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Category >> Richard Sala

Things to see: 3/5/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiTim LaneThings to seeT Edward BakRobert GoodinRichard SalaRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierJim FloraJaime HernandezDerek Van Gieson 5 Mar 2010 5:58 PM

Your daily art bloggery:

Yogi Bear - Robert Goodin

• Reminder: the Covered art show at Secret Headquarters opens tomorrow night! Here's a piece by show curator/organizer Robert Goodin as revealed on Steven Weissman's blog...

Beware - Richard Sala

• ...and Richard Sala posts his own contribution

Myth of Jack Theatre Presents Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Tim Lane's serialized strip Myth of Jack Theatre Presents: Belligerent Piano begins running this week in the St. Louis Riverfront Times and on Tim's blog

Management - Jim Flora

Corporate motivation, Jim Flora style, 1956

WSJ illustration - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier on the Oscars for the WSJ, with process art on his blog

thewlis 2 - Renee French

Pucker up for some Renee French — and this one too, ooh

The Wasp - Jaime Hernandez

• You want a bunch of Jaime Hernandez superheroine sketches gathered all in one place? Scans Daily has you covered

House of Abstraction - Derek Van Gieson

Derek Van Gieson keeps up his feverish pace — can't go wrong with a cat in a suit

structure - Tom Kaczynski

Tom Kaczynski captioned this drawing "unnatural megalithic formation" — 'nuff said

Doctor Strange - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak draws Dr. Strange??

Things to see: 3/1/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanRichard SalaRenee FrenchNate NealMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJordan CraneJim FloraJim BlanchardHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantoroDerek Van GiesonAnders Nilsen 1 Mar 2010 2:02 PM

Good grief, all you art bloggers sure stay busy over the weekends...

comic by Frank Santoro

• Man, remember the awesome comics that Tower Records' Pulse magazine ran back in the 1990s, like this one from Frank Santoro?

Oz art - Richard Sala

A piece by Richard Sala for an Oz-themed art show at Gallery Meltdown in L.A. which opened on Saturday (Steven Weissman's in it too)

sketches - Steven Weissman

• Speaking of Steven Weissman, here are some ideas he's working on

sketches - Jim Flora

Nautical sketches circa 1950s by Jim Flora

Britney Spears - Jim Blanchard

Mooseheart Faith - Memories of the Future - Jim Blanchard

• Two from Jim Blanchard, who describes the commissioned drawing at top as "Definitely the high point of my art career so far"; at bottom, a record cover (click through for even more groovy lettering on the back cover)

Mother with Child - Mark Kalesniko

A series of mother-with-child sketches by Mark Kalesniko

swim - Renee French

God damn, Renee French

Bar - Kevin Huizenga

Fielder - Kevin Huizenga

Alain Saint-Ogan fan art and "F" is for Fielder by Kevin Huizenga

sketchbook - Anders Nilsen

• This and two more sketchbook spreads by Anders Nilsen

Ectopiary page 13 - Hans Rickheit

monkey - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary page 13, plus a singing monkey

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

The continuation of a New York Lucky story by Gabrielle Bell

Janet Planet - Derek Van Gieson

Nate Neal sneaks a guy into this page of Derek Van Gieson's story

Jordan Crane

• More new Jordan Crane at What Things Do

Two-by-Fours - Charles M. Schulz

• Talk about a blockhead (haw haw): I'm Learning to Share! shares a Charles M. Schulz rarity, Two-by-Fours (via Robot 6)

Things to see: 2/23/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteve BrodnerRichard SalaMark KalesnikoMarco Corona 23 Feb 2010 5:28 PM

Click to see more better:

Alice in Wonderland tea party - Richard Sala

A recent commission by Richard Sala

Platypus - Marco Corona

Marco Corona draws a platypus for the launch of a new magazine by that name

sketches - Mark Kalesniko

More sketches (above) and the resulting finished watercolor (not shown here) by Mark Kalesniko

Village Vanguard - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner's New Yorker ode to the Village Vanguard (with lots of preparatory sketches)

Covered art show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanSammy HarkhamRobert GoodinRichard SalaLaura Parkjon vermilyeaJohnny Ryanjeffrey browneventsart shows 20 Feb 2010 5:02 PM

The official announcement is as follows:

Covered art show

Covered Art Show
March 6, 8-10 pm
Secret Headquarters
Los Angeles, Ca

Artists from North America and Europe re-imagine old comic covers in their own style. Based on the blog: www.coveredblog.blogspot.com 
and curated by blog editor, Robert Goodin.

