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Things to See: Prison Pit 3 page peek
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeOriginal ArtJohnny RyanComing Attractions 20 Apr 2011 4:46 PM

Prison Pit - Chapter Seven: The Caligulon - Johnny Ryan

Via Ryan at Same Hat: "Our buddy Johnny Ryan is finishing up PRISON PIT 3 as we speak :)" He's right on schedule — it's due out in October.

Richard Sala updates on The Hidden
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard SalaOriginal ArtComing Attractions 18 Apr 2011 9:08 PM

Richard Sala - The Hidden original art

On his Here Lies Richard Sala blog, Richard Sala posted this drool-inducing photo of original pages for his forthcoming graphic novel The Hidden, along with an update on the status of the book, which is now complete and undergoing production. He also points out an eerie incidence of life imitating comics, which, if you know his work, is rather ominous.

First Look: Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rick MarschallMarschall BooksComing Attractions 14 Apr 2011 1:46 PM

Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising

Here's your first look at the final cover design for Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising edited by Rick Marschall & Warren Bernard, which is heading to the printer soon for a July release date. The book represents a couple of firsts for us: it's the first release from our Marschall Books imprint, and it's the first design job under salary from the newest member of our Art Department, Tony Ong, formerly at Dark Horse. (As a freelancer, Tony designed the cover for the second printing of Four Color Fear.) That's Tony's beautiful hand-lettering, too.

Mome Vol. 22: The End
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneT Edward BakSergio PonchionepreviewsNate NealMomeLaura ParkKurt WolfgangDerek Van GiesonComing Attractions 13 Apr 2011 12:44 PM

Mome pinup - Sergio Ponchione

The Comics Reporter broke the news that the next volume of Mome, number 22, will be the last. CR's Tom Spurgeon commented and spoke to Mome editor Eric Reynolds about ending the long-running anthology; Rob Clough talked to Eric at TCJ.com; and Sean T. Collins comments at Robot 6. We thank the three of them and everyone else who has been a proponent of the series. I for one will miss the publication and abhor the vacuum its departure will leave, but look forward to Eric's future editorial efforts and future work from Mome's long list of contributors.

Pictured above, a Mome pinup created for the issue by Sergio Ponchione; below, artwork from the final issue recently posted by the contributors: from Tim Lane's "Belly Gunner" (see additional pages at his Jackie No-Name blog); from Kurt Wolfgang's "Nothing Eve" (taken from the New Bodega blog); from Derek Van Gieson's "Devil Doll" (see more pages and read his comments on his history with Mome at his These Days I Remain blog); from Nate Neal's "Death" (taken from his Flickr feed); pages in progress from Laura Park (taken from her Flickr feed); and from T. Edward Bak's "Wild Man" (see more pages at his °Ø° blog).

Belly Gunner - Tim Lane

Nothing Eve - Kurt Wolfgang

Derek Van Gieson - Devil Doll

Death - Nate Neal

halfway there

• Also working away on a new Mome story: Laura Park

Wild Man - T. Edward Bak

Murder by High Tide Teaser
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under previewsMaurice TillieuxComing Attractions 31 Mar 2011 2:33 PM

As we've been working on M. Tillieux's Murder by High Tide I've become gripped by Tillieux's cartooning, especially his panel composition and pitch-perfect, push-pull blend of "naturalist" and "cartoony" figure work.  What follows are a series of panels from Catch as Catch Can (the second story featured in Murder by High Tide) that I've been particularly struck by. Note: these panels, in their finished form, will be colored and lettered.

M. Tillieux - from Murder by High Tide

This panel reminds me of Toth or Xaime, what with how the acting, lighting and composition leads the eye to read Gil Jordan's darkened face and arm as he slowly creeps the door open to… what???

M. Tillieux - from Murder by High Tide

That's Gil Jordan dashing into the shadows as he's hot on the heels of Joe The Syringe. This panel stopped me cold.

M. Tillieux - from Murder by High Tide

I love this panel. I half expect to see my reflection in the rearview mirror. I used to think panels like this didn't work… or that you had to be Xaime to make them work, but time and time again Tilleux subtly or overtly places the reader's sightline in such a way to immerse your eye into Gil Jordan's four color world.

