Wrapping up another week of Online Commentary & Diversions:
• Review: "Fantagraphics sets a high standard for quality in all of their products, and [Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons] does not disappoint. ... It's just amazing...this is a product with a real 'wow' factor. ... If you're an admirer of Wilson's work like I am then this will be a must-have, something you'll want to look at again and again." – Matt Staggs, Suvudu (Random House)
Via Eric; I don't know where he found it. It seems like it starts out half-assed, but I think that's "in character" as Enid. It gets pretty great when "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" kicks in, so stick with it. Thanks, Ms. Jewels! We look forward to your turn as Rebecca. Or how about a duo act? (YouTube link)
[EDIT: Hey, it's been pointed out to me that the original wording of my post suggesting the duo act could be seen as disparaging to this particular performer. That wasn't my intent at all! Looking back, it did read kinda harsh and lacked the positivity it should've had. My apologies to Ms. Jewels and anyone else I might've inadvertently insulted.]
Spot the common thread in today's Online Commentary & Diversions:
• List: At The Truth About Comics Mario Z. Alipio (aka MZA) posts his top 11 comics of 2009, including You'll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler at #6 ("A brilliant and disarmingly vulnerable historical memoir that converts a family's personal anguish into adult wisdom and grace. Part documentarian and part emotional wreck, Tyler examines her secretive father's WWII past and her own disintegrating marriage w/ an enviable balance between sensitivity and fearlessness"), Pim & Francie by Al Columbia at #9 ("Gorgeously reproduced — rough pencil marks, taped edges, discolourations, and all — this might be the sweetest thing to stare at, dumbly, in my whole library"), and Ganges #3 by Kevin Huizenga at #10 ("Huizenga conceives brilliant new methods of shorthand comix communication the way monkeys learn sign language to get the banana") (via The Comics Reporter)
If you've attended any events at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery you've no doubt seen and perhaps met John Ohannesian. In addition to being the store's upstairs neighbor and occasional handyman/helper-outer guy, John's a talented surrealist painter whose latest series of "Paintoons" are inspired by daily comic strips and Mad magazine with an underground comix sensibility. At the store you can buy a print of his popular "gods-playing-poker" painting out of the print bin that he built for us, and if you run into him he'll be happy to give you a studio tour.
Slow-news-day all-square edition of Online Commentary & Diversions:
• Review: "The book reminds me a bit of my childhood memories, where one gives nicknames to everyone and everything, and the smallest events become epic journeys. Chocolate Cheeks is a fun read, recommended to anyone who is interested in art prints or comic books." – Steven Swigart
• Review: "Esther Pearl Watson’s Unlovable is a rude, crude and frequently hilarious portrait of suburban teenage life in the 1980s. The book’s narrator, Tammy Pierce, is probably the most hapless 15-year-old girl imaginable. ... Her life is miserable, but she is anything but depressed. Every moment has urgency for her. She’s crazy-giddy when she’s in a good mood, and drama-queen petulant when upset. Watson makes Tammy comedy gold." – Robert Martin, The Comics Journal
New Yorkers! Gilbert Hernandez will be signing his new Love and Rockets collection High Soft Lisp at Midtown Comics' Times Square location (200 West 40th Street, 2nd Floor) on Saturday, April 24 at 2-4 PM. I can't recall the last time Gilbert did a signing in NYC, so don't miss it!
416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $22.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-314-9
Being the second and final installment of the hilarious and humiliating adventures of high school misfit Tammy Pierce. In their weekly recommendations new Comics Comics correspondent Joe McCulloch admits "I didn’t read the first one, but it seems to have been well-received for its gangling verisimilitude" and Robot 6's Chris Mautner calls it "Poignant, cringe-inducing comics, to be sure."
Catch up with more info and extensive previews here, and verify availability with your local shop.
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