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Archive >> January 2008

New Website Feature of the Day: Navigating FLOG!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 15 Jan 2008 12:30 PM

If you're reading this, you know about FLOG! The Fantagraphics Blog. Here in its new incarnation, we have some new ways to navigate and find the things you want to read about.

In the right column you'll see links to the five most recent FLOG posts and links to monthly FLOG archives.

If you want to read all posts by a particular FLOG writer, simply click their name whenever it appears as a by-line link. FLOG posts are also grouped by subject using tags, so if you're reading a FLOG post about, for instance, Joe Sacco, and you want to see all posts about Joe, simply click on the "Joe Sacco" tag where it says "Filed under". You can also click on the "tags" link at the top of the white section of the page to see the "Tag Cloud," a big list of every tag used on FLOG.

One of the main drawbacks of the old version of FLOG was that posts were not archived individually, making it inelegant to share "permalinks" to individual FLOG posts. With this new incarnation, it's easy: each post has its own page, and the title of each post is the permalink!

At the top of the main middle section of the page, you'll see a row of links. "FLOG!" will take you back to the main FLOG page. The "tags" link will take you to a page with the "cloud" of all tags. Clicking "search" will take you (surprise!) to the FLOG search page, where you can look for FLOG posts by keyword, author, or tag. And you can subscribe to FLOG via RSS using the "feed" link. Here's where it gets a little tricky, because the "feed" link is different depending on what FLOG category you're looking at.

If you're looking at FLOG posts by tag, the "feed" link will subscribe you only to FLOG posts with that particular tag. So, if you want a special feed for FLOG posts tagged with "Robert Crumb," click the "Robert Crumb" tag and then use the "feed" link at the top of that page. Likewise, if you want a special feed for any particular FLOG author, simply click their by-line link and use the "feed" link at the top of that page. We've also highlighted a few of the most useful feed links on our RSS Feeds page. 

I hope this info has been helpful! Stay tuned for the next installment of New Website Feature of the Day.

GRAND OPENING
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsmeta 11 Jan 2008 3:45 PM

After a longer time in the making than I care to think about, we are extremely pleased to bring you the debut of the new Fantagraphics.com website!

Settle in and have a look around. You'll notice lots of new features, which we will be introducing you to here on Flog day by day with a feature handily titled "New Website Feature of the Day." You can follow these posts via the "meta" tag (Flog tags will be the subject of a future installment).

We'll start with a two-fer. The first thing you're going to want to do is register -- registered users get access to all kinds of exclusive benefits, including members-only special offers, online comics from our most popular cartoonists, previews of upcoming titles from your favorite artists, Flog commenting privileges, and stuff we haven't even thought of yet. Once you register and log in, links to these features will appear under the "My Account" menu item. Membership is free and spam-free, so sign up today!

Second: see that tab at the top of the page that says "Open Specials Panel"? Give it a click. That banner that slides its way down is telling you the truth:

FREE STANDARD SHIPPING TO THE U.S. ON ALL ONLINE ORDERS (and 50% OFF Air Mail to the rest of the world) THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2008!

Just select the "FREE Standard" or USPS "50% OFF" shipping option when you go through our shopping cart. We'll be running periodic specials like this, so keep checking that Specials Panel from time to time. (And don't forget to click "Close Specials Panel" when you're done looking at it.)

See you again soon with another New Website Feature of the Day!

Art/Bags.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Kovey Korner 11 Jan 2008 11:52 AM


Mr. Alex Chun, the Fantagraphics Pin-Up King, was contacted a while back to be an expert for Couture King Louis Vuitton. Apparently Vuitton was looking to I.D. some old men's magazine art for use on the company's unfathomably high-priced handbags. One of those artists was Bill Wenzel, subject of Alex's fourth of eight books of classic pin-up art to date.

Of course, being that this is the haute Art world, the bags aren't credited as a Vuitton collaboration with cartoonist Bill Wenzel but a Vuitton and Richard Prince collaboration. Richard Prince being an Artiste who is cited as opening up "major discussion concerning authorship and authenticity."

