Read it.
Live Wolverton Podcast This Fri.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Basil Wolverton 9 Mar 2009 6:49 PM

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Basil Wolverton's son, Monte, will share stories of his father's art and religious beliefs with Mr. Media live this Friday, and Monte will talk calls from listeners, so this is your chance, Wolvertooners. Go here for details.

Tom K's MOME exhibit pics
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tom KaczynskiMome 9 Mar 2009 6:47 PM

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 I'll have a post later this week about this weekend's fantastic MOME show at MCAD in Minneapolis, but in the meantime, here's Tom K's pics from the totally awesome opening.

Citta of Glass
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul Karasik 9 Mar 2009 6:46 PM

  

Each year the Dedica Festival in northern Italy celebrates a single writer. Last year they invited Nadine Gordimer and this year they will raise a glass or two of Chianti to Paul Auster. The graphic novel version of Auster's "City of Glass" has sold out of three separate editions in Italy so the organizers of the event have also invited Paul Karasik to Dedica at the end of March. For the first time Karasik's original panel-by-panel breakdowns of City of Glass will be exhibited and a limited edition of facsimile copies will be sold. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Auster and Karasik discuss the process of the creation of the graphic novel. 

Kerschbaum interviewed
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under john kerschbaum 9 Mar 2009 6:45 PM
John Kerschbaum is the latest to appear on our favorite comics radio show/podcast, Inkstuds
Run D(ash)M(iles)C(ho)
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 9 Mar 2009 6:02 PM

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An unlikely Dash Shaw-Jason Miles-Frank Cho mash-up. And even more weirdly, an effective one. See more at Miles Manor online.

Ooh La La
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under office fun 9 Mar 2009 5:50 PM

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Best Pisses
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under office fun 9 Mar 2009 5:49 PM

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Daily links: 3/9/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanereviewsJohnny RyanHumbugDash ShawBoody RogersBob FingermanBasil WolvertonAl Jaffee 9 Mar 2009 2:13 PM

• Review: Comic Book Resources gives 4 stars to Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers, saying it "features some of the nuttiest comics you'll ever read... Boody Rogers presents an off-kilter world of hilarity that seems like an oft-unheralded link between the Golden Age of the newspaper strips and the underground cartoonists of the 1960s."

• Review: In the weekly Robot 6 "What Are You Reading?" roundup, Chris Mautner says of Humbug, "It’s a really impressive collection of work... and the production design here is nothing short of stunning. Fantagraphics really knocked this one out of the park in restoration."

• List: At New York Magazine, Bob Fingerman, Dash Shaw and a host of other creators pick their favorite New York City-set comics

• Blurb: Trendspotting blogger RobOrange spots The Wolverton Bible

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch continues their conversation with Al Jaffee, focusing on his early career

• Things to see/read: Illustration and story by Tim Lane

• Things to see: "I did a whole bunch of illustrations for this Japanese business magazine ASAHI," says Johnny Ryan

• Oddity: Kitchen Synch stumbles across some Duplex Planet Illustrated synchronicity