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2013 APE REPORT: Sponsored by cuteoverload.com
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Renee FrenchPat MoriarityMcSweeneysMark KalesnikoMario HernandezMalachi WardJustin HallJulia GfrörerJR WilliamsJim BlanchardJesse ReklawGraham ChaffeeeventsBill GriffithBen Catmull 17 Oct 2013 6:27 PM

I'm going into this hoping that less is more and that a little convention report goes a long way with most folks. I know that's true of myself. I have yet to meet a comic book convention that I want to read more about than, say, WWI, despite how many con reports endeavor to prove me wrong.

What I'm really saying is, I didn't take as many pics as I should, especially as the weekend wore on.

I flew down Friday afternoon, this time attended by my girls (wifey Rhea and 5YO child unit Clem), which was a rare treat for me. It wouldn't be APE without a kickoff party at the "offices" of the House that Ron Turner Built, a.k.a Last Gasp, so we began there. In a vast warehouse of thousands of filthy, filthy books (I mean that most affectionately), my little girl zoomed in on this book like she was a dog working for the DEA and this was a brick of high grade hash that someone abandoned hastily during a raid of the premises:

BOO: THE LIFE OF THE WORLD'S CUTEST DOG features back cover endorsements from Nicky Hilton, Khloé Kardashian, cuteoverload.com and "Facebook Fan." Of course we bought it for her. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if Gary Groth had had a daughter.

I could have spent the rest of the weekend taking pictures at Last Gasp. It is one of my favorite places in the world. It gives me MAJOR WORKPLACE ENVY. Fantagraphics is a wonderful place but we don't have Binky Brown's coffin on the wall (although our inventory manager, Martin Bland, has a very similar Jack-in-theBox):

Anyway, the always totally awesome Kristine Anstine showed Clem the toy section while Mommy and Daddy enjoyed the party a bit more...

Kristine, however, continued to take orders throughout the party because she's a PRO (take note: this will come up again later).

Before we took leave, the great Ron Turner himself gave us a tour of his "private stash". I love and respect Ron immensely and really admire the empire he's built. His collection of cool shit is nonpareil.

From Last Gasp, we kept on truckin' (hyuk) to Mission Comics for onetime MOME contributor Malachi Ward's exhibition. Which was great, but you'll have to take my word for it, because I'd had two IPAs by that point and forgot to take any more photographs.

APE kicked off on Saturday morning at 11AM after a couple hours of set up. This will be my own little "panic room" for the next 36 hours or so:

Here is our first customer of the day, Brian Herrick, a fine cartoonist in his own right, with equally exceptional taste. I believe he is the first person in the world to take home a copy of Julia Gfrörer's BLACK IS THE COLOR. With great power comes great responsibility, Brian. I was so excited for you I couldn't hold the camera straight.

Remember when I mentioned Kristine Anstine being a true PRO? Well, here's another. APE Special Guest Bill Griffith dutifully worked on not one but two ZIPPY dailies behind our booth all weekend, in those rare moments that no one was asking him if he was having fun yet. Now that's a pro. Always working. I asked Bill if he ever got tired of drawing (something I've heard more than once from cartoonists who have been at it a lot less time than him). He matter-of-factly and without missing a beat answered, "No."

PRO, I TELL YOU:

Here, Mark Kalesniko and Jesse Reklaw sign copies of their books at the Fanta tables. More PROS!

But let's examine this scene closer and note just how well Jesse has perfected his "come hither" look at conventions, it's really something:

I mean, is it any surprise that Jesse's COUCH TAG was our bestseller at the show? With those eyes?

Always good to see friendly faces at shows, such as our pals Pete Maresca of Sunday Press and Martha Oresman from TWP. I have no funny jokes to make about these very nice people:

I think Ben Catmull is vowing revenge on someone in this picture, while Graham Chaffee and Justin Hall slowly attempt to back away:

Can you tell I'm running out of steam? I'm thinking of trying to get a blurb from cuteoverload.com for this one:



Here is a picture of Alec Longsteth, followed by a picture of Mario Hernandez. Excellent gentlemen, each. Mario is always one of the people I look forward to seeing most at APE. He had the prettiest fingernails at the show this year.

Here is my APE stash. I didn't get a chance to do any proper shopping this year, but thanks to generosity of many of my fellow exhibitors, I managed to come home with an impressive haul.

Which reminds me, did anyone else notice the spine of this month's issue of THE BELIEVER?:

There were so many old friends at APE that I didn't get a chance to take a photo of, like Jim Blanchard, J.R. Williams, Pat Moriarity, and Renée French. I was too busy closing deals. ABC! ALWAYS BE CLOSING. What can I say? I, too, am a PRO.

Anyway, let me leave you with this cuteoverload.com-worthy piece by Graham Chaffee:



Special Newave offer from J.R. Williams
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under NewaveJR Williams 19 Aug 2010 4:12 PM

Special offer!

While supplies last get a copy of Newave: The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s FREE from contributing artist J.R. Williams with an original art purchase of fifty dollars (or more) from his Comic Art Collective page. Whatta deal! More details here.

Things to see: 6/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerStephen DeStefanoRobert CrumbRichard SalaRenee FrenchPopeyePeter BaggePaul HornschemeierMort WalkerMichael KuppermanMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaKevin HuizengaJR WilliamsJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohnny Ryanjohn kerschbaumJohn HankiewiczJim FloraHans RickheitGene DeitchFrank SantorofashionDaniel ClowesAnders Nilsen 21 Jun 2010 10:59 PM

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

The Truth - Daniel Clowes

Gonked, Glooked & Slurped! share a recently-acquired original Eightball page by Daniel Clowes

Stand and Deliver - Peter Bagge

• A new record-sleeve illustration for Indianapolis band Stand and Deliver by Peter Bagge

Beetle Bailey - Walker/Kupperman

Michael Kupperman hijacks Beetle Bailey — according to this recent TCJ article I think Mort Walker would approve

Self-Portrait - R. Crumb

The Paris Review presents a gallery of Robert Crumb self-portraits through the years (via The Comics Reporter)

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's your all-new weekly installment of "Cartoon Boy" from John Kerschbaum

Melting - J.R. Williams

J.R. Williams has zillions of great prints for sale at his new J.R.'s Prints of Darkness site

The Big Game - Jon Adams

Robot 6 reports: Jon Adams does a Chick-style strip to promote a video game; also from Jon, a new Truth Serum strip

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

Fight or Run - Kevin Huizenga

How Things Go - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga: a new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond strip; new Fight or Run action; new New Construction business

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

Post-It - Steven Weissman

• From Steven Weissman: this week's "I, Anonymous" and three more Post-Its

Life - John Hankiewicz

• Three ironically-labeled "copies from famous artists " from the sketchbook of John Hankiewicz

Cartolina da Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Frank Santoro

• Aha! All those teasers from Frank Santoro have been leading up to this, "page 1 of a comic for Internazionale, an Italian independent weekly newsmagazine. Coming soon!"

banana - Marco Corona

• Speaking of Internazionale, Marco Corona has an illustration in this week's issue

Evil Eye 10 - Richard Sala

Haircut - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents the original art for the cover of Evil Eye #10 and a 1987 rarity called "Haircut"

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

• From Tim Lane, this week's Belligerent Piano and this illustration for the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Jim Flora

• On the Jim Flora Art Blog: Electromechanical Design sales brochure; a children's book illustration detail; half of a 1950s business card illustration (above); and a link to the 1959 UPA animated adaptation of Flora's The Fabulous Firework Family produced by Gene Deitch

Lovecraftian Stinckers - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan's Lovecraftian creatures, coming soon to a Stinckers machine near you

Girl in Black Dress and Scarf - Mark Kalesniko

• "Girl in Black Dress and Scarf " by Mark Kalesniko

Adventures in Weltschmerz - Paul Hornschemeier

• It's Paul Hornschemeier's new weekly t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop and it incorporates the logo from his 2007 art show at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Bunnywear - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons, various Quackers blog shenanigans and Randy Gander tomfoolery with Wendy Chin (including her version of Josh's "Jesus Christ" from his Mome story of the same name)

Stirling - Renee French

• So much great new stuff from Renee French — just go to her main blog page, there's too much to link individually

Popeyes - Stephen DeStefano

Buy a drawing of two Popeyes punching by Stephen DeStefano to benefit Gulf Coast cleanup

• Speaking of the Gulf, this is just one of a trio of videos by Steve Brodner on the topic, including his latest segment on Need to Know on PBS

Post-It - Anders Nilsen

• Two of Anders Nilsen's entries in Post-It V

Ectopiary page 29 - Hans Rickheit

Page 29 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

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.