Either way, the bags are remarkably unimaginative. Murakami it ain't.





Flogcast: coming soon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe SaccoGene Deitchflogcast 11 Jan 2008 10:14 AM

Our FLOG! podcast feature, Flogcast, will be launching soon — stay tuned! This feature will bring you exclusive audio interviews (both new and from the archives) as well as other sounds of Fantagraphics.

Can't wait? No problem — we have some audio features ready for your listening and downloading pleasure right now: an interview with Joe Sacco and the Terr'ble Thompson musical.

Burns covers self
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Charles M Schulz 11 Jan 2008 10:14 AM


The new issue of the Believer features not only another typically great cover by regular cover artist Charles Burns, but also features Burns himself as the cover feature! Very sweet. The issue includes a lengthy interview with Burns, but you can read an excerpt via the first link.

The Monks' Dave Day, R.I.P.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under miscellany 11 Jan 2008 9:43 AM


This has little to do with comics, but I was crestfallen to read on Pitchfork this morning that Dave "Day" Havlicek, the amazing electric banjo wizard for The Monks, passed away yesterday. The Monks were one of the most badass bands who ever lived; if you don't believe it, check this shit out (or any other clip on YouTube). A group of misfit GIs stationed in Germany during the mid-60s found each other, shaved their heads, and became the first proto-psychobilly/punk rock punk rock band, and they wrote killer songs. Anyway, Dave had long since settled just outside Seattle and I had the pleasure to meet him. In the mid-1990s my then-roommates Jeremy Eaton, John Ramberg, Andy Schmidt and I were rabid Monks fans, and one night we met Dave and his wife at a Young Fresh Fellows show at the Crocodile Cafe. They'd been invited by Scott McCaughey of the Fellows, and we were introduced though him because John and Scott were pals. The four of us were beside ourselves and couldn't believe we were getting face time with a legend like this. But the Monks hadn't had their big renaissance yet (they had domestic CDs reissued in the late-1990s and reunited for a few gigs over the last ten years), and we were amongst a very few folks talking to the Havliceks. In fact, Dave couldn't even believe that there was anyone in their early 20s who knew about the Monks. We told him we not only knew about the Monks, we routinely danced to the Monks. We all talked at the bar for what seemed like a couple of hours, and the Havliceks couldn't have been more gracious to us, and at the end of the night we all exchanged info and promised to get together again. My roomies and I talked about having them over for a BBQ and jam session, which Dave expressed interest in. But we never did it; I think we doubted that he could really have an interest in us stupid kids. This is sure to be one of my great regrets -- I could have jammed with a Monk! Anyway, a decade has passed, and a few months back, I was in the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery one afternoon when Dave and his wife walked in; they were in the neighborhood for a motorcycle show and knew the guys from Georgetown Records (our retail neighbors). We talked for about 20 minutes - amazingly, they remembered me -- and exchanged info again, but that was the last I talked to Dave. R.I.P., Mr. Havlicek, you were a major inspiration to me, and a real sweetheart.

Johnny Ryan on Sirius radio today
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryan 11 Jan 2008 9:08 AM
Johnny Ryan was interviewed this morning by Howard Stern's '100 news' (his SIRIUS Satellite 'news' channel) and we're told the interview will run this afternoon at about 2:00PM Pacific Time. Johnny was interviewed about this drawing he did of the Stern show cast of characters.
Jonathan Bennett, Inkstud
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under MomeJonathan Bennett 10 Jan 2008 6:18 PM


Inkstuds has a new interview with one of my favorite cartoonists (and graphic designers), Jonathan Bennett. Jonathan says at the end that he thinks it went terrible, but he's wrong, I enjoyed it.

From the Archives.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Kovey KornerFantagraphics history 10 Jan 2008 2:24 PM
I suspect this is more true than any of us here care to admit. (Though I'm not sure it's an either/or thing.)



Herriman, UT
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under stafflife imitates comics 10 Jan 2008 7:31 AM
Google news just alerted me to this parallel universe called "Utah" where there's a real estate agent named Eric Reynolds selling homes in the town of Herriman.

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