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Daily links: 12/9/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyTom KaczynskiTim LaneThe Comics JournalSteve DitkoPeanutsMort WalkerLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréLeah HayesJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDash ShawDaniel ClowesBlake Bellart showsAnders NilsenAlexander Theroux 9 Dec 2008 11:58 AM

The 2008 Best-Of lists are rolling in fast and furious:

Bookmunch goes Fanta-crazy this week with reviews of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw ("graphic novel of the year"), Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes ("dazzling") and Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane ("spirited")

The Independent counts the Love and Rockets reprints Perla La Loca, Beyond Palomar and Amor Y Cohetes among the best comics of the year

• Critic and commentator Alan David Doane names The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez his Graphic Novel of the Year; Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane is his Debut of the Year; Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes is his Reissue of the Year; Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell is tied for Comic Art Book of the Year; and 4 more of our titles are Other 2008 Titles of Note

New York Magazine names Bottomless Belly Button the #2 Graphic Novel of 2008, saying "Shaw's dysfunctional-family epic is so funny and engrossing we'd expect Oprah to pick it, but for all the graphic frog sex"

The Globe and Mail recommends Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko for holiday gift-giving

From Steven Stwalley, here's photos of the "Hot Ink: Comic Art" show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (mmaa.org) that includes Zak Sally and Tom Kaczynski among others

In this video from Comicology.tv, Mort Walker talks about the history of the International Museum of Cartoon Art (look for our collection of Walker's Sam's Strip early next year)

Publishers Weekly talks to Lilli Carré about The Lagoon

PW also presents a 10-page excerpt from Anders Nilsen's soon-to-arrive Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes

Wall Street Journal book critic and Laura Warholic novelist Alexander Theroux weighs in on The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III

The Beat goes digging through back issues of The Comics Journal, finds gold

Daily links: 12/8/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThe Comics JournalSteve DitkoRobert PollardreviewsPopeyePaul KarasikPat MoriarityMiss Lasko-GrossMark NewgardenLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLinda MedleyLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJules FeifferHumbugDash ShawBlake BellBill WillinghamBill MauldinBeasts 8 Dec 2008 1:03 AM

Holy figs, this daily link post looks like one of my weekly roundups of old:

PopMatters takes a quick look at Robert Pollard's Town of Mirrors

PopMatters again, on Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe: The WWII Years

Iconoctlán examines The Comics Journal #293 (en Español; Google translation)

• The Austin American-Statesman's lengthy roundup of coffee-table book holiday recommendations includes Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe: The WWII Years and Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

NuVoid wraps up the 2008 output of Robert Pollard, including Town of Mirrors

• Did you know that if you buy the Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943 (Vol. 3) DVD set you also get an exclusive Popeye mini-comic we produced with a story from our upcoming Popeye Vol. 4 collection? Booksteve noticed

Chris Barat reviews Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"

Forward talks to Miss Lasko-Gross for a profile of Jewish women cartoonists

• The North Adams Transcript looks at Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane

• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch includes Abandoned Cars, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and Jules Feiffer's Explainers on its list of "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Beard reviews Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Tropismes (l'Appartement) is yet another French site looking at Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw (Google translation)

Terri Torres is excited for the new issue of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting

• On the USA TODAY Pop Candy blog, Whitney Matheson declares Lilli Carré's The Lagoon is the "Best book [she] read" last week

• Cartoonist Mark Kaufman is looking forward to our Humbug collection

• Dustin Harbin's top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" includes Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga, Popeye Vol. 3, and Bottomless Belly Button

Here's video from Pat Moriarity's art opening at 108 Occidental Gallery in Seattle, with music from Pat and his son Jack

Bill Willingham looks back at Coventry

Wayno talks about contributing to our forthcoming collection of 1980s "New Wave" minicomics

On the Comics Comics blog, Mark Newgarden & Paul Karasik need your help in dating an Ernie Bushmiller Nancy strip

Dan Zettwoch discusses his contribution to Beasts! Book 2

The Dallas Morning News reports on an exhibit of Bill Mauldin cartoons at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City

Mark Mattson compares our annual catalog favorably to the Sears Wish Book -- did you get yours?

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: 11/24/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadreviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn Hankiewicz 24 Nov 2008 11:15 AM

In a video clip from The Late Show embedded on The Huffington Post, David Letterman likens Sarah Palin's vice-presidential campaign to a Zippy the Pinhead cartoon in an interview with Katie Couric

Pol Culture presents a contrary opinion about Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Top Drawer: 10 Questions gets 10 answers from John Hankiewicz

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."

Daily links: 11/7/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneRobert GoodinLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 7 Nov 2008 12:22 PM

More APE photos, this time from Robert Goodin

PLAYBACK:stl looks at Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars

In The Patriot-News: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers prompts Chris Mautner to wonder if the comic book pamphlet format is dying

Daily links: 10/31/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewspreviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJoe KubertJessica AbelBill Schellyaudio 31 Oct 2008 10:51 AM

Happy Halloween!

• Diamond's Previews, er, previews Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly

Pol Culture looks at Bill Schelly's Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

• Public Radio International's Studio 360 talks to Jessica Abel about the formative influence of Love and Rockets (streaming audio embedded below, or download the MP3)

Daily links: 10/27/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve BrodnerreviewsMichael KuppermanMatthias LehmannLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime Hernandez 27 Oct 2008 12:25 PM

As an experiment, I'm switching to a daily link post instead of the weekly "blogosphere roundup" -- hopefully smaller chunks will be easier to digest, not to mention more timely. And here we go:

Derik Badman cites a Jaime Hernandez story in an article about the use of the first-person point of view in comics

Look at some incredible sketchbook pages by Matthias Lehmann

The Onion A.V. Club's "Comics Panel" gives high grades to Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman and Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Steve Brodner hits it out of the park

New desktop/mobile wallpaper downloads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersMomemetaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJim WoodringJasonDaniel Clowes 24 Sep 2008 3:30 PM

We've got a brand-new selection of downloadable wallpapers featuring recent and upcoming Fantagraphics titles. Just click on the size that matches your monitor resolution and the image will open in a new window; if you're on a PC, right-click the image and select "Set As Background"; if you're on a Mac, control+click and select "Set As Desktop Background." (We don't know what the procedure is for iPhones, but if you have one, you probably do, right?) And for our complete selection of wallpapers, click right here!

NEW: Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes

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NEW: Hey, Wait... by Jason

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NEW: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

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NEW: Mome Vol. 12 cover by Olivier Schrauwen

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NEW: The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

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NEW: Sshhhh! by Jason

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NEW: Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

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Quote of the Day
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Love and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 17 Sep 2008 9:06 AM

"When I was coming up in the '80s, the representation of Latinos, even at the literary level, was incredibly un-diverse. Even amongst hard-core Latino writers I really admire, there wasn't the kind of writing about the sectors of the Latino community that I was familiar with.

"Love and Rockets was not only a revolution in comics, it was a revolution in Latino letters. It was the first time that people were writing about the kind of Latinos that I grew up with where being a Latino was a given. What we really drew or what compelled us in our lives was who we were dating, the music we were listening to, the problems we were getting into.

"These guys were the originators of the kind of suburban Latino stories where they had all the problems of the community and the enormous complexity of who we were as young people. It was a dynamic part of the larger U.S. society, and not some static, nostalgic, sepia-print photo of itself." — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz