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Sweetheart Savings for Valentines Day
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 15 Jan 2009 10:25 AM

Save 15 percent on Valentines Day gift selections through Feb. 14 - click here

What says romance more than comics? If there is anything, we don't want to know about it. Once again we're offering a special selection of romantic and/or erotic gift books with which to woo your sweetie this Valentine's Day. From classic romance comics to cutting-edge erotica, from sweet to twisted, from timeless to unexpected (zombies?), these comics are fluent in the many dialects of love.

From now through the day in question (February 14, 2009), SAVE 15% on all of our Valentines Day gift selections!

Esther Pearl Watson's Flying Saucer
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Esther Pearl Watson 15 Jan 2009 7:48 AM

From start to finish. Currently on display for UNLOVABLE author Esther Pearl Watson's exhibition at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, CA. Bonus Matt Groening cameo at end.

  

  

  

  

Paul Hornschemeier, book designer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul Hornschemeier 14 Jan 2009 2:49 PM
Paul Hornschemeier announcement: Paul will be designing and illustrating every release from Paper Egg Books, a new subscription-only book series from featherproof Books. No images yet, but the books are sure to be as "hotly handsome" as the Paper Egg site says Paul is. More info in the official announcement.
Schroeder & Beethoven: scoring Peanuts
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsCharles M Schulz 14 Jan 2009 1:35 PM

Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

Must Read: The New York Times looks at the "Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse" exhibit currently on view (and listen) at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. (Grateful thanks to tipster Paul Hornschemeier.)

Daily links: 1/14/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewspreviewsMichael KuppermanIn-joke Central 14 Jan 2009 1:27 PM

• Review/profile: Rick Klaw looks back at Frederick & Eloise and other early work by Brian Biggs

• List: Bully, continuing with the "Fun Fifty of 2008" list, plunks Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman in at #11

• List: Alan David Doane and numerous other comics pros list the 2009 titles they're most looking forward to, and there's a bunch of our stuff in there

• In-joke: Here's one for Jacob

Daily links: 1/13/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoereviewsLaura ParkKevin HuizengaEsther Pearl WatsonDash ShawBlabBill Mauldin 13 Jan 2009 1:57 PM

• Things to see: Check out the illustrations by Esther Pearl Watson and some other folks we like in this New York Times article from a couple of weeks ago about the economic meltdown

• Review: Le Visage Vert looks at the Monte Beauchamp-edited Devilish Greetings: original en Français; Google translation

• List: Our pal Bully puts Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #25 on his annual "Fun Fifty" list

• Things to see: Kevin Huizenga draws in Douglas Wolk's sketchbook

• List: On the Forbidden Planet International blog, Chris Marshall puts Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin at #2 on his Best of the Year list

• Things to see: Laura Park reveals her cover for the new Vice

Covered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Goodinjeffrey brown 13 Jan 2009 12:17 PM

Secret Wars 10 by Jeffrey Brown

From Robert Goodin: "I've just launched a blog called Covered that has an artist redrawing a comic cover in their own style.  Participating artists will come from the fields of comics, animation, graphic design, and galleries from all over the world and some will be well known and some not so well known." There's just a couple of entries so far, but it looks like it's gonna be great. Above: Jeffrey Brown's version of Secret Wars #10.

Office Alchemy
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 13 Jan 2009 11:22 AM

Hey, lookit us!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw 13 Jan 2009 11:19 AM

Our first-ever Wizard Fan Award nomination... Vote HERE!

Lilli Carré at Quimby's this Thursday!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Lilli Carré 13 Jan 2009 7:30 AM
Join LAGOON author Lilli Carré at Quimby's!

January 15, 2009, 7PM

Join Lilli Carré as she signs copies of her new graphic novel The Lagoon (Fantagraphics). She will also sell prints and various little handmade book items. Refreshments will be served!

In The Lagoon, a family is seduced by a mysterious creature's siren song that can be heard emanating from the lagoon after dark, and how each member reacts to the song in The Lagoon is the crux of the story. For the wise - or pixilated - Grandpa, the song reminds him that, in the time he has left, he must pause to respect, appreciate, and fear nature. The song hints at something that Zoey, the daughter, is too young to fully grasp. And the song lures the sexually frustrated mother, and eventually, her husband, into danger... Carré experimented with nib pens and brushes while drawing this black-and-white graphic novel, giving the art a different feel from her previous, Eisner-and-Harvey-Award-nominated story, Tales of Woodsman Pete.The Lagoon was influenced by the films Creature from the Black Lagoon and Night of the Hunter, but reads more like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O'Connor or Carson McCullers. Rhythms - Grandpa's taps, the ticking of a metronome - are punctuated by silences that pace this "sound"-driven story. Older teen and adult readers are invited to imagine the enigmatic creature's haunting, ever-shifting tune as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into windows at night.

Lilli Carré was born in 1983 in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Chicago, making animations, illustrations, and comics. Her animated films have shown in various festivals in the US and abroad, including the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and her previous book of comics Tales of Woodsman Pete (Top Shelf) is a collection of her stories surrounding a hermit who's slowly losing his wits.

QUIMBY'S: 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622