|Daily links: 1/8/09|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews, Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez, Dash Shaw||8 Jan 2009 1:25 PM|
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Good grief, I forgot to post this yesterday! I'll have today's batch later today.
• Paul Gravett names Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell and Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes two of the Best Books About Comics of 2008
Check out Joseph Remnant's cartoon appreciation of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz, as published in the July 2008 issue of Arthur magazine, now available to read online.
Bagge's "History of Science" comic will present the characters and events of science history in a fresh and irreverent light, sure to capture the eyes of DISCOVER's readers and blind them with science.
DISCOVER's February issue hits newsstands January 13, 2009.
Over the holidays John Kerschbaum sent me an amazing poster that he recently completed for NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's a Family Guide/Map of the entire museum with seemingly every artifact in the museum drawn into it, a maze of detail that would make Will Elder proud and that will spellbind kids in ways that I bet the Met has trouble doing sometimes, unfortunately. Cartoons to the rescue! The poster is available for free at the museum. Just ask for a "Family Map" at the main info desk in the Great Hall. The Museum is currently working on a swanky version available for sale in the gift shop and an interactive online version as well.
John also did some spot illustrations for a museum brochure, and that is online. Click here for a PDF. But don't forget to look for the poster.
As John put it, "Now I get to tell everybody that I have some drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art without being completely full of sh*t!" Well put!
UPDATE: John was kind enough to send me a jpg of the poster, which will barely be visible on the screen here given its size and detail, but should give you an indication of what I'm talkin' about:
And here's a detail from it:
billy shire fine arts
5790 washington blvd.
Culver City, CA
"Visions of the Future" opens January 10, 2009 with a performance by the "Party People; " space-themed music will play through a Commodore computer-the perfect complement to Watson's father's futuristic visions using outdated engines and computers.
Of particular interest to comics fans: the opening reception will include the world premiere of Esther's new book, UNLOVABLE, in limited quantities! I love this book so much and hope you will, too.
"GOOD!!!" - Lynda Barry
"Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain." - Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder
"I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone's diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn't love everyone in it so much.... So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh." - Jordan Crane
"This book reminds me of my life. It's like looking in a mirror and the mirror has stickers and tooth brush splashes on it." - Leslie Hall
I recently purchased this original art by Jefferson Machamer, whom I first disliked, then loved. And here I talk about my impressions of his approach in general and this piece in particular in both analytical and personal terms, should the Flog reader be interested.
[PS: Are there any great comics writers out there who want to do a book on Machamer?]