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Archive >> December 2011

We made the big time!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsCharles M Schulz 22 Dec 2011 1:35 PM

The Anally Complete Peanuts

Spoofed in MAD? I've never been so proud! We made it, ma! *Snif*

(Kim thinks this is from a few years ago, but MAD just put it online today.)

Things to See: Caption Google cartoons by Lilli Carré, Megan Kelso, Richard Sala, Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRichard SalaMegan KelsoLilli CarréJim Woodring 22 Dec 2011 1:10 PM

Lilli Carré Google cartoon

Megan Kelso Google cartoon

Richard Sala Google cartoon

Jim Woodring Google cartoon

Think you know what these people might be Googling to get out of their respective predicaments? Create, rank and share captions to these cartoons by Lilli Carré, Megan Kelso, Richard Sala, Jim Woodring and a bunch of other cartoonists. Another fine "let's throw some money at cartoonists" project from the folks at Google!

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Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBlake BellBill Everett 22 Dec 2011 1:41 AM

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1
by Bill Everett; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • 39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-488-7

Ships in: February 2012 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The 1939 creation of the Sub-Mariner for the first issue of Marvel Comics assures Bill Everett a place in history. Co-creating Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, for Marvel Comics in 1964 gave Everett a link to one of the most popular superheroes of the past 50 years. And producing over 400 additional pages of superhero-related work in the very early days of the Golden Age of Comics (1938-42) makes Bill Everett a legend.

This book collects over 200 pages of this never-before-reprinted work from titles such as Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938), Amazing-Man Comics (1939), Target Comics (1940), Heroic Comics (1940), and Blue Bolt Comics (1940). These titles feature an endless array of great vintage Everett characters such as Amazing-Man, Hydroman, Skyrocket Steele, Sub-Zero, The Chameleon, and many more, all produced by Everett’s shop Funnies, Inc. for such clients as Centaur, Novelty Press, and Eastern Color, and all displaying Everett’s brilliant cartooning and energetic storytelling.

Edited and compiled by best-selling author and comic-book historian Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko), Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives is a stunning companion to Bell’s 2010 critically acclaimed Everett biography and art book, Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics. This volume follows the format of Bell’s Steve Ditko Archives series (see page 54 of this catalog); never-before-reprinted, beautifully restored, full-color stories from one of comic books’ greatest visionaries and most accomplished artists. Also includes an introduction by Bell that delves even deeper into Everett’s life, fiery personality, and the history of the era. The resultant package enhances Everett’s place in history as one of the first and best comic-book creators of all time.

Download and read a 23-page PDF excerpt (7.6 MB) with three "Hydroman" stories.

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Daily OCD: 12/21/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DuinShannon WheelerreviewsPeanutsOil and WaterMickey MouseLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezGahan WilsonFloyd GottfredsonDisneyDaily OCDCharles M SchulzCharles BurnsBest of 2011 21 Dec 2011 5:53 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Oil and Water

List: Oil and Water by Steve Duin & Shannon Wheeler is #5 on Comics Bulletin's Top Ten Best Graphic Novels of 2011, with Jason Sacks saying "This book is very much about misconceptions and preconceptions, about how we all can feel inadequate when facing enormous problems and how little we often feel we can do in when facing even the small incidents in our lives -- let alone the large ones."

Nuts

Review: Booklist's starred review of Nuts by Gahan Wilson (previously reported here) is now featured online: "The scenarios include summer camp, going to horror movies, being sick and obsessing about it, making models, eating too much, not knowing the answer (or even the subject) in school, selecting comics in the local cigar store, and other normal-enough stuff that holds the potential for humiliation, failure, and maybe worse. In Nuts, that potential is always realized and, as memory colors it, so uproariously that you just about choke with laughter. For sheer hilarity, this is Wilson’s masterpiece." – Ray Olson

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1-2 box setLove and RocketsComplete Peanuts Boxed Set 1979-1982

Plugs: Comics Alliance's Andy Khouri runs down their Holiday Gift Guide to Deluxe Edition Comics and Art Books, including:

"You've read our effusive praise for the incredible cartooning and hilariously grim Mickey Mouse stories of Floyd Gottfredson, and this excellent two-volume set leaves you with few excuses for not reading these classic comics for yourself.... It's hard to go wrong with this as a gift for your comics fan friends (or yourself), as it's a superlative example of the form from one of its greatest masters."

"I can tell you from personal experience that even one of these books makes a fantastic present, but to give the gift of the complete Love and Rockets is to provide your friend or loved one with a reading experience richer than virtually any other."

"Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are often associated with the holiday season (also with Halloween, and that counts), so there's no better time to give to yourself or your loved ones one or all of Fantagraphics' hardcover collections of Charles Schultz's beloved cartoon strip. Reprinted in chronological order with the highest production values, any one of these books would make an auspicious addition to any bookshelf."

The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 (Vol. 15)

Plug: "Reading cartoons is a good way to relax and the latest volume of The Complete Peanuts covers the years 1979 and 1980.... The strips with Woodstock and Snoopy are particularly funny. This latest collection of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts cartoons would make a nice gift." – Glenn Perrett, Simcoe.com

Elysian Nibiru label - Charles Burns

Plug: Robot 6's Chris Arrant takes note of our beery collaboration with Elysian Brewing, featuring the artwork of Charles Burns

The Thoroughly Thrizzled multi-pack: now even more Thorough & Thrizzling!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releasesMichael Kupperman 21 Dec 2011 4:18 PM

Thoroughly Thrizzled Pack

We've updated our "Thoroughly Thrizzled Pack" of Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle to now include the brand new 7th issue in addition to the Volume 1 hardcover and issues 5 and 6, so that it now comprises the complete Thrizzle to date — and all for a spiffy 20% off! That's like getting one issue for free and one for less than half off!

