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

Holy shit, Friedman, that's fantastic!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbDrew Friedmanart 9 Mar 2009 10:38 AM

Drew Friedman - Cheap Thrills

Drew Friedman captures a watershed moment in comics history. Get the whole story on this piece on Drew's Drawger blog. Damn, I need to subscribe to that.

Now in stock: La educación de Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJaime Hernandez 6 Mar 2009 5:02 PM

La Educación de Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

La educación de Hopey Glass
By Jaime Hernandez

Read Love and Rockets en Español! This translated edition of The Education of Hopey Glass comes to us from our colleagues at La Cupula in Spain. We're pleased to offer this treat for L&R collectors and Spanish-reading fans in the U.S. (and around the world)! See the description in Spanish below:

Maggie está casi ausente en esta última recopilación de Love and Rockets ya que Jaime Hernandez se centra en Hopey, la amiga de toda la vida de Maggie, y en su ex novio Ray. Y además, un vasto reparto de secundarios: Grace, el otro amigo de Hopey; Elmer, un electrificante autoproyecto de gánster; el callejero y endurecido Doyle; la divertida "Angel de Tarzana"; la madura pero aún marchosa Terry, así como la misteriosa superheroína Alarma.

En una de las dos principales líneas argumentales, Ray persigue a la peligrosa y molesta "Voz de rana", aspirante a actriz y perpetuo desastre, por bares de mala muerte, callejones y convenciones de comics... Siempre a la espera de una última e inseparada consumación. Mientras, en "Día a día con Hopey," Jaime demuestra su maestría a la hora de representar el pálpito de la vida cotidiana en el retrato de Hopey luchando con su nuevo empleo y sos amantes que van y vienen. Una semana más en la galopante educación de Hopey Glass.

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Daily links: 3/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsMort WalkerJerry DumasFantagraphics historyEros ComixDennis the Menace 6 Mar 2009 2:34 PM

• Review: Bookgasm says of Supermen!: "...any self-respecting comics fan is going to eat [these stories] up like a Saturday-morning bowl of sugared cereal … and slurp up any leftover milk. If there’s a better gift of comics history this year… well, I’d no doubt fall in love with that one, too... Fantagraphics has done an amazing job in assembling this unique and colorful curio."

• Review: Comics Worth Reading gives "a big tip of the hat to the fine folks at Fantagraphics for getting Sam's Strip back into print after all these decades. As usual, they have spared no expense in putting together a visually excellent package... If you ever had more than a passing interest in newspaper strips, you owe it to yourself to check out this collection."

• Review: The Christian Science Monitor recommends our "beautiful" volumes of Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace

• Preview: Monsters and Critics says Supermen! "should get all comics fans excited."

• Preview: La Cárcel de Papel says "do not miss" our previews of Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas (according to the Google translation)

• Preview: LaNuez looks at The Tijuana Bibles Vol. 9 (Google translation)

• History: In his Savage Critics post about "vaporware" comics projects culled from the pages of mid-1980s Amazing Heroes Preview Specials, Douglas Wolk digs up our never-produced Alan Moore anthology series and a choice quote from Kim Thompson

First look: All and Sundry
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul Hornschemeier 6 Mar 2009 1:39 PM

All and Sundry by Paul Hornschemeier

Well, second look if you follow Paul Hornschemeier's blog. I'll just steal Paul's text outright:

"Arriving in stores in the fall of this year, All and Sundry is a collection of various illustrations, posters, comics, and drawings that have been scattered in publications and galleries all over the world, but never collected in a single volume. This will include the strip currently running in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, as well as the sixteen page comic recently drawn for the album Yonlu. The book will be rounded out by over one hundred scans from sketchbooks, documenting weirdness that has never seen the light of day, and projects still in a primitive state."

Webcomics update for 3/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin KellermanJohnny Ryan 6 Mar 2009 12:32 PM

Friday is new webcomics day! This week: a surprise twist!

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

First up, a theological mystery is solved in this week's Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan!

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

It might be time for a new plan in this week's installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 50-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. Wait, what? Yes, the formerly 32-page story has expanded by 18 more pages and will continue through July! WHAMMY!

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

More cutting observation of modern life and relationships, plus some papier-maché, in our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's hilarious Swedish smash-hit Rocky, updated Monday-Friday!

Look maw, we're on the teevee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under televisionFantagraphics Bookstore 6 Mar 2009 10:41 AM
Seattle TV station KING5's "Evening Magazine" program presents a picturesque profile of the Georgetown neighborhood, with clips of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and sound bites from manager/curator Larry Reid. I gotta visit that vintage telephone museum someday.
Signed bookplate update: Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesEsther Pearl Watson 5 Mar 2009 3:58 PM

Unlovable signature plate by Esther Pearl Watson

Starting now, when you order Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Vol. 1 direct from us, you can choose to receive the exclusive signed bookplate pictured above as a free bonus (and why wouldn't you?)! Supplies are limited and the usual conditions and caveats apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!

Daily links: 3/5/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanereviewspreviewsLilli Carrécomics industryBob LevinBasil WolvertonAnders Nilsen 5 Mar 2009 1:30 PM

• Review/profile: The Oregonian says that Most Outrageous by Bob Levin is "The most challenging and thought-provoking book I read last year... unforgettable... among the great essays on human frailty," and discusses how the commercial success of The Complete Peanuts enables us to publish more challenging work

• Review: Brick Weekly says of The Lagoon by Lilli Carré, "Carré’s cartooning is purely excellent, evolving nicely from her earlier work and pulling you into a world of vividly drawn characters and lush environments" (scroll past the video game review)

• Previews: Whateves looks at The Wolverton Bible

• Interviews: Robot 6 talks to our own Eric Reynolds about the current state of the indie-comics market (Diamond, economy, etc.)

• Things to see: A new batch of sketchbook drawings from Anders Nilsen

• Things to see: A fantastic splash page from Tim Lane's next book

Michael Kupperman's Vacation in China
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoMichael Kupperman 5 Mar 2009 10:51 AM

Fun times! Video link. NSFW (blurry boobs). More Kuppermania on YouTube. Via Michael Kupperman's new Twitter feed, which you can follow too.

Daily links: 3/4/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairePeanutsMort WalkerJerry Dumas 4 Mar 2009 3:18 PM

• Review: I Love Rob Liefeld digs Tony Millionaire's Billy Hazelnuts

• Preview: Parka Blogs looks at the latest volume of The Complete Peanuts, with an overview of past volumes

• Blurbs: Italian sites afNews and Il Sole 24 Ore both preview Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas

• Blurbs: If English is more your bag, Newsarama talks up Sam's Strip in their weekly new-comics roundup


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