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Archive >> February 2010

Luba by Gilbert Hernandez is LA Times Book Prize Finalist
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert Hernandezawards 23 Feb 2010 1:14 PM

Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

We are pleased to announce that Luba by Gilbert Hernandez is a finalist for a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in their first-ever Graphic Novels category. See the complete list of finalists here. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 23, 2010. Congratulations Gilbert! A monumental honor for a monumental book.

Joost Swarte & Robert Crumb read Genesis
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbJoost Swarte 22 Feb 2010 2:52 PM

Swarte & Crumb read Genesis

What we have here is an illustration by Joost Swarte depicting himself and Robert Crumb in Crumb's workroom paging through Crumb's Genesis, with a little help from a certain bearded, white-robed fellow. It was produced by (I think) Griffioen Grafiek as a limited-edition giclee print and can be ordered online from Pinceel out of Belgium. Spotted by our own Jason T. Miles.

Tony Millionaire slap-fest
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTony Millionaire 22 Feb 2010 2:30 PM

Tony Millionaire flexes his comedic chops and joins the illustrious ranks of David Lee Roth as portrayers of unsavory purveyors of ice cream in comedic short subjects, in Tony's case Lil Peskies in "Goil Trouble."

Things to see: 2/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneTim HensleyThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerRenee FrenchLove and RocketsLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellErnie BushmillerDame Darcyaudio 22 Feb 2010 2:09 PM

Have a look, have a click:

Mining Colony X7170 - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan's latest comic for Vice almost seems like it could be a Prison Pit prequel

Renee French

• Of Renee French's daily drawings, this was an easy one to choose to feature after it thoroughly heebied my jeebies

Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner illustrates some recent news items that would have Orwell spinning in his grave — and Orwell spinning in his grave for good measure

Beast Biplane - Kevin Huizenga

• A bit of Ted May fan art by Kevin Huizenga

Witches Song - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy is having another print sale/painting raffle (that's the painting above; the print is different), and also taking commissions for wedding invitations — all this and more on her latest blog update

Disc Digest - Jim Flora

A 1946 illustration by Jim Flora

NYT illustration - Lilli Carré

Sunday's New York Times featured 4 illustrations by Lilli Carré (via her blog)

Nancy & Sluggo

• Hey Mike Sterling & Nat Gertler, can we use this image in all of our advertisements forever and ever?

Ectopiary, page 12 - Hans Rickheit

Page 12 of Hans Rickheit 's Ectopiary

mural by Hans Rickheit

• Speaking of Hans, he painted a couple of murals in his old house

Torn Curtain - Tim Hensley

• More adventures with Alfred Hitchcock by Tim Hensley: Torn Curtain, Topaz, The Man Who Knew Too Much

Secret Love - Steven Weissman

• More cats-n-Proverbs from Steven Weissman

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Happy New Year 2009 from Gabrielle Bell

• A "Thing to hear": Tim Lane presents the first of the pseudo-"radio dramas" produced to accompany his next book, Folktales

Daily OCD: 2/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairereviewsMomeMichael KuppermanMaakiesJasonJacques TardiEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor DavisDash ShawDaniel ClowesDaily OCDcontestsBest of 2009Abstract Comics 22 Feb 2010 2:08 PM

Win big in today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

List: Only the Cinema's Ed Howard begins counting down The Best Comics of the Decade: part 1 includes Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle at #52 ("...absurd scenarios proliferate throughout each issue of Kupperman's series, as he follows each loony premise through to its (il)logical end result. He's a versatile stylist as well..."), Eleanor Davis's Mome stories at #51 ("The short stories of Eleanor Davis draw on myth and horror to craft succinct, mysteriously moving little parables, like Grimm fairy tales where the "monsters" are almost always infused with pathos and feeling"), Eightball #23 by Daniel Clowes at #47 ("a self-contained epic in miniature, poking at superhero archetypes, with their ideas about 'responsibility' and 'right,' in order to tell a quiet, maudlin story of loneliness and self-isolation"), and Abstract Comics: The Anthology at #42 ("What's best about the book is how open its territory ultimately is, how much room it leaves for artists to come up with their own ideas about abstraction and sequence. It is a truly groundbreaking book that points the way towards a whole new conception of comics and challenges readers and artists alike to explore this new area.")

West Coast Blues  [NORTH AMERICA ONLY] You Are There

Reviews: "Manchette’s brand of punk noir bears an existential, leftist tinge, with traces of Ballardian anomie. ... Opening Tardi’s adaptation [of West Coast Blues], one is quickly reassured by the faithfulness to the original novel. ... Tardi seems to have read Manchette’s mind when it came to visualizing the characters, scenery and action of the novel.... [and] his superior drafting skills are always in service to a tight rendering of the real world, from trains to forests to city streets. ... Turning to Tardi ‘s earlier work, You Are There, scripted by Forest..., we encounter a looser, sketchier style, admirably suited to the baggy-pants, fabulistic story and exhibiting similarities to the work of such artists as Moebius, Rick Geary, Aubrey Beardsley and Edward Gorey. Outbursts of calculated surrealism complement his unswerving attention to the quotidian. The beautiful and sensitive architectural renderings, as well as shots of nature — fields, a lake, birds, trees — contrast with the goofiness of our protagonist to good effect. ... Forest’s 1979 tale exudes a fin de Sixties, fey whimsicality. Think The Mouse That Roared crossed with Gormenghast and The Prisoner. Beckett-like soliloquies and Pinteresque dialogue round out the ambiance." – Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes & Noble Review

