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Archive >> November 2011

Things to See: Floyd Gottfredson fan art by Kevin Huizenga
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeKevin HuizengaFloyd Gottfredsonfan art 25 Nov 2011 6:45 PM

Cruel Fate

Kevin Huizenga sketched this detail from Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1: Race to Death Valley and posted it up on his blog as part of a series of drawings making note of comics he's recently enjoyed.

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Daily OCD: Rolling Stone on Everything Is an Afterthought: 'inspiring,' 'essential'
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPaul NelsonKevin AveryDaily OCD 25 Nov 2011 5:06 PM

In the brand new issue of Rolling Stone, Anthony DeCurtis reviews Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery (ironically subjecting it to the same star-rating system that led to Nelson's rift with the magazine):

Rolling Stone review of Everything Is an Afterthought

Things to See: Jack Davis ŕ la Drew Friedman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJack DavisDrew Friedman 25 Nov 2011 4:41 PM

Time magazine Dec. 9 1974 cover by Jack Davis

In preparation for the Jack Davis panel at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival on Dec. 3 moderated by Gary Groth and Drew Friedman, Drew presents a nice big gallery of Davis artwork.

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Crumb Cake
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalRobert Crumboffice fun 25 Nov 2011 3:23 PM

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What could be more festive than a cake decorated with the cover of The Comics Journal #301 (featuring artwork from Robert Crumb's Genesis)? This gorgeous edible monstrosity was procured by TCJ's Matt Silvie for the Thanksgiving festivities chez Groth. Photos by Jacq Cohen.

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Rolling Stone previews Tony Millionaire's 500 Portraits
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairepreviews 25 Nov 2011 1:44 PM

Bob Dylan by Tony Millionaire

Rolling Stone presents 10 of Tony Millionaire's best drawings of musicians from 500 Portraits and, what's more, the magazine's Matthew Perpetua got Tony to talk about each one — both the musicians themselves and the experience of drawing them. Check it out unless you hate wonderfulness.

Kolor Klimax Signing and Pre-Release Party Pics
Written by janice headley | Filed under Matthias Wivelevents 25 Nov 2011 1:02 PM

Kolor Klimax pre-release party

This coming March, Fantagraphics releases the comics collection Kolor Klimax: Nordic Comics Now... and when the Nords say "now" they mean it, as editor Matthias Wivel has already thrown a "Pre-Release Party" for the book last week in Copenhagen!  You can view more pictures from the party here.

And the fun doesn't stop, as today Friday, November 25th, there will be (was?) a signing at the comic book store Fantask [ St. Pedersstræde 18, Copenhagen ]. Wivel will be (was?) joined by artists Peter Kielland, Johan F. Krarup, Mårdøn Smet and Thomas Thorhauge.

Nordic Comics NOW, indeed!

[Ed. note: Edited to reflect the fact that we may have gotten this posted a little late -- sorry!]

Daily OCD: 11/23/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellyVictor MoscosoSteve DuinShannon WheelerreviewsPaul HornschemeierOil and WaterMomeMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezinterviewsGilbert HernandezFBI MINIsDaily OCDBest of 2011Alexander Theroux 23 Nov 2011 9:56 PM

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Pogo Vol. 1 Love and Rockets: New Stories #4

List: After appearing on Amazon.com's Best Books of 2011 — Comics and Graphic Novels top 10, Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 and Pogo Vol. 1 show up on Amazon.ca's list of the same name, in the #5 and #4 positions respectively

Plug: At NPR's Monkey See, Glen Weldon recommends Pogo Vol. 1 as a "tryptophan-tastic tome" for your turkey-coma reading enjoyment: "Walt Kelly's seminal, satirical, exquisitely rendered, hugely influential (and, not for nothing, actually funny) comic strip is getting a deluxe treatment by Fantagraphics. Crisply reproduced at a generous size that makes it easier than ever to marvel over Kelly's marvelous linework, this book is everything fans and comics historians were hoping for."

