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Category >> Jordan Crane

Indy Euphoria in Sacramento
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanJordan CraneJohnny Ryanevents 21 Jun 2010 8:58 PM

Indy Euphoria flyer

Johnny Ryan, Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman are among the guests at Indy Euphoria, the awesome-sounding "indy comics/DIY/vinyl toy/lowbrow art/music convention" in Sacramento this coming Sunday, June 27! Jeez that sounds fun.

Book Signing and Discussion with Jaime Hernandez, Jordan Crane, and Todd Hignite at Family May 4
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJordan CraneJaime Hernandezevents 27 Apr 2010 2:52 PM

The Art of Jaime Hernandez

"To celebrate the release of the new art book, The Art of Jaime Hernandez — The Secrets of Life and Death, Family is pleased to be hosting a signing and conversation with the books principal creators Jaime Hernanadez, Todd Hignite, and Jordan Crane on Tuesday, May 4th at 7pm." More info on the Family blog.

Things to see: 4/26/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under toysTMNTThings to seeT Edward BakRenee FrenchJordan Cranejon vermilyeaJohn PhamJoe SaccoHans RickheitGabrielle BellBill GriffithArcher Prewitt 26 Apr 2010 3:05 PM

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

El Paîs - Joe Sacco

• Spanish-language newspaper El País publishes a Joe Sacco cover for their literature supplement

Pizza Time - Jon Vermilyea

The cover of Jon Vermilyea's forthcoming turtle-flavored minicomic Pizza Time

painting - John Pham

• This is a photo John Pham posted on Facebook of a piece he has in the Poketo "Los Angeles I'm Yours" art show at Space 1520 in LA which opened on Saturday and which also features handmade minicomics by Jordan Crane

Levittown - Bill Griffith

• Also on Facebook, Bill Griffith posts this one-page story (excerpted above) which was recently published in a new book about Levittown, Second Suburb, edited by Dianne Harris (link goes straight to the image file, since I don't know Bill's Facebook privacy settings, but he posts cool stuff all the time)

Moose's House - Renee French

Moose! You're killing me with cuteness, Renee French

Ectopiary page 21- Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary, page 21

Wild Man - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak is posting several pages from his current serialized Mome story "Wild Man" — for 50 bucks you can purchase an original page and help fund his impending trip to Alaska for field research for the story, so hit that Paypal link on his blog

Lucky Blog Stockholm Diary - Gabielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell reports from her trip to Stockholm

Allen Ginsberg figurine samples

• The Archer Prewitt-designed Allen Ginsberg figurine from Presspop is coming closer to reality

Things to see: 4/23/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeT Edward BakRenee FrenchJordan CraneJohnny RyanJim FloraDerek Van Gieson 23 Apr 2010 3:56 PM

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

Service Industry epilogue - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak presents a new epilogue to his acclaimed comic Service Industry

Unravelling - Jordan Crane

Jordan Crane posts a new installment of "Chapter Two - Unraveling" at What Things Do

Ferris Wheel Fireworks - Jim Flora

• The new Jim Flora fine art print, Ferris Wheel Fireworks, is now up for pre-order

Buttmasters of the Universe - Johnny Ryan

• See and buy all 100+ pieces of Johnny Ryan, Matt Furie & Le Merde art from GRSF's The Boys are Back in Town exhibit — I think there's some new characters from Prison Pit Book 2 in there

taintcurtain - Renee French

• On a graph with "vagueness" and "obscenity" on the X and Y axes, this Renee French drawing is in the upper right corner

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

Harmonicats with ELO bling and other oddities in Derek Van Gieson's "Abstraction House"

Daily OCD: 3/24/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMonte SchulzJordan CraneJasonDaily OCDBasil WolvertonaudioAbstract Comics 24 Mar 2010 3:25 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Culture Corner

Review: "Reading this book was like unearthing a trunkload of old baby pictures… if the babies in question would eventually grow up to become Mad Magazine and Rat Fink. ...[L]ike a Buddy Holly song on an oldies station or WWII-era tattoo flash, some art just stands the test of time and becomes classic. Basil Wolverton’s Culture Corner is a one-of-a-kind work and definitely falls into that category. [Grade: A]" – Chad Derdowski, Mania

Almost Silent

Review: "For some time now, Norwegian cartoonist Jason has been on my shortlist of recommended artists for the uninitiated. ... The next question, naturally, is: which Jason book to start with? Almost Silent... fits the bill perfectly. ... This is the output of an artist with a clear vision who is truly at the top of his game. ... Beautifully bound and reasonably priced, you’re not going to find a much better entry point into the world of contemporary graphic novels than Almost Silent." – Brian Heater, The Daily Cross Hatch

The Last Lonely Saturday [Hardcover Ed.]

Review: "...The Last Lonely Saturday [is] pretty much the best love story in comics form I've ever come across. ... It's an intelligent, moving, beautiful, terrific little comic." – Sean T. Collins (we linked to this previously when it ran on The Savage Critics but it's worth re-running)

Abstract Comics: The Anthology

Review: "Here’s a book that was initially attractive as an intriguing, if intellectual, curiosity, only to reveal itself in short order as a continually fascinating experience. ... I hope this volume, despite its killer commercial potential, will inspire a second. ...Abstract Comics is the most surprising book of the year." – Rich Kreiner, "Yearlong Best of the Year," The Comics Journal

Interview: Mr. Media's Bob Andelman talks to Monte Schulz about This Side of Jordan: "My dad read the book before he died. He liked Rascal a lot — 'He's such a funny little guy.' He used to tell me I was raising the level of art in the family." Listen via the embedded player above or at this link, or download the MP3

Things to see: 3/15/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboTom KaczynskiThings to seeStan SakaiSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJordan CraneJohnny RyanHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantoroDerek Van Gieson 15 Mar 2010 3:54 PM

Randy Warrenhole - Johnny Ryan

• It's a new New Character Parade strip from Johnny Ryan

Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

Kevin Huizenga gives us perhaps the kookiest installment of Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond yet

Pittsburgh, PA - Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro's views of Pittsburgh, PA

Rickie Lee Jones - David Paleo

• David Paleo presents his portrait of Rickie Lee Jones from the book Talk to Her

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell gets a haircut in her new Lucky strip

Populismo Autoritario cover - Sergio Ponchione

• A recent book cover illustration by Sergio Ponchione

H Day dog - Renee French H Day dog - Renee French

• A peek, an escape from Renee French

Usagi Yojimbo - Stan Sakai

• Usagi Yojimbo art by Stan Sakai for the Comix Experience 21st Anniversary CLBDF Benefit auction

apple - Kevin Huizenga

• So, one of those Apple Council creeps got to Kevin Huizenga too, huh?

woman on cell phone - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko captures a woman on her cell phone

Ectopiary page 15 - Hans Rickheit

Sayeth Hans Rickheit: "I like Page 15 [of Ectopiary] simply because it contains a stuffy old lady denigrating beatniks and artists; that is always a winning ingredient of any succsessful book, in my opinion."

Last Night on Earth - Derek Van Gieson

• Fresh off the drawing board, new pages from Derek Van Gieson

Structure 0023 - Tom Kaczynski

• The "structure" drawings from Tom Kaczynski keep on a-coming: "fossilized bloom," "batholitic vessel," and "decay as propellant" (above)

Jordan Crane

• A new chunk of Jordan Crane at What Things Do

Jeremy Eaton illustration

• The last word today goes to Jeremy Eaton, with this illustration for a (now out-of-date) Seattle Weekly article about that whole Amazon/Diamond foofarah. 'Nuff said!

Things to see: 3/12/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanPaul HornschemeierMark KalesnikoLilli CarréJordan CraneJohnny RyanfashionDerek Van GiesonDaniel ClowesDame DarcyCharles M Schulz 12 Mar 2010 2:03 PM

Well lookee here:


Memoirs of a Scanner (Pillows Edition) from Damon Stea on Vimeo.

• Watch carefully or you'll miss a certain cameo appearance in this clever video that Kim came across on The Daily Dish a few days ago

Book-It Bake Sale - Johnny Ryan

• A Johnny Ryan drawing for a good cause

Micheltorena Elementary School - Jordan Crane

• And the logo for that school? It's by Jordan Crane (the above two items via Steven Weissman on Twitter)

Charles M. Schulz self-portrait

Three Men in a Tub's Ted Dawson posts this 1976 self-portrait by Charles M. Schulz. Dig those pants! (Via The Comics Reporter)

purse by Dame Darcy

Hand-embellished purses (and bunny ears) made by Dame Darcy, very reasonably priced

Artifice print - Lilli Carré

accordian book - Lilli Carré

watercolor house 2 - Lilli Carré

• A flurry of activity from Lilli Carré: a print for Artifice Magazine, a silkscreened accordion book she's selling at the Chicago Zine Fest this weekend, and two watercolor drawings

sketchbook - Mark Kalesniko

New sketches from Mark Kalesniko

WSJ illustration - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest illustration for the WSJ; also, last chance to order that commission you've been wanting

Structure 08 - Tom Kaczynski

Another in a series from Tom Kaczynski

The Lash - Derek Van Gieson

A cut Mome one-pager from Derek Van Gieson

Things to see: 3/8/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadTom KaczynskiThings to seeSteve DitkoSergio PonchioneRobert GoodinRichard SalaRenee FrenchMichael KuppermanMark KalesnikoJordan CraneJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJim Florahooray for HollywoodHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantorofashionDerek Van GiesonDame DarcyBill Griffith 8 Mar 2010 5:17 PM

I might have to start posting these art-blog roundups on the weekends too... these Monday updates are outa control...

Zippy the Pinhead - the Movie

• Airbrushed Zippy the Pinhead art (artist unknown)! Posting this on Facebook, Bill Griffith says "This is the 2-page spread ad for the 'Zippy Movie' from Variety magazine, 3/29/90. The ad was taken out by the Aspen Film Society (at that time they were the producers of the movie) in hopes of attracting a studio/distributor. Are we in turnaround yet?" More about it (and the likewise never-to-be Zippy TV show series) here

Galactic Breakdown - Johnny Ryan

• Check out all the artwork from the Covered art show here on the Secret Headquarters Flickr page — I'm pretty sure I haven't featured this Johnny Ryan piece on Flog before — and organizer/curator Robert Goodin has a report and photos from the opening on his blog

Oscar - Michael Kupperman

Michael Kupperman awards the Oscar for best Oscar

sketchbook - John Hankiewicz

John Hankiewicz does Ditko , plus another sketchbook page

Penn's Best - Frank Santoro & Jon Good

• A 1994 minicomic by Frank Santoro & Jon Good

necklace - Dame Darcy

Jewelry and accessories "made from 100% genuine doll" by Dame Darcy

Peculia meets Jack the Ripper - Richard Sala

• Several new pieces by Richard Sala available at Comic Art Collective or direct via Richard's blog

Aspects of Love - Jim Flora

Detail of a mid-1990s Jim Flora illustration

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

The conclusion of Gabrielle Bell's New York story

Woman with Freckles - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko is really channeling Egon Schiele in this one

La Paura si chiama Poliedricus! - Sergio Ponchione

• Yowie! Sergio Ponchione presents a full-color Grotesque story from the pages of the new issue of Linus

thewlis 3 - Renee French

This one from Renee French is even creepier as the follow-up to this one

Ectopiary page 14 - Hans Rickheit

Cochlea and Eustachia - Hans Rickheit

Ectopiary page 14 and a Cochlea and Eustachia one-pager from Hans Rickheit

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

More from "Tales of Abstraction House" by Derek Van Gieson

structure - Tom Kaczynski

• Three more structures by Tom Kaczynski: "incoherent amalgamation," "basalt garden" and, above, "The Tomb of Jack Kirby"

What Things Do - Jordan Crane

• More new Jordan Crane at What Things Do

Things to see: 3/1/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanRichard SalaRenee FrenchNate NealMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJordan CraneJim FloraJim BlanchardHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantoroDerek Van GiesonAnders Nilsen 1 Mar 2010 1:02 PM

Good grief, all you art bloggers sure stay busy over the weekends...

comic by Frank Santoro

• Man, remember the awesome comics that Tower Records' Pulse magazine ran back in the 1990s, like this one from Frank Santoro?

