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Category >> Stephen DeStefano

Lucky in Love animated teaser trailer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoStephen DeStefano 23 Jul 2010 8:15 AM

We're pleased to present this brilliantly animated teaser video for the upcoming graphic novel Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History by Stephen DeStefano & George Chieffet. The video was art directed by Stephen, no stranger to the animation industry, and brought to life by animator Miguel Martinez-Joffre. You can ask Stephen all about it today from 4:00-5:00 at Comic-Con when he signs with us at booth 1718 (plus Saturday 5:00-7:00 and Sunday 10:00-noon). We've uploaded the video to YouTube and Flickr. We hope to have a higher-def version available soon, but in the meantime, enjoy!

Daily OCD: 7/20/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoreviewsPeanutsMoto HagioMegan KelsomangaLinda MedleyKim DeitchJim WoodringDaily OCDCharles M SchulzCarol Tyler 20 Jul 2010 10:18 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Weathercraft

Review: "A book that sticks with you like a virus, Woodring's newest collection of tales of vague morality and definite oddity [Weathercraft] keeps intact his status as one of comics most eccentric auteurs. ... Woodring's wordless story is a looping and circumstantial affair, concerned more with fantastically rendered backgrounds — his starkly layered landscapes play like minimalist woodcuts of the deepest unconscious — than matters of plot and story. There is a creeping message of sorts, about the wages of greed and what happens to curious cats, but it's mired in a universe of deeply strange beauty and not always easy to divine." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio

Review: "...[A] gorgeously-produced best-of collection from shojo manga creator Moto Hagio, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories... The material showcased here has been assembled from across thirty years of Moto’s career, and shows her switching nimbly between storytelling modes. On the face of the evidence there was very little she could not do, some things she did well, and a few things she did magnificently. ... This book’s further evidence that 'shojo' need not be thought of as closed-ended and insular a category as “science fiction” once was." – Serdar Yegulalp, Genji Press

The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 (Vol. 12) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Review: "Where most American gag strips were about the silly things that happen every day, Peanuts was about how to keep on living when you don't get what you want. It was still vital and true at this point [1973-1974], even if more and more of the stories focused on Snoopy quaffing root beers with Bill Mauldin, or writing bad novels, or playing tennis." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Castle Waiting

Review: "Medley has a real talent for character, and she does a wonderful job of exploring and expanding upon standard fairy tale tropes. With her signature creation, Castle Waiting, she takes the bare bones of several well-known stories and redrafts them to account for the human element. ... The first volume of Castle Waiting... is available in a gorgeous hardcover edition from Fantagraphics Books... and the finished product is stunning..." – Stella Matutina

Artichoke Tales [Pre-Order]

Plug: "Megan Kelso's Artichoke Tales... is earning comparisons with epics like Cold Mountain and The Thorn Birds, and Kelso's nimble, cartoonish two-color art will remind readers of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. – Michael Bagnulo, Shelf Awareness

Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History [Pre-Order]

Interview: Stephen DeStefano talks shop in a "Cartoonist Survey" Q&A with David Paccia of David-Wasting-Paper: "I recall when I first got to DC Comics as a teenager, Joe Kubert lectured me on starting my reference file. This way, no matter what I wanted to draw, I always had a photo to reference. In this age of Google Image Search, the idea of a reference folder seems positively quaint!"

Deitch's Pictorama

Interview: At HiLobrow, Joshua Glenn presents a previously unseen 2002 Q&A (missing the Qs) with Kim Deitch: "Yeah, Waldo represents individualization. His edges can’t be smoothed off — even by me. That’s why I try not to over-use Waldo. If I haven’t got a good idea with him, I’ll let him sit on the shelf for years." (Via ¡Journalista!)

C. Tyler

Profile: The Cincinnati Enquirer's Lauren Bishop spotlights the Comic-Con-bound Carol Tyler: "It's sure to be quite a different experience from the last time Tyler attended Comic-Con, in 1988, when she received the inaugural Dori Seda Memorial Award for Best New Female Cartoonist. 'When I went, it was pretty small,' she says. 'I slept on somebody's floor.'"

