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Category >> Steve Ditko

Daily links: 1/7/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoRory HayesreviewsBlake BellBeasts 8 Jan 2009 10:26 AM

Good grief, I forgot to post this yesterday! I'll have today's batch later today.

Paul Gravett names Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell and Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes two of the Best Books About Comics of 2008

The editors at Amazon put Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #4 on their list of "Top 10 Books: Comics & Graphic Novels"

• The Inkstuds radio programme presents a conversation with Mome contributor Robert Goodin

The Village Voice casts a favorable eye on Beasts! Book 2

The Phoenix name-drops Beasts! Book 2 in this article on cryptozoology

Daily links: 1/2/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas OttSteve DitkoRory HayesreviewsPatrick RosenkranzLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJoe KubertJasonDash ShawBlake BellBill Schelly 2 Jan 2009 1:44 PM

Comic Book Resources concludes their "Best 100 Comics of 2008" countdown: Part III ranks Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga at #51 and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #41; Part V has Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers at #20

The KEXP blog lists Town of Mirrors by Robert Pollard as one of "2008's Best Books About Popular Music"

Derik Badman's "Best Comics of 2008" list includes Bottomless Belly Button as its "Breaking Through in All Sorts of Ways pick"

In their "Nexus Graphica" column for The SF Site, Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams include the following titles on their "top ten graphic novel or comics-related publications lists": The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and Rebel Visions by Patrick Rosenkranz (Mark's #1)

J. Caleb Mozzocco's top-ten list of "The Best Comics of 2008" includes Bottomless Belly Button and Jason's The Last Musketeer, with Pocket Full of Rain on the long list

The Village Voice "Pulp Fictions" column names Bottomless Belly Button and Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes two of "The Best of 2008"

The OC Weekly counts Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 among "The Year's Best Graphic Books and Novels"

The Daily Cross Hatch reviews The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

At Comic Book Resources, Steven Grant looks at Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly (about midway through the column)

Daily links: 12/23/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJoe KubertIvan BrunettiEllen ForneyDash ShawBlake BellBill Schelly 23 Dec 2008 3:53 PM

USA TODAY Pop Candy names Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw the top comic of 2008, with The Lagoon by Lilli Carré at #6

Rob Clough has a typically thoughtful review of The Lagoon

The Miami Herald casts a favorable eye on Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell and Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly

Tim O'Shea interviews Ivan Brunetti

The Daily Cross Hatch presents part 2 of their interview with Kevin Huizenga

A last-minute Christmas gift from Ellen Forney: free sexy-elf desktop wallpaper!

Daily links: 12/22/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsPopeyePeanutsPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJoe ColemanJack ColeFletcher HanksDash ShawBlake BellBeasts 22 Dec 2008 2:22 PM

Parka Blogs talks about the Beasts! Print Show

Iconoctlán reviews Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham (Google translation)

MEGATONik looks at Popeye Vol. 2: "Well Blow Me Down!" by E.C. Segar

Comics & Graphic Novels features The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Box Set

Sean T. Collins examines The Mystery of Woolverine Woo-Bait by Joe Coleman

Newsarama noted Jack Cole's birthday last week by recommending some books of his work, including ours

Newsarama also previews You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!, our next collection of the comics of Fletcher Hanks (coming next year)

Les Lectures de Raymond examines the French edition of Paul Hornschemeier's The Three Paradoxes (Google translation)

• Look for mentions of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and a couple more of our books in The Comics Reporter's "Five for Friday: Remembering 2008" reader-response post

• Similarly, there's a lot of our titles (too many to list here) on The Daily Cross Hatch's "The Best Damned Comics of 2008 Chosen By The Artists"

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 11:58 AM

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 1:03 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 12:07 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 12:28 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 9:42 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 8:38 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.