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Archive >> August 2009

Woodring's Weathercraft: wow
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsOriginal ArtJim Woodring 12 Aug 2009 11:41 AM

 

Jim Woodring original art for Weathercraft pages 34-78

Another great day at the office yesterday as Jim Woodring stopped by to drop off this stack of original pages for his 2010 graphic novel Weathercraft. It's the middle third, plus a little more -- Jim has a little over 20 pages to go. Unanimous reaction among Fanta staff: awed speechlessness.

Rock Candy: The Artwork of Femke Hiemstra: Preview, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesFemke Hiemstra 12 Aug 2009 10:38 AM

Rock Candy: The Artwork of Femke Hiemstra

Presenting a unique art book collecting the work of the Pop Surrealism movement's brightest rising star. Rock Candy: The Artwork of Femke Hiemstra intersperses the young Dutch artist's stunning work with photos and ephemera demonstrating her process and influences. This book is now available for pre-order in our online shop following its hit debut at Comic-Con last month. Get a taste by downloading our 15-page PDF preview. This book will be in stock and shipping in a week or two, and in stores approximately 4 weeks later (subject to change).

Random Comics Quote of the Day
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 12 Aug 2009 9:06 AM

  

Paul McCartney on "illegitimate" artforms, in discussing the forthcoming Beatles Rock Band: "Rock 'n' roll, or the Beatles, started as just sort of hillbilly music, just a passing phase, but now it's revered as an art form because so much has been done in it. Same with comics, and I think same with video games." From the New York Times. What graphic novels do you think Paul McCartney reads?!?

Jog on Prison Pit
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryan 12 Aug 2009 8:05 AM
One of my favorite books this year is Johnny Ryan's PRISON PIT, a book that I think is his magnum opus. So it was with great self-satisfaction this morning that I read Jog's review of the book, the first proper review I've seen yet. A brief summary of his take? "Jesus Fucking Christ."
Daily OCD: 8/11/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalreviewsPeter BaggeNoah Van SciverLove and RocketsJohnny RyanJasonJaime HernandezDaniel ClowesCharles BurnsAbstract Comics 11 Aug 2009 4:38 PM

Bring on the Online Commentary & Diversions:

• Interview: Sean T. Collins's series of interviews with Marvel Strange Tales MAX contributors at Marvel.com continues with Peter Bagge: "The Hulk story's about both the Hulk and Bruce Banner trying to cope with their many issues via the use of modern pharmacology, in the form of head pills, Viagra, et cetera. Needless to say, wackiness ensues."

• Interview: And another one from Sean at Marvel.com, this time with Jason: "With the Spider-Man story I pretty much followed the Stan Lee formula of him being a super hero but a screw-up as a private person."

• Interview: In the second part of his talk with Brian Heater at The Daily Cross Hatch, Seth discusses his involvement and design for The Complete Peanuts series: "The design evolves slightly for each decade, but it’s all about subtle change. For example, the end papers change each decade. The color scheme changes each decade, but it’s a very subtle shift."

• List: 1979 Semi-Finalist's "100 Best Comic Book Covers" includes Eightball #23 at #72, Love and Rockets #31 at #39, Love and Rockets #23 at #32, Love and Rockets #5 at #30, Black Hole #2 at #28, Acme Novelty Library #1 at #13, Love and Rockets #1 at #7, and Black Hole #4 at #4

• Review: "Fantagraphics' recent release Abstract Comics, while nicely designed and filled with some fantastic artwork (kudos to editor Andrei Molotiu and the Fantagraphics team), brings up an interesting argument...: at what point do you stop calling something comics and start calling it... well, something else?... I'm not sure there is an answer, but it's an interesting debate. Check out this book and come to your own conclusions." - Paul DeBenedetto, Wednesday's Child

• Review: Comic Book Bin's Leroy Douresseaux examines The Comics Journal #298, calling the Trevor Von Eeden interview "scandalous and provocative," saying R.C. Harvey's "Comicopia" column is "both thoughtful and insightful, the kind of exceptional writing that would normally earn a magazine about comic books an Eisner Award," and overall grading the issue an A-

• Plug: The Star Clipper Blog spotlights Locas II , which they say "is just as classic as the legendary first series."

• Plug: "I can't recommend Johnny [Ryan]'s comics highly enough. They go places no one else would dare and, like all great art, show you something you've always known but never have seen before." - Benjamin Marra

• Things to see: On the Covered blog, Noah Van Sciver takes on Power Pack #23

Sorry, Bob
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalerrataBob Levin 11 Aug 2009 4:26 PM

Jeez, poor Bob Levin can't catch a break: we've screwed up his byline in The Comics Journal twice in a row.

The Comics Journal #299

Hey, I know that guy
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffcomics industry 11 Aug 2009 2:10 PM
I know what's up with Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds since he sits right across the room from me (his nifty new job title didn't come with its own office), but for the rest of you, Publishers Weekly's Heidi MacDonald grills him about past, present and future, with first glimpses at some of his upcoming editorial projects. It's a must-read for Fanta loyalists and industry observers.
Artforum talks to Andrei Molotiu of Abstract Comics
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Abstract Comics 11 Aug 2009 9:06 AM

Andrei Molotiu talks to Artforum's Nicole Rudick about Abstract Comics

Fife Life
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 11 Aug 2009 8:48 AM

The new print by Drew Friedman

VICE interviews Ryan
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryan 11 Aug 2009 8:43 AM

Johnny Ryan talks Prison Pit and moustaches in a hilarious new VICE interview


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