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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 2010

Things to see: 4/28/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteve BrodnerPeanutsPaul HornschemeierNewaveMatthias LehmannLaura ParkJon AdamsJim FloraJaime HernandezFrank SantoroDerek Van GiesonAnders Nilsen 28 Apr 2010 9:52 PM

Daily clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

The Ghoul Man - Jaime Hernandez

• At What Things Do, the concluding half of Jaime Hernandez's amazing "The Ghoul Man"

Tarot - Michael Dowers

Newave! editor Michael Dowers has been working on a Tarot deck — here's the 6 of Wands, as posted on Facebook

Matthias Lehmann

Matthias Lehmann emerges to reveal some recent illustration and comics work

Cold Heat layout - Frank Santoro

• Looks like Frank Santoro's working out some Cold Heat layouts

Lidsville - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier Kroffts it up at Covered (and comments on his blog)

Isaac - Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen gets biblical on us

Coda - March 1944 - Jim Flora

• "The Rite of Spring" by Jim Flora on the cover of the March 1944 issue of Coda

Snoopy

Mike Sterling catches Snoopy making a grammatical error in The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974

Geek Love - Laura Park

• Two new Geek Love illustrations by Laura Park for Picture Book Report — the other one's even more NSFW than this one

Lloyd Blankfein - Steve Brodner

• Lloyd Blankfein introduces you to his little friend, courtesy of Steve Brodner

Nun - Derek Van Gieson

Derek Van Gieson is busy

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Daily OCD: 4/28/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPeanutsDaily OCDCharles M Schulz 28 Apr 2010 9:51 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 (Vol. 13) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Review: "There’s a certain exuberance in this book, a zaniness that Schulz follows with fewer excursions into pure melancholia. ... Each new volume [of The Complete Peanuts] adds a new layer of complexity to the work as a whole, and certainly puts the lie to the notion that Schulz had run out of ideas by this point. Indeed, Schulz had nothing left to prove and allowed himself to follow every flight of fancy that struck him, while never completely abandoning the core emotions of his characters." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Jim Woodring at Oslo Comics Expo 2010
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringJasonfashioneventsawards 28 Apr 2010 9:22 PM

Oslo Comics Expo shirt design - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring will be a special guest at the Oslo Comics Expo, May 28-29, 2010 (info in English). Jim requests the pleasure of your company on his blog and reveals OH MY GOD IS THAT A T-SHIRT DESIGN I WANT IT.

Ahem. Jim's Weathercraft and Jason's Low Moon are nominated for 2010 Sproing Awards (Best Translated Comic and Best Norwegian Comic, respectively), which are awarded at the festival. Congratulations to both!

Temperance by Cathy Malkasian - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCathy Malkasian 28 Apr 2010 12:16 PM

Temperance by Cathy Malkasian

Temperance
by Cathy Malkasian

240-page two-color 8" x 10" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-323-1

Ships in: June 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Do ideas of war and enemies hold a people together? Is a culture of conflict too seductive not to be irresistible? These are the questions Cathy Malkasian explores in her second graphic novel, Temperance.

Malkasian creates, as she did in the critically acclaimed Percy Gloom, a fully realized, multi-layered world, inhabited by vividly realized characters. After a brutal injury in battle, Lester has no memory of his prior life. For the next thirty years his wife does everything to keep him from remembering — and re-constructing — a society, Blessedbowl, that elevates him as a hero. Blessedbowl is a cultural convergence of lies, memories, stories, and beliefs. Its people thrive on ideas of persecution, exceptionality, and enemies, convinced that war lurks just outside their walls. They have come to depend on Lester, their greatest war hero, to lead the charge once the Final Battle begins.

What kind of enemy could topple such a people and its walls? Mere memory, it seems, as Lester gradually emerges from his amnesia. Temperance is an eyewitness’s account of recovery and awakening. The graphic novel works on two levels. It considers the concepts of violence, stories, and belief, and their place in holding a culture together, slyly echoing contemporary political issues in a nation at a stressful time currently at war with a ubiquitous enemy. Secondly, the fissures in Lester and Minerva’s marriage is echoed in the greater political upheaval around them.

Malkasian creates a densely textured social context, masterfully conveying the idiosyncratic physical domain with its spiraling structures and quasi-medieval architecture along with intimate yet plastic portraits of her characters in a rich, tonal pencil line. Temperance is a galvanizing work of empathy and violence by one of today’s most thoughtful and accomplished cartoonists.

2008 Eisner Award Winner: Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award — Cathy Malkasian

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Dueling Danish cartoonists
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under From Wonderland with Love 28 Apr 2010 11:24 AM

Johan Krarup vs. Ib Kjeldsmark

Signe Parkins, Peter Kielland, Thomas Thorhauge, Johan F. Krarup, Ib Kjeldsmark, Christoffer Zieler (who were all featured in From Wonderland with Love) and twelve other Danish cartoonists battle it out tournament-style in cartoonland until only one is left standing. Our good friends and colleagues at our From Wonderland co-publisher Aben Maler are posting a new duel from the first round each Friday on this page and collecting them all next month in a book titled Tegn eller dø. Five battles have already been waged — keep checking back for subsequent bouts.

