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Mome Vol. 19: Summer 2010 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim LaneT Edward BakRobert GoodinpreviewsOlivier Schrauwennew releasesMomeJosh SimmonsGilbert HernandezDJ BryantConor OKeefe 24 Jun 2010 3:06 PM

Mome Vol. 19 - Summer 2010 by various artists (cover by Josh Simmons)

Mome Vol. 19 - Summer 2010
by various artists; edited by Eric Reynolds

128-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-349-1

Ships in: June/July 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The acclaimed anthology of contemporary comics steams toward its landmark 20th issue. This issue leads off with the cover story, the first part of the satiric psychedelic epic "The White Rhinoceros," drawn by Josh Simmons and written by The Partridge in the Pear Tree. It is our privilege to welcome the great Gilbert Hernandez to the pages of Mome with a brand-new story starring his beloved character Roy! Also debuting this issue, exciting newcomer D.J. Bryant, with what may be the most hard-boiled story to appear in Mome yet. And making return appearances: Olivier Schrauwen, Tim Lane, Conor O'Keefe, and Robert Goodin with new stories, and T. Edward Bak with the continuation of his epic "Wild Man" serial.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 9-page PDF excerpt (1.6 MB) with a page from every artist in the issue, plus the Table of Contents.

Video & Photo Slideshow Preview (view in new window):



Things to see: 6/14/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeT Edward BakSteven WeissmanNoah Van SciverMichael KuppermanMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJohnny RyanJim BlanchardHans RickheitGary PanterEleanor DavisDerek Van Gieson 14 Jun 2010 5:40 PM

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

Chopper - Kevin Huizenga

• Whoa, how come I didn't know that Kevin Huizenga has a Fight or Run blog? Now I do, thanks to Sean T. Collins. Meanwhile, over on his main blog, a screenshot of a scan of something wild

Mandate the Magician - Michael Kupperman

Michael Kupperman gives a blurry sneak peek of a work in progress (I took the liberty of bumping up the contrast)

Smart Graves - Johnny Ryan

iron cross

• A new Johnny Ryan comic for Vice; elsewhere, this

The Groovy Age of Horror - Josh Simmons

• A sketch for The Groovy Age of Horror by Josh Simmons (uh, NSFW) — via Sean T. Collins again; meanwhile, on Josh's own blog, a sketch of Malibu

Post-It - Steven Weