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Archive >> February 2010

Daily OCD: 2/3/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyT Edward BakRoy CranereviewsMomeLove and RocketsLilli CarréJohnny RyanJaime HernandezDash ShawDaily OCDaudio 3 Feb 2010 11:24 PM

Oh no, I had this Online Commentary & Diversions update all set to go and then I forgot to post it... Earth to Mike!

List: At Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun!, our favorite little stuffed bull continues the annual Fun Fifty countown. At #36, Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1: "Ditko expert Blake Bell collects several dozen of Steve's 1950s work from Charlton and other publishers, plus plenty of amazing covers, in a thick, hardy collection with glorious gory and ghoulish Ditko comics from front to back. This thing's a gold mine!"

Review: "...T. Edward Bak's almost comically named 'Wild Man, Chapter 2 -- A Bavarian Botanist in St. Petersburg, Part One'... is the story to which I kept returning long after the publication entire [Mome Vol. 17] should have been swapped off of my end table for something less worked over. ... I hope there's more." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Review: "Next to Scott Pilgrim [Prison Pit: Book 1] felt to me like the western comic that’s got closest to properly understanding the energy of manga, rather than simply aping the surface elements. ... It’s the best art I’ve seen Ryan do in his career, more focused and while it mainly maintains a four-panel-a-page rhythm, when he breaks from that to do a splash page or change the panel rhythm, he does to great effect. If you’re going to do a splash page, it might as well be of a monster made of sperm or a barbed penis." – Brian Smith, Awesome Engine

Plug: "Hot damn, a new Jaime Hernandez Love & Rockets digest. Those books are the perfect blend of form and function." – Sean T. Collins on Penny Century

Plug: Tiny Showcase talks up Lilli Carré ("We've been in love with her work for ages now") following the release of her new print last night

Coming Attractions: ICv2 previews our upcoming August release of Buz Sawyer Vol. 1: The War in the Pacific by Roy Crane

Interview: Inkstuds host Robin McConnell says "I really enjoyed this chat with Zak Sally. If you are not already reading his work, you will want to after listening to this."

Events: For Comics Comics, Dash Shaw reports from Angoulême: "At festivals like this you find yourself jetlagged in a taxi with José Muñoz and you’re thinking 'holy shit, what do I ask José Muñoz? What do I ask José Muñoz?!' and you end up just bugging him about random things. Try to milk those ten minutes for as much as you can."

Missing Our Gang page
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt Kellyerrata 3 Feb 2010 11:10 PM

Our Gang - Walt Kelly

On his blog Comics Commentary, Rodrigo Baeza points out a page which was apparently somehow omitted from our 2nd volume of Walt Kelly's Our Gang, shown above in a scan from microfiche. We regret the error.

UPDATE: We'll print this page at the end of Our Gang Vol. 5, which should be out as soon as late 2011.

Soon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 3 Feb 2010 5:57 PM

Spike

Steven Weissman covers The Stranger
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The StrangerSteven WeissmanFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 3 Feb 2010 2:04 PM

The Stranger - cover by Steven Weissman

Hey Seattle, come get this week's issue of The Stranger signed by cover artist (and weekly "I, Anonymous" illustrator) Steven Weissman when he's in town signing his new book Chocolate Cheeks at our flagship bookstore on Saturday! (Dear Steven: that cover image would make an awesome poster.)

R. Crumb Joins Michael Leavitt’s Art Army
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under toysRobert Crumb 3 Feb 2010 1:03 PM

R. Crumb statue by Michael Leavitt

 

Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt is involved in an ongoing 8-year project sculpting figures for his fanciful "Art Army." Inductees include Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Mark Ryden, Robert Williams, Ron English, Shag, Banksy, and countless others. His latest recruit is none other than underground comix legend R. Crumb.

This fully articulated wood-carved sculpture was commissioned by an out-of-state collector. Before it ships off to the private collection, the piece will be put on public display at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for one night only during the reception for Gahan Wilson on Saturday, February 13. If you can't make it then, you can view Leavitt's recent work, including collaborations with Fantagraphics friend Charles Krafft, at Stolen Space Gallery in London May 13 through May 30.

R. Crumb by Michael Leavitt

Zut Alors! Le Humbug!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Humbug 3 Feb 2010 12:32 PM
Here is a very long series of blog posts about HUMBUG by our good friend Jean-Pierre Dionnet, whom Eurocomics-philes will recognize as a founding member of METAL HURLANT and Les Humanoides Associés, and whose list of achievements in the field of la bande dessinée is as long as your arm. Enjoy...if you read French!
Conceptual Realism Heads to So. Cal.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Williamseventsart shows 3 Feb 2010 8:22 AM

Robert Williams:
Conceptual Realism in the Service of the Hypothetical
February 20 - April 3, 2010

Cal State University Northridge

  

Dr. Irons
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoGreg Irons 3 Feb 2010 7:43 AM

  

Neilalien has posted a great Doctor Strange-themed rock poster done by Greg Irons in 1967. (Link via Comics Reporter.)

Glamourpuss
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 3 Feb 2010 7:21 AM

So, Tuesday nights are band practice. We get together in a seedy old building in Seattle's Ballard district, an old theater of some kind that's been subdivided into a bunch of nonsensical, Winchester Mystery House-style rooms and stairways. The Grunge Era lives on here, where garbage bags filled with empty beer cans are piled in the main "lobby" about ten feet high by at least as wide. The cavernous, pitch black hallways that lead to the restroom can make you feel like you're in an indoor version of "The Blair Witch Project". The bathroom stall is splattered with red paint for dramatic effect. You need a lighter or iPhone to light the way. Walls are routinely tagged, there's new stuff on them almost every week. Imagine my surprise last night when I came upon these faces staring me down in one of the hallways:

Very creepy. I was afraid that Dave Sim was going to come through a door and rape me for not being more manly. I ran back to our room and locked it. We might need to explore a new practice venue. 

Dr. Doofus
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoRick AltergottJeremy Eaton 3 Feb 2010 7:14 AM

  

I've linked to these jumbles a zillion times, but can't get enough. And now Jeremy Eaton is posting a new one every day. Doctor Doofus!


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