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Daily OCD: 11/30/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoWalt KellyT Edward BakShimura TakakoreviewsmangaJoe SaccoJacques TardiJack DavisDisneyDaily OCDCarl BarksBlazing Combat21 30 Nov 2011 7:14 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Wandering Son Vol. 2

Review: "Shimura Takako’s story of two adolescents—a boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy—isn’t exactly fast-paced in terms of plot, but [Wandering Son] book 2 continues the excellent work of book 1 and raises the emotional stakes a bit.... There’s... a slowly unfolding pleasure to Shimura’s story. Sensitive to the plight of young teenagers and potentially transgender youth alike, she’s managed to create a compelling story without including much that, considered in isolation, is particularly dramatic, which speaks to the realism of her efforts." – Hillary Brown, Paste

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes

Review: "This is really fantastic storytelling. Another review of this volume [Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes] compared it to Tintin, and I think that’s very apt. There’s the adventures in foreign lands, the constant peril, the occasional wacky gags thrown in to alleviate said peril, and of course good old American ingenuity that, thankfully, never verges on jingoism quite as much as Tintin sometimes did.... I picked this up thinking it’d be a good chance to see if I liked Carl Barks and what the fuss was all about. Well, now I get it – and I’m hooked. ...[T]his is well worth the purchase for any fan of classic comics." – Sean Gaffney, Manga Bookshelf

Pogo Vol. 1

Review: "Kelly’s genius was the ability to beautifully, vivaciously draw comedic, tragic, pompous, sympathetic characters of any shape or breed and make them inescapably human and he used that gift to blend hard-hitting observation of our crimes, foibles and peccadilloes with rampaging whimsy, poesy and sheer exuberant joie de vivre. The hairy, scaly, feathered slimy folk here are inescapably us, elevated by burlesque, slapstick, absurdism and all the glorious joys of wordplay from puns to malapropisms to raucous accent humour into a multi-layered hodge-podge of all-ages accessible delight.... Timeless and magical, Pogo is a giant of world literature, not simply comics, and this magnificent edition should be the pride of every home’s bookshelf." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Review: "...I was extremely impressed by Santiago's artistic abilities. He manages to shift the comic page in ways you'd never think of for a biography, using all sorts of layouts, from jagged panels to Family Circus ovals to standard grid formats. His characters wiggle their way through when in motion, show their feelings on faces that are slightly oversized and full of expression, and sometimes contort themselves into shapes that aren't quite natural. It's an artistic tour de force and shows that bio comics do not have to be the stolid, one step at a time narrative that we often see. ...21 is an excellent book... Clemente is every bit the important figure in baseball history that Robinson was, and more people need to know his story. 21 is an excellent place to start, either for you or the baseball fan in your life." – Rob McMonigal, Panel Patter

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture - A Career Retrospective

Plugs: For Robot 6's ongoing "Holiday Gift-Giving Guide" survey of comics creators, Kagan McLeod says "I just read last year’s It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi and would recommend it. Not really cheery holiday stuff, though. Along the same theme is the Blazing Combat collection which also came out last year," and "I’m hyped for Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture: A Career Retrospective, which comes out in a few weeks." 

Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition

Feature: L'actualité features Joe Sacco (bien sur) and pages from Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde in a slideshow of comics reportage, calling him "the current pope" of the genre

Fantagraphics booth - TCAF 2011

Travelogue: T. Edward Bak wrote more about his trip to St. Petersburg and sent it along with some photos to Tom Devlin who posted it all on the D&Q blog

Daily OCD: 11/25/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoWalt KellyUsagi YojimboStan SakaiShimura TakakoreviewsMickey MouseMaurice TillieuxmangaJack DavisinterviewsFloyd GottfredsonDisneyDaily OCDCarl BarksBest of 201121 25 Nov 2011 8:26 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Pogo Vol. 1

Review: "The good news: it’s here, it’s real. The better news: it’s incredible. Walt Kelly’s lively, robust, and poetic world is faithfully and lovingly produced in this, the first of a proposed twelve volume series. The hardcover is printed horizontally, maintaining the integrity of the 'strip' format, with ample margins to avoid any gutter-loss. Fantagraphics knew this first volume would be scrutinized by hardcore Pogo fans, and they’ve outdone expectations, dating each strip, providing historical context for the more esoteric 1940s references, and even reproducing the color Sunday strips.... Through the Wild Blue Wonder is one of our Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2011, and there might not be a better gift this holiday for the historical and literary comics fan." – Alex Carr, Omnivoracious (Amazon.com)

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1-2 box set

Review: "The usually tight-gripped Disney empire agreed to turn over their most treasured property to Fantagraphics (yes, again!). The results are eye-opening, featuring a Mickey that might be unfamiliar to most present-day fans. The stories are dense, packing plenty of dialogue into the strips — and the themes are darker than the bright-eyed, factory-sealed tales of today. Mickey is multi-dimensional in the first volume, Race to Death Valley, making rash decisions without much concern for everyone’s safety. Thankfully, Minnie is by his side to both reign him in and sometimes encourage his recklessness. The reproduction is crisp — the black inks are meticulous in their separation, and the book is augmented with over 50 pages of essays and Mickey esoterica. Volume 2, Trapped on Treasure Island, published last month, and Fantagraphics has a gift edition slipcase that contains both volumes. This dynamic look is a revelation in the life of the character who started it all for Disney." – Alex Carr, Omnivoracious (Amazon.com)

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes

Review (Audio): Washington DC comics shop Big Planet Comics looks at Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes in the latest episode of their podcast

Plug: At Comic Book Resources' "Black Friday Comics Shopping Guide": "Fantagraphics is all over the legacies of some of the best artists ever to work for the Walt Disney company with Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse, vol. 1 ($29.99) and Carl Barks' Donald Duck ($24.99). Disney's most famous characters need no introduction, but their modern incarnations are so far from their roots that these collections will surprise anyone seeing these strips for the first time. Any of these volumes is a guaranteed smile."

