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Archive >> August 2008

Now in stock: The Comics Journal #292
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalSimon Deitchnew releasesKim DeitchGene Deitch 18 Aug 2008 5:47 PM

The Comics Journal #292 - cover by Kim Deitch

The Comics Journal #292
Edited by Michael Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Gary Groth interviews father and son cartoonists Gene and Kim Deitch. Academy-award-winning Gene Deitch, whose wide-ranging career has spanned 60+ years, talks about doing illustrations for The Record Changer, directing cartoons such as Munro and Krazy Kat, and creating his comic strip Terr’ble Thompson. Underground comics pioneer Kim Deitch, touches on his father’s influence, reminisces about the New York-based scene and outlines the evolution of Waldo the Cat. Plus: The innovative Grant Morrison fills us in on his X-Men run, All Star Superman, the ambitious Seven Soldiers “maxiseries” how he became one of the architects of the current DC Comics universe. Our comics gallery presents an historical essay and highlights from the turn-of-the-19th-century work of Puck cartoonist F. M. Howarth.

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Now in stock: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Softcover Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 18 Aug 2008 5:46 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 by Robert Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Softcover Printing)
By Robert Crumb

Finally back in print after a prolonged absence, The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14: The Early '80s and Weirdo Magazine continues the multi-volume series comprising the complete works of the legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, one of America's most original, trenchant, and uncompromising artists. This volume features the beginning of a seminal period of both Crumb's life and comics history with the first eight issues of Weirdo magazine, edited and anchored by Crumb, including the legendary strips, “Uncle Bob’s Mid-Life Crisis” and “I Remember the Sixties.” Also included are collaborations with Harvey Pekar from the pages of American Splendor, rare music-related art, Crumb's final contributions to Winds of Change magazine, and much more.

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Jaime Hernandez interview at The Daily Cross Hatch (part 2)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandez 18 Aug 2008 1:55 PM

The conclusion of Brian Heater's two-part talk with Jaime Hernandez about Love and Rockets: New Stories touches on fantasy, reality, and putting Maggie through the wringer.

Lotta interviews out there today, huh?

Jason interview at Panels and Pixels
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jason 18 Aug 2008 1:21 PM
Chris Mautner talks to Jason about Pocket Full of Rain, Low Moon, and much more... Jason dropping a tease about a future monster-based story is worth the price of admission alone.
Tim Lane interview at The Comics Reporter
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane 18 Aug 2008 1:01 PM
The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon talks to Tim Lane about Abandoned Cars , influences, future plans and much more.
La Semaine est finie
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDavid B 18 Aug 2008 6:56 AM

"La Semaine de la Bande Dessinée - A Week Celebrating the French Graphic Novel" is now over and was a rousing success by any measure. We have many photographs from the events to browse, from Wednesday's opening lecture by Kim Thompson (previously posted); Friday's opening of the David B. "My Story, My Stories" exhibit and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery:

David B.

...Saturday's David B. discussion at Seattle Central Library:

David B. slideshow talk at Seattle Central Library, 08/16/08

...and Sunday's "Romans Graphiques Meet the Graphic Novel" panel discussion at the Henry Art Gallery with panelists (L to R) Peter Bagge, David B., moderator Kim Thompson, and Jim Woodring:

David B. super-fan Karl Dotter, a.k.a. k4rl on Flickr, flew up from San Francisco for the events and has a bunch more photos and a few video clips:

Photographer Steve Sampson of the Alliance Française also took many, many great photos over the week; we'll be sure to post a link when they're up on the Alliance's website. And we recorded audio at all these events (and the Library is going to be podcasting theirs), so we should be able to bring you MP3s and possibly some multimedia in the near future.

Special thanks to all of the individuals and organizations who worked so hard to put together this fantastic week of events, and of course to the gracious and phenomenally talented David B. for making the journey, tirelessly signing and sketching, and providing such fascinating discussion. It's a great month to be a graphic novel fan in Seattle.

