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|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Flora, art||2 Mar 2009 1:55 PM|
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• Things to see: Michael Kupperman - 3D!
I'm making my first-ever trip to Minneapolis on Thursday for this event, which I'm very much looking forward to. Any of you Flog readers in Minneapolis out there reading, I'd love to meet you there!
When: March 6 - April 19, 2009
mome noun (1553) 1. archaic: fool; blockhead. 2. a quarterly anthology showcasing the best new talent of this decade's rising cartoon generation.
MOMENTUM: The New Comics presents a retrospective of comic artworks published in the Harvey and Eisner award-nominated quarterly Mome (Fantagraphics Books), one of the industry's leading contemporary anthologies. Anchored by an ever-evolving core roster of contributors, the lauded series showcases comic art's best emerging talent alongside some of North America and Europe's most respected creators.MOMENTUM artists include rising stars such as Sophie Crumb, Tim Hensley, R. Kikuo Johnson, Tom Kaczynski, Zak Sally, and Dash Shaw.
Folks lucky enough to make our public preview and book launch for HUMBUG this coming Saturday March 7th, will find themselves audience to the originals of the 2 covers by Arnold Roth & Al Jaffee for our newly published masterpiece. Behold...
The Arnold Roth originals we got for the show are unbelievable! Upon first spying them, most folks here at the office didn't think they were original drawings. They thought they were old stats. Roth's work is classy, precise and hilarioius. Sadly, for Roth, I think the full appreciation of his work is still yet to come. I predict HUMBUG readers will come away smitten with Roth.
The above image is of Al Jaffee's original painting for the cover with vellum overlay showing the potential space for title placement and credits. Early on in one of our editorial meetings, it was decided by Gary Groth (Editor), Adam Grano (Designer) and myself (Assitant Editor) that it'd more exciting to share the magnatude of Jaffee's hypnotic work sans credits. To my way of thinking, Jaffee is peerless when it comes to his painted work (runner's up include ALL of Jim Woodring's color work and Dan Clowes' cover paintings for EIGHTBALL #17, 18 and the first hardcover edition of GHOST WORLD). When Jaffee's painting, the decal like result hums flouescence and stikes some harmonic, vaudvillian chord replicated by none! Jaffee kills me.
HUMBUG Designer Adam Grano evades the camera.
I'm putting together the 15th issue of MOME (Summer 2009) right now and it features the final three chapters of Tim Hensley's spectacular "Wally Gropius, Teen Millionaire" which has appeared in MOME since our fifth issue (Fall 2006). I can't even tell you how proud I am to have published this comic. Hensley is such a singular talent. He's so good I'm almost at a loss to explain why. There's something transcendent about it. It looks like old 1950s teenage humor comics, specifically Mort Walker's proto-Beetle Bailey strip, Spider, as Adam Grano recently pointed out to me while laying out the upcoming Walker interview in The Comics Journal.
Here's a page from Wally:
I find his work beautiful to look at. It's as attractive as comics get for me. But his work is so much more than that. It's a satire of teen comics and celebrityhood and modern culture, but it's also great Art. His dialogue is witty, lyrical, sampled, dada, and elliptical. It's all in the service of a very bizarre story, a mystery of sorts. There's sex, violence, rock and roll, intrigue, betrayal -- but it's all told in Hensley's truly inimitable style. I've read each chapter many times and will be sorry to not have more coming in anymore. But not to worry, Tim's already hard at work on the Wally Gropious collection, which won't be out for over a year but will be well worth the wait!
And here's a sneak peak at the cover for MOME 15, featuring the end of Wally Gropius. This is an early treatment by Adam Grano, with art by Andrice Arp:
Oh, and read Tim's blog.