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Archive >> March 2011

Turn on the Water Works with Giant Robot
Written by janice headley | Filed under Renee FrencheventsEsther Pearl Watsonart showsAndrice Arp 17 Mar 2011 9:21 AM
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This weekend, our friends at Giant Robot kick off a very important exhibit to raise money for the devastation in Japan. Funds will be donated to UNICEF, to help children impacted by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

There are so many wonderful, generous artists involved in this show, including Fantagraphics' own Andrice Arp, Renee French, and Esther Pearl Watson.

And not only will Giant Robot donate proceeds from the sale of artwork, they'll also be donating:

1. Proceeds from the sale of water bottles featuring labels created by artists and signed by celebrities.

2. Fifty percent of proceeds from Giant Robot’s small restaurant, gr/eats, on Saturday, March 19.

3. A percentage of all sales at Giant Robot, GR2, and GRSF during the weekend of March 18-20.

4. Raffles for donated merchandise including designer- and artist-signed items, GR gear, horseback rides, and other items.

5. Cash donations accepted for UNICEF.

On top of all that, Intertrend Communications has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised by proceeds and donations through Giant Robot. 

Seriously... please help Giant Robot reach this goal, and help the children impacted by this terrible catastrophe. Opening reception is this Saturday, March 19, from 6:30 - 10:00 pm at GR2 [2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA], and the show runs until April 13th.

Joyce Farmer's Special Exits nominated for National Cartoonists Society award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaiJoyce Farmerawards 17 Mar 2011 9:10 AM

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer

We are pleased to share the news that Joyce Farmer's graphic memoir Special Exits has been nominated for the 2010 NCS Division Award for Graphic Novels! The winner will be announced at the 65th Annual NCS Reuben Awards banquet on May 28, 2011 in Boston, MA. Congratulations Joyce!

(We're also rooting for Stan Sakai, nominated in the Comic Books division for his ongoing (formerly-Fantagraphics) Usagi Yojimbo series!)

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Things to See: Stephen DeStefano's Popeye gets metabolic
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeStephen DeStefanoPopeye 16 Mar 2011 8:36 PM

Cell Metabolism - Popeye - Stephen DeStefano

Thanks to Flog commenter Alberto Garcia for pointing this out — it's an old Stephen DeStefano illustration of Popeye repurposed for the cover of last month's issue of the research journal Cell Metabolism, in a scan posted at Nas Capas. (Forearm mitochondria and spinach can label added after the fact. Dig the "Swiss" typography.)

Daily OCD: 3/16/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim KreiderRobert CrumbreviewsPrince ValiantHal FosterFour Color FearDaily OCD 16 Mar 2011 4:07 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s [2nd Printing]

Review: "Fantagraphics' collection Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s, edited by Greg Sadowski, is a wonderfully creepy hurtle through the exuberant, cheerfully gross and icky horror comics that prevailed in the golden, pre-Comics-Code era. ...[T]he art is brilliant: indistinct piles of slimy viscera, purple-green zombies, skull-faced vampires and demons, Satan in a dozen guises, witches and occult symbols, creatures from the eleven hells of the darkest mythos of the human spirit." – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942

Review: "Considering how much I enjoyed the first four years, when Foster was still finding the strip’s voice, I wasn’t sure how much better Valiant could get. Turns out, Prince Valiant achieves sheer radiance. [...] In short, Prince Valiant is noble romantic adventure fiction at its finest. The plots are classical, yet surprising, with chivalry and fair play constantly at the forefront. Poetic and strikingly descriptive, the narrations could nearly stand alone, but fortunately are accompanied by some of the finest comics art ever produced. [...] Prince Valiant v. 3: 1941-1942 finds a legendary strip reaching yet greater heights of creative accomplishment, presenting the strips with the full majesty of size, color and detail that its author always hoped for. After Foster, comics were never the same; this series is, simply, a must-have for any serious comics library." – Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009

Review: "Excoriating, withering humour and viciously necessary satire tellingly rendered and savage yet personable and winningly intimate reportage make [Twilight of the Assholes] one of the best cartoon coshes ever applied to the politics of this century." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

R. Crumb - Lines Drawn on Paper

Scene: Time Out New York previews the R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper exhibit at the Society of Illustrators

Trailer for Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoIvan Brunetti 16 Mar 2011 3:00 PM

From our colleagues over at Yale University Press comes this great video trailer for their new edition of Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti.

Oil & Water: first look, Shannon Wheeler interview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DuinShannon WheelerOil and WaterComing Attractions 16 Mar 2011 2:13 PM

from Oil & Water - artwork by Shannon Wheeler

The Cartoon Bank Blog's new interview with cartoonist Shannon Wheeler gives you your first glimpse at his artwork for Oil & Water, which we are publishing this Fall. Wheeler explains the book: "Mike Rosen, a manager at the Bureau of Environmental Services, Watershed Division, organized a group of writers, scientists, activists, environmentalists, teachers, and students to go to the Gulf Coast to get a better understanding of the oil spill and its implications. It is possibly the greatest manmade disaster in our history. Steve Duin, metro columnist for The Oregonian, is fictionalizing our side of the story to build a strong narrative, keeping the local characters and situations real. Our main goal is to help keep the situation on the national radar."

Things to See: Dash Shaw Mome story sneak peek
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeMomeDash ShawComing Attractions 16 Mar 2011 1:58 PM

Blind Date 3 - Dash Shaw - Mome

On The Ruined Cast blog Dash Shaw posted this page from his story "Blind Date 3" appearing in the next issue of Mome. Looks like a bit of a stylistic departure from the first two "Blind Date" strips. If you're not already familiar, yes, these are comics adaptations of actual episodes of the TV show Blind Date and yes, they're as funny and weird as you think.

Carousel: Cartoon Polymaths edition
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gabrielle Bellevents 16 Mar 2011 1:06 PM

Carousel flyer

Erstwhile Mome contributor Gabrielle Bell and some of our other pals will be participants in a special presentation of R. Sikoryak's long-running "Carousel" series of cartoonist slideshow talks at Parsons in NYC, in conjunction with the Cartoon Polymaths exhibition, next Monday, March 21. More details here.

Eric Skillman on designing The Comics Journal #301
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalDesignbehind the scene 16 Mar 2011 12:40 PM

The Comics Journal No. 301

On his Cozy Lummox blog, award-winning designer Eric Skillman discusses his process for putting together the new issue of The Comics Journal: "I was pretty excited when Jacob Covey emailed me to ask if I might be interested in re-designing the venerable Comics Journal for its upcoming relaunch as an annual (rather than monthly) publication. Then I found out it was going to be 600-something pages. But by that point it was too late to say no! (I'm kidding... mostly.)" It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek!

Better Than Spinach
Written by janice headley | Filed under Popeye 16 Mar 2011 11:29 AM
Popeye Candy Treats
 
Mike and I spotted these Popeye Candy Treats at the Bartell Drugstore in Ballard. Definitely my preferred method of power.


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