Things to see: 7/13/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiThings to seeThe Comics JournalSteven WeissmanStephen DeStefanoSophie CrumbSergio PonchioneRobert GoodinRichard SalaRenee FrenchPopeyePeanutsPaul HornschemeierNoah Van SciverMomemerchMark KalesnikoLorenzo MattottiLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJim FloraJim BlanchardHans RickheitFrank SantorofashionDrew WeingDebbie DrechslerDash ShawCharles M SchulzBob Fingerman 13 Jul 2010 4:51 PM

Periodic (and tardy... so busy) clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Lorenzo Mattotti - World Cup illustrations

Lorenzo Mattotti World Cup illustrations posted at the Forbidden Planet International Blog

hellscape - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman posts a couple of concept illustrations for his in-progress prose novel The Hell of It

reanimator - Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw posts some storyboards for his in-progress animated film The Ruined Cast

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• Last week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman; also, if you want to see the scanned version of the current Barack Hussein Obama strip, it's here; also, the greatest Little League team photo ever

A Train - Frank Santoro

• From Frank Santoro: a subway sketch, a color-matching analysis swatch thingy, and a funny collage

Elvis Has Left the Building - Noah Van Sciver

Shock SuspenStories 12 - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver recounts helping John Porcellino move, and at Covered, takes on an Al Feldstein EC classic

Kid T - Kevin Huizenga

Getting Things Done - Kevin Huizenga

Glenn Ganges - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga: psychedelic explorations with Photoshop filters and aspects of McSkulls at Fight or Run; a helpful diagram at New Construction; and Glenn Ganges roughs at his flagship The Balloonist

"When you Orcs are through fighting, you can clean up this tell, it is a pig sty and a disgrace. Do you hear me? Just look at this mess– skulls and guts everywhere. Do you act like this at home?"

• The latest prose burst from Gary Panter

Set to Sea page 108 - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 108 & 109

Mad Night page 148 - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents 3 original pages from Mad Night (and they're for sale)

The Jazz Workshop logo - Jim Flora?

• A mystery: is this lettering the work of Jim Flora?

Diana Rigg - Jim Blanchard

Jim Blanchard paints Diana Rigg as Emma Peel

crows - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler sketches birds and mammals

The Inferior Five - Kevin Nowlan

• A Kevin Nowlan spot illo for The Comics Journal, 1981 (anyone who can identify the issue number, please leave a comment)

Girl in Orange Stripes 2 - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko's second take on the Girl in Orange Stripes

Club Dogo - Sergio Ponchione

Sergio Ponchione posts part of the "bonus track" strip he did for the book La Legge del Cane by Jake La Furia & Guè Pequeno

Yachts! - Paul Hornschemeier

• It's Paul Hornschemeier's majestic weekly t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Yarr!

Feel better soon, Laura Park

the littlest quacker - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons & co., Quacker Supreme & Tiniest Quacker

rock - Renee French

• From Renee French: fly, hair rock, doodle, dude, rock

tit & gun - Sophie Crumb

Sophie Crumb posts a mess of new drawings and teases her upcoming book

Popeye the Sailor 1941-1943 DVD - Stephen DeStefano

Stephen DeStefano talks about his Popeye art & design work (such as the DVD illustrations above) with Jason Anders of Fulle Circle

Ectopiary page 32 - Hans Rickheit

slagheap - Hans Rickheit

Page 32 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary; also, a "forgotten Cochlea & Eustachia drawing " that makes a dandy desktop wallpaper

The Spiritual Crisis of Carl Jung - Robert Goodin

Robert Goodin presents an excerpt from "The Spiritual Crisis of Carl Jung," his story in Mome Vol. 19 (out tomorrow!)

