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

Krusty's Ergot
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyKevin HuizengaJordan Cranejon vermilyeajohn kerschbaumjeffrey brownGilbert Hernandez 19 Jun 2009 3:37 PM

The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #15 cover by Dan Zettwoch

Yes, we're late picking this up, but in further "mainstream properties kyping our talent" news: In case you were wondering how the Bongo Comics folks could top last year's The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror contribution from Gilbert Hernandez, this year they asked Sammy Harkham to guest-edit (I guess he and Matt Groening hit it off after Sammy asked Matt to be in Kramer's Ergot #7) and he's put together an unbelievable roster for this year's issue. In the words of Krusty the Clown, "Oscar Homolka!" Robot 6 has the solicitation copy and further details, and I'll echo J.K. Parkin's assessment of "must buy."

I love a New Character Parade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny RyanFantagraphics Bookstore 19 Jun 2009 3:03 PM

New Character Parade #3 by Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan is now taking pre-orders for the new issue #3 of New Character Parade, due in July. How could you not want to meet Erotic Art Collecting Squirrel, Berserkenstocks, Metalliban, Sammy Hagar the Horrible, and many more, wrapped up in a three-color letterpress print cover (with different colorways)? Go, buy!

By the way, Johnny's all out of his self-published Angry Youth Comix Vol. I #11, but we still have a handful of copies available exclusively at our Seattle storefront, so c'mon down if you need one!

Angry Youth Comix Vol. I #11 by Johnny Ryan

Jim Woodring in stitches
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodring 19 Jun 2009 2:44 PM

Jim Woodring embroidery pattern by Sublime Stitching

From embroidery-art powerhouse Sublime Stitching, a new kit featuring the artwork of Jim Woodring. Frank on your jean jacket? Manhog on your tea towels? That dream can be reality.

Tales Designed to Marvel
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael Kupperman 19 Jun 2009 12:59 PM

Michael Kupperman art from Marvel's All Select Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1

Marvel Comics just keeps on poaching our talent: Tales Designed to Thrizzle's Michael Kupperman contributes a story starring Marvex the Super Robot to All Select Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1, and Sean T. Collins interviews him about it on the Marvel website (with additional previews).

Al Jaffee & Arnold Roth: Humbug pics from the Strand
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under HumbugGary GrotheventsArnold RothAl Jaffee 19 Jun 2009 12:32 PM

Bob Fingerman was in attendance when legendary cartoonists Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth, two of the co-creators of Humbug, discussed the magazine's short lifespan with el jefe Gary Groth at the Strand Bookstore in NYC on April 14, 2009, and was kind enough to pass along his photos!

Roth/Groth/Jaffee:

Al Jaffee & Arnold Roth talk Humbug at the Strand Bookstore, NYC, 4/14/09

Jaffee:

Al Jaffee & Arnold Roth talk Humbug at the Strand Bookstore, NYC, 4/14/09

Roth:

Al Jaffee & Arnold Roth talk Humbug at the Strand Bookstore, NYC, 4/14/09

See a whole bunch more in our Flickr set right here. Thanks Bob!

Daily OCD: 6/18/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsNell BrinkleyJasonGene Deitch 18 Jun 2009 1:07 PM

I've run out of time again! Hopefully we'll finally be caught up with our Online Commentary & Diversions tomorrow. For now, here's a few links that were sent to me:

• Review: "...Low Moon is the best work I’ve seen from [Jason] yet... I don’t care that 'Emily Says Hello' is illustrated fiction, because it deserves to be on any year-end list of 2009’s finest crime stories, no matter what the format... One and all, these are excellently told tales from a unique talent." - Rod Lott, Bookgasm

• Review: "[Nell] Brinkley was praised for her writing (it’s easy to see why: overblown, yet so satisfying; maybe the only word to describe it is 'delicious') but her drawings made her famous. Each one is an orgiastic, atmospheric feast for the eye... The Brinkley Girls is a tantalizing primer, and a perfect summer read." - Macy Halford, The New Yorker

• Oddity: Dull Tool Dim Bulb has the story of the Gene Deitch-John Lee Hooker connection -- although they misidentify Gene as Czech (he merely lives in Prague) and as the creator of Krazy Kat (he animated George Herriman's creation) so perhaps some of the other details of the story are suspect as well...

Ah, Humbug! MoCCA panel video
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPaul KarasikHumbugArnold RothAl Jaffee 18 Jun 2009 12:12 PM

YouTube user furryisthenewedgy has posted video of Paul Karasik questioning Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth at the "Ah, Humbug!" panel at the 2009 MoCCA festival. Paul says, "The sound is not very good, so in case you can't hear it, when I ask Al Jaffee the 'Stupid Question': "Are you Al Jaffee?", his 'Snappy Answer' is, 'No...I'm Paul Karasik!' Biggest laugh all night. The guy is 88." 

