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Archive >> March 2012

The Meteoric Impact of Real Comet Press
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Gary PanterFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart showsArt Chantry 5 Mar 2012 12:36 PM

EastTexas 

Among the many highlights of the Real Comet Press Retrospective opening Saturday, March 10 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is a rare public appearance by Michael Dougan. This influential cartoonist helped attract an influx of young artists thoughout the 1980s, as Seattle became a beacon of the alternative comix movement. Real Comet Press published his masterful East Texas anthology and the companion poster "The Bigger the Hair, The Closer to God," which, along with Lynda Barry's "Poodle With a Mohawk," became one of the enduring images of the era. 

InstantLitter 

Also appearing will be graphic artist Art Chantry. His early Real Comet Press book of Seattle punk posters, Instant Litter, will be featured in the exhibition. It was prescient of Chantry to appreciate the value of these fugitive artifacts of a music scene that within a decade would influence popular culture on a global scale.

 BoysGirls

One of the few Real Comet Press publications that will be offered for sale at the retrospective, albeit in limited quantities, is Lynda Barry's first book, Boys + Girls, in the original format designed by Mark Michaelson and Helene Silverman. Publisher Cathy Hillenbrand often employed the gifted art directors of Seattle's Rocket magazine as book designers. Mark and Helene later established stellar careers in New York. (Helene is slated to accompany husband Gary Panter to his appearance at Fantagraphics Boostore later this year upon our publication of Dal Tokyo. Stay tuned.) 

Don't miss the amazing exhibition of original art, comix, book works and ephemera, as well as many of the artists, authors and personalitites associated with the seminal stages of Seattle's alternative culture on Saturday, March 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Should be quite a reunion.

Creeping up on Creeping Death from Neptune
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Greg SadowskiComing AttractionsBasil Wolverton 5 Mar 2012 12:10 PM

Editor Greg Sadowski just provided us with this update on one of our most-anticipated books of the year:

Basil Wolverton opus Creeping Death from Neptune is taking a few extra months due to the inclusion of material not originally planned — nearly a hundred pages, including unpublished 1936-38 sci-fi strips and Wolverton's complete non-humorous Marvel comics. Here's a panel from "Eye of Doom" (1952).

Eye of Doom - Basil Wolverton

Very excited to be putting this one together. I'll be amazed if it doesn't sell out quickly. Do yourself a favor and pre-order a copy today — if you love comics it doesn't get better than this.

Agreed! And Greg's right: demand for this one is through the roof! Thanks Greg!

Lucky, Lucky Parisians!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Joost Swarteeventsart shows 5 Mar 2012 10:30 AM

Joost Swarte - Galerie Martel

This coming Thursday, March 8th, they get to go to the opening of a Joost Swarte art show, with Swarte himself in attendance signing copies of his new book Total Swarte (i.e. the French edition of what we just released as Is That All There Is?).

Then, they will all head off to various cafés, with baguettes under their arms and berets on their heads, to drink wine, eat cheese, smoke, and argue until the wee hours of the morning. For they are French, and that is what the French do.

The Joost Swarte art show runs through May 5, 2012 at Galerie Martel [ 17 Rue Martel, Paris ].

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 3/5-3/12
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffShagRoberta GregoryPeter BaggePat MoriarityJoost SwarteJohnny RyanJim WoodringJack DavisFrank SantoroFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen ForneyDiane Noominart shows 5 Mar 2012 9:54 AM

Diane Noomin at the Yeshiva University Museum

Monday, March 5th

New York City, NY: Groundbreaking artist Diane Noomin will be making a rare appearance to celebrate the release of  her first-ever collection Glitz-2-Go at the Yeshiva University Museum! This event is part of the Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women exhibit currently running through April. Diane will be introduced by Dan Friedman, the Arts & Culture Editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. (more info)

Wednesday, March 7th

Seattle, WA: It's your last chance to check out our group exhibition "Funny Valentines: A Tribute to Jack Davis," a celebration of legendary artist Jack Davis featuring original artwork by Peter Bagge, Nikki Burch, Art Chantry, Tom Dougherty, Jesse Edwards, Ellen Forney, Art Garcia, Roberta Gregory, Charles Krafft, Jason T. Miles, Pat Moriarity, Tom Neely, Joe Newton, Ries Niemi, John Ohannesian, Augie Pagan, Eric Reynolds, Bob Rini, Johnny Ryan, Frank Santoro, SHAG, Matthew Southworth, and Jim Woodring. (more info)

Thursday, March 8th

• Paris, France: Joost Swarte debuts an art show at the Bienvenue à la Galerie Martel, and will be in attendance signing copies of Is That All There Is? (or as it is known in France, Total Swarte). More information about this event is coming to the FLOG soon!

