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Daily links: 12/9/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak Sally, Tom Kaczynski, Tim Lane, The Comics Journal, Steve Ditko, Peanuts, Mort Walker, Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez, Lilli Carré, Leah Hayes, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dash Shaw, Daniel Clowes, Blake Bell, art shows, Anders Nilsen, Alexander Theroux
9 Dec 2008 12:58 PM
The 2008 Best-Of lists are rolling in fast and furious:
Bookmunch goes Fanta-crazy this week with reviews of by Dash Shaw ( Bottomless Belly Button "graphic novel of the year"), by Leah Hayes ( Funeral of the Heart "dazzling") and by Tim Lane ( Abandoned Cars "spirited")
counts the The Independent Love and Rockets reprints , Perla La Loca and Beyond Palomar among the best comics of the year Amor Y Cohetes
• Critic and commentator
Alan David Doane names by Jaime Hernandez his Graphic Novel of the Year; The Education of Hopey Glass by Tim Lane is his Debut of the Year; Abandoned Cars by Daniel Clowes is his Reissue of the Year; Ghost World: Special Edition by Blake Bell is tied for Comic Art Book of the Year; and 4 more of our titles are Other 2008 Titles of Note Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
names New York Magazine the #2 Graphic Novel of 2008, saying "Shaw's dysfunctional-family epic is so funny and engrossing we'd expect Oprah to pick it, but for all the graphic frog sex" Bottomless Belly Button
recommends The Globe and Mail for holiday gift-giving Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
From Steven Stwalley, here's photos of the "Hot Ink: Comic Art" show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art ( mmaa.org) that includes Zak Sally and Tom Kaczynski among others
In this video from Comicology.tv, Mort Walker talks about the history of the International Museum of Cartoon Art (look for our collection of Walker's Sam's Strip early next year)
talks to Lilli Carré about Publishers Weekly The Lagoon
also presents a 10-page excerpt from Anders Nilsen's soon-to-arrive PW Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes
Wall Street Journal book critic and novelist Alexander Theroux Laura Warholic weighs in on The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III
goes digging through back issues of The Beat , finds gold The Comics Journal
Daily links: 12/8/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane, The Comics Journal, Steve Ditko, Robert Pollard, reviews, Popeye, Paul Karasik, Pat Moriarity, Miss Lasko-Gross, Mark Newgarden, Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez, Linda Medley, Lilli Carré, Kevin Huizenga, Jules Feiffer, Humbug, Dash Shaw, Blake Bell, Bill Willingham, Bill Mauldin, Beasts
8 Dec 2008 2:03 AM
Holy figs, this daily link post looks like one of my weekly roundups of old:
takes a quick look at Robert Pollard's PopMatters Town of Mirrors
again, on Bill Mauldin's PopMatters Willie & Joe: The WWII Years
Iconoctlán examines (en Español; The Comics Journal #293 Google translation)
's lengthy roundup of coffee-table book holiday recommendations includes Bill Mauldin's Austin American-Statesman and Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Blake Bell Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
wraps up the 2008 output of Robert Pollard, including NuVoid Town of Mirrors
• Did you know that if you buy the
Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943 (Vol. 3) DVD set you also get an exclusive Popeye mini-comic we produced with a story from our upcoming Vol. 4 collection? Popeye Booksteve noticed
Chris Barat reviews Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"
talks to Forward Miss Lasko-Gross for a profile of Jewish women cartoonists
looks at North Adams Transcript by Tim Lane Abandoned Cars
includes St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Abandoned Cars by Blake Bell, and Jules Feiffer's Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko on its list of "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature" Explainers
reviews Beard by the Hernandez Brothers Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
is yet another French site looking at Tropismes (l'Appartement) by Dash Shaw ( Bottomless Belly Button Google translation)
Terri Torres is excited for the new issue of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting
• On the
USA TODAY Pop Candy blog, Whitney Matheson declares Lilli Carré's is the "Best book [she] read" last week The Lagoon
Mark Kaufman is looking forward to our collection Humbug
• Dustin Harbin's top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" includes
by Kevin Huizenga, Ganges #2 , and Popeye Vol. 3 Bottomless Belly Button
Here's video from Pat Moriarity's art opening at 108 Occidental Gallery in Seattle, with music from Pat and his son Jack
Bill Willingham looks back at Coventry
Wayno talks about contributing to our forthcoming collection of 1980s "New Wave" minicomics
On the Comics Comics blog, Mark Newgarden & Paul Karasik need your help in dating an Ernie Bushmiller Nancy strip
Dan Zettwoch discusses his contribution to Beasts! Book 2
reports on an exhibit of The Dallas Morning News Bill Mauldin cartoons at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City
Mark Mattson compares our annual catalog favorably to the Sears Wish Book -- did you get yours?
