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Archive >> August 2008

Mome Vol. 26
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMomeKurt Wolfgang 29 Aug 2008 2:59 PM

Mome Vol. 26 - Kurt Wolfgang

As envisioned by Kurt Wolfgang. (Normally Eric would post this, but he's out chauffeuring Mr. Clowes right now.) 

Blogosphere roundup for 8/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsevents 29 Aug 2008 1:10 PM

Here's what people on the web are writing about our books this week:

Futurismic, German site Nerdcore and Canada's SEE Magazine (which wins for best article title and best writer name) take note of Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell; the latter article sparks debate between Steven Grant and Jarett Kobek

The Onion A.V. Club's latest "Comics Panel" roundup includes a B+ review for Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars; Sequart takes a good look at the book too

• Chris Mautner at Blog@Newsarama gets the first word in on The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring (below the Steve Canyon review)

• For The Washington Post, Douglas Wolk looks at Explainers by Jules Feiffer and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• Guided by Voices fan blog Pop Zeus plugs Robert Pollard's Town of Mirrors

Tripping Toward Lucidity looks at Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

• Mexican site Comiquero recommends The Last Lonely Saturday by Jordan Crane (albeit with art from a different story)

Sequart examines Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes, while The Village Voice pairs Demented with Herbie Vol. 1

Comic Book Resources compares Mome Vol. 12 to two other recent anthology releases and declares it "the best deal for your anthology pleasure this summer." Take that, Tori Amos!

Boing Boing spotlights Love and Rockets: New Stories #1

Sequart continues their detailed examination of the original run of Love and Rockets comics with a look at issue #35

Demon Art recommends Malicious Resplendence by Robert Williams for hot rod lovers

Dick Hyacinth updates his ongoing "Best of 2008" list with 5 more of our titles

Indie Pulp looks at Jason's Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories

PLAYBACK:stl on Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler

And in other links...

• If you fall on that part of the Venn diagram where "alt-comics fans" and "Sims 2 players" overlaps, Kinemortophobia has some virtual posters featuring our book covers for you to download

Richard Grayson of Dumbo Books reports from last Friday's Michael Kupperman signing at Desert Island in Brooklyn

• Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter makes a suggestion for The Comics Journal #300 (due next year). It's been a while since we did a flip cover like that.

Via Spurge, and from Electric Politics, three words that you might not ever expect to go together: Robert Crumb podcast

• Another great theme sketchbook: Calvin and Hobbes, with Jordan Crane, Jim Woodring and others

Bob Levin offers some additional thoughts on his book Most Outrageous

• Screenwriter and blogger Todd Alcott dishes on successfully pitching a Maakies gag to Tony Millionaire, and, with Tony, unsuccessfully pitching a Sock Monkey movie to Hollywood

• Spanish-language blog Little Nemo's Kat discusses the acquisition of a page of original Gilbert Hernandez art from Luba #3

Leon Beyond takes on Krazy Kat, courtesy of Kevin Huizenga

And in anticipation of comics events in Seattle this weekend:

Seattle Weekly profiles Ivan Brunetti

• Don't miss Ellen Forney at Bumbershoot tomorrow

The Daily Herald of Everett, WA has a profile and short interview with Daniel Clowes

The Stranger recommends that you come see Dan at our storefront tonight

TONIGHT! Daniel Clowes! Seattle! Ghost World!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaniel Clowes 29 Aug 2008 11:03 AM

Dan Clowes

TONIGHT! SEE Daniel Clowes in a rare in-store appearance! GAZE upon an exhibit of original art from Ghost World! HEAR Dan answer questions from our fearless leader Gary Groth! MEET other special unannounced guests! PURCHASE the very first copies of Ghost World: Special Edition and our special signed limited-edition silkscreen exhibit poster (VERY limited quantities of both - get there EARLY to secure your copies)! GET your Clowes books and paraphenalia signed! CLICK here for more details!

It all happens from 6 to 9 PM TONIGHT at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA USA. Phone 206-658-0110.

Chocolate Cheeks for 8/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 29 Aug 2008 10:31 AM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Time for a new installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. In this week's episode: Elzie Crisler (the world's cutest monster dog) is in deep, deep trouble. (Remember, you must be registered and logged in to read.)