Sara Edward-Corbett Mome 13 sneak peek
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMome 18 Aug 2008 12:10 AM
Click on through to see it on the Invisibleman blog to which Sara contributes.
Blogosphere roundup for 8/15/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsarbitrary cuteness 16 Aug 2008 9:28 PM

Apologies for the late update -- technical difficulties and all that. This week's reviews: 

• Joe McCulloch, AKA Jog, takes a good look at Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars

Joe/Jog also looks at Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes 

Sequart examines Explainers by Jules Feiffer

• Retailer Mike Sterling says Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman is "all you need to know about the new comics coming in this week," and then promptly sells out of themSequart looks at the issue too

• This week's coverage of Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell comes from Publishers Weekly, The Village Voice (second on the page), and Steve Bissette

Black Heart Magazine reviews Ellen Forney's Lust

• French site Wart looks at Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• We take 3 spots on this top-10 list at Creative Loafing (and 2 of those are Acme Novelty Library)

• Our Eric Reynolds is posting scans of our press clippings on his Flickr account

Harry Allen appreciates The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

The Forbidden Planet International blog looks at The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott (reposted from the Blank Slate Books blog)

• Flickr user jjohnshea not only poses his sweet-looking dog with Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees by Tony Millionaire and Chance in Hell by Gilbert Hernandez (among other books... and look, here's his other dog with The Frank Book by Jim Woodring), he reviews them too:

Reading Stack - March 27, 2008

In other links...

This guy scored some great stuff at our Summer Sidewalk Sale last weekend

Richard Grayson has a great report from last Friday's Where Demented Wented book release event at Desert Island in Brooklyn

Blake Bell has the hots for my wife and writes some other things about his Comic-Con experience

• Paul Hornschemeier posts a video of Jonathan Lethem and Daniel Clowes talkin' shop at MoCCA

At Blog Flume, Ken Parille connects the dots between Swiss appropriationist Ugo Rondinone, Jason, and Carl Barks

Also at Blog Flume, Jonathan Bennett presents the complete It Was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy

• Are you keeping up with Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond by Kevin Huizenga, Ted May and Dan Zettwoch?

• In other webcomics news, Roger Langridge announces the temporary return of Fred the Clown

Tim O'Shea interviews The Comics Journal Online Editor Dirk Deppey

• News To Me Dept: Hey, this Angry Youth Comix cover is based on this Li'l Abner paperback cover

An amazing piece of original art by Michael Kupperman and the bitter story behind how it was acquired (via Sean T. Collins)

• Our own Kristy Valenti posts her Comic-Con 2008 wrap-up at ComicMix

• At Thought Balloonists, see photos of Jim Woodring at his Comic-Con spotlight panel and video of Jaime Hernandez sketching John Hancock for a fan at our Comic-Con booth

• Our own Larry Reid is quoted in this Los Angeles Times article about photographer Edward Colver

• Tim of Sparky Malarkey has a lot of our books on his shelves

More Anders Nilsen sketchbook comics

Sexual harrassment at Comic-Con
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under comics industry 14 Aug 2008 8:39 PM
I may have witnessed one of the incidents of sexual harrassment at this year's Comic-Con described by our good friend and colleague John DiBello in his commentary posted on Kevin Church's blog [CORRECTION] on his hooved friend Bully's blog (oops, my RSS reader picked up the cross-post before the original post) -- either that, or I witnessed an incident in addition to the ones he describes. John's comments are right on -- I strongly encourage you to go check them out.
Sneak peek video & photos: Where Demented Wented
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRory Hayespreviewsnew releases 14 Aug 2008 2:54 PM

Is it still a "sneak peek" if the book is already available? If you haven't seen it yet, sure! Today we're bringing you a belated video and photo teaser of Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes, the first-ever collection of work from the controversial underground/outsider cartoonist. Watch as I try to flip past the most blatantly NSFW material! View the video above (or click here if it doesn't show up), and take a closer look in our photo gallery.


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