|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Anders Nilsen||6 Aug 2008 12:27 PM|
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Bill North, Senior Curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, sends us this link to photos of the exhibit "BLAB! A Retrospective," featuring artwork from the past several volumes of our BLAB! anthology. The exhibit opened last week and runs through November 2, 2008.
We're celebrating our 2008 Eisner Award winners by putting them on sale — along with selected Eisner Award-winning titles from past years! Save 20% off this selection of titles through 11:59 PM Pacific time, August 31, 2008.
If you couldn't make it to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last night to see Zak Sally and Nate Denver perform, here's a little taste of what you missed: above, Zak plays "My Secret World" from his unreleased solo album Fear of Song. Nate won the crowd over with songs like "Snuggle Tummy" and "4 Horsemen," his tribute to Slayer, while Zak electrified with acoustic versions of his solo songs and a Beat Happening cover to close out the evening. Comics were signed, books on Zak's excellent La Mano imprint were sold, the amazing David B. exhibit "My Story, My Stories" was on display, and much fun was had by all. Click here for more photos.
It's been quiet out there due to Comic-Con, so thankfully this two-week recap isn't too unwieldy. Here's the reviews:
• The latest batch of coverage of Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell includes the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Mediabistro's "UnBeige" blog, Art Blog By Bob, and The Onion A.V. Club which gives the book an "A"
And other links:
• Watch Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow pay a visit to one of his and our favorite comic shops, Secret Headquarters in L.A.
Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes
The controversial cartoonist Rory Hayes was a self-taught dynamo of the underground comics revolution. Attracting equal parts derision and praise (the latter from the likes of R. Crumb and Bill Griffith), Hayes emerged as comics’ great primitive, drawing horror comics in a genuinely horrifying and hallucinatory manner (some have called him the Fletcher Hanks of the underground). He has influenced a generation of cartoonists, from RAW to Fort Thunder and back again.
This book, the first retrospective of Hayes’ career ever published, features the best of his underground comics output alongside paintings, covers, and artifacts rarely seen by human eyes — as well as astounding, previously unprinted comics from his teenage years and movie posters for his numerous homemade films. The Art and Comix of Rory Hayes also serves as a biography and critique with a memoir of growing up with Rory by his brother, the illustrator Geoffrey Hayes, and a career-spanning essay by Edwin Pouncey (a.k.a. Savage Pencil). Also included is a rare interview with Hayes himself.