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Archive >> April 2009

Gahan Wilson news: Neil Gaiman team-up; docu & talk
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoNeil GaimanGahan Wilsonevents 14 Apr 2009 11:48 AM

Before we get to the announcement below (which explains the video above), we have some related information of our own to tout: Neil Gaiman will be providing one of two introductions to Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons, our mammoth three-volume slipcased set coming this fall. (The other introduction: Hugh Hefner. Stay tuned for more info about this release in tomorrow's "Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview" post!)

And now, from The New Yorker, a must-attend event:

This Friday night at 7, the Morgan Library & Museum will hold a special screening of “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird,” a documentary, directed by Steven-Charles Jaffe, about the life and work of the New Yorker cartoonist of the gleefully macabre bent. Wilson and the director will be on hand for a Q. & A. after the screening (which is being presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “On The Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker”). Meanwhile, we have some new work by Wilson: he illustrated this short animated adaptation (also directed by Jaffe) of “It Was a Dark and Silly Night,” a story by Neil Gaiman... [embedded above; view it on the New Yorker site if it's not visible here.]

Prison Pit Is Going to Rock Your World
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryan 14 Apr 2009 11:29 AM

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMonte SchulzJacques TardiJack ColeFrom Wonderland with Love 14 Apr 2009 7:48 AM

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All this week and next week we're bringing you a sneak peek at our Fall 2009 - Winter 2010 schedule of releases! Today's excerpt from our latest book distributor's catalog includes a new softcover edition of The Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole; the anthology From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the Third Millennium; our first two Jacques Tardi reprints, You Are There and West Coast Blues; and This Side of Jordan, a new prose novel by Monte Schulz. (Note that all the info in this catalog is subject to change along the way to the books' release, including release dates, prices, cover art, book specs, etc.) Click here to download the PDF!

Opening Friday: Anders Nilsen in Chicago
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsAnders Nilsen 14 Apr 2009 6:55 AM

  

Upcoming
Anders Nilsen
Pictures of Dirt and Grass
Opening Saturday, April 18, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Closing brunch Sunday, May 3, 2009
12:00 - 3:00 pm

RAFT
Curated Installation by Laura Shaeffer + Rachel Tredon

Finestra Art Space
Friday, February 13, 2009
5:00pm - 9:00pm
410 S. Michigan Avenue
Suite 516
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1456

The Home Gallery in Hyde Park has been invited to do a show at Finestra Gallery in downtown Chicago. Artists include: Conrad Freiburg, Katrin Asbury and Shawn Greene, Casey Roberts and DeeDee Davis, Rose DiSalvo, Doug Shaeffer, Anders Nilsen, Nora Mapp, Jesus Mejia, Dax Tran-Caffee, and Andrew Nord.










Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman - Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBob Fingerman 13 Apr 2009 3:53 PM

Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman

Now available for preview and pre-order: Connective Tissue, the new boldly bizarre illustrated prose novel from Bob Fingerman. Some meat-flavored candy takes video store clerk Darla Vogel on a trip to a weird, throbbing, monstrous other world! This book is scheduled to be in stock this month and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo & video slideshow preview embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended). And at our product info page, read the entire first chapter as a 15-page downloadable PDF!

Daily links: 4/13/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsPeanutsJim BlanchardIvan BrunettiDash ShawBoody RogersBasil Wolverton 13 Apr 2009 2:16 PM

• Review: The Star Clipper Blog on Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers: "To say Boody Rogers was ahead of his time is an understatement. Boody was underground before there was an underground. His comics were surreal and sexy before the Comics Code was even around to censor such outrageousness. Think of every bizarre and trippy moment from 40's Disney features, the overt sexuality of Fleischer Studios Betty Boop, and a Freak Show and Superman in a blender, and that's not even half as odd as Boody Rogers' comics. Will you have seen anything like it before? No, and you'll probably never see anything else like it again."

• Review: Blog @ Newsarama looks at Boody too: "[W]eirdness... permeates these stories and radiates outward from the pages. To say they're 'ahead of their time' would be an understatement; they seem like they were drawn just last week... [I]t's a beautiful book."

• Review: Obsessive-Repulsive finds a kindred spirit in the pages of the "rad" Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti: "I would go further than saying 'nothing is sacred' in his work and say that nothing is tolerated in Brunetti’s world. He skewers the hypocrisy, cruelty and weakness in people but it doesn’t appear that Brunetti loathes humanity nearly as much as he loathes himself. Check it out! Funny stuff!"

• Review: Comics Should Be Good! enthuses over Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941: "I can’t recommend this book enough, people! Run, don’t walk, to your nearest purveyor of comics awesomeness and pick it up. You will not be disappointed... you could not buy another comic this year and be happy if you pick it up. Would I lie to you?"

