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Category >> Jim Woodring

Things to see: 6/1/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellDrew FriedmanAndrice Arp 1 Jun 2010 4:49 PM

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Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

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

Howard Stern - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman presents a history of his work about, with and for Howard Stern, including never-before-seen sketches

Lightless - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring gets dark, literally and figuratively

Post-It - Steven Weissman

• Another Post-It preview from Steven Weissman

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• Meanwhile... it's this week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Benny Goodman - Jim Flora

• The Jim Flora Art Blog commemorates Benny Goodman's 101st birthday

France diary - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell commences a new travelogue diary comic

Wanda in Blue - Mark Kalesniko

• "Wanda in Blue" by Mark Kalesniko

Kevin Huizenga

• Another mysterious 4 panels from Kevin Huizenga

The Randy Gander - jam drawing

Josh Simmons & friends launch The Randy Gander, the adults-only counterpart to Quackers

Ectopiary page 26 - Hans Rickheit

Page 26 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

2010 Maisie Kukoc Award trophy - Andrice Arp

Andrice Arp made the cuddliest trophy ever

Jim Woodring Doc. Screens Friday!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 1 Jun 2010 11:01 AM

Seattleites, you won't want to miss this: "The Lobster and the Liver," a feature-length documentary about the great Jim Woodring, will play at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival this Friday, June 4th at 7pm at the Central Cinema ( 21st and Union ). I've seen it, and although it will likely embarrass Jim to say so, I thought it was fantastic and one of the best docs about a cartoonist I've ever seen. Watch the trailer here or embedded below.

 

Things to see: 5/25/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteve BrodnerRenee FrenchJohnny Ryanjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellDerek Van GiesonBob Fingerman 25 May 2010 4:45 PM

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Frank and the Faithful - Jim Woodring

• From Jim Woodring, a bounty of new Frank sketches (including one with his new female counterpart Fran) here, here and here

unnamables - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan's "unnamables" — UPDATE: Details on the piece (it's for a Lovecraft-themed art show) at Johnny's blog

Gerry's Comix - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman presents comics he did when he was 10 years old, starring Gerald Ford

Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys - Jim Flora

Jim Flora's endpapers for his 1959 children's book Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell's new Lucky strip kind of reminds me of an episode of The IT Crowd I just watched

prune slug - Renee French

• The filename identifies this Renee French piece as "prune slug"

Your Mullah's Calling You - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner takes on the triple threat of Rand Paul, Helen Ukpabio and Lost

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

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

Ectopiary page 25 - Hans Rickheit

Page 25 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• From Derek Van Gieson, more "Abstraction House," another "Devil Doll" teaser, and a preview of an upcoming strip debuting right here on the Fantagraphics website soon

Architecture and Comics exhibit
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Lorenzo MattottiKrazy KatJohnny RyanJoe SaccoJim WoodringGipiGeorge HerrimanChris Ware 25 May 2010 10:26 AM

Coconino County Jail

The Architektur Forum in Linz, Austria recently hosted a fascinating-looking exhibition of "Architecture and Comics" in association with the Next Comic-Festival. The exhibit included reproductions of work by Jim Woodring, Johnny Ryan , Joe Sacco, Gipi, Lorenzo Mattotti, Chris Ware and many others, including this 3D reconstruction of George Herriman's Coconino County Jail from Krazy Kat constructed by exhibit curator Christian Wellmann, who provided this photo. For more photos and information about the exhibit (in German), visit Unkraut Comic Magazin.

Things to see: 5/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJon AdamsJim WoodringFrank SantoroDash Shaw 19 May 2010 2:00 PM

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The Ruined Cast Pocket Reference Guide - Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw made this zine to distribute at the Sundance-organized table-read of the script for his in-development animated feature The Ruined Cast (interior pages at the link)

bridge - Frank Santoro

• I like this Frank Santoro image, whatever it is

treehugger - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring redefines "treehugger" — yikes!

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Daily OCD: 5/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsLove and RocketsJim WoodringDame DarcyDaily OCD 19 May 2010 1:58 PM

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Weathercraft

Review: "Part theater of cruelty, part joyous liberating revolution, Jim Woodring's freakishly beautiful Weathercraft is at once the most direct and most elliptical of his Frank comics that I can remember reading." – Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly  

Meat Cake

Plug: Newsarama's J. Caleb Mozzocco calls Dame Darcy's Meat Cake "something to get excited about"

Love and Rockets Book 25: High Soft Lisp

Links: Love & Maggie rounds up links to recent Love and Rockets-related reviews

New Comics Day 5/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyRoy CraneNew Comics DayJim Woodring 19 May 2010 11:00 AM

It couldn't be a finer time to be a Fantagraphics fan as we have three major book releases scheduled to land in comic shops this week (with scuttlebutt that some shops may have received them last week). Read on for blogospheric descriptions and reaction:

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Weathercraft
by Jim Woodring

104-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-340-8

"Anecdotal as this is, I’ve heard absolutely nothing but good things about this new Jim Woodring project, a 104-page return to his signature Frank character, although the story itself focuses on damned, slovenly humanoid swine thingy Manhog as he taps into strange cosmic powers. As it was before, expect Woodring’s excellent command of physical comedy (and his story pacing, which always seems to denote improvisation but never dawdles or rambles) to segue from the pliable bodies of cartoon figures into something mythic and transformative about mysteries lurking just behind the atmosphere." – Joe McCulloch, Comics Comics

"The all-new Weathercraft is my book of the week and would be my book for most weeks, frankly." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Wally Gropius by Tim Hensley

Wally Gropius
by Tim Hensley

64-page full-color 10" x 12.5" hardcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-355-2

"...Tim Hensley... mix[es] and sampl[es] elements in a self-evident way for a gleeful result, though this artist takes it so far that individual character poses seem exclusively isolated from long-forgotten humor comics and pressed into the service of a patchwork ideal of a ‘teenage’ comic (teenage-as-a-genre), possibly going down as the most striking of the original MOME serials once the goats are culled from the sheep. Here’s the collected edition, a 10″ x 12.5″ hardcover album, 64 color pages, almost all of them pretty to very funny. Yet it’s oddly difficult to describe Wally Gropius in more specific terms, but know that it’s about a rich boy and a determined girl and their courtship, and how prolix borrowed comic devices can build into something distressing indeed." – Joe McCulloch, Comics Comics

"Tim Hensley’s sly satire of silly ‘60s kids comics is an amazingly accomplished, spot-on imitation of the look and feel of those books, but with a sharper edged and heavier weight. One-part Archie Andrews, two-parts Richie Rich, Wally Gropius isn’t the German architect (although he’s often confused for him), but is rather a teen rock star bazillionaire." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 1 by Roy Crane

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 1 (1933-1935)
by Roy Crane

114-page 10.5" x 14.75" full-color hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-161-9

"...an anticipated-by-many contemporary reprint project collecting Roy Crane’s influential Sunday spin-off from the comedic daily strip titled Wash Tubbs back when it started in 1924, but had since itself become an adventure-toned showcase for the Captain Easy character. Edited by Rick Norwood, with a vintage (1974) foreword by Charles Schulz and a new introduction by Jeet Heer..." – Joe McCulloch, Comics Comics

"The best adventure comic everywhere; Crane's clean, thought-out action scenes are a tonic for all those confused superhero fight scenes out there today." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

As always, complete details and extensive previews of each book can be found at their respective links. Bug your local comic shop to make sure they have them in stock before smashing open your piggy bank.







Things to see: 5/18/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seejohn kerschbaumJim WoodringDame DarcyAnders Nilsen 18 May 2010 2:12 PM

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Weathercraft preliminary drawing - Jim Woodring

• From Scott Eder Gallery, a selection of Jim Woodring's penciled roughs for Weathercraft, plus two paintings

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

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

Johnny Cash - Dame Darcy

• A new portrait of Johnny Cash and other news from Dame Darcy

Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen reveals where it all went wrong

Daily OCD: 5/18/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoereviewsPeter BaggeLove and RocketsJim WoodringJaime HernandezGene DeitchDash ShawDaily OCDCarol TylerBill MauldinBasil Wolverton 18 May 2010 2:09 PM

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The Culture Corner

Review: "Operating in the territory of Rube Goldberg, Wolverton's convoluted plans for achieving his ludicrous goals [in The Culture Corner] rely less on mousetrap-like technical gewgaws than the artist's signature grotesques, which are laugh-out-loud joy. While a must-have for Wolverton completists, even newcomers will find the humor readily accessible." – Publishers Weekly

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.

Review: "Just what is Dash Shaw on? And may I please have some? ...The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. [is] an anything-goes anthology quite attractively packaged by Fantagraphics Books, right down to the transparent, animation-cel-esque jacket. ... Yeah, [the title story] is different. Yeah, it’s awesome. ... Much of Unclothed Man is stunning..." – Rod Lott, Bookgasm

Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray

Review: Thanks to our Twitter follower Tim Leng for the following alert: "Awesomely positive review of The Art of Jaime Hernandez (and L&R in general) on BBC 6music this afternoon!" For a limited time the show is streaming here (click on Tuesday)

Weathercraft

Plug: At EarlyWord, Robin Brenner singles out Weathercraft by Jim Woodring as one of "the most artful finds" at TCAF

You'll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man

Profile: The University of Cincinnati, where C. Tyler teaches, presents a news release about her 2010 Eisner Award nominations for You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man

Bill Mauldin US postage stamp

Profile: The Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan remembers Bill Mauldin after purchasing the Mauldin commemorative first class stamp, and calls Willie & Joe: The WWII Years an "amazing and beautiful collection" (via ¡Journalista!)

Peter Bagge

Interview: Greek site Comicdom presents a brief Q&A, in Engish, with Peter Bagge: "Almost all my story ideas are based on people and events from real life. Truth is always stranger than fiction."

Gene Deitch

Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch presents the first of a 4-part talk with Gene Deitch: "It’s really bad to look back on the communist time with nostalgia [laughs]. There was a downside. But the animation studio here was kind of a Shangri-La. First of all, nobody in the communist hierarchy had any idea what we were doing or how, but they knew it was popular and they left us alone."

Daily OCD: 5/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellyRoberta GregoryreviewsPeanutsMiss Lasko-GrossLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJoe SaccoJim WoodringJasonHans RickheitDaniel ClowesCharles M SchulzCarol TylerBen SchwartzAlexander TherouxAl ColumbiaAbstract Comics 17 May 2010 3:07 PM

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Ghost World [Softcover Edition]

List: Graphic Novel Reporter's "2010 Core Graphic Novels List" includes Ghost World, Safe Area Gorazde, and You'll Never Know; the "Expanded List" includes Abstract Comics, The Complete Peanuts , I Killed Adolf Hitler, It Was the War of the Trenches, Love and Rockets, Pim and Francie, Pogo, The Squirrel Machine, West Coast Blues, and You Are There

It Was the War of the Trenches

Review: "Many books have been written about World War I, but few can truly worm their way into your head like Jacques Tardi’s It Was the War of the Trenches. … The tales here are devastating and heartbreaking, and often disturbing, but readers will nonetheless have a hard time putting it down." – Holly Scudero, Sacramento Book Review  

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Review: "Perhaps there is something in Charlie Brown, that the longer I read his adventures, the more I become a fatalist. I look at the history of Europe and I know that there are frequent periods of relative peace, such as the past 60 years in Poland. And since they are rare, sooner or later they can suddenly end." – Konrad Hildebrand, Motyw Drogi (translated from Polish)

Love and Rockets Book 06: Duck Feet [Softcover]

Review: "This, then, was my introduction to the idiosyncratic and fantastically imagined worlds of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. ... While the stories and art of each Hernandez brother is unique, they shine extra bright by being juxtaposed, one to the other. Altogether: these rambling, lingering tales are bewitching." – Anna Clark, Isak

A Mess of Everything

Review: "...[In A Mess of Everything, Miss] Lasko-Gross covers the usual Holden Caulfield territory with brevity and an eye for detail. Her cartooning is very expressive and the book is coloured in subdued wash-like tones of brown, grey and blue that enhance the emotional impact of her cringe-worthy struggles for independence and individuality." – Bryan Munn, Sequential

Life's a Bitch

Plug: "[Roberta] Gregory is the cartoonist responsible for the comic series Naughty Bits, which is one of the best comic series I've ever read. Seriously, Life's a Bitch is one of my favorite comics ever. It's basically a biography of one normal — albeit kinda hateful — woman, and it's insightful, funny, and true." – Paul Constant, The Stranger (previewing an event on Saturday that, alas, we didn't know about in advance)

Weathercraft

Plug: Ragged Claws Network gives you a heads-up about Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

The Best American Comics Criticism

Contributor notes: Bob Andelman, whose interview with Howard Chaykin about Will Eisner is included in The Best American Comics Criticism, talks about the book

Reviewer: Laura Warholic author Alexander Theroux looks at a new biography of Jack London for The Wall Street Journal: "Readers can be pardoned for thinking it seems not improbable that London, given the chance, would punch Mr. Haley in the nose."