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Daily OCD: 3/18/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMark KalesnikoLove and RocketsJohnny RyanJacques TardiGilbert HernandezDaily OCD 18 Mar 2011 4:50 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Arctic Marauder

Review: "The Arctic Marauder, Fantagraphics’ latest entry in their Tardi line, ...is a wickedly sly take on classic turn-of-the-century pulp adventures that nevertheless manages to both tweak and evoke those stories. It is, in short, a blast to read. [...] Tardi writes... as if he was getting paid by the exclamation point. [...] If the prose were any more purple, it would bruise. But as much fun as the overwrought text is, the art is the book’s main draw. [...] Marauder looks quite unlike any comic you’ve read before." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Plug: "Just got a copy of Jacques Tardi's Arctic Marauder in the mail...looks fantastic...bravo @fantagraphics..." – Paul Pope

Freeway

Review: "The characters [in Freeway] are well crafted, and Kalesniko does a fine job contrasting the reality of his circumstances against his dream scenario — particularly in the case of his own insecurity compared to his dream-vision’s easy-going confidence. The office politics are well played and all too real, and the pages are laid out well, the illustrations suitably charming." – Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

Love from the Shadows

Review: "In summary, you just have to buy Love from the Shadows, it’s an essential purchase for all comic lovers. Whether you’re a Love & Rockets fan from the early days, or if you’re new to the works of Gilbert Hernandez, there’s something here for everyone. In fact, due to its standalone nature, the book serves as a perfect introduction, if not not to the world of Love & Rockets, then at least to its style. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it’s a breath-taking masterpiece. It’s like Love & Rockets meets David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive!" – Edward Kaye, Hypergeek

Johnny Ryan

Profile: Johnny Ryan is the subject of the latest Cartoonist Survey at David Baccia's David-Wasting-Paper blog: "[Q:] If you could give one piece of advice to someone who wants to pursue drawing as a career what would it be? [A:] Give lots of rim jobs."

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 5:44 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

The Umpteen Millionaire Club: Discussion Questions for Freeway
Written by Kristy Valenti | Filed under Umpteen Millionaire ClubMark Kalesniko 12 Mar 2011 10:33 AM

Freeway by Mark Kalesniko

[The Comics Journal intern Laura Pieroni put together this series of discussion questions about Mark Kalesniko's Freeway for use in book clubs. As this is intended for those who have read the book and contains spoilers, the conclusion of the synopsis and the questions can be found behind the jump. – Ed.]

Synopsis:

Alex, Mark Kalesniko's recurring dog-headed character, has been stuck in Los Angeles traffic for longer than he can remember. In fact, Alex has been stuck in traffic through multiple time periods and alternate lives.

Freeway is a non-linear compilation of various alternate realities centered on Alex and his dream of being an animator at Babbitt Jones Studios. Alex takes readers through his memories as a child dreaming of a career in animation and into his experiences working that same dream job turned nightmare. Through the story Alex also has multiple visions of violently dying, and a fantasy of what it might have been like to work at Babbitt Jones during its Golden Age when the animators were treated like royalty instead of assembly-line workers.

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New Comics Day 3/9/11: Freeway, Prince Valiant
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantNew Comics DayMark KalesnikoHal Foster 8 Mar 2011 5:30 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators are saying about our releases this week, check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Freeway by Mark Kalesniko

Freeway
by Mark Kalesniko

420-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-356-9

"In a week dominated by republished works and more recent books once again offered through Diamond, cartoonist Mark Kalesniko gets a prize for releasing a gaint book of brand new work. It's an extended meditation on changes in the way we live and work, structured around an excruciating commute." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

"There's a new Alex book by Mark Kalesniko (Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself?, Mail Order Bride) who you haven't seen much of recently because he's spent the last ten years working on Freeway... While stuck in an endless L.A. traffic jam Alex re-examines his life and job as an animator with a legendary studio, and wonders what it would have been like had he been born several decades earlier." – The Gosh! Comics Blog

"The graphic novel I’m most interested in this week is Freeway, Mark Kalesniko’s traffic jam ruminations of animation as a career then and now. The description of the book has a lot of hooks to relate to: work frustration, realizing even a dream job has its pitfalls, and rush-hour traffic." – Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942
by Hal Foster

112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-407-8

"Hal Foster at full early Arthurian potency; Val was never more like young Lord Silverspoon than he was here. Bonus: a brief piece in the back of the book revealing a few 'suppressed Prince Valiant images from 1939-1940.'" – Douglas Wolk, Comics Alliance

"Let's face it, [this] nuke[s] just about every other comic you're going to buy at the store this year... I was greatly surprised by how entertaining the Prince Valiant was." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

"Prince Valiant HC Volume 3 1941 – 1942 is out, reprinting the chunk of Prince Valiant which critics unanimously reckon was the point at which Foster hit his drawing and storytelling stride. This volume also comes with a gallery of stuff at the back originally deemed too sexy or violent for print, oh yes." – The Gosh! Comics Blog

"...Chris had to go and use the words 'giant man-eating octopus,' [see below – Ed.] so Prince Valiant, Volume 3 goes into the shopping cart as well." – Michael May, Robot 6

