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Struggling Comics Creators Take Note.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 16 Dec 2008 11:14 PM

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But isn't that what the internet and Photoshop were made for?

* Thank you Eric Buckler for always sharing the mail.

Scum-filled Snowglobe (Half Empty)
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Untagged  16 Dec 2008 7:28 PM

...is the superb Day Four entry of Thomas Allen's "12 Days of Tasteless Christmas Ornaments," which I believe you can follow on his Facebook page. (I don't know Facebook so if you're interested in the rest of the days, go search for him there.)

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David Levine on C-SPAN2 - preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videotelevisionDavid Levine 16 Dec 2008 1:58 PM

An addendum to our post yesterday about C-SPAN2's BookTV program presenting a 45-minute profile of American political cartooning great David Levine: the network has posted this 7-minute preview on YouTube. As a reminder, here are the airtimes:

Saturday, December 20, 8 am EST

Sunday, December 21, 8 pm EST

Sunday, December 28, 11 am EST

Daily links: 12/16/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleySteven WeissmanPopeyeKevin HuizengaJordan CraneJohnny RyanDash Shawart shows 16 Dec 2008 1:44 PM

• USA TODAY Pop Candy interviews Dash Shaw, who's named #81 of the "Top 100 People of 2008"

The Daily Cross Hatch talks Glenn Ganges with Kevin Huizenga

Quick Stop Entertainment leads off their last Weekend Shopping Guide with Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"

• We weren't the only ones who had a jam-packed art opening last Saturday: spot Johnny Ryan, Tim Hensley, Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman in this video from the opening of the Post-It show at Giant Robot LA

Now available: Explainers by Jules Feiffer (discounted, imperfect 1st Edition copies)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJules Feiffer 16 Dec 2008 11:37 AM

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips (1956-66) [First Edition - Imperfect Copies]
By Jules Feiffer

Our final few copies of the First Edition all bear minor damage incurred in shipping and handling. We are offering them at a discounted price. (The Second Edition is due in January 2009.) Other sellers are currently offering this book at inflated collector prices -- get yours right now for a steal!

In 1956, a relatively unknown cartoonist by the name of Jules Feiffer started contributing a strip to the only alternative weekly published in the US, a small radical newspaper called The Village Voice. His strip tackled just about every issue, private and public, that affected the sentient American: relationships, sexuality, love, family, parents, children, psychoanalysis, neuroses, presidents, politicians, media, race, class, labor, religiion, foreign policy, war, and one or two other existential questions. It was the first time that the American public had been subjected to a weekly dose of comics that so uncompromisingly and wittily confronted individuals' private fears and society's public transgressions. Explainers is the first of four volumes collecting Feiffer's entire run of weekly strips from The Village Voice. This edition contains approximately 500 strips originally published between 1956 and 1966 in a brick-like landscape hardcover format.

568-page black & white 9.25" x 5.25" hardcover • regularly $28.99, sale price $19.95
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Dig the party scene
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPeter BaggeFantagraphics BookstoreeventsBeasts 15 Dec 2008 5:33 PM

Yes you can! Yours truly recorded videos of every song played by Peter Bagge's new band Can You Imagine? at our gala Beasts! print show opening and 2nd Anniversary party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last Saturday and plunked 'em on our YouTube page, where you can enjoy the strains of their original (correction) the Herman's Hermits hit "A Must to Avoid," embedded above, and a dozen more swingin' numbers!

Of course we have photos of the exhibit and the party crowd, too, including our special guests (not to mention Peter Bagge & Steve Fisk's erotic birthday cake). Check them out in this slideshow; to see all the annotations and credits, browse through manually. (By the way, if you missed the opening, don't despair, good prints are still available — hustle on down to Georgetown on your little Bobby Orr legs.)

Signed bookplate update: Burns, Malkasian, Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairesigned bookplatesCharles BurnsCathy Malkasian 15 Dec 2008 4:45 PM

Big Baby signed bookplate by Charles Burns

Back in stock: signed bookplates for Big Baby, El Borbah and Skin Deep by Charles Burns; Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian; and Billy Hazelnuts by Tony Millionaire. How do you acquire these delightful hand-signed-by-the-artist little extras, you might ask? We give 'em away for FREE when you buy their respective books from us (while supplies last)!

Some conditions apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!

Percy Gloom signed bookplate by Cathy Malkasian

Billy Hazelnuts signed bookplate by Tony Millionaire

Why indeed?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under miscellany 15 Dec 2008 3:35 PM

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(Received via our Flickr page.)

David Levine on C-SPAN2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under televisionDavid Levine 15 Dec 2008 3:09 PM

American Presidents by David Levine

C-SPAN2's BookTV program presents a 45-minute profile of American political cartooning great David Levine, premiering this weekend. Here are the airtimes:

Saturday, December 20, 8 am EST

Sunday, December 21, 8 pm EST

Sunday, December 28, 11 am EST

First look: The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesHans Rickheit 15 Dec 2008 2:52 PM

The Squirrel Machine outtake by Hans Rickheit

On the interview blog Top Drawer, artist Hans Rickheit breaks some publishing news: our forthcoming publication of his graphic novel The Squirrel Machine, currently projected for a 2010 release. The interview includes some samples of Rickheit's pages, including some "deleted scenes" from The Squirrel Machine, such as above. (Link via Sean T. Collins.)