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Category >> Mark Kalesniko

Daily OCD: 5/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPeanutsMomeMichael KuppermanMark KalesnikoLove and RocketsJoe DalyJim WoodringJacques TardiDaily OCDComing AttractionsBen SchwartzBasil Wolverton 10 May 2010 5:23 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions (through yesterday; we're a bit behind):

The Culture Corner

Review: "...[E]ven [Basil Wolverton]'s throwaway work — in this case, half-page gag strips (emphasis on the 'gag') that appeared in Fawcett's Captain Marvel titles during and after World War II — is fully worthy of rediscovery. Like a Bizarro Dr. Seuss, Wolverton packs each Culture Corner with goofy, rhyming advice... While silly and inconsequential, these strips revel in the subversive, surrealist glee that would develop more fully in Wolverton's later output for Mad and others, a style that would help unlock the inner cretin inside everyone from Robert Crumb to Peter Bagge. ...Fantagraphics has to be applauded for tenaciously keeping Wolverton and his eye-gouging, subliminally influential work from slipping through the cracks of comics history. [Grade] B+" — The A.V. Club

It Was the War of the Trenches

Review: "...Tardi’s [It Was the] War of the Trenches is the most powerful comic I’ve read on World War One since Charley’s War... The black and white art is perfectly suited to the era being covered... while Tardi, not for the first time, proves himself a master of expression, the looks on the faces of the men caught up in the war speaking absolute volumes... It’s a hugely powerful work, both moving and horrific and filled with anger for the suffering and injustices one group of ‘civilised’ humans can visit upon another... [A]s the last voices of those who were actually there are fading into silence works like this are needed to remind us of the monstrous acts we can be capable of in service to the beasts of jingoism and nationalism and hubris, that we should read them and take cautionary lessons from them. Never forget." – Joe Gordon, The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Interview: Avoid the Future has an illuminating talk with Joe Daly: "The environment is surreal, in that it combines the fantastical with the urbane. I try to meld these two sides together into a continuum that supports both the phantasmagoric  and the banal, in a naturalistic kind of way. On a conceptual level, I’m also interested in combining extreme stupidity with a bit of cleverness (which the title ‘Dungeon Quest’ is supposed to invoke)." There's also a glimpse of Dungeon Quest Book 2!

The Best  American Comics Criticism [Pre-Order]

Interview: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon grills Ben Schwartz, editor of The Best American Comics Criticism, saying "It's the kind of volume that starts fights... but that's okay and it's part of the fun. There's a lot of good work in the book and one or two absolutely inspired choices. Anyone with an interest in comics should at least give it a flip-through, and anyone with an interest in writing about the medium should use it as a springboard to discover a host of excellent new favorites." Schwartz on pitching the book: "Gary was the most skeptical. Early on he asked me if I seriously thought I could fill a whole book with good writing on comics. He sent me his essay 'The Death of Criticism.' Nice to know that's on your publisher's mind!"

Weathercraft

Interview: Canada's National Post has a Q&A with TCAF special guest Jim Woodring: "My name is Jim Woodring and I’m a cartoonist. I’m going to TCAF by invitation, with an assist from Fantagraphics Books, my publisher. I have a new book out called Weathercraft and I’m going to answer questions about it.

Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008

Plugs: At The Cool Kids Table, Rickey Purdin runs down some recent acquisitions, including a couple volumes of Mome ("constantly entertaining") and the Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales free comic ("...this free sample is PROBABLY about to set me on a path of Woodring fanaticism. Well played, Fantagraphics.")

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6

Plug: "Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle is that rarest of comic books: It's actually, genuinely a comic experience, with several guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments per issue." – Paul Constant, The Stranger

Freeway - Mark Kalesniko

Plug: Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson spotlights Mark Kalesniko's Freeway in a roundup of upcoming graphic novels

Love and Rockets

Links: Love & Maggie present a "monster-sized" edition of their exhaustive Love and Rockets link roundups

Police blotter: "Man dressed as Snoopy in 'worst attempted jail-break ever'" (via our own Eric Reynolds)

Things to see: 5/3/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLove and RocketsKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJohnny RyanJim WoodringJaime HernandezHans RickheitGabrielle BellDerek Van GiesonComing Attractions 3 May 2010 5:06 PM

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

boat ride - Jim Woodring

• From Jim Woodring, a glimpse at his next book following Weathercraft, Congress of the Animals

Tron of Finland - Johnny Ryan

• The genius of Johnny Ryan brings you "Tron of Finland"

Rumbling - Kevin Huizenga

What Things Do begins serialization of Kevin Huizenga's Rumbling

Stockholm - Gabrielle Bell

Stockholm -  Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell continues and concludes reporting from her Stockholm trip

line - Renee French

Stone tower - Renee French

Renee French does hilarious and alarming with equal aplomb

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

exotichypnoticimage - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit presents Ectopiary page 22 and his description of this illustration is priceless

illustration - Marco Corona

il mago - Marco Corona

• Recent illustrations by Marco Corona: Sports! Magic!

