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Flog posts by Fantagraphics' consumer marketing/web editor/hand model guy. Say, buy some books why don't you?
Archive >> March 2011

Things to See: Megan Kelso, more at Arthur
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSammy HarkhamMegan KelsoJordan Crane 4 Mar 2011 8:32 AM

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Arthur have been posting comics that ran in the pages of their magazine in the mid-aughts (during the Jordan Crane/Sammy Harkham and Tom Devlin reigns over their comics section), including "Split Rock, Montana" by Megan Kelso (who's signing with us on Sunday at Emerald City ComiCon, ahem) and a ton of other great, unmissable stuff. Seriously.

Things to See: Johnny Ryan's Gyo & Herpes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJohnny Ryan 3 Mar 2011 9:40 PM

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Same Hat! posts this commissioned Johnny Ryan drawing based on Junji Ito's Gyo from a few years ago (via Sean T. Collins); below, Johnny's cover to a Herpes Kids minicomic courtesy Sam Henderson's The Magic Whistle blog, where you can see the rest of the comic as well (via The Comics Reporter).

Herpes Kids - Johnny Ryan

New Drew Weing in Fluke & Papercutter
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Weing 3 Mar 2011 9:21 PM

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Drew Weing has a couple of anthology contributions on the way: he posted this teaser panel from a story he has in the upcoming Fluke anthology, and he drew a story written by M.K. Reed in the new issue of the always-unmissable Papercutter from Tugboat Press (shown below with cover art by Jonas Madden-Connor; photo from the Tugboat Press Flickr page). Can't wait!

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Daily OCD: 3/3/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under R Kikuo JohnsonPeanutsEsther Pearl WatsonEdward GoreyDaily OCDBarry Windsor-SmithAlexander Theroux 3 Mar 2011 8:16 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions (running late due to Emerald City ComiCon prep!):

Unlovable: The Complete Collection Box Set

List: Library Journal's Martha Cornog recommends Unlovable: The Complete Collection by Esther Pearl Watson as one of her "Graphic Novels for Women's History Month": "A cringe-worthy classic of high school malaise, reportedly based on a real girl's diary found in a Las Vegas bathroom in 1995. Like a Wimpy Kid older sister but more poignant and painful, this features jagged, unpretty art capturing the diarist's inner chaos. For Lynda Barry fans craving a new read and professionals seeking an unvarnished glimpse of female adolescence."

Night Fisher

List: Chris Arrant of Robot 6 includes R. Kikuo Johnson and Barry Windsor-Smith on his list of "Comic creators I wish would return to comics"

The Strange Case of Edward Gorey [Expanded Hardcover Edition]

Plug: At The New York Times, Mark Dery examines the resurgence in interest in Edward Gorey and works in a nice mention of our book: "The market for Gorey books and merchandise buoys indie publishers like... Fantagraphics, which is releasing a third edition of The Strange Case of Edward Gorey, a portrait by the novelist and longtime Gorey friend Alexander Theroux."

The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 (Vol. 10) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Plug (or something): Something about Peanuts on the Savage Critics' Wait, What? podcast? We haven't had time to listen, but the image made us take notice

Video clip of our Seattle Channel CityStream segment
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videotelevisionJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstore 3 Mar 2011 9:53 AM

Here's a 4 1/2-minute "sneak peek" clip from last night's episode of The Seattle Channel's CityStream, which (as we previously noted) features a whole lot of us and (as we failed to note) some Jim Woodring. Looks like the full episode will go online next week after it runs through its broadcast schedule — we'll be sure to let you know.

Tim Kreider audio (radio interview) & video (Strand appearance)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim KreiderDaily OCDaudio 3 Mar 2011 9:28 AM

Daily OCD Extra: We've got some Tim Kreider multimedia to share with you as Tim continues making the rounds promoting his new book Twilight of the Assholes:

The Strand Bookstore has uploaded video of Tim's slideshow talk which took place on Feb. 17, 2011, embedded above or watchable on the Strand's YouTube page here.

And this Tuesday Tim was a call-in guest on his fellow Rolling Stone "Supreme Court of Assholedom" justice David Sirota's program on Denver's AM 760 ("Colorado's Progressive Talk") — download an MP3 of the segment here (Tim's portion starts 15-20 minutes in) and see the full rundown of the episode here.

