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Things to see: 8/13/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboTony MillionaireTim KreiderThings to seeSteve BrodnerRobert CrumbRenee FrenchRay FenwickPaul HornschemeierMaakiesJon AdamsJim FloraJasonFrank SantoroDrew WeingDJ BryantDebbie DrechslerBob Fingerman 13 Aug 2010 5:27 PM

Periodic clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

R. Crumb... Paraty, August 2010

Bleeding Cool presents this R. Crumb sketch which was printed on the front page of Brazilian newspaper O Globo

Dot strolling - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman depicts "Another Day in Hell"

D.V.

Poe - Jason

• Two unpublished Jason pages: a gag strip starring "D.V." and an aborted Poe adaptation

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

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

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire (still on Facebook while his new website is being built — if that last link doesn't work try this)

Unreal City - D.J. Bryant

• New Mome contributor D.J. Bryant has a strip in this week's issue of The Stranger — it's not online so I took a snap of it

8.7 - Frank Santoro

• Looks like maybe a new Cold Heat page from Frank Santoro? Also figures in conflict

Usagi Yojimbo #36 - Phineas X. Jones

• I don't usually editorialize here but Phineas X. Jones's version of Usagi Yojimbo #36 at Covered is awesome

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 122 & 123

Sheffield - Jim Flora

A partial scan (with color checker card) of an unpublished 1954 Jim Flora woodcut print, Sheffield Island

skinks - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler draws skinks

Wise Guy - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Attack of the Pony Cheetah - Josh Simmons

killers - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons & Wendy Chin bring us Quackers vs. Buzzers, Quackers vs. Pony Cheetah, & Quacker loves Bunny; also from Josh, these scary guys

Tim Kreider by Renee French

Renee French draws a portrait of Tim Kreider; also these sketches and this photo

Charlie Rangel - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner's animated take on Charlie Rangel

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• A new Truth Serum strip by Jon Adams

Nike Gore

Ray Fenwick made a t-shirt design for Nike

Daily OCD: 8/13/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsRand HolmesPatrick RosenkranzMoto HagiomangaJoyce FarmerDrew WeingDaily OCDCathy Malkasian 13 Aug 2010 3:48 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective [Pre-Order]

Review: "...[Rand Holmes] could tell a story, and he hit his stride with lengthy action-comedy epics like 'Wings Over Tijuana' and 'Hitler’s Cocaine,' which explored the shadier sides of drug culture in a style that veered from the shockingly real to the morbidly slapstick. Imagine a Jack Davis MAD magazine piece with heavier overtones; that was Holmes at his best, and that best is well-represented in The Artist Himself. [Grade] B+" – The A.V. Club

Set to Sea

Review: "Drew Weing’s breezy, lyrical graphic novel Set to Sea... tells a simple story about art and experience, delivered in one-step-follows-another fashion. Weing’s cartoony figures and detailed backgrounds — rendered with precise cross-hatching — suit his one-picture-per-page format well, making Set to Sea look like an animated film slowed down to a slideshow. ...Weing’s beautiful art and masterful pacing are so pleasurable that Set to Sea stands up to multiple reads. It’s a catchy little tune that sounds better with each spin. [Grade] A-" – The A.V. Club

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Review: "Fantagraphics has taken care to showcase Hagio’s work in as beautiful a package as possible. ... For the right reader, adult or teen, man or woman, these stories [in A Drunken Dream and Other Stories] can be windows into a world where finally they can see themselves, both their strengths and their flaws. That’s a powerful thing for a book to be able to do and it takes a masterful craftsman like Hagio to be able to do it." – Snow Wildsmith, Graphic Novel Reporter

Temperance

Review: "Temperance is a story of awakening and transformation — physical, emotional, and spiritual. A profoundly empathetic reflection upon the systemic societal problems of culturally ingrained violence and brainwashing, Temperance is profound, meaningful, and deserves to be read and reread at length." – Midwest Book Review/ComicList

Special Exits [October 2010]

Plug: "The excellent graphic novel Special Exits is soon coming out from Fantagraphics. It is a labor of love of more than 10 years by the American comic artist extraordinaire Joyce Farmer. ... Of course another reason I am excited about the publication of Special Exits is because I’ve seen it grow and take shape throughout those years as Joyce Farmer has honored me with her friendship. Some of my students at the Ornerakis Cartoon School would also remember her as she was gracious enough to present her work to them. I am really looking forward to have the book in my hand and re-read it again and again as I think it is one of the best graphic novels ever created!" – Elias Tabakeas, Kailoipalogion

