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Daily OCD: 10/27/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under No Straight LinesJasonJack JacksoninterviewsGreg SadowskiDaily OCDComing AttractionsBasil Wolverton 27 Oct 2011 7:08 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Jason

Interview: Dan Wagstaff, a.k.a. The Casual Optimist, has a Q&A with Jason: "I have ideas in my brain, just lying there, that I sometimes think about. This can last years. Then suddenly I can get ideas for dialogues. I write this down. It’s maybe four or five pages. I can start working on those, and at the same time think about what’s going to happen next. I don’t write a full script. It’s based on improvisation. I write pieces of dialogue. Or sometimes I sketch out the pages first, the images, and write the dialogue after. I usually work on nine or ten pages at the same time, pencil a bit here , then ink it, and then pencil a bit there and ink that. It’s the completely wrong way of doing it, by the way, but it seems to be the only way I can work."

Plugs: Martha Cornog of Library Journal spotlights a few of our upcoming releases in the latest "Graphic Novels Prepub Alert":

Creeping Death from Neptune

Creeping Death from Neptune: Horror and Science Fiction Comics by Basil Wolverton: "The line between horror and humor dissolves easily, and Wolverton's extravagantly grotesque drawings drew chortles and chills from readers of MAD magazine and numerous comics from the 1940s to the 1950s.... Now a few years after a successful New York exhibit plus several published collections of illustrations and shorter pieces, this volume reprints important sf/horror sequential work, carefully restored, plus material from his personal ledgers and diaries."

 Jack Jackson's American History: Los Tejanos & Lost Cause [

Jack Jackson's American History: Los Tejanos & Lost Cause: "With the pen name of 'Jaxon,' Jackson (1941-2006) drew Texas history into comics that included Mexican as well as Anglo legacies. Los Tejanos ('the Texans' of Mexican ancestry) fixes on Juan Seguín, a tragic figure in the 1835-75 Texas-Mexican conflict. Lost Cause chronicles the state's turmoil during Reconstruction, in the wake of the Civil War. Jackson's detailed, realistically drawn accounts will be useful for anyone interested in those coordinates of U.S. history or in Latino-Anglo heritage."

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics [February 2012]

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics: "Herewith a color and black-and-white sampler from a little-recognized underground of gay comics from the past four decades, including [Alison] Bechdel and [Howard] Cruse, Europe's Ralf Koenig, and 2011 ALA keynoter Dan Savage. Huh? Dan Savage wrote comics?! Indeedy, indeedy. Fantagraphics promises 'smart, funny, and profound' — and uncensored."

Final Adventures in Swarte translation
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Joost SwarteComing Attractions 24 Oct 2011 6:51 PM

Okay, so Joost Swarte threw me one last curve ball with this wordplay-heavy sequence.

Joost Swarte - from Is That All There Is?
[click for larger version]

The lady is complaining that the fall has broken her just-purchased "ballen" (round Christmas tree ornaments) and her "piek" (an ornament for the top of the tree), but both words have a sexual connotation ("balls" and "dick" if you will), resulting in a Beavis and Butt-head huh-huh-huh effect.

"Balls" works easily in either language, but the "piek" follow-up stumped me for days (not least because I had to ask Joost to explain it, which he did).

And then I figured it out. The penis reference was a cul-de-sac, but...

See here for my solution.

For earlier adventures in Swarte translation, go here, here and here. Is That All There Is? is scheduled for release in January/February 2012.

First Look: Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBlake BellBill Everett 18 Oct 2011 6:46 PM

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1

Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 went to the printer today and series editor Blake Bell celebrates by revealing the final cover art for the book — a snappy number designed by Alexa Koenings in our art department. At Blake's blog you can see the entire cover spread (front, back and spine) and read Blake's thoughts and background info on the book, which is due in December.

Get Down with Walt Disney's Donald Duck on Halloween!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 18 Oct 2011 3:47 PM

DonDuck 

Fantagraphics Books is offering a tasty treat this Halloween season — a FREE Donald Duck mini-comic by cartoon genius Carl Barks! In the "Jet Witch," our plucky duck buzzes Duckburg on a jet-powered broom. Predictably, all manner of hilarious Halloween havoc ensues.

This story from 1961 provides a preview of the delicious treats to come in Fantagraphics forthcoming series The Carl Barks Library, with the first volume Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes arriving next month. For information on where to find this Halloween favor visit Comicshoplocator.com.

Even more translation fun with Swarte!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Joost SwarteComing Attractions 12 Oct 2011 5:59 PM

Joost Swarte rebus

In one of the stories in Joost Swarte's upcoming Is That All There Is?, translated from the Dutch, a character speaks entirely in rebuses. Accordingly, Joost had to create an entirely new set of drawings for the English-language rebus, which I basically came up with and he tweaked. The whale is Joost's idea, and while the rebus purist in me objects a little to replacing that many letters, it's such an adorable whale I can't really squawk. Can you decode it?

Book goes to the printer next week! With Complete Pogo Volume 1 now in print and the Swarte book at the printer, many are the doubters who are having to eat their words even as I type this.

Are you ready to get Thrizzled?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanComing Attractions 10 Oct 2011 6:18 PM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman

Advance copies of Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7 by Michael Kupperman just arrived at the office and we're all pawing at them eagerly. You can get your very own world-premiere copy at Desert Island in Brooklyn this Thursday on the next stop of the Twain in the Membrane tour! Everyone else, it'll be in stores next month. Stay tuned for more and better previews, of course!

What's in the October Diamond Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbJoe SimonJack KirbyFlannery OConnorErnie BushmillerDiamondComing Attractions 5 Oct 2011 2:29 AM

Shipping December 2011 from Fantagraphics Books

The new Diamond Previews catalog is out today and in it you'll find our usual 2-page spread (download the PDF) with our releases scheduled to arrive in your local comic shop in December 2011 (give or take — some release dates may have changed since the issue went to press) and a selection of gift book suggestions. We're pleased to offer additional and updated information about these upcoming releases here on our website, to help shops and customers alike make more informed ordering decisions.

This month's Featured Item is editor Michel Gagné's Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's 1940s-'50s Romance Comics; there's a "Spotlight On" the hotly anticipated Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons; our long-awaited inaugural Nancy volume Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1946 by Ernie Bushmiller is Certified Cool; and we've got a new hardcover edition of Robert Crumb's The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat. We're including some reprints and other reoffers as well.

See them all here!

First Look: Bill Griffith: Lost and Found - Comics 1969-2003
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBill Griffith 27 Sep 2011 4:56 PM

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Here's your first gander at the final cover for our mammoth upcoming collection of Zippy creator Bill Griffith's comic book work, Lost and Found. The especially observant among you will note that the artwork is the same as the preliminary version; we just have a new title treatment. The book's running a bit behind schedule because it has expanded quite a bit from when we first announced it — the original subtitle was "Comics 1970-1994" — but it's off to the printer now for a late December release!

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes is here (in the office)!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 26 Sep 2011 7:29 PM

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks

The delivery guy just dropped off our advance copies of Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks and we couldn't wait to tease you with a couple of photos! This is a book that many of us here have wanted to see for a very long time, we worked very hard to make it happen, and we're pretty darn pleased with how it came out if we do say so ourselves. We'll have more comprehensive previews in our usual photo & video formats for you soon.

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks

Pogo Vol. 1: it's real, and it's spectacular
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellyComing Attractions 20 Sep 2011 3:30 PM

Pogo - Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Through the Wild Blue Wonder by Walt Kelly

We received the first bound advance copies of Pogo - Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: "Through the Wild Blue Wonder" at the office today, and it is breathtaking! Truly an exciting day as we behold the fruits of this labor of love for the first time. We will, of course, bring you better and more detailed previews in the near future.

Pogo - Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Through the Wild Blue Wonder by Walt Kelly

Pogo - Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Through the Wild Blue Wonder by Walt Kelly