New rush shipping rates in effect
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 2 Mar 2011 9:04 PM
An FYI for our mail-order customers: We recently analyzed our shipping costs and found that what we were charging for 2nd-Day UPS within the United States wasn't quite covering the actual cost, so we've raised our 2nd-Day rates by $5.00 for orders of $5.00 or more. So, if you have a rush order, you'll pay a little more for shipping. All other charges remain unchanged. See our updated shipping-charge matrix here.
Things to See: Vintage Beto, Xaime and others
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeThe Comics JournalJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezFantagraphics historyAmazing Heroes 2 Mar 2011 8:11 PM

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Wanna see a whole bunch of vintage spot illos scanned from old issues of The Comics Journal and Amazing Heroes by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (above) and other artists (Mitch O'Connell, Kevin Nowlan, Bruce Timm) before they were stars? Ed Piskor has you covered at his Wizzywig Comics blog.

Daily OCD: 3/2/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoreviewsMickey MouseLove and RocketsJoe SaccoJasonGilbert HernandezFloyd GottfredsonDrew WeingDisneyDaily OCD 2 Mar 2011 3:54 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1: Race to Death Valley

Plug: "It really is amazing that there are generations growing up, only knowing the Disney characters from the theme parks. Thankfully, Fantagraphics is doing something about it, restoring and publishing a complete archive of the Mickey Mouse comic strip by cartooning legend Floyd Gottfredson." – Stefan Blitz, Forces of Geek

Plug: "Fantagraphics' collection of Floyd Gottfredson's complete run on the Mickey Mouse comic strip of the 30s and 40s is one of the most exciting things on upcoming comics collection list (although I'm most excited about the same publisher's announced reprinting of Carl Barks' complete run of Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics)." – Pop Culture Safari

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Plug: "I've been looking forward to Wilfred Santiago's Roberto Clemente biography 21 for what seems like years now, maybe because it's actually been a couple of years. But you wait for the good ones." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Set to Sea

Review: "This book kills. It’s well worth the price of admission just to gawk at the artwork, which, had I not read the back cover, I would have guessed was the work of a master cartoonist who had honed his craft for decades. [...] Drew Weing does to Set to Sea what Quentin Tarantino did with Pulp Fiction. He (Tarantino) took the done-to-death stories of the fighter who decides not to throw the fight, the mob hit gone bad, and the goon messing with the mob boss’s wife — all fairly clichéd bits — and takes up the challenge of smashing together a brutally entertaining piece of work. That is exactly what Set to Sea is — but without all the gangsters and boxers and dancing." – Chris Reilly, The Panelists

Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories

Review: "It’s like Let the Right One In — the horror of the supernatural is set against a dull and mundane urban background, without the lights and glamour of an American city, just miles of concrete, drainpipes and bannisters. Many of the stories [in Pocket Full of Rain ] share Steig Larsson’s sense of Scandinavian unease, and reek of Doc Martens, subtitled pop culture and Automatic for the People-era R.E.M. The title story was first published in 1995, and feels like Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Dan Clowes." – Grant Buist, The Name of This Cartoon Is Brunswick

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar Book 1): Heartbreak Soup

Review: "I’m in love. With the town of Palomar. How could you not? You’d have to have a heart of stone not to fall in love with Hernandez’s creations. The characters [in Heartbreak Soup] are so warm, and lifelike, that even the ones that are supposed to be annoying (like Tonantzin and Toco) are just so loveable, you can’t help but sigh and say, 'Oh you!' under your breath, even though you don’t even really know the character too well yet!" – Lisa Pollifroni, lisaloves2read

Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition

Scene: Gavin Huang of The Dartmouth and Josh Kramer of The Cartoon Picayune report on Joe Sacco's recent visits to Dartmouth College and the Center for Cartoon Studies, respectively

New Chris Ware print for Quimby's
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under merchChris Ware 2 Mar 2011 2:24 PM

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Speaking of Chicago, one of the city's — nay, the world's — greatest shops for comics and zines, Quimby's Bookstore, is celebrating their 20th anniversary with this limited-edition 5-color silkscreen print of Chris Ware's blueprint for the store's sign, printed by the estimable Jay Ryan's Bird Machine press. Unsigned copies are available now and Quimby's promises that signed copies will be available at some point in the future.


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