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Flog posts by Fantagraphics' consumer marketing/web editor/hand model guy. Say, buy some books why don't you?
Archive >> April 2009

Dash Shaw/Zachary Kanin New Yorker comics jam
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dash Shaw 16 Apr 2009 2:21 PM

Dash Shaw/Zachary Kanin comics jam

"Neither of us is proud of it," says New Yorker cartoonist Zachary Kanin about his comics jam with Dash Shaw, as posted on the New Yorker "Cartoon Lounge" blog.

Junot Diaz hearts Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 16 Apr 2009 2:00 PM

"Poison River, a graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez, gave me a master lesson in real writing. It was beautiful beyond words and violent and tender and heartbreaking. From that moment on, I knew what kind of writer I wanted to be. It's the great unknown novel of the 20th Century." - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), "Life-Changing Art," Baltimore Magazine

We're very grateful to Diaz for his public love of Love and Rockets, and Oscar Wao is definitely recommended for L&R fans.

(Crass commercialism: Poison River is available in its own volume as well as in Beyond Palomar, part of the affordable Love and Rockets Library reprint series.)

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 4
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanpreviewsMomeHans RickheitAl Columbia 16 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 The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit; the Fall and Winter volumes of Mome; Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman; and Pim & Francie: "In the Golden Bear Days" from Al Columbia. (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!

You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler - Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCarol Tyler 15 Apr 2009 2:55 PM

You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler

Now available for preview and pre-order: You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler, the first of a 3-part graphic memoir chronicling the author’s relationship with her World War II veteran father, and how his war experience shaped her childhood and affected her relationships in adulthood. Tyler's lush color artwork is presented in an oversized landscape-format hardcover. This book is scheduled to be in stock around the end of 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, download a 10-page PDF excerpt!

Coming soon: improved Flog commenting
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 15 Apr 2009 2:08 PM
Hello Flogosphere! You'll notice sometime tomorrow morning that the comments section here on Flog will disappear for about 15 minutes. When it comes back it will be new and improved: we're getting a nice little software upgrade. If you've tried to leave a comment in the past you may have encountered a bug or two, and this should clear that right up. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Floggery.
Daily links: 4/15/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under televisionSupermenPaul HornschemeierMichael KuppermanDaniel ClowesBoody Rogers 15 Apr 2009 1:52 PM

• Reviews: MEGATONik calls Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers "absolutely insane... I would definitely make a case for reading this book no matter what sort of comics you like... These shorts are always funny, and not in an ironic or 'so bad it’s good' way"; and of Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 they say "...the artists here are all early comic pioneers, flexing their muscles, pencilling straight from their crazy guts in a medium with no borders... his is how reprints should be done"

• Things to see: In celebration of Daniel Clowes's birthday yesterday, Entrecomics presents some pages from Ghost World: Special Edition

• Things to see: CD booklet comic by Paul Hornschemeier

• Things to see: Michael Kupperman shares some sparkly screengrabs from the Snake 'n' Bacon TV program debuting on Adult Swim May 10

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert WilliamspreviewsJohnny RyanGahan Wilson 15 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 couple of books that we just teased you on yesterday — now you can get the full scoop on those plus one more: Johnny Ryan's original graphic novel Prison Pit; Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons; and Conceptual Realism: In the Service of the Hypothetical, the new art book from Robert Williams. (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!

The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940 - Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesNell Brinkley 14 Apr 2009 5:06 PM

The Brinkley Girls

Now available for preview and pre-order: The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940 , edited by Trina Robbins. This sumptuously designed, oversized hardcover collection of Brinkley's breathtaking, spectacular full-page strips starring silent-era ingenues, spunky flappers, and real-life heroines is literally stunning: verbatim office reaction to seeing the book for the first time was "Holy motherfucker!" 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 (HIGHLY recommended). And at our product info page, download a 12-page PDF excerpt!

Daily links: 4/14/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeTony MillionaireTim HensleyThe Comics JournalTed StearnreviewsMort Walkerjohn kerschbaumJerry DumasJasonBob LevinBill Mauldin 14 Apr 2009 3:08 PM

• Review: Poopsheet praises Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum, noting the "deeply weird cast" of characters, the "unpredictable plots in which everybody winds up humiliated and covered in one horrible substance or other, which is just what they all deserve. All this is, of course, very, very funny. John is a ninja of comedy timing," and a story moment that "makes you happy to read comics."

• Reviews: Andrew Wheeler rounds up a lot of books, including Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin ("Not just one of the best books of comics to come out last year, not even one of the best books to come out in 2008, but an excellent, essential, carefully-designed work of real historical importance and vital art... a great monument to one of the best cartoonists of the 20th century"; Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum ("Another one of those books that makes me laugh out loud and then feel guilty about it; this is probably offensive to many people, disgusting to more, but uncomfortably funny for nearly all of us... The stories are drawn in a tight, clean style, and are full of things I don't want to describe on the open Internet. I laughed a lot; I'll admit that"); Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn ("...like Mark Beyer's Amy + Jordan, only much better drawn and with a coherent story"); The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees by Tony Millionaire ("grotesquely gorgeous art"); and The Last Musketeer by Jason ("a wry and very entertaining story")

• Review: Stripper's Guide on Jerry Dumas & Mort Walker's Sam's Strip: "...one of the most delightful and intellectually daring strips that ever appeared in newspapers... And Fantagraphics has done it up in a perfect package. The reproduction quality is top-notch, and they've given us a superb bonus -- a section of annotations by Jerry Dumas and Brian Walker... if you are a comic strip fan and you don't have this book on your shelf then there is something really wrong with you. Seriously. Go buy the book."

• List: Ben Towle names some favorites from 2008 including Most Outrageous by Bob Levin ("...fascinating... a fantastic book..."); Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum ("What more can I say? This book’s #%&*in’ hilarious. Oh, I guess this: it’s also beautifully drawn."); and Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn ("beautiful")

• Preview: Matthias Wivel plugs The Comics Journal #297, and not just because his own interview with Emmanuel Guibert is in it

• Commentary: Patrick Keck discovers that John Kerschbaum is a swell guy, "heartily recommend[s]" Petey & Pussy

• Things to see: Amen, Tim Hensley

C. Tyler shows at SPACE this Sat.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under John HankiewiczeventsCarol Tylerart shows 14 Apr 2009 2:52 PM

You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler

Original artwork from C. Tyler's imminent new book You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man will be on display at SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus OH this Saturday, April 18. More info here.

(Also exhibiting at SPACE: John Hankiewicz. Looks like a good little show!)


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