|Daily Links 12/1/08|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom Kaczynski, reviews, Popeye, Mark Kalesniko, Lilli Carré, Kevin Huizenga, john kerschbaum, Dash Shaw||1 Dec 2008 2:05 PM|
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Category >> Popeye
When I was a kid, I had a recurring dream about hanging out at Popeye and Olive Oyl's house. I really liked Popeye, and had a bit of a crush on Olive. Little did I know, I could have tried to convince my parents to actually take me to Popeye's house... in Malta! I am so taking my li'l swee'pea here one day.
There'll be a little more catch-up tomorrow:
• Flog commenter "Faraquet" points out this 2001 Dutch TV interview with Daniel Clowes (via this blog) and says "It's very weird" (having watched the first few minutes we're going to say it's the background music that gives that impression)
• I'm pretty sure I've seen this circulate on the blogosphere before, but: Tim Hensley presents The World's Weirdest Comics Jam
No updates tomorrow or Monday: I'm taking a long weekend (Felt Club ahoy) so I'll have a multi-day update for you next week.
• Look, a groovy mid-'90s Fantagraphics house ad from J.R. Williams
• 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."
Our third volume (of six) of the acclaimed hit series collecting the entirety of E.C. Segar's original Popeye (a.k.a. Thimble Theatre) comic strips features work from 1932 to 1934. In addition to the daily and Sunday strips, this volume will present a true collector’s item: Segar’s never-reprinted two-week “World’s Fair” continuity. In 1933, in addition to the normal daily and Sunday continuities, Segar produced a special, two-week sequence of extra-large strips (two to three tiers each) in which Wimpy and Popeye travel to Chicago to take in the World’s Fair. Olive Oyl is left behind on account of “she ain’t wide-minded,” but Olive has other ideas and follows Popeye to make sure he isn’t flirting with any pretty girls. This sequence has never been republished since its original publication 75 years ago.
Stories in this volume include "The Eighth Sea," a nautical thriller-diller starring, in his only appearance in the actual Segar Popeye strip, Bluto (plus the shape-shfiting detective Merlock Jones); "Long Live the King" and "Popeye King of Popilania"; "Star Reporter," in which Popeye juggles his career as a newspaperman and a recent adoptive Dad to the one and only Swee'pea. Plus over a year's worth of great full color Sunday strips, many of them focusing on everyone's favorite glutton Wimpy!
This volume also contains the conclusion of Donald Phelps’s incisive and articulate critical essay on Segar’s work “Real People, Real Theatre.”
E.C. Segar blended complex narratives, slapstick traditions, brilliant characterization, and an inimitable cartooning style to create the most exciting and profound humor of his era, rivaling the great film comics of his era, such as Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. Discover this American treasure in this handsomely designed series perfect for all ages.
I have a feeling I've already mentioned this but... The Popeye cartoons have been getting a reissue lately and we put together this little "Plunder Island" full-color comic book as a teaser to next year's Volume Four of our Complete Popeye comic strip. It's available only in the DVD package.
Our wonderful printer of the Popeye series, Print Vision, just sent me this photo of our 3rd volume to confirm that the diecut aligns correctly. This should be in stores in November.
Thank you Fantagraphics for letting me use such a ridiculous sequence on the Wimpy cover. (Next year: Sea Hag/Goon.)