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Archive >> April 2011

Daily OCD: 4/18/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoreviewsPeanutsMonte SchulzDaily OCDCharles M Schulzaudio21 18 Apr 2011 11:59 PM

An unexpected technical glitch has necessitated the splitting of today's Online Commentary & Diversions in twain, so part 2 follows immediately:

The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 (Vol. 15)

Review: "Fantagraphics Books rolls on with their hardcover library collection The Complete Peanuts, with the latest installment spotlighting 1979 and 1980. [...] In Charlie Brown, one sees a character with life still left ahead of him, so the myriad indignities he suffers are tempered by the thought that things could only get better. Had it been an adult character, the question would have been, 'Why hasn’t this guy drank himself to death by now?' ...[T]he Complete Peanuts collection is highly recommended to anyone who is in love with not just this format, but to anyone who can appreciate the highest level of achievement." – Dw. Dunphy, Kirkus Reviews

Review: "I always look forward to the latest collection of Peanuts strips from Fantagraphics and with the newest offering, the [Complete] Peanuts [series] moves into the 1980s. In general, Charles Schulz' strips can fit in any era. [...] There's something so simple and yet so complex about Peanuts strips. Not matter how many you read you can never tire of them. Grade A" – Tim Janson, Mania

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Review: iFanboy's Ron Richards selects 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente as their Book of the Month: "Filled with emotion and heart, this story presents what it meant to the world, to Pittsburgh, to Puerto Rico and ultimately to his family. A great baseball biography is filled not only with on field accomplishments but with off field heart and relationships and Wilfred Santiago captured that perfectly... Santiago's artwork is stunning, at times completely breathtaking... Santiago is able to paint a picture of raw emotion, both good and bad, with his illustrations that one cannot help but get lost in the tale. [...] I don't think there is a higher praise I can give to this book other than I wish I could go back in time and give the 9 year old version of me this book to delight over. [...] I can't think of a better way to start the baseball season this April than by enjoying this beautiful graphic novel achievement by Wilfred Santiago."

Review: "In this emotionally moving biography, the Puerto Rican Wilfred Santiago magnificently chronicles the often tragic life of this icon. [...] Santiago expertly traverses Clemente's tribulations, losses, and success with ease and skill. His portrayal of the baseball games rank among the finest ever attempted in this medium. Under the masterful hands of Santiago, 21 evolves into far more than just a biography of a sports figure. It showcases a life worth emulating." – Rick Klaw, The SF Site: Nexus Graphica

The Last Rose of Summer

Interview (Audio): Author Monte Schulz appears on the MarketingOurMuse program on BlogTalkRadio to talk with host Marla Miller about marketing novels in 2011

Video: the TCJ panel and more at Strandicon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics JournalKim DeitchGary GrotheventsDan Nadel 18 Apr 2011 11:13 PM

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The Strand, who are obsessive about documenting all their events on video, bless 'em, have posted numerous clips from their pre-MoCCA "Strandicon" spate of comics-related panels and presentations, including The Comics Journal panel with (L-R above) Dan Nadel & Tim Hodler of TCJ.com, TCJ executive editor/Fantagraphics honcho Gary Groth, and token artist Kim Deitch. The Beat has already done all the heavy lifting of compiling and embedding the clips into a single blog post, so we'll throw it over there for all your viewing enjoyment.

Stan Sakai receives Cultural Ambassador Award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan Sakaiawards 18 Apr 2011 9:50 PM

Stan Sakai award trophy

Well here's some wonderful news, as reported by The Comics Reporter: the great Stan Sakai has received the 2011 Cultural Ambassador Award by the Japanese American National Museum. The news release is here, and on Facebook Stan says (with typical understatement) "Senator Dan Inouye was seated at the table next to ours. He is third in line for the presidency, so secret service was around. Food was excellent." Congratulations and well deserved, Stan!

(By the way, this year's Stumptown Comics Fest is barely over but Stan has already been lined up as a special guest for 2012!)

Richard Sala updates on The Hidden
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard SalaOriginal ArtComing Attractions 18 Apr 2011 9:08 PM

Richard Sala - The Hidden original art

On his Here Lies Richard Sala blog, Richard Sala posted this drool-inducing photo of original pages for his forthcoming graphic novel The Hidden, along with an update on the status of the book, which is now complete and undergoing production. He also points out an eerie incidence of life imitating comics, which, if you know his work, is rather ominous.

