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Archive >> February 2011

The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 title revealed!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBlake BellBill Everett 18 Feb 2011 2:50 PM

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Blake Bell revealed the full title of The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 and mentioned a bit about what you can expect in the volume on his blog last night. The title will be...

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1

Blake is cranking away on the book in order to have it debut at Comic-Con in San Diego this summer. He promises to reveal the title to Vol. 2 later today, so stay tuned!

Joyce Farmer at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe Feb. 22
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joyce Farmerevents 18 Feb 2011 1:21 PM

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 7 PM, Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ and the ASU Art Museum present underground comic artist Joyce Farmer and her book Special Exits, which R. Crumb calls “one of the best long-narrative comics I’ve ever read, right up there with Gen of Hiroshima and Maus.” Local artist and ASU intermedia instructor Jon Haddock, co-founder of the Comic Book Creators Support Group, leads a discussion and Q&A with the author.

More info here.

A Drunken Dream nominated in About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Moto HagiomangaBest of 2010awards 18 Feb 2011 7:31 AM

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio has been nominated for Best New One-Shot Manga in the 2011 About.com Manga Readers' Choice Awards! Voting continues through midnight ET, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

2011 About.com Manga Readers' Choice Awards Finalist logo

Now in stock: Mome Vol. 21 - Winter 2011
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiT Edward BakSteven WeissmanSergio PonchioneSara Edward-Corbettnicolas mahlernew releasesNate NealMomeLilli CarréKurt WolfgangJosh SimmonsJon AdamsDerek Van GiesonDash Shaw 18 Feb 2011 6:45 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

Mome Vol. 21: Winter 2011 - cover by Sara Edward-Corbett

Mome Vol. 21 - Winter 2011
by various artists; edited by Eric Reynolds

112-page full-color 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-394-1

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Our acclaimed art-comics anthology forges into its 6th year with another diverse and wonderful volume full of returning favorites and a few surprises.

On the cover, a detail from Sara Edward-Corbett's haunting, Gorey-esque tale of nocturnally animate objects. Also in this issue: Steven "Ribs" Weissman's freewheeling, sometimes-satirical, sometimes-deeply-weird webcomic "Barack Hussein Obama" (starring the President of the United States and his associates) makes its print debut; Sergio Ponchione provides another full-color prequel story to his acclaimed series Grotesque (translated from its appearance in Italy's Linus magazine); Josh Simmons is back with more "White Rhinoceros" and one of his unparalleled standalone horror stories; Nate Neal takes us back to the world of his graphic novel The Sanctuary; and we welcome Nick Thorburn, cartoonist and frontman of the acclaimed indie bands Unicorns and Islands.

All this plus: a one-pager from Dash Shaw; a blackly comic fable from Jon Adams; a typically trenchant strip from Tom Kaczynski; new chapters of T. Edward Bak's "Wild Man," Derek Van Gieson's "Devil Doll," and Kurt Wolfgang's "Nothing Eve" serials; a dreamlike tale from Lilli Carré; and more autobiographical vignettes by Nicolas Mahler.


Daily OCD: 2/17/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPopeyeMaurice TillieuxLorenzo MattottiEC SegarDaily OCDCarol TylerCarl Barksaudio 17 Feb 2011 3:55 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Stigmata [Pre-Order - with Special Offer]

Review: "Working in frenetic black and white, Eisner-award-winning Italian cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti illustrates screenwriter Claudio Piersanti’s Stigmata with powerful art that drives a timeless fable of existential dreams. [...] Thanks to Piersanti’s workable script, Stigmata comes across as naturalistic and modernist in an old-school Hemingway style. [...] It’s an old story, but the heart that Mattotti and Piersanti bring to their comic keeps the work interesting.Mattotti’s character designs are as incredibly idiosyncratic as they are intense — their bodies are hulking masses, with exaggerated proportions and faces that don’t feel drawn so much as sculpted." – Ao Meng, The Daily Texan

Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"

Review: "Segar's Thimble Theater was a nearly perfect blend of humor and adventure, with a cast of interesting oddballs (led by Popeye himself, of course) and a tone that could veer from high drama to low comedy within a couple of panels. And this Fantagraphics series is even closer to perfection, presenting Segar's work gorgeously on great big pages — it would be a much better world if all our artistic treasures were treated this well." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

You'll Never Know Book 2: Collateral Damage [Pre-Order]

Interview (Audio): I haven't yet but you can bet I'll be listening to the entire 2 hours of the Inkstuds interview with the great Carol Tyler

Carl Barks

Interview: Robot 6's Brigid Alverson gets the behind-the-scenes scoop from Rich Tommaso about his work recoloring the Carl Barks ducks comics for our forthcoming collections

Murder by High Tide: Gil Jordan, Private Eye [June 2011]

Coming Attractions: The latest "Graphic Novels Prepub Alert" from Library Journal's Martha Cornog spotlights Murder by High Tide: "Belgian artist Tillieux (1921-78) is well known in Europe for tightly plotted mystery-comedies, churning with action and spectacular roadway mayhem. Never before translated for Americans, his work suggests Hergé's Tintin but in moodier, Will Eisner-grimy settings."

Audio: Blake Bell & Wendy Everett discuss Bill Everett
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Blake BellBill Everettaudio 17 Feb 2011 3:07 PM

Blake Bell & Wendy Everett

Last September, Blake Bell, author of Fire & Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics, appeared in Toronto for a book launch event with Everett's daughter Wendy to discuss Bill and his career. The full audio of the talk is now available as a 70MB MP3 download courtesy of Jamie Coville, and Blake offers commentary about the event on his blog.

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The creators of Destroy All Movies bring you: Destroy, the movie!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under hooray for HollywoodDestroy All Movies 17 Feb 2011 12:37 PM

Destroy

If you read Destroy All Movies!!! and thought "these guys are hilarious — I wish they'd make a movie of their own," then we have good news for you: Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly, editors of the book, have written a horror-comedy screenplay titled (funnily enough) Destroy about a would-be vampire hunter in a world with no vampires and it's headed into production with director Michael Stephenson (Best Worst Movie) on board. The Hollywood Reporter reports, Cinematical talks to Zack and Michael about the film, and Wired adds their commentary.

Joe Sacco in Toronto on March 17, 2011
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe Saccoevents 17 Feb 2011 11:55 AM

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The University of Toronto Arts Council presents Joe Sacco as part of the UofT Arts Council 2011 Speakers Series on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 8pm at Innis Town Hall.

Joe Sacco, the second speaker in the UofT Arts Council 2011 Speakers Series, is one of the world's premier comic book artists and is widely recognized as a central figure in bringing graphic novels and sequential art into the cultural mainstream.

Sacco's work is frequently featured on university syllabi, in programs ranging from English to Political Science to Peace and Conflict Studies.

A Guggenheim fellow, Sacco's work has been profiled by the BBC, Time Magazine and the New York Times.

Trained as a journalist, his storytelling takes the form of "comics journalism" and includes such lauded works as Palestine and Safe Area Goražde.

A book signing will follow Sacco's lecture. All of Sacco's works will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of The Beguiling.

See more information and purchase advance tickets here.

Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition by Joe Sacco



Graphic Details opens in Toronto tonight
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Trina RobbinsMiss Lasko-GrosseventsDiane Noominart showsAline Kominsky-Crumb 17 Feb 2011 5:15 AM

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This fascinating-looking exhibit which originated at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco last summer is now traveling to Toronto. From the announcement:

Graphic Details is a groundbreaking touring exhibition, providing the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling — Jewish women's autobiographical comics. While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels, presents the powerful work of eighteen Canadian and international artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades, creating an entirely new genre.

Featuring work from artists: Vanessa Davis, Bernice Eisenstein, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Miss Lasko-Gross, Sarah Lazarovic, Miriam Libicki, Sarah Lightman, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman, Trina Robbins, Racheli Rotner, Sharon Rudahl, Laurie Sandell, Ariel Schrag, Lauren Weinstein, Ilana Zeffren

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women
Originated by Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman
February 17th to April 17th, 2011
Opening Reception Thursday February 17th, 7:30PM-10PM (Artists in attendance)
@ Koffler Gallery Off-Site at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W
Free to Attend

More info here; there's a great lineup of related events here




Steven Brower retrospective exhibit opens in March
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven Browerevents 16 Feb 2011 10:59 PM

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Steven Brower, author of From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin , is the subject of a retrospective exhibit of his acclaimed design work at The Art Institute of California — Inland Empire in San Bernardino, March 17 through April 30, 2011. There will be an opening reception and lecture March 17. Via Steven's blog .


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