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Archive >> February 2011

Banksy does Charlie Brown
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsfan artCharles M Schulz 16 Feb 2011 4:29 PM

Banksy - Charlie Brown

The world's most famous street artist paints the world's most famous blockhead in West Hollywood. Reported at Movie City News, via the SPX blog.

Things to See: Diplopia by Eleanor Davis & Katherine Guillen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeEleanor Davis 16 Feb 2011 2:56 PM

http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/flog/mike/201102/diplopia1.jpg

Diplopia is a series of jaw-droppingly stunning interconnected collaborative gouache paintings by Eleanor Davis and Katherine Guillen. Daaaamn. For sale here.

UPDATE: More images & info on Eleanor's We Be Ouija blog.

Things to See (and Buy): Joe E. Ross by Drew Friedman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seemerchDrew Friedman 16 Feb 2011 1:22 PM

Joe E. Ross - Drew Friedman

It's a brand new offering from Drew Friedman Fine Art Prints: Drew's Old Jewish Comedians portrait of Joe E. Ross. Even if you're not going to buy the print, it's worth checking out the compellingly louche biographical details provided by Kliph Nesteroff & Irwin Chusid.

Tim Kreider at the Strand tomorrow!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Kreiderevents 16 Feb 2011 9:01 AM

Tim Kreider signs and reads from his new book Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009 at the Strand Bookstore in New York City tomorrow, February 17, 2011 at 7 PM. "In a slideshow, talk and Q&A, he'll wax nostalgic about the endearing atrocities and deadly foibles of the Bush administration and have a fond chuckle over the deadpan haplessness of Obama and the fascist antics of the tea party." More info here.

Now available: Uptight #4 by Jordan Crane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJordan Crane 15 Feb 2011 11:00 PM

Now available to order (and in comic shops today):

Uptight #4 - Jordan Crane

Uptight #4
by Jordan Crane

36-page black & white comic book • $3.95

Previews & Ordering Info

Jordan Crane continues to display his mastery of adult drama and rollicking all-ages adventure equally in this issue of his acclaimed comic book series. This issue features the second chapters of Jordan's currently-ongoing, as-yet-untitled (as far as we know) stories introduced in the last issue. "Chapter 2: Trash Night" returns to the troubled relationship of Dee and Leo. Tensions continue to mount as Leo's suspicions about Dee reach a boiling point. Meanwhile, Simon & Jack, the boy and cat heroes from Jordan's classic tale The Clouds Above, are joined in their continuing adventure by Simon's intrepid classmate Rosalyn, who runs afoul of the sinister Principal Codswallop while Simon faces peril in the school cafeteria freezer in "Dark Day"!

Preview "Trash Night" (under its original title "Unraveling") and "Dark Day" at Jordan's webcomics site what things do.

New Comics Day 2/16/11: Uptight #4, Twilight of the Assholes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim KreiderNew Comics DayJordan Crane 15 Feb 2011 5:20 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators are saying about our releases this week, check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Uptight #4 - Jordan Crane

Uptight #4
by Jordan Crane

36-page black & white comic book • $3.95

"Jordan Crane's entry into the 'Last Alt-Comic Standing' sweepstakes is as gorgeous and affecting as past issues, and I can't imagine any fan of those kinds of works not wanting to at least try it out." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

"...[F]or me the must-grab item of the week is the fourth issue of Jordan Crane’s always excellent Uptight from Fantagraphics. It’s kind of fascinating to me how Crane has become one of the few indie guys to still be plugging away at the semi-regular pamphlet series, when so many of his peers and direct influences have given up on that format. I’m not sure what, if anything, it means, but he’s cranking out some of the best stuff of his career in these pages, let me tell you." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

"The newest issue of Jordan Crane’s Fantagraphics comic book, continuing the serials that started off last issue. A guy tries to cope with a woman he possibly only imagines is cheating on him — ambiguity in the visual presentation, I think — while the kid/animal characters from Crane’s The Clouds Above have an adventure in and out of the cooler at school." – Joe McCulloch, Comics Comics

"We last saw an issue of this one-man anthology series two (gah!) years ago. [...] It doesn’t really matter what Crane does from here on out – he’s already got a lifelong fan in me thanks to The Last Lonely Saturday, that weird little book about an old man going to visit his wife’s grave – so I’ll pretty much recommend everything he does. Uptight #4 looks amazing though... Thirty-six ad-free black and white pages of indie comics excellence to look forward to this Wednesday." – The Gosh! Comics Blog

Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009 by Tim Kreider

Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009
by Tim Kreider

288-page black & white 8" x 9.5" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-398-9

"A self-explanatory book of works by Tim Kreider..." – Joe McCulloch, Comics Comics

