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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?

Webcomics update for 10/31/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin Kellerman 31 Oct 2008 8:41 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: me too, Pullapart, me too!

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!

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesJason 30 Oct 2008 3:02 PM

Here's your first glimpse at the feature interviews with Norwegian graphic novelist Jason and Lio cartoonist Mark Tartulli, the special portfolio of cartoonists' holiday cards, the comics section of Barney Google strips, and more that can be found in the upcoming Comics Journal #294. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

A Peanuts Halloween
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 30 Oct 2008 1:37 PM

A Peanuts Halloween

Available tomorrow exclusively at participating comic shops: A Peanuts Halloween, a special 12-page comic produced as a free Halloween trick-or-treat giveaway! This little pamphlet reproduces Great Pumpkin-themed Peanuts strips from the last two volumes of The Complete Peanuts and is notable for being the first time Fantagraphics has presented Sunday Peanuts strips in color! Your local comic shop is the only place to get this nifty little item - be sure to call ahead and confirm availability.

Daily links: 10/30/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsDash ShawCharles M SchulzBill GriffithAnders Nilsen 30 Oct 2008 12:45 PM

BBC News talks to Zippy the Pinhead creator (and, next week, Seattle visitor) Bill Griffith (streaming audio)

Austin English poses 20 questions to Dash Shaw

Blog Flume looks at Charles Schulz's use of punctuation in Peanuts

More sketchbook pages from Anders Nilsen

Preview video/slideshow: Comics Are for Idiots! by Johnny Ryan
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 29 Oct 2008 1:57 PM

The stupidest, ugliest, stubbliest girl in grade number two returns in the third collection of Johnny Ryan's Blecky Yuckerella: Comics Are for Idiots!  Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

Daily links: 10/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tori MikiJohn PhamDaniel ClowesCharles M Schulz 29 Oct 2008 1:02 PM

• Photo proof of Daniel Clowes at the Ghost World screening at the Pacific Film Archive this past Sunday: inconclusive, conclusive

Three Steps Over Japan gives an overview of the work of Tori Miki

This is kind of a tacky list, but we're proud to be doing our part to keep Charles M. Schulz on it

• It should come as a surprise to no one that I'm partial to this snowboarding DVD cover designed by John Pham

New Comics Day 10/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayJoe KubertJasonDavid LevineBill Schelly 28 Oct 2008 10:00 PM

Fantagraphics titles shipping to comics shops across the U.S.A. this week:

American Presidents by David Levine
Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
Sshhhh! by Jason (New Printing)

Also: other publishers have new stuff coming out from our pals Chris Ware, Gilbert Hernandez and Kevin Huizenga, so this is definitely a good week to hit the shops. As customary, we've got previews of our releases that you can check out at the links above to help maximize your shopping time.

Daily links: 10/28/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roger LangridgereviewsPaul KarasikJohn PhamFletcher HanksDash Shawaudio 28 Oct 2008 12:00 PM

• The Deconstructing Comics podcast talks about I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks

Publishers Weekly's "Comics Week" newsletter reviews Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

The Daily Cross Hatch posts the third and final part of their interview with Dash Shaw

Roger Langridge presents some Spongebob Squarepants strips he drew for Nickelodeon magazine in the styles of Winsor McCay, George Herriman, Milton Caniff, Charles M. Schulz and others

Preview video/slideshow: The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLilli Carré 28 Oct 2008 10:39 AM

Today we're presenting a preview look at the haunting debut graphic novel The Lagoon by Lilli Carré. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

Preview video/slideshow: Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesjohn kerschbaum 27 Oct 2008 4:06 PM

Here's an advance look at John Kerschbaum's brutally funny graphic novel debut Petey & Pussy, starring a pair of kvetching, balding, foul-mouthed anthropomorphic misanthropes. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.