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Things to see: 3/25/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim HensleyThings to seeSteven WeissmanRobert GoodinPopeyeOriginal ArtMark KalesnikoMaakiesJim FloraEC SegarDrew Friedman 25 Mar 2010 4:51 PM

 Daily clips & strips — click for improved viewing at the sources:

Alice in Wackoland - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman strikes straight to the heart of the zeitgeist in his new cover illo for The Nation

Black Blizzard lettering - Tim Hensley

Tim Hensley takes you through his process for creating the cover lettering for D&Q's new Tatsumi book

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

This week's Maakies from Tony Millionaire

Yogi Bear - Robert Goodin

• We've featured this Robert Goodin piece before but it's up on the Covered blog today

original Popeye art - E.C. Segar

• At Three Men in a Tub, Ted Dawson presents the original art for a 1933 Popeye vs. Bluto Thimble Theatre strip (published in Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"; via The Comics Reporter )

Celebrities - Jim Flora

Celebrities is a new fine art print available from Jim Flora Art

Mail Order Bride sketches - Mark Kalesniko

More preliminary sketches from Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

Now available: the Blab Bargain Bundle
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under spainShagsales specialsPeter Kupernew releasesDrew FriedmanBob StaakeBlab 25 Mar 2010 10:52 AM

Blab Bargain Bundle

Blab Bargain Bundle
by various artists; edited & designed by Monte Beauchamp

seven 120-page full-color 10" x 10" softcover volumes • $84.00
More Info & Ordering Details

Monte Beauchamp's annual darling of the graphic design and illustration world is a spectacular collection of cutting-edge comics, illustration, and graphic design. Blab!'s list of contributors past and present reads like a Who's Who of the contemporary visual art world. We're pleased to present the following seven volumes together for one low price: $12 per volume — around 40% off the combined cover prices.

Below is a brief description of the contents of each included volume; click the cover thumbnails for more information about each volume.

Vol. 11: Mark Ryden's spectacular cover is the gateway to this issue's visual feast, starring Spain, Richard Sala, Doug Allen, Stephane Blanquet, Peter Kuper, Drew Friedman, Lloyd Dangle, the first part of the Jonathon Rosen sketchbook, and much more!

Vol. 12: Blanquet, Walter Minus, Peter Kuper, Peter Hoey, Spain, Doug Allen, Matti Hagleberg, Greg Clarke, Drew Friedman, Baseman, DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh, vintage French nudie photos, Krampus cards, plus covers and a story by the Clayton Brothers!

Vol. 13: Peter and Maria Hoey, the Clayton Bros., Sue Coe, Peter Kuper, Drew Friedman, Marc Rosenthal, Spain, Laura Levine, Baseman, Walter Minus, Blanquet, David Goldin, Christian Northeast, Johnson & Smith novelty ads, and a cover by George Eisner!

Vol. 15: Covers by Pop Art virtuoso Lou Brooks, Christian Northeast, Sue Coe on the so-called bird flu, Matti Hagelberg's undead President of Finland, Jeffrey Steele on the Black Dahlia, Peter Kuper's Little Nemo-inspired fantasy, Baseman, and Kilroy.

Vol. 16: Geoffrey Grahn, Laura Levine, Peter and Maria Hoey, Sue Coe, Judith Brody, Sergio Ruzzier, Mats!, Spain, Peter Kuper, Marc Rosenthal, Gary Baseman, The Clayton Brothers, Bob Staake and more. Covers by Tim Biskup.

Vol. 17 Cover by Jonathon Rosen, Shag!, Bazooka Joe, Sue Coe, Greg Clarke, Drew Friedman, Peter Kuper, Mark Landman, Max Vesta, Lou Brooks, Peter and Maria Hoey, Tim Biskup, Gary Baseman, Fred Stonehouse, Marc Rosenthal, Spain, Mats!, and Sergio Ruzzier.

Vol. 18: Paco Alcazar, Ryan Heshka, Skip Williamson, Steven Guarnaccia, Xavier & Helge, Mark Frauenfelder; newbies Travis Louie, Nora Krug, Travis Lampe, Mark Zingarelli, Richard Bears, Randall Enos; regulars Baseman, Biskup, Coe, Kuper, Shag; more!

"Always, always, always worth your consideration." – The Comics Reporter

Things to see: 3/24/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRenee FrenchOlivier SchrauwenLaura ParkJohnny RyanDrew Friedman 24 Mar 2010 4:27 PM

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The Bowery Hillbillies - Drew Friedman

• "The Bowery Hillbillies" — Drew Friedman's cover illo for this week's New York Observer

Post #2 for Picturebook Report

Laura Park continues her Geek Love illustrations at Picture Book Report

Johnny Ryan / Nick Gazin

• Almost missed these Johnny Ryan/Nick Gazin jam comics at Vice (thanks Sean T. Collins)

Olivier Schrauwen

Presented without context by Olivier Schrauwen

not thewlis 7 - Renee French

Renee French's mouth drawings continue to skeeve me out, yet I can't look away

Big Della - Steven Weissman

• At What Things Do , read the first part of "Look Out for Big Della," excerpted from Steven Weissman's White Flower Day

Groucho by Drew Friedman? You bet your life
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 8 Mar 2010 1:55 PM

Groucho Marx - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman's astonishing rendition of the great Groucho Marx, now available as a limited-edition fine art print.

Daily OCD: 2/15/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalreviewsNewaveJohn PhamGilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDrew FriedmanDaily OCDCraig Yoecomics industryBob Fingerman 15 Feb 2010 4:39 PM

Presidents Day does not stop the Online Commentary & Diversions:

Review: "In Hernandez’s hands, [The Troublemakers] unspools on the page like a Russ Meyer production, from the in-your-face nudity, right down to the cartoony violence played for laughs. ...[I]t sure is fun." — Rod Lott, Bookgasm

Review: "Even if I finally accepted that [Sublife Vol. 2] did not answer any of my questions from the first volume... I still admired the growth in Pham’s work on display between the two volumes. Volume 2 shows a terrific range, beginning a Clowes-like opening series of strips about a murderous blogger with an under-read blog that shows a biting wit not on display in the first volume. The tour de force of the volume is the second piece, which picks up (for those paying incredibly scrupulous attention) on a deep space adventure from the inside covers of Volume 1. Here Pham lets his instincts for architectural design sense take off in a trippy sequence that is pure pleasure to look at. ... In some ways — in many ways actually — the first two volumes of Sublife evoke memories of the early volumes of Acme Novelty Warehouse [sic]. And that could be a very good thing." – Jared Gardner, The Comics Journal

Review: "...I am delighted to report that The Great Anti-War Cartoons offers an impressive showcase of political cartooning. Many of its contributors have never had their work reprinted with as much care. Even the most well-informed reader will stumble across pieces they have never seen or names they have never heard of." – Kent Worcester, The Comics Journal

Review: "[There are] ...a number of strong stories to be found here [in Mome Vol. 17], and a number of rewards to be gained by those who were following serials like Paul Hornschemeier’s 'Life With Mr. Dangerous' or the second chapters of the stories done by Renee French and Ted Stearn." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Plug: Robot 6's Chris Mautner describes his experience so far reading The Comics Journal Library Vol. 5: Classic Comics Illustrators

Interview: Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s editor Michael Dowers talks to Robot 6's Tim O'Shea: "I want people to see that if you believe in something hard enough and never give up that you can get somewhere in life. Here is a group of creative types who couldn’t take no for an answer and made their own world of comics."

Interview: David-Wasting-Paper subjects Drew Friedman to a rigorous Q&A about process, influences and more

Feature: The Seattle Times talks to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator and unofficial Georgetown spokesmodel Larry Reid about the emerging neighborhood

Industry: Our own Eric Reynolds weighs in on the annual book-trade-vs.-direct-market sales-analysis kerfuffle in an essay for The Comics Reporter

Events: The lineup for the Covered art show opening March 6 at Secret Headquarters was just announced and looks pretty great

Events: Bring some of your old Bob Fingerman comics down to Rocketship this Friday so he has something to sign besides his new TPB

Satire: Oh Spurge, you crack us up

New print by Drew Friedman: Kippy Spagenbusch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 1 Feb 2010 12:05 PM

Kippy Spagenbusch print by Drew Friedman

Now available in an open edition, signed by artist Drew Friedman, only 40 bucks from Drew Friedman Fine Art: all hail Kippy Spagenbusch! Kippy's bio is worth a million bucks and they're giving that away for free.

R.I.P. J.D., from Drew Friedman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 29 Jan 2010 12:08 PM

J.D. Salinger by Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman pays tribute to the late J.D. Salinger by presenting his classic strip (co-written with K. Bidus) "Guilty Pleasures of Literary Greats" (which we've previously featured for its documentation of the Vladimir Nabokov/Hank Ketcham connection). Even if you've seen this strip before, it's worth a re-visit, and Drew outlines some of Salinger's other pop-culture obsessions to boot.

First Look: The Best American Comics Criticism
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew FriedmanComing AttractionsBen Schwartz 19 Jan 2010 11:44 AM

The Best American Comics Criticism

Yes, it's a parody/homage of The Believer, courtesy of editor Ben Schwartz, artist Drew Friedman, and designer Alexa Koenings. Drew provides more background and a larger image at his blog. The book is just off to press and should be out in April.

20 Years of Warts
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 8 Jan 2010 3:08 PM

Warts and All by Drew Friedman

Holy smokes, has it really been 20 years since Warts and All first came out? Movie Morlocks, the official blog of cable network TCM, posted a lengthy and loving tribute to the book. While it was originally published by Penguin, we've had the honor of keeping it in print in recent years. I was influenced by this book at an impressionable age and, like the author of the TCM post, I can still recall some of the gags to this day ("We'll have sex in a minute, honey. First I got to go to the toilet — you know I got diarrhea!"). Thank you to Drew and Josh Alan Friedman for warping my soft young mind.

New Drew Friedman art print: Bob & Ray
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 6 Jan 2010 11:22 AM

Bob and Ray print by Drew Friedman

The latest limited-edition fine art print offering from Drew Friedman is this handsome portrait of groundbreaking radio comedians Bob Elliott (right) and Ray Goulding. Click here to order and to learn more about the duo. There's also a link to download an MP3 of one of their shows — highly recommended!

(Note that this will also be included in Drew's forthcoming book of celebrity portraits, Too Soon? And Drew read my mind and confirms that Bob's son Chris owns one of these prints already.)


Hanselmann Tour

Simon Hanselmann on U.S. Tour - poster

Cute Boys Alert: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle on Tour. Click here for tour details!

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