Are you reading Dash Shaw's BodyWorld? Jog is. And he reminds me to tell you that you should, too, because it's free and good! Speaking of free and good, are you reading Jason's Low Moon in the New York Times? Same deal.
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!
Call 1-800-657-1100 (or 206-524-1967 outside the U.S.) or click the links above to see full details on each title and add it to your shopping cart. New releases are usually shipped to our pre-order customers a week or two before they arrive in bookstores and comic shops, so beat the crowd and order today!
You are keeping up on the beautiful strip, Bodyworld, from Dash Shaw, right?
I mean, after you read Steven Weissman's "Yikes," of course. (Which may still be moving around on our site but is currently at this link.)
Meanwhile, the world of bad internet spelling and hobo fetishism has it's very own tribute in Adam Koford's more-than-daily "Laugh Out Loud Cats." It's a gimmick that has limited mileage but it's also a charming homage to classic cartooning that I enjoy seeing. I may even buy a panel featuring his endearing LOL cat, Pip, considering they sell for just 20 bucks.
One of my other favorite Flickr stops: Satanas pages from Stephane Prigent. Totally indecipherable yet utterly engrossing, I love these comics. Uhh, IF they're comics.
This weekend I sat down with our latest Mome anthology (#10 with Al Columbia covers) and I highly recommend that every fan of the comics medium buy it if only for the brilliant piece by Dash Shaw. For me Dash came out of nowhere and now he's just burning up with unconventional story-telling and smart formal experiments. One of the more remarkable things about his work is that in general (but very specifically in Mome 10) Dash is succinctly using color the same way other cartoonists use images in addition to words-- as a means to tell more than the written word alone could convey.
Unfortunately I don't have time for a proper review of his work. Suffice it to say that I don't get excited about many comics and his Mome piece is a poetic sci-fi mindbender when Vonnegut is about as sci-fi as I usually read. His blog and Bodyworld strip are online now.
I was totally unfamiliar with Dash Shaw until his 720 page graphic novel showed up on my desk (to be published by Fantagraphics next season). And I confess I haven't made it through the book yet but just reading what I have I'm sold that this is going to be an amazing book that will create a hell of a lot of Shaw fans. Mike Baehr also pointed me to his weirdo drawings of Ninja Turtles from his childhood. And I repeat: 720 pages!