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Daily OCD: 2/25/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CranereviewsJoyce FarmerJoe SaccoEllen ForneyDaily OCD 25 Feb 2011 3:45 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Special Exits

Review: "...Joyce Farmer’s Special Exits depicts old age as a wild, lurching ride from medical crises to euphoric nostalgia to an eerie calm as the end draws near. [...] Aging and dying are rare topics in literature and cinema, let alone in comics, which makes Special Exits an automatic standout. But it would be an excellent book even if the shelves were full of fictionalized memoirs about elder care." – The A.V. Club

Review: "...[W]ith Special Exits, Farmer delivers a wonderful memoir about her aging parents and their aging process. [...] This is no quick read, nor is it an easy one. It’s intentionally difficult at times, because it’s unflinching. This story will resonate and it will haunt you. But it will also impress you. Farmer doesn’t pull punches, but she doesn’t go for self-pity either. Special Exits is a loving tribute to life’s final moments, and the love that is left behind after we leave." – John Hogan, Graphic Novel Reporter

Buz Sawyer Vol. 1: The War in the Pacific

Review: "Buz Sawyer: The War in the Pacific covers the first couple of years of the strip... [and] damned if these early Buz Sawyers aren’t still a blast to read, with lots of gorgeous drawings of aircraft and a devil-may-care hero who somehow finds women to snuggle up to and joy to be had even in the Pacific Theater of WWII." – The A.V. Club

I Love Led Zeppelin

Profile: Seattle's CityArts magazine gives you a glimpse inside Ellen Forney's apartment

Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition

Scene: Joe Sacco spoke at Dartmouth College yesterday, and Beth Kanell of Kingdom Books has a report

Chat with Ellen Forney Today!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ellen Forney 23 Feb 2011 7:01 AM

Get ready for some chat roulette with Ellen Forney, without all the penises! (Unless you wanna ask her about Lust, that is...)

Walmart (!!!) and the Free Library of Philadelphia host the first ever "One Book, One Philadelphia" online book chat today at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST.  Just log on here and chat live with Ellen!

(Um, and since it's c0-hosted by Walmart, maybe keep it clean...)

The Stranger polls its readers for Washington State Cartoonist Laureate
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringEllen Forney 25 Jan 2011 2:30 PM
With my home state of Vermont announcing that they've chosen a Cartoonist Laureate, The Stranger's Paul Constant polls Stranger blog readers for a hypothetical Washington State Cartoonist Laureate, offering a near-impossible choice of candidates: Ellen Forney, David Lasky and Jim Woodring. (Or "other." I'd decry the obvious omission of Peter Bagge, but maybe the political nature of much of his recent work would make him too divisive a candidate.)
Ellen Forney events in Philadelphia
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under eventsEllen Forney 17 Jan 2011 8:48 PM

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Ellen Forney returns to her old hometown of Philadelphia next month at the invitation of the Philadelphia Public Library as part of their featuring the Forney-illustrated book by Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, as part of their citywide reading program. She'll be giving a talk and workshops at a few locations — see her blog for the schedule and details.

 

Carol Tyler event photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreEllen ForneyCarol Tyler 17 Sep 2010 1:13 PM

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010

Here's a few photos from Carol Tyler's exhibit opening and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last weekend. (See many more in our Flickr set.) Unfortunately your photographer was not able to capture moments like Carol boogie-ing to surf rock and Carol and Peter Bagge exchanging gang signs during a discussion about lettering. Just goes to show you: you have to be there!

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
A lively crowd, with Carol tucked away at far right.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Ellen Forney & friend, left, with Jim Woodring, right.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Detail of Carol's amazing original art — see the photo set for views of the entire exhibit.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Carol shows off her hand-appliquéd Army jacket liner as depicted in You'll Never Know, Book 2: Collateral Damage.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Carol, left, with Peter Bagge, right, and smilin' John Ohannesian of Georgetown Records, center. (This wasn't the gang-sign conversation.)




Ellen Forney in: Thunderbitch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockEllen Forneyart shows 1 Aug 2010 8:17 PM

This sounds awesome. At her blog, Ellen Forney says:

I have several posters, some original ink drawings, and a 6′ hand-painted black light banner in this show.

Thunderbitch: Women Designers in Northwest Rock 1966-2010
Opening party August 5, 5-8pm
Exhibit runs August 5 – 27
Tether Design Gallery
, 323 Occidental Ave S

From DIY Xerox flyers to album covers to silkscreened posters, women designers have shaped the visual identity of music in the Northwest for decades. Artists include: Lynda Barry, Ellen Forney, Lisa Orth, Alice Wheeler, and dozens more!