Ridiculously cheap McSweeney'ses
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under miscellanyChris Ware 28 Aug 2008 1:07 PM
I don't know if I'll get in trouble for plugging another publisher here on our official organ, but good gravy: our esteemed colleagues at Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern have put nearly all of their available back issues (including the Chris Ware-edited all-comics #13) on sale for just $5 each through tomorrow.
Now in stock: Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 (plus 1935-1936 New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesKrazy Kat 27 Aug 2008 12:46 PM

Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 by George Herriman

Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944
By George Herriman

Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944: "He Nods in Quiescent Siesta" covers the last two years of Herriman’s masterpiece. With this volume, Fantagraphics and its precursor Eclipse have reprinted the entire 29-year run of the Krazy Kat Sundays! Like Charles Schulz, George Herriman was a cartoonist to the very end. Aside from collecting the last masterful year and a half of Krazy Kat, this new volume offers a retrospective look at Herriman’s life at the drawing table, offering many never before seen samples of his original art (which the cartoonist often lovingly hand-colored for friends). Gathered from many scattered collections, these pages testify to Herriman’s invererate passion for drawing. Rounding out the volume are scores of Krazy Kat daily strips also from Herriman’s last years, further testament to the cartoonists vitality. Series editor and veteran comics historian, Bill Blackbeard, also provides a concluding, wide-ranging essay on the life and art of Herriman. More than a simple reprint collection, Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 portrays the full range of a cartoonist who remained an artist all his life.

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Krazy and Ignatz 1935-1936 by George Herriman

Krazy and Ignatz 1935-1936 (New Printing)
By George Herriman

The heretofore black-and-white Sunday Krazy Kat returned in full spectacular color in June 1935, collected here from then through 1936, with a flood of rare color extras and a revelatory essay by Jeet Heer.

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New Comics Day 8/27/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 27 Aug 2008 11:49 AM

After the wallet-busting deluge last week, you might be relieved to know that we have exactly nothing arriving in comics shops today. (We just didn't want to have to go up against Barb Wire Omnibus Vol. 1.)

We do have a couple of new books in stock today for direct orders, though... sit tight...

20 French Cartoonists Who Dragged Eurocomics into Adulthood
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalevents 26 Aug 2008 11:59 AM

Kim Thompson has posted an annotated list of the 20 artists featured in his "Vingt sur 20" slide lecture (given at the Alliance Française on July 16, 2008) on The Comics Journal message board for your reference and discussion.

We hinted that we might be bringing you audio of Kim's talk, but Kim will be presenting an improved version at SPX this Fall, so we're going to wait for that!

Preview video/slideshow: Ghost World: Special Edition
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesDaniel Clowes 26 Aug 2008 11:18 AM

Wondering what's so Special about Ghost World: Special Edition by Dan Clowes? Watch this video/photo slideshow teaser and find out! (Hint: snazzy hardcover format, complete graphic novel and film screenplay, extensive extras including new annotations and rare/never-seen artwork...) Click here if the slideshow doesn't appear above. (And don't miss our pre-order poster giveaway contest!)

Ghost World poster giveaway contest!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel Clowescontests 26 Aug 2008 9:48 AM

Announcing our Ghost World: Special Edition poster giveaway contest! Pre-order Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes directly from Fantagraphics.com and your name will be placed in a random drawing to receive a signed copy of the ultra-limited-edition silkscreen show print (shown below) for the Ghost World: Special Edition exhibit opening this Friday, August 29, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. (The poster will be available for purchase ONLY in person at the FB&G and is sure to sell out.)

Daniel Clowes Ghost World: Special Edition exhibit poster

Some rules: limit one entry per person (multiple orders, or ordering multiple copies, while appreciated, will not increase your chances); to be eligible for the drawing, orders must be placed via the Fantagraphics.com website and received before midnight Pacific time the night before Ghost World: Special Edition is listed as "in stock" on the New Releases page of Fantagraphics.com (currently expected to be the week of September 15, but this is subject to change up until the last minute); if you've already placed your order, YES, you're automatically eligible for the drawing; we only have one (1) poster to give away; the winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. Good luck!

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