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Name this cartoonist.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under previews 28 Jan 2008 1:53 PM

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It's always interesting to see how an artist's style evolves but I was as surprised by this cartoonist's early work as I was when I saw Ware's Floyd Farland. You might recognize the lettering in this sequence since we had to translate it using his modern hand-lettered font.

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There's a zombie up there and here we have this pop culture reworking starring Scully and Mulder in a quirky short.

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Anthropomorphic animals and Hemingway as a character? He draws them a lot differently these days but you've probably guessed who it is by now.

"Pocket Full of Rain" goes to press in February and it's a treat for those of us who are big fans.

New Website Feature of the Day: Interviews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul Hornschemeiermeta 28 Jan 2008 11:52 AM

illustration by Paul Hornschemeier

Tom Spurgeon over at the Comics Reporter beat me to the punch a bit on this, but yes, our new website features artist interviews in various formats for your reading, listening, and watching enjoyment. Our brand-newest addition is Gary Groth's interview with Paul Hornschemeier from Mome Vol. 1, reprinted here on the website in its entirety! And yes, we will be adding EVERY Mome interview to the website over the next few weeks -- stay tuned right here for announcements as each one goes live.

In the meantime, you can catch up on what's already there, including some classic vintage Comics Journal interviews with Peter Bagge, Los Bros. Hernandez, and Jim Woodring, all in downloadable PDF format. (Follow those links to the download pages).

Gene Deitch on the future of animation.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gene Deitch 28 Jan 2008 10:52 AM
Our own, beloved Gene Deitch weighs in on the future of animation and the influence of motion-capture technology on his field over at Animation Magazine.
Mister Wonderful, Chapter 18
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under webcomicsMister WonderfulDaniel Clowes 28 Jan 2008 10:06 AM

Chapter 17 of Daniel Clowes' New York Times strip so masterfully built tension into such small space, and Chapter 18 is even more powerful and devastating. I'm actually sad this is ending in just a couple weeks, I don't think I've ever enjoyed a weekly comic more. We're pullin' for ya, Marshall.
Comixtravaganza photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEllen Forney 27 Jan 2008 2:14 PM

Comics Workshop with David Lasky, Comixtravaganza, Seattle Public Library, 01/26/08

Ellen Forney, Comixtravaganza, Seattle Public Library, 01/26/08

The "Comixtravaganza" event at the Seattle Public Library was a big, well-attended success! Top to bottom: David Lasky leads a comics workshop; the "Getting Into Comics" panel with our own Eric Reynolds at far right; and Ellen Forney meets fans and signs books after her performance. Click each photo for more details in our Flickr stream and click here for the entire set of photos.

Last-minute Bagge alert
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 27 Jan 2008 10:20 AM
So I'm flipping through this week's Stranger and I come across this, highlighting a "Celebrity Open Mic" comedy event including Peter Bagge taking place tonight in Seattle! What will Pete be doing? Stand-up? A comics reading? If you attend, please give us a report in the comments.
New Website Feature of the Day: Online Comics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 25 Jan 2008 4:32 PM

Yikes by Steven Weissman

It's Friday, which means it's time for a new installment of Steven Weissman's "Chocolate Cheeks" chapter in his ongoing Yikes! stories! Check back every week for the newest adventure of Li'l Bloody, Sweet Chubby Cheeks and the whole gang.

Our new and soon-to-be-expanded Online Comics section is totally FREE and available ONLY to registered, logged-in Fantagraphics.com users... yet another great reason to sign up if you haven't already! Coming soon: Martin Kellerman's Rocky.

Tom K.'s "Million Year Boom"
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tom KaczynskiMomeKilloffer 25 Jan 2008 11:46 AM

One of my favorite newer cartoonists is Tom Kaczynski, a regular contributor to MOME. His 14-page story in the forthcoming Vol. 11, "Million Year Boom," just might be his best story yet. Here's a couple of lovely panels. Can't read 'em? Sorry, you'll have to buy the issue!

By the way, have I mentioned who's on the cover of Vol. 11 yet? He also has a fantastic 12-page story in the issue, as well.

Smashy smashy!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 25 Jan 2008 10:24 AM

Smashy smashy!

It's a big weekend for comics events in Seattle! In between Crumb at the Frye Museum, Comixtravaganza at the Seattle Public Library, and Persepolis at the movies, why not head on down to Georgetown to shop at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and marvel at the demolition of the Rainier Brewery cold storage building right across the street?

Thoughts on convention sales.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under comics industry 25 Jan 2008 7:55 AM

Left to right: Josh Simmons, Jordan Crane & Paul Karasik sign while Mike Baehr looks on.

I've been reluctant to weigh in on the ComicsPro position paper that has been generating a lot of discussion of late but since we have been one of the publishers who have sold advance books at shows, several folks have asked us for comment so here we are. I know it's probably difficult for retailers to believe, but I actually do very much see both sides and have never quite been able to reconcile them. I will try to explain this...

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