J.R. Williams' Comic Paintings
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under JR Williams 11 Mar 2010 8:28 AM

J.R. Williams has been killin' it on his flickr "blog" with a new series of comic and horror-inspired paintings. Don't forget to also check his original art page at comicartcollective.com.

Newave! event pics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeJR WilliamsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 1 Feb 2010 7:25 PM

Newave! exhibit opening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Hey look, some photos of the Newave! exhibit opening and book launch party last Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, nicked without permission from our pal (and Newave! contributor) J.R. Williams's Facebook page. We'll bring you more pics if/when they surface (got some? let us know!). Above, David Lasky and someone unidentified...

J.R. & Newave! editor Michael Dowers:

J.R. Williams & Michael Dowers

Mini comix pioneer Steve Willis & J.R.:

Steve Wills & J.R. Williams

Peter & Joanne Bagge:

Peter & Joanne Bagge

J.R. Williams Newave art for sale
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtNewaveJR Williams 14 Jan 2010 1:27 PM

Deadly Duck #1 original art by J.R. Williams

This is the original art for a 1985 J.R. Williams comic reprinted in Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s; J.R. seized the opportunity to offer it for sale on Comic Art Collective — it's already sold, but still worth a look! This is the sort of thing you can expect to see at our yet-to-be-officially-announced Newave art show opening Jan. 30 at Fantagraphics Bookstore...

What you're missing
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbLove and RocketsJR WilliamsGilbert HernandezFantagraphics history 2 Oct 2009 9:35 AM

Williams, Crumb, Hernandez, Dougan

Carol Hernandez is at it again, posting some amazing historical photos on the Love and Rockets/Hernandez Bros. Facebook page, including the above snapshot of J.R. Williams, Robert Crumb, Gilbert Hernandez, and Michael Dougan leaving their marks on the then-new (1989) Fantagraphics delivery van. Also making guest appearances: Hank Ketcham, Dave Stevens, Paul Westerberg, Glenn Danzig, Vampira and many more. If you're not a Facebook fan of L&R, you are MISSING OUT.

Daily links: 11/21/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rory HayesOriginal ArtKrazy KatKim DeitchJR WilliamsJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim BlanchardGilbert Hernandezawards 21 Nov 2008 2:08 PM

• More French awards news: La Rivière empoisonnée, the French edition of Gilbert Hernandez's Poison River (collected by us in the new volume Beyond Palomar as well as its own older collection), is nominated for the Selection Patrimoine (Heritage Prize) 2009, to be awarded at the Festival International de la Bande Desinée d'Angoulême (caught by Spurge)

• I Wish I Had A Spare $200 Dept: New art for sale from Jim Woodring (going fast!)

PLAYBACK:stl says Deitch's Pictorama has "a groovy charm" and "a vibe of pure fun"

For The Patriot-News, Chris Mautner looks at Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes

Elsewhere (Newsarama), Mautner talks to Ivan Brunetti

Look, it's Jim Blanchard & J.R. Williams at APE

Eye on Comics looks at Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

• On the Inkstuds audio podcast: Josh Simmons

The Beat reports from a recent NYC event featuring some of our favorite Euro-comics artists

The Times-Union posts an essay about the mixed-race heritage of George Herriman and its effect on Krazy Kat (via The Daily Cartoonist)

Daily links: 11/10/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under spainreviewsPopeyePatrick RosenkranzLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJR Williamsjohn kerschbaumJasonIvan BrunettiHal FosterGilbert HernandezDaniel Clowes 10 Nov 2008 5:31 PM

The Comics Waiting Room Podcast talks about Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 (and a half-dozen other recent graphic novels)

• Flickr user "tvsavior" posts this photo of Gilbert Hernandez giving a talk at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival on Saturday

Great Caesar's Post! recommends Popeye Vol. 3...

• ... and Pol Culture takes a thorough look at Popeye Vol. 2

The Oregonian reports from the "Comics and Politics" panel that featured Spain Rodriguez, Patrick Rosenkranz, and Alison Bechdel at last weekend's Wordstock festival in Portland, OR

Look, a groovy mid-'90s Fantagraphics house ad from J.R. Williams

The Onion A.V. Club Comics Panel looks at Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason

A Norwegian (I think) ode to Ivan Brunetti

Four Color Commentary looks at the 45th volume in our Prince Valiant series

Comics Waiting Room reviews Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

• Link of the Month and Possibly the Year: "The book seems to have been done tongue in cheek... However I am posting this as serious as I want as many as possible to avoid this time in Earth's history."

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