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Archive >> February 2010

New Yorker covers' secret revealed
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ivan BrunettiDaniel ClowesChris Ware 26 Feb 2010 8:49 PM
This is really great. Full story here. (Thanks, Emdashes!)
Lettering in Spanish
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert CrumbPeter BaggeJohnny RyanJoe SaccoGilbert SheltonDaniel Clowes 15 Feb 2010 6:47 AM

One of my favorite books I've received lately is this handsome, considered little tome from Spain's Blur Ediciones, Rotulando in Spanish • Lettering en Español, collecting something that on the face of it might sound a bit loopy: lettering by the cartoonist Nono Kadáver created for the Spanish editions of work by American greats R. Crumb, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, Johnny Ryan, Peter Bagge and Gilbert Shelton.

Nono worked throughout most of the 1990s at Barcelona's Ediciones La Cúpula, one of Spain's leading comics publishers, and was one of the last of an era when book production was done largely by hand, not computers. Nowadays, most publishers get fonts created for an artist, but thru the 1990s, Nono spent many of his days mimic-ing the lettering styles of Bagge, Crumb, etc. the old fashioned way, with a pen and paper (and maybe a lightbox). He was a real master at trying to maintain the integrity of the original artwork, putting his ego aside in an effort to seamlessly blend the Spanish text into the artist's page compositions as unnoticeably as possible. Kind of like the old saw that the best movie soundtrack is the one you don't notice, Nono's work could probably make you forget that Daniel Clowes wasn't Spanish when you're reading Bola Ocho.

  

  

  

I am a lettering nerd and it makes me a bit sad that hand-lettering like this is becoming a dying craft, because it can make or break a translated foreign book and typeset fonts are rarely as effective. Kadáver likens his work to a forger in the excellent introductory text:

"I feel a great admiration and respect for counterfeiters... I think that even falsifying, we leave our mark... What you have to do is forget your personal style and adapt to the artist's. This is accomplished by reading a lot, dissecting his work, and learning from it; in the end the only thing that matters is as close a possible resemblance to the author's style." 

 UPDATE: Here's a direct link for ordering. 

Ivan Brunetti Presents HELLZAPOPPIN' in Chicago
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ivan Brunetti 11 Feb 2010 11:04 AM

Ivan Brunetti presents: Hellzapoppin'
Tuesday, February 16 - 9:35 p.m.
H.C. Potter, 1941, 84 min
Archival 35mm print from the Library of Congress

  

On February 16, Doc invites comic artist Ivan Brunetti to curate and introduce an evening of anarchy, featuring a screening of the zany 1941 classic Hellzapoppin'.

Originally produced by vaudeville duo Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson as a long-running Broadway revue, Hellzapoppin' is unlike any other film from the period, featuring an indescribably absurd barrage of gags, musical numbers, and special effects - which even includes a descent into Hell. Ostensibly about an aspiring scriptwriter played by a pre-Stooges Shemp Howard, the film largely eschews narrative in favor of an endless stream of self-reflexivity, continuously shattering the fourth wall.

Ivan Brunetti, a graduate of the University of Chicago, is an acclaimed comic artist best known for his series Schizo and Ho!: The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti. He has also written an instruction manual, Cartoon: Philosophy and Practice, and edited two volumes of An Anthology of Graphics Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (Yale University Press). His drawings occasionally appear in The New Yorker, as well as a host of other publications.

Tickets cost $5, and go on sale half an hour before the screening. Doc Films is located in the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall at The University of Chicago (1212 East 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637). Persons with a disability who may need assistance can contact us by phone or email.

Doc Films Hotline: 773-702-8575
Doc Films Office: 773-702-8574

[UPDATE: Links added! -ed.]



"They're Aware We're All Doomed"
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gahan Wilson 11 Feb 2010 9:33 AM
Stranger Books Editor Paul Constant conducted a great interview with Gahan Wilson in anticipation of his Seattle appearance this weekend. 
Gahan Wilson radio interview 9AM Friday
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gahan Wilson 11 Feb 2010 8:24 AM

  

It's an exciting day here at the office, as Gahan Wilson is about to get on a plane in New York and fly to Seattle for his first visit to Fantagraphics (don't miss his appearance at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday night!). Tomorrow morning, I will have the great pleasure of taking him to our local NPR station, KUOW, where Wilson will be a guest on their "Weekday" morning program with host Steve Scher. Don't miss it!

S. Clay Wilson Pool Cue
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 8 Feb 2010 9:49 AM

An underground comics fan and billiards lover with $30K to burn? This is for you

Help Giant Robot
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 4 Feb 2010 8:05 AM

  

I'm a bit late with this, it somehow escaped me until last night, but the fine folks at Giant Robot need your help. Peggy Burns at D&Q already made a better case than I could as to why you might want to do this, so I'll simply direct you to her if you need reasons to help. I wholeheartedly concur with everything she wrote. 

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. 

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