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Mike Baehr's Blog
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Flog posts by Fantagraphics' consumer marketing/web editor/hand model guy. Say, buy some books why don't you?

Daily links: 1/16/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Krazy KatJules FeifferEsther Pearl WatsonDash Shaw 16 Jan 2009 1:08 AM

• Profile: Meathaus presents a feature article on Dash Shaw

• Blurb: Welcome Friend or Foe gives a nod to Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson

• Blurb: Irregular Orbit takes a quick look at Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 by George Herriman

• Things to hear: The Inkstuds radio programme hosts a 4-way roundtable on the best comics of the year with über-critics Paul Gravett, Tom Spurgeon, Douglas Wolk and host Robin McConnell, with much discussion of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• Oddity: Courtesy Paul Di Filippo (Jim Woodring's Cosmocopia collaborator), "Life Imitates Jules Feiffer"

Anders Nilsen in The Believer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Anders Nilsen 15 Jan 2009 1:43 PM

Anders Nilsen sketchbook

News from Anders's blog, which features more of the originals as shown above:

The current issue of The Believer features 14 small drawings I did from items in my collection of broken and discarded toys. The drawings are scattered throughout the magazine in the margins. They also printed three different inside covers, each featuring a different painting of mine.

Daily links: 1/15/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiSimon DeitchMomeLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezKim DeitchJasonJaime HernandezDash Shaw 15 Jan 2009 1:36 PM

Just when I thought the storm of year-end critics' lists had subsided, three heavy-hitters and one up-and-coming cartoonist have posted theirs, leading off today's update:

• List: Jeet Heer names his "Best Comics of 2008," including the fraternal one-two punch of Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers and Deitch's Pictorama by the Deitch Brothers

• List: Frank Santoro posts his "Top 9 of '08," with Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 at #3 and Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane at #2

• List: Douglas Wolk lists his favorite book-length comics of 2008, with Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #3 and The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez at #1

• List: Tom Kaczynski highlights the comics of fellow Mome-ster Dash Shaw in his look back at the best comics of 2008

• Things to see: 999 posts a short excerpt from Jason's Meow, Baby!

• Things to see: Gary Panter + Black Sabbath + video = win

New Comics Day 1/14/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayMome 15 Jan 2009 10:58 AM
Whoops, forgot to post yesterday... the only thing we had scheduled to arrive in comic shops this week is a reoffer of Mome Vols. 7-10, so if you're missing any of those issues and your local shop hasn't had them for a while, now would be a good time to check back in with them!
Sweetheart Savings for Valentines Day
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 15 Jan 2009 10:25 AM

Save 15 percent on Valentines Day gift selections through Feb. 14 - click here

What says romance more than comics? If there is anything, we don't want to know about it. Once again we're offering a special selection of romantic and/or erotic gift books with which to woo your sweetie this Valentine's Day. From classic romance comics to cutting-edge erotica, from sweet to twisted, from timeless to unexpected (zombies?), these comics are fluent in the many dialects of love.

From now through the day in question (February 14, 2009), SAVE 15% on all of our Valentines Day gift selections!

Paul Hornschemeier, book designer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul Hornschemeier 14 Jan 2009 2:49 PM
Paul Hornschemeier announcement: Paul will be designing and illustrating every release from Paper Egg Books, a new subscription-only book series from featherproof Books. No images yet, but the books are sure to be as "hotly handsome" as the Paper Egg site says Paul is. More info in the official announcement.
Schroeder & Beethoven: scoring Peanuts
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsCharles M Schulz 14 Jan 2009 1:35 PM

Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

Must Read: The New York Times looks at the "Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse" exhibit currently on view (and listen) at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. (Grateful thanks to tipster Paul Hornschemeier.)

Daily links: 1/14/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewspreviewsMichael KuppermanIn-joke Central 14 Jan 2009 1:27 PM

• Review/profile: Rick Klaw looks back at Frederick & Eloise and other early work by Brian Biggs

• List: Bully, continuing with the "Fun Fifty of 2008" list, plunks Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman in at #11

• List: Alan David Doane and numerous other comics pros list the 2009 titles they're most looking forward to, and there's a bunch of our stuff in there

• In-joke: Here's one for Jacob

Daily links: 1/13/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoereviewsLaura ParkKevin HuizengaEsther Pearl WatsonDash ShawBlabBill Mauldin 13 Jan 2009 1:57 PM

• Things to see: Check out the illustrations by Esther Pearl Watson and some other folks we like in this New York Times article from a couple of weeks ago about the economic meltdown

• Review: Le Visage Vert looks at the Monte Beauchamp-edited Devilish Greetings: original en Français; Google translation

• List: Our pal Bully puts Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #25 on his annual "Fun Fifty" list

• Things to see: Kevin Huizenga draws in Douglas Wolk's sketchbook

• List: On the Forbidden Planet International blog, Chris Marshall puts Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin at #2 on his Best of the Year list

• Things to see: Laura Park reveals her cover for the new Vice

Covered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Goodinjeffrey brown 13 Jan 2009 12:17 PM

Secret Wars 10 by Jeffrey Brown

From Robert Goodin: "I've just launched a blog called Covered that has an artist redrawing a comic cover in their own style.  Participating artists will come from the fields of comics, animation, graphic design, and galleries from all over the world and some will be well known and some not so well known." There's just a couple of entries so far, but it looks like it's gonna be great. Above: Jeffrey Brown's version of Secret Wars #10.


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