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Archive >> November 2010

Publishers Weekly names Weathercraft by Jim Woodring a Best Book of 2010
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringBest of 2010 8 Nov 2010 11:53 AM

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Weathercraft has made Publishers Weekly's unranked top-100 Best Books of 2010 list in the Comics category. PW calls the book "A disturbing fantasy of struggle from comics' premiere surrealist as the piglike Manhog endures the sufferings of Job from the cruel Whim." Hurrah!

Wired spotlights Destroy All Movies!!!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Destroy All Movies 8 Nov 2010 11:13 AM

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To celebrate the impending release of Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film, Wired presents a gallery of photos from 18 of the films featured in the book, which they call "probably the last word on punks, and perhaps even post-punks, on the screen."

Don't forget, the Destroy All Movies!!! tour kicks off tomorrow in Albuquerque, NM!

Things to See: 11/8/10 roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerStan SakaiRobert GoodinRenee FrenchRay FenwickMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLaura ParkJosh SimmonsJohn HankiewiczJasonHans RickheitFrank SantoroDrew FriedmanDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDash ShawCarol TylerBill Griffith 8 Nov 2010 12:24 AM

Click for improved/additional viewing and possible artist commentary at the sources:

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The future of architecture, from Ray Fenwick's notebook

Vampira - Drew Friedman

Golden Age Comic Book Stories reproduces the full set of Drew Friedman-illustrated The Ed Wood, Jr. Players trading cards from 1993 (via The Comics Reporter)

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• The spaceship-stealing kid in this 1957 illustration? That's a young Bill Griffith (and his dad in the vid screen), painted by his next-door neighbor Ed Emshwiller. Via Bill on Facebook, who also posts Emshwiller's rough layout

Usagi Yojimbo - Isaac Bidwell

• At Repaneled, Isaac Bidwell does Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo from issue #14 (soon to be collected in Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition)

Splice - Dash Shaw

• Some Netflix warehouse worker is going to get a bit of a surprise when Dash Shaw returns Splice; this and more of his daily drawings at The Ruined Cast blog

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This painting by Robert Goodin is being auctioned to benefit the CBLDF

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Early strips, illustrations, outtakes and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spots and sketches on his Chewing Gum in Church blog and more on his Flickr page

• A new print at John Hankiewicz's Clip Joint blog

• Drawings, paintings, collages and other images by Frank Santoro at the Cold Heat Comics blog

• Illustrations & sketches at Marco Corona's Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Nature sketches with running commentary by Debbie Drechsler at her Just Around the Corner blog

• More sketches for Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway (just sent to the printer!) and drawings of women wearing things at his blog

Laura Park's sketches from her visit to the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction on her Flickr page

• The latest Josh Simmons cuteness (with Wendy Chin) at Quackers

Drawings, sketches, photos and a new toy from Renee French

A new Need to Know video by Steve Brodner

• More pages from Hans Rickheit's graphic novel in progress Ectopiary, plus other material (including a smattering of outtakes from The Squirrel Machine) and commentary at his Squirrel Machine blog

• Pages and panels by Derek Van Gieson at his These Days I Remain blog

• A You'll Never Know preliminary sketch at Carol Tyler's Screened-in Porch blog

• Drawings and works in progress by Joe Kimball on his Flickr page

• Some familiar creators post some new Trubble Club collaborative comics

Things to See: Ben Jones Adult Swim mural
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeBen Jones 7 Nov 2010 11:20 PM

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Ben Jones recently painted a mural for Adult Swim's Williams Street production offices — see more photos at the Adult Swim blog.

Tony Millionaire continues to dominate the airwaves
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairetelevisionrock 7 Nov 2010 10:55 PM

More television appearances of Tony Millionaire's cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom (images courtesy Tony):

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - David Letterman

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - David Letterman

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Joe Scarborough

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Joe Scarborough

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Johnny Carson

Tony Millionaire cover art for Elvis Costello's National Ransom - Steve Allen

Okay, a couple of these are straining credulity... I mean, Joe Scarborough??

