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Category >> Anders Nilsen

Things to See: 1/3/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchPeanutsNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLilli CarréLaura ParkJohn HankiewiczJim FloraJasonHans RickheitFrank Santorofan artDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDash ShawCarol TylerAnders Nilsen 3 Jan 2011 9:48 PM

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• Very nice Peanuts fan art by Dale O'Flaherty

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• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman is a doozy; plus Tom Selleck and Daughters of Satan on his Chewing Gum in Church blog (see 'em raw on Flickr)

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• A nice celebratory sketch and one hell of a story from Carol Tyler at her Screened-in Porch blog

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"Top News Stories of 2011" for the L.A. Times plus more sketches, portraits and caricatures, with commentary, by Steve Brodner

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Early strips and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

• Comics panels at John Hankiewicz's Clip Joint blog

• Sketches by Frank Santoro at the Cold Heat Comics blog

• A 1990 newspaper illo, with commentary, at Richard Sala's Here Lies Richard Sala blog

• Scenes from Columbia by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Vintage Jim Flora illustrations, sketches & artwork at the Jim Flora blog

• Nature sketches with running commentary by Debbie Drechsler at her Just Around the Corner blog

• Childhood drawings by Lilli Carré at her Kettle of Fish blog

• More artwork from Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway plus drawings of stylish girls at his blog

Some 2006 minicomics pages and other updates from Noah Van Sciver

• Yes, Laura Park's to-do lists are exquisitely lettered

• Illustrations at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Drawings, sketches, photos from Renee French

A tale of obsession and a pop quiz by Anders Nilsen

• Daily drawings and animation production artwork from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Hans Rickheit gives us a teaser of the return of Cochlea and Eustachia in the pages of Pood

• Illustration, sketches, 2011 plans from Derek Van Gieson at his These Days I Remain blog

Things to See: Post-Xmas Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSophie CrumbSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLilli CarréLeslie SteinJosh SimmonsJoe KimballJim FloraJasonFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDrew WeingDash ShawBob FingermanAnders Nilsen 27 Dec 2010 4:39 PM

Holiday greetings and other eyeball kicks from our artists:

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Richard Sala presents a gallery of his holiday cards through the years

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Drew Weing and Eleanor Davis present their 2007 holiday card, with a PDF download so you can print it out & assemble the cutouts

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Lilli Carré's animated tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas (click over to see it in action)

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• A charming Majestic Creature holiday strip from Leslie Stein

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Quackers holiday greetings from Josh Simmons & Wendy Chin

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• Daily drawings and animation production artwork from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

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Bob Fingerman contributes to Comics Alliance's "The 12 Days of Comic Book Christmas"

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Early strips, illustrations, outtakes and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest stuff on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

• Sketches by Frank Santoro at the Cold Heat Comics blog

• Illustrations, a comic and an animation by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Vintage Jim Flora illustrations & artwork at the Jim Flora blog

• More artwork from Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway at his blog

• A continuing series of illustrations at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Drawings, sketches, photos from Renee French

Sophie Crumb updates her blog with photos and images from her NYC gallery show

Sketches, portraits, caricatures, a new PBS video & commentary by Steve Brodner

More Post-it art by Anders Nilsen

Pre-birth and post-death from Joe Kimball

Daily OCD: 12/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsRand HolmesR Kikuo JohnsonPeanutsPatrick RosenkranzMoto HagiomangaLinda MedleyKim DeitchJoyce FarmerJordan CraneJohnny RyanJasonGilbert HernandezDavid BDaily OCDCharles M SchulzBest of 2010audioAnders Nilsen 27 Dec 2010 2:44 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

List: Comic Book Resources begins counting down their Top 100 Comics of 2010. In the first batch:

Prison Pit: Book 2  [Pre-Order]

#87: Prison Pit Book 2 by Johnny Ryan: "Absurd, crude, lewd, funny, entertaining, twelve kinds of wrong, one of the most effed-up books I've ever read. It's burned into my brain and I can't get it out. And I love it." – Chad Nevett

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

#99: A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio: "I'd never heard of Moto Hagio until Fantagraphics published this best-of collection of her stories, and it's easy to see why Hagio is one of the queens of shojo manga in Japan. The short story 'Iguana Girl' (about a girl who grows up with her mother treating her like she is an iguana) is strong enough to make you feel like you've gotten your money's worth, but the remaining nine stories are also all excellent to boot." – Greg McElhatton

List: Dave Ferraro of Comics-and-More ranks Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories at #6 on his 10 Best Manga of 2010: "Moto Hagio's artwork is stunning.  Her storytelling is fluid, her characters expressive, and her drawings in general are beautifully arranged and look effortless. Each and every one of the ten stories in this 'best of' collection of short stories... are enchanting, full of warmth and wonderful characters, and brimming with emotion. [...] A very necessary project, done right."

