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Category >> Peter Bagge

Daily OCD: 10/11/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven BrowerStephen DeStefanoreviewsPeter BaggeMoto HagioMort MeskinmangaLove and RocketsJohnny RyanJaime HernandezFour Color FearDrew FriedmanDaily OCD 11 Oct 2010 4:43 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

From Shadow to Light: The Life & Art of Mort Meskin [Pre-Order]

Review: "...[From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin] is extremely informative and truly wonderful... Evocatively written by creative/art director, designer, educator and biographical author Steven Brower, with dozens of first hand accounts from family, friends and contemporaries; the sad, unjust life of this major figure of popular art is fully explored and gloriously justified by every miraculous page of his work reproduced herein. [...] Brilliant, captivating, utterly unforgettable and unknown, Meskin’s enforced anonymity is finally coming to an end and this magical chronicle is hopefully only the first step in rediscovering this major talent." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

Review: "[Mort] Meskin... deserves to be treasured by all comic fans and studied by all artists of the medium. Now, at last, he gets some of the attention he is due in From Shadow to Light: The Life & Art of Mort Meskin by Steven Brower. [...] On display in this book are amazing examples of comic art. [...] The biographical portion of the book is enlivened by vivid detail from many personal recounts by artists and friends Meskin worked with and his own sons... Overall... this book is an incredible testament to an incredible talent and hopefully it will encourage more comic fans to learn about Meskin and seek out some of his work." – Rich Clabaugh, The Christian Science Monitor

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s [Pre-Order]

Review: "Four Color Fear is a lovingly accumulated and organized collection of... stories starring ghosts, ghouls, zombies, demons, and monsters of all stripes. [...] Four Color Fear offers some nice bonus features too, which elevate it from being a simple compilation of reprinted stories. [...] In case I haven’t made this clear yet: this book is tremendous. [...] For fans of the genre, [editor Greg] Sadowski has performed a valuable service — rescuing these stories from obscurity and reminding us that, yes, EC was one of the important publishers of its era — only one of many. [Rating] 9/10" – David Maine, PopMatters

Too Soon? Famous/Infamous Faces 1995-2010 [Pre-Order]

Review: "One of the consolations of being obscure is the knowledge that you'll never have to wake up in a world where Drew Friedman has caricatured you. Friedman's pen is relentless and his eye is merciless: every foible, every wrinkle or blush or spot is seen clearly and depicted precisely. ...[T]here hasn't been a book like Too Soon? before, and it's been needed. So the answer to the question's title is: no, not at all. If anything, it's long overdue." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Reviews: The new episode of Easy Rider, the radio show for "rock, punk rock, country, power pop, garage and comics" from Radio PFM out of Arras in northern France, features Lucky in Love Book 1 by George Chieffet & Stephen DeStefano, Locas by Jaime Hernandez, and Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me by Peter Bagge among their Comics of the Week 

Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 3): Perla La Loca [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "Love and Rocktober" continues at Attentiondeficitdisorderly as Sean T. Collins looks at Jaime's Perla La Loca: "So what conclusions are we to draw from all this? It's taken me a while, but I've come to the conclusion that drawing a conclusion is the wrong thing to do. There's not some message being sent here about, I dunno, punk or fluid sexuality or sex work, which are sort of the common threads of the two big stories here... The message, I think, is simply to be found in the fact that there are two big, separate Maggie and Hopey stories here. They're not symbols, they're people."

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Plug: "Weeks like this are rare for fans of legendary manga... Fantagraphics comes out with A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and finally puts an end to the *absolute nonsense* that was the lack of translated work by Moto Hagio. [...] Support the translation of quality art-manga!" – 211 Bernard (Librairie Drawn & Quarterly)

Prison Pit: Book 2  [Pre-Order]

Interview: Jesse Tangen-Mills conducts the first of two interviews with Johnny Ryan at The Comics Journal: "At first my Mom thought this would be a nice hobby for me. She never liked the idea or thought I could make a living out of it. Now, she seems to appreciate it a bit more. I do send her my books because she asks for them. I don’t think I would otherwise."

Interview: The second interview with Johnny Ryan at The Comics Journal, conducted by Ian Burns, was originally meant for this blog, but deemed Too Good for Flog: "...I felt, by doing research, I’m completely undermining the work. It goes back to my whole thing about seeing like a teenager’s action comic. Teenagers don’t think about, 'Well, I need to take an anatomy course,' [Burns laughs] 'before I draw my mutant planet war.' They just fuckin’ just go and just jump into it. So I had that same vibe."

Peter Bagge covers The Guild
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter Bagge 23 Sep 2010 1:48 PM

The Guild - Peter Bagge

Remember last week when we reported that Gilbert Hernandez did a cover for an upcoming comics one-shot from Dark Horse focused on a character from the web series The Guild? (That's a mouthful.) Well Peter Bagge did one too, as revealed today by USA Today Pop Candy.

Jet City this Weekend
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peter BaggeJim Woodringevents 23 Sep 2010 10:27 AM

This Saturday is the first inaugural Jet City Comic Show here in our own backyard of Seattle, and we will be there. Come by and say hi to Larry Reid and Jacq Cohen, and in the afternoon, look for Peter Bagge and newly-crowned GENIUS Jim Woodring, who will be signing books for an hour or two. Stop by an pick up a coupon for 20% off at our bookstore and gallery!

First Look: Hate Annual #9 by Peter Bagge
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeComing Attractions 20 Sep 2010 12:51 PM

Hate Annual #9 by Peter Bagge

Could it be? Peter Bagge's Hate Annual is... back on an annual schedule? We'll be soliciting it for sometime in Spring 2011 — just 12 months (or less!) after the last issue! And oh yeah, how 'bout that cover! Jeezum crow!

Carol Tyler event photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreEllen ForneyCarol Tyler 17 Sep 2010 12:13 PM

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010

Here's a few photos from Carol Tyler's exhibit opening and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last weekend. (See many more in our Flickr set.) Unfortunately your photographer was not able to capture moments like Carol boogie-ing to surf rock and Carol and Peter Bagge exchanging gang signs during a discussion about lettering. Just goes to show you: you have to be there!

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
A lively crowd, with Carol tucked away at far right.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Ellen Forney & friend, left, with Jim Woodring, right.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Detail of Carol's amazing original art — see the photo set for views of the entire exhibit.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Carol shows off her hand-appliquéd Army jacket liner as depicted in You'll Never Know, Book 2: Collateral Damage.

Carol Tyler at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Sept. 11, 2010
Carol, left, with Peter Bagge, right, and smilin' John Ohannesian of Georgetown Records, center. (This wasn't the gang-sign conversation.)




Smoke Signal 6 is boss
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanePeter BaggeNoah Van SciverNate NealMichael KuppermanMartin CendredaKevin HuizengaKazjon vermilyeaGabrielle BellDerek Van Gieson 3 Sep 2010 1:57 PM

Smoke Signal 6

The new ish of Smoke Signal is out and it is a doozy! With contribs from Peter Bagge (that killer cover), Tim Lane, Gabrielle Bell, Michael Kupperman, Kevin Huizenga, Jon Vermilyea, Nate Neal, Noah Van Sciver, Derek Van Gieson, Martin Cendreda, our own Jason T. Miles, Kaz (back cover) and many more of our faves, this one is a must-get. Pick one up for FREE at Desert Island in Brooklyn, or order one here.

Counterculture Comix at Bumbershoot FREE on Friday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffPeter BaggeJim WoodringeventsBumbershoot 1 Sep 2010 10:51 AM

Jim Woodring wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork by Jim Woodring — click for larger version and see below for more photos]

Comics connoisseurs can view "Counterculture Comix: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" for free this Friday, September 3 from 11:00 [correction:] noon to 7:00 PM in the Olympic Room on the Northwest corner of the Seattle Center grounds near Key Arena.)

The exhibition features 3 generations of cartoonists from the city that gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement. More than 250 artworks and artifacts are on display, with a comix reading lounge, a continuous screening of David Moore's seminal Hooked on Comix documentary, and cartooning demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers. All Bumbershoot visual art shows are free on Friday, and hizzoner the mayor will tour the exhibitions in the afternoon.

