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Archive >> January 2010

Webcomics update for 1/15/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaJohnny RyanDerek Van Gieson 15 Jan 2010 4:08 PM

Friday webcomics — ain't we lucky we got 'em?

The House of No by Derek Van Gieson

A real classic New Yorker-style joke in this week's The House of No by Derek Van Gieson...

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

...Blecky's reaction is, surprisingly, completely appropriate in this week's Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan....

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

...and, well, this week's Barack Hussein Obama bt Steven Weissman pretty much leaves me speechless.

Daily OCD: 1/15/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsPortable GrindhousePeanutsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJasonJacques BoyreauGahan WilsonDash ShawCharles M SchulzBest of 2009Al Columbia 15 Jan 2010 3:52 PM

Some excellent Online Commentary & Diversions to round out the week thanks to Omnivoracious and The A.V. Club:

List: Amazon's Omnivoracious blog names Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw a top-10 Comic of the Decade, and also names The Complete Peanuts, Love and Rockets Library, and Mome as Comics Archives and Anthologies of the Decade

List: On Meltdown Comics' Meltcast podcast, Chris Rosa declares Low Moon by Jason his Absolute Best of 2009 "without a doubt," with additional commentary from his cohosts (begins around 2:26:21)

List: And on the Meltcast Best of the Decade episode, Hey, Wait... by Jason (begins around 48:36)

Review: "Since 1957, [Gahan] Wilson’s work has provided a grim counterpoint to the skin and pleasure-seeking of Playboy. Twisting pop-culture icons to dark-witted ends, Wilson places his characters in a world of terror and understatement. ... [T]he incidental commentary here about human selfishness and shortsightedness squeezed between the B-movie monsters and little green men feels timeless, as does the remarkably high level of quality Wilson has maintained over the years. ... [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

Review: "Strange Suspense offers page after lurid four-color page of Ditko’s weird monsters, rubber-faced crooks, and abstracted landscapes... The book is a white-knuckle trip through Ditko’s fevered imagination. [Grade] A-" – The A.V. Club (same link as above)

Review: "[Al] Columbia’s book Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days strings together 200-odd (very odd) pages of sketches, strips, panels, and spot illustrations, assembled into one long nightmare-narrative about two loose-limbed tots wandering through a village of lusty killers and bleeding trees. There are no explanations here, and few conventional payoffs — just images designed to remind readers what it was like to be a panicked, paranoid child, convinced that every nighttime shadow contained a beast more menacing and repulsive than any grown-up could conceive. [Grade] B+" – The A.V. Club (same link as above)

Review: "Like A Dog — a collection of [Zak] Sally’s self-published Recidivist comics, plus odds and ends — drips warped fantasy, bleak humor, and experimentation. Dynamically, the book also veers from being text-heavy to eerily wordless, even as it maintains the integrity of Sally’s stunning, stark-yet-lush linework. ...Like A Dog is a compelling slab of graphic narrative. As a warts-and-then-some chronicle of one man’s navigation through the world of underground comics (not to mention his own self-sabotaging psyche), it’s downright mesmerizing. [Grade] A-" – The A.V. Club (same link as above)

Review: "Packaged in an ingenious VHS-like format, [Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box] comes complete with lofty intro... But the fun is paging through these lurid examples of videos you kind of forget you remember, like Streets of Fire or The Legend of Hell House." – Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian

Review: "[Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons is] a monster production, a slipcased behemoth, nearly 1000 pages in three volumes, with deliciously wicked humor on every page. ... Open the box, free the three volumes, and dive in anywhere. You will not be disappointed." – John Mesjak, my3books

Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesEsther Pearl Watson 15 Jan 2010 7:39 AM

Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson

Now available for preview and pre-order: Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson, the second and concluding installment in the hilarious saga of hapless high school underdog Tammy Pierce and her seemingly never-ending series of humiliations and heartbreaks. Watson nails the story's 1980s middle-America milieu with affection and devastating accuracy. Download an exclusive 20-page PDF excerpt right here (3 MB). This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship in roughly 4-5 weeks and in stores roughly the same time (subject to change).

View a photo & video slideshow preview of the book embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended).

Jason T. Miles, Inkstud
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffaudio 14 Jan 2010 4:11 PM

JTM

Our own multifarious Jason T. Miles appeared on the Inkstuds radio programme today to discuss his comics, his new Seattle-centric zine distro venture Profanity Hill (Seattle-area zine makers: Jason wants you! Everyone else: go buy some stuff already), and toiling in the Fantagraphics salt mineslisten here.

