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Archive >> March 2011

Things to See: 3/21/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaMaakiesLeslie SteinLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJoe KimballJasonFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDrew WeingDash ShawDame DarcyChris Ware 21 Mar 2011 9:35 PM

Tiny Tim - Chris Ware

Chris Ware draws Tiny Tim for 6-year-old Clara Ware's review of a Tiny Tim compilation album at Roctober (yes, you read that correctly)

Ghosts at Forsyth Fountain - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy offers artwork for sale with partial proceeds donated to the Red Cross for Japan relief; she also encourages you to donate directly

Fight or Run - Kevin Huizenga

Fight or Run artwork from Kevin Huizenga; also some super-moon-related cover art

Wonder Woman - Richard Sala

A commissioned sketch of Wonder Woman from 1998 by Richard Sala

My Boyfriend... or My Kitty? - Drew Weing

Drew Weing posts a page from the story he drew in the new issue of Papercutter

That Sticky Machine - Leslie Stein

Title design (in various stages) by Leslie Stein

Bagface - Renee French

• It was tough deciding between this and the kitty portrait by Renee French

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• A tantalizing glimpse of something in progress by Joe Kimball

And more Things to See from the past week:

• New original Matthias Lehmann illustrations for sale at La Galerie de Matthias Lehmann

• Illustrations, promotional artwork, sketches and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spot on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

Artwork and sketches from Frank Santoro

Recent sketches by Marco Corona

Leslie Stein posts the real-life Marshmallow & friends and links to some Eye of the Majestic Creature fan art

• Sketches by Mark Kalesniko for his new graphic novel Freeway at his blog

Sketches, strips, a horrible experience and other updates from Noah Van Sciver

• New sketchbook strips by Laura Park on her Flickr page

• "The Strangest Story You Ever Heard in Your Life" continues at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

• Daily storyboards & concept drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Tony Millionaire dug an old interactive Maakies strip thing out of the bowels of the internet

• More new sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog

Eleanor Davis just keeps murdering it on her We Be Ouija blog (NSFW, some of it)

Help a brother out
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtHans Rickheitgood deeds 21 Mar 2011 9:16 PM

The Squirrel Machine original art - Hans Rickheit

If you have the means please consider making a purchase or donation to Hans Rickheit as he searches for a new job after his place of employment shut down. He has plenty of stunning original pages for sale or you can buy a book or even just slide him a few bucks for his acclaimed free webcomic Ectopiary. See all your options listed and linked here. Yep, we're all getting rich off of comics, boy howdy.

Daily OCD: 3/21/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoreviewsPopeyeJordan CraneFrank SantoroEC SegarDaily OCDaudio21 21 Mar 2011 5:33 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Popeye Vol. 5: "Wha's a Jeep?"

Review: "Whenever Fantagraphics releases a new Popeye book it's cause for manic joy, but this one is extra special because it introduces the mythical beast known as Eugene the Jeep who was possibly the namesake of the car/jockmobile. It also introduces Popeye's foul-tempered father, Poopdeck Pappy, who dislikes Popeye and punches Olive Oyl in the face. [...] This volume is pretty special." – Nick Gazin, Vice

Uptight #4 [January 2011]

Review: "I like that Jordan Crane had decided not to play the victim of infidelity/villainous partner dynamic with the story of Leo and Dee. He has stripped them bare, which forces the reader to make his or her own decisions. Of course, the readers cannot do this through a passive reading experience. Being forced to engage isn’t a bad thing, because what we are engaging is a lush graphic narrative told in beautiful greytone art. Believing that Crane is equally good with character drama and kids’ comics may be difficult to accept, but the rollicking Simon & Jack will not only make you a believer, but also an acolyte of Crane. This is an all-ages tale because its sense of wonder and imagination will captivate all ages, and it is not too early to declare Uptight #4 one of the year’s best comics. [Grade:] A" – Leroy Douresseaux, Comic Book Bin

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Profile/Interview (Audio): At ESPN Desportes, Pedro Zayas talks to Wilfred Santiago (en Español) about 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. An autotranslated clip from the text portion: "Santiago's graphic novel... helps us know more about the mythic history of Puerto Rican child star, before he started playing baseball, right up until his tragic death. It also includes a chapter on Puerto Rico and Clemente's childhood, as well as his life in America. It is an attractive book for all ages. 'When you make a biography the direct and personal life of the person you're writing about is important,' says Santiago. 'But at the same time is very important to the historical context in which that person lives ... It is important to know that when he lived is not the moment in which we live. '"

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Craft: At The Comics Journal, another lesson on proportion in comics layout in theory and practice from Frank Santoro

Mattotti & McKean in London: photos & report
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Lorenzo MattottieventsDave McKean 21 Mar 2011 4:25 PM

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I've been hoping a report from the panel discussion with Lorenzo Mattotti & Dave McKean in London earlier this month would show up, and now one has courtesy of Joel Meadows at Walls and Bridges. (Via The Comics Reporter.)

Adčle Blanc-Sec film gets UK release
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jacques Tardihooray for Hollywood 21 Mar 2011 3:49 PM

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec - UK poster

Luc Besson's film adaptation of Jacques Tardi's The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec comes to cinemas in the UK starting April 22, reports Empire. No word about what this might mean for a potential U.S. release. (Via Bleeding Cool.)

Things to See: Even more from Jason's Athos in America
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 21 Mar 2011 3:06 PM

Jason - from Athos in America

Yet another page, pre-color, from Jason’s forthcoming book Athos in America. Via Jason’s Cats Without Dogs blog, where there are further details and an English translation of the dialogue. (Also don’t miss Jason’s hilarious list of "Things to do in Paris.")

Full Tilt Flip Out! Frank Pinball Machine Nears.
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstore 21 Mar 2011 1:31 PM

Frank pinball backglass - Jim Woodring
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Come check out the fabulous backglass for the forthcoming Frank pinball machine that recently arrived at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery! A thing of jaw-dropping Woodring weirdness.

According to game developer Eli Curtz of Olympia, the custom playfield program will interface with a Stern or late model Williams driver board. We can hardly wait to play the thing. In the meantime, you can get a glance of this work in progress at Fantagraphics Bookstore. Come down to the store and get some amazing comix, then stay and play at one of Georgetown's many amusing pinball emporiums. Hope to see you all soon.

Johnny Ryan black metal band tee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockmerchJohnny Ryanfashion 21 Mar 2011 12:25 PM

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Fans of Johnny Ryan and/or vintage horror movies and/or black metal will want to get their hands on this Lord Foul t-shirt featuring Johnny's rendition of "The Man" from the 1962 horror film Carnival of Souls.

Fun with signed bookplates, new ones available
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesJoyce FarmerJohnny RyanJasonJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezCharles Burns 21 Mar 2011 11:50 AM

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Australian fan Luke Read found a novel use for his growing collection of our exclusive signed bookplates — wall decoration! Thanks to Luke for sharing these images on Twitter.

We have dozens of books available with these signed bookplates as a free bonus for our customers, and we've recently received some new stock: brand new bookplates signed by Joyce Farmer for Special Exits, a new twin set signed by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez for Love and Rockets: New Stories #3, and a restock of plates signed by Johnny Ryan for Prison Pit Book 2!

Percy Gloom t-shirts & more Malkasian merch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under merchfashionCathy Malkasian 21 Mar 2011 10:49 AM

Cathy Malkasian - Percy Gloom t-shirt

Cathy Malkasian has set up an online shop where you can buy t-shirts, hoodies, baby onesies, stickers and other merch featuring new artwork of the protagonist of her award-winning graphic novel Percy Gloom and other illustrations. Lots of designs, styles and colors to choose from! Additional designs will be going up this week so keep checking back. I mean come on, how can you say no to this:

Cathy Malkasian - Percy Gloom t-shirt design


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