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Daily links: 12/9/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyTom KaczynskiTim LaneThe Comics JournalSteve DitkoPeanutsMort WalkerLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréLeah HayesJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDash ShawDaniel ClowesBlake Bellart showsAnders NilsenAlexander Theroux 9 Dec 2008 12:58 PM

The 2008 Best-Of lists are rolling in fast and furious:

Bookmunch goes Fanta-crazy this week with reviews of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw ("graphic novel of the year"), Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes ("dazzling") and Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane ("spirited")

The Independent counts the Love and Rockets reprints Perla La Loca, Beyond Palomar and Amor Y Cohetes among the best comics of the year

• Critic and commentator Alan David Doane names The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez his Graphic Novel of the Year; Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane is his Debut of the Year; Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes is his Reissue of the Year; Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell is tied for Comic Art Book of the Year; and 4 more of our titles are Other 2008 Titles of Note

New York Magazine names Bottomless Belly Button the #2 Graphic Novel of 2008, saying "Shaw's dysfunctional-family epic is so funny and engrossing we'd expect Oprah to pick it, but for all the graphic frog sex"

The Globe and Mail recommends Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko for holiday gift-giving

From Steven Stwalley, here's photos of the "Hot Ink: Comic Art" show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (mmaa.org) that includes Zak Sally and Tom Kaczynski among others

In this video from Comicology.tv, Mort Walker talks about the history of the International Museum of Cartoon Art (look for our collection of Walker's Sam's Strip early next year)

Publishers Weekly talks to Lilli Carré about The Lagoon

PW also presents a 10-page excerpt from Anders Nilsen's soon-to-arrive Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes

Wall Street Journal book critic and Laura Warholic novelist Alexander Theroux weighs in on The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III

The Beat goes digging through back issues of The Comics Journal, finds gold

Daily links: 12/8/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThe Comics JournalSteve DitkoRobert PollardreviewsPopeyePaul KarasikPat MoriarityMiss Lasko-GrossMark NewgardenLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLinda MedleyLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJules FeifferHumbugDash ShawBlake BellBill WillinghamBill MauldinBeasts 8 Dec 2008 2:03 AM

Holy figs, this daily link post looks like one of my weekly roundups of old:

PopMatters takes a quick look at Robert Pollard's Town of Mirrors

PopMatters again, on Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe: The WWII Years

Iconoctlán examines The Comics Journal #293 (en Español; Google translation)

• The Austin American-Statesman's lengthy roundup of coffee-table book holiday recommendations includes Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe: The WWII Years and Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

NuVoid wraps up the 2008 output of Robert Pollard, including Town of Mirrors

• Did you know that if you buy the Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943 (Vol. 3) DVD set you also get an exclusive Popeye mini-comic we produced with a story from our upcoming Popeye Vol. 4 collection? Booksteve noticed

Chris Barat reviews Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"

Forward talks to Miss Lasko-Gross for a profile of Jewish women cartoonists

• The North Adams Transcript looks at Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane

• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch includes Abandoned Cars, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and Jules Feiffer's Explainers on its list of "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Beard reviews Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Tropismes (l'Appartement) is yet another French site looking at Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw (Google translation)

Terri Torres is excited for the new issue of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting

• On the USA TODAY Pop Candy blog, Whitney Matheson declares Lilli Carré's The Lagoon is the "Best book [she] read" last week

• Cartoonist Mark Kaufman is looking forward to our Humbug collection

• Dustin Harbin's top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" includes Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga, Popeye Vol. 3, and Bottomless Belly Button

Here's video from Pat Moriarity's art opening at 108 Occidental Gallery in Seattle, with music from Pat and his son Jack

Bill Willingham looks back at Coventry

Wayno talks about contributing to our forthcoming collection of 1980s "New Wave" minicomics

On the Comics Comics blog, Mark Newgarden & Paul Karasik need your help in dating an Ernie Bushmiller Nancy strip

Dan Zettwoch discusses his contribution to Beasts! Book 2

The Dallas Morning News reports on an exhibit of Bill Mauldin cartoons at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City

Mark Mattson compares our annual catalog favorably to the Sears Wish Book -- did you get yours?

Daily links: 11/12/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsMomeLilli CarréKrazy KatJules FeifferDash ShawBlake BellArf 12 Nov 2008 1:07 PM

The Stranger has lunch with The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

On Blog Flume, Ken Parille offers critical counterpoint to some of Blake Bell's analysis of Steve Ditko's later work in Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko

Vitrola looks at Explainers by Jules Feiffer (in Portugese; Google translation here)

The San Antonio Current looks at Mome Vol. 12, Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944, and Comic Arf

I Love Rob Liefeld reviews Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

Your comics-icons-mashup street art of the day

Strange and Stranger excerpt at WizardUniverse
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 20 Aug 2008 1:28 PM
WizardUniverse.com has an exclusive excerpt from Blake Bell's book about Steve Ditko. Go, read; come back and buy.
Blake Bell Radio Interview
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 11 Aug 2008 10:42 AM

The following will be airing between 8pm and 9pm GMT on AUGUST 14th on the 'Clear Spot' on ResonanceFM. 

Strip!: The Strange world of Steve Ditko

James DC hosts a 1 hour special round-table discussion about the recent book Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, released by Fantagraphics books. James is in discussion with comic book artists and Ditko experts Steve Marchant, Mark Stafford and the author of the book, Blake Bell.

Strip! Special, 7pm - 8pm GMT, Thursday August 14th, globally streamed HERE or listen in the UK on Resonance 104.4 FM (London).

The show will also be available for podcast/download a few weeks after airing HERE.

 

Free Bottomless Belly Button Excerpt
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoDash Shaw 7 Aug 2008 9:38 AM

The First Post has a free 12-page excerpt up of THE BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON by Dash Shaw. 

By the way, Fanta has just gone back to press on BBB, which we're thrilled about. I was thinking this morning that the two artists we've published of late with perhaps the most "heat" at the moment are Dash Shaw and Steve Ditko. Which then reminded me of Dash's unpublished Dr. Strange strip (see below), and inevitably led me to one conclusion: that really, Marvel Comics should give Dr. Strange to Fantagraphics. Marvel doesn't know what the fuck to do with him. Give him to us and we'll start an ongoing Dr. Strange anthology with new work by Los Bros, Dash Shaw, Daniel Clowes, Kim Deitch, and other longtime Ditko fans, and include reprints of the classic Ditko Strange as well. Joe Quesada, it is your moral duty to make this happen.

 

Comics Reporter & Blake Bell talk Ditko
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 27 Jul 2008 8:41 AM
Blake Bell is the subject of Tom Spurgeon's weekly interview feature this morning, and it might be the best (and longest) interview with Blake that I've read yet. If you like Ditko, a must read.
Ditko Radio UK
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 24 Jul 2008 9:34 PM

 

Our pal James DC hosts a 1 hour special round-table discussion about Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko. James talks with comic book artists Brendan McCarthy and Steve Marchant and the author of the book, Blake Bell.

The show premieres 5pm - 6pm GMT, Thursday 31st July on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / Globally streamed at www.resonancefm.com

The show will also be available for podcast/download a few weeks after airing. Check www.resonancefm.com for more info. We'll do our best to remind you when it happens.

Between the Covers with Blake Bell
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 22 Jul 2008 7:56 AM

Blake Bell is taking readers "behind the scenes" of the production of his bookSTRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO. There's a couple of interviews so far, and many more on the way - including scans of the entire notebook of Cat Yronwode's interview with Ditko's brother Pat back in 1983. Whoa!

Ditko previewed at First Post
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 17 Jul 2008 8:00 AM

  

Our pals at the First Post have posted a special nine-page preview of Blake Bell's STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO, which seems to be the book everyone is talking about this week. Find out what all the hubbub's about. 


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