Mail Order Bride sketches - Mark Kalesniko

Character sketches from Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

Cabbit - Josh Simmons

• I do believe the cabbit is a Josh Simmons creation on his & Wendy Chin's Quackers blog

Devil Doll 4 - cathedral - Derek Van Gieson

• Here's a sneak peek at a future installment of Derek Van Gieson's Mome serial "Devil Doll"

Things to see: 4/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThings to seerockRobert WilliamsRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoLilli Carréjohn kerschbaumJohn Hankiewicz 27 Apr 2010 4:37 PM

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

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's a brand new installment installments of The All-New Cartoon Boy Adventure Hour by John Kerschbaum at ACT-I-VATE

Swedish Slouchers - John Hankiewicz

Swedish Slouchers is a new lithograph from John Hankiewicz

chewers - Lilli Carré

• Click to see the latest animated drawing by Lilli Carré in action

Lisa in a Pink Blouse - Mark Kalesniko

• "Lisa in a Pink Blouse" is a circa-1990s portrait by Mark Kalesniko

Flying Ant 2 - Renee French

Renee French gets buggy

• Eric Reynolds was searching YouTube for Butthole Surfers videos and came across this one which is full of Robert Williams artwork

Things to see: 4/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under toysTMNTThings to seeSteven WeissmanRoger LangridgeRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJosh Simmonsjon vermilyeaJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantoroDebbie DrechslerDame DarcyArcher Prewitt 19 Apr 2010 4:04 PM

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

Home Early by Johnny Ryan

A new Vice comic by Johnny Ryan

Stinckers Series 3 - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman's new series of Stinckers is taking shape

No Argument - John Hankiewicz

• On his Clip Joint blog John Hankiewicz says "My lithograph No Argument is part of the 30th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The show, now open, runs until May 26th. More information here."

B 3 and 4 - Frank Santoro

• From Frank Santoro, what I can only assume are process pics of some color backgrounds using airbrush or spray paint... they're pretty, whatever they are

Dame Darcy witch craft kit

• Get yourself a Dame Darcy Witch Craft Kit for all your charm-casting needs

crow - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler draws a fallen crow

Roosevelt Island - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell re-runs her story "Roosevelt Island"

Allen Ginsberg toy box - Archer Prewitt

• It's Archer Prewitt's packaging design for Presspop's forthcoming Allen Ginsberg vinyl figurine

slugteeth - Renee French

• I don't imagine Renee French intends to remind us to floss, but that's what I'm getting here

F1 - Kevin Huizenga

This looks like it might be the cover to a new mini by Kevin Huizenga but maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part

Blond Girl in a Black Dress 2 - Mark Kalesniko

• "Blond Girl in a Black Dress 2 " by Mark Kalesniko

Bunnytown Justice! - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons & Wendy Chin have been keeping the cute coming on the Quackers blog

Fred x Thor - Roger Langridge

• I'm super excited for Roger Langridge's new Thor series

Ectiopiary page 20 - Hans Rickheit

Dr. Spekulatius Visits - Hans Rickheit

Ectiopiary page 20 and "an ancient illustration" by Hans Rickheit

zine

Jon Vermilyea posts a teaser from his upcoming TMNT zine

Things to see: 4/13/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanGabrielle Bellfan artEllen ForneyDebbie Drechsler 13 Apr 2010 5:43 PM

Daily clips & strips, catching up from MoCCA weekend (again, more catch-up tomorrow) — click through for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Go out, Glenn - Kevin Huizenga

• Unless there's some kind of Glenn Ganges/Leon Beyond crossover in the works I kind of think Kevin Huizenga might have posted this drawing on the wrong blog by mistake

Safe Hug! - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman 's working on some more Stincker ideas

Love Note - Ellen Forney

• See Ellen Forney's latest artwork, a collaborative installation with Jake Fennell titled Love Note, at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival opening April 30; Ellen has more info and an interview at her blog

Prison Pit fan art - Cliff Chiang

Prison Pit fan art seems to be becoming a thing. Johnny Ryan posted another piece, this time by Cliff Chiang — it's a cross-company crossover!

superheroes - Paul Hornschemeier

• In a similar-ish vein, Paul Hornschemeier uses the announcement of Strange Tales 2 from Marvel as an excuse to post these glum-looking hero-types

Tina Fey/Liz Lemon - Paul Hornschemeier

• Also from Paul, this Tina Fey/Liz Lemon illustration for the WSJ (plus the original blue-line/inks)

angry squirrel - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler has been sketching all kinds of local fauna, including grebes, a turtle, a hummingbird, a woodpecker and an angry squirrel

Manifestation - Gabrielle Bell

The S.C.U.M. Manifesto - Gabrielle Bell

The conclusion of Gabrielle Bell's "Manifestation" and, as a bonus, the cover of her fictional adaptation of The S.C.U.M. Manifesto from the story at The Hypothetical Library

Blond Girl in a Black Dress - Mark Kalesniko

• "Blond Girl in a Black Dress" by Mark Kalesniko

mask 3 - Renee French

This is a highlight of the last few days' artblogging from Renee French; the Lego alleyway is another

