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Category >> Ernie Bushmiller

Back in stock: Nemo: The Classic Comics Library Nos. 2 & 30
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mort WalkerJerry DumasErnie Bushmiller 24 Sep 2010 1:54 PM

Can you tell we've been rooting around in our warehouse a lot lately? Our most recent find: vintage copies of two thought-to-be-lost issues of the seminal magazine on classic comic strips (edited by Rosebud Archives' Rick Marschall):

Nemo No. 2

Nemo: The Classic Comics Library #2 dates from 1983 and includes an exclusive interview with Siegel & Shuster and their early pre-Superman "Superman" story; a history of William Randolph Hearst; early Western funnies by Fred Harman; a history of superhero strips; a Caniff Terry and the Pirates tale; and a profile of Art Young.

Nemo No. 30

Nemo: The Classic Comics Library #30 from 1989 features an introduction to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland; the evolution of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy; a biography excerpt of Puck founder Joseph Keppler; and (20 years before our book collection) a selection of Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas.

We also still have copies of the final double issue, #31/32, with a rare long interview with Charles Schulz, a feature by R.C. Harvey on Milton Caniff (dealing with Vietnam), Edward Sorel on Krazy Kat, and 16 pages of Polly and Her Pals Sundays, shot from crisp black & white syndicate proofs. Supplies are limited, so get them while you can!

Comic-Con Day 4: wrapping up
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanostaffPeter BaggeMoto HagioErnie BushmillerCCICarol Tyler 2 Aug 2010 4:19 PM

My picture-taking fell off on the last day of Comic-Con as things got even more hectic with last-minute wheeling & dealing, including our Sunday-only 20%-off-everything sale. Here are a few things I managed to capture:

Peter Bagge & Scott McCloud - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Peter Bagge chats with Scott McCloud (while our own Eric Reynolds and D&Q 's Jessica Campbell watch from a distance)...

Jeffrey Brown & Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

...and with Jeffrey Brown, visiting from the neighboring Top Shelf booth (while our own Jason T. Miles confers with Sparkplug's Dylan Williams in the background).

Stephen DeStefano & Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Pete keeps his Inkpot trophy handy while Stephen DeStefano diligently signs and sketches.

Carol Tyler's Nancy brooch - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Carol Tyler's rad handmade Nancy brooch.

Moto Hagio & Carol Tyler whiteboard drawings - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Above, Moto Hagio & Carol Tyler's final whiteboard doodles, and below, table doodles by Carol, Andrei Molotiu, & Natalia Hernandez:

Carol Tyler table doodle - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Andrei Molotiu table doodle - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Natalia Hernandez table doodle - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

And it was over! Here's me & Janice, all packed up & ready to go, with mixed feelings. Thanks to our booth neighbors at BloodFire Studios for this last shot (and for loaning us their handtruck at the very beginning):

It's over! - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

We did a few things differently this year, most notably a smaller booth and smaller staff, but sales and enthusiasm seemed to be greater than last year. And while there are "teachable moments" every year, this was overall as smooth and successful a Comic-Con as I can remember in my brief history with the company. Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, artists, family members, professional colleagues and especially the fans who helped make Comic-Con 2010 another great show!

Daily OCD: 7/15/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanereviewsPaul KarasikMark NewgardenJoe SaccoJoe DalyJim WoodringJasonEsther Pearl WatsonErnie BushmillerDaily OCDComing Attractions 15 Jul 2010 3:55 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Weathercraft

Review: "In Weathercraft, his first foray into graphic-novel territory, Seattle denizen Jim Woodring employs his repertory troupe of ambiguous, liminal characters — Frank, Manhog, Pupshaw, and Pushpaw — to tell the kind of Pilgrim's Progress tale that David Lynch might have conjured up if he were a cartoonist. ... Impermanence, the conundrum of physical senses that guide and ensnare at the same time, the challenge of a rational response to an irrational universe — all this and more await the returning fan or the open-minded acolyte in Woodring's best work yet. And for an artist of his caliber, that's saying something." – Damian Van Denburgh, Critical Mob

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Review: "Loaded with hipster irony, profanity and long digressive conversations, it’s a loving tribute to half-repudiated childhood pleasures. ... At times, Dungeon Quest captures the anything-goes wanderlust of Calvin & Hobbes — if Calvin’s fantasies were real, set in rundown Los Angeles neighborhoods and loaded with swearing." – Jason Thompson, The Comics Journal

Review: "The relationship stuff all rings true, and when it gets weird at the end, it doesn’t seem random and arbitrary, and that’s a difficult trick to pull off. ... I found Werewolves [of Montpellier] to be a delightful read; no profound life lessons were learned, but Jason’s storytelling is first-rate and life lessons are overrated anyway." – Johnny Bacardi, Popdose