• Preview: Robot 6's "What Are You Reading?" column's guest contributor this week is Dash Shaw, and regular contributor Matthew Maxwell says of The Wolverton Bible, "Wow. Just wow... man, that’s a piece of work."

• Interview: The Groovy Age of Horror talks to Josh Simmons about House and other more recent work

• Commentary: ReadingArt.ca imagines Snoopy's "It was a dark and stormy night" novel in a context of digital/mobile delivery (calling The Complete Peanuts "fantastically beautiful" while they're at it)

• Things to see/read: Conservative entertainment blog Big Hollywood has posted Steve Ditko's 2007 essay "Toyland" in its entirety (via Slog)

• Things to see (and buy)/bookmark: Jim Blanchard's "Fine Art Chophouse" blog is the place to buy original art and prints from Jim. The latest offering: a limited edition print of Butch & Petey, everyone's favorite Trucker Fags in Denial (only 16 bucks)

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalSteve DitkopreviewsPeanutsPaul Hornschemeier 13 Apr 2009 11:27 AM
catalog page thumbnailcatalog page thumbnailcatalog page thumbnailcatalog page thumbnailcatalog page thumbnailcatalog page thumbnailcatalog page thumbnailStarting today and for the next two weeks we'll be bringing you a sneak peek at our Fall 2009 - Winter 2010 schedule of releases! We'll be slipping you a few pages at a time from our latest book distributor's catalog, which our fine friends at W.W. Norton uses to sell our books to the bookstore market. This first batch includes 4 upcoming issues of The Comics Journal, Paul Hornschemeier's All and Sundry: Uncollected Work 2004-2009, The Complete Peanuts 1972-1973, and Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1. (Note that all the info in this catalog is subject to change along the way to the books' release, including release dates, prices, cover art, book specs, etc.) Click here to download the first PDF!
Tomorrow night in NYC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under HumbugeventsArnold RothAl Jaffee 13 Apr 2009 7:01 AM

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS AND THE STRAND PRESENT:

AN EVENING OF HUMBUG

In 1957, five artists - HARVEY KURTZMANWILL ELDERARNOLD ROTHAL JAFFEE and JACK DAVIS -- hot on the heels of creating MAD magazine, pooled their money and their talent and entered into the creative, exuberant folly of a lifetime by creating the greatest satirical magazine of their careers. Join HUMBUG co-founders Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in a book signing and discussion about this historic publication with Fantagraphics Publisher and editor of the collected HUMBUG, Gary Groth. Attendees will also enjoy an exclusive screening of a documentary short film about the late Will Elder.

LISTING INFORMATION:

An Evening with HUMBUG
Featuring Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in conversation with Gary Groth
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00PM
The Strand Bookstore
12th St. & Broadway, New York, NY

 



Leah Hayes Tours France in April
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Untagged  13 Apr 2009 6:56 AM

  

Leah Hayes and her band, Scary Mansion, are headed to France later this month for a short music tour (including a gig opening for Bonnie "Prince" Billy!). She'll even have copies of her two books, Funeral of the Heart and Holy Moly, for sale at the merch table. Go see Leah restore dignity to America.  

22/04 : PARIS* / La Maroquinerie

23/04 : GRENOBLE* / Le Ciel

24/04 : AJACCIO* / l'Aghja

25/04 : PRINTEMPS DE BOURGES / L'Auditorium (avec Bonnie Prince Billy)

27/04 : CLERMONT FD / Le rat Pacl

28/04 : BORDEAUX / Le Saint Ex

29/04 : CAEN* / L'Espace Puzzle
30/04 : VENDOME* / La Chapelle
01/05: NIORT / Le Bristrot de l'Eclusier

* Festival les Femmes S'en Melent

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Pics: ECCC, Jaime & Stan show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaiPaul HornschemeierJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame DarcyBill Schelly 10 Apr 2009 4:34 PM

Finally getting around to Flogging photos from Emerald City Comicon and our Jaime Hernandez/Stan Sakai exhibit opening last weekend. Lots more photos, plus a couple of short videos, can be seen in our Flickr sets linked above.

Jaime:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Dame Darcy (checking out Mother, Come Home) & Paul Hornschemeier:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Bill Schelly:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Green Lantern & friends flip through Ellen Forney's Lust:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Stan & Jaime post-show Saturday chatting:

Fantagraphics Books at Emerald City Comicon, 04/04/09

Xaime & Sakai art (head to Flickr for closer looks at each individual piece):

Jaime Hernandez artwork, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09

Stan Sakai artwork, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09

Men of the hour:

Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai exhibit opening, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09

Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai exhibit opening, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 04/04/09


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