|Things to see: 2/25/10|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to see, The Comics Journal, Stan Sakai, Kevin Huizenga, Derek Van Gieson, Debbie Drechsler||25 Feb 2010 2:38 PM|
An all black-and-white installment.
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An all black-and-white installment.
Your daily dose of eyeball kicks:
Gaze in wonder (and click for expanded/complete wonderment):
(...And this didn't get posted on time either. Yeesh!)
I'm still trying to figure out how to handle frequent art bloggers like Renee French and Debbie Drechsler (below). Pick one post to highlight each week? Any suggestions or preferences?
Also, some credit: I think I was inspired subconsciously to start these "Things to see" posts by Robot 6's Comics Cavalcade posts.Jeremy Eaton does the cover and cover story illustrations for the current Seattle Weekly
From Debbie Drechsler comes word of her newly updated website, which now includes an online shop where you can purchase lovely notecards like the one pictured above, and her new nature sketch blog Just Around the Corner, home to drawings such as the study of a horse chestnut seed pictured below. Wonderful news!
We've been posting these as we've found them, but here's a (slightly OCD) alphabetical list of Fantagraphics titles and whose year-end lists that they've appeared on, for your handy reference. (Links will continue to be added as we find them.) Rankings appear in parentheses; no number means the list was unranked:
Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane
Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
Deitch's Pictorama by the brothers Deitch
Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler
The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Explainers by Jules Feiffer
Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga
The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by The Hernandez Brothers
Mome Vol. 12
Most Outrageous: The Trials and Tespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester by Bob Levin
The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott
Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" by E.C. Segar
Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell
Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman
Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes
Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin
• Michael C. Lorah's "Top Eleven: Best of 2008" at Newsarama includes The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez and Deitch's Pictorama by the brothers Deitch
• Comic Book Resources' new multi-author blog Robot 6 presents their "favorite comics of 2008," which include Tom Bondurant's choice of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw; Chris Mautner giving Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" by E.C. Segar the top spot; and Tim O'Shea including The Lagoon by Lilli Carré and Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler
• The Oklahoman's "top 10 periodical comic book series of 2008" places "the comics of Kevin Huizenga" at #4
• Douglas Wolk has started sharing pages from his convention sketchbook; here's Roger Langridge
If you're not a bookseller or librarian, skip this post, but the new issue of Booklist is the annual spotlight on graphic fiction, and there's some very useful stuff for those building a core collection of GNs. The issue includes an interview with James Sturm, an "honor roll of female pioneers" in comics, and a look back at a lifetime reading "the Funnies" courtesy columnist Michael Cart. There are a number of top 10 lists, reviews, etc. as well.
One thing that was particularly gratifying to see was the "Core Collection: Graphic Women" list. Of the 13 books on the list, Fantagraphics published five (including books by Linda Medley, Mary Fleener, Roberta Gregory, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Carol Tyler). A sixth, La Perdida, was originally published by Fanta in serial form. A seventh, Persepolis, we almost published (long story). An eighth, Summer of Love, was by Debbie Drechsler, whose equally great Daddy's Girl is being republished by Fanta this month. So that was kind of a cool list to see.
Fantagraphics Books is proud to re-release one of the most powerful and moving books in its distinguished publishing history: Debbie Drechsler's first collection of short comic stories, Daddy's Girl. Originally published in 1995 and distributed only to comic book specialty stores, Daddy's Girl was ahead of its time: Drechsler's account of her abuse at the hands of her father, told from the point of view of an adolescent, is one of the most searingly honest, empathetic, and profoundly disturbing uses of the comics medium in its history. Drechsler's meticulous brush lines gather into heavy textures that suggest the claustrophobic tension of the environment that threatens her pre-teen and adolescent female protagonists. Characters such as Lily, who can't escape her father's abuse, and Franny, a girl whose desire to be accepted leads her into dangerous territory, struggle not to be visually and emotionally overwhelmed. Central to this quasi-memoir is Lily's relationship to her father — a confused jumble of fear, trepidation, and love.
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