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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 2011

Janeane Garofalo plugs Fantagraphics comics on The Daily Show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videotelevisionBob Fingerman 4 Apr 2011 12:02 AM

...in 1999. Ah, the nineties. (Via Bob Fingerman on Facebook.)

Weekend Webcomics for 4/1/11: Kupperman, Weissman & more (posted 4/3)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerRoger LangridgeMichael KuppermanMaakiesKevin HuizengaJon AdamsGabrielle Bell 3 Apr 2011 10:59 PM

Our weekly strips from Kupperman & Weissman, plus links to other strips from around the web including a new video strip by Steve Brodner (and our apologies for the tardiness):

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

Up All Night - Michael Kupperman

G'n'R in "Jews Your Illusion" by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

G'n'R by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond by Dan Zettwoch, Ted May & Kevin Huizenga:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell:

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

"The most disturbing Maakies yet," says Tony Millionaire (it's up there with the outhouse spider bite one, that's for sure):

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 (premiere episode!)

Smashing Crayons - Steve Brodner

Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Sing Me Spanish Ditko
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 2 Apr 2011 11:32 AM

Ditko Archives en Español

At his blog, Blake Bell reveals that Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 will soon be available in a Spanish-language edition from Diabolo Ediciones, and provides this glimpse of one of the translated pages.

(Post title explained for non-New Pornographers fans, if any.)

Daily OCD: 4/1/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoSteve DitkoRobert CrumbLorenzo MattottiGary GrothDaily OCDBlake BellAnders Nilsen21 1 Apr 2011 5:13 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Robert Crumb (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Profile: At the ABC News website, the AP's Matt Moore talks to Robert Crumb during his recent visit to New York City for his Society of Illustrators exhibit opening: "'It was never intended for that purpose, so it's always odd to see it on a wall, or under glass; it was intended for printing and books. It wasn't made as a wall hanging piece,' Crumb said in an interview with The Associated Press. 'For me, the printed copy is the magic moment. When I see it in print — that was the whole purpose of it.'" (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

GGG

Interview: At Previews, a must-read chat with Gary Groth about our classic strip reprints: "The only criterion is that it’s great cartooning. We wouldn’t waste our time devoting this much time and energy to anything less. Our mission has been to publish the best cartooning — not only in comic strips, but in every 'branch' of the cartooning art — that we can."

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Interview: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner talks to Wilfred Santiago about 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente: "I was trying not to make it … biographies to me  have a static feel to them. I was trying to avoid [that] and I feel like cartooning helps you in expressing the story and what you’re trying to convey thtorugh the story. It was difficult too because I wanted it to be cartoony and realistic at the same time. I wanted it to be fun. What’s important was that it was exciting; that it could almost speak. That you could read the book in a very sort of sharp-paced way but you could also take the time and read through it at your leisure."

Anders Nilsen - self-portrait

Interview: Matthew Baker of Vanderbilt University's Nashville Review has an epic chat with Anders Nilsen: "Really I feel like comics is just the most useful category to drop me into. I don’t feel like I’m wedded to comics as a medium. I draw, and I usually sort of tell stories, but I do make standalone drawings and paintings, and I do make stuff that is probably closer to poetry than comics. I’ve made books before that aren’t really comics — just a series of pictures, or diagrams, or whatever."

Stigmata [Pre-Order - with Special Offer]

Review: "Stunning and evocative and rendered in a cacophony of swirling miasmic lines, this fearsome modern parable is a fierce interrogation of faith and destiny which asks uncompromising and uncomfortable questions about the price of Grace and the value of belief. [...] Emotive, shocking and utterly compelling, Stigmata is a grotesque and beautiful metaphysical rollercoaster with existential angst and blind faith gripping each other’s philosophical throats and squeezing really hard. No rational reader or mature comics fan can afford to miss this dark shining delight." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

