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Archive >> March 2010

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

Online Commentary & Diversions:

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

Warehouse find: Burne Hogarth's King Arthur Portfolio Vol. 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBurne Hogarth 17 Mar 2010 1:46 PM

We've unearthed some hidden treasure:

Burne Hogarth's King Arthur Portfolio Vol. 2

Burne Hogarth's King Arthur Portfolio Vol. 2
by Burne Hogarth

6 black & white 11" x 17" prints • $125 reduced to $75
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Six beautifully produced prints depicting the rise and fall of Camelot in lush, detailed illustrations by a master of cartoon classicism. Printed with utmost quality and care on creamy, textured paper and housed in a sturdy folio, this is truly a deluxe collectors item. Out of print and lost in our warehouse for years, now available again at an affordable reduced price. Plate One of each set is signed and numbered by the artist. Originally produced in 1983 in an edition of 1500; these are the final 50 copies.

First Looks: Captain Easy Vol. 1, Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918, Weathercraft
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CranepreviewsKrazy KatJim WoodringGeorge HerrimanComing AttractionsChris Ware 17 Mar 2010 11:37 AM

The advance copies have been rolling in to the office all week and here's the lo-fi proof:

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 1: 1933-1935 by Roy Crane

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 1: 1933-1935 by Roy Crane

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 1: 1933-1935 by Roy Crane

 Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut by George Herriman

Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut by George Herriman

Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut by George Herriman (designed by Chris Ware)

 Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

We will, as is customary, be bringing you better-quality and greater-in-quantity photo and video previews in the near future. Our Twitter and Facebook followers are first to get these glimpses, so the impatient among you are encouraged to add us to your feeds there.

New Comics Day 3/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Pirus and MezzoNew Comics DayMomeHo Che Anderson 16 Mar 2010 10:56 PM

A trio of new releases heading to comic shops this week; read on to see what the weekly blogospheric new-release roundups are saying:

King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave by Mezzo & Pirus

King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave
By Mezzo & Pirus

64-page full-color 9" x 12.5" hardcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-320-0

Last week at Comics Alliance Douglas Wolk wrote "I don't know whether this handsome translated-from-the-French hardcover, the first of a three-volume series, owes parts of its aesthetic directly to Charles Burns' 'Black Hole' or whether creators Mezzo & Pirus are just coming from a similar dark place, but what I've seen so far looks pretty great — a totally creepy, coolly rendered set of linked stories about adolescents, drugs, sex and half-unreal violence." Also last week, J. Caleb Mozzocco described the artwork as "incredible."

Sand & Fury: A Scream Queen Adventure by Ho Che Anderson

Sand & Fury: A Scream Queen Adventure
By Ho Che Anderson

144-page two-color 7.5" x 9" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-321-7

Comics Comics' Joe McCulloch describes it as "a young woman rides with death herself." At Robot 6 Chris Mautner calls it a "horror-tinged, modern update on the Celtic Banshee myth. Lots of kinky sex and blood in this one. If you need the incentive."

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Mome Vol. 17: Winter 2010
By various artists; edited by Eric Reynolds

120-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-302-6

At Comics Comics Joe McCulloch says "Fantagraphics’ house anthology continues to circle the atmosphere tonally." Robot 6's Chris Mautner says it contains "the usual amount of snazzy high-brow tales..."

As you know we have plentiful previews, more reviews and other information at the links above, so there's no excuse not to know what you're getting when you head to your local shop (after confirming availability first, of course).






Things to see: 3/16/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJohnny Ryan 16 Mar 2010 3:58 PM

Only one item today but it's a doozy:

Karl Lagerfeld by Johnny Ryan

• Holy crap, Johnny Ryan draws Karl Lagerfeld for Vice


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