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Archive >> March 2010

Jim Blanchard's Icon Soup art show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockJim Blanchardeventsart shows 19 Mar 2010 5:37 PM

Jim Blanchard - Icon Soup flyer

Jim Blanchard's got an art show up now at The Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham WA, with a blowout closing reception/rock show on May 29. Hoo doggie! More info at Jim's blog.

R. Crumb wallets
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbfashion 19 Mar 2010 4:33 PM

R. Crumb Porter wallet design

My original title for this post was "R. Crumb FUCKs Wallets." Maybe I should've stuck with that.

It's probably a sign that I'm too cynical that my reaction to this was mild surprise that it's an authorized design (licensed by Supreme for Porter, or something like that) rather than a ripoff, which would have been pretty easy to do.

See more images & products at SLAMXHYPE (via Alan David Doane). No word on where to buy these. Japan maybe?

UPDATE: Our super-sleuth in residence Janice Headley comments:

no! in new york!
http://www.supremenewyork.com/

Beto photos: Gilbert Hernandez at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Mar. 13, 2010
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCamille Rose Garciaart shows 19 Mar 2010 1:43 PM

Jeez, was it really only last weekend that Gilbert Hernandez was in town? We've got a set of photos documenting his signing and art opening at our flagship store, including shots of all the artwork in the exhibit for those of you who can't make it to view the show in person. Look for a guest appearance by L.A.-based pop-surrealist artist Camille Rose Garcia, too. Browse the whole set here, or sit back and let the slideshow roll here.

Black Hole short film redux
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videohooray for HollywoodCharles Burns 18 Mar 2010 4:59 PM

Black Hole titles

This 2007 short film adaptation of Charles Burns's Black Hole by director Rupert Sanders seems to be making the rounds again. I can't locate any info out there as to why or how this was made, but it's worth a second look.

Things to see: 3/18/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanstaffRenee FrenchRay FenwickMaakiesJohn Hankiewicz 18 Mar 2010 2:44 PM

Daily clips & strips — click for improved viewing at the sources:

This Already Happened - Steven Weissman

The conclusion of Steven Weissman's "This Already Happened" is up at What Things Do — you gotta go back and read the whole thing

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• This week's "Belligerent Piano" by Tim Lane is up

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• Gonna try to remember to send you to Tony Millionaire's new Maakies strip each week from now on

OLMH - John Hankiewicz

OLMH is a new lithograph from John Hankiewicz

Floating Moats - Tony Remple

Floating Moats is a new abstract minicomic/art zine from our own Tony Remple, available at Profanity Hill

stone99 - Renee French

• Nobody draws the mysterious object quite like Renee French

Cottage Life

Money Magazine

• Two recent illo jobs by Ray Fenwick

Daily OCD: 3/18/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LanetelevisionRobert WilliamsreviewsMaakiesJasonDrinky Crow ShowDaily OCDComing AttractionsAl Columbia 18 Mar 2010 2:41 PM

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Abandoned Cars [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]

Review: "It’s vaudevillian and it’s Old Hollywood. It’s rock n’ roll and beat poetry. It’s introspective and depressing and quite often funny, and depicts a world that exists on the fringes of society where the American Dream meets the cold, harsh reality of life as viewed through a grimy windshield. ... When you put all the pieces together, you don’t simply get a story or a group of stories, you get a book that pulls back the curtain on the collective unconscious of a nation. ... Like the myths that it is inspired by, Abandoned Cars lingers long after reading and grows in stature as you re-live and re-tell it." – Chad Derdowski, Mania

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days

Review: "Part of Pim & Francies disconcerting effect is that it confounds easy categorization, leaving the reader uncertain what exactly this book is, or how to approach it. It doesn’t contain discrete, coherent stories, but it’s also more unified and linear than a sketchbook; there are continuing characters, recurring images and situations, even a discernable arc. It’s possible to piece together narratives from the fragments here, the way you might reconstruct a crime scene from bits of evidence, or a nightmare from fading details. These stories may even be all the more potent for having to be inferred, like the phantasms we imagine when we listen to horror stories on the radio." – Tim Kreider, The Comics Journal