"Twilight of the Assholes is the latest collection of Tim Kreider’s political cartoons... in which he is even more apocalyptic and deranged than usual. [...] It’s getting a mention here almost purely because of the quote on the press release from the late, great David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest) who said 'These cartoons are extremely, extremely f*cking good.'" – The Gosh! Comics Blog


Daily OCD: 2/15/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaireviewsJohnny RyanDaily OCD 15 Feb 2011 4:50 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4

Review: "Ryan is in top form with his latest collection of Blecky Yuckerella strips, where every page brings a new round of vulgar, revolting, and offensive humor. Fans will welcome this installment of his no-holds-barred attack on polite sensibilities, while those who don't know his work will either embrace it or throw the book to the ground and run. Either way, Ryan's profane point of view, which entered the comics world with Angry Youth Comix in the mid-'90s, makes an impression. The Blecky Yuckerella strips here are brilliantly rude, their humor somehow sharp in spite of all the potty-mouthed fantasies. [...] Ryan's signature goofy old-school comic strip style mixed with the crudest of imagery works every time." – Publishers Weekly

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition [Pre-Order]

Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch's Brian Heater talks to Stan Sakai: "In that Fantagraphics collection, compare Usagi in the very begin with him after 1,200 pages, he’s changed. The character design has changed, he has a little bump for a nose, as opposed to the Roman-type of nose he had at the beginning—very straight. His proportions have changed. And he’s evolving even today."

Comic Relief: 1987-2011
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Untagged  15 Feb 2011 10:27 AM

Tom Spurgeon has the story. I know I speak for Kim and Gary as well, when I simply say: We miss you, Rory. 

Now in its 5th printing: Kafka by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 15 Feb 2011 7:07 AM

One more new arrival in our warehouse among the deluge we informed you of yesterday — the first Fantagraphics edition was published in 2007, and now this perennial bestseller is already in its 5th printing:

Kafka by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz

Kafka
by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz

176-page black & white 6.25" x 8.5" softcover • $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56097-806-0

Ordering Info & Previews

"What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself." Nothing could better express the essence of Franz Kafka, a man described by his friends as living behind a "glass wall." Kafka wrote in the tradition of the great Yiddish storytellers, whose stock-in-trade was bizarre fantasy tainted with hilarity and self-abasement. What he added to this tradition was an almost unbearably expanded consciousness. Alienated from his roots, his family, his surroundings, and primarily from his own body, Kafka created a unique literary language in which to hide away, transforming himself into a cockroach, an ape, a dog, a mole or a circus artiste who starves himself to death in front of admiring crowds. David Zane Mairowitz's brilliant text and the illustrations and comic panels of the world's greatest cartoonist, Robert Crumb (himself no stranger to self-loathing and alienation), help us to understand the essence of Kafka and provide insight beyond the cliche "Kafkaesque," peering through Kafka's glass wall like no other book before it. The book is a wonderful educational tool for those unfamiliar with Kafka, including a brief but inclusive biography as well as the plots of many of his works, all illustrated by Crumb, making this newly designed edition a must-have for admirers of both Kafka and Crumb.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 20-page PDF excerpt (1.47 MB).

Stay tuned for more previews coming soon.

Love from the Shadows by Gilbert Hernandez - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGilbert Hernandez 15 Feb 2011 6:33 AM

Love from the Shadows by Gilbert Hernandez

Love from the Shadows
by Gilbert Hernandez

120-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-406-1

Ships in: March 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The third in Gilbert Hernandez’s line of original hardcovers featuring Love and Rockets’ “Fritz” in her guise as a Z-movie actress (the first two were Chance in Hell and The Troublemakers) is a trippy thriller that stars Fritz in no fewer than three roles.

A beautiful waitress (Fritz, of course) and her hospital nurse brother (also Fritz) visit their estranged father, a once successful but now retired writer (amazingly enough, also Fritz), in order to find out the true reason why their mother committed suicide. When dad’s health fails, the siblings are then more concerned with the money he might leave them.

The story weaves in and out of reality and hallucination and possibly back in forth in time, and to complicate things further, the sister is sexually obsessed with a mysterious man throughout the tale — or is it her brother (at one point posing as his sister so that he might gain his and her inheritance) that is so hot and bothered by this mystery stud? And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a venture into ghost territory, with frauds bilking the gullible and Fritz’s character(s) right in the middle.

To complete the pulp gestalt, the book's cover illustration is a painting by Pulp Fiction artist Steven Martinez (he painted the portrait of Marsellus Wallace's wife Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman] that hangs in their house and which Vincent Vega [John Travolta] scrutinizes while he waits for Mia).

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (483 KB).

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Chance in Hell [with FREE Signed Bookplate] The Troublemakers [with FREE Signed Bookplate] Love from the Shadows [Pre-Order]

Exclusive Savings: Order all 3 "Fritz B-Movie" titles together and save 20% off the combined cover prices!


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