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Soggy Not-Yet-Spring Office Steps
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 11 Mar 2010 12:33 PM

J.R. Williams' Comic Paintings
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under JR Williams 11 Mar 2010 8:28 AM

J.R. Williams has been killin' it on his flickr "blog" with a new series of comic and horror-inspired paintings. Don't forget to also check his original art page at comicartcollective.com.

Gary Groth Talks Manga
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagiomangaGary Groth 11 Mar 2010 7:06 AM
Yes, Gary Groth talks Manga! What's next, Jim Shooter talking Fort Thunder?! Deb Aoki conducts the interview for about.com, further fleshing out the story of our forthcoming initiative to bring Moto Hagio and Shimura Takako to American readers. Choice quote: "Due to my almost complete ignorance of the manga publishing industry and the editorial strictures that guide it, and my pitiful lack of guile in these matters, I was insufficiently aware of how timid and craven our editorial choices should've been."
ATTN: Tacoma Weekly
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 4 Mar 2010 1:48 PM

Journalism FAIL.* 

Sincerely, 

Seattle's Fantagraphics Books 

* See: 3rd graph in story.

Joe Sacco's Playlist
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joe Sacco 3 Mar 2010 6:52 AM

I love this playlist of some of Joe Sacco's favorite songs that he put together for the New York Times. For one, Joe cites Wings' "Magneto & Titanium Man," describing it as a song about "made-up superheroes." Joe has to be the only comic book artist in America whom I could believe loves this song yet doesn't recognize Magento and Titanium Man as the iconic Marvel super-villains that they are. Joe, your FOOM card is revoked. I also love it because Joe cites Charlie Patton's "Down the Dirt Road Blues." Around the time Joe was working on Safe Area Gorazde, after one of our hundreds of conversations about music that we've had over the years, Joe gave me a mix tape of classic delta blues that he titled, Feels Like Murder Here. It's a phrase that routinely flitters through my mind... 

I'm listening to the Stones' Exile on Main Street right now, in honor of Mr. Sacco.

Above image: Paul McCartney and Jack Kirby  revoke Joe Sacco's nerd cred.

Fanta Sponsors STRAND Tote Bag Design Contest!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under contests 1 Mar 2010 8:24 AM

  

Announcing the STRAND Tote Bag Design Contest! WIN BOOKS from Fantagraphics, Toon Books and Drawn & Quarterly! The Strand Book Store has partnered with the School of Visual Arts, TOON Books,
Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics Books to host a tote bag design contest.

Beginning today, March 1, 2010, artists from around the world are invited to submit original illustrations representing the Strand Book Store.
In April 2006, a Japanese language financial newspaper named the Strand tote bag the #1 souvenir to bring home to Japan from New York City. In one month, tote bag sales tripled and have been at the same level ever since.

In June 2007, the Strand unveiled the first Artist Tote Bag: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman loaned his iconic Maus image for the first time ever to celebrate the Strand's 80th birthday. Three years later, the Spiegelman tote bag is still a best seller! Now, the Strand Book Store wants to give emerging artists the opportunity to have their artwork featured on a Strand tote bag. One lucky winner will receive over $1000 worth of free books, with hefty runner-up prizes available as well. 

Go HERE for full submissions details. 

New Yorker covers' secret revealed
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ivan BrunettiDaniel ClowesChris Ware 26 Feb 2010 8:49 PM
This is really great. Full story here. (Thanks, Emdashes!)
Lettering in Spanish
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert CrumbPeter BaggeJohnny RyanJoe SaccoGilbert SheltonDaniel Clowes 15 Feb 2010 6:47 AM

One of my favorite books I've received lately is this handsome, considered little tome from Spain's Blur Ediciones, Rotulando in Spanish • Lettering en Español, collecting something that on the face of it might sound a bit loopy: lettering by the cartoonist Nono Kadáver created for the Spanish editions of work by American greats R. Crumb, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, Johnny Ryan, Peter Bagge and Gilbert Shelton.

Nono worked throughout most of the 1990s at Barcelona's Ediciones La Cúpula, one of Spain's leading comics publishers, and was one of the last of an era when book production was done largely by hand, not computers. Nowadays, most publishers get fonts created for an artist, but thru the 1990s, Nono spent many of his days mimic-ing the lettering styles of Bagge, Crumb, etc. the old fashioned way, with a pen and paper (and maybe a lightbox). He was a real master at trying to maintain the integrity of the original artwork, putting his ego aside in an effort to seamlessly blend the Spanish text into the artist's page compositions as unnoticeably as possible. Kind of like the old saw that the best movie soundtrack is the one you don't notice, Nono's work could probably make you forget that Daniel Clowes wasn't Spanish when you're reading Bola Ocho.

  

  

  

I am a lettering nerd and it makes me a bit sad that hand-lettering like this is becoming a dying craft, because it can make or break a translated foreign book and typeset fonts are rarely as effective. Kadáver likens his work to a forger in the excellent introductory text:

"I feel a great admiration and respect for counterfeiters... I think that even falsifying, we leave our mark... What you have to do is forget your personal style and adapt to the artist's. This is accomplished by reading a lot, dissecting his work, and learning from it; in the end the only thing that matters is as close a possible resemblance to the author's style." 

 UPDATE: Here's a direct link for ordering. 

Ivan Brunetti Presents HELLZAPOPPIN' in Chicago
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ivan Brunetti 11 Feb 2010 11:04 AM

Ivan Brunetti presents: Hellzapoppin'
Tuesday, February 16 - 9:35 p.m.
H.C. Potter, 1941, 84 min
Archival 35mm print from the Library of Congress

  

On February 16, Doc invites comic artist Ivan Brunetti to curate and introduce an evening of anarchy, featuring a screening of the zany 1941 classic Hellzapoppin'.

Originally produced by vaudeville duo Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson as a long-running Broadway revue, Hellzapoppin' is unlike any other film from the period, featuring an indescribably absurd barrage of gags, musical numbers, and special effects - which even includes a descent into Hell. Ostensibly about an aspiring scriptwriter played by a pre-Stooges Shemp Howard, the film largely eschews narrative in favor of an endless stream of self-reflexivity, continuously shattering the fourth wall.

Ivan Brunetti, a graduate of the University of Chicago, is an acclaimed comic artist best known for his series Schizo and Ho!: The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti. He has also written an instruction manual, Cartoon: Philosophy and Practice, and edited two volumes of An Anthology of Graphics Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (Yale University Press). His drawings occasionally appear in The New Yorker, as well as a host of other publications.

Tickets cost $5, and go on sale half an hour before the screening. Doc Films is located in the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall at The University of Chicago (1212 East 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637). Persons with a disability who may need assistance can contact us by phone or email.

Doc Films Hotline: 773-702-8575
Doc Films Office: 773-702-8574

[UPDATE: Links added! -ed.]



"They're Aware We're All Doomed"
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gahan Wilson 11 Feb 2010 9:33 AM
Stranger Books Editor Paul Constant conducted a great interview with Gahan Wilson in anticipation of his Seattle appearance this weekend. 

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