gives Daily Vanguard by Kevin Huizenga the #1 spot on its Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008, a list which also includes Ganges #2 , Mome Vol. 12 by Jaime Hernandez, and The Education of Hopey Glass by Dash Shaw Bottomless Belly Button
calls The Daily Cross Hatch "downright stunning" Beasts! Book 2
looks at Ward Six by Jim Woodring The Portable Frank
is excited about the Brian K. Vaughn interview in USA TODAY Pop Candy The Comics Journal #295
• There's a great illustration by
Max in this about the future of the publishing industry that we're all reading with great interest New York Times article
New Robert Crumb comics (via everywhere)
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: aha, now the title makes sense!
And don't forget to catch up on
our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's Rocky (a genuine pop culture smash in its native Sweden), updated Monday-Friday!
EDIT: Oops, I jumped the gun -- this isn't quite in stock yet, but will be soon. We're still taking pre-orders for it, though.
Nocturnal Conspiracies By David B.
The best-selling author of
Epileptic and Babel, and a member of Europe's leading new generation of comics artists, invites us to share in nineteen explorative and most imaginative dreams he has experienced. Strange, scary, beautiful, funny and with an inner logic all their own, these are tales of the inner psyche, rendered in his exquisite neo-clear line style supplemented with a cool second color (much like his Mome work). Published by NBM ComicsLit.
128-page two-color 6" x 9" softcover • $14.95
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Steven Weissman would like you to know that the shipping is free on anything you buy from him on Comic Art Collective through Sunday, December 7. Give the gift of Ribs for the holidays!
Jim Woodring (also our pal) has been adding more original art to his CAC page, too. It's mostly sold by now, but it's still there for the lookin'.
Brave New Worlds
tomorrow, where she'll be signing copies of
Escape from "Special"
and most likely have preview pages from its forthcoming sequel,
A Mess of Everything
. Maybe she'll do
an awesome sketch
in your sketchbook, too. The fun starts at 6 PM.
Got some extra links from Eric today:
looks at The Village Voice by John Kerschbaum and Petey & Pussy by Lilli Carré The Lagoon
Dr. K calls "vile and wrong" in the nicest way possible Petey & Pussy
and the CMJ both feature Philadelphia City Paper by Robert Pollard Town of Mirrors
The blurbs Gosh! Comics Blog and Krazy & Ignatz 1925-1934 1935-1944
enjoys our collections of Walt Kelly's Dark Worlds Our Gang
presents a bunch of Rip Post Dave Cooper's recent artwork
At Comicon.com, Jennifer M. Contino interviews Kevin Huizenga
Aspects of Mel's Hole By Various Artists
This gorgeous hardbound book is the exhibition catalog for a group art show at Grand Central Art Center in Fullerton, California, inspired by the paranormal land phenomenon known as "Mel's Hole," as heard on Art Bell's radio program. Includes work by David B. and Gary Panter among dozens of others. Published by Grand Central Press. Click "Read More" below for more details on the exhibition and a complete listing of contributing artists and writers.
146-page full-color 10" x 12" hardcover • $39.95
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The next best thing to a signed edition: with select books we'll include a signed "ex libris"-style bookplate, and best of all, it's FREE! The latest additions to our selection are
by Bill Griffith (above) and Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Josh Simmons (below). We also have a restock of plates for Josh's Jessica Farm Vol. 1 . House
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