On both:

"...[I]f you happen to have $30 this week I’d recommend getting your hands on either a copy of Mark Kalesniko’s Freeway or the third volume of Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, both from Fantagraphics. The former is a new graphic novel from the author of Mail Order Bride, about a dog-faced animator named Alex who, while stuck in a bad traffic jam, ruminates over his life and career and how he ended up where he did. It’s a pretty great book, but if you need further inducement you can read my interview with Kalesniko. Valiant Vol. 3 meanwhile, features a great, lengthy sequence that involves Val trying to get his sword back, the highlight of which is easily him facing off against a giant man-eating octopus." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

"CONFLICT OF INTEREST RESERVOIR: Artist Mark Kalesniko returns to his dog-headed Alex character in the 420-page graphic novel Freeway ($28.99), while Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942 ($29.99) collects 112 pages of restored Hal Foster and supplementary materials authored by one of the editors of this very column. Published by Fantagraphics Books: home for the website you are currently reading." – Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal



Things to See: 3/7/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerstaffSergio PonchioneRichard SalaMegan KelsoMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDash ShawDaniel ClowesDame Darcy 7 Mar 2011 10:55 PM

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• More from the mid-aughts Arthur magazine archives: "Trauma Valley" (not to be confused with Profanity Hill) by our own Jason T. Miles and "Post-Election Funnies" from John Hankiewicz, Megan Kelso and others

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Dame Darcy started a new illustration series inspired by her new Southern-Gothic surroundings; that and more in her latest blog update

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The unpublished first version of Daniel Clowes's portrait of Bill Murray for GQ (shown on the Clowes blog alongside the final version)

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Warren Beatty as John McCabe by Jim Blanchard

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The true-life story of Bambi Bembenek as illustrated by Richard Sala for Playboy in the mid-1990s

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• The volume of terrific sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog has really kicked up; there's also publishing news from his Uncivilized Books concern

leprethon

• It's Johnny Ryan's poster for "Leprethon" (that's right, a St. Patrick's day marathon of Leprechaun movies) at Cinefamily

Cangue League Poster

• Holy smokes it's a cavalcade of strips, sketches, illustrations and book proposals on Nate Neal's Flickr stream

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This album cover illustration by Eleanor Davis

And more Things to See from the past week:

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

• Vintage Mjau Mjau artwork and Audrey Hepburn film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spots (accepted and killed) on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

Proportion, pages and other artwork 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

• Herrimanesque sketches and another page from a Kevin Huizenga "Focus" book at his New Construction blog

• A new illustration at Mondobliquo and an older series begins 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 (#125 is funny)

Another old Chrome Fetus strip from Hans Rickheit

Daily OCD Extra: Booklist Top Tens for 2010 and new reviews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMoto HagioMegan KelsoMark KalesnikomangaLorenzo MattottiJacques TardiDrew WeingDaily OCDBest of 2010 7 Mar 2011 11:29 AM

In their March 15 issue, Booklist announces their Top 10 Graphic Novels in Adult and Youth categories. We're honored that they've chosen the following books in the former category:

Artichoke Tales [Pre-Order]

Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio

It Was the War of the Trenches

It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi

And in the latter category:

Set to Sea

Set to Sea by Drew Weing

The issue also includes the reviews excerpted below:

The Arctic Marauder

The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi: "A strong Jules Verne flavor dominates the story’s stew of mystery farce and sci-fi adventure, from the ship named the Jules Vernez to the assortment of just-plausibly-outlandish vehicles and deep-sea mechanical apparatuses. But the real fun comes from marveling at it all in Tardi’s expansive, ice-blasted scratchboard tableaus that feature one breath-stealing scene after another, all the way through to the cheerfully villainous finale. A devious bit of far-fetched fun." – Ian Chipman

Freeway

Freeway by Mark Kalesniko: "Kalesniko reprises his alter ego, Alex Kalienka, for his most ambitious and accomplished graphic novel yet. [...] Although Kalesniko’s formal storytelling devices, particularly his deft panel arrangements and intelligent compositions, are largely responsible for Freeway’s impressive effectiveness, it’s his distinctive and delicate drawing style that supplies the emotional component, best displayed in the economical character design and in the painstakingly researched, lovingly depicted scenes of a bygone Los Angeles." – Gordon Flagg (Starred Review)

Stigmata [Pre-Order - with Special Offer]

Stigmata by Lorenzo Mattotti & Claudio Piersanti: "Obviously but never verbally a parable of Christian redemption, Piersanti’s story becomes extremely compelling in Mattotti’s hands. ...[H]is swirling realization of atmosphere, the protagonist’s states of mind, and human figures conjures the raw power and compassion of such great Italian neorealist films as Bicycle Thieves and La Strada." – Ray Olson

Daily OCD: 3/1/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboThe Comics JournalStan SakaiRoy CranePirus and MezzoMark KalesnikoJordan CraneDash ShawDaily OCD 1 Mar 2011 4:35 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Comics Journal #301