Reviewer: On his blog, Jason reviews the film Léon Morin, prêtre

Abandoned Cars [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]

Review: "Deep within the barroom psychosis, Lane looks into the abyss and thinks about spitting into it. The drive that leads to destruction can also be a powerful and satisfying personal experience. While each story in Abandoned Cars ties together in a thick knot of dread, the best story sees Lane go on a blatantly autobiographical adventure, and head out for an adventure by jumping on trains." – Bob Temuka, The Tearoom of Despair

How to Read Nancy

Plugs: Library Journal's latest Graphic Novels Prepub Alert spotlights our November releases How to Read Nancy by Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden, Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition by Joe Sacco, and Unlovable: The Complete Collection by Esther Pearl Watson

Nancy collectors: we need you
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul KarasikMark NewgardenErnie BushmillerComing Attractions 2 Jul 2010 1:59 PM

Nancy - Ernie Bushmiller

More specifically, Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden need help tracking down scans of tearsheets for several Nancy strips for inclusion in the forthcoming standalone expanded edition of How to Read Nancy:

NANCY 6/ 29/55
NANCY  8/8/59
DEBBIE (AKA LITTLE DEBBIE) by Cecil Jensen 6/ 27/ 55
FRITZI RITZ 12/31/30
Any examples of pre-1925 work by Bushmiller
Any MAC THE MANAGER strips (1924)

And, of course, Nancy's first appearance : Fritzi Ritz 1/2/33

Complete details and contact information are at Stripper's Guide. Image ganked from ¡Journalista!




Daily OCD: 6/16/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMegan KelsoKrazy KatKim DeitchKevin HuizengaJoe DalyGeorge HerrimanErnie BushmillerDrew WeingDaily OCDCathy MalkasianCatalog No 439 16 Jun 2010 5:40 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Search for  Smilin' Ed! [Pre-Order]

Review: "So Fantagraphics recently released The Search for Smilin' Ed, which was serialized a while back but also contains a brand-new story as well. ...Deitch really puts a lot on the page. And, for the most part, it's pretty fascinating. But I was struck by something in the book, and I must ask: Is this comic racist? ... Deitch has a grand time twisting the way reality presents itself, bringing together his entire career in cartooning so that it all exists in the same odd universe. Deitch's intricate artwork completes this surreal adventure — it's an astonishing piece of detailed work, with monsters lurking in panels and scenes shown from different viewpoints to add interesting nuances. Deitch mixes his own, 'real' world skillfully with Waldo's imaginative one into a haunting phantasmagoria, with strange creatures flitting through our consciousness and then disappearing. It's a very wild comic that asks the reader to enter this topsy-turvy world and accept what's going on. For the most part, we do." – Greg Burgas, Comic Book Resources

Artichoke Tales [Pre-Order]

Review: "Kelso's... thin lines, empty figures, expressive curves and powerful shading are a delight to look at... I also think that the scope of the story has a lot of appeal, and the persistent theme of every character finding themselves incapable of staying anywhere near their closest family is probably a relatable one to many. ... Artichoke Tales is at its finest when it delivers the banality of life from the pretense of grandeur..." – Jason Michelitch, Comics Alliance

Set to Sea [Pre-Order]

Review: "At its core, [Set to Sea] is imbued with appropriately romantic notions of what living one’s life truly means. ... Weing is something of a classicist in his artistic approach, from the E.C. Segar influence he clearly wears on his anchored sleeve to his garish use of hatching—but the style suits the subject matter quite well. Much care has clearly gone into every page. And the result is a satisfying, if brief read." – Brian Heater, The Daily Cross Hatch

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Review: "Joe Daly’s Dungeon Quest is at once the most self-aware and metatextual of the recent spate of fantasy-inspired alt-comics, as well as the one most devoted to the sheer fun of exploring a space and dealing with its inhabitants. ... Above all else, Daly is funny, and never pursues cheap laughs. His line mixes clear-line simplicity with occasional psychedelic weirdness; bending the borders of reality is a trademark of his narratives. When Daly lays down a genre story over this template, the resulting stories are enjoyable on several levels." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

The Kat Who  Walked in Beauty [2nd Printing]

Review: "Read 2 pages a day [of The Kat Who Walked in Beauty], every so often, for 6+ months to get through this. I was very inspired by it...the world of it, the forms. The world has changed a lot since Mr. Herriman drew these strips. Some real groaners in here, but some good jokes too." – Kevin Huizenga, Husband vs. Wife

Temperance

Interview: Newsarama's Michael C. Lorah talks to Cathy Malkasian about her new graphic novel Temperance: "What I wanted to touch upon was our current state of engaging in distant wars and how these have altered the lives of returning soldiers and their loved ones. This and the increasing taste for violence in our cultural palette. Do these currents rise together? Is the latter a reaction to the former? I still don’t know, but I have a feeling we’re seriously rearranging the role of violence in our collective mind."

Catalog No. 439: Burlesque  Paraphernalia and Side Degree Specialties and Costumes

Interview: Fangoria's Nick Masercola talks to Charles Schneider, fraternal consultant for our forthcoming book Catalog No. 439 - Burlesque Paraphernalia and Side Degree Specialties and Costumes: "The DeMoulin Bros. catalog is an incredible distillation of the best and craziest pranks and stunts, created in a beautifully crafted style for grown-ups!"

Nancy - Ernie Bushmiller

Analysis: Jeet Heer at Comics Comics on Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy; Kevin Huizenga responds on his New Construction blog

Things to see: 6/11/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerRoger LangridgeRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierNoah Van Sciverlife imitates comicsLaura ParkJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJim FloraGary PanterGabrielle BellFrank SantorofashionErnie BushmillerDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerChris WareAndrice ArpAbstract Comics 11 Jun 2010 4:04 PM

No-longer-daily clips & strips (we'll probably be posting these twice a week for the foreseeable future) — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Presspop Jimmy Corrigan poster - Chris Ware

Presspop's limited-edition poster featuring the artwork from the slipcase of their Japanese edition of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware — it's an all-new strip!

Gary Panter

Gary Panter has reconfigured and updated his website; details via his blog

Golden Ticket

• Life Imitates Comics Dept: Andrei Molotiu discovers "The first abstract comics candy bar" (it does look remarkably like one of his own strips)

The Lone Ranger's Famous Horse Hi-Yo Silver - Steven Weissman

• From Steven Weissman, two new Post-It Show previews, this week's "I, Anonymous" and a fantastic Covered entry (above)

Floyd Farland - Jon Adams

• Also on Covered, Jon Adams's delightfully cheeky homage to Chris Ware; elsewhere, the new episode of Jon's Truth Serum

Post-It - Andrice Arp

• Speaking of the Post-It Show, here's one by Andrice Arp along with more info about the exhibit

sketchbook - John Hankiewicz

Sketchbook silhouettes by John Hankiewicz

Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro's Italian job

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• It's this week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Ohio - Jim Flora

Jim Flora illustrated Ohio for Fortune Magazine, 1947

Damselflies - Debbie Drechsler

Damselflies & mushrooms from Debbie Drechsler

Batman - Gabrielle Bell

Batman - Laura Park

Gabrielle Bell posts the second half of her France travel diary as well as Laura Park's hilarious response thereto

Murp - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier posts his newest Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop design and stumbles across his entry in a Nancy theme sketchbook which we've possibly featured on Flog before but it's worth another look

The Hypo - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver posts another excerpt from his work-in-progress The Hypo

Huh-huh-hoi! - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons introduces a new character at Quackers

fhead12 - Renee French

• From Renee French, a head, a tube (photo), a bunny

Gasland - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner plugs the documentary film Gasland

Barney Google - Roger Langridge

Roger Langridge draws Barney Google

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• More Tales of Abstraction House from Derek Van Gieson

cat

Johnny Ryan cat portrait

Daily OCD: 4/15/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under RIP MDreviewsPaul HornschemeierJaime HernandezErnie BushmillerDaily OCDComing Attractions 15 Apr 2010 5:10 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Jaime Hernandez, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010

Interview: At Graphic Novel Reporter, Peter Gutiérrez has a Q&A with Jaime Hernandez & Todd Hignite, author of The Art of Jaime Hernandez: "I was a little surprised to find out that my approach to sex in comics is different from the norm. I've always tried to treat it as naturally as somebody talking about having to buy groceries, and I guess it paid off. Who knew?"

Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray

Review: "As for this book, yes, it's completely lovely, gorgeously designed by Jacob Covey. Its contents are so damn delightful that within one week of finishing reading the book, I was actively entertaining buying what seemed to be all of it again in another format. It's an absolute treasure, a work of art I'm glad to own. ... Locas II is recommended, strongly, if you haven't read the material, but do some research [link added - Ed.] and make sure you're not duplicating yourself too much if you have." – The Hipster Dad's Bookshelf

Mother, Come Home [New Hardcover Edition]

Review: "No one smiles. It’s am emotional world presented in emotionless, static drawings and strange greens and beiges. Nothing is visually beautiful, and while all of this would seem to work against the impact of the story, it ultimately conveys a feeling of overwhelming nervousness, or waking up way too early in the morning and blearily staring into an unfamiliar world, and this is what infects you until it all makes sense. ... [Mother, Come Home] is not a light read, but it feels much lighter than the works that it seeks to shadow, and should be a welcome addition to any collection." – Collin David, Graphic Novel Reporter

