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Video: Look into the Eye of the Majestic Creature with Leslie Stein
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoLeslie Stein 25 Mar 2011 8:48 AM

Here's a brief video profile from 2008 which introduces you to Eye of the Majestic Creature creator Leslie Stein. In it she discusses her creative processes and her comics inspirations, including Charles Burns and Peter Bagge (the latter of whom she'll be appearing with in NYC very soon — stay tuned for an announcement). It's part of a series of "video portraits" created by the website Etsy to spotlight artists who use the site to sell their wares — here's Leslie's page where you can buy her self-published comics and artwork.

Things to See: 3/21/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaMaakiesLeslie SteinLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJoe KimballJasonFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDrew WeingDash ShawDame DarcyChris Ware 21 Mar 2011 8:35 PM

Tiny Tim - Chris Ware

Chris Ware draws Tiny Tim for 6-year-old Clara Ware's review of a Tiny Tim compilation album at Roctober (yes, you read that correctly)

Ghosts at Forsyth Fountain - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy offers artwork for sale with partial proceeds donated to the Red Cross for Japan relief; she also encourages you to donate directly

Fight or Run - Kevin Huizenga

Fight or Run artwork from Kevin Huizenga; also some super-moon-related cover art

Wonder Woman - Richard Sala

A commissioned sketch of Wonder Woman from 1998 by Richard Sala

My Boyfriend... or My Kitty? - Drew Weing

Drew Weing posts a page from the story he drew in the new issue of Papercutter

That Sticky Machine - Leslie Stein

Title design (in various stages) by Leslie Stein

Bagface - Renee French

• It was tough deciding between this and the kitty portrait by Renee French

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• A tantalizing glimpse of something in progress by Joe Kimball

And more Things to See from the past week:

• New original Matthias Lehmann illustrations for sale at La Galerie de Matthias Lehmann

• Illustrations, promotional artwork, sketches and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spot on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

Artwork and sketches from Frank Santoro

Recent sketches by Marco Corona

Leslie Stein posts the real-life Marshmallow & friends and links to some Eye of the Majestic Creature fan art

• Sketches by Mark Kalesniko for his new graphic novel Freeway at his blog

Sketches, strips, a horrible experience and other updates from Noah Van Sciver

• New sketchbook strips by Laura Park on her Flickr page

• "The Strangest Story You Ever Heard in Your Life" continues at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

• Daily storyboards & concept drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Tony Millionaire dug an old interactive Maakies strip thing out of the bowels of the internet

• More new sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog

Eleanor Davis just keeps murdering it on her We Be Ouija blog (NSFW, some of it)

Leslie Stein, soundtrack composer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videorockLeslie Stein 18 Mar 2011 12:25 PM

Kati With An I (trailer) from prewarcinema on Vimeo.

It should come as little surprise that Leslie Stein, whose debut book Eye of the Majestic Creature premieres at MoCCA Fest next month, is also a musician, seeing as how one of the main characters in the book is a talking anthropomorphic guitar. Leslie's music is featured in the new documentary film Kati with an I — in the trailer posted above, it begins around the 1 minute mark. (Thanks to director Robert Greene for the scoop.)

Things to See: 3/14/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchOlivier SchrauwenNoah Van SciverNate NealMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoLilli CarréLeslie SteinLaura ParkJosh SimmonsJohn HankiewiczJasonEleanor DavisDrew WeingDerek Van GiesonDash Shaw 14 Mar 2011 4:44 PM

Jason: The King of Comics

Jason goes on a murderous rampage, plus more old strips and illustrations and new film reviews at his Cats Without Dogs blog

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• A doozy of an "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman at his Chewing Gum in Church blog

comic page - John Hankiewicz

• A new comic page by John Hankiewicz

Professor Fleischmann - Lamelos & Olivier Schrauwen

Pages from "Professor Fleischmann," an in-progress collaboration between Lamelos and Olivier Schrauwen (via Kuš!)

