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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: 4/1/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireThings to seeSteven WeissmanMaakiesLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJon AdamsJohnny RyanDebbie Drechsler 1 Apr 2010 4:34 PM

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

Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

Kevin Huizenga's new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond strip reminds me how grateful I am that Seattle is mostly free of the phenomenon in question

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

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

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire (and guest writers including Drinky Crow Show co-creator Eric Kaplan)

blind towhee - Debbie Drechsler

• A blind-in-one-eye California towhee by Debbie Drechsler

print - Lilli Carré

• A trio of new silkscreen prints from Lilli Carré

Nancy Drew - Julia Wertz / Johnny Ryan

• It's the last of the Julia Wertz / Johnny Ryan kids-book spoof strips

dmc

• Speaking of Johnny Ryan, he did some Detroit Metal City fan art

 Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• It's a new installment of Jon Adams's Truth Serum already

Daily OCD: 4/1/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanSethreviewsPeanutsNewaveMichael KuppermanKrazy KatJacques TardiDaily OCDChris WareChip KiddCharles Burnsaudio 1 Apr 2010 4:33 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

It Was the War of the Trenches

Review: "There are two types of war stories: war as the great human drama, man accomplishing amazing feats in the most horrible of circumstances, or war as the great human tragedy, the ultimate loss of life without any rhyme or reason.  Tardi’s book fits very firmly into the latter category. ... Ink-soaked and gory, Tardi’s detailed renderings drive home the grotesquery of the war and the ordeal of the young men fighting in it. ...It Was the War of the Trenches creates an aura of loss, regret and terror." – Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Interview: Listen to the Inkstuds roundtable on Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s with editor Michael Dowers and artists  Mary Fleener, Wayno, and Colin Upton — I haven't tuned in myself yet but apparently there's dirt on the early days of Fantagraphics

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Panel: In the second part of The Comics Journal's presentation of a never-before-published panel discussion between Charles Burns, Chip Kidd, Seth and Chris Ware, moderated by Jeet Heer, that occurred October 29, 2005 at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Canada, discussion turns to Peanuts and Krazy Kat

Mean

Appreciation: "There are lots of things to love about [Steven] Weissman: his art (from the kids-who-look-like-middle-aged-people of his early work, to the light, beautiful strokes that characterize his later stuff), his nuanced understanding of what it's actually like to be a kid, his intransigent weirdness. But the thing I've really been digging about him lately is the strangeness of his sound effects." – Ben Owen, Parabasis

Thrizzle

Photo of the week: Now that's some shelf porn
Free Comic Book Day 2010: Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales by Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringComing Attractions 1 Apr 2010 12:30 PM

Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales - Jim Woodring

Our Free Comic Book Day offering this year, Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales by Jim Woodring, is an absolute doozy! It features an excerpt of Jim's new graphic novel Weathercraft along with out-of-print and never-before-published "Frank" material, a centerfold of a previously unpublished Woodring charcoal drawing (like the ones in Seeing Things), and other surprises. It's an absolute must-have for any Woodring fan! Believe me — I've seen the proofs and I can't wait to get my hands on the final product.

At the FCBD website, you can read an interview with the comic's editor, our own Jason T. Miles, with more information about the whole shebang, and download an excerpt of the Weathercraft excerpt.

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 1 this year, and you'll be able to find Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and other participating comic shops across the land while supplies last. Be sure to check with your local shop to make sure they're getting copies.

No Fooling: 15% Off Sitewide Now through April 5!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 1 Apr 2010 12:06 AM

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Nope, it's not a prank, a jape, a jest, shenanigans or even tomfoolery! Now through the end of the day on Monday, April 5, take 15% off your entire purchase by using the following coupon code at checkout:

NOFOOLING

And don't forget, we still have a large selection of backlist titles at great discounts of 1/3 to 1/2 off the cover prices in our Clearance Sale and Closeout Deals sections, plus a good assortment of 99-Cent Comics — and you'll get an extra 15% off the discounted prices during this sale!

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