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Archive >> October 2011

Daily OCD: 10/10/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMichael KuppermanMartiMack WhiteLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezinterviewsGreg SadowskiFour Color FearFlannery OConnorEleanor DavisDrew FriedmanDaily OCD 10 Oct 2011 11:57 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4

Review: "It should go without saying by now that any new volume of Love and Rockets is a must for any serious comics fan... [and] New Stories 4 is... one of the major events of the comics year ... [A]nyone who loves brilliant cartooning technique should appreciate the way Jaime draws the casual sag of a post-coital naked body, or the way he illustrates a pre-schooler tugging at his mother, oblivious to any notion of 'personal space.' And anyone who’s alive in the world should be moved by this story’s depiction of life as a series of accidents, miscommunications, and embarrassments, which sometimes work out okay regardless." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Love: At The Tearoom of Despair, Bob Temuka offers some spoiler-filled thoughts on Love and Rockets: New Stories #4, saying "this is no review. This is love. The art is as beautiful as always, evocative of time and place, and Jaime still draws the best body language and facial expressions in the medium, telling entire stories in a frown or wink.... While it’s no surprise that Jaime Hernandez is still producing magnificent and beautiful comics, it is also still incredible to see how big his storytelling balls are, man."

Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010

Review: "Though not strictly a comic book, Michael Kupperman’s Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010 is very much of a piece with the cartoonist’s gleefully absurdist Tales Designed To Thrizzle series. ...Kupperman picks up the story of an American icon beginning with what the newspapers reported as Mark Twain’s 'death.' Kupperman’s Twain quickly sets the record straight, then relates what he’s been up to for the past century: fighting in World War I, losing a fortune by investing in chocolate-covered olives, making gangster pictures inspired by The Wizard Of Oz… y’know, the usual. Kupperman’s working method seems to be just to let his mind wander, making stream-of-consciousness associations that fuse into comedy." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

The Cabbie Vol. 1

Review: "Initially published in the ’80s, [The Cabbie] mimics the basic comic strip format — even going as far as aping the way Chester Gould used thick black lines for basically everything with Dick Tracy — but is supremely screwed up. The protagonist, a cab driver is obsessed with money, has a tricked out cab, happens upon bizarre crimes, and even gets tortured by a family living in the slums. It is a really uncomfortable experience from cover to cover, and I am stoked it exists." – Sam Hockley-Smith, The Fader

Review: "This is a harsh and uncompromising tale of escalating crime and uncaring punishments: blackly cynical, existentially scary and populated with a cast of battered, desolate characters of increasingly degenerate desperation. Even the monsters are victims. But for all that The Cabbie is an incredibly compelling drama with strong allegorical overtones and brutally mesmerizing visuals. Any adult follower of the art form should be conversant with this superb work and with a second volume forthcoming hopefully we soon all will be." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

Even More Old Jewish Comedians

Interview: At The Comics Journal, Jay Ruttenberg sits down for brunch with Drew Friedman to kibbitz about the Old Jewish Comedians books: "Well, I found Jerry [Lewis] to be completely delightful. Just great. He’s very inquisitive about the process about what I do. He asks, 'Drew, how do you do what you do?' So I say, 'Jerry, how do you do what you do?' You gotta butter him up: 'I especially love drawing you, Jerry.' But a lot of them hate each other. It’s very funny. You bring up one comedian to another comedian, and there’s venom. It’s amusing to me. There’s nothing funnier than angry comedians. Nothing better!"

Interview: Jason Diamond at Jewcy also gets a crack at Drew Friedman: "I kinda bounce around the [nerd] map. I don’t really fit into one category.  I love comedians, comic books, and old movies. Really anything from the past. With these Old Jewish Comedian books, they have nothing really to do with comic books, but everything I’ve done in my career led to these books."

Mome Vol. 8 - Summer 2007

Interview: Robot 6's Tim O'Shea has a quick chat with Mome contributor Eleanor Davis about her contribution to that Nursery Rhyme Comics anthology

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s [2nd Printing]

Feature: October means features on horror comics, and Casey Burchby's look at the history of the genre at SF Weekly says "A recent collection called Four Color Fear, edited by Greg Sadowski, collects terrific examples of horror comics from non-EC sources, including Eerie, Web of Evil, and Chamber of Chills. The work in this volume is much wider ranging in subject matter and style than Tales from the Crypt, which tended to follow a handful of formulas."

Villa of the Mysteries

Commentary: Robot 6's Chris Mautner lobbies us to put out a collection of Mack White's Villa of the Mysteries and other comics, saying "CIA conspiracies. Carny shows. Obscure pagan rituals. Snake handlers. Brainwashed assassins. Nudist nuns. Roman gods. Psychedelic western landscapes. Very short men with very, very large penises. Such are the essential elements found in the comics of Mack White, who, for the past couple of decades, has created some of the most bizarre, paranoid and succulently pulpish comics around. Born and raised in Texas, Mack's comics are infused with the Lone Star state's own unique blend of rugged individualism and suspicion of authority."

Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons

Plug: At Comic Book Resources, Greg Burgas goes "Flippin' Through Previews and finds "Fantagraphics offers Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons on page 294. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently O’Connor was quite the cartoonist in the 1940s. This has to be awesome, right?"

Things to See: Wilfred Santiago's 21 sketchbook
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoThings to see21 10 Oct 2011 10:15 PM

21 Sketchbook - Wilfred Santiago

21 Sketchbook - Wilfred Santiago

Wilfred Santiago takes you "behind the pages," sharing some of his process art from 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente and showing how his sketches and thumbnails developed into the final pages. Cool! Click each image to dig 'em on Flickr.

[See our Tumblr blog for more recent Things to See.]

Are you ready to get Thrizzled?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanComing Attractions 10 Oct 2011 6:18 PM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman

Advance copies of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman just arrived at the office and we're all pawing at them eagerly. You can get your very own world-premiere copy at Desert Island in Brooklyn this Thursday on the next stop of the Twain in the Membrane tour! Everyone else, it'll be in stores next month. Stay tuned for more and better previews, of course!

Have a Sweetly Diabolic 2012 with Jim Flora
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJim Flora 10 Oct 2011 4:34 PM

Jim Flora 2012 calendar

Plan ahead for the future with a blast from the past -- it's the 2012 Jim Flora calendars!

There's the Sheffield Island letterpress calendar, as seen above, based on a 1954 Flora woodcut... 

...And there's the smaller classic design, featuring Flora's illustrations from the 1950s: Swingin' Sax, Boogie-Beat Drummer, and Stardust Moon.

These are all hand-printed by Yee-Haw Industrial Letterpress of Knoxville, and as the Jim Flora website promises, they are guaranteed to include your birthday, as well as those of your family and friends!

Peek at Gahan Wilson's Nuts at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGahan Wilson 10 Oct 2011 3:31 PM

from Nuts by Gahan Wilson

PREVIEWSworld presents a 4-page sneak peek at Gahan Wilson's Nuts, in comic shops this week (plus 3 pages from Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons as a bonus)!

Patch It Up with Quimby's and Chris Ware
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchfashionChris Ware 10 Oct 2011 3:04 PM

Got a hole in your jacket from that Chris Ware story that reached in, tore your heart out, and stomped it into the ground? (His writing, that is, not the man himself -- he's pretty laid-back.)

Patch it up with one of these rad new patches from our friends at Quimby's in Chicago!  Heat adhesive, four-color embroidered, and only five freakin' bucks.  Only available at the store for now, but they should be on sale on their website soon.

Harkham and Oldham Go to Town
Written by janice headley | Filed under Sammy Harkhamrockmerch 10 Oct 2011 11:13 AM

Sammy Harkham artwork for Bonnie

Two bearded artists with "ham" in their last names have teamed up for this latest release on Drag City Records!

Under his Bonnie 'Prince' Billy nom de plume, Will Oldham has a brand-new album out now featuring cover art by the one-and-only Sammy Harkham. Why, I think it might be time for another edition of Under the Covers with Fantagraphics...

Dirty Comics Exhibition with Dame Darcy
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDame Darcyart shows 10 Oct 2011 10:43 AM

Dirty Comics exhibition with Dame Darcy

For the chilly month of October, the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco is heating things up with their new exhibit Dirty Comics: An Exhibition of Erotic Comic Art.

Bay area erotic artist Jon Macy has curated a show featuring 30 different comic artists, including our very own Dame Darcy!

The Center for Sex & Culture is located at 1349 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets, on the corner of Grace Street.

Thanks to the always-intrepid Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter for the heads-up-- uh, I mean, tip-off-- uh, I mean... never mind.

Stephen DeStefano & Renee French artwork for Dylan Williams
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoRenee FrenchOriginal Artgood deeds 9 Oct 2011 11:32 PM

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Artwork continues to pour in for the benefit auctions for the family of Dylan Williams & Sparkplug Comic Books: above, a page of Stephen DeStefano's artwork from his 2010 graphic novel with George Chieffet, Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History (ending in 5 days); below, "Water Goat," a new original drawing by Renee French (ending in 3 days). Click each image to go to the respective eBay auctions, and see additional contributions from David Lasky, Greg Stump and Skinner at The Divine Invasion and Profanity Hill.

Water Goat - Renee French

Things to See: Johnny Ryan's Zookeeper for Vice
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJohnny Ryan 9 Oct 2011 11:13 PM

Zookeeper - Johnny Ryan

 Johnny Ryan's latest strip for Vice is a surprisingly straight-up adaptation of the movie Zookeeper. I assume. Right?

[See our Tumblr blog for more recent Things to See.]


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