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• This is just a small portion of the catstravaganza that is Drew Weing's back cover for Papercutter #15 from Tugboat Press (he's also in the issue) — see the whole thing at Drew's Here There Be Monsters blog

Tim Lane - Belligerent Piano Miniature Cut-Out Collectible Diorama Figure No. 2 - One-Eyed Lunatic Goon

Tim Lane's Belligerent Piano Miniature Cut-Out Collectible Diorama Figure No. 2 - One-Eyed Lunatic Goon (in 2 versions, plus assembled photos!)

Johnny Ryan - Mark & Gary Forever original art

Johnny Ryan's original "Mark & Gary Forever" artwork is for sale

Lilli Carré - Small Press & Comics Symposium poster

Lilli Carré's poster for the Small Press & Comics Symposium in Chicago next week

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Derek Van Gieson gives a glimpse of the final chapter of his Mome serial "Devil Doll" plus other drawings & projects at his These Days I Remain blog

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Album cover sketches from Matthias Lehmann at his Bloc-Notes blog

Loads of new mythical drawings from Frank Santoro

Some cute character design by Marco Corona

Leslie Stein posts the real-life Marshmallow & friends and links to some Eye of the Majestic Creature fan art

• Sketches by Mark Kalesniko for his new graphic novel Freeway at his blog

Noah Van Sciver's sketches and photos from his recent trip to Australia

• New sketchbook strips by Laura Park on her Flickr page

Drawings, sketches, photos by Renee French

• "The Strangest Story You Ever Heard in Your Life" serializes at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Sketches and an illustrated interview from Steve Brodner

A sketch from Los Angeles by Josh Simmons

• Daily drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Another old Chrome Fetus strip from Hans Rickheit

• Copious new sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog

Nate Neal's latest monthly men's-magazine comic strip

Thumbnails for an unfinished comic by Eleanor Davis

Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLeslie Stein 11 Mar 2011 6:16 AM

Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein

Eye of the Majestic Creature
by Leslie Stein

128-page black & white 7.5" x 11" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-413-9

Ships in: April 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Eye of the Majestic Creature is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person’s world internally and externally. The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own.

Larrybear is in a constant struggle between the desire to connect with those around her and to be left to her own devices. You get a glimpse of her past life when she visits her home town of Chicago, trying to relate to old friends who have not matured since high school, as well as her family (which includes her Hippopotamus father and his harem of ex-wives, two brothers, and Salsa-dancing mom). In the present, she moves to New York to find work for a time, resulting in many hilarious and drunken adventures with her new coworkers at a cell phone decorating shop, and her old friend Boris, who shares with her his P.G. Wodehouse books, as well as his “Incredible Hulk” weed. Drawn in shades of gray using the near-deceased practice of stippling, Stein’s imagery draws you into her world for a complete and engrossing experience.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (1.9 MB).

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Praise for Leslie Stein:

“Leslie Stein’s comics inhabit a charming and semi-autobiographical (in the most ‘semi’ sense of the word) yet surreal, insular world where her best friend and closest confidant is an acoustic guitar. What’s not to relate to?” — Peter Bagge

“Early in the 20th Century, a beautiful cartoonist, Marcel Duchamp, pretended to be a marginally attractive woman and spent considerable time watching dust accumulate. Early in the 21st Century a beautiful cartoonist, Leslie Stein, pretended to be a funky dweeb and spent considerable time counting sand. Catch my drift?” — Gary Panter

“Visual inventiveness combined with a high level of wit.” — Michael Kupperman


More MoCCA Fest 2011 Guests!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ted StearnStephen DeStefanoSara Edward-CorbettPeter BaggeNate NealMichael KuppermanMark NewgardenLeslie SteinKim DeitchGahan WilsoneventsDrew FriedmanDerek Van Gieson 10 Mar 2011 6:29 AM
MoCCA Fest 2011 poster

As previously reported, Fantagraphics is gearing up for the 2011 MoCCA Fest in New York City, April 9-10!

And not only will we be joined by Peter Bagge, Michael Kupperman, Ted Stearn, Leslie Stein, Stephen DeStefano, and Gahan Wilson, but we just added Kim Deitch, Drew Friedman, Mark Newgarden, Nate Neal, Derek Van Gieson, and Sara Edward-Corbett to our signing roster, too!

More details (along with a signing schedule) to follow soon!  See you there!

Guests for MoCCA Fest 2011 announced
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted StearnStephen DeStefanoPeter KuperPeter BaggeMichael KuppermanLeslie SteinGahan WilsoneventsAl Jaffee 2 Mar 2011 12:00 PM

2011 MoCCA Fest poster

Convention season is getting into full swing and after Emerald City ComiCon this weekend our next stop is the 2011 MoCCA Fest in New York City, April 9-10. The festival announced the lineup of guests and we've got Peter Bagge, Michael Kupperman, Ted Stearn, Leslie Stein and (pending confirmation) Gahan Wilson hanging out with us at our table, with several other old friends of ours in attendance as well (including but not limited to Peter Kuper, who designed the official festival poster above). We're also pleased that Al Jaffee will be presented the 2011 Klein Award. Stay tuned for more details from us; in the meantime, check out the official festival announcement here.

UPDATE: He's not on the official Festival guest list but we've got Stephen DeStefano too!

UPDATE #2: Gahan Wilson is now confirmed! Yay!

Things to See: 2/28/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMichael KuppermanMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLeslie SteinKevin HuizengaJasonHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDash Shaw 28 Feb 2011 9:58 PM

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Michael Kupperman is stepping up the art posts on Twitter, with the "doodle" above and an older strip with the promise of new ones to come (!)

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A couple of recent landscapey drawings by Gabrielle Bell (and they're for sale)

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An older watercolor sketch (above) and an unused character by Leslie Stein

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Album covers and undead Popeye by Tony Millionaire

And more Things to See from the past week:

• New illustrations from Matthias Lehmann at his Bloc-Notes blog

• Odds, ends, outtakes and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spot and pieces for the Game Over IV show at GRSF on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

Snapshots of recent drawings from Frank Santoro

• Recent sketches by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Sketches by Mark Kalesniko (for his new graphic novel Freeway and otherwise) at his blog

• Another page from a Kevin Huizenga "Focus" book at his New Construction blog

Noah Van Sciver is heading to Australia

Drawings, photos from Renee French (and her doctor)

• Some great dedication sketches at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Sketches, portraits, & updates from Steve Brodner

• Daily drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

An old strip and other items of note from Hans Rickheit

• Recent sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog

• Prints & sketches by Eleanor Davis at her We Be Ouija blog

Weekend Webcomics for 2/11/11: Weissman & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneTim KreiderSteven WeissmanMaakiesLeslie SteinJon Adamsjohn kerschbaumHans Rickheit 11 Feb 2011 3:25 PM
Here's this week's Weissman (a change of pace!), plus links to other strips from around the web:

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Soup-n-1/2-Sandwich by Steven Weissman (for the Henry & Glenn art show in L.A.; view at original size):

Soup-n-1/2-Sandwich by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

The All-New Cartoon Boy Adventure Hour by John Kerschbaum (an encore presentation of John's Act-i-vate strip at MTV Geek)

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Ectiopiary by Hans Rickheit:

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein:

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Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

The Pain — When Will It End? by Tim Kreider (an older comic and a new essay on Egypt):

The Pain -- When Will It End? - Tim Kreider

Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Weekend Webcomics for 1/21/11: Weissman & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim KreiderSteven WeissmanMaakiesLeslie SteinKevin HuizengaHans RickheitGabrielle Bell 21 Jan 2011 4:44 PM
Here's this week's Weissman, plus links to other strips from around the web (to which we have a couple of new hopefully semi-regular additions):

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond by Kevin Huizenga:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond

Ectiopiary by Hans Rickheit:

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell:

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein:

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The Pain — When Will It End? by Tim Kreider:

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