Nancy - Ernie Bushmiller

Plugs: In their "Graphic Novels Prepub Alert," Library Journal's Martha Cornog spotlights August releases Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies, 1942–1945 ("Nancy has inspired numerous pop culture variations and tributes as well as a forthcoming serious analysis: How To Read Nancy (Karasik & Newgarden, Fantagraphics, Aug. 2010). The who’s who among Nancy Revivalists includes Art Spiegelman and Dan Clowes — who wrote the introduction. This first reprint volume collects the second four-year span of the run. The first four years will appear later, since the archival material is more sparse and difficult to collate") and RIP M.D. ("A 'full-color, all-ages adventure' with an animated cartoon series in development, a promising bet for reluctant readers.")

Fantagraphics table, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010

Plug: At Robot 6, Sean T. Collins on our MoCCA table: "You could safely shop only from Fantagraphics and still experience a hella great comics industry in microcosm."

How to help with How to Read Nancy
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul KarasikMark NewgardenErnie BushmillerComing Attractions 15 Apr 2010 3:41 PM

Mark Newgarden, co-author with Paul Karasik of our forthcoming edition of How to Read Nancy, has put out a call for assistance (which I have swiped wholesale from Comics Comics but jeez, we're publishing the book after all):

There are a small handful of specific images that we are still seeking quality scans of.

We are searching for hard copies (or high rez scans 350 dpi or higher) of the following:

FRITZI RITZ  1/2/33

NANCY 6/ 29/ 55

DEBBIE (AKA LITTLE DEBBIE) by Cecil Jensen 6/ 27/ 55

THE 1942 NANCY TERRYTOONS MOVIE POSTER

We are also looking for additional photographs of Ernie Bushmiller; preferably in his studio (and/or related memorabilia). Please let us know what you have in your vaults!

Of course all contributions will be fully acknowledged in the book and all lenders will receive a gratis copy—and a hearty handclasp!

Anyone who can be of assistance, please contact Mark at mark (at) laffpix (dot) com.

Things to see: 2/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneTim HensleyThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerRenee FrenchLove and RocketsLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellErnie BushmillerDame Darcyaudio 22 Feb 2010 2:09 PM

Have a look, have a click:

Mining Colony X7170 - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan's latest comic for Vice almost seems like it could be a Prison Pit prequel

Renee French

• Of Renee French's daily drawings, this was an easy one to choose to feature after it thoroughly heebied my jeebies

Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner illustrates some recent news items that would have Orwell spinning in his grave — and Orwell spinning in his grave for good measure

Beast Biplane - Kevin Huizenga

• A bit of Ted May fan art by Kevin Huizenga

Witches Song - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy is having another print sale/painting raffle (that's the painting above; the print is different), and also taking commissions for wedding invitations — all this and more on her latest blog update

Disc Digest - Jim Flora

A 1946 illustration by Jim Flora

NYT illustration - Lilli Carré

Sunday's New York Times featured 4 illustrations by Lilli Carré (via her blog)

Nancy & Sluggo

• Hey Mike Sterling & Nat Gertler, can we use this image in all of our advertisements forever and ever?

Ectopiary, page 12 - Hans Rickheit

Page 12 of Hans Rickheit 's Ectopiary

mural by Hans Rickheit

• Speaking of Hans, he painted a couple of murals in his old house

Torn Curtain - Tim Hensley

• More adventures with Alfred Hitchcock by Tim Hensley: Torn Curtain, Topaz, The Man Who Knew Too Much

Secret Love - Steven Weissman

• More cats-n-Proverbs from Steven Weissman

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Happy New Year 2009 from Gabrielle Bell

• A "Thing to hear": Tim Lane presents the first of the pseudo-"radio dramas" produced to accompany his next book, Folktales

Daily OCD: 1/20/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under toysSteven WeissmanSteve DitkostaffRichard SalaJim WoodringJacques TardiErnie Bushmiller 20 Jan 2010 3:50 PM

Brief Online Commentary & Diversions:

List: Publishers Weekly names It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi, Weathercraft by Jim Woodring, and Nancy is Happy: Complete Dailies 1942-1945 by Ernie Bushmiller to be among "The Big Graphic Novels of 2010"

Reviewer: At Comics Comics, our own Jason T. Miles geeks out over Steve Ditko

Things to see: At What Things Do, the second installment of Steven Weissman's "This Already Happened"

Things to see: Hey Richard Sala completists, you've got a hammerhead shark toy to track down... that is so rad I can't even stand it