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costello art on the teevee again
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairetelevisionrock 7 Nov 2010 12:16 PM

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As Elvis Costello keeps making the talk-show rounds promoting his new album National Ransom, so does Tony Millionaire's cover art. Note how Late Night host Jimmy Fallon holds the album so as not to obscure any of the artwork on Friday night's episode — nicely done, Jimmy. (Screenshot via a well-wisher of Tony's.)

Elvis Costello - National Ransom - cover art by Tony Millionaire

 

Elvis Costello brings Tony Millionaire('s album art) to The Colbert Report
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairetelevisionrock 5 Nov 2010 8:15 PM

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costelllo 'National Ransom' cover art on The Colbert Report

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costelllo 'National Ransom' cover art on The Colbert Report

OK, so we got excited when Tony Millionaire's cover art for Elvis Costello's new album National Ransom appeared as an eeny weeny thumbnail on The Colbert Report last week. Well that was just the appetizer to last night's (I suppose inevitable) main course, when Costello was the guest on Colbert's show. The two discussed the artwork (without mentioning the artist... c'mon, guys), which was plastered all over the place during the segment. Watch the episode here.

(Incidentally, Janice has been trying to contact Elvis's people to get him to do an "Under the Covers" interview about Tony's artwork — wish us luck!)

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costelllo 'National Ransom' cover art on The Colbert Report

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costelllo 'National Ransom' cover art on The Colbert Report

Tony Millionaire's Elvis Costelllo 'National Ransom' cover art on The Colbert Report

Elvis Costello - National Ransom - cover art by Tony Millionaire

Things to See: new Underworld animation
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeKaz 5 Nov 2010 4:03 PM

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Kaz has a new animated Underworld cartoon up!

Weekend Webcomics for 11/5/10: DeStefano, Weissman & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneSteven WeissmanStephen DeStefanoMaakiesGabrielle Bell 5 Nov 2010 3:58 PM

In addition to our weekly strips from the Steves, we'll now be bringing you links to other strips from around the web which previously appeared in our "Things to See" posts. Why? I dunno, it just kind of seemed to make sense.

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Monday's Strip by Stephen DeStefano (view larger)

Originally run as an experiment on Stephen's blog starting in 2008, Monday's Strip is re-presented here.

Monday's Strip - Stephen DeStefano

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

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"Voyeurs" by Gabrielle Bell:

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Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

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Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

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Daily OCD: 11/5/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under RIP MDreviewsLove and RocketsJohnny RyanJoe SaccoGilbert HernandezDaily OCD 5 Nov 2010 3:35 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

RIP, M.D. [Pre-Order]

Review: "Angry Beavers creator Schauer displays a knowledge and fondness for the old-school culture of monster movies, and the art [in Rip M.D.] has a nice balance between the macabre and the absurd." – Publishers Weekly (link is temporary)

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar Book 3): Beyond Palomar

Review: "...[I]t’s the combination of form and content, style and substance that makes Poison River – the graphic novel-length 'origin of Luba' story that comprises [Beyond Palomar]’s first two-thirds – one of the most singular, potent, unforgettable comics ever made by anyone, ever. ...[I]n a way, [Love and Rockets X] feels like a riff on the same ideas that drive Poison River, simply filtered through the American/urban/musical milieu normally occupied by Jaime. [...] There aren’t very many comics this affecting, that much I can tell you. You can probably count them on two hands with fingers to spare. I would say I envy the people who still get to read this for the first time, but I just re-read it, and here I sit, knocked on my ass." – Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly

Safe Area Gorazde [Softcover - with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: As part of his "Comics of the Decade" series, The Metabunker's Matthias Wivel re-presents his 2000 examination of Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde

Prison Pit: Book 2  [Pre-Order]

Interview: Vice's Nick Gazin talks to Johnny Ryan, prompting answers like "I have no idea. How the fuck would I know? You're a horrible interviewer."

 


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