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Two Fantagraphics' cartoonists have been give the green light to make a full season of animated cartoons for Nickelodeon. Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan are in the full she-bang, a full 26 episodes of PIGGOATBANANACRICKET and we are oh-so excited!
Cooper told the Ottawa Citizen, "This is pretty big. I'm pretty excited about it. My life is going to be very different from now on."
And Johnny Ryan stated, "The plan is to create a cartoon that is hilarious and incredibly weird. I want it to be something that kids not only talk about at school the next day but something that they're still talking about in the old age home when they become senior citizens." Enjoy this preview!
Coming up this October, Ed Piskor will be speaking at the Chicago Ideas Week on the panel called Hip-Hop: Movement Beyond the Music. This panel is on Saturday, October 19th from 4-5:30pm.
What began at a house party in the Bronx has swelled into an international cultural movement influencing our music, fashion, advertising and collective identity. Forty years after the birth of hip-hop, industry voices gather around the mic to deconstruct how it impacts us all- whether you know it or not.
Ed will gather around the mic with Reggie Osse (Combat Jack Show), Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University), Tricia Rose (Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America), hip hop artist Brother Ali, and dance group FootworKINGz! This panel is not to be missed! Get yourself pumped by checking out a preview of Ed's book, Hip Hop Family Tree.
And I'm just gotta throw in this video from FootworKINGz back when they were on America's Best Dance Crew (which more than a few Fanta employees like to watch...). If you can get through Mario Lopez, it's worth it because they show off a few Chicago-centric dance styles before the big number (how did they not get further in the competition?).
Hip Hop: Movement Beyond the Music at Chicago Ideas Week Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60601
Remember last summer when when Scott Kirkpatrick made that awesome drink inspired by Love and Rockets Ghost of Hoppers (scroll way down) was created and featured at the Rye on Market in Louisville, KY today? Well, he's back with another recipe! This time based on Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez.
Quite the mixologist, Kirkpatrick says "I wanted something that contained elements that would be available to Julio in his world and also ingredients that represented youth and old age."
1 oz. Cazadores Blanco (young tequila)
1 oz. Cazadores Añejo (aged tequila)
.75 oz "Marquez Syrup"
.5 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth
-on the rocks
-garnished with a lime zest
1 qt locally roasted cold press coffee
1 pt of sugar
1 large fresh Fresno chile (diced w/ seeds)
1.5 tbsp of dried Pequin chiles (crushed w/seeds)
.5 oz of dark chocolate
25 mint leaves
--------------------- YUM. Kirkpatrick is currently making some seriously good wine over at the Hunnicutt Wine Company (you can follow his adventures on Twitter or Instagram) but promises to be back with more recipes soon. Now, I don't know about you but I know EXACTLY what I'm drinking this weekend. And I know what book pairs nicely with it.
Following a line of Fantagraphics' cartoonists like last year's Joe Sacco and 2011's Daniel Clowes, the great Gilbert Hernandez has won the Pen Graphic Literature Award for outstanding body of work. Judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors, Hernandez's 30 years of work in comics includes FIVE books out this year! It's nothing to sneeze at. The 23rd Annual Literary Awards Festival takes place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, October 14th, 2013.
Holy yes-more-please, SPX rocked us. Jacq Cohen, Gary Groth and I traversed across the country for one of the single best comic books shows that exists. We knew it was going to be quite the fun time when we boarded the plane and saw Joseph Remnant. A small favor to stranger later and he was TRAPPED between us for 4+ hours.
SPX is that magical place where we stay in the same hotel as the convention so you run into people all the time. We found a Ben Catmull by the elevators right away! Maybe he was haunting the place (NOT COOL, BEN)
Early morning rise and shine, all the books were out in their deliciously intimidating stacks including all sexy color Peanuts Every Sunday.
Speaking of Peanuts, kids are attracted to it like a magnet. Yes!
Sketching Guantanamo also debuted at SPX and Janet Hamlin, the military tribunal artist for the last seven years showed upwith some new sketches. This book is very important, not just to Janet or us but to the United States as a form of public record.
Peter Bagge signs some books for fans! (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Zak Sally took a break behind our booth to do some sweet sketches.
The last thing to do at a con after packing up some unsold books and labeling boxes is EAT COOKIES. SPX social media coordinator and crazy busy man, Michael David Thomas, is the stuff fucking dreams are made of my friends.