Daily OCD: 8/12/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalreviewsPrince ValiantPopeyeKim DeitchJordan CraneJoe DalyHal FosterEC SegarDrew WeingDaily OCDCathy Malkasian 12 Aug 2010 3:01 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Review: "...I had more fun reading this book than just about any other comic I’ve read so far this year. ... There’s a sort of Hergé-like mechanical perfection to his artwork; not only is it super-clean and super-crisp, but the panel-to-panel consistency is so strong that his characters sometimes don’t look drawn so much as stamped out by some sort of automatic drawing machine. ... Steve and Millennium Boy are funny — sometimes on purpose, sometimes not — and it’s a pleasure to walk around with them. ... I haven’t played an RPG since I was a teenager, but I think I’d play a Dungeon Quest one in a heartbeat." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama

Temperance

Review: "This amazing, sweeping epic... spans decades of time and hundreds of miles of geography, and it deals with no less than war, fear, religion, trust, memory, violence and the mysterious, barely understood ways in which these broad, vague emotions are used to form communities and society, and/or how they can tear them apart. ... I can’t recommend Temperance highly enough. It’s a book that everyone should read, and then reread." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama

Set to Sea

Review: "If the message and method of delivery seem simple, the artwork is anything but. In that regard, Set to Sea is the comics equivalent of good poetry. It’s not what’s being said so much as how beautifully Weing’s saying it." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Las Vegas Weekly

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "Combining the utterly irresistible power of nostalgia and insatiable curiosity with science-fiction, conspiracy theory, urban history, fact and legend, show-biz razzmatazz, supernatural horror, Film Noir and a highly developed sense of the meta-real, [in The Search for Smilin' Ed] Deitch once more weaves an irresistible spell that charms, thrills and disturbs whilst his meticulous drawing holds the reader in a deceptively fluffy, yet inescapable grip." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This! (via Bill Kartalopoulos)

Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938

Review: "Widely acknowledged as the greatest adventure strip ever created, Prince Valiant is also arguably the best comic strip in that medium’s history. However, reprint collections have failed to truly capture the beauty and consummate artistry of Hal Foster’s creation…until now, that is. ...[T]his new Fantagraphics edition goes beyond simply correcting the shortcomings of past reprints — in truth, it is more of a revelation than a mere restoration. ... Ultimately, Prince Valiant is much more than a series of fantastic adventures in some legendary era; rather, it is a depiction of the making of a fully rounded and realized human being. ... Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant is a story to be read and cherished — today, tomorrow, always." – ForeWord Reviews

Jordan Crane

Plug: The New Yorker's Sally Law talks to Jordan Crane about his webcomics concern What Things Do

The Comics Journal #59

Analysis: Love & Maggie return to their detailed, annotated rundown of the second chronological issue on their list of the Top 10 Issues of The Comics Journal, #59

Popeye Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam"

Commentary: Vom Marlowe is the latest to weigh in in The Hooded Utilitarian's critical roundtable on Popeye 

Things to see: 8/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteve BrodnerRichard SalaRenee FrenchRay FenwickNoah Van SciverMark Kalesnikojon vermilyeaJohnny RyanHans RickheitGabrielle BellDrew WeingArcher Prewitt 10 Aug 2010 3:54 PM

Periodic clips & strips (slightly off schedule) — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Jungle Bunny - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan hits that cute/offensive sweet spot yet again with his jungle hero who is also a bunny (via Facebook)

Calvin and Hobbes by Jon Vermilyea

Jon Vermilyea's entry in David Ryan's Calvin & Hobbes-themed convention sketchbook

sketch - Jason

Balder - Jason

1990 sketchbook pages and a 1996 illustration by Jason 

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea page 121

Ghastly Ones - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents a selection of drawings from his book The Ghastly Ones

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• The latest installment of Tim Lane's Belligerent Piano

San Diego - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell continues her Comic-Con "comicumentary"

Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress - Mark Kalesniko

• From Mark Kalesniko, another version of "Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress"

Wookiee Wolverine - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver is selling drawings to raise money for his West Coast tour with John Porcellino, including original Blammo pages or commissions like this Wookiee Wolverine

Ballad of the Lights - sleeve by Archer Prewitt

This 10" record of Allen Ginsberg & Arthur Russell from Presspop features jacket artwork by Archer Prewitt 

hagelbarger - Renee French

• From Renee French: black mountain, hagelbarger, bed, daisyy, rock

Abraham Foxman - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner on the Golden Ticket to bigotry

Ectopiary page 36 - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary page 36

Dandelions

• A Ray Fenwick illustration for the Globe and Mail

Daily OCD: 8/9/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleystaffRosebud ArchivesreviewsPopeyeMoto HagiomangaLove and RocketsKim DeitchJoe DalyJaime HernandezHans RickheitGilbert HernandezDrew WeingDrew FriedmanDennis the MenaceDaily OCDBen SchwartzBasil WolvertonAl Columbia 9 Aug 2010 5:46 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Love and  Rockets: New Stories #3 [Pre-Order]

Review: "Of the artists that meant the world to me when I was young enough that lots of artists meant the world to me, Jaime Hernandez is the only one I know of that can still kill me dead with his newest and latest. Your mileage may vary, but Jaime's three-part story in the latest Love and Rockets brought to mind the same sweep of romance and regret and pursuit of all that's sweet in life as much as battered and broken insides allow that I remember all too well from the summer between my junior and senior years in college, when I would have put everything about my wonderful life on hold to climb into a black and white comic book for a little while. There are three or four panels in this newest effort worth some cartoonists' entire careers." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Set to Sea

Review: "Set to Sea is [an] auspicious debut... Weing's nameless, landlubbing protagonist aches to rhapsodize about the sea but discovers that something's missing. After dozing drunkenly on a dock, he awakes to discover he's been shanghaied. His adventures provide ample material for a volume of poetry in this hilariously violent picaresque tale." – Richard Pachter, The Miami Herald

The Best American Comics Criticism

Review: "A book like The Best American Comics Criticism invites argument. If you put 'best' in your title, argument will follow. I’ve got arguments, but I wanted to start by praising both the editor, Ben Schwartz, and the publisher, Fantagraphics, for making the effort." - Derik Badman

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "...[T]his story is one where Deitch tries to tie the various unruly strands of his many stories together. In a way, I almost prefer that these overlapping, nesting, and sometimes contradictory stories never really congeal, but The Search for Smilin' Ed is, like all of Deitch's work, a compelling and highly personal piece of work." – Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days

Review: "Although the images are very haunting, they are extremely beautiful. Pim & Francie is a pretty unique book. ... This book as a whole is actually quite creepy, haunting, scary, beautiful, and intoxicating. I seem to enjoy it more every time I look/read through it. With images on almost every single page, this book is worth a lot more than its cover price." – Steven Thomas

Wally Gropius

Review: "Wally Gropius ...[is] John Stanley for the 21st century. Not that Stanley doesn’t work just fine in 2010, but Hensley is worthy of that sort of praise. I wish this guy was writing Archie." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

The Squirrel Machine

Review: "I loved this book and am glad I... could read something this wonderfully twisted... I really wish I could tell you what genre this is, but The Squirrel Machine defies that sort of commercial branding." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Review: "Man, Joe Daly is awesome. ...[H]e is back with thunder in his pen and ants in his pants. [Dungeon Quest] is as good as Scrublands on page one and it just gets better and funnier, more bizarre and familiar (if you have ever met or hung out with Larpers) with each page turn. Welcome back, Joe Daly. You rule." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

The Troublemakers [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "The Troublemakers... is Gilbert [Hernandez] doing a Quentin Tarantino, in that he dips into a sleazy old unpleasant genre of crime exploitation films of the 60s and 70s and cherry-picks a bunch of the good bits and smashes them together and cooks them into a really sweet pie." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

The Culture Corner

Review: "The Culture Corner... is the biggest score for fans of Wolverton since the publication of the Wolverton Bible. I guess you could also say that this is the first reprint collection of Wolverton material since the Wolverton Bible if you wanted to nit-pick. Great stuff." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Plug: "I’m barely able to form coherent thoughts about Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. It’s an amazing collection of her work, and I hope it just causes an explosion of interest in her work." – David Welsh, The Manga Curmudgeon