Daniel Clowes originals available
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtDaniel Clowes 18 Apr 2011 5:56 PM

Daniel Clowes - David Boring original art

Hey, moneybags! A couple of original Daniel Clowes pages from David Boring are up for auction at Heritage. Links & info at the Daniel Clowes blog.

L.P. for LPs!
Written by janice headley | Filed under rockmerchLaura Park 17 Apr 2011 10:43 AM

I was kinda bummed that the 8th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest just happened to coincide with National Record Store Day, but that just made me extra-happy to find this wonderful collaboration between Mome artist Laura Park and musician Neko Case, to commemorate the occasion!

These limited-edition tees were printed by our friends at Poketo. If you're lucky, you can still find one at participating stores, but with a lovely illustration like that, don't be surprised if they're all sold out!

Johnny Ryan wins Best Letterer at Stumptown Comics Awards
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny Ryanawards 17 Apr 2011 10:24 AM

Johnny Ryan - from Prison Pit Book 2

Shout it out! Johnny Ryan is winner of Best Letterer at the Stumptown Comics Awards for his mashup of techno, metal and horror letterforms in Prison Pit Book 2! If you're at the fest, swing by our table (#304) and pick up both volumes. Congrats Johnny!

Weekend Webcomics for 4/15/11: Kupperman & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerRoger LangridgeMichael KuppermanMaakiesJon AdamsHans RickheitGabrielle Bell 17 Apr 2011 10:03 AM

Our weekly strip from Michael Kupperman — Steven Weissman is on vacation this week — plus links to other strips from around the web:

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Up All Night by Michael Kupperman (view at original size):

Up All Night - Michael Kupperman

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And elsewhere:

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Ectiopiary by Hans Rickheit:

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell:

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Mugwhump the Great by Roger Langridge (at Act-i-vate):

Mugwhump the Great - Roger Langridge

Smashing Crayons by Steve Brodner at SlateV:

Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Daily OCD: 4/15/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoTaking Punk to the MassesreviewsPeter BaggeLewis TrondheimLeslie SteinGilbert HernandezDaily OCD21 15 Apr 2011 5:47 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Review/Interview: ESPN.com's Jim Caple looks at 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente — "Santiago has a stunning, cinematic style, and 21 is filled with gorgeous illustrations that capture the power and grace of Clemente as no standard book of black and white type ever has or could. […] By appealing to all ages, 21 is a wonderful way to introduce younger readers to one of baseball's most important players and a great way to introduce older readers to the story-telling power and sophistication of graphic novels." — and talks to its creator, Wilfred Santiago: "Clemente's appeal is exactly what you see in 21. He had many sides but the story of a young person from a humble background going against the odds, overcoming obstacles and challenges, the struggles, anger, injustice, the loneliness, while not losing himself in the process, was compelling. On top of it, he did not conform to being an average athlete or human being but excelling as both. And he did it during one of the most volatile times in America. This is a story that spoke to me, and I couldn't pass. I also got to dip into baseball; it was a great experience dissecting the sport."

Approximate Continuum Comics

Review: "While there was clearly a lot on his mind, Trondheim is still first and foremost a gag man. He imbues every page with his dry wit, creating an authorial voice that allows him to get away with all sorts of slapstick and nonsense (without seeming too silly), while also allowing him to write about personal and serious matters (without seeming too ponderous). In later years, Trondheim would return to autobio comics as a way to revive his interest in drawing, but he’s truly at the height of his powers in Approximate Continuum Comics." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind - A Visual History from the Permanent Collection of Experience Music Project

Preview: MTV News takes some quotes from Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind for their preview of EMP's Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit (hosted by editor/curator Jacob McMurray) in two posts here and here

Yeah!  Eye of the Majestic Creature

Plugs: At Comic Book Resources, Alex Dueben's report from last weekend's MoCCA Festival includes praise for Peter Bagge & Gilbert Hernandez's Yeah! ("The book isn’t on sale yet, but this should be in demand by anyone who like all-ages comics and those who, when they read that it features a section penciled by Gilbert and inked by Jaime, know they need to own it") and Leslie Stein's Eye of the Majestic Creature ("charming and fabulous") as well as mentions of some of our other debuts

Fan-made DIY Gilbert Hernandez tote bag
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gilbert Hernandezfan art 15 Apr 2011 4:37 PM

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Kristin Hersh tweeted this pic of a fan-made tote bag with a hand-drawn reproduction of Gilbert Hernandez's cover artwork for the Throwing Muses album Limbo. Nicely done! Anyone else out there have any DIY Fantagraphics-related handicrafts you've made? Tweet or Facebook 'em at us!


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