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Archive >> May 2011

Preview Jim Woodring's Congress of the Animals at The Beat
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim Woodring 3 May 2011 6:21 PM

from Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring

Head on over to The Beat to check out the first 10 pages (including a title page) from Jim Woodring's new graphic novel Congress of the Animals.

Bookmark: Drew Friedman's new blog
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 3 May 2011 4:41 PM

Even More Old Jewish Comedians - Drew Friedman

That's right, Drew Friedman started up a new blog! What better place to keep up with all his latest illos, artwork and updates? None, I tell you!

Now in stock: Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLeslie Stein 3 May 2011 8:25 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein

Eye of the Majestic Creature
by Leslie Stein

128-page black & white 7.5" x 11" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-413-9

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Eye of the Majestic Creature is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person’s world internally and externally. The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own.

Larrybear is in a constant struggle between the desire to connect with those around her and to be left to her own devices. You get a glimpse of her past life when she visits her home town of Chicago, trying to relate to old friends who have not matured since high school, as well as her family (which includes her Hippopotamus father and his harem of ex-wives, two brothers, and Salsa-dancing mom). In the present, she moves to New York to find work for a time, resulting in many hilarious and drunken adventures with her new coworkers at a cell phone decorating shop, and her old friend Boris, who shares with her his P.G. Wodehouse books, as well as his “Incredible Hulk” weed. Drawn in shades of gray using the near-deceased practice of stippling, Stein’s imagery draws you into her world for a complete and engrossing experience.

Praise for Leslie Stein:

“Leslie Stein’s comics inhabit a charming and semi-autobiographical (in the most ‘semi’ sense of the word) yet surreal, insular world where her best friend and closest confidant is an acoustic guitar. What’s not to relate to?” — Peter Bagge

“Early in the 20th Century, a beautiful cartoonist, Marcel Duchamp, pretended to be a marginally attractive woman and spent considerable time watching dust accumulate. Early in the 21st Century a beautiful cartoonist, Leslie Stein, pretended to be a funky dweeb and spent considerable time counting sand. Catch my drift?” — Gary Panter

“Visual inventiveness combined with a high level of wit.” — Michael Kupperman

The Complete Crumb Comics Vols. 13 & 15 - Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviews 3 May 2011 3:58 AM

Video and photo looks at our most recently reprinted volumes of The Complete Crumb Comics, slightly belated, but as promised — if they're not displaying for you below, click the titles to view them on their respective product pages (where you'll find more info about each book, natch):

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 13: The Season of the Snoid (New Softcover Printing)
by Robert Crumb

128-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-413-0

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The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 15: Mode O'Day and Her Pals (New Softcover Printing)
by Robert Crumb

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Things to See: Gary Panter at Galerie Martel
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeGary Panter 3 May 2011 12:55 AM

Dreampod - Gary Panter

Artwork from Gary Panter's solo show at Galerie Martel in Paris — well over 100 drawings and paintings spanning 4 decades — is now visible on their website, along with photos of the exhibit installation. Wow wow wow.

Gary Panter at Galerie Martel

Things to See: Charles M. Schulz love notes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeCharles M Schulz 3 May 2011 12:41 AM

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At The Beat, Brady Russell reports and shares photos from a recent exhibit of never-before-seen sketches and correspondence by Charles M. Schulz at SPACE 1026 in Philadelphia. I have mixed feelings about sharing this link: it's fascinating, but also a bit voyeuristic, as the material is highly personal in nature and was obviously never intended for public consumption, and I can't imagine Sparky would consent to having it displayed if he were alive.

Things to See: 5/2/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJohn HankiewiczJim FloraJasonHans RickheitDerek Van GiesonDash Shaw 3 May 2011 12:16 AM

D.V. - Jason

• Old strips, illustrations, sketches and movie reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Nothing - John Hankiewicz

• A nice set of sketches from John Hankiewicz

Lilli Carré illustration

Lilli Carré shares a recent illustration for the New York Times and some alternate sketches

I Married a Monster from Outer Space - Sergio Ponchione

Sergio Ponchione illustrates John Cooper Clarke's "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" for Retrophobic

drifting off - Kevin Huizenga

Herc - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga , something Ganges-esque and a labor of Hercules

Tales of Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• Pages, sketches and updates from Derek Van Gieson at his These Days I Remain blog

And more Things to See from the past week:

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

• Vintage Jim Flora artwork and illustrations (and cake) at the Jim Flora blog

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

• "Flapface" by Renee French

• Daily storyboards & production art from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog go on a short hiatus

Old sketchbook drawings of medical oddites by Hans Rickheit

• New Trubble Club!

Daily OCD: 5/2/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoreviewsPrince ValiantPeter BaggeMomeKim DeitchJoe SaccoJim WoodringHal FosterFrank SantoroDaily OCD21 2 May 2011 8:10 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Review: "More than anything, ...21 is a book of huge ambition and formal daring. The storytelling is kaleidoscopic, leaping from Clemente’s final game in 1972 to his childhood to his 1960s heyday and back again, with time out for portraits of both the steel city and the Caribbean island that he loved so much. But for all his overt displays of (admittedly dazzling) technique, Santiago never loses track of his story. Though it’s not an ideal starting point for readers unfamiliar with Clemente’s life and significance — the treatment is far too idiosyncratic and personal for that, though newcomers will find the extensive bibliography useful — it hangs on strong narrative threads. [...] 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente is a mammoth achievement..." – Jack Feerick, Kirkus Reviews

Congress of the Animals

Interview: Comic Book Resources' Shaun Manning talks to Jim Woodring about the Nibbus Maximus and his new graphic novel: "'The story Congress of the Animals is one I've wanted to tell for a long time. In a lot of ways it's the most personal of the Frank stories and it breaks some aspects of the Frank mold,' Woodring said. 'There's a lot going on that may not be apparent, but I operate on the theory that is, there is something there people will pick up on it even if they don't see it directly. And that if they are sufficiently interested in puzzling it out, the meaning will become apparent.'"

Hate Annual #9

Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch continues serializing the transcript of Brian Heater's MoCCA panel conversation with Peter Bagge: "I still have ideas for [Buddy] and Lisa. I always have ideas for them. But what I also told myself is that I never want to just do the same character forever. You’re fortunate if you wind up doing something that’s popular. It’s rare for a cartoonist to land on something that’s popular enough that you could do it forever. Maybe I’m projecting, but I always felt sorry for daily strip cartoonists, who — you think up the Lockhorns, and you have to do the Lockhorns forever. They must always be on the verge of suicide."

Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition

Commentary: Robot 6's Chris Mautner takes you to "Comics College" with a reader's guide to the work of Joe Sacco: "The novelty of Sacco’s particular niche tends to obscure some of his rather significant qualities as an artist and storyteller. He’s an endlessly inventive cartoonist, capable of creating incredible detailed vistas that give readers a definitive sense of place and time. He’s capable of moving from near-photo-like realism to a Basil Wolverton-ish exaggeration that can perfectly capture, say, a sweaty, crowded night club. In short, he’s an amazingly gifted craftsman, one of the best people making comics out there today."

Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942

Analysis: "...Prince Valiant is so lush, so rich on a panel by panel basis that I often find a nine-grid of it is just enough for the day, something that unfolds and unfolds in your head long after you've set it aside. Foster makes a world with his artwork, layering in meticulous details that are never arbitrary or belabored, always enhancing the impact of the pictures' content." – Matt Seneca, Death to the Universe

Kim Deitch

Commentary: At The Comics Journal, Sean Rogers on the work of Kim Deitch as illuminated by The Kim Deitch Files

TCJ.com

Craft: Frank Santoro 's latest Layout Workbook for TCJ.com looks at the proportions of his Mome stories

Bill Blackbeard - photo by R.C. Harvey

Tribute: Margalit Fox pens the New York Times obituary of Bill Blackbeard

Dash Shaw's Ruined Cast fundraising update
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under hooray for Hollywoodgood deedsDash Shaw 2 May 2011 4:26 PM

Some great news: Dash Shaw and his producing and creative partners for their in-development animated feature film The Ruined Cast have hit the fundraising goal they set for themselves on Kickstarter with several days remaining before the deadline! There's still time to contribute: "Exceeding our goal will allow us to go even deeper into the dark pre-production and production phases — create even more backgrounds, maybe even cast and record all of the dialogue for the film. We will put any funds raised to good and thrifty use." Plus you'll get in on the pledge incentives, which include postcards, prints, or being drawn into the movie.

Comics Q&A at The Stranger's Questionland
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireThe StrangerPeter Bagge 2 May 2011 1:48 PM

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Got comics questions? Head on over to The Stranger's Questionland, where you can get your queries answered all this week by our friendly staff as well as comics luminaries Peter Bagge, Tony Millionaire, Jason Lutes and Matthew Southworth.


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