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Archive >> April 2010

Things to see: 4/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanstaffDerek Van Gieson 22 Apr 2010 3:16 PM

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

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• This week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Tarzan - Eric Reynolds

• That version of a Jesse Marsh Tarzan cover by our own Eric Reynolds that I believe we've featured here previously has finally shown up on the Covered blog

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

Derek Van Gieson claims to be "toning it down" as "Tales from Abstraction House" proceeds — lies

Daily OCD: 4/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsKim DeitchDash ShawDaily OCD 22 Apr 2010 3:13 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "...[The Search for Smilin' Ed] closely resembles a bad acid trip I had several years back while watching Howdy Doody, old Fleischer cartoons and listening to Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM..., and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. But it comes together in a grand and epic fashion, telling a tale that showcases a vintage psychedelic style in terms of both narrative and art. ... The story is alternately hilarious and mildly disturbing in a Philip K. Dick sort of way. ...  It’s a hilariously disturbed delight for the eyes and an enjoyable piece of work from a legend in the field." – Chad Derdowski, Mania

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.

Review: "It’s the experimentation of the work found within (and without) The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD, which excites me the most.  This is the work of a young artist who is playing with arrangement of panel, with color and form, and coming up with his own thing. ... There's lots to appreciate in this collection of avant garde comics." – Christopher Irving, Graphic NYC

The Kim Deitch Universe from The Search for Smilin' Ed
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesKim Deitch 22 Apr 2010 11:29 AM

The Kim Deitch Universe

The Kim Deitch Universe

One of the highlights of The Search for Smilin' Ed (aside from the story and artwork, of course) is the full-color two-way foldout illustration of the Kim Deitch Universe, with an annotated guide in the back of the book. We thought it might be nice to give people an advance opportunity to explore this amazing illustration and familiarize themselves with Deitch's mind-bogglingly rich and complex world. Click the images above to open big honking JPGs in a new browser window (they're large files, so please be patient while they download). Here's what the foldout looks like in person:

The Search for Smilin' Ed! by Kim Deitch - foldout

Weekly Paul Hornschemeier t-shirts
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierfashion 22 Apr 2010 10:32 AM

Meh is the new balk - Paul Hornschemeier

Starting today, Paul Hornschemeier is debuting a new t-shirt design every week in his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop. Announcing the project on his News and Head Lice blog, Paul says "The shirts will range from pure illustrations to pure text, some will have a relationship to my books, but most will simply be ridiculous, to one degree or another." We'll feature future designs in our "Things to see" posts.

The Search for Smilin' Ed! by Kim Deitch - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesKim Deitch 22 Apr 2010 7:24 AM

The Search for Smilin' Ed! by Kim Deitch

The Search for Smilin' Ed!
by Kim Deitch

162-page black & white 6" x 8.75" softcover (with full-color foldout) • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-324-8

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

Originally created in 1997 and 1998 for the underground anthology Zero Zero, The Search for Smilin’ Ed is the latest of Kim Deitch’s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture.

Where Boulevard of Broken Dreams focused on the earliest days of the animation industry, Alias the Cat delved into the history of comic strips, and “Molly O’Dare” (collected in Shadowland) concerned vintage movie serials, The Search for Smilin’ Ed explores the wacky world of children’s TV shows.

Launched on his latest investigation by a remark from his brother about a shared childhood favorite (“Y’know, I heard that when Smilin’ Ed died... his body was NEVER found!”), Deitch begins to uncover some truly amazing things about the kiddie-show host and his malevolent sidekick, Froggy the Gremlin. Meanwhile, Deitch’s muse and nemesis Waldo the Cat abandons Deitch to hang out with some demon buddies, and soon both Waldo and Deitch are closing in on the mysteries of Smilin’ Ed and Froggy.

Ranging across the entire 20th century, replete with flashbacks, stories within stories, and guest appearances from other Deitch regulars, The Search for Smilin’ Ed is a narrative whirligig that shows Deitch at his wildest and woolliest. For those whose heads have started to spin at the complexity of Deitch's mythology, we've included a full-color two-way fold-out guide to "The Kim Deitch Universe," and Deitch scholar Bill Kartalopoulos offers a lengthy essay on the ins and outs of this ever-evolving, ever-expanding world where fantasy, reality, and satire combine, clash, and are sometimes downright indistinguishable.