Oz art - Richard Sala

A piece by Richard Sala for an Oz-themed art show at Gallery Meltdown in L.A. which opened on Saturday (Steven Weissman's in it too)

sketches - Steven Weissman

• Speaking of Steven Weissman, here are some ideas he's working on

sketches - Jim Flora

Nautical sketches circa 1950s by Jim Flora

Britney Spears - Jim Blanchard

Mooseheart Faith - Memories of the Future - Jim Blanchard

• Two from Jim Blanchard, who describes the commissioned drawing at top as "Definitely the high point of my art career so far"; at bottom, a record cover (click through for even more groovy lettering on the back cover)

Mother with Child - Mark Kalesniko

A series of mother-with-child sketches by Mark Kalesniko

swim - Renee French

God damn, Renee French

Bar - Kevin Huizenga

Fielder - Kevin Huizenga

Alain Saint-Ogan fan art and "F" is for Fielder by Kevin Huizenga

sketchbook - Anders Nilsen

• This and two more sketchbook spreads by Anders Nilsen

Ectopiary page 13 - Hans Rickheit

monkey - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary page 13, plus a singing monkey

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

The continuation of a New York Lucky story by Gabrielle Bell

Janet Planet - Derek Van Gieson

Nate Neal sneaks a guy into this page of Derek Van Gieson's story

Jordan Crane

• More new Jordan Crane at What Things Do

Two-by-Fours - Charles M. Schulz

• Talk about a blockhead (haw haw): I'm Learning to Share! shares a Charles M. Schulz rarity, Two-by-Fours (via Robot 6)

Daily OCD: 2/12/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallySammy HarkhamreviewsPeanutsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJordan CraneHo Che AndersonDash ShawDaily OCDCharles M Schulzaudio 12 Feb 2010 1:55 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Review: "Anderson’s King is most definitely NOT your feel-good, sanctifying version of King’s life that most readers are probably used to. ...[T]he MLK presented here is a multi-dimensional, gifted man … but still very much a man, nevertheless, filled with doubt, frustration, anger, arrogance, and even deceit. ... While Anderson starkly presents King’s less-than-saintly episodes... the final reaction is a fuller understanding of a great man, with inspiring ideals, and an unshakeable dedication to equality through nonviolent, loving means. ... MLK’s legacy undeniably lives on in Anderson’s King." – Terry Hong, Bookdragon (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program)

Review: "Dash Shaw was praised to the skies for his hefty 2008 graphic novel Bottomless Belly Button, but the 26-year-old cartoonist’s real strength so far in his career has been his short strips, which have displayed a diversity of subject matter and style that make each piece feel like something wholly new. The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.... does reveal a future master in his formative stages, working to find a balance between his interest in subtle adult relationships—teacher/pupil, flirter/flirtee, etc.—and his yen to try out new approaches to drawing and coloring. Shaw may be the cartoonist of the rising generation most capable of delivering a long-form work with the formal daring and humanity of a David Mazzucchelli or an Art Spiegelman. Consider The Unclothed Man a document of his baby steps… B+" – The A.V. Club

Plug: "The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 comes out in March, meaning we'll be halfway through this amazing, historical publication. I can't say enough about these collections. It's not only remarkable in its simple, truthful capturing of the human condition, but a beautiful historical document of the second half of the 20th Century." – Rob Kozlowski

Interview: On the Inkstuds radio programme, Jordan Crane and Sammy Harkham have a feisty conversation with host Robin McConnell about their webcomics concern, What Things Do

Commentary: NPR 's Glen Weldon, surveying some of the connections between comics and pop music, says "Love and Rockets, by Los Bros Hernandez, wasn't just about a punk band, it was a book steeped in an anarchic punk sensibility that even today, 30 years later, still seems bracing and unapologetic."

Academia: Prof. Zak Sally presents his classroom curriculum

Aha: So that's where the Snoopy-in-a-cast storyline in the upcoming 13th volume of The Complete Peanuts came from (via Spurge)