Artists included are: Andrew Brandou, Jeffrey Brown, Albert Calleros, Coop, Ludovic Debeurme, Michael Deforge, Valerie Fletcher, Yoko Furusho, Robert Goodin, Lisa Hanawalt, Dustin Harbin, Sammy Harkham, Sam Henderson, Josh Holinaty, Patrick Kochakji, Joy Kolitsky, Joe Lambert, Bob London, Tom Neely, Ben Newman, Laura Park, Brian Ralph, Aaron Renier, M. Jason Robards, Johnny Ryan, Richard Sala, Genevieve Simms, Jeremy Tinder, Jon Vermilyea, Anthony Vukojevich, and Steven Weissman.

There will be drinks.

For those out of town, the show can also be experienced on the blog with one cover being posted per day beginning March 6th. Work can be purchased by following a link to the Secret Headquarters Flickr page.

Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca 90026
323 666 2228










Things to see: 2/4/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRichard SalaPaul HornschemeierKevin Huizenga 4 Feb 2010 3:23 PM

Looks like these posts are pretty much daily, huh?

Mother, Come Home print - Paul Hornschemeier

• Three "lost" prints from Paul Hornschemeier's vaults have been found and are now for sale on his blog

Riverfront Times - Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

• Holy smokes, it's a multi-page Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond epic by Kevin Huizenga, Ted May and Dan Zettwoch, from the pages of the Riverfront Times (with "DVD extras" on Zettwoch's blog)! Will someone in St. Louis PLEASE send us some copies of this?

Jan Lööf fan art by Kevin Huizenga

• Speaking of Huizenga, holy moly, he just opened up a memory that's been dormant in my head for around 30 years with this bit of Jan Lööf fan art (click for full version) — what a great book that was

illustration by Richard Sala

Several black & white pieces from the early 1990s by Richard Sala

Daily OCD: 1/28/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalRichard SalareviewsMark NewgardenKevin HuizengaIgnatz SeriesGipiDash Shaw 28 Jan 2010 3:51 PM

A variety of Online Commentary & Diversions:

List: The Comics Journal's R.C. Harvey names Sam's Strip ("because its spoof of comic strip cartooning is a joy to behold and because it has been so long awaited") and Humbug ("because, like Sam’s Strip, we’ve waited so long for a reappearance and because of the exquisite care Fantagraphics took in making the copies of the magazine’s pages as exact as possible") as two of the Best Reprints of 2009

Review: "...[T]he handful of short stories [in The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.] represent great leaps in, or at the very least previously unseen examples of, [Shaw's] innovative approach to comics coloring, as well as some inventive storytelling techniques." – Christopher Allen, Comic Book Galaxy

Analysis: At PopMatters, Oliver Ho explores the resonances between Gipi's Wish You Were Here #2: They Found the Car and the classic noir film Out of the Past: "It’s as though the story is trying to invert noir’s cliches. For example, Gipi avoids flashbacks, where Out of the Past is built on them. In this respect, the comic feels like a distilled, even-harder-boiled noir story."

Links: Love & Maggie concludes their exhaustive, annotated breakdown of the contents of The Comics Journal #38

Changes: Best of luck to frequent OCD link-ee Heidi MacDonald as The Beat leaves the PW umbrella and goes solo

Things to see: More kids-book illustrations by Richard Sala

Things to see: I can certainly understand why Kevin Huizenga did this particular piece of fan art

Things to see: Mark Newgarden would gladly paint a mural for you Tuesday for a hamburger to-day (via The Comics Reporter)

Daily OCD: 1/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Trina RobbinsstaffRobert GoodinRichard SalareviewsNell BrinkleyMegan KelsoLove and RocketsLilli CarréLeah HayesJohnny RyanJaime HernandezJacques TardiCraig YoeComing AttractionsBest of 2009Al Columbia 21 Jan 2010 4:35 PM

Past, present and future in today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

List: Library Journal picks "Trina Robbins’s glam grab bag of Nell Brinkley serials," The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913–1940, as the best reprint on their Best Graphic Novels 2009 list

List: Thanks to Zack Soto for naming West Coast Blues by Tardi & Manchette, Prison Pit: Book 1 by Johnny Ryan, and Pim & Francie by Al Columbia amongst his Favorite Books of 2009 (via)

Review: "Imagine then what yesterday — or today's — right wingers would say about The Great Anti-War Cartoons... Sadly... what these cartoons have made us 'see' is how little things have changed 'round the planet, or within our species. ... And while being the spark for various brilliant cartoons over the decades doesn't justify the institutional addiction to war (or its always-looming threat), these cartoons can at least provide some solace. Or good fallout shelter reading." – Mark London Williams, The SF Site: Nexus Graphica