Review: "This book beautifully captures the phantasmagoric flow of images that occurs in dreams. Mattotti's art is incredible. There are panels that are so intricate that I wonder how he had the time to draw so many of them. At 32 mostly wordless pages it's a very short book, but the imagery, like the panels of a child throwing a toy at a giant, or the panels showing a huge black bird carrying off a rabbit in a rainstorm, will stay with you long after you finish reading. If you like the intense, emotional, sometimes dreamlike artwork Mattotti did for Stigmata, you will love Chimera." – Jon Anderson, The Beguiling

 

[Editor/Marketeer's Note: You can get Chimera for half price when you order Stigmata!]

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1

Plug: CBR's Comics Should Be Good presents Steve Ditko's earliest (by creation date) published story, with a nice shout-out to our Blake Bell Ditko books

Smoke Signal 8
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanePaul KarasikLilli CarréLeslie SteinGabrielle Bell 1 Apr 2011 3:17 PM

Smoke Signal 8 - cover by Lilli Carré

Here comes another all-star issue of the always-awesome Smoke Signal from Desert Island! This one's a split issue with the Finnish comics newspaper Kuti so there's sure to be some great stuff to discover by the Finns. Above, the cover by Lilli Carré (the flip cover is by Aapo Rapi); inside you'll find stories and strips by Sami Aho, Gabrielle Bell, Marc Bell, Lilli, Michael DeForge, Roope Eronen, Glynnis Fawkes, Nathan Gelgud, Sam Henderson, Keith Jones, Paul Karasik, Ina Kallis, Tim Lane, Jarno Latva-Nikkola, Blaise Larmee, Mikko Luostarinen, David Mazzucchelli, Jesse McManus, Tommi Musturi, Jyrki Nissinen, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Ville Pirinen, Aapo Rapi, Ron Regé Jr., Anna Sailamaa, Kari Sihvohnen, Avi Spivak, Leslie Stein, Janne Tervamäki, Petteri Tikkanen, Jari Vaara, Amanda Vähämäki, and Mikko Väyrynen.

As always, it will be available for free at Desert Island in Brooklyn (and probably at the MoCCA Fest and presumably somewhere in Finland?) — elsewhere you can order a copy for a measly 3 bucks here.

It's the Grapefruit Charlie Brown
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanuts 1 Apr 2011 1:16 PM

grapefruit Charlie Brown

Citrus C.B. hangs out with Crow, Tom Servo & Boba Fett in this photo from the offices of W.W. Norton as posted on their Tumblr blog. We love our distributors.

Things to See: Hanna-Barbera's Ghost World
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seefan artDaniel ClowesBeasts 1 Apr 2011 12:41 PM

Hanna-Barbera's Ghost World - Mr. Ed

Ghost World’s Rebecca & Enid as Scooby Doo’s Daphne & Velma, a "mush-up" by Beasts! artist Mr. Ed. Also don't miss his Wilson-as-House. (Hat-tip to Jacob!)

(Psst... the Ghost World softcover is part of our April Ship of Fools Weekend Sale!)

Steven Brower at WildPig Con in NJ this Sunday April 3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven BrowerMort Meskinevents 1 Apr 2011 12:16 PM

From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin - Steven Brower

Steven Brower will be at the Spring 2011 WildPig Con in Somerset NJ this Sunday, April 3, to sign his books including From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin — don't miss it if you're in the area!

April Ship of Fools Weekend Sale - 30% off select items!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 1 Apr 2011 1:10 AM

April Ship of Fools Sale

We're bailing out our warehouse! We have a lot of brand new books coming in over the next couple of months (like, a LOT) and our warehouse manager has put together a nice big list of primo books for us to clear out to make room. From all-time classics to recent favorites to hidden gems, we've got nearly 100 titles on sale for at least 30% off from now through the end of the day Sunday (April 3)! (Sale prices not valid at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.) There's too many to list here — go check it out and shop shop shop!

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