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Flog posts by Fantagraphics' consumer marketing/web editor/hand model guy. Say, buy some books why don't you?
Archive >> January 2009

Daily links: 1/20/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert WilliamsPopeyeMomeMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandezjohn kerschbaumJasonJaime HernandezDash ShawAl Columbia 20 Jan 2009 2:00 AM

• List: Sean T. Collins reveals his Best Comics of 2008, with Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers, Mome Vols. 10-12, and Pocket Full of Rain by Jason crowded into a 6-way tie (counting Mome as one entry) for 15th place and Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman in 14th

• List: The Indie Jones WizardUniverse Blog "Best of 2008" has The Last Musketeer by Jason, Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, and "Invasion" by Al Columbia (from Mome Vol. 12) on it

• List: The Guardian names The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier as one of "The best graphic novels" as part of their series "1000 novels everyone must read"

• Review: On TheRumpus.net, The Believer editor Andrew Leland has a great review of Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

• Review: DJ Sloofus's Baaadaaaassssss Blog! looks at Popeye Vol. 3 and declares "All hail Segar!"

• Video: Arrested Motion compiles an 11-part video from YouTube user sketchv of Robert Williams's recent talk at the Oakland Museum of California

• Oddity: The Solar Sisterhood takes note of a calendar of real-life Maggie the Mechanics

• Oddity: On YouTube, Chinese Popeye vs. some mummies

Make your desktop Unlovable
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaEsther Pearl Watson 19 Jan 2009 4:15 PM

Glamour shot! Now you can be greeted by Tammy Pierce from Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable every time you start up your computer (or iPhone) with this spiffy, sparkly desktop wallpaper! Just select your resolution below to open the corresponding size image in a new window. And click here for more desktop decorating selections. Oh yeah!


800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1152 x 864 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 720 | iPhone

Daily links: 1/19/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadSergio PonchioneKevin HuizengaDash ShawDaniel ClowesChris WareBob LevinBob FingermanBill Griffith 19 Jan 2009 3:20 PM

• List: Aron Nels Steinke presents his Top Ten of 2008, including Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga

• List: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner declares Bob Levin's Most Outrageous: The Trials and Trespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester one of the "five most criminally ignored books of 2008"

• Review: Rob Clough examines Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione

• Review/Things to see: French cartoonist Olive Booger posts her impressions of Bottomless Belly Button (original French; Google translation) with bonus fan art!

• Blurb: Irregular Orbit devotes 9 perfectly-chosen words to Zippy: Connect the Polka Dots by Bill Griffith

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch concludes their three-parter with Bob Fingerman

• Interview: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon found a video file of Jonathan Lethem interviewing Daniel Clowes at the 2005 MoCCA Festival; he can't remember where it came from but he's posted it anyway

• Things to see: Steven Weissman's HLK

• Oddity: "Chris Ware can show Video Games the path to manhood"

Last-minute Lasko-Gross Alert
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Miss Lasko-Grossevents 16 Jan 2009 11:31 PM

A late-nite update to alert you that Miss Lasko-Gross appears today (Saturday Jan. 17) at Cool Stuff Comics & Collectibles at 417 Burmont Rd. in Drexel Hill, PA (just outside of Philly) from 3-5 PM to sign copies of Escape from "Special" and show off the original art from its forthcoming sequel, A Mess of Everything (out this spring).

Webcomics update for 1/16/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 16 Jan 2009 3:01 PM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Time for the new installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. Steven describes this week's installment as "more running around in the dark. JUST LIKE LIFE! Heavy, oui?"

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

And don't forget to catch up on our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's hilarious Swedish smash-hit Rocky, updated Monday-Friday! This week, more culture shock in New York City and the leadup to a dramatic reunion!

Robert Goodin's Monster Show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Goodineventsart shows 16 Jan 2009 2:44 PM

The Monster Show - Robert Goodin announcement

From his blog, an announcement from Robert Goodin:

I have a solo show at Secret Headquarters called The Monster Show that will feature 14 new paintings/drawings. Opening reception is Feb. 6, from 8 - 10 pm and the show will be up until Feb. 27th. For those not in the Los Angeles area, Secret Headquarters will have the paintings online for purchase as well.

Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca 90026
(323)666 2228

I've seen some of these works in person and they are wonderful.




Daily links: 1/16/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Krazy KatJules FeifferEsther Pearl WatsonDash Shaw 16 Jan 2009 1:08 AM

• Profile: Meathaus presents a feature article on Dash Shaw

• Blurb: Welcome Friend or Foe gives a nod to Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson

• Blurb: Irregular Orbit takes a quick look at Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 by George Herriman

• Things to hear: The Inkstuds radio programme hosts a 4-way roundtable on the best comics of the year with über-critics Paul Gravett, Tom Spurgeon, Douglas Wolk and host Robin McConnell, with much discussion of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• Oddity: Courtesy Paul Di Filippo (Jim Woodring's Cosmocopia collaborator), "Life Imitates Jules Feiffer"

Anders Nilsen in The Believer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Anders Nilsen 15 Jan 2009 1:43 PM

Anders Nilsen sketchbook

News from Anders's blog, which features more of the originals as shown above:

The current issue of The Believer features 14 small drawings I did from items in my collection of broken and discarded toys. The drawings are scattered throughout the magazine in the margins. They also printed three different inside covers, each featuring a different painting of mine.

Daily links: 1/15/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiSimon DeitchMomeLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezKim DeitchJasonJaime HernandezDash Shaw 15 Jan 2009 1:36 PM

Just when I thought the storm of year-end critics' lists had subsided, three heavy-hitters and one up-and-coming cartoonist have posted theirs, leading off today's update:

• List: Jeet Heer names his "Best Comics of 2008," including the fraternal one-two punch of Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers and Deitch's Pictorama by the Deitch Brothers

• List: Frank Santoro posts his "Top 9 of '08," with Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 at #3 and Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane at #2

• List: Douglas Wolk lists his favorite book-length comics of 2008, with Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #3 and The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez at #1

• List: Tom Kaczynski highlights the comics of fellow Mome-ster Dash Shaw in his look back at the best comics of 2008

• Things to see: 999 posts a short excerpt from Jason's Meow, Baby!

• Things to see: Gary Panter + Black Sabbath + video = win

New Comics Day 1/14/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayMome 15 Jan 2009 10:58 AM
Whoops, forgot to post yesterday... the only thing we had scheduled to arrive in comic shops this week is a reoffer of Mome Vols. 7-10, so if you're missing any of those issues and your local shop hasn't had them for a while, now would be a good time to check back in with them!

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