Review: "Jaime Hernandez’s side of the Love and Rockets anthology may have started in a world of futuristic fantasy, but [The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.] is the volume where he finds his feet and hits a groove. ... Jaime’s illustration is beautiful and effortless. His characters mix a near perfect clear-line style with cartoonish expression, used with particular aplomb when emotions are running high. It’s a masterclass in comic illustration." – Grovel

Review: "The illustrations [in Holy Moly] are so odd and random I burst out laughing at almost every page!" – Pop Culture Junkie

Plug: Library Journal features May 2010's Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso in their inaugural Graphic Novels Prepub Alert: "A coming-of-age story about a young girl from a family caught between sides in a civil war, set in a world similar to ours but where people have artichoke leaves instead of hair. ... Its delicate, rather impish black-and-white line work comes from the creator of the subtle and poignant Squirrel Mother."

Things to see: Stills from Lilli Carré's new animation in progress

Things to see: Another great duck cover cover by Robert Goodin

Things to see: Richard Sala posts scans of his 1990s illustrations for Seventeen and Sassy magazines etc.... Teen Girl Squad!

Foreign Relations: Citizen reporter Mat Probasco of Allvoices approaches our own Jason T. Miles for expert analysis on the Hong Kong government's attempt to use comics to spur youth involvement

Daily OCD: 1/20/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under toysSteven WeissmanSteve DitkostaffRichard SalaJim WoodringJacques TardiErnie Bushmiller 20 Jan 2010 3:50 PM

Brief Online Commentary & Diversions:

List: Publishers Weekly names It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi, Weathercraft by Jim Woodring, and Nancy is Happy: Complete Dailies 1942-1945 by Ernie Bushmiller to be among "The Big Graphic Novels of 2010"

Reviewer: At Comics Comics, our own Jason T. Miles geeks out over Steve Ditko

Things to see: At What Things Do, the second installment of Steven Weissman's "This Already Happened"

Things to see: Hey Richard Sala completists, you've got a hammerhead shark toy to track down... that is so rad I can't even stand it

Daily OCD: 1/14/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DixonRichard SalaPortable GrindhouseKevin HuizengaJacques BoyreauBest of 2009Alexander Theroux 14 Jan 2010 2:55 PM

Is this it for Online Commentary & Diversions today? I guess so:

Review: "Jacques Boyreau’s book [Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box] pays tribute to... imperfection. Not only is its cover — well, the cover of the book’s slipcase, at least, designed to look like a videocassette — but the photos inside showcase boxes in far from mint condition... All of this helped take me back to my VHS days, but it’s mostly the garish art that did it — lurid snatches of visual salesmanship, many of which have been burned in the back of my mind for 25 years. ... If you own only one art book featuring a back-cover illustration of Don 'The Dragon' Wilson, make it this one. And be sure to rewind, or I’ll have to charge a dollar to your account." – Rod Lott, Bookgasm

List: Looking at where we stand on Sandy Bilus's Best Comics of 2009 Meta-List (compiling all the year-end best-of lists) at I Love Rob Liefeld, we've got 2 in the top 20, 6 in the top 50, and 12 in the top 100 — not too shabby

Plug: Prestigious design blog The Book Cover Archive features Jacob Covey's cover design for What Is All This? by Stephen Dixon

Things to see: Kevin Huizenga's "Postcard from Fielder" part 7

Things to see: Richard Sala digs up some art from the vault

Reviewer: For The Wall Street Journal, Alexander Theroux looks at the novel The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

FANTAGRAPHICS 2010 PREVIEW Exhibition this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionaireRichard SalaPeter BaggeNate NealMichael KuppermanJoe DalyJim WoodringJacques TardiGilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsComing AttractionsCarol Tyler 6 Jan 2010 3:43 PM

Fantagraphics Books 2010 Preview

Don't miss an opportunity to get a sneak peek at some of the great books you'll be reading later this year at the FANTAGRAPHICS 2010 PREVIEW event this Saturday, January 9 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle.

On display will be work from Fantagraphics favorites like Peter Bagge (HATE ANNUAL #8), Tony Millionaire (BILLY HAZELNUTS AND THE CRAZY BIRD), Jim Woodring (WEATHERCRAFT), Jason (WEREWOLVES OF MONTPELLIER), Michael Kupperman (TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #6), Richard Sala (THE HIDDEN), and Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #3), as well as new offerings from masters like Jacques Tardi and Carol Tyler and relative newcomers like Joe Daly and Nate Neal, among many others. 2010 promises more of the amazingly diverse yet cohesive line of compelling comics you've come to expect from Fantagraphics Books. See for yourself this Saturday.

The opening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations at several locations throughout the historic neighborhood. For details and a map visit www.georgetownartattack.com.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.