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Archive >> February 2009

Cartoonists with Guns
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert WilliamsAl Columbia 28 Feb 2009 8:05 AM

First in a recurring Flog! feature:

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ROBERT WILLIAMS 

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SUZANNE WILLIAMS 

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AL COLUMBIA (with GARY GROTH)

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DAVID COLLIER

C. Tyler Interviewed About New Book
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Carol Tyler 27 Feb 2009 7:39 PM

Carol Tyler is interviewed at newsarama about her forthcoming graphic memoir, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW, which is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2009. I know Mike already linked to this but it wasn't working earlier and Tyler's awesome enough that it should be called out. 

Tim Hensley & Wally Gropius
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tim HensleyMort WalkerMome 27 Feb 2009 6:23 PM

  

I'm putting together the 15th issue of MOME (Summer 2009) right now and it features the final three chapters of Tim Hensley's spectacular "Wally Gropius, Teen Millionaire" which has appeared in MOME since our fifth issue (Fall 2006). I can't even tell you how proud I am to have published this comic. Hensley is such a singular talent. He's so good I'm almost at a loss to explain why. There's something transcendent about it. It looks like old 1950s teenage humor comics, specifically Mort Walker's proto-Beetle Bailey strip, Spider, as Adam Grano recently pointed out to me while laying out the upcoming Walker interview in The Comics Journal.

  

Here's a page from Wally:

I find his work beautiful to look at. It's as attractive as comics get for me. But his work is so much more than that. It's a satire of teen comics and celebrityhood and modern culture, but it's also great Art. His dialogue is witty, lyrical, sampled, dada, and elliptical. It's all in the service of a very bizarre story, a mystery of sorts. There's sex, violence, rock and roll, intrigue, betrayal -- but it's all told in Hensley's truly inimitable style. I've read each chapter many times and will be sorry to not have more coming in anymore. But not to worry, Tim's already hard at work on the Wally Gropious collection, which won't be out for over a year but will be well worth the wait!

And here's a sneak peak at the cover for MOME 15, featuring the end of Wally Gropius. This is an early treatment by Adam Grano, with art by Andrice Arp:

Oh, and read Tim's blog

 

I'm so glad I'm not in on Fridays.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 27 Feb 2009 6:18 PM

An email sent officewide today from our warehouse manager, Nico Vassilakis:

 

I. Brunetti: New Yorker, HO!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ivan Brunetti 27 Feb 2009 6:12 PM

The new issue of the The New Yorker is out, and sports a beautiful cover by Ivan Brunetti

And if that looks attractive to you, don't miss Ivan's new book, HO!, which you can preorder now and hits stores in a few weeks. 

  

 

LOL Feiffer
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jules Feiffer 26 Feb 2009 7:34 AM
The Southampton Press has a really nice feature on Jules Feiffer up this morning, complete with pictures of him with his dog and cat! 
Humbug Exhibition & Book Launch Mar. 7 in Seattle
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Will ElderHumbugHarvey KurtzmanFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcyart showsArnold RothAl Jaffee 25 Feb 2009 4:07 PM

DAZZLING REVIVAL OF HARVEY KURTZMAN’S TIMELESS SATIRE MAGAZINE HUMBUG AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.

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Exhibition and Book Launch of New HUMBUG Anthology On March 7 in Seattle.

Four years after founding notoriously seditious MAD magazine for EC comics in 1952, celebrated American satirist Harvey Kurtzman and his crew of incorrigible cartoonists joined fledgling publisher Hugh Hefner to produce two issues of the equally irreverent Trump. When economic setbacks forced Hefner to cancel the new title, Kurtzman and collaborators Jack Davis, Will Elder, Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth pooled their limited resources to self-publish 11 issues of Humbug, skewering American popular and political culture of the Cold War era in unparalleled fashion. Fifty years later, Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books has collected the entire series for the first time in a handsome two-volume slipcase edition. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts an exhibition of original art and artifacts from Humbug contributors opening Saturday, March 7 and continuing through April Fool’s Day, 2009.

Organized by Humbug anthology assistant editor Jason T. Miles, the exhibition features original illustrations by cartooning legends Will Elder, Al Jaffee, and Arnold Roth together with each of the delicate original issues and related ephemera. The meticulously restored Humbug collection, which includes insightful essays and interviews by Gary Groth and John Benson, will make its debut at the event. The public is invited to preview the exhibition on Saturday, March 7, from 11:30 till 8:00 PM. According to Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, "Kurtzman has been the single most significant influence on a couple of generations of comic artists." 
With the publication of the complete Humbug, an essential element of Kurtzman’s legacy will be preserved for posterity.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110.

Don’t miss a special performance and book signing by cult cartoonist Dame Darcy on Saturday, March 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Darcy will perform with her three-piece acoustical combo and sign copies of her wildly popular Victorian gothic comic book series Meat Cake, as well as her new graphic novel Gasoline. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentation throughout the historic neighborhood.

A selection of imagery in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.

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Humbug
Original art and artifacts from Harvey Kurtzman’s classic satire magazine featuring MAD artists Will Elder, Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee and Jack Davis collected in a handsome 2 volume slipcase edition by Fantagraphics Books.
Public preview and book launch, Saturday, March 7, 11:30 to 8:00 PM
Exhibition continues through April Fools Day

Saturday, March 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Dame Darcy
Music performance and book signing

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Random plug of a book that hasn't even been announced yet but that I am excited about.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Williams 25 Feb 2009 12:48 PM

Read All About It!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Supermen 25 Feb 2009 12:30 PM

Douglas Wolk reviews SUPERMEN! in this coming Sunday's New York Times Book Review. If you can't read this scan, that's because I don't want to be an accomplice to the death of print; go buy a copy, already!

Drew Friedman in SF this weekend.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 25 Feb 2009 8:11 AM

Drew Friedman will be in San Francisco this Sunday for an exhibition of his "Old Jewish Comedians" artwork and a discussion of the work, as a part of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center's Festival of Jewish Humor.

 

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