M. Tillieux - from Murder by High Tide

What could've easily been a throwaway panel graciously offers Tillieux's masterful drawing as acting equals cartooning!

M. Tillieux - from Murder by High Tide

Bonus! Six panel action sequence from Catch as Catch Can. (Click to see bigger.)

Tillieux's best work stands tensely between Hergé's ligne claire and Franquin's reverent bounce. It's the hearing-the-ice-crack tension of Tillieux's ink that brings it for me as it flawlessly meets the gestalt of the mystery thriller genre.  And if that weren't enough, Tillieux, like American film director Howard Hawks, is a master of characterization and letting the scene play out. As a fan of the comfortable character interaction of Hawks' Rio Bravo and Hatari, I could spend all day hanging out with Gil Jordan and his assistant, Crackerjack!

Music Critic Paul Nelson Finally Gets His Due
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under Paul NelsonKevin AveryComing Attractions 31 Mar 2011 1:30 PM

Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson (not final cover)
(not final cover) 

Fantagraphics is proud to announce Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Author Kevin Avery spent four years researching and writing this unique anthology-biography. This book compiles Nelson's best works and also provides a vivid account of his life.

In the '60s, Paul Nelson pioneered rock & roll criticism with a first-person style of writing later coined "New Journalism." During a five-year detour at Mercury Records, he signed the New York Dolls to their first recording contract, and then settled back down to music criticism at Rolling Stone. Through his writing, Nelson championed the early careers of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Warren Zevon, The Sex Pistols, and The Ramones.

But in 1982, he walked away from it all. By the time Nelson died in his New York City apartment in 2006, everything he'd written had been relegated to back issues of old music magazines.

"My original idea for this book was simply to anthologize Paul Nelson's best work so that today's readers could discover, as I had in my youth, his elegant and brilliant writings," explains author Kevin Avery. "But I soon realized that, in doing these pieces, Paul was ultimately telling his own story. And his story was so damn compelling it was impossible for me not to write about it."

American journalist, biographer, and poet Nick Tosches wrote the foreword to this landmark work of cultural revival, which stands as a tribute to and collection of one of the unsung critical champions of popular music.

Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson
By: Kevin Avery • Foreword By: Nick Tosches
$29.99 • Hardcover • Black & White • 584 Pages
Release: November 2011
ISBN: 978-1606994757

(To download the press release in PDF format, see this story in our News section.)




Listen to the sounds of Listen, Whitey! on Hollow Earth Radio tonight
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Pat ThomasComing Attractionsaudio 30 Mar 2011 3:05 PM

Listen, Whitey! postcard

Pat Thomas, author of our Fall 2011 book Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, will be on Hollow Earth Radio's Central Sounds program tonight at 10 PM Pacific to play and discuss various songs featured in the book. If that sounds interesting to you at all, you will not want to miss it. See how to tune in to the online stream here.

Gary Groth talks Barks Library in the Carl Barks Fan Club Newsletter
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gary GrothDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 29 Mar 2011 8:32 AM

Carl Barks Fan Club Newsletter issue 45 with Gary Groth

Gary Groth gives the scoop on our publishing history and our plans for the forthcoming Carl Barks Library series in the new issue of the Carl Barks Fan Club Newsletter. It's available as a free download from The Good Artist (direct download link: 1.9MB PDF), and you can request a complimentary printed copy from the Carl Barks Fan Club.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2011 with Mickey Mouse!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 23 Mar 2011 7:45 AM

http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/flog/covers/2011/bookcover_wdmm-fcbd11.jpg

Our Free Comic Book Day offering for this year is a 32-page doozy featuring strips from Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1: Race to Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson! There's also some bonus material included like an intro by series co-editor David Gerstein, an essay by certified Disney Legend Floyd Norman, and the cutest photo of Gottfredson with Carl Barks you ever did see. Check out a 5-page preview at the FCBD website! FCBD is on Saturday, May 7 this year.

Things to See: Even more from Jason's Athos in America
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 21 Mar 2011 3:06 PM

Jason - from Athos in America

Yet another page, pre-color, from Jason’s forthcoming book Athos in America. Via Jason’s Cats Without Dogs blog, where there are further details and an English translation of the dialogue. (Also don’t miss Jason’s hilarious list of "Things to do in Paris.")