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Archive >> December 2008
No, Ellen isn't performing Billy Joel karaoke (that I know of). In celebration of her most recent cover illustration for The Stranger (above, and currently seen around the snowy streets of Seattle), Ellen presents a retrospective of her Stranger covers going back to 1993.
• Inside baseball: in a must-read slice of industry history from the mid-1980s, former Fantagraphics staffer Dave Olbrich comes clean about the debacle of the Jack Kirby Awards. Be sure to check the comments for official reaction from Kim Thompson
An explosion of end-of-year lists:
• At comiXology, Tucker Stone unveils #30-11 of his "Best Comics of 2008," with Mome Vol. 12, Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons, Angry Youth Comix Vol. II #14 by Johnny Ryan, and Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 making the list
• On the Forbidden Planet International blog, Mike Carey names Things Just Get Away from You by Walt Holcombe ("a strange little masterpiece") and Jessica Farm Vol. 1 ("willfully perverse") as two of his three favorite comics of the year
(Hat tip to Largehearted Boy's diligent compilation of "Best of 2008" Book Lists for a few of these links.)
Secret Headquarters Presents:
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville tells the hilariously bizarre adventures of Pluck, an irritable and featherless rooster, and his best pal, the awkwardly unsocialized but lovable teddy bear known as Fuzz. These two usually inseparable and co-dependent misfits find themselves suddenly separated and alone. Pluck vows to establish his place in the world's pecking order by becoming a champion gladiator, while the more demure Fuzz finds himself a POW in a stuffed animal collection, only to escape and befriend a mercurial ferryman who recruits him for an impossible task. These absurdities pile on and eventually converge in a fatal collision course that reunites our heroes.
Fuzz & Pluck is an odd, and unusually original graphic novel, a "funny animal" comic that is surprisingly human. Rich with pathos, wit, farce, existentialism and drama, often cruel, always funny, this superficially ridiculous struggle for survival is an Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups that reaches absurdly delightful heights. As Simpsons creator Matt Groening says, "This epic tale of a hapless li'l bear and his defeathered friend is why I love comics. All hail the peculiar Fuzz & Pluck and their creator, Ted Stearn!"
Ted Stearn is longtime storyboard artist for animation. Fuzz & Pluck is the author's most personal work, showcasing his vivid imagination and meticulous draughtsmanship.
This has already made the internet rounds a bit but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention it: Jeremy Eaton reflects on drawing under the influence. Just what the heck kind of debauchery was going on at those Action Suits recording sessions, anyway?
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• The Village Voice places Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes and Most Outrageous: The Trials and Tespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester by Bob Levin on its list of "2008's Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia"
• Bob Fingerman presents outtakes from his upcoming book with us, Connective Tissue
An addendum to our post yesterday about C-SPAN2's BookTV program presenting a 45-minute profile of American political cartooning great David Levine: the network has posted this 7-minute preview on YouTube. As a reminder, here are the airtimes:
Saturday, December 20, 8 am EST
Sunday, December 21, 8 pm EST
Sunday, December 28, 11 am EST
• We weren't the only ones who had a jam-packed art opening last Saturday: spot Johnny Ryan, Tim Hensley, Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman in this video from the opening of the Post-It show at Giant Robot LA
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