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Category >> Jason

Daily links: 1/6/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeTim LaneRobert PollardreviewsMomeMatt BroersmaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKevin Huizengajohn kerschbaumJasonJaime HernandezDash ShawBob LevinBill Mauldin 6 Jan 2009 12:50 PM

• In the day's biggest news, the winner of Publishers Weekly's annual Critic's Poll of graphic novels is Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, with The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez in a 6-way tie for 2nd place and Honorable Mentions to Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane, The Lagoon by Lilli Carré, and Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Ben Ostrander sends The Comics Reporter his Top Books of 2008 list, which has Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin on it

Marc Sobel lines up his Top Ten Books of 2008, with Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane at #2, Most Outrageous by Bob Levin at #3, and "the comics by Dash Shaw in Mome" at #4, and with Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason, Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga, and Insomnia #3 by Matt Broersma in the "Other Noteworthy Books" category

• We've got 16 entries on Rob Clough's "Top 50 Comics of the Year", plus 8 honorable mentions; don't make me list them all out

Comics And... Other Imaginary Tales says Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum is "obscenely good fun!"

• Not comics: Magnet has the scoop on Robert Pollard's slate of 2009 records

Daily links: 1/2/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas OttSteve DitkoRory HayesreviewsPatrick RosenkranzLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJoe KubertJasonDash ShawBlake BellBill Schelly 2 Jan 2009 1:44 PM

Comic Book Resources concludes their "Best 100 Comics of 2008" countdown: Part III ranks Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga at #51 and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #41; Part V has Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers at #20

The KEXP blog lists Town of Mirrors by Robert Pollard as one of "2008's Best Books About Popular Music"

Derik Badman's "Best Comics of 2008" list includes Bottomless Belly Button as its "Breaking Through in All Sorts of Ways pick"

In their "Nexus Graphica" column for The SF Site, Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams include the following titles on their "top ten graphic novel or comics-related publications lists": The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and Rebel Visions by Patrick Rosenkranz (Mark's #1)

J. Caleb Mozzocco's top-ten list of "The Best Comics of 2008" includes Bottomless Belly Button and Jason's The Last Musketeer, with Pocket Full of Rain on the long list

The Village Voice "Pulp Fictions" column names Bottomless Belly Button and Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes two of "The Best of 2008"

The OC Weekly counts Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 among "The Year's Best Graphic Books and Novels"

The Daily Cross Hatch reviews The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

At Comic Book Resources, Steven Grant looks at Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly (about midway through the column)

Daily links: 11/28/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiTim HensleyThomas OttLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJasonDave CooperDash ShawBeasts 28 Nov 2008 11:55 AM

The Times' list of recommended graphic novels for Christmas includes Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason, The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott, and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

PLAYBACK:stl looks at Amor Y Cohetes and Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Chris Diaz uploads more photos from APE 2008

Meathaus has a teaser of a forthcoming animated music video co-created by Dave Cooper

Sketchbook comics from Tom Kaczynski

A short Beasts! review

• Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Hensley covered in Post-It notes

Daily links: 11/19/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairePeanutsMaakiesLilli CarréJohn Phamjohn kerschbaumJasonGary Panter 19 Nov 2008 12:08 PM

• Webcomics avatar/fictional comic shop clerk Lydia includes The Lagoon and Petey & Pussy in her staff picks this week in The Rack

Here's a transcript of Gary Panter's panel discussion with C.F. and Dan Nadel at the Tokion Creativity Now Conference

Sequart looks at Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

Syndicate Product gives a quick overview of The Complete Peanuts

Wart plugs the January 2009 release of the French edition of Jason's Pocket Full of Rain (in French)

The Phoenix compares The Drinky Crow Show (debuting this weekend!) to its source material, Tony Millionaire's Maakies

• Wow, check out this amazing mosaic made of Peanuts strips at the Schulz Museum (photo by David Lasky)

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 4:31 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."

Now in stock: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesJason 7 Nov 2008 2:23 PM

The Comics Journal #294

The Comics Journal #294
Edited by Mike Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Art speaks louder than words when the Journal interviews two cartoonists who have had success with “silence.” Norwegian Jason, who populates comics, such as Hey, Wait…, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler with deadpan anthropomorphic animals, muses on the thin line between tragedy and laughter and why B-movie creations continue to resonate with the 21st century public. Lio comic-strip cartoonist Mark Tatulli talks to the Journal about bringing kids and ghouls together on the Funny Pages in Lio, one of the most innovative and entertaining comics strips in recent decades. And a color comics gallery goes back to the early days of one of the world’s longest-running comic strips: Billy DeBeck’s Snuffy Smith precursor, Take Barney Google, F’rinstance, spanning 1919 to 1921.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Back in stock: a bunch of books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas OttThe Comics Journalnew releasesJasonHal FosterDave Cooper 6 Nov 2008 1:27 PM

Thanks to some inventory reshuffling we now have several formerly out-of-stock books back in our warehouse and available to order! Quantities are very limited — in some cases, literally a handful — so get your order in quick before they're gone again! The list:

The Comic Strip Art of Lyonel Feininger
The Comics Journal #290 (with the Schulz and Peanuts roundtable, this one sold out fast the first time)
Crumple by Dave Cooper
Greetings from Hellville by Thomas Ott
Prince Valiant Vol. 11: Intrigues at Camelot (1946-1947) by Hal Foster
Prince Valiant Vol. 41: King of Atheldag (1971-1972) by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy
Prince Valiant Vol. 50: Vikings on the Isle of Man by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy (undamaged copies)
Tell Me Something by Jason






Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesJason 30 Oct 2008 3:02 PM

Here's your first glimpse at the feature interviews with Norwegian graphic novelist Jason and Lio cartoonist Mark Tartulli, the special portfolio of cartoonists' holiday cards, the comics section of Barney Google strips, and more that can be found in the upcoming Comics Journal #294. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

New Comics Day 10/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayJoe KubertJasonDavid LevineBill Schelly 28 Oct 2008 10:00 PM

Fantagraphics titles shipping to comics shops across the U.S.A. this week:

American Presidents by David Levine
Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
Sshhhh! by Jason (New Printing)

Also: other publishers have new stuff coming out from our pals Chris Ware, Gilbert Hernandez and Kevin Huizenga, so this is definitely a good week to hit the shops. As customary, we've got previews of our releases that you can check out at the links above to help maximize your shopping time.

Now in stock: new printings of Hey, Wait... & The Left Bank Gang by Jason
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJason 27 Oct 2008 2:48 PM

Hey, Wait... by Jason

Hey, Wait...
By Jason

This superbly evocative graphic novella by the award-winning Norwegian cartoonist Jason (his first appearance in the English language) starts off as a melancholy childhood memoir and then, with a shocking twist midway through, becomes the summary of lives lived, wasted, and lost. (Imagine a version of Stand by Me in which not all of the kids outrace the train.) Like Art Spiegelman did with Maus, Jason utilizes anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth charge comes as an even greater shock. His sparse dialogue, dark wit, and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next (sometimes spanning a number of years) make Hey, Wait... a surprising and engaging debut. Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez calls this one of the best graphic novels ever.

64-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $12.95
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The Left Bank Gang by Jason

The Left Bank Gang
By Jason

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar... no, it's not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason's unique new graphic novel. Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but...graphic novelists! Yes, in Jason's warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four work literary giants work in the comics medium but they get together to discuss pen vs. brush, chat about the latest graphic novels from Dostoevsky ("I can't tell any of his characters apart!") to Faulkner ("Hasn't he heard of white space? His panels are too crowded!"), and bemoan their erratic careers. With guest appearances by Zelda Fitzgerald and Jean-Paul Sartre, and a few remarkable twists and turns along the way, and you've got one of the funniest and most playful graphic novels of the year. Like Jason's acclaimed Why Are You Doing This?, The Left Bank Gang is rendered in full spectacular color.

2007 Eisner Award Winner, Best U.S. Edition of International Material

48-page full-color 7" x 10" softcover • $12.95
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