And don't forget, we have a bunch more money-saving multipacks which can be found in our Gift Sets shop category!

Things to See: The Smear from Paul Hornschemeier's Forlorn Funnies #1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seePaul HornschemeierComing Attractions 21 Dec 2011 1:29 PM

The Smear! - Paul Hornschemeier

If I'm not mistaken, this is the first look we've had at a completed page from Paul Hornschemeier's next joint, Forlorn Funnies #1, which is a'comin' sometime next year.

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Kupperman: Master of Book Covers
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 21 Dec 2011 11:08 AM

Well, clearly, anyone can see from the covers of  Tales Designed to Thrizzle that Michael Kupperman is, indeed, a master of book covers! And sometimes, he even lends those talents to other people's books!

On Wednesday, January 11th, you can join Michael for a visual presentation of his jacket art for the two books seen above. Both books are released by NY-based publisher Solid Objects, who is being celebrated at this event at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn!

Editors Max Winter and Lisa Lubasch will kick off the event at 7:30 PM, with readings by authors Jake Bohstedt Morrill and Jim Shepard, and a demonstration in awesome from Kupperman, as he discuss his work on those covers.

Greenlight Books is located at 686 Fulton Street 
(at South Portland)
 in Brooklyn, NY.

[ Edited to add: Just when you thought this event couldn't get better, we just found out from editors Max & Lisa that Kupperman will also be doing a reading of Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010! Awesome! ]

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMichael Kupperman 21 Dec 2011 1:57 AM

Now available for our mail-order customers:

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7
by Michael Kupperman

32-page full-color 6.75" x 9.5" comic book • $4.95

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In this issue Quincy, M.E. makes his comic book debut, struggling through the fantastic landscapes of his own dreams in “Quinception,” in which St. Peter also gets his own comic book. Snake ‘n’ Bacon make an appearance in “Reservoir Dogs 2,” where the gang reunites for another caper. Twain and Einstein deal with some family issues, McArf the Crime Dog takes a bite out of scum, and the origin of The Hamanimal! Plus a photocomic starring comedian Julie Klausner, "Voyage To Narnia."

Jason Conquers America - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rich Tommasonew releasesKim DeitchJason 21 Dec 2011 1:18 AM

Now available for our mail-order customers:

Jason Conquers America

Jason Conquers America
by Jason et al.

32-page black & white/color 6.75" x 10.25" comic book • $4.99

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Celebrating 10 years of Jason being published in the US, this comic-book-format one-shot is a Jason fan’s dream, with lots of previously unpublished Jason strips and artwork, an interview with Jason’s colorist Hubert, a checklist of all Jason’s books, a Q&A with the man himself, and a visual tributes gallery by several American cartoonists to the towering, taciturn Norwegian genius including Michael Allred, Kim Deitch, and Rich Tommaso.


New Comics Day 12/21/11: Jason Conquers America, Tales Designed to Thrizzle
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under New Comics DayMichael KuppermanJason 20 Dec 2011 7:55 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

(And keep those clicking fingers warmed up because this means they'll also be available from us via mail-order starting tomorrow!)

Jason Conquers America

Jason Conquers America
by Jason et al.

32-page black & white/color 6.75" x 10.25" comic book • $4.99

"A $5 pamphlet-format thing with some previously unpublished strips and other material about the great Norwegian cartoonist Jason." – Douglas Wolk, Comics Alliance

"If I had $30, I’d also grab Fantagraphics’ Jason Conquers America ($4.99), a collection of some of the cartoonist’s work that’s so far gone unseen in the US, along with pin-up tributes from fans like Mike Allred and Rich Tommaso." – Graeme McMillan, Robot 6

"Following Graeme’s lead I’d pick up that Jason Conquers America book, as I’m trying to be as much of a Jason completist as possible." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

"...the Jason Conquers America one-shot... features previously unpublished Jason strips and artwork, interviews and a tribute gallery by various artists." – J.K. Parkin, Robot 6

"As a Jason fanatic I'm happy to announce that @fantagraphics' Jason Conquers America is out today! Interviews, cartoons, a must for fans." – Secret Headquarters

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7
by Michael Kupperman

32-page full-color 6.75" x 9.5" comic book • $4.95

"I’d also nab the latest issue of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Michael Kupperman’s ongoing, frequently hilarious comic. This one features a riff on Inception and Quincy. Lots and lots of Quincy." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

"CONFLICT OF INTEREST RESERVOIR: What the hell, a pair of comic books? Yes, your holiday-battered pockets may rejoice at the prospect of Jason Conquers America, a 32-page fan-fest dedicated to the Norwegian cartoonist in the title on the occasion of his 10th year in American publishing, with unseen strips, a checklist, interviews, tribute art and more included; $4.99. And then there’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7, which is simply the newest thing from Michael Kupperman, about which you’ve likely made up your mind; $4.95." – Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal


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