|Things to see: 2/17/10|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under video, Things to see, Sergio Ponchione, fan art, Derek Van Gieson, Debbie Drechsler, Dave Cooper, Al Columbia||17 Feb 2010 4:05 PM|
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Let's see what Online Commentary & Diversions are in store for us today:
• Review: "The Troublemakers is something of a titular understatement. These guys aren’t trouble, they’re a disaster waiting to happen. ... It’s an exquisite story. With the characters locked in a tussle of greed and deceit, Hernandez makes his writing craft look effortless. The script is low-key and natural, the characters three-dimensional and interesting." – Grovel
• Review: "...[T]here seemed to be something dangerous, something man was not meant to trifle with, something unnatural, in concentrating all that uncut hilarity in one place [in Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1]... At its basal level, Kupperman’s sense of humor starts with a susceptible contemporary sensibility driven into survival mode by the open floodgates of mass culture, a modern consciousness threatened by amusement and diversion. The strategic response is one of aggressive accretion, grasping at straws and flotsam and winding up with some very odd however buoyant accumulations." – Rich Kreiner, "Yearlong Best of the Year," The Comics Journal
• Review: "[The] Unclothed Man [in the 35th Century A.D.] is an interesting, if quirky, collection of the work of a cartoonist who is still getting stronger and more confident." – Andrew Wheeler, ComicMix
Joe Alterio of the blog Indirect Collaboration (associated with the South by Southwest Interactive Panel) talks with Charles Burns and Gary Panter about their ongoing collaborative jam comics (like Pixie Meat, above). A sample:
Is there something about collaborative art that isn't there with solo art? Is it useful, or just a parlor game?
(via Hermenautic Circle)
Here's something to keep an eye on: John Orlow has a series of video interviews with the likes of Tim Hensley, John Pham & Sammy Harkham, Lisa Hanawalt, and Paul Hornschemeier (above), who tipped us off to their existence via his blog. They're posted on the Royal Jelly blog and in high res on Orlow's Vimeo page. Stay tuned for future installments to see if he gets out of the H's.
Look what we just found a stash of in our warehouse — published in 1997 and thought to be out of stock for years:
32-page black & white magazine-size comic book • $3.95
A unique, oversized coloring book just like Mom used to buy you — only dirtier. Beloved alternative cartoonist Jeremy Eaton puts a modern, interactive, and empowering spin on the old-fashioned girlie pin-up. Join Kinky Spectrum and her colorful girlfriends as they take on the chores of the world: repairing telephone lines, taking spacewalks, fighting fires, pole vaulting, hunting, painting portraits, delivering milk, walking dogs, and so on... all forgetting just one thing — their clothes! A fun and dare we say feminist frolic — crayons not included.
Heading into comic shops today (snow, truck crashes, and other factors permitting):
304-page black & white/duotone 6.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $24.99
Douglas Wolk recommends it at Comics Alliance: "A $25 collection of four early books by the dry-witted Norwegian cartoonist Jason, involving animal-faced people, Frankenstein, true love, and Earth being overtaken by zombies..." Newsarama says "This should look fine sitting next to Low Moon on a bookshelf." (Yes it does.) Jog says it contains Jason's "secret masterpiece, You Can't Get There from Here, a beautifully paced, quietly experimental slash of emotional agony by way of vintage Frankenstein imagery, and my choice for best comic of 2004" and calls it "A good overall sampler of an excellent stylist in the mature form..." Robot 6's Chris Mautner says "as the title suggests these are mostly wordless stories, apart from the occasional word balloon. They're also all very good and if you haven't had a chance to encounter Jason's work yet this is a fine place to do so," which is so nice we can forgive them for using the preliminary cover art.
UPDATE: I shoulda checked Twitter before posting this! Meltdown Comics made it a pick of the week, Atomic Books didn't get theirs yet, and UGO blurbed it: "Pretty decent week for books, folks, and I say that just because I'm psyched for the Jason collection from Fantagraphics... he works magic."
For me, Gary pushes all the right buttons as a painter. If you haven't yet picked up that art book that Picturebox put out (and it's a god damn hell of a deal right now), you're missing out.
UPDATED with embedded video.
Irwin Chusid, signing one of our fine Jim Flora collections at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, September 22, 2007 (The lovely Rhea Patton seen in the background.)
If you've ever fantasized about owning one of our illustrious editors, now's your chance!
Irwin Chusid, the fine editor of our Jim Flora art books, is available for a paid-in-full pledge of $365 or more to WFMU's 2010 Marathon! Click here to stake your claim on this fantastic music historian and self-described "landmark preservationist." Not quite sure what your ownership will entail aside from some pretty sweet bragging rights.
Adult Swim is pitting a bunch of pilots against each other in an elimination tournament. Up right now: Snake 'n' Bacon by Tales Designed to Thrizzle creator Michael Kupperman vs. something with T-Pain and throwing babies through plate glass windows. At stake: the "most popular one gets on TV" — does that mean the pilot gets aired or the series gets picked up? I would assume the latter, meaning S'n'B gets a second chance. Go, vote!
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