We've since learned that more Fantagraphics artists will be in attendance, including Laura Park & Lilli Carré (table #3552) and Mome newcomer Nick Drnaso (sharing Ivan's table #3704).
This show sounds amazing... Ivan Brunetti and LeVar Burton on the same bill? Mome artists alongside Peter Tork of The Monkees? Wait, Billy Corgan's gonna be there? And five of the Willy Wonka kids? And the chick who gave Brandon Walsh "euphoria" at a rave on a very-special-episode of Beverly Hills 90210!?!!!! [passes out from pop culture-overload]
Wizard World Comic-Con runs from Thursday, August 11th to Sunday, August 14th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Someone, send me pictures.
We produced this "BLAD" promotional brochure to help hype Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks, and we are pleased to present it here for the first time. You'll notice a different cover design for the book than we've shown you before, and you'll see a good sample of the recoloring job done by Rich Tommaso — not to mention, of course, some glimpses of Barks's genius. Click each page for larger images, or download the whole thing as a PDF.
• Review: "The harmony of words and illustration strengthen Kelso’s voice as a narrator of stories that appeal to women of all ages.... This collection of short stories is a fantastic starting point for those of you who still view comics as Marvel/DC, or as ‘kiddie’ entertainment. (Shame!!) While playing with fantasy elements we all loved reading as little kids, Kelso incorporates today’s real life issues — STDs, pregnancy, being broke, infidelity — into her comics. Raw, yet refined, Queen of the Black Black is an enjoyable, meaty read that left me pumped to experiment with my own comics style." – Erina Davidson, Bust
• Review: "The book itself is stunning.... Fantagraphics is well-known for their quality book projects and this may be one of their best yet.... The Mickey Mouse strip itself is a hoot — especially in these early days. Mickey’s a feisty little guy in the strips, more so than in most of his animated appearances. He frequently packs heat (gasp!), knows all kinds of dirty tricks, and isn’t afraid to get into some real fisticuffs.... Even if you don’t care much for Mickey or the whole Disney mouse machine, this book should be on your bookshelf just for the slice of 1930s Depression-era Americana and the amazing joy of Mickey’s flinty 'can-do' attitude.... Watch for this wonderful series to do very well in various comics awards next year. This is important stuff." – K.C. Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
• Review: "There's still an agreeable edge to the series at this point [The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980] — Peppermint Patty's resigned acceptance to a life of D-minuses is really kind of savage — but Charles Schulz was relaxed enough to enjoy a few in-jokes and celebrity shout-outs to the likes of Bill Mauldin and various tennis stars.... Each time that Schulz started one of his longer, weirder stories..., readers will find themselves wondering how in the world he resolved it. He succeeded every single time." – Grant Goggans, The Hipster Dad's Bookshelf (via Spurge)
• Review: "Like crisps, chocolate and bad puns; once you get the taste of Robert Crumb on your palate, it’s almost impossible to shift the craving for more. Here’s another re-released edition [Vol. 13] from the superb and multi-award winning Complete Crumb Comics series that will tickle the bad-taste-buds of discerning comics cognoscenti and is bound to make a whole new generation of fans among the cool kids..." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
• Scene/Plug:Comic Book Resources' Sonia Harris shares a charming Hernandez Bros. anecdote from Comic-Con and plugs the new Love and Rockets: "I won’t spoil it for you, but I can tell you that it is even better than the 3 that have come before it (and they were fantastic.) Seriously, Love and Rockets is just getting better and better."
One of Jim Flora's most iconic album cover designs, Inside Sauter-Finegan, is now available as a limited-edition fine art print from Jim Flora Art. Sez Flora doyen Irwin Chusid, "Eddie Sauter and Bill Finegan were famous for their orchestral mayhem. While Flora's mischievous cover figures didn't physically resemble Eddie or Bill, his caricatures reflected their inventive approach to redefining big band jazz in the 1950s." Dig it!
Ivan Brunetti appears at Wizard World Chicago Artists Alley table #3704 next week (August 11-14)! The improbably named Michael Bonesteel of the Chicago Sun-Times profiles Ivan: "Given the minority presence of alternative comics artists like himself at Wizard World, does Brunetti ever feel a bit overwhelmed? 'Sure, but that’s the way it has always felt,' he replied. 'Superheroes have always dominated the comics world, and alternative comics are but a mere subset of that world. I’ll take what I can get, personally. I think there’s room for everything. I’m just asking for an out-of-the-way corner. I promise I won’t bother anybody.'"
Our compadre Alberto "El Tio Berni" Garcia from Spain's premier comics site Entrecomics was at Comic-Con in San Diego and captured some video clips of Jaime Hernandez's cartooning master-class panel — we've embedded one above and you can watch them all here.
Also, even if you don't read Spanish you can still enjoy the photos in his Comic-Con recap post, including great shots of Gary Groth & Kim Thompson (caption: "Every time Gary Groth smiles, Kim Thompson (background) sacrifices a kitten"), somebody (possibly me) spinning our Eisner Award globes (it's irresistible!), all three Hernandez Bros., and this woman, a dead ringer for Gilbert's "Killer," who looks like she stepped right out of the pages of the new Love and Rockets:
Even though it's a library, copies of the book will be available for purchase, so you can get yours signed, if you don't already have a copy.
This free, all-ages event starts at 7:30 PM this Friday. Note: since this is after regular library hours, no other library services will be available, so you'll have to come back another time to pay those overdue fines!
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