Bumbershoot, Seattle's annual Labor Day weekend arts festival, looks promising this year. In addition to the comix exhibition, there's the daily Flatstock poster show, a special preview of the anxiously-awaited Jesse Bernstein documentary I Am Secretly an Important Man on Saturday, a concert by Hole, featuring the lovely and talented Courtney Love on Sunday, and the equally lovely and talented Tony Millionaire on Monday. Hope to see you there.

Lynda Barry wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Lynda Barry]

Peter Bagge wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Peter Bagge]

Profanity Hill installation, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Jason T. Miles assembles the Profanity Hill installation]




Daily OCD: 8/24/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsRand HolmesPeter BaggePatrick RosenkranzLove and RocketsJohnny RyanGilbert HernandezDaily OCDBen Schwartz 24 Aug 2010 3:01 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective [Pre-Order]

Review: "Early reviews of The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective are heralding it as a much-deserved tribute to a forgotten genius... Around these parts, Holmes, who passed away in 2002, has been a revered figure for decades. [...] Through excerpts from the artist’s own journals and interviews with those who knew him, Patrick Rosenkranz presents his subject as a man of contradictions, both prodigiously gifted and painfully insecure. [...] Holmes’s art was always marked by sharp visual wit and a sometimes astonishing attention to detail. He was indeed a genius, and thanks to Fantagraphics, he won’t be a forgotten one." – John Lucas, The Georgia Straight

Love and Rockets Book 25: High Soft Lisp [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "...High Soft Lisp remains another Gilbert Hernandez winner. Frank and trippy, sexy and creepy, nobody working in comics creates worlds as deep or intriguing as Gilbert Hernandez’s." – Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

Prison Pit: Book 2  [Pre-Order]

List: io9 names Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit: Book 2 as one of "30+ comics that we're craving this fall"

Can You Imagine?

Interview: At the KEXP blog, Chris Estey talks to Peter Bagge about his band Can You Imagine?: " The main reason I took up the guitar and abandoned the drums was so I could have more control over what type of music my band plays and how. Pop rock from the 60s is obviously my favorite kind of music, but I also loved punk and new wave from the late 70s, since those bands broke free from the self important and self indulgent style of music that was ruining rock. I also loved that the self deprecating humor they all exhibited (or that the best bands did, anyway)."

The Best American Comics Criticism

Roundtable: The Comics Journal's Best American Comics Criticism roundtable continues, with contributions from Caroline Small, Brian Doherty and Jeet Heer

Peter Bagge Can You Imagine? band merch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockPeter Baggemerch 4 Aug 2010 12:36 PM

Can You Imagine? mug - Peter Bagge

Peter Bagge collectors! People who like fun! Get yerself some merch from Peter's band Can You Imagine? in the Can You Imagine? merch shop! T-shirts! Buttons! Mugs! 'N' more!

New Comics Day 8/4/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeNew Comics DayMichael KuppermanHans Rickheit 3 Aug 2010 9:23 PM

Two items which are due to arrive in this week's shipment to comic shops were not published by us but are of interest, one of which we are distributing and the other of which comes from one of the "big two":

Chloe - Hans Rickheit

Chloe
by Hans Rickheit

136-page black & white 5.5" x 8.5" softcover • $10.95

Contrary to what is being reported, this is not a new printing of Hans Rickheit's Xeric-winning 2002 graphic novella which preceded The Squirrel Machine: this is the original self-published edition, which we are distributing to the Direct Market for the first time (via Adult Previews, due to the book's mature content). View some sample artwork here.

"...[R]un, don't walk, to get that book. Rickheit's a major talent and that book is something erotic and special. It's like a dirty secret." – Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly

"Filthy, filthy comics by Hans Rickheit..." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Deadpool - Michael Kupperman

And Marvel releases Deadpool #1000, which features stories by Michael Kupperman (above) and Peter Bagge among others. I have never read a Deadpool comic before, but there's a first time for everything.

Hit up your local shop for your purchasing needs. It looks like we'll have at least a couple of official Fantagraphics releases hitting stores next week so stay tuned.