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The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPrince Valiantpreviewsnew releasesHal FosterBrian Kane 18 Nov 2009 3:43 PM

The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion

Brand new on our website and available for pre-order: The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion, in both softcover and hardcover editions. This ultimate book for Valiant fans has been long out of print; Hal Foster biographer Brian M. Kane has completely updated the book with over 30 years of material, new interviews & articles, rare archival material, and a special color section of strips from every era. Download an exclusive 9-page PDF excerpt containing a new essay by Kane right here, and view a photo & video slideshow preview of the hardcover edition embedded below. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended — and we also have a slideshow of the softcover). This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship in about 3 weeks (both editions will be released simultaneously) and in stores right around the same time (subject to change).

Daily OCD: 11/18/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPeter BaggeJim BlanchardJacques Tardihooray for HollywoodGene DeitchAl Columbia 18 Nov 2009 3:04 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

• Review: "[Dan Nadel:] Reading Pim & Francie is an apocalyptic experience — as if Columbia is demolishing both his own work and the idea of 'cartooning' in general. I found it exhilarating and terrifying. ... [Tim Hodler:] ...The fact that so many of these grotesque stories and vignettes don't really resolve contributes to the reader's growing sense of unease. ... Al Columbia's comics... really bring out the surreal terror already buried within cartoon imagery. ... [Frank Santoro:] Pim and Francie's adventure struck a chord in me that's been dormant for a long time. A haunting wonder, perhaps? A curiosity of the unknown that, when found, rattles one to the core?" – Comics Comics critics' roundtable

• Plug: "...Peter Bagge's recent collection of libertarian cartoons from Fantagraphics, Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations is much funnier than libertarian cartoons have any right to be." – Paul Constant, The Stranger

• Video: Visa denial (for shame!) forced Gene Deitch to deliver his keynote address to China's Xiamen International Animation Festival by video; Cartoon Brew shares the clip along with the text of the speech Gene would have given in person

• Hooray for (the French equivalent of) Hollywood: Comix 411 takes a look at Luc Besson's in-production film adaptation of Jacques Tardi's Adèle Blanc-Sec (which Kim flogged about a few weeks ago); for the Francophones among you, TF1 has some behind-the-scenes video footage

• Things to see: Jim Blanchard's commissioned portrait of Roky Erickson

A Prison's Progress
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under previewsJohnny RyanComing Attractions 18 Nov 2009 1:08 PM

SPOILER ALERT! Sample page from Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit Book Two, coming in the summer of 2010. If you haven't ordered Prison Pit Book One yet, I don't want to hear any excuses. Just get it already!

I'll post a few more pages over the next week. Same Slorge-time, same Slorge-channel... 

 

Kupperman WFMU pledge premium
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael Kupperman 17 Nov 2009 10:32 PM

The Best Show on WFMU t-shirt design by Michael Kupperman

I think there's still time to get this Michael Kupperman design on a t-shirt by pledging $75 to WFMU in their 24-hour pledge marathon — hurry! (Image ganked from Sean T. Collins.)

(Now that I've calmed down a little: you have until Wednesday November 18th at 7pm Eastern time.)

Conceptual Realism by Robert Williams: Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Williamspreviewsnew releases 17 Nov 2009 3:32 PM

Conceptual Realism: In the Service of the Hypothetical by Robert Williams

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we've had Robert Williams's new art book/exhibit catalog Conceptual Realism: In the Service of the Hypothetical (both softcover and signed hardcover editions) available for pre-order for a couple of weeks; we've postponed our announcement until we had all of our previews in place. So here you go! Download an exclusive 8-page PDF excerpt right here, and view a photo & video slideshow preview of the hardcover edition embedded below. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended — and we also have a slideshow of the softcover). This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship in a couple of weeks (both editions will be released simultaneously) and in stores right around the same time (subject to change).

This week in DVDs
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairetelevisionMichael KuppermanMaakiesGilbert HernandezDrinky Crow Show 17 Nov 2009 2:51 PM

We don't have any new books or comics in comic shops this week, but I noticed that Gilbert Hernandez's The Naked Cosmos DVD/minicomic from Bright Red Rocket is back in print and available from comic shops starting tomorrow!

The Naked Cosmos DVD

Also, as of yesterday The Drinky Crow Show, the animated series based on Tony Millionaire's Maakies, is available as part of Adult Swim's made-to-order Custom DVD system. The "builder" Flash interface doesn't seem to want to work on my computer, so I can't verify whether all the episodes are available, but they're promising to roll out the entire Adult Swim library "in time for the holiday" — hopefully this will include Michael Kupperman's Snake 'n' Bacon pilot too.

The Drinky Crow Show

 

Exclusive preview of The Troublemakers by Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesGilbert Hernandez 17 Nov 2009 2:15 PM

from The Troublemakers by Gilbert Hernandez

CBR has a 10-page sneak preview of The Troublemakers — it picks up where our PDF excerpt leaves off. Stay tuned tomorrow for their interview with Gilbert (we'll post that too). The book should be out in about 4 weeks.

SWIPE FILE
Written by Adam Grano | Filed under rip-offsPeanuts 17 Nov 2009 2:04 PM

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Making poor Lucy cry... Hägar, you truly are horrible. (I guess Dick Tracy is no longer the only one getting coal in his stocking this year from cartoonist/The Complete Peanuts designer Seth.)

And in the cosmic coincidence department:  This first volume of Hägar covers the 1973 - 1974 strips, which just happen to be the same years covered in our most recently released collection of The Complete Peanuts. Make of that what you will.

SAVE THIS DATE!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPortable GrindhousePeter BaggePaul HornschemeierJim WoodringJim BlanchardJacques BoyreauFemke HiemstraFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcy 17 Nov 2009 1:48 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore Portable Grindhouse Launch/3rd Anniversary Party

The third anniversary celebration for Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 12 promises to be an unforgettable affair. The event features appearances by an international cadre of compelling cartoonists and artists as well as the world premier of PORTABLE GRINDHOUSE with editor Jacques Boyreau.

Guest stars include the lovely Femke Hiemstra (ROCK CANDY) from Amsterdam, Paul Hornschemeier (ALL & SUNDRY) and Jay Ryan (BEASTS!) from Chicago, Portland's Dame Darcy (MEAT CAKE), and Seattle's own Peter Bagge (HATE), Jim Woodring (FRANK) and - just added - Jim Blanchard (TRUCKER FAGS IN DENIAL.)

Musical entertainment will be provided by Bagge's pop combo CAN YOU IMAGINE? featuring Steve Fisk and an opening set by the enchanting DAME DARCY. Art, comix, music, movies, and more!

Watch this space for updates on the holiday season's wildest party on Saturday, December 12, 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle.

Daily OCD: 11/17/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyJim Woodring 17 Nov 2009 1:17 PM

Is this really it for Online Commentary & Diversions today? I feel like someone's pulling a gotcha on me:

• Plug: "I really loved Zak Sally’s Sammy The Mouse, so it sounds like I have a good reason to buy [Like a Dog]. And so do you." – Corey Blake

• Things to see: More Frank-in-the-jungle art from Jim Woodring ... 'nuff said


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