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Daily OCD: 6/17/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyreviewsPrince ValiantNell BrinkleyLove and RocketsLeah HayesJules FeifferJoost SwarteJoe SaccoJasonGilbert HernandezDrew FriedmanCarol TylerBlazing Combat 17 Jun 2009 2:42 PM

Still catching up with Online Commentary & Diversions. There's more, but I'm out of time, so more catch-up tomorrow!

• Review: "The backbone of the family, and also its Achilles heel, Luba is a larger-than-life personality who jumps off every page, whether she's the focus of the segment or just a background player. [Gilbert] Hernandez collects over 100 stories here, ranging from graphic novellas to single-page episodes, with his usual dizzying cocktail of sexual intrigue, humor and soap opera-style angst." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review - near end of page)

• Review: "[You'll Never Know Book 1] becomes a meditation on how the 'art' of our lives, its story, is found all around us, if we but pay attention... [R]ecommended... [and] illuminating." - Mark London Williams, The SF Site: Nexus Graphica

• Review: "There are two excellent interviews in the back of [Blazing Combat]... The interviews are part of what makes the comic so fascinating. Of course, it wouldn’t matter if the stories weren’t good, and they are... [Archie] Goodwin does a fine job keeping each story fresh and even getting into the heads of the characters... It’s a testament to Goodwin’s ability that he manages to write 28 (generally) anti-war stories, but never feels like he’s simply repeating himself... The art helps the book shine, as well... There’s not a poorly-illustrated story in the entire book, and some are eerily beautiful... These are both excellent comics and fascinating historical documents, and Blazing Combat is totally worth a read." - Greg Burgas, Comic Book Resources

• Review: "...[T]here’s an undercurrent in this anthology [Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers] that points to something curious and bizarre that’s worth the same sort of glance as a fake freak in a smarmy sideshow." - the johnandjanaverse

• Profile: Publishers Weekly talks to Trina Robbins about editing our "luscious" collection The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940. Sample quote: "It's just fascinating to me that you can open your dictionary and go to G and find Gibson Girls but you can't find Brinkley Girls under B."

• Profile: I don't think I would have guessed that Joost Swarte was influenced by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, but so says he: The Walrus spotlights Swarte, who provides a cover illustration for the current issue, and whose long-gestating Fantagraphics collection Modern Swarte is still in the works

• Interview: Zak Sally professes a longstanding crush on Maggie & Hopey in a Q&A with Minnesota Reads

• Interview: At Newsarama, Zack Smith enjoys a lengthy chat with Jules Feiffer (and breaks the news to him that Explainers is nominated for an Eisner Award... oops, sorry Jules)

• List: Moolies posts his/her (?) "Top 10 graphic novels," including Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco ("It's truly appalling reading, and the reason is because he's such a great artist, and a great listener too"), Peter Bagge's Buddy Bradley saga ("There's so much painful and embarrassing truth in Bagge's work, and it's carried along by a sharp, wisecracking sense of humour"), and Love and Rockets ("A stunning, extraordinary, even feminist (or humanist) body of work... It's always a joy, and I'm so glad they're still writing these stories")

• Plug: "We should all learn about Nell Brinkley in college. So if you’re currently in college, go check out The Brinkley Girls already. And if you’re out of college already, well go check it out anyway, because everyone seriously needs to see this book—Brinkley was that good." - J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama

• Plug: "As fans of art and cool things in general we are thankful to a friend who sent us the following link to: The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940, edited by Trina Robbins... Nell was an amazing illustrator." - The GIV Family Blog

• Plug: Joakim Gunnarsson raves about the "fantastic" black & white edition of Prince Valiant Vol. 1, with photos

• Plug: Comic Book Junkie takes note of our video previews on YouTube (which are also visible, alongside extensive photo previews, in our Flickr stream)

• Plug: Annika in London recommends Leah Hayes's "beautiful book" Funeral of the Heart for the second time

• Plug: 999 spotlights Jason's Low Moon and, according to the Google translation from Spanish, calls us "blithe kids"

• Things to see: Airforce Amazons illustrates a blog post of topical world events with a two-page spread from Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde

• Things to see: Friedman (Drew) does Ferrell (Will) for the NY Observer

Hensley homages Kirby
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Hensleypreviews 17 Jun 2009 1:29 PM

Wally Gropius image by Tim Hensley

You may have been wondering, "Is there going to be any new material in Tim Hensley's Wally Gropius collection?" The answer: Oh yes there is.

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons BLAD
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGahan Wilson 17 Jun 2009 12:11 PM

Fantagraphics is pleased to present to the public our BLAD for Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons, our 3-volume, 1000+-page slipcased hardcover set collecting half a century's work by the macabre master, due this October. (BLAD is the appropriately vampiric-sounding acronym for Book Layout and Design, a promotional piece made for the book trade which showcases upcoming books.) Click each page for larger, higher-res versions, which include specs, production details, excerpts from the introductions by Neil Gaiman and Hugh Hefner, and, of course, samples of the unparallelled artwork collected in the book.

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons BLAD

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons BLAD

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons BLAD

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons BLAD


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