Daily OCD: 1/14/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DixonRichard SalaPortable GrindhouseKevin HuizengaJacques BoyreauBest of 2009Alexander Theroux 14 Jan 2010 2:55 PM

Is this it for Online Commentary & Diversions today? I guess so:

Review: "Jacques Boyreau’s book [Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box] pays tribute to... imperfection. Not only is its cover — well, the cover of the book’s slipcase, at least, designed to look like a videocassette — but the photos inside showcase boxes in far from mint condition... All of this helped take me back to my VHS days, but it’s mostly the garish art that did it — lurid snatches of visual salesmanship, many of which have been burned in the back of my mind for 25 years. ... If you own only one art book featuring a back-cover illustration of Don 'The Dragon' Wilson, make it this one. And be sure to rewind, or I’ll have to charge a dollar to your account." – Rod Lott, Bookgasm

List: Looking at where we stand on Sandy Bilus's Best Comics of 2009 Meta-List (compiling all the year-end best-of lists) at I Love Rob Liefeld, we've got 2 in the top 20, 6 in the top 50, and 12 in the top 100 — not too shabby

Plug: Prestigious design blog The Book Cover Archive features Jacob Covey's cover design for What Is All This? by Stephen Dixon

Things to see: Kevin Huizenga's "Postcard from Fielder" part 7

Things to see: Richard Sala digs up some art from the vault

Reviewer: For The Wall Street Journal, Alexander Theroux looks at the novel The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

First Look: Forlorn Funnies Vol. 1 by Paul Hornschemeier
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierComing Attractions 14 Jan 2010 2:01 PM

Forlorn Funnies Vol. 1 by Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier spills the beans on the first volume of the new book-format iteration of his one-man anthology series Forlorn Funnies, comprising serialized and standalone comics and prose stories. Head to Paul's blog for details on what's in the first volume, coming out from Fantagraphics this fall, as well as a look at the original art for the cover (the final version of which is seen above). He also posted a separate teaser showing a test panel from one of the stories. Exciting!

J.R. Williams Newave art for sale
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJR Williams 14 Jan 2010 1:27 PM

Deadly Duck #1 original art by J.R. Williams

This is the original art for a 1985 J.R. Williams comic reprinted in Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s; J.R. seized the opportunity to offer it for sale on Comic Art Collective — it's already sold, but still worth a look! This is the sort of thing you can expect to see at our yet-to-be-officially-announced Newave art show opening Jan. 30 at Fantagraphics Bookstore...

Buddy Bradley: The Song
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videorockPeter Bagge 14 Jan 2010 11:23 AM

Peter Bagge sent us a link to this song inspired by his immortal Hate character, by Adam Green (perhaps best known by oldsters like me as half of The Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson), from his new album Minor Love.

Purchase Prison Pit pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJohnny Ryan 13 Jan 2010 10:49 PM

PRISON PIT page by Johnny Ryan

Pretty much every page of Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit: Book 1 is amazing, so you really can't go wrong with any of the 15 that he's just put up for sale at Comic Art Collective, now can you?

Now in stock: The Troublemakers by Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesGilbert Hernandez 13 Jan 2010 4:23 PM

Now arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

The Troublemakers by Gilbert Hernandez

The Troublemakers
By Gilbert Hernandez

Dig this scene! Low-life drug dealer Dewey Booth has $200,000 that even-lower-lifes want. BLING! Wes is a rock and roll loser that only wants to buy a club where nobody can tell him he can't sing or perform. WAILIN'! He's known Dewey for years, but that isn't enough to get his dough. Wes needs help. Nala is an über-stacked bombshell whose pleasure in life is to seduce and then humiliate men dumb enough to fall for her. HUSH HUSH! For half the dough, she agrees to help Wes get Dewey's ill-gotten goods. Things don't go so well when a wily grifter from Wes's past shows up to complicate things. GULP! Vincene is another troublemaker who enjoys wrecking people's plans and wants the Dewey dough, too. In the end, deadly fires ignite, heads literally roll, eyes are shot out — and all Wes wants to do is sing in a rock and roll club.

The Troublemakers is the second volume in a series of original graphic novels in which Gilbert Hernandez creates comics adaptations of movies starring or co-starring Luba's half-sister Rosalba "Fritz" Martinez from Love and Rockets. The first, the dystopian Chance in Hell (in which Fritz has only a bit part), was released in 2007. This hard boiled, pulp graphic novel will delight longtime Hernandez fans as well as provide a perfect introduction to newcomers to Hernandez's work.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (532 MB).

128-page black & white 5.5" x 7.5" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-922-7
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