Drinky Crow's Maakies  Treasury

Review: "This generous volume reprints Maakies strips beginning early in this decade. ... As such, [Drinky Crow's Maakies] Treasury really does represent an overflowing bounty of absolutely primo Millionaire and stands as an invaluable, one–stop companion to Pre-Millennial Maakies for devotees. Newcomers, however, should understand that their sense of humor will be expanded, pulled… actually, think of a medieval rack where subjects were strapped in and stretched to shocking, heretofore inconceivable lengths." – Rich Kreiner, The Comics Journal

Low Moon

Review: "Jason is a painfully good comic creator – the man has a phenomenal knowledge of pacing, a sense of humour that’s darker than Darth Vader in a mine at midnight and deceptively simple figurework that says a shitload with very little. The stories collected in Low Moon are mostly full of that black, black humour. ... If you’re not reading Jason’s stuff, then you don’t really like comics, because this shit is as pure as it gets." – Bob Temuka, The Tearoom of Despair

The Unclothed  Man in the 35th Century A.D. Mome Vol. 17 - Winter 2010

Plug: O Canada! Librarie D&Q spotlights new arrivals The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. and Mome Vol. 17

Unlovable Vol. 1 Unlovable Vol. 2 [Pre-Order]

Contest: As hinted at on Friday, My Love for You Is a Stampede of Horses is giving away copies of Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Vols. 1 & 2 to one lucky randomly-selected person

Home page tweaks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 22 Feb 2010 10:55 AM

fantagraphics.com screen shot

Just a note that we just finished shuffling things around on the front page of fantagraphics.com, so it might look a bit different than you've gotten used to — hopefully the new layout is a bit cleaner and more logical in its arrangement and emphasis. Let us know your thoughts.

Covered art show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanSammy HarkhamRobert GoodinRichard SalaLaura Parkjon vermilyeaJohnny Ryanjeffrey browneventsart shows 20 Feb 2010 5:02 PM

The official announcement is as follows:

Covered art show

Covered Art Show
March 6, 8-10 pm
Secret Headquarters
Los Angeles, Ca

Artists from North America and Europe re-imagine old comic covers in their own style. Based on the blog: www.coveredblog.blogspot.com 
and curated by blog editor, Robert Goodin.

Artists included are: Andrew Brandou, Jeffrey Brown, Albert Calleros, Coop, Ludovic Debeurme, Michael Deforge, Valerie Fletcher, Yoko Furusho, Robert Goodin, Lisa Hanawalt, Dustin Harbin, Sammy Harkham, Sam Henderson, Josh Holinaty, Patrick Kochakji, Joy Kolitsky, Joe Lambert, Bob London, Tom Neely, Ben Newman, Laura Park, Brian Ralph, Aaron Renier, M. Jason Robards, Johnny Ryan, Richard Sala, Genevieve Simms, Jeremy Tinder, Jon Vermilyea, Anthony Vukojevich, and Steven Weissman.

There will be drinks.

For those out of town, the show can also be experienced on the blog with one cover being posted per day beginning March 6th. Work can be purchased by following a link to the Secret Headquarters Flickr page.

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Webcomics update for 2/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaJohnny RyanDerek Van Gieson 19 Feb 2010 5:04 PM

A special bonus in your weekly batch of online strips:

The House of No by Derek Van Gieson

Awesome parenting in this week's The House of No, rejected New Yorker cartoons by Derek Van Gieson...

New Yorker cartoon - Derek Van Gieson

...and this week Derek got one in! He's got it has an extra one (oops, I got misled by the caption font) on his blog...

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

...iBlecky in this week's Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan....

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

...and the conversation gets awkward in Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman.

Things to see: 2/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSophie CrumbEsther Pearl WatsonAline Kominsky-Crumb 19 Feb 2010 2:26 PM

Observe & report:

We only have one car now. Gene used the engine out of the other for the UFO. Esther Pearl Watson. 2010.

My Love for You Is a Stampede of Horses has images and a review of Esther Pearl Watson's gallery exhibit Space is the Place — check back Monday when they'll be giving away a copy of Unlovable!

Aline Kominsky-Crumb by Sophie Crumb

Several sketchbook pages by Sophie Crumb, including the portrait of her mom Aline above

Daily OCD: 2/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanreviewsPortable GrindhouseMichael KuppermanJacques BoyreauDaily OCDaudio 19 Feb 2010 2:24 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions, now with images... what am I, nuts?? At least it's a short one:

Chocolate Cheeks

Review: "If sound effects like 'SNEEZEBLOOD!!' or prayer fights make you laugh, Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman is definitely up your alley. More than that, Weissman’s fantastic art is worth giving this collection a look even if you haven’t read previous 'Yikes' books." (Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars) – Chad Nevett, Comic Book Resources

Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box

Plug: "If you are feeling nostalgic for the days of scanning shelves full of well worn VHS tapes at your local video store, I recommend Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box." – Modcult

Sarcastic Voyage podcast - Michael Kupperman

Interview: Michael Kupperman sits down for an hour-long chat with the excellently-named Sarcastic Voyage podcast


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