Things to see: 4/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeMark KalesnikoJaime HernandezGabrielle Bell 6 Apr 2010 4:07 PM

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

New Yorker illustration - Jaime Hernandez

• What-Took-Them-So-Long Dept: This Jaime Hernandez illustration accompanies a short story by Junot Diaz in the March 22 New Yorker (via The Comics Reporter)

Manifestation - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell's "Manifestation" gets even nuttier in part 3

Mail Order Bride rough - Mark Kalesniko

• Another layout rough from Mark Kalesniko's Mail Order Bride

Things to see: 3/29/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanRenee FrenchOriginal ArtNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaHans RickheitGabrielle BellDerek Van GiesonDame Darcy 29 Mar 2010 2:44 PM

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

Zombie Jesus - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy is selling framed original spot illustrations from Frightful Fairytales in her Etsy shop for crazy cheap (if they're not already all sold). How can you resist Zombie Jesus?

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond keeps bubbling along with Kevin Huizenga's latest

Rocky - Renee French

• Thank goodness Renee French is giving the teeth a rest — this guy's name is Rocky

Ectiopiary - Hans Rickheit

Cochlea & Eustachia - Hans Rickheit

• From Hans Rickheit, page 17 of Ectopiary and another unpublished Cochlea & Eustachia strip

Whiskey Is the Key Says Me - Derek Van Gieson

• All those nutty Derek Van Gieson pages I've been posting here lately? They're part of his self-published Whiskey Is the Key Says Me, available at the MoCCA fest in a couple weeks

Noah Van Sciver draws the Twiztid show

• What it says on the tin: Noah Van Sciver depicts scenes from a juggalo concert for the Denver Westword

peanut butter & jelly ice cream sandwiches

Steven Weissman's peanut butter & jelly ice cream sandwiches and the illustrated tags thereof (I sure hope he's not kidding about that recipe book)

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

• The continuation of Gabrielle Bell's new Lucky story "Manifestation"

sketch - Mark Kalesniko

• "Red Haired Girl in a Pattern Vest" by Mark Kalesniko

Things to see: 3/25/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim HensleyThings to seeSteven WeissmanRobert GoodinPopeyeOriginal ArtMark KalesnikoMaakiesJim FloraEC SegarDrew Friedman 25 Mar 2010 4:51 PM

 Daily clips & strips — click for improved viewing at the sources:

Alice in Wackoland - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman strikes straight to the heart of the zeitgeist in his new cover illo for The Nation

Black Blizzard lettering - Tim Hensley

Tim Hensley takes you through his process for creating the cover lettering for D&Q's new Tatsumi book

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

This week's Maakies from Tony Millionaire

Yogi Bear - Robert Goodin

• We've featured this Robert Goodin piece before but it's up on the Covered blog today

original Popeye art - E.C. Segar

• At Three Men in a Tub, Ted Dawson presents the original art for a 1933 Popeye vs. Bluto Thimble Theatre strip (published in Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"; via The Comics Reporter )

Celebrities - Jim Flora

Celebrities is a new fine art print available from Jim Flora Art

Mail Order Bride sketches - Mark Kalesniko

More preliminary sketches from Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

Things to see: 3/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanSara Edward-CorbettRichard SalaRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierMark KalesnikoJohnny RyanJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellDerek Van Gieson 22 Mar 2010 7:26 PM

Dear Esti - Steven Weissman

• Some lucky 5th-grader is getting this in the mail from Steven Weissman

Strange Question - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents "Strange Question," a story dated 1985/2003, in two parts

moptops on deck - Jim Flora

• A nautical-themed Jim Flora piece from around 20 years ago

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

• OMG, Gabrielle Bell draws Stephen Colbert in her new Lucky strip

Mail Order Bride rough page - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko presents a roughed-out page from Mail Order Bride

WSJ illustration - Paul Hornschemeier

• Woo woo! It's Paul Hornschemeier's latest WSJ illustration

thewlis9 - Renee French

• More Renee French-drawn teeth. Gaaaah. Whew!

from Pood #1 - Sara Edward-Corbett

• A quarterly alternative comics anthology with a funny-sounding four-letter name? Gee, I wonder where they got that idea? Kidding aside, Robot 6 and The Beat report on pood, a newsprint broadsheet-format comic which debuts at MoCCA this year and features Sara Edward-Corbett (above), Hans Rickheit and many others

Ectopiary page 16 - Hans Rickheit

• Speaking of Hans Rickheit, here's his Ectopiary page 16 and an album cover commission

Pequeño Unicornio Tamale, Detective Privado Sobrenatural - Derek Van Gieson

• "Pequeño Unicornio Tamale, Detective Privado Sobrenatural" by Derek Van Gieson

structure 0034 - Tom Kaczynski

• "Meteorite swarm" (above) and "moulded gravity" from Tom Kaczynski

Nachos

Metaliban

Two more possibly-related pieces of evidence for the greatness of Johnny Ryan

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 4:54 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!