Charles E. Petit, known to the Fantagraphics offices as the longtime lawyer of Harlan Ellison, has been disbarred. Petit was found guilty of poor ethics by defrauding the family of author John Steinbeck. His defense honestly seems to have been that he's driven crazy by migraines that lead him to forget events that transpire at the time of the headaches and stuff like that. Specifically, he has been suspended for the following:
Count I, the Respondent repeatedly and knowingly made false statements to his client Nancy Steinbeck.
Count II, we find that the Respondent engaged in dishonest and deceitful conduct, and breached his fiduciary duties to his client.
Ultimately, the detail of the case that I most love is simply the name of the Court's psychiatric authority and his diagnosis of the lawyer: "Dr. Jeckel made a diagnosis of the Respondent. First, the Respondent has a Mixed Personality Disorder..."
Eric Reynolds pointed out the blog of "Antonius Radio Comix," a bewilderingly anti-comics cartoonist's blog and then Mike Baehr made the keen observation that "surely this guy is the Fletcher Hanks of comics blogging." And so I introduce to you: Antonius.
"I drew a cartoon for playboy I can not scan and neither show here, but it was that experiance in which things seemed to turn for me, and my armor first started to shred. It was their reaction to a cartoon I sent in in august for a nov or dec holiday issue. Their reaction was of a type which went beyond any dislike I ever saw before , and my mom thought, with her hatred for Hef and his published gynocological exams flying , said I got what I deserved. When you fuck a pig you get warts, she told me in Italian..."
To follow his thoughts on our Fletcher Hanks book I recommend you start with the entry of November 29 and work back: "I was once offered a jesuit scholarship due to a papers I wrote in tenth grade about Remus, the first victim of Romulus and his need for power,Leonardo, even the tuscans and such.... But for the pages I now see, I am almost speechless, they are that joyous."
And yet: "My new found love of Fletcher Hanks came to a sad bust..."
Long ago I posted about the book Cult Fiction put out by the folks at the Hayward Gallery in the UK. It became available in the U.S. this fall and the response has been great-- Read about it HERE and, with more interior scans at Book-by-Its-Cover.
Featured artists: Laylah Ali, Glen Baxter, Stéphane Blanquet, Daniel Clowes, Liz Craft, R. Crumb, Adam Dant, Julie Doucet, Debbie Drechsler, Marcel Dzama, Melinda Gebbie, Kerstin Kartscher, Mark Kalesniko, Killoffer, Chad McCail, Paul McDevitt, Kerry James Marshall, Travis Millard, Yosh*tomo Nara, Kim L. Pace, Harvey Pekar, Raymond Pettibon, Olivia Plender, Jon Pylypchuk, James Pyman, Joe Sacco, Chris Shepherd, David Shrigley, Posy Simmonds, Richard Slee, Carol Swain.
It's a busy weekend in Seattle for a change. Saturday is not only the anniversary of our storefront operation but a big day for two Nonprofit Fanta Friends. 826 Seattle is also celebrating a birthday and Eric Reynolds highly endorses the Salon of Shame, which will be happening from 3-4 pm. And The Vera Project presents their annual craft bazaar and the Bring It, Screen It event.
The photo above was leaked onto the internet earlier this week and my sources have confirmed that it shows Paige Braddock, Creative Director for the Peanuts Empire (and creator of the Jane's World comicstrip), brutally reprimanding a colleague, Justin Thompson, who mentioned "The G Word" during a Peanuts meeting.
Texans can buy Tony Millionaire a drink or have him sign your books this Saturday, December 1st, from 3 to 6 pm. (Austin Books & Comics, 5002 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.) And, yes, his Drinky Crow Show is in the works with new characters being developed and churned out of the Transylvanian Animation Factory as I type.
The insurance company was a bit put off by the condition of the offices here at Fantagraphics so we've been cleaning up. In the process this placemat sketch from R. Crumb was discovered. I've included a detail of, yes, Robert Crumb's drawing of a Pokemon (presumably one in the possession of Gary's son, Conrad).