New Comics Day 4/28/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellyTim LaneNew Comics DayBlazing Combat 28 Apr 2010 9:28 AM

We've got three softcover collections hitting comic shops this week. Read on for more info and for comics-bloggers' comments on the week's releases:

Abandoned Cars (Softcover Edition) by Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars (Softcover Edition) by Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars (Softcover Edition)
by Tim Lane

168-page black & white 7.5" x 9" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-341-5

Pick your favorite of the two alternate covers in person! At Comics Comics, Joe McCulloch calls it a "fascinating 2008 story study of the great American mythological drama." The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon praises this new edition of "the debut book from the muscular cartoonist Tim Lane."

Blazing Combat

Blazing Combat (Softcover Edition)
by Archie Goodwin & various artists

208-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-366-8

At Comics Alliance Douglas Wolk notes of the original series "it managed to get shut down after four issues, basically because its philosophical stance was 'war is horrible and futile, and by the way American soldiers are slaughtering innocent civilians in Vietnam.'" The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon calls it "an absolute must-have reprint of Archie Goodwin's Warren-era war comics. No one with even a tiny bit of interest in war comics could fail to like that Blazing Combat book."

Our Gang Vol. 4 (1946-1947) by Walt Kelly

Our Gang Vol. 4 (1946-1947)
by Walt Kelly

112-page 7.25" x 9.5" full-color softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-322-4

It's "scooping up another 112 color pages of Kelly’s franchise work," says Joe McCulloch at Comics Comics. The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon mentions the new volume, maybe not in the most flattering way, but we appreciate it anyway.

Much more information, including sneak peeks in the form of PDF downloads and video/photo slideshows, is available at the links above, as always. Smart shoppers know it's always good to check with your local shop in advance to confirm availability.







Steven Weissman art show with Marc Johns at GR2 opens May 8
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven Weissmaneventsart shows 27 Apr 2010 4:52 PM

Butter and Blood flyer

Steven Weissman and Marc Johns are having a two-man art show at GR2 in LA opening Saturday, May 8, 2010. More info here; RSVP on Facebook here. Steven's artwork looks so awesome in person.

Things to see: 4/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThings to seerockRobert WilliamsRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoLilli Carréjohn kerschbaumJohn Hankiewicz 27 Apr 2010 4:37 PM

Daily clips & strips -- click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's a brand new installment installments of The All-New Cartoon Boy Adventure Hour by John Kerschbaum at ACT-I-VATE

Swedish Slouchers - John Hankiewicz

Swedish Slouchers is a new lithograph from John Hankiewicz

chewers - Lilli Carré

• Click to see the latest animated drawing by Lilli Carré in action

Lisa in a Pink Blouse - Mark Kalesniko

• "Lisa in a Pink Blouse" is a circa-1990s portrait by Mark Kalesniko

Flying Ant 2 - Renee French

Renee French gets buggy

• Eric Reynolds was searching YouTube for Butthole Surfers videos and came across this one which is full of Robert Williams artwork

Daily OCD: 4/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMomeJohnny RyanJacques TardiDaily OCDaudio 27 Apr 2010 4:35 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

It Was the War of the Trenches

Review: "Redressing a sad literary situation — the prior unavailability of this full masterpiece in English — Fantagraphics finally brings Tardi's wrenching tales of trench warfare during WWI [It Was the War of the Trenches] to American audiences. ... From the living hell of combat to the ghostlike calm of bombed-out villages, each panel radiates with the fear and hopelessness of hapless conscripts who strive only to retain their limbs and their sanity. Calling the war 'a gigantic, anonymous scream of agony,' Tardi skewers the concept of nationalism and drives home the banality of death. Dark, densely packed backgrounds and heavy wedges of solid black recall the dramatic shading effects of European expressionism, as do the characters' black, fearful eyes. Nearly a century after the fact, Tardi's outrage and compassion make the First World War sting like a fresh wound." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Almost Silent

Reviews: The new episode of Easy Rider, the radio show for "rock, punk rock, country, power pop, garage and comics" from Radio PFM out of Arras in northern France, features Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s and Almost Silent by Jason among their Comics of the Week

Mome Vol. 18 - Spring 2010

Plug: Wunderkammer spotlights Mome Vol. 18

Angry Youth Comix Vol. 2 #2

Plug: Fukubukuro! spotlights the work of Johnny Ryan

Book Signing and Discussion with Jaime Hernandez, Jordan Crane, and Todd Hignite at Family May 4
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJordan CraneJaime Hernandezevents 27 Apr 2010 3:52 PM

The Art of Jaime Hernandez

"To celebrate the release of the new art book, The Art of Jaime Hernandez — The Secrets of Life and Death, Family is pleased to be hosting a signing and conversation with the books principal creators Jaime Hernanadez, Todd Hignite, and Jordan Crane on Tuesday, May 4th at 7pm." More info on the Family blog.


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