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Here are a few reviews of our books that have popped up in the web-o-sphere over the past week or so (minus ones that Eric has already linked to):
Bottomless Belly Button is a comedy-drama that follows the dysfunctional adventures of the Loony Family.
After 40-some years of marriage, Maggie and David Loony shock their children with their announcement of a planned divorce. But the reason for splitting isn't itself shocking: they’re "just not in love any more." The announcement sparks a week long Loony family reunion at Maggie and David's creepy (and possibly haunted) beach house.
The eldest child, Dennis, struggles with his parents' decision while facing difficulties of his own in his recent marriage. Believing that his parents are hiding the true reasons behind their estrangement, Dennis embarks on a quest to discover the truth and searches through clues, trap doors, and secret tunnels in attempt to find an answer. Claire, the middle child, is a single mother whose 16-year-old daughter, Jill, is apathetic to the divorce but confounded by Claire and troubled by her own "mannish" appearance. The youngest child, Peter, is a hack filmmaker suffering from paralyzing insecurities who establishes an unorthodox romance with a mysterious day care counselor at the beach.
In a six-day period rich with atmospheric sequences, these characters stumble blindly around one another, often ignoring their surroundings and consumed by their own daily conflicts. Visually, Shaw employs a leisurely storytelling pace that allows room for exploring the interconnecting relationships among the characters and plays to his strength as a cartoonist — small gestural details and nuanced expressions that bring the characters to vivid and intimate life.
If the controversial R.D. Laing wrote an episode of The Simpsons, it might read something like Bottomless Belly Button.
(This book is available with two different covers. When ordering, please indicate your preference for "Mom" or "Dad.")
Mome Vol. 11 - Summer 2008
Vol. 11 of our acclaimed anthology series welcomes Killoffer, the acclaimed French cartoonist whose work has previously only been seen in the acclaimed collection 176 Apparitions of Killoffer. Killoffer delivers a new 12-page comic as well as front and back covers. MOME also features returning regulars Al Columbia, Kurt Wolfgang, Ray Fenwick, Eleanor Davis, Dash Shaw, John Hankiewicz, Emile Bravo, Andrice Arp, Tom Kaczynski, and Paul Hornschemeier. Plus, newcomers Conor O'Keefe and Nate Neal, as well as an interview with Ray Fenwick by Gary Groth.
The Kitsune Noir blog has an exclusive desktop wallpaper designed by Dash Shaw presenting a fictional biographical narrative in the form of desktop icons (plus one cute cat).
For those of you who weren't able to see it in person at NYCC, we've posted a big set of photos of Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button on Flickr. Check them out to get a sense of the texture and volume of this hefty book, plus a sneak peek at some interior pages: for a Flickr slideshow, click here, or to browse manually, click here.
This week's free preview is a downloadable 37-page excerpt from Bottomless Belly Button, the upcoming 720-page graphic novel from Dash Shaw chronicling the dysfunctional adventures of the Loony family. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)
There's now a Flickr pool of art that was submitted to the Open Call page for BEASTS! Book Two (due out later this year). So far about 75 people have added their piece to the page. Above is Daniel Goffin's creature.
While you're at Flickr...
I also just posted sneak peek scans of the printed Dash Shaw book covers (white and black on Kraft always looks good). On my page here.
Then check out how awesome Steven Weissman's work looks when done with Zip-a-tone!
VARIANT COVER ALERT!
This June, we're publishing Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, a 720-page bombshell of a graphic novel. In a cunning gambit to milk the market for all it's worth, Dash and art director Jacob Covey have come up with a masterstroke of economic manipulation: The Bottomless Belly Button will be published with two different covers! The Bottomless Belly Button tells the story of the Loony family. After 40-some years of marriage, Maggie and David Loony shock their children with their announcement of a planned divorce. The announcement sparks a week-long Loony family reunion at Maggie and David's creepy (and possibly haunted) beach house, with each family member stumbling blindly around one another, often ignoring their surroundings and consumed by their own conflicts.
The two covers of Bottomless will feature Maggie (Mom) and David (Dad) Loony. There will be exactly 50% made of the mom and 50% made of the dad (in a gorgeous white and black pantone on Kraft cover stock). Now, Jacob and Dash will tell you that this whole idea is conceptually great because the story is all about the splitting up of the family through the mom and dad's divorce, blah blah blah, but let's make no mistake, this is speculative publishing at its most mercenary. COLLECT THEM ALL!