Plug: "The Comics Journal: long known as a magazine where you can look at never before released sketches from R. Crumb next to essays about Wonder Woman’s bondage past next to in-depth interviews with superhero comics auteurs next to oral histories of underground dudes you didn’t even know you were interested in until you read about their entire lives. We could go on that tangent forever, but instead we’ll just direct you here to pre-order." – Sam Hockley-Smith, The Fader

King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World

Plug: "In Mezzo and Pirus’ King of the Flies, characters who die in the first volume... come back to watch over the still-living – lovers, friends, mothers. Mezzo and Pirus’ undead are able to travel to Mars in the blink of an eye, and then back to the David Lynchian small-town that is the story’s main setting. Liberated from physical constraints, they are frustrated, morose, angry, holding onto grudges. ...Mezzo and Prius... have created a darkly erotic and blackly humoured book that, days after finishing, I’m still thinking about." – Shawn Conner, Guttersnipe

Freeway

Plug: Los Angeles magazine features Freeway by Mark Kalesniko in their latest roundup of books of local interest

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition [Pre-Order]

Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch's Brian Heater continues his conversation with Stan Sakai: "Originally, I had wanted to do a series inspired by the life of a 17th century samurai named Miyamoto Musashi, but — he’s regarded as one of the great swordsmen in Japanese history, but one day I just drew a rabbit and Musashi became a rabbit. Instead of Miyamoto Musashi, my charcter was Miyamoto Usagi — 'usagi' means 'rabbit' in Japanese. The 'Miyamoto' part I kept as an homage to the original Musahi, but everything else is pretty much original."

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Profile: Variety recently talked to Dash Shaw about his artwork in the feature film Rabbit Holehere's a scan, uploaded by Dash

Cartoonist PROfiles - Roy Crane

Feature: Mike Lynch posts scans of a "How to Draw Buz Sawyer" article by Roy Crane from a 1969 issue of Cartoonist PROfiles

Uptight #4 [January 2011]

Unpaid product placement: Jordan Crane's Uptight #4 makes a cameo appearance in Kevin Church & Benjamin Birdie's relaunched webcomic The Rack

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 10:58 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

Things to See: 2/21/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboTom KaczynskiTim HensleyThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerStan SakaistaffSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLilli CarréLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJasonGipiFrank SantoroDash ShawAndrice Arp 21 Feb 2011 10:51 PM

Stan Talks to Usagi

• This strip by Stan Sakai showing himself interviewing his creation Usagi Yojimbo is so damn cute I'm sharing it even though it was posted on the blog of our rival publisher Dark Horse. Heck, rival schmival, buy Usagi no matter who puts it out! It's Usagi!

Obama - Jason T. Miles

Happy Presidents Day from our own Jason T. Miles

Marching Band - Lilli Carré

A glimpse at her story in Mome Vol. 21 from Lilli Carré

Lucy Parsons comic

• Pick up the new issue of Bitch magazine for a one page comic about Lucy Parsons by Laura Park

Polyp

A mess of collaborative drawings by Andrice Arp and friends

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At Covered, it's Tim Hensley's Wally Gropius done Action Comics #1-style by Jeffrey Meyer

And more Things to See from the past week:

• A new illustration from Matthias Lehmann at his Bloc-Notes blog

• Strips, illustrations 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

Landscapes in airbrush and pen from Frank Santoro

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

• More artwork from Mark Kalesniko's new graphic novel Freeway at his blog — dang a lot of work went into that book

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

Noah Van Sciver has a Bad Dream and translates a ghost story to video

New sketches & strips by Laura Park

The latest from Renee French

• The final batch of sketches from the "21" sketchbook at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Sketches, portraits, & updates from Steve Brodner

Gipi still illustrates for Internazionale

• A nattily dressed forlorn monstrosity and a portrait of collaborator Shaun Partridge by Josh Simmons

• Daily drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

• Recent sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog

Things to See: 2/14/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoTony MillionaireThings to seeSteve BrodnerstaffSophie CrumbSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJohn HankiewiczJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitEleanor DavisDash Shaw 14 Feb 2011 4:44 PM

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• Magnificent new album cover illustration by Tony Millionaire

OUTSIDE THE BONES

• Wonderfully lurid book cover illustration by Wilfred Santiago for Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Iorio

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• Tributes to St. Ogan and more sketching by Kevin Huizenga at STL Drawing Club and New Construction

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Renee French, still great on a daily basis

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• New sketches & watercolors by Sophie Crumb

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• I'm at a loss to describe this by Josh Simmons

Bush Sr.

Jason T. Miles continues his hall of laughing Presidents

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Oliver Reed by Jim Blanchard

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Strips, illustrations and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

A page from a forthcoming comic by John Hankiewicz

• Sketches by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• More artwork from Mark Kalesniko's new graphic novel Freeway and drawings of stylish girls at his blog

Noah Van Sciver's "Throbbing Head"

New sketches & strips by Laura Park

• Another great batch of 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

Hans Rickheit attempts to capture a Cochlea & Eustachia catfight

• Sketches and prints by Eleanor Davis at her We Be Ouija blog


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