With live music by Barbara Ireland + Stone Gossard and Visqueen, plus an appearance by The Piston Packin’ Mamas, Seattle’s all-girl car and motorcycle club. Immediately following the opening party, Damien Jurado will perform a free, all ages show in the gallery.

Check out a video preview of the art here.


Ellen Forney on the teevee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under televisionEllen Forney 21 Jul 2010 9:59 PM

Ellen Forney was featured on KING-5's Evening Magazine tonight, as they paid a visit to her comic art class. See above or the link for embedded video.

Cash in that 401K and Call Your Travel Agent!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Ted JouflasRoberta GregoryPeter BaggePat MoriarityMegan KelsoJR WilliamsJim WoodringJim BlanchardJeremy EatoneventsEllen ForneyCharles Burns 15 Jun 2010 10:36 AM

Poodle with a Mohawk - Lynda Barry

Make plans for Labor Day weekend in Seattle now! The Bumbershoot art and music festival promises to be the best in recent memory. In addition to performances by the likes of Bob Dylan, Neko Case, Hole, the Decemberists, Weezer and countless other bands, the festival includes a large exhibition of contemporary Seattle cartoonists.

Organized by Fantagraphics resident curator Larry Reid, "Counterculture Comix: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" begins with Lynda Barry's work circa 1980 and continues through the present. The show reveals Seattle as the ancestral home of the alternative comix genre and examines the role comix played in Seattle's youth movement of the 90s, which penetrated popular culture globally.

Hundreds of original artworks, comix and related ephemera by an impressive roster of influential Seattle artists will be displayed including Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Megan Kelso, Jim Blanchard, Roberta Gregory, David Lasky, Ted Jouflas, Justin Hampton, J. R. Williams, Pat Moriarity, Donna Barr, Mark Zingarelli, Michael Dougan, Jeremy Eaton, Jason T. Miles, and more.

See you in September.

Daily OCD: 6/9/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierEllen ForneyDaily OCDBlazing CombatAbstract Comics 9 Jun 2010 2:36 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Blazing Combat [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]

Review: "Saving the best for last, there’s Blazing Combat, an amazing collection of the stories from the short-lived cutting-edge mid-1960s Warren Publications series. ... They’re all written by the outstanding Archie Goodwin, with a few assists, which for most fans would be reason enough to buy this comic all by itself. But then you throw in some of the most amazing art, all of it sharply and expertly reproduced, and you’ve got some real dynamite here. ... And there’s fantastic bonus features... If all that doesn’t sell you on this as a must-buy, then you may need professional help." – Tom McLean, Bags and Boards

Abstract Comics: The Anthology

Plug: Suvudu spotlights the 2010 Eisner Award nominees for Best Anthology, including Abstract Comics

Paul Hornschemeier

Interview: Andrea Queirolo of Conversazioni sul Fumetto has a two part Q&A with Paul Hornschemeier: "Both of my parents have degrees in Philosophy, and I’ve always been sort of a lonely kid, so I think spending lots of time thinking about things just came naturally to me as a child, for better or worse (probably for worse). Over-thinking things was something I could never get rid of, so I decided to go ahead and get a Bachelor’s Degree in it."

I Love Led Zeppelin

Education: Ellen Forney will be teaching summer comics courses for teens and adults at Cornish College in Seattle — see her blog for more info and enrollment links

Things to see: 4/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeThe StrangerKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohnny RyanEsther Pearl WatsonEllen ForneyDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerCharles Burns 21 Apr 2010 4:07 PM

Daily clips & strips -- click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

The Stranger - Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney's on the cover (as both artist and subject, with her BF) of this week's issue of The Stranger

Unlovable - Esther Pearl Watson

• On Facebook, Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Fan Page posts the most recent Unlovable strip from Bust

Fifteen - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan says on his LJ "One of my comics will be in a group print show this weekend in France."

Cooper's hawk - Debbie Drechsler

Another really nice bird sketch (this time a Cooper's hawk) by Debbie Drechsler

Free Shit - Charles Burns

Meathaus posts scans of the latest issue of Charles Burns's Free Shit minicomic

Quackers 4 Life

Josh Simmons & Wendy Chin drop themselves into their Quackers universe

What Lies Beyond Death? - Kevin Huizenga

Kevin Huizenga illustrates a link to an article of interest

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• Things in Derek Van Gieson's Abstraction House are really getting weird

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• Here's this week's Truth Serum from Jon Adams