Bonus! Deitch has also created a brand new story starring Waldo in his 21st century post-Alias the Cat state of domestic bliss, stumbling across an army of (French-) talking beavers. Of course, there’s a story behind that...

“Kim Deitch has created a private world as fully realized in its own way as Faulkner’s. He’s an American original, a spinner of yarns whose beautifully structured pages and intricate plots conjure up a haunting and haunted American past.” – Art Spiegelman

Download an 11-page PDF of Bill Kartalopoulos's Introduction (1 MB) and an EXCLUSIVE 10-page PDF excerpt of the first part of the story (1.4 MB).

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The Search for Smilin' Ed! + Deitch's Pictorama

Bonus Savings: Order The Search for Smilin' Ed! + Deitch's Pictorama together for a discounted price of $29.99 (a savings of about 6 bucks)! Order now and we'll ship you both books when Smilin' Ed arrives in our warehouse.





Things to see: 4/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeThe StrangerKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohnny RyanEsther Pearl WatsonEllen ForneyDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerCharles Burns 21 Apr 2010 4:07 PM

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

The Stranger - Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney's on the cover (as both artist and subject, with her BF) of this week's issue of The Stranger

Unlovable - Esther Pearl Watson

• On Facebook, Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Fan Page posts the most recent Unlovable strip from Bust

Fifteen - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan says on his LJ "One of my comics will be in a group print show this weekend in France."

Cooper's hawk - Debbie Drechsler

Another really nice bird sketch (this time a Cooper's hawk) by Debbie Drechsler

Free Shit - Charles Burns

Meathaus posts scans of the latest issue of Charles Burns's Free Shit minicomic

Quackers 4 Life

Josh Simmons & Wendy Chin drop themselves into their Quackers universe

What Lies Beyond Death? - Kevin Huizenga

Kevin Huizenga illustrates a link to an article of interest

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• Things in Derek Van Gieson's Abstraction House are really getting weird

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• Here's this week's Truth Serum from Jon Adams

Daily OCD: 4/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezFrank SantoroDash ShawDaniel ClowesDaily OCD 21 Apr 2010 4:05 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Love and Rockets Book 25: High Soft Lisp

Review: "Ultimately, ...despite the refreshing sexual frankness that Hernandez proceeds with, there is much sadness and heartbreak throughout [High Soft Lisp]. ...[O]ne wonders if the lingering bittersweetness at the end makes more sense in middle age, than it would in youth... Good stuff, of course." – Mark London Williams, The SF Site: Nexus Graphica

Mal Malloy with David Boring

Review: In this video review at Indochine's Top Shelf, "video vixen" Mal Malloy offers a unique perspective on Daniel Clowes's David Boring

Bottomless Belly Button

Profile: NBC New York's Courtney Humiston reports from Dash Shaw & Frank Santoro's discussion at NYC's McNally Jackson bookstore a couple of days ago: "The two artists discussed the  creative process: 'photo references are for suckers,' says Santoro; why Japanese comics are better: 'I like that the drawings are sh---y,' says Shaw. 'They care more about telling the story than how to draw eyes'; and why even the old ladies in France love comic books: 'It's weird that [at conventions in Europe] not everyone has tattoos,' says Santoro."

C. Tyler & Paul Hornschemeier in SPACE
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeiereventsCarol Tyler 21 Apr 2010 3:14 PM

SPACE Poster

This weekend join Carol Tyler (Saturday only) & Paul Hornschemeier at the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (along with old-school Fanta alum William Messner-Loebs and many other guests) in Columbus OH.

Of course, we ourselves will be out at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR this weekend — stay tuned for more info about that.

The Village Voice's Jaime Hernandez cover story
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandez 21 Apr 2010 1:44 PM

The Village Voice - Jaime Hernandez

During Jaime Hernandez's recent visit to NYC for the MoCCA festival, The Village Voice's R.C. Baker took him to MOMA (making the unfailingly-punctual artist late for his signing at our table) and then wrote this cover story about it for this week's issue. The Maggie-and-Hopey-in-the-Big-Apple cover illo is the icing on the cake. (Also of note in the issue: "The Band Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb" by Ward Sutton.)

The official Wally Gropius banner ads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Hensley 21 Apr 2010 1:13 PM

Wally Gropius

More Wally Wednesday fun! We've posted this Tim Hensley-created animation of Wally Gropius before, but did you know there are more sizes to be had? Show your Wally love by downloading one of these banners and putting it on your website/blog/profile page/etc., linked back to:

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Wally Gropius

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