Uptight #4 [January 2011]

Review: "Uptight #4 is an example of that increasingly-rare animal: a satisfying alt-comic book. [...] It speaks to Crane’s versatility that he can pull off a slice-of-life relationship story and a fable in the same comic book." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Castle Waiting Vol. 2

Review: "...[J]ust about the sweetest graphic novel imaginable... it's a lovely, positive collection, with fine drawing and characters that are well worth spending some time with. ...[T]his is a story about people and how they live together and support each other. That kind of story is so vanishingly rare in comics that it should be treasured when we do find it — particularly when it's as lovely and engaging as Castle Waiting." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "Deitch's mad brew of semi-psychedelic farce and skewed reality takes the actual (and factual) short-lived tenure of an obscure 1950s-era kiddie-show host as source material and extrapolates a fantastical set of circumstances with humans, demons, not-so-funny animals and other characters — including Deitch himself. Reading this book [The Search for Smilin' Ed] is a wild ride; Deitch's prodigious storytelling talents and graphic craftsmanship keep things moving — and compelling." – Richard Pachter, The Miami Herald

Plugs: At Comics Comics, Jeet Heer singles out The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective and The Search for Smilin' Ed by Kim Deitch as two recent books deserving of more attention from critics and readers, calling the latter book "a delight not just because it gives us one of Deitch’s most deranged meandering tall tales but also because the whole handsome package was designed to highlight the cohesiveness of Deitch’s world-making project, the way his fictional universe and its large cast make up a single unfolding story."

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Interview (Audio): Anders Nilsen is the guest on the new episode of The Comix Claptrap podcast

R. Kikuo Johnson

Profile: New York magazine catches up with R. Kikuo Johnson in a new follow-up on a 2005 "ones to watch"-type article

The Complete Peanuts 1965-1966 (Vol. 8) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Feature: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner takes you to "Comics College" with recommendations of how to approach the work of Charles M. Schulz (like which volumes of The Complete Peanuts to start with)

Special Exits [Pre-Order]

Opinion: At TIME.com – Techland, Douglas Wolk's "What I'm Grateful For in Comics, 2010" includes "Lots of long-gone creators have been returning to the new-comics trenches, and many of them are as limber and powerful as ever. [...] I... wouldn't have imagined that Joyce Farmer would be doing the best work of her career in 2010, but Special Exits knocked me flat," and "The fact that Jason puts out a book every nine months or so and has a substantical, enthusiastic readership makes me proud of the entire economic structure that makes that possible."

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Coming Attractions: More Douglas Wolk at TIME.com – Techland, this time listing "What We're Looking Forward To in 2011," including Love from the Shadows by Gilbert Hernandez ("the most twisted, perverse book he's ever created, which is saying something. It's lurid, hypersexual, violent, incredibly disturbing, and totally fun") and The Armed Garden and Other Stories by David B. ("gorgeous work, and unlike anything else in contemporary comics")

New Chicago Comics exhibit preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLilli Carréjeffrey browneventsart showsAnders Nilsen 21 Dec 2010 8:26 PM

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago's New Chicago Comics exhibit (mentioned previously), which features  Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carré, Paul Hornschemeier, and Anders Nilsen, opens to the public on January 8 with a special fancy-pants preview on Friday January 7, 6-10 PM. Advance tickets to the preview event are available here. See what Paul has to say about it here.

Things to See: 12/13/10 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoLeslie SteinLaura ParkJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJoe KimballJim BlanchardGipiFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDash ShawAnders Nilsen 13 Dec 2010 9:00 PM

Spotlighting a bit more artwork from the GRSF Post-It Show 6 (some previously seen here), among other things.

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Eleanor Davis's "Es vs. Ich" Post-it series at her Doing Fine blog, with preliminary doodles on her We Be Ouija sketch blog

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Anders Nilsen's Post-its at The Monologuist

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Jim Blanchard's portrait of Sterling Hayden as Gen. Jack T. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove (not a Post-it)

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Leslie Stein's "Murmur" from Smoke Signal plus other stuff at her Majestic Creature blog

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Johnny Ryan posted a few of what look to be mostly previously unseen commissions from a few years ago on his Flickr page

Creepy panels from Joe Kimball

And more Things to See from the past week:

• From Steven Weissman, his latest "I, Anonymous" spots and other things on his Chewing Gum in Church blog, plus sketchbook pages on Flickr

• A new print at John Hankiewicz's Clip Joint blog

• Sketches by Frank Santoro at the Cold Heat Comics blog

• More sketches for Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway (now up for pre-order!) at his blog

Noah Van Sciver looks back on "Noahism"

• Sketches and strips by Laura Park at her Flickr page

• Illustrations at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog, and at his Mondobliquo blog

Drawings, sketches, photos (Domo vs. Slug Girl) from Renee French

• A new illustration and a change of technique by Gipi

• Daily drawings and visual art made from the script of The Social Network by Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Giant Robot's Post-It Show 6 Curated by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanstaffMartin CendredaMark ToddLilli CarréJordan Cranejon vermilyeaJeremy Tinderjeffrey brownJaime HernandezeventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor DavisDave Cooperart showsAndrice ArpAnders Nilsen 9 Dec 2010 9:26 AM

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These Giant Robot Post-It Shows are always drool-enducing, but this year's show enduces an even bigger slobbery accumulation because it's curated by the great Esther Pearl Watson, and her equally-rad spouse Mark Todd. 

If you've somehow missed Post-It Shows 1 through 5, basically these shows collect tiny 3X3" masterpieces on a Post-It note from an array of awesome artists.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and cash-and-carry, so hit the ATM on the way to GR2, and maybe bring some cardboard to sandwich your Post-It, if you're fussy about those kinds of things. (I am.)  Oh, and did I mention that each Post-It is only $20 BUCKS???  'Cause, yeah.

It's no surprise that Esther and Mark have collected a calvacade of rad comic artists, including our own: Andrice Arp, Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carre, Martin Cendreda, Dave Cooper, Jordan Crane, John Cuneo, Eleanor Davis, Jaime Hernandez, Jason T Miles, Anders Nilsen, Jeremy Tinder, Jon Vermilyea, and Steven Weissman.  And there's tons of other artists in the show, as you can probably tell from all the fine print in that graphic above.  (Yeah, $20 bucks for an original Matt Groening?? Get there early, folks.)

Here's a sneak peek at some of the post-its from our fine artists:

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[ clockwise from the top left: Jon Vermilyea, Andrice Arp, Lilli Carre, and Jeremy Tinder ]

Post-It Show 6 at GR2 (2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025) runs from December 11 - January 12, 2011, with an opening reception featuring many of the artists taking place from 6:30 - 10:00 pm this Saturday, December 11.  I mentioned each Post-It was only $20 right? You're welcome.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents New Chicago Comics exhibit
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLilli Carréjeffrey browneventsart showsAnders Nilsen 8 Dec 2010 7:03 AM

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Chicago is a city with a rich comics tradition and next month the city's Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates four current innovators in the medium with a can't-miss gallery exhibit titled New Chicago Comics:

"For the month of January, the MCA presents an exhibition of the work of four young, Chicago-based cartoonists and animators: Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carré, Paul Hornschemeier, and Anders Nilsen. In their own unique styles each of these artists expands and challenges the conventions of a visual art form for which Chicago continues to be renowned: the comic book."

The exhibit runs January 8-30, 2011. See more information at the MCA website.

Things to See: Anders Nilsen & Kim Deitch by Gabrielle Bell
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeKim DeitchGabrielle BellAnders Nilsen 7 Dec 2010 2:19 PM

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"Meaningless" is a one-panel comic written by Tony Groutsis and drawn by Gabrielle Bell, who describes it as "a brief fictional exchange between Anders Nilsen and Kim Deitch." Click through to see what they're saying.

Anders Nilsen prints for sale
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under merchAnders Nilsen 30 Nov 2010 12:40 PM

Fawn in Upturned Roots - Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen is cleaning out his flat files and offering a bunch of prints and whatnot in a new online shop, just in time for the holidays.

Prints from The Exquisite Book now available
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray FenwickPaul HornschemeiermerchLilli CarréJordan CraneEsther Pearl WatsonAnders Nilsen 15 Nov 2010 3:47 PM

Esther Pearl Watson / Anders Nilsen

Pages from The Exquisite Book are now available as individual archival, bamboo-mounted prints: you got your Ray Fenwick, Lilli Carré, Esther Pearl Watson, Anders Nilsen, Jordan Crane, and Paul Hornschemeier, plus dozens more

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(Via Paul's blog.)