Conceptual Realism: In the Service of the Hypothetical [Softcover Edition -  Exclusive Bonus Signed Plate]

Profile/Review: Thought Balloonists' Charles W. Hatfield has a doozy of a report from Robert Williams's March 10 lecture at Cal. State Northridge, with plenty of insight into the artist, the talk, and the Conceptual Realism exhibit at the CSUN gallery: "Williams and his academic audience met halfway; the bracing, not to say ass-kicking, potency of the paintings seemed to wow most of the crowd. This was a fine performance, enlivened from the start by Williams' genuine gratitude and enthusiasm for being there."

Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason (not final cover)

Plug: Library Journal spotlights Jason's Werewolves of Montpellier among notable July graphic novel releases: "Having subjected zombies to the witty vagaries of his goofy, humanized animals, Eisner Award winner Jason tackles werewolves mixed up in re-creational burglary and romance. It’s the pretender vs. the professionals — who are not happy about amateur competition."

The Drinky Crow Show

Television: Adult Swim will start re-running The Drinky Crow Show starting March 30, so mark your calendars and set your DVRs now. Even if you caught it the first time, it merits repeat viewings

One more first look: Dungeon Quest Book 1 by Joe Daly
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJoe DalyComing Attractions 17 Mar 2010 5:13 PM

Dungeon Quest Book 1 - Joe Daly

Dungeon Quest Book 1 - Joe Daly

We thought we wouldn't get them until next week, but lo, the delivery man dropped off our advances of Dungeon Quest Book 1 by Joe Daly earlier this afternoon.

First Look: Take a Joke (Angry Youth Comix Vol. 3) by Johnny Ryan
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny RyanComing Attractions 17 Mar 2010 4:37 PM

2011 by Johnny Ryan.

Hey jeez, look what I just stumbled across on Johnny Ryan's Flickr page. Coming 2011 apparently. Dunno if this is a work in progress. Nobody tells me nothin'.

Things to see: 3/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanRenee FrenchOriginal ArtMarco CoronaKevin HuizengaHal FosterDash Shaw 17 Mar 2010 4:09 PM

 Dash Shaw BodyWorld print

Dash Shaw models his "Dieball Trophy" BodyWorld silkscreen print, now available from Desert Island in Brooklyn

I, Anonymous - Steven Wiessman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Wiessman

Prince Valiant layout - Hal Foster

• At The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong examines some examples of Hal Foster's original art

Marco Corona

Marco Corona presents some "drawings from the crypt"

thewlis 4 - Renee French

Renee French is on a mouth/teeth kick lately

Glenn Ganges - Kevin Huizenga

Glenn & Wendy looking grumpy, presented without context by Kevin Huizenga

Structure 0024 - Tom Kaczynski

'Nother one of these guys from Tom Kaczynski

Daily OCD: 3/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffreviewsIvan BrunettiHo Che AndersonDaily OCDBest of 2009 17 Mar 2010 4:08 PM

Erin go Online Commentary & Diversions:

Sand & Fury: A Scream Queen Adventure [Pre-Order]

Review: "[Sand & Fury] is a dark, violent horror story that provides a contemporary update on a folklore standard. ... It's a good comic..." – Tucker Stone, The Factual Opinion

Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti

Review: "There’s an immediate laugh to be had with the extended title of Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti. This is a slyly hilarious understatement, a clever counterpoint to contents as there’s nothing “questionable” about these jokes. That’s their strength, although I say that within the clinically quarantined confines of a cartoon laboratory. They are as unconscionable, uninhibited and unimpeded as can be imagined and the fact that you couldn’t have imagined them unaided only adds to their stature (and yours)." – Rich Kreiner, "Yearlong Best of the Year," The Comics Journal

Staff: Catch our own Jason T. Miles as part of a panel on starting and running a small press at Seattle's Pilot Books on Saturday, March 20; more info at Profanity Hill


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