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Category >> Mome

Nilsen at Quimby's TONIGHT!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MomeeventsAnders Nilsen 25 Sep 2008 1:57 PM

Anders Nilsen artwork

Chicagoans! You've got 2 hours to hie ye'self down to Quimby's to see a reading by Anders Nilsen at 7 PM. Sez Anders on his blog, "I'll be showing a sort of preview of the forthcoming Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes (Monologues II-Fantagraphics Books, due out in February) as well as a video-ized version of the strip Event, which first appeared in Mome, back in 2005, and was originally conceived as a video, not a comic strip. Which explains why it doesn't really look like one. Joe Meno and Arthur Nersesian are also reading."

New desktop/mobile wallpaper downloads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersMomemetaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJim WoodringJasonDaniel Clowes 24 Sep 2008 4:30 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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Video MOME review
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Mome 23 Sep 2008 11:53 AM

I don't know why, but watching a video review of a book you put together is infinitely more dread-inducing than a print review. But I guess we got off pretty easy with this week's Comic Book Haters video podcast.  I'm not sure there's anything more entertaining than listening to three guys with thick Jersey accents trying to make sense of something they're not very familiar with. I'm actually quite grateful to the Haters for giving MOME a shot, because it's clearly not in their wheelhouse, per se, and it would have been easy for them to choose something else to review. But they didn't, and hey, they kind of liked it. Thanks, guys!

Satellite CMYK: Coming in Nov.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under MomeDash Shaw 12 Sep 2008 9:56 PM

Mome Vol. 26
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMomeKurt Wolfgang 29 Aug 2008 2:59 PM

Mome Vol. 26 - Kurt Wolfgang

As envisioned by Kurt Wolfgang. (Normally Eric would post this, but he's out chauffeuring Mr. Clowes right now.) 

Sara Edward-Corbett Mome 13 sneak peek
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMome 18 Aug 2008 12:10 AM
Click on through to see it on the Invisibleman blog to which Sara contributes.
Summer Crossover: MOME & The New Yorker
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Mome 4 Aug 2008 5:29 PM

Last week, I was emailing with MOME contributor Derek Van Gieson, who also happens to be a New Yorker contributor. He was bringing me up to speed on his next MOME story's progress, and mentioned to me that in the course of working on something for Vol. 13, he abandoned several panels. I told him I was sorry to learn he had worked hard on something only to abandon it, and later that day he told me not to worry, he'd found another home for part of it at The New Yorker. I half-jokingly told him I took a certain pride in knowing the New Yorker was publishing MOME's castoffs, and asked him to tell me more. It was an interesting story and insight into an author's process, so I asked him if he'd wanted to write something up about it for Flog. Derek's piece in MOME 12, "Parallelograms," is his MOME debut and I thought it would be an interesting way to draw some attention to his comics work. He was gracious enough to oblige...

 

I guess this can be best summed up as a "you got chocolate in my peanut butter" type situation. Let me explain — on my drafting table there lays the divide. On my right sits my Fantagraphics work for Mome, and on my left, a pile of drawings designated for the weekly Tuesday showing with Bob Mankoff at The New Yorker. The work for both differs so greatly, that the separation of these approaches could lead to artistic schizophrenic whiplash, yet through the power of cheap hooch, I persevere.

And yet, there I was- slaving away on Mome 13 when all of a sudden a break in style happened. All of the seriousness was sucked out of the room as one of my characters was positioned on a dock, engaged in fisticuffs with a rather silly looking shark. Sam Gross has a great expression regarding a situation like this- in cartoons you either have "funny drawings or you draw funny." Usually, you'd aspire to the former; in this case I think that actually happened, unintentionally. That shark is pretty goddamn ridiculous looking, it was indeed a funny drawing. Needless to say, it was clearly a cartoon and therefore didn't fit the story in progress about marriage and murder and ultimately sat awkwardly in limbo.

And then came the siren call of the New Yorker Cartoon Lounge with an assignment: the worst aspects about summer. At first I thought of a four-panel gag- the three you'll most likely become acquainted with, along with an unseen fourth panel involving a killer butterfly. I drew it a few times- it didn't look pissy enough and then I discarded it. But the other three panels are where it's at.

The first panel is the one I discussed above regarding the shark. I've seen some strange shit at Coney Island and so it seemed a great starting point- somewhat abstract and out of nowhere, what Mankoff would regard as my "Dada stuff". Lately I was told to lay off cats, werewolves, and aliens for my submissions but that's another story. The second panel is TRUTH. The summer is filled with random and spontaneous liquor choices, most of them against long standing convention. I know for a fact when I drew this panel I was indeed hung over, in this particular case from Harry Nilsson Brandy Alexander night at my apartment with fellow New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake. It seemed appropriate to document this, as it was a consistent aspect of my summer. The third panel, which you'll find on the New Yorker website here, refers to Sid Harris having gave hell to another cartoonist about his appearance from the waist down. It was pretty funny and deserved documentation. I wear trousers to avoid such ridicule, however chummy.

Included here are the first two panels of the gag along with a preview of what I've been working on for Mome 13. It's pen & ink with coffee washes. If I don't drink it, it goes into the drawing. Have I mistakenly taken a swig from the ink and coffee wash cup? The answer is yes.

-Derek Van Gieson

 

 1) Panels 1 & 2 of "The 3 Worst Things About Summer" (panel 3 here):

 

 

2) Sample page from "The Marriage Tree," from the forthcoming MOME 13 (November 2008).

  

 

Special thanks to DVG for doing this for Flog readers. 

 

Now in stock: Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMome 31 Jul 2008 2:21 PM

Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008

Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008
By various artists; edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds

Appearing in MOME 12: Cover art and debut story by European master Olivier Schrauwen, who contributes the hilarious "Hair Types." David B. is back with "The Drum Who Fell In Love," while MOME #11 cover boy Killoffer gives us "Dirty Family Laundry." Nate Neal deconstructs the genres of indie comix in "Reality Comics Quartet," while Dash Shaw delivers another full-color gem titled "Train." Tom Kaczynski presents a suite of strips detailing the history of noise, while newcomer Jon Vermilyea introduces the creepy funny "Breakfast Crew." Plus, more Killoffer, Ray Fenwick, Sophie Crumb, and the great Al Columbia. On top of all this, we have newcomers Derek Van Gieson and Sara Edward-Corbett, as well as an illustrated prose short story by Paul Hornschemeier. Our most dense issue yet!

120-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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Sneak peek video & photos: Mome Vol. 12
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMome 17 Jul 2008 12:32 PM

Our week of video and photo teasers of upcoming releases continues with Mome Vol. 12, the next installment of our quarterly-ish cutting-edge comics anthology. Watch the video above, and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008 - cover by Olivier Schrauwen

Dash Shaw's Satellite CMYK
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMomeDash Shaw 28 May 2008 2:18 PM

Satellite CMYK by Dash Shaw from Mome Vol. 13 - sample page

Dash Shaw reveals a page from "Satellite CMYK," his contribution to Mome Vol. 13 (coming this Fall).