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Archive >> April 2011

Things to See: Johnny Ryan's Dream Line-Up
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJohnny Ryan 15 Apr 2011 9:57 AM

Dream Line-up

I wish Johnny would make a high-res version of this available so people could print it out and staple it to telephone poles everywhere.

(P.S. Hey Johnny, it's "Miley." I don't know why I know this.)

Daily OCD: 4/14/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Taking Punk to the MassesSteven WeissmanShimura TakakoreviewsMomeMark KalesnikomangaLove and RocketsJosh SimmonsJessica AbelJasonGilbert Hernandezfan artDestroy All MoviesDash ShawDaily OCDaudio 14 Apr 2011 10:11 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

Review: At Comix Cube Kevin Czap praises Steven Weissman's "Barack Hussein Obama" (seen here on our website and in Mome Vol. 21): "It actually reminds me of Wally Gropius in terms of the structure, which is not surprising given its appearance in MOME. One can only hope that the whole thing will get collected, at which point I predict it to be one of my favorite comics ever." (Via The Comics Reporter)

Unshelved Book Club - The Last Musketeer

Review: We almost missed this cartoon review by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg at Unshelved Book Club: "…The Last Musketeer… is the epitome of everything we love about Jason: stunning color palette, insane and absurd plot, humor that sneaks up on you, his signature anthropomorphized animals, and surprisingly serious themes of authority, humanity, death, love, jealousy…"

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

Interview (Audio): On yesterday's episode of Albany, NY public radio station WAMC's program The Roundtable, Ian Pickus talked to editor/EMP curator Jacob McMurray about Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind — listen to the archived show at the link

Profile: At Examiner.com, Gillian Gaar talks to editor/EMP curator Jacob McMurray about Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind: "The book, as its title suggests, views Nirvana’s success as the culmination of the alternative rock scene that blossomed in America during the 1980s. 'That’s the bigger context in the exhibition as well,' McMurray explains. 'It is the story of Nirvana, but it's couched within what was happening throughout the Northwest, and throughout the US, from the rise of punk rock on. It’s the idea that there needs to be a sort of infrastructure in place for a band like Nirvana to even exist; that without all of these advances that had been happening in the underground by a dozen different bands, Nirvana would have never happened.'"

Love from the Shadows

Interview: Comic Book Resources' Chris Mautner talks to Gilbert Hernandez about Love from the Shadows and the other "Fritz B-Movie" books: "The Fritz series frees me of any obligation to be a do-gooder cartoonist, something most regular L&R readers probably don't want to hear. I felt straight jacketed with 'Palomar' and the like after a while, really. I have a lot more going on in my imagination than I'm expected to utilize." Further reading: at CBR's Robot 6 blog, Sean T. Collins comments on the interview

Freeway

Interview (Audio): Mark Kalesniko talks with Tom Waters. host of Big Words I Know By Heart, and Donald A. Wynecoop Jr. of Don's Atomic Comics. Direct download: MP3

Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film [Pre-Order]

Interview (Audio): The Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Cinema podcast correspondent Rupert Pupkin talks to Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film co-editor Bryan Connolly

Mome Vol. 13 - Winter 2009

Feature: At the Drawing Words & Writing Pictures blog, Best American Comics series co-editors Jessica Abel & Matt Madden spotlight two stories from Mome Vol. 13 as 2010 Notable Comics: Abel picks Dash Shaw's "Satellite CMYK" — "Dash Shaw just keeps popping up in our 'can’t miss' pile. [...] Beyond being a good story, the formal element of using color (and black and white) as a storytelling tool is very unusual and makes this work a standout." — and Madden picks Josh Simmons's "Jesus Christ": "The storytelling is fluid and dynamic, and Simmons’s ability to convey the enormity of the monster is bracing. Simmons deliberately mixes elements from different mythologies to defy any obvious reading. In the end, all we have before us is this escstatic Kali-Godzilla-Centaur with a halo of fire and a title to provoke us."

Awashima Hyakkei - Shimura Takako

Coming Attractions: Anime News Network reports that Wandering Son creator Shimura Takako begins a new serial titled Awashima Hyakkei in the online manga magazine Pocopoco soon. We'll keep an eye out and try to add it to our webcomics roundups if possible

Days of yore: Amazing Heroes preview highlights
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jaime HernandezFantagraphics historyAmazing Heroes 14 Apr 2011 9:51 PM

Amazing Heroes 1985 preview issue - cover by Jaime Hernandez

Hey nostalgia-hounds, Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat dug up this 2005 (!) blog post at Four Realities which runs down some highlights from every Amazing Heroes Preview Special.

Gary Panter in Paris April 29
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gary Pantereventsart shows 14 Apr 2011 7:52 PM

Gary Panter - Jimbo

Gary Panter will be in Paris for the opening of his art show at Galerie Martel on the 29th of April. On his blog he says "I am excited. I have many friends in France and it has been decades since I was there." 

Things to See: Encounter Briefs no. 23 cover by Dan Pussey
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeDaniel Clowes 14 Apr 2011 7:16 PM

Encounter Briefs #23 by Dan Pussey (Daniel Clowes)

We hinted at it before and now it's been revealed at danielclowes.com: the comic book prop cover illustration by Daniel Clowes used in the recent film Paul. Vigilant Clowes fans will note some references in the details. I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing the interiors of this comic existed.

First Look: Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rick MarschallMarschall BooksComing Attractions 14 Apr 2011 1:46 PM

Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising

Here's your first look at the final cover design for Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising edited by Rick Marschall & Warren Bernard, which is heading to the printer soon for a July release date. The book represents a couple of firsts for us: it's the first release from our Marschall Books imprint, and it's the first design job under salary from the newest member of our Art Department, Tony Ong, formerly at Dark Horse. (As a freelancer, Tony designed the cover for the second printing of Four Color Fear.) That's Tony's beautiful hand-lettering, too.

Blast from the past: Al Columbia backs up David Cross
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoAl Columbia 14 Apr 2011 12:18 PM

The video quality’s a little bad, but you can still see Al Columbia’s backdrops in this clip from David Cross’s HBO standup special from about 10 years ago (shot here in Seattle at the Showbox). Kim Thompson recently caught the show popping up in reruns on Comedy Central, which prompted him to dig up this clip on YouTube.

Daily OCD Extra: 21 review in Sports Illustrated
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoreviewsDaily OCD21 14 Apr 2011 11:35 AM

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente is reviewed by Alex Belth on page 16 of the April 18 issue of Sports Illustrated: "…Wilfred Santiago captures the physical grace of baseball and creates a story of visceral and emotional force… Santiago… has produced a rich and surprising work. The compositions and framing are intricate and varied… Santiago captures Clemente's relentless vitality as a player, frames the story around the historical and religious traditions of Puerto Rico, and handles Clemente's tragic death with restraint, all with a gimlet eye and the sensitivity of a true artist. It is a classic story given new life in this fresh, innovative telling." The full review can be read online here, and for SI's iPad subscribers, there is an additional Q&A with Wilfred.

Every Person in New York, cartoonist edition
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoPaul HornschemeierMark NewgardenKim Deitch 14 Apr 2011 10:55 AM

Stephen DeStefano by Jason Polan

Mark Newgarden by Jason Polan

Kim Deitch by Jason Polan

Paul Hornschemeier by Jason Polan

Jason Polan surreptitiously sketched Stephen DeStefano, Mark Newgarden, Kim Deitch, and Paul Hornschemeier at at our MoCCA Festival table last weekend for his Every Person in New York project.

Things to See: Tony Millionaire illustrates the Encyclopaedia of Hell
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireThings to see 14 Apr 2011 10:41 AM

Tony Millionaire: "The Invisible Death Throes of Zyk and Kadab at the Garden of Gethsemane.";

Tony Millionaire: "The Invisible Death Throes of Zyk and Kadab at the Garden of Gethsemane."

From Encyclopaedia of Hell, forthcoming from Feral House in summer 2011.

 


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