Real Comet Press: A Retrospective invitation

Saturday, March 10th

Seattle, WA: The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the legacy of local arts activist Cathy Hillenbrand with “Real Comet Press: A Retrospective.”  This exhibition features art, graphics and book works by regional artists nurtured by Real Comet Press including Lynda Barry, Michael Dougan, Art Chantry, and Ruth Hayes, among others.  A limited number of out-of-print Real Comet Press titles will be available for sale (including the iconic Lynda Barry poster “Poodle with a Mohawk”). (more info)

Prison Pit Book 4 preview at Monster Brains
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under tattoospreviewsJohnny RyanComing Attractions 5 Mar 2012 2:03 AM

Prison Pit Book 4 by Johnny Ryan
(final cover may vary)

That's right, the awesome Monster Brains blog got their hands on an exclusive 5-page sneak peek of Prison Pit Book 4, the next volume of Johnny Ryan's senses-shredding ass-demolishing opus of ultraviolence and insanity, coming this Fall!

page from Prison Pit Book 4 by Johnny Ryan

Are you excited? Are you as excited as THIS GUY???

Cannibal Fuckface tattoo

(Update via Johnny’s blog: tattoo inked by tattoo artist Kelly Kish onto Michael Buckner at The Rusty Needle Tattoo Parlor.)

Oh, and the new logo banner for Monster Brains? Yep, that's by Johnny too:

Monster Brains logo - Johnny Ryan

Things to See: 21: Spring Training Remix by Wilfred Santiago
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoThings to see21 5 Mar 2012 12:43 AM

21: Spring Training Remix by Wilfred Santiago

On the Facebook fan page for 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, Wilfred Santiago is posting four weekly installments of the "21 Spring Training Remix" in anticipation of the upcoming baseball season. Part 1 is up now!

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Amazing Heroes hijinx
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jack KirbyAmazing Heroes 5 Mar 2012 12:33 AM

Amazing Heroes 47 - Jack Kirby cover

Can you spot the questionable coloring choice on this Kirby-illustrated cover of a 1984 issue of Amazing Heroes? A couple of years ago, Andrew Wahl of Comics Bronze Age sure did. (This was being passed around Facebook a couple days ago and our own Jason T. Miles brought it to our attention.)

Weekend Webcomics for (post-) 3/2/12
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsnicolas mahler 4 Mar 2012 11:22 PM

All we have for you this time around is the new page of Nicolas Mahler's Angelman and it's late to boot. We'll do better next time.

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Angelman by Nicolas Mahler (view at original size):

Angelman - Nicolas Mahler

Daily OCD: 3/2/12
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim KreiderreviewsPopeyeJim WoodringJasonJack DavisEC SegarDaily OCD 3 Mar 2012 12:22 AM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Athos in America

Review (Video): It's a pretty safe bet you've never seen a review quite like Héctor G. Olarte's take on the Spanish edition of Jason's Athos in America for el Mundo's el Cultural — from the text intro (in translation): "If you have not read any of Jason, I can not think of a better way to start than with Athos. Most likely not be the last work of this author that passes through your hands."

Popeye Vol. 6: Me Li'l Swee'Pea

Plug: "Fantagraphics has released the cover for Popeye Vol. 6, the final volume of their handsome reprint series of E.C. Segar’s immortal Thimble Theater strips. We’re eager to get this if only to finish selling out POPEYE on the back of the books. Great design, great strip — one of those 'must haves' for every well-stocked comics library for sure." – Heidi MacDonald, The Beat

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture

Commentary: At The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon has some things to say about the situation with our Jack Davis art book; Robot 6's J.K. Parkin also shares the news

Commentary: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon again, endorsing Jim Woodring's fundraising efforts for his in-progress book Fran: "Jim Woodring is one of the great cartoonists of his generation, and probably one or two generations on each side of his own. He's one of those cartoonists that raises one's estimation of the entire art form for him being [in] it." Joe at Forbidden Planet International adds "I doubt I am alone in thinking Jim creates some of the most amazing art in the medium and he’s an artist well worthy of support." Amen to both.

Tim Kreider

Scene: On the Sequential Artists Workshop blog Tom Hart writes "Tim Kreider came to SAW to discuss with Cartoonist Majed Badra and myself the issues of expressing charged themes in single images, in addressing concerns of sensitivity, the powerful vs the powerlessness, coming to historical understandings in political situations, plus also just cramming concepts and images together to get strong visceral cartoons."

Things to See: Tim Kreider... Nichelle Nichols... NASA... *faint*
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim KreiderThings to see 2 Mar 2012 10:01 PM

This is a poster illustrated by Tim Kreider:

Nichelle Nichols & NASA - poster by Tim Kreider

This is Nichelle Nichols receiving a copy of said poster on her Feb. 29, 2012 visit to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the MLK/African American History Month Keynote Event (official photo; credit: NASA/GSFC/Bill Hrybyk):

Nichelle Nichols Visits NASA Goddard for MLK/African American History Month Keynote Event

This is another cartoon by Tim for the occasion:

Step Aside, Son

That is all.

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