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Webcomics update for 11/14/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 14 Nov 2008 7:46 AM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Time for the new installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 32-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures. In this week's episode: getting to the bottom of things by climbing to the top. (Note: last week's page is also still up, since we had to update the page yesterday for scheduling reasons.)

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

This is also a great time to catch up on our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's Rocky, updated Monday-Friday!

As a reminder, registration is no longer required to read our webcomics; they're free for all!

Death Ray costume
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel Clowes 13 Nov 2008 2:39 PM

Eightball 23 by Daniel Clowes / Death Ray Halloween costume

Daniel Clowes fan Matt Taylor dressed up as the Death Ray from Eightball #23 for Halloween and documented the creation of the costume on his blog. Nicely done!

Daily links: 11/13/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPopeyeBeasts 13 Nov 2008 1:40 PM

Vice approves of Popeye Vol. 3 (along with 8 other recent comics)

Comic Book Resources talks to Beasts! Book 2 curator Jacob Covey and contributing artist Femke Hiemstra (with previews from the book)

Tom Neely previews his Beasts! Book 2 contribution

No updates tomorrow or Monday: I'm taking a long weekend (Felt Club ahoy) so I'll have a multi-day update for you next week.

Now available: The Tijuana Bibles series
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Pat Moriaritynew releasesEros Comix 12 Nov 2008 5:04 PM

The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips Vol. 9

Now available on Fantagraphics.com: the popular long-running series from Eros Comix, The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips, including the brand-new Volume 9 (shown above) and past volumes #2 and 5-8! (Click here to browse the full list.) This series, edited by Michael Dowers, collects the hard-to-find comics booklets produced mainly in the 1930s that feature the most popular comic strip characters and media personalities of the day in sexually-explicit and outrageously satirical situations. These taboo-busting pamphlets were the original "underground" comix, and this reprint series is of interest to nostalgia buffs, connoisseurs of vintage erotica, and anyone else who likes fun, dirty stories. Each volume features snappy original cover art by Pat Moriarity.

Daily links: 11/12/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsMomeLilli CarréKrazy KatJules FeifferDash ShawBlake BellArf 12 Nov 2008 1:07 PM

The Stranger has lunch with The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

On Blog Flume, Ken Parille offers critical counterpoint to some of Blake Bell's analysis of Steve Ditko's later work in Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko

Vitrola looks at Explainers by Jules Feiffer (in Portugese; Google translation here)

The San Antonio Current looks at Mome Vol. 12, Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944, and Comic Arf

I Love Rob Liefeld reviews Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

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New Comics Day 11/12/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 11 Nov 2008 11:47 PM
You may experience a sense of déja vu, or perhaps more appropriately déja ne vu pas, at your local comic shops this week, as once again no new Fantagraphics releases are scheduled to arrive. What does next week hold? Stay tuned to Flog to find out.
Daily links: 11/11/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve BrodnerreviewsJohn Pham 11 Nov 2008 1:05 PM

Everybody else has the day off, I guess:

Anthem looks at John Pham's Sublife Vol. 1

• Keep a hanky close by for the final installment of Steve Brodner's "Naked Campaign" videos for the New Yorker

 

Daily links: 11/10/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under spainreviewsPopeyePatrick RosenkranzLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJR Williamsjohn kerschbaumJasonIvan BrunettiHal FosterGilbert HernandezDaniel Clowes 10 Nov 2008 5:31 PM

The Comics Waiting Room Podcast talks about Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 (and a half-dozen other recent graphic novels)

• Flickr user "tvsavior" posts this photo of Gilbert Hernandez giving a talk at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival on Saturday

Great Caesar's Post! recommends Popeye Vol. 3...

• ... and Pol Culture takes a thorough look at Popeye Vol. 2

The Oregonian reports from the "Comics and Politics" panel that featured Spain Rodriguez, Patrick Rosenkranz, and Alison Bechdel at last weekend's Wordstock festival in Portland, OR

Look, a groovy mid-'90s Fantagraphics house ad from J.R. Williams

The Onion A.V. Club Comics Panel looks at Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason

A Norwegian (I think) ode to Ivan Brunetti

Four Color Commentary looks at the 45th volume in our Prince Valiant series

Comics Waiting Room reviews Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

• Link of the Month and Possibly the Year: "The book seems to have been done tongue in cheek... However I am posting this as serious as I want as many as possible to avoid this time in Earth's history."

3D Comics Night
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanKim Deitchevents 10 Nov 2008 4:11 PM

It's 4D! by Kim Deitch

Wednesday November 19 at 7PM, the New York Stereoscopic Society presents 3D Comics Night, with projections of 3D work by Kim Deitch, Michael Kupperman, R. Sikoryak and others. That almost sounds too cool to be real! Click here for more info.

Bill Griffith event images
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadvideoFantagraphics BookstoreeventsBill Griffithart shows 10 Nov 2008 10:53 AM

A couple of things to watch out for in this set of photos and videos from Saturday night's Bill Griffith appearance and exhibit at our storefront: 1) the fan who gets her Zippy tattoo signed and hightails it out the door to the tattoo parlor down the street to have it inked in permanently; 2) our brand-new Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery canvas tote bags, available only at the store for the low price of $14.95. We love us a slideshow, and it's embedded above; click here if you can't see it and/or to view it in a new window, or click here to browse through images at your own speed.


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