Wandering Son Vol. 2

Plug: Deb Aoki's Manga Gift Guide at About.com Manga includes Wandering Son Vols. 1 & 2 by Shimura Takako: "This critically acclaimed series is available as over-sized hardcovers, which makes them especially gift-worthy, but the story is also charming and sensitive in a way that doesn't bash the reader over the head with a preachy agenda. Volume 2 is due out soon, so get that too if you can."

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture - A Career Retrospective

Plugs: The Comics Reporter's indispensable "Black Friday Holiday Shopping Guide 2011" (in progress) makes mention of some of our publications (Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture and Gil Jordan, Private Detective: Murder by High Tide among them) and affiliated artists

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

List: Robert Birnbaum, a.k.a. Our Man in Boston, names 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago one of his favorite books of the year on "The Best List of 2011"

Stan Sakai, at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con

Interview (Video): School Library Journal's Eva Volin caught Stan Sakai on camera at Comic-Con in San Diego for a quick Q&A

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente named to Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiagoawards21 17 Nov 2011 4:55 PM

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Wilfred Santiago's graphic biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente has received a big ol' brand of approval from the Texas Library Association, having been named to the 2012 Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List, a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the TLA's Young Adult Round Table. They recommend the book for grades 6-12, so pick it up for your favorite teen or tween today!

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente nominated for CASEY Award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiagoawards21 8 Nov 2011 2:12 PM

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Wilfred Santiago's graphic biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente has been named a finalist for the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book by Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine! 21 is, as near as I can tell, the first comic to be nominated in the 29-year history of the award, and the trophy is a genuine Louisville Slugger — how cool is that? Congratulations and good luck Wilfred!

CASEY Award logo

Wilfred Santiago celebrates yet another Roberto Clemente milestone anniversary
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiago21 17 Oct 2011 5:08 PM

Roberto Clemente - World Series MVP

Wilfred Santiago, creator of 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, celebrates another Clemente milestone anniversary today: the 40th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1971 World Series victory, for which Clemente was named series MVP.

Wilfred Santiago celebrates another Roberto Clemente milestone anniversary
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiago21 13 Oct 2011 3:47 PM

from 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Via the Facebook page for 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente:

40 YEARS AGO…
October 13, 1971
Game 4- Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles, was the first World Series game held at night ever.
Roberto Clemente batted three hits in a Pirates' 4–3 comeback victory! ♥


Things to See: Wilfred Santiago's 21 sketchbook
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoThings to see21 10 Oct 2011 10:15 PM

21 Sketchbook - Wilfred Santiago

21 Sketchbook - Wilfred Santiago

Wilfred Santiago takes you "behind the pages," sharing some of his process art from 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente and showing how his sketches and thumbnails developed into the final pages. Cool! Click each image to dig 'em on Flickr.

[See our Tumblr blog for more recent Things to See.]

Things to See (and Buy): 21 page 7 by Wilfred Santiago
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoThings to seeOriginal Art21 1 Oct 2011 12:25 AM

21 page 7 - Wilfred Santiago

You can be the proud owner of the original art for page 7 of 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago. Looks like he's added some special touches like hand-coloring and shading and an extra sound effect. Bid it up on eBay!

Celebrating Clemente's 3000th
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiago21 30 Sep 2011 3:39 PM

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Above, the triumphant moment of Roberto Clemente's 3000th career base hit, which took place 39 years ago today, as depicted in 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago. Celebrate the milestone anniversary by curling up with a copy of the book! (Thanks to the ever-vigilant Janice for catching the anniversary!)

Hey, Remember Comic-Con 2011?
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoStan SakaiMark KalesnikoLove and RocketsJoyce FarmerJaime HernandezJacques TardiGilbert HernandezFrank StackeventsCCI21 22 Sep 2011 10:54 AM

Somewhat belatedly, a portfolio of candid photographs by roving
photojournalist Lynn Emmert. Captions by her husband (me).

Fantagraphics Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Now that is one fine lookin' booth.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011
And then I woke up in a cold sweat, as the memories came flooding back.

Fantagraphics Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Kim Thompson and Frank Stack, separated at birth.

Fantagraphics Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Natalia Hernandez, more adorable than three Zooey Deschanels, next to one of her daddy's comics.

Fantagraphics Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Speaking of whom... Partying like it's 1982 (San Diego Comic-Con premiere of Love and Rockets #1, if you'll recall).

Fantagraphics Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
It's always sad to see older cartoonists who have become so jaded they can't muster up any enthusiasm when meeting their fans.

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Mark Kalesniko, happy to be finally off the FREEWAY (notice clever integration of book title into caption). Also visible, right to left, paying customer, Conrad Groth, Mike Baehr, Eric Buckler, Gilbert Hernandez.

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
"Well, hello there, do you come here often?" Frank Stack hits on Joyce Farmer by (almost literally) showing her his etchings.

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
21 author Wilfred Santiago (rockin' the indoor sunglasses) and Sanlida Cheng.

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Eisners, man!

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Sometimes in the middle of a convention I like to shave my beard down to a goatee and pretend I'm someone famous.

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Eric Buckler, Conrad Groth, and Kristy Valenti, workin' the booth.

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Did we mention?... Two Eisners for IT WAS THE WAR OF THE TRENCHES! Janice Headley displays.

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
And it's not a San Diego convention without Stan and Sharon Sakai!

Fantagraphics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
And in case you missed it...