Zine Fest panel sketch - Tom Kaczynski

Tom Kaczynski's sketch and report from the Twin Cities Zinefest

Peanuts promo - Charles M. Schulz

• At the Rosebud Archives blog, another vintage Peanuts ad sheet

Things to see: 6/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerStephen DeStefanoRobert CrumbRichard SalaRenee FrenchPopeyePeter BaggePaul HornschemeierMort WalkerMichael KuppermanMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaKevin HuizengaJR WilliamsJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohnny Ryanjohn kerschbaumJohn HankiewiczJim FloraHans RickheitGene DeitchFrank SantorofashionDaniel ClowesAnders Nilsen 21 Jun 2010 10:59 PM

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

The Truth - Daniel Clowes

Gonked, Glooked & Slurped! share a recently-acquired original Eightball page by Daniel Clowes

Stand and Deliver - Peter Bagge

• A new record-sleeve illustration for Indianapolis band Stand and Deliver by Peter Bagge

Beetle Bailey - Walker/Kupperman

Michael Kupperman hijacks Beetle Bailey — according to this recent TCJ article I think Mort Walker would approve

Self-Portrait - R. Crumb

The Paris Review presents a gallery of Robert Crumb self-portraits through the years (via The Comics Reporter)

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's your all-new weekly installment of "Cartoon Boy" from John Kerschbaum

Melting - J.R. Williams

J.R. Williams has zillions of great prints for sale at his new J.R.'s Prints of Darkness site

The Big Game - Jon Adams

Robot 6 reports: Jon Adams does a Chick-style strip to promote a video game; also from Jon, a new Truth Serum strip

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

Fight or Run - Kevin Huizenga

How Things Go - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga: a new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond strip; new Fight or Run action; new New Construction business

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

Post-It - Steven Weissman

• From Steven Weissman: this week's "I, Anonymous" and three more Post-Its

Life - John Hankiewicz

• Three ironically-labeled "copies from famous artists " from the sketchbook of John Hankiewicz

Cartolina da Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Frank Santoro

• Aha! All those teasers from Frank Santoro have been leading up to this, "page 1 of a comic for Internazionale, an Italian independent weekly newsmagazine. Coming soon!"

banana - Marco Corona

• Speaking of Internazionale, Marco Corona has an illustration in this week's issue

Evil Eye 10 - Richard Sala

Haircut - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents the original art for the cover of Evil Eye #10 and a 1987 rarity called "Haircut"

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

• From Tim Lane, this week's Belligerent Piano and this illustration for the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Jim Flora

• On the Jim Flora Art Blog: Electromechanical Design sales brochure; a children's book illustration detail; half of a 1950s business card illustration (above); and a link to the 1959 UPA animated adaptation of Flora's The Fabulous Firework Family produced by Gene Deitch

Lovecraftian Stinckers - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan's Lovecraftian creatures, coming soon to a Stinckers machine near you

Girl in Black Dress and Scarf - Mark Kalesniko

• "Girl in Black Dress and Scarf " by Mark Kalesniko

Adventures in Weltschmerz - Paul Hornschemeier

• It's Paul Hornschemeier's new weekly t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop and it incorporates the logo from his 2007 art show at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Bunnywear - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons, various Quackers blog shenanigans and Randy Gander tomfoolery with Wendy Chin (including her version of Josh's "Jesus Christ" from his Mome story of the same name)

Stirling - Renee French

• So much great new stuff from Renee French — just go to her main blog page, there's too much to link individually

Popeyes - Stephen DeStefano

Buy a drawing of two Popeyes punching by Stephen DeStefano to benefit Gulf Coast cleanup

• Speaking of the Gulf, this is just one of a trio of videos by Steve Brodner on the topic, including his latest segment on Need to Know on PBS

Post-It - Anders Nilsen

• Two of Anders Nilsen's entries in Post-It V

Ectopiary page 29 - Hans Rickheit

Page 29 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

Things to see: 6/2/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanStephen DeStefanoRenee FrenchMichael KuppermanJosh SimmonsJon Adams 2 Jun 2010 2:46 PM

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

illustration - Michael Kupperman

• A spot illo of W.C. Fields by Michael Kupperman in this week's New Yorker

Post-It - Steven Weissman

• Another Post-It preview from Steven Weissman

Health Care - Josh Simmons

• Cartoon Josh Simmons & Wendy Chin's doctor is a real Quack(er)

hairwrap - Renee French

• Back to hairy subject matter for Renee French

stripper - Stephen DeStefano

Stephen DeStefano posts this teaser of a short animation he's working on to promote his forthcoming Fantagraphics graphic novel Lucky in Love

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Things to see: 5/5/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanStephen DeStefanoJon AdamsEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 5 May 2010 4:22 PM

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

character designs for Lucky in Love Vol. 2 by Stephen DeStefano

Stephen DeStefano announces that his graphic novel Lucky in Love (coming this Summer from Fantagraphics) is in the can and reveals these character designs for the sequel, already in progress

Unlovable - Esther Pearl Watson

• The Esther Pearl Watson 's Unlovable Fan Page on Facebook presents a classic Tammy strip as it first appeared in Bust magazine

Wah! Wah! I Wanna - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman continues to tease his pieces in the Butter and Blood art show at GR2 with "Wah! Wah! I Wanna"

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• Nut shot! It's this week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Daily OCD: 2/5/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanStephen DeStefanoDaily OCDCharles M SchulzAriel BordeauxAbstract Comics 5 Feb 2010 4:01 PM

Light Online Commentary & Diversions:

Review: Kevin Bramer of Optical Sloth examines a sampling of comics by Ariel Bordeaux, including her work in Raisin Pie #1

Interview: In an interview with The Beat's Michael Fiffe, artist Mark Badger talks about his participation in Abstract Comics: The Anthology: "It came out of nowhere. It was absolutely stunning."

Plug: "New from Fantagraphics Books, Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s. At 888 pages this is a substantial collection of the comix art of the New Wave mini-comix movement. Largely inspired by the Underground Comix movement of the 60s & 70s, these artists produced hand-made mini-comix for the pure joy of creating uncensored self-expression without the appeasement and quench of profit motivation." – Skip Williamson

Plug: "Steven Weissman is awesome." – Paul Constant

Plug: Robot 6's JK Parkin spotlights Stephen DeStefano's prep artwork for Lucky in Love (previously featured here on Flog)

Cuteness: The Schulz Museum is offering free admission to little (and big) red-haired girls on Valentine's Day — how adorable is that?

Things to see: 2/2/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThings to seeSteve BrodnerStephen DeStefanoRenee FrenchOlivier SchrauwenJohn HankiewiczJim FloraComing Attractions 2 Feb 2010 2:51 PM

Your periodic roundup of visual stimuli, still in its embryonic stages:

Lucky in Love sketch by Stephen DeStefano

Stephen DeStefano shares some concepts and developmental sketches for his forthcoming Fantagraphics graphic novel Lucky in Love

Two Cups - John Hankiewicz

Two Cups by John Hankiewicz

Charlie Yup & friends by Jim Flora

Charlie Yup and pals from Jim Flora's rarest children's book (about which more info at the link)

The Humanzee - Olivier Schrauwen

The Humanzee by Olivier Schrauwen

Steve Brodner draws Howard Zinn in this video... straight to marker, no pencils, while talking... amazing (more on Zinn on Steve's blog)

• Don't forget Renee French posts new art every day

Daily OCD: 1/4/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalSupermenSteve DitkoStephen DeStefanoRoger LangridgereviewsPrince ValiantPopeyePeter BaggePeanutsPaul KarasikNoah Van SciverMomeLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJoe SaccoJasonJaime HernandezJacques TardiHumbugHotwireHarvey KurtzmanHans RickheitHal FosterGilbert HernandezGabrielle BellFletcher HanksEC SegarDrew WeingDavid LevineDash ShawDaniel ClowesCraig YoecontestsComing AttractionsCharles M SchulzCarol TylerBrian KaneBob LevinBlake BellBest of 2009Arnold RothAbstract Comics 4 Jan 2010 3:33 PM

The first Online Commentary & Diversions of the new year might be the longest one ever, so let's get to it:

List/Review/Interview: As part of The Comics Reporter 's unique series of critical discussions on notable comics of the decade, Tom Spurgeon talks to Tucker Stone about Kevin Huizenga's Ganges: "That's the thing about Ganges #3 that makes it a unique comic -- it cannot be told in another medium and work. How are you going to write that down, that aspect of Glenn chasing his own thoughts and memories about completely personal, mundane life aspects, without drawing the character swimming around in his own head?" Elsewhere, Sean T. Collins responds to some of Stone's points

List: Robot 6 lists The 30 Most Important Comics of the Decade. In part one, Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco is at #19 ("What's more, it showed that comics could handle not only tough subject matters, but deal with timely, true-life subjects in a hard-hitting, journalistic fashion"). In part two, The Complete Peanuts is at #15 ("If you believe, as I do, that we are living in the Golden Age of Reprints, chances are The Complete Peanuts is your Exhibit A")

List: Newsarama 's Michael C. Lorah names his Best of 2009 Comics, including Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938 by Hal Foster and Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

List: Newsarama's J. Caleb Mozzocco names his top 10 comics of the year, with The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book by Joe Daly at #8: "...[W]hat he delivers in the two stories collected in this book are unlike anything else I’ve seen in popular comics."

List: Gil Roth names his Favorite Comics of the Decade, including Ice Haven/Eightball #22 by Daniel Clowes, Eightball #23 by Clowes, The End #1 by Anders Nilsen, Locas II by Jaime Hernandez, Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco, I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, Kevin Huizenga's work including the Ganges series, and Fred the Clown by Roger Langridge (via The Comics Reporter)

List: Joe McCulloch of Jog - The Blog prefaces his Top Ten Comics of 2009 list with a "Top Five Caveats of 2009" list of reprinted or unread comics which includes Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941: ("Supermen! excited me... for suggesting a burning, manic soul of superhero comics, a reckless freedom differentiated from pulp writing and feature films by gnarled visual style while set apart from newspaper strips by virtue of a restless hunger to entertain quick and hard. It felt like the start of a future, and the comedown only hit when I realized I enjoyed it more than any new superhero comic of 2009") and The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit. On the Top Ten list proper: West Coast Blues by Tardi & Manchette at #8 ("Teeming with fleshy characters prone to bleeding and puking, rippled with burn lines of existential dismay, the story keenly exploits how the thrills promised by bloody adventure outside the law segue into the terror of governmental systems failing to protect their cozy consumer citizens") and Prison Pit: Book 1 by Johnny Ryan at #4 ("as visceral and gory as fantasy throwdowns get, while remaining almost contemplative in its plain-paneled studies of bodily movement").

List: Patrick Montfort, blogging at Articulate Nerd, names his Favorite Comics of 2009: at #10, West Coast Blues by Tardi & Manchette ("A masterfully constructed crime story with an unlikeable protagonist caught in an unlikely circumstance, this very French graphic novel is superior to anything I've seen in the genre from an American cartoonist"); at #9, Abstract Comics: The Anthology ("Handsomely designed and smartly edited... one of the year's most unique releases... thrilling"); at #8, Prison Pit: Book 1 by Johnny Ryan ("Refreshingly devoid of any literary or artistic pretensions, this first of what I hope will be many, many volumes nevertheless comes across as somehow one of the smartest and well crafted books of the year"); at #7, The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972 and The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 by Charles M. Schulz ("Really strong stuff here, including the 'Charlie Brown wears a sack on his head to summer camp' sequence, surely the 'Poison River' of Peanuts"); and at #2, The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit ("Reminiscent of the best work of David Lynch, there are a lot of powerful themes humming just beneath the surface of the creepy and dreamlike narrative. This one hit hard, and I can't wait to read it again. Really, really impressive")

List: On the Family blog, Sammy Harkham lists 2008's Most Outrageous: The Trials and Trespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester by Bob Levin as one of his Favorites of 2009

List: Cartoonist David Lasky's Best Graphic Novels of the Decade include Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco at #8 ("More haunting and harrowing than any TV news report on the subject") and The Frank Book by Jim Woodring at #10 ("Jim Woodring's cartoon animal, Frank, learns about life (the hard way) in an odd, visually lush, surreal world")

List: At the Forbidden Planet International Blog Log, Richard Cowdry's Best of the Year picks include E.C. Segar's Popeye ("beautiful Depression era comics") and Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit: Book 1 ("Johnny Ryan takes ideas and styles that have been knocking around the art comics scene for the last few years, and injects them with gallons of fun, attitude and humour. My favourite new comic of the year!"); he also names Noah Van Sciver as a talent to watch; for favorites of the decade he names Love and Rockets ("jaw-droppingly amazing"), Eightball #22, Hotwire Comics, and various issues of Mome ("REALLY good")

List: At Comic Book Galaxy, Marc Sobel declares You'll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler to be Book of the Year: "Although this is only the first volume..., You’ll Never Know feels like Tyler’s masterpiece, the crowning achievement that she’s been building toward." (We also racked up 5 Honorable Mentions.)

List: Newsarama's Henry Chamberlain names the comics he was most intrigued by in 2009, including The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit ("Hans Rickheit has been producing work like this for years and he has perfected a certain haunted and exquisite comics style. Take it from me, this story of two very strange brothers is the real deal.")

List: Matthew Price of The Oklahoman names his top 10 graphic novels of the decade, with Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde at #9 ("Joe Sacco's nonfiction account of the war in Bosnia was among the best ever examples of graphic novel journalism.")

List: Norwegian journalist Bente Kalsnes mentions Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde as one of her favorite political comics

List: Edward Kaye of Hypergeek selects The Best Graphic Novels of 2009, including Low Moon by Jason ("At times both bleak and humorous, these beautifully absurd stories will leave you as speechless as one of Jason’s silent characters."), Love and Rockets: New Stories #2 by the Hernandez Brothers ("Los Bros. Hernandez continue to blaze trails with their originality, and the comic industry is better for it. This essential collection should be on every fan’s shelf."), Luba by Gilbert Hernandez ("It’s an astounding collection of stories about family, life, love, and heartbreak... [W]hen you read all of these powerful tales together in one place, you realise that Beto has created an epic here, unrivaled in its scale and depth. Words fail to express just how wonderful this collection is."), Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me by Peter Bagge ("It’s a brilliant piece of work, and perhaps Bagge’s finest achievement to date."), Locas II by Jaime Hernandez ("These tales of the lives of Maggie, Hopey, and Ray, are some of the most enthralling, and sometimes bizarre, stories ever told in the comic medium.") and You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks ("...[T]hese surreal tales from the dawn of the super hero are uncompromisingly vivid, brutal, and at times, completely insane!")

List/Coming Attractions/Plugs: Hypergeek lists The Essential Comics and Graphic Novels of 2010, including Almost Silent by Jason ("Jason is one of the greatest cartoonists in the world") and the year's books from the Hernandez Brothers: The Troublemakers ("I loved Chance in Hell, so this follow-up is a must for me. Beto is a wonderful storyteller, and an astonishing artist, so you can't go wrong picking this up, even if you've never read any L&R!"), High Soft Lisp ("This collection is essential for all L&R fans, as it collects together many of Beto's stories from the second L&R series, for the first time."), Penny Century ("Another essential collection for fans of L&R, collection Xamie's Penny Century stories from the Penny Century series and from Love & Rockets Volume II."), and Love and Rockets: New Stories #3 ("If it's a tenth as good as the first two volumes, we're in for a treat!")

Review: "...[G]oofy fun... Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941... is worth it for Fletcher Hanks’ 'Fantomah' and 'Stardust' strips and Basil Wolverton’s Spacehawk. The fact that you also get stuff like 'Yarko the Great' and 'Rex Dexter of Mars' can only be counted as a bonus." – Jeff Kapalka, The Post-Standard

Review: "Magnificent art. Panels that range from three or so across medium-sized panels and the occasional painfully detailed and colored super-sized panel. An ongoing story...with blood and gore even! Dooming predictions, wounds, loss and death. Fantagraphics is to be thanked for working so hard to produce a book [Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938] that shows Foster's artwork in a decent size and with the colors corrected." – Fred Kiesche, The Lensman's Children

Review: "For a change of pace, it's nice to delve into some work from the great Steve Ditko and find nary a spider-man nor a strange doctor among them. Fantagraphics provides the ideal venue for doing so in Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1... With the Fantagraphics logo on the sturdy spine, readers can expect — and receive — a top-quality package with crisp pages and handsome design. It's certainly attractive for some stories Ditko dismissed as 'junk,' but we all know there's treasure buried in trash." – Rod Lott, Bookgasm

Review: "Issue #2 [of Sublife] saw a lot of [the] promise [of the first issue] fulfilled in a group of stories that ranged across both genres and visual styles... What connected each story was a common theme: the desire for family and the ways in which that need either created surrogate families or metastasized into something darker." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Plug: "What better way to celebrate the season of peace than [The Great Anti-War Cartoons]?... Pretty fascinating." – Corey Blake

Plug: Filipino blogger Randy Valiente looks at The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion

Plug: Robot 6 guest contributor Shaenon Garrity got Humbug for Christmas: "I love Harvey Kurtzman's failed magazine projects... Kurtzman never had much success in all his long career, but he had a talent for making smart people want to give him a hand... fun stuff. It's got a lot of work by Arnold Roth, whom I love."

Coming Attractions: Robot 6 surveys numerous comics pros as to what they're looking forward to in 2010: in part 1, Evan Dorkin mentions several of our upcoming reprint collections; in part 2, Chris Schweitzer mentions Drew Weing's Set to Sea (July); in part 3, Jamie S. Rich mentions Lucky in Love by Chieffet & DeStefano

Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch's Brian Heater continues (in part 3 of 4) his conversation with Carol Tyler: "I thought I could knock it out really quickly. That’s not case. But that’s not really stopping me, or anything. It’s just that, if it takes another six months to make this nicer, sweeter, and more wonderful, I want to. At first I thought I could get it all out in one package. I had it ready. But I’m not person who can write a script and then go illustrate it. I’m intuitive and I’m intuiting my way into this huge subject matter that hits me like a rock. There’s times when I can’t work because it makes me cry."

Profile: Comic Book Resources' Shaun Manning talks to Dash Shaw about The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.: "I realize that some people think of comics as being storyboards, or as some kind of preliminary work for a movie, and that's very funny to me. But usually the people who think that are film-industry people who think EVERYTHING is preliminary work for a future film! A book, play, whatever! Ha!"

Survey: The Beat's year-end survey of comics pros includes the following responses. From Jay Lynch: "When I think of comics in the 00s I think of: Johnny Ryan." From Mike Dawson: "What was the biggest story in comics in 2009? The Comics Journal moving almost exclusively online."

Essay: At conservative entertainment site Big Hollywood, a new 90-point think piece from Steve Ditko (via Journalista)

Tribute: Robert Birnbaum of The Morning News remembers David Levine; Robot 6 has a good list of more remembrances

Contest: Kevin Church is giving away a copy of West Coast Blues by Tardi & Manchette to one lucky blog commenter

Things to see: Kevin Huizenga's "Postcard from Fielder," part 5

Things to see: Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary, page 5

Things to see: Gabrielle Bell's quest for Crumb consummated

Come on, people: One of my rare editorial comments: Why the hell haven't any "best covers of 2009" lists included Jordan Crane's Uptight #3? Critics: Get with the program!

Lucky in Love update
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoComing Attractions 16 Dec 2009 12:33 PM

from Lucky in Love, art by Stephen DeStefano

Stephen DeStefano gives a blog update on progress of his graphic novel Lucky in Love, written by George Chieffet, with some teaser panels such as the above and a selection of his reference materials for the WWII part of the book. The book is due in Summer 2010.