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7

Review: "...[Tales Designed to] Thrizzle returns to form with lucky number seven — and of all things, it seems like Christopher Nolan’s Inception provided the catalyst.... I’ve described director Christopher Nolan’s movies as what stupid people think smart movies look like; Michael Kupperman’s comics are the opposite, stupid comics made by a smart person for smart people, so perhaps there’s some yin-yang resonance there. Regardless, Kupperman recognized Inception‘s Russian-nesting-doll structure of dreams within dreams within dreams as natural connective tissue for his stream-of-consciousness comedy... It’s nice to hold documentary evidence of Kupperman’s comic genius in my hands again." – Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal

Oil and Water

Review: "The authors [of Oil and Water] show admirable self-awareness in portraying their semifictional companions (and by implication, themselves) as naive voyeurs whose presence mostly irritates their subjects. 'Lemme get this straight,' says one character. 'They white. We black. They blue. We red. They rich…and I got $53 to buy a week’s worth of groceries. And they gonna tell our stories?' Actually, they do a fine job." – Ruth Brown, Willamette Week

Estonia

Review: "Full of endnotes, translating many phrases he quotes in their original languages, and graced by a few of the couple’s photos and Sarah’s plein air oil paintings, [Estonia: A Ramble Through the Periphery] provides a suitably quirky introduction to Theroux as an essayist and critic.... As the author of two Fantagraphics short studies on Al Capp and Edward Gorey, Theroux’s elliptical style and elongated perspective delineates an American tradition of satire that connects him to Thomas Nast’s political and cultural caricatures of a century and a half ago.... Catch the wit and the venom, the depth and the breadth, of this honest account of 'a strange, unlooked-for place at the back of beyond' where 'the fascination of its strangeness' renders it a fitting subject for a curious report by a memorably talented, ever off-kilter, chronicler of oddity. [Rating] 8/10" – John L. Murphy, PopMatters

FBI•MINIs

Plugs: Our FBI•MINIs have garnered attention from Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter ("I want as many as I can get my hands on"), J.K. Parkin at Robot 6 ("The big chain stores might have cheap TVs this weekend, but how many of them come with a Tony Millionaire mini-comic? Not nearly enough, I tell ya"), Alan Gardner at The Daily Cartoonist ("If you're already planning on picking out some titles for the holidays, might as well get the rare or unpublished work as well"), Paul Constant at The Stranger ("These books are a great idea; a special gift for your special comics fan")

The Girl from HOPPERS

Scene: At The HeroesOnline Blog, read a recap of the Love and Rockets discussion group which we previously spotlighted here

Mome Vol. 17

Interview: "I talked on the phone with Adam Witt of Comics Will Break Your Heart about the early days of the Mome anthology, serializing work, collaboration with other artists, film, and my inability to remember the dates of anything. I apologize in advance for the mumbling bits," says Paul Hornschemeier on his blog

Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions

Analysis: At Robot 6, Matt Seneca examines the sequential imagery in a poster by Victor Moscoso: "The poster Moscoso created for SF-based motion picture company Pablo Ferro Films... is a watershed moment in the artist’s oeuvre, the place where his works in comics and posters unify with perfect elegance. It’s also a fascinating, formally audacious piece of comics, one that breaks rules and innovates furiously without giving up an iota of visual beauty."

Very rich person buys painting of very rich duck
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyCarl Barks 23 Nov 2011 8:10 PM

The Sport of Tycoons - Carl Barks

"Carl Barks’ 1974 painting 'The Sport of Tycoons,' which features the iconic image of Scrooge McDuck swimming in his gold-filled vault, sold at auction last week for a record $262,900," reports Robot 6. You'll be able to buy our hardcover collection which includes the comic the painting is based on for less than 0.01% of that amount next June, in case your liquid assets aren't swimmable.

 

Seasons Greetings from Santa Graphics
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Things to seeart 23 Nov 2011 6:22 PM

SantaGraphics

Fantagraphics friend Csaba Mester checks in with "Beardo" — a suitable mascot for seasonal merriment. 

Kevin Avery reads from Everything Is an Afterthought at Vanity Fair
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul NelsonKevin Averyaudio 23 Nov 2011 2:45 PM

Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery

Kevin Avery stopped by the Vanity Fair offices recently to record an excerpt from "his colorful new anthology" Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson for their "Writers Reading" podcast. Listen with the embedded player below or on the Vanity Fair website. And see our book page for another excerpt & previews.

Kevin Avery Reads from Everything Is an Afterthought by Vanity Fair


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