I'm so pissed I forgot to show off my '90s HIP HOP socks to Ed while he was signing Hip Hop Family Tree. See those smiley faces and peace signs? The kind of socks you keep for the rest of your life! Eden Miller, Ignatz organizer, also showed off her own foot related fashion---an Ignatz tattoo pulled right from the pages of Herriman's comic!
Back on the plane ride home, Jacq took a photo of me working on comics.
We had SUCH a great time at SPX, thank you so much to Warren Bernard, Michael David Thomas, Dan Stafford, Eden Miller, Sam Marx and the many, many, many other staffers and volunteers who made the show rock. Our bags are already packed for next year.
Fantagraphics and comiXology bring you more of the comics of yesterday with the technology of today. The 1939 creation of the Sub-Mariner for the first issue of Marvel Comics assures Bill Everett a place in history. Co-creating Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, for Marvel Comics in 1964 gave Everett a link to one of the most popular superheroes of the past 50 years. Edited and compiled by best-selling author and comic-book historian Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko), The Bill Everett Archives is a stunning series and a historical treasure. The series follows the format of Bell's Steve Ditko Archives series; never-before-reprinted, beautifully restored, full-color stories from one of comic books' greatest visionaries and most accomplished artists.
"Forgotten sci-fi and superhero creations, as well as forays into westerns, historical retellings, and crime comics, populate this loaded volume, which reads like it fell straight out of some four-color twilight zone." - Publishers Weekly
Embarking on a barnstorming tour of the former Yugoslavia, cartoonists Max Andersson and Lars Sjunneson (Bosnian Flat Dog) cart along a macabre papier-mâché "mummy" of Marshal Josip Broz Tito encased in a refrigerator. At border crossings, intimidating guards are reduced to giddy fans, clambering for photos with the late dictator's effigy. Subsequent stops prove stranger still: artisans incorporate the shells that destroyed their cities into their handicrafts... a makeshift gallery of illustrations is found on the walls of a decimated apartment block... a collector has amassed a menagerie of "mutant" Mickey Mouse figurines originating from former communist countries...
Only heightening their journey's surreal nature are the astonishing stop-motion animation sequences conceived by Andersson (who shares directing credit with Helena Ahonen). Dramatically shot in 8mm and featuring dozens of sets handcrafted from refuse, these fantastical interludes offer a cracked-mirror reflection of a real world in which recognizable borders-on both maps and in art-have fallen. Furthermore, they pay tribute to the scrappy DIY spirit that inspires individuals to pull themselves from the wreckage and strive to create spaces for art to happen, simply because it's something that needs to happen. Guided by a propulsive soundtrack of Balkan new wave and punk, Tito on Ice is a freewheeling exploration of the enduring power of icons and the importance of identity, be it national or personal.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
"Collecting 10 years' worth of cartoons originally done for Reason magazine, as well as a few odds and sods, [Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me] finds Bagge as sharp and irate as ever, and his art has improved while still being recognizably his own. Bagge is also, thankfully, still possessed of a great sense of humor, especially about himself-even the title reveals an element of self-mockery among all the self-righteousness." - The A.V. Club
"While his focus may have changed, his work remains as delightful as it did in the alt-comix heyday. Stupid just confirms what many of us already knew: he's still one of the funniest cartoonists in America today." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6
208-page black & white 6" x 8.5" hardcover • $26.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-650-8
"A detail-rich account of an unfathomably awesome childhood in the epicenter of 1960s - 1970s New York culture, and further evidence of the magnificence of the Friedman genes." - Daniel Clowes
"I always wanted to know what it would be like to grow up with a famous dad. It sounds as awesome as i feared. I really enjoyed reading Kipp Friedman's stories and hating him for having dinner at Groucho Marx's house." - Joel Stein, Time magazine columnist
On Saturday night, Ulli Lust won the Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel for her large work Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. Translated by Kim Thompson, the story is set back in 1984, where a rebellious, 17-year-old, punked-out Ulli Lust sets out for a wild hitchhiking trip across Italy.
Charming and well, just plain bad-ass Lust sold out of her graphic novel earlier in the day. Thank you for your support and coming to say hi to our favorite Austrian cartoonist! Get your own copy of her book today!
Fantagraphics and comiXology give you one of hottest books of 2013, the soon to be sold out The End of the Fucking World by Charles Forsman. The story follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character's perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James's character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.
Forsman's story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman's inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative's tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.
Only $14.99 for the full series, 158 pages of pure genius! Issue 16 of the original series is also up for a 2013 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Minicomic this weekend!
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