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Archive >> January 2008

Gay Utopia Online
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny RyanDame Darcy 21 Jan 2008 7:17 AM

I haven't had a chance to really check this out yet, but Noah Berlatsky has, with the help of a few friends, put together this thing called the Gay Utopia symposium. Both Johnny Ryan and Dame Darcy contributed. There's lots of other comics related stuff too; contributions by Ariel Schrag, Michael Manning, Lilli Carré, Edie Fake, Dewayne Slightweight, and Nishizaka Hiromi, as well as essays and more.

Linda Medley Tours France
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Linda Medley 21 Jan 2008 6:44 AM

Linda Medley is on a whirlwind tour of six French cities celebrating the release of CHATEAU L'ATTENTE, the French edition of CASTLE WAITING. Here she is in Paris (her first leg of the tour), where a comics store/gallery is holding a CASTLE WAITING art show (yes, those are all originals on the wall). After this it will be on to Angouleme, where CHATEAU L'ATTENTE is a nominee in contention for best French language graphic novel of the year.

You can tell she's signing in France because she has been given a plate of cheese for sustenance.

Over on this side of the pond, the 10th issue of CASTLE WAITING VOLUME II will be released next week.

  

  

  

Burns' Hard Nut
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Charles Burns 18 Jan 2008 9:29 PM

 
I meant to blog this over the holidays and simply forgot: a ten-minute documentary about Mark Morris' version of the Nutcracker, The Hard Nut. The Hard Nut was designed by Charles Burns, and Morris discusses their collaboration in detail.
Skating with Anders
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Anders Nilsen 18 Jan 2008 9:15 PM
  

That's right: skating with Anders Nilsen. And some not so nice behavior at the end. Shame on you, Anders.


Inkstudpundits
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under comics industry 18 Jan 2008 6:36 PM
The latest Inkstuds interview features a fine talk with three fellas I consider friends but also have great respect for as writers and thinkers about comics: Jeet HeerTom Spurgeon, and Dan Nadel. It starts off a bit shaky - the show doesn't even start until ten minutes in, and then Dan and Tom are both late and the dialogue kind of stalls all over again when each one joins. But once they get going it's a great, thoughtful listen.
Please help us raise $4K in the next 22 hours
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under staffKovey Korner 18 Jan 2008 11:40 AM

Jacob Covey emailed myself, Adam Grano and Mike Baehr a few minutes ago with THIS link to an eBay auction that ends in 22 hours, promising to wear this item to work EVERY DAY if we buy it for him. We don't make enough to go in on $4K three ways, but if there's a wealthy benefactor out there with a sick sense of humor, we would really like to call his bluff. You have no idea how much this would improve office morale (for most of us, anyway).

P.S. Adam said he'd go $100 easy, as would I, and possibly as high as $300. So we really only need like $3500. As of now no one has bid, maybe the seller will even come down on the price if no one does. 

 P.P.S. Kevin Eastman should buy this for us just to have a ninja turtle walking around in Gary Groth's office every day. 

UPDATE:  Auction ended with no bids and was re-listed at $3,299. Hope is not lost.


Garfield [insert laugh track]
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under videocomic strips 17 Jan 2008 7:34 PM

I honestly can't decide what to make of these "Lasagna Cat" live-action Garfield strip re-enactments and music videos that have been blogged about all over the place lately, but I've watched just about all of 'em and a few made me laugh out loud. I don't have the heart to embed one, but, well, watch this one. The laugh tracks at the end are brutal. And then? Garfield and Odie rockin' the Taxi theme? The music chosen for each video is usually inspiredly insipid or cliched. The Van Halen and MASH theme ("Suicide is Painless") videos were pretty funny. This one is like a Bizarro Jim Davis trying to steal Garfield back from Paper Rad. Tread at your own risk, though, you might think it's as stupid as Garfield itself.


Emerald City Con
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 17 Jan 2008 2:19 PM
CBR has a feature up on our fair city's biggest comics event, the Emerald City Con. The ECC continues to grow every year, it's become a pretty big show. I wanted to mention this story because all of you conventioneers out there should consider coming out for it. It's still a fairly mainstream show, but the organizer, Jim Demonakos, is a fine fellow who is actively trying to make a diverse show and we're working with him to cook up some good stuff for this year (which we'll divulge later). The show takes place May 10-11 in Seattle.
HOTWIRE release party at Rocketship
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Hotwireevents 17 Jan 2008 10:34 AM
Fantagraphics Books & Rocketship Brooklyn are proud to present:

A HOTWIRE COMIX RELEASE PARTY & SIGNING!

   

WHO: Jonathon Rosen, Glenn Head, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Mark Newgarden, David Sandlin, Chadwick Whitehead, Craig Yoe, R. Sikyorak, Doug Allen, Marc Dean Veca and other guests t.b.a.!

WHAT: HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 Release Party & Signing
 
WHERE: ROCKETSHIP, 208 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
 
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, at 8PM 

Insanity, dementia, stray bullets, hangovers, hillbillies, sci-fi, candy-rods, carnies, Wilhelm Riech, PCP, decayed portraits, Tijuana bibles, gags, mobsters, Mick Jones, zombies, paranoia, orgones, and psychedelia... it's all here!
 
HOTWIRE COMICS Vol. 2 weighs in at 136 pages, 64 in full color, with an eye-popping fold-out and big 9x12 format. Edited by Glenn Head (Snake Eyes). Featuring all new work by these GREAT talents: Tim Lane, Jonathon Rosen, Mark Newgarden, R. Sikoryak, David Sandlin, Mary Fleener, Johnny Ryan, Matti Hagelberg, David Paleo, Sam Henderson, Danny Hellman, Glenn Head, Carol Swain, Mark dean Veca, Stephane Blanquet, Mack White, Onsmith, Lorna Miller, Chris Estey, David Lasky, Ivan Brunetti, Tobias Tak, Craig Yoe, and Christian Northeast....
 
HOTWIRE puts the kicks back in comics! Yes, the Eisner and Harvey award nominated comics' anthology is back for another mindbending, madcap, mash-up of thrills, spills, and glorious cartoon mayhem!

FOR A FREE PREVIEW OF HOTWIRE #2, GO HERE.

  








VIP
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under classics 17 Jan 2008 9:38 AM

  

I don't link to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive site nearly as often as I could -- they seem to post absolutely stunning historical work on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding the site to your RSS feed. Today they added some classic comics from Virgil "Vip" Partch's greatest collection of cartoons, The Wild, Wild Women. You can never go wrong with some VIP. Why hasn't anyone (okay, us) done a VIP coffee table book yet?!

 If you like what you see at the ASIFA site, you might consider supporting it.


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