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1961-1962 (Vol. 6)

Plug: Sarah McIntyre took some lovely photos of Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1961-1962

Too Soon? - Drew Friedman

Interview: At WFMU's Beware of the Blog, Kliph Nesteroff talks to Drew Friedman: "When I was talking to Albert [Brooks] at this party he said, 'Drew, did you know that Harpo's ex-wife married Frank Sinatra?' I said, 'No, it was Zeppo's ex-wife.' He said, 'No, no, it was Harpo's ex-wife.'  I said, 'No, it was Zeppo's ex-wife. Look, we have Andy Marx, Groucho's grandson standing right here. Let's ask him.' I said, 'Andy, which one of your uncles married Frank Sinatra's wife?' He said, 'Well, that was Zeppo's wife.' That's why I love L.A. It's handy to have Groucho's grandson [around] when you need him." (Note: audio of this conversation will be available from the Inkstuds podcast soon; we'll keep you updated)

New York Hippodrome — PRINT

Profile: Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn reports on the partnership between Rick Marschall's Rosebud Archives and Fantagraphics Books: "Now Marschall's company, Rosebud Archives, and Fantagraphics have formed a joint publishing enterprise that will draw from Marschall's immense collection, reclaiming the work of the great 20th-century magazine and newspaper artists for the 21st-century public."

Popeye Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam"

Commentary: At The Hooded Utilitarian, Shaenon Garrity kicks off a critical roundtable on Popeye with a 7-part appreciation: "Popeye hangs on, indestructible..., the last of a tougher, smellier, funnier breed."

The Shadow - Kyle Baker

Reviewer: At Comics Comics, our own Jason T. Miles looks at something I'm also fond of: Andy Helfer & Kyle Baker's late-1980s run on The Shadow

Daily OCD: 8/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyreviewsPeanutsMegan KelsoKrazy KatGeorge HerrimanGahan WilsonDrew WeingDaily OCDBlake BellBill Everett 6 Aug 2010 2:51 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Fire & Water: Bill Everett,  the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of   Marvel Comics [September 2010]

Review: "...[T]his [is] a good-looking book as well as a good reading one. ... [T]his is a wonderfully informative read from where I’m sitting. Fire & Water is a long-overdue chance for today’s readers to get a good idea of what made Everett so special and so revered by older fans." – Johnny Bacardi, Popdose

Wally Gropius

Review: "Richie Rich by way of Archie by way of Tippy Teen by way of, oh, I don’t know — The Grifters meets Tao Te Ching and airing at 10:30 CST on Adult Swim; ...it’s easy to admire [Wally Gropius's] all-over-the-place, random ingenuity..." – Johnny Bacardi, Popdose

Artichoke Tales [Pre-Order]

Review: "Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso is a strange, other-worldly story about birth and death, coming of age, dealing with war, finding love, accepting tragedy. ... The simple, comic-strip-like illustrations in teal and white express movement beautifully with a minimum of lines." – Mary Louise Ruehr, Ravenna Record-Courier

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons [Bonus  Exclusive Signed Print]

Review: "...[Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons] is not only the utterly complete Gahan Wilson from Playboy, but it's also a great guide to Wilson as an artist. Obviously, this is not a small book or a cheap one — but it is a magnificent, essential collection of great work by one of the 20th century's very best cartoonists, in a superb package." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Set to Sea

Interview: Avoid the Future calls Set to Sea "One of the most visually breathtaking comics we’ve ever had the pleasure of reading" and talks to creator Drew Weing: "I'm very happy with the final results, but I've got to work differently in the future — if I plan on having finished more than a handful of comics in my lifetime! There's so much fussy crosshatching and detail in Set to Sea. I'm trying to work much quicker and looser in my next projects."

The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978 (Vol. 14) [August  2010 - NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Profile: Dan Taylor of The Press-Democrat talks to Craig Schulz about running the Peanuts biz and maintaining his dad Charles's legacy (via The Daily Cartoonist)

Krazy & Ignatz - George Herriman

Coming Attractions: "Oh. Oh yes. Oh yes, yes, yes… Herriman’s wonderful Krazy and Ignatz, facsimile style reproduction of original, unpublished sketches he’d use before finalising his strips, in a big, beautiful hardback, and it’s from Fantagraphics so you know it’s going to be given the love and attention to detail and quality it deserves." – Forbidden Planet International Blog Log on Krazy & Ignatz: The Sketchbook Strips 1910-1913, coming this Fall

Things to see: 8/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchRay FenwickPaul HornschemeierNoah Van SciverMaakiesLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohn HankiewiczJoe KimballJim FloraJaime HernandezGabrielle BellFrank Santorofan artDrew WeingDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDame DarcyBob FingermanaudioArcher Prewitt 6 Aug 2010 1:32 PM

Periodic clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Morio - Archer Prewitt

• Our pals at Presspop share this, the cover illustration by Archer Prewitt for the novelization of the upcoming film Morio (Toilet)

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell kicks off "Season 3" of Lucky with the first part of her San Diego Comic-Con diary; also, her previously-serialized strip "Manifestation" is presented in its entirety at What Things Do

Black Madonna - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy's Black Madonna painting and other new stuff in her latest blog update

Lisa Lampanelli - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman illustrates "Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli for Royal Flush magazine, plus more quick sketches

Maggie - Mike Hawthorne

Maggie-through-the-years fan art by Mike Hawthorne at Comic Twart

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Tony Millionaire posted this week's Maakies on Facebook while his new website is being built (if that last link doesn't work try this)

Ascots! - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Derek Van Gieson

• A couple of teasers from Part 4 of Derek Van Gieson's Mome serial "Devil Doll"

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

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

head 01 - John Hankiewicz

Life drawing studies by John Hankiewicz 

collage - Frank Santoro

Collage and some guidelines from Frank Santoro 

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 118 119 & 120

The Big Score - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents his strip from the July 1994 issue of Pulse magazine

The Cowboy - Tim Lane

Tim Lane extends Belligerent Piano into the audio realm with "The Cowboy's Lament"

Little Rock Getaway teaser - Jim Flora

A preview of the next Jim Flora art print, available for pre-order

turtle - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler sketches some lakeshore fauna

sketchbook - Lilli Carre

Koridian - Lilli Carré

Raising Chicago - Lilli Carré

• From Lilli Carré: sketchbook pages, illustrations for Kordian, and a story for Chicago Magazine

Brooklyn Superhero Supply - Sergio Ponchione

• A quartet of recent illustrations by Sergio Ponchione, including one for 826 Brooklyn

Batman - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver vs. Batman

The Golden Quackers - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons, The Golden Quackers

rock - Renee French

• From Renee French, a couple of rocks and a peek

Obama - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner thinks maybe it's about time for the President to start losing his cool. Also, a grocery store incident as political allegory

panel - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga, a couple of hot panels and a tale of narrowly-averted disaster

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• A new Truth Serum strip by Jon Adams 

Joe Kimball

Joe Kimball shares several glimpses of a whole bunch of stuff on his Flickr page

All Together Now - Ray Fenwick

Loonfest 2010 - Ray Fenwick

• Two recent Ray Fenwick illustrations for Threadless and Cottage Life magazine respectively

Now in stock: Set to Sea by Drew Weing
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDrew Weing 4 Aug 2010 11:01 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

Set to Sea by Drew Weing

Set to Sea
by Drew Weing

144-page black & white 5.5" x 6.25" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-368-2

Add to CartMore Info & Previews

The central character is a big lug and an aspiring poet who runs up tabs at the local bars by day and haunts the docks by night, writing paeans to the seafaring life. When he gets shanghaied aboard a clipper bound for Hong Kong, he finds the sailor’s life a bit rougher than his romantic nautical fantasies. He helps rebuff a pirate assault, survives a gunshot to the eye, and learns to live — and love — a Conradian life on the sea, all the while writing poetry about pirates, bad food, unceremonial funerals, foreign ports, and unexpected epiphanies. By the end of his life, he’s found satisfaction in living a life of adventure and finding a receptive and appreciative readership. What more could one ask for?

This is Drew Weing’s debut graphic novel, after honing his craft with numerous, lovingly produced self-published comic stories. Drawn in an elaborate crosshatched style that falls somewhere between Gustave Doré engravings and E. C. Segar’s Popeye, Set to Sea is part rollicking adventure, part maritime ballad told in visual rhyme. Every page is a single panel, every panel is a stunning illustration, every illustration a part of a larger whole that tells a story in the deft language of cartooning.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 13-page PDF excerpt (831 KB).

Scenes from Drew Weing's Set to Sea launch party in Athens
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEleanor DavisDrew Weing 2 Aug 2010 10:46 AM

Sketching

Pirate Cutouts

Drew Weing celebrated the release of his new graphic novel Set to Sea with a signing, raffle, skull cookies baked by Eleanor Davis, and pirate cut-out fun at Bizarro-Wuxtry in Athens, Georgia last Friday. More photos on Drew's Flickr page.

Things to see: 7/30/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTom KaczynskiTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohnny Ryanjohn kerschbaumJoe KimballJim FloraJasonJaime HernandezIvan BrunettiHans RickheitGipiFrank SantoroDrew WeingDennis the MenaceDebbie DrechslerDash ShawCharles M SchulzAnders Nilsen 30 Jul 2010 4:00 PM

Buckle in for two weeks worth of clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

KISS - Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez 1977

Jaime Hernandez, 1977 (from friend/fan Bernie Ramirez on the Love and Rockets Facebook page)

Dennis Hopper - Cinefamily - Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen's Dennis Hopper for Cinefamily is magnificent

Previously on Lost - Walt at Fault: Time-Out

• How about a little Dennis the Menace/Lost mash-up at Big Shiny Robot?

A Cave - Roman Muradov

• Moscow-born San Francisco-residing cartoonist Roman Muradov sends us some pages done in homage/tribute to Jason — they're good, and got a thumbs-up from Jason

Scooby-Doo by Ivan Brunetti

Again with the Comics presents a Scooby-Doo story drawn by... Ivan Brunetti?? (via Steven Thompson)

Jean-Pierre Melville - Jason

Jason's sketch of Jean-Pierre Melville, plus more recent blog entries about Lino Ventura, Alain Delon, and summer reading

Young Pillars - Charles M. Schulz

Rosebud Archives presents a super-rare promotional flyer for Charles M. Schulz's Young Pillars

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's the two latest weekly installments of "Cartoon Boy" from John Kerschbaum

Gipi describes his new video "Antony" as "a classic film thriller"

CBG - Jon Adams

• For The Bold Italic, Jon Adams profiles 3 real-life Bay Area Comic Book Guys (via Robot 6); also, two installments of Truth Serum

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga, a new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond

Obedience - Dash Shaw

• From Dash Shaw: a new silkscreen print; sketchbook pages; Ruined Cast sketches; The Lion King

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• From Steven Weissman: "I, Anonymous" for last week and this week; Lumpy Noodle

Silver Surfer - Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro gives another sneak peek at his Strange Tales Silver Surfer

Set to Sea page 112 - Drew Weing

Drew Weing presents Set to Sea pages 112, 113, 114 & 115. Also, could someone snag me a set of these buttons

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Tim Lane's Belligerent Piano episodes 21 and 22

Jim Flora profile

• A 1950 profile of Jim Flora

Phase 2 - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan has a bunch of new prints for sale. We saw Matt Groening admiring the one above at Comic-Con, our own Kristy Valenti very happily bought the cat one, and the "Nachos" one is just 100% pure genius

web - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler's latest round of nature sketches features squirrels, birds, bugs & spiders

sketch - Mark Kalesniko

• From Mark Kalesniko, two sets of quick sketches

Sergio Ponchione

Sergio Ponchione posts some pages of his artwork from Cattivi Soggetti, an anthology of noir stories written by Danielle Brolli

So-So Heroes - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

from Blammo 5 - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver posts an excerpt from Blammo #5

Skeezy Quacker - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons & co: King Quackers, Skeezy Quacker, Quacker dreams, Quokkers, cupcake crimes

James K. Polk - Renee French

Renee French has too many updates to link all of them individually; just go to her blog and work your way down. This, this, and this are highlights for me

Obama, Where Art Thou? - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner's latest segment from PBS's Need to Know, "Obama Where Art Thou?" and his tribute to the late John Callahan

Ectopiary page 34 - Hans Rickheit

• I think the painting from Josh Simmons's House snuck into Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

Pink Teeth - Tom Kaczynski

Tom Kaczynski's sketches from the La Mano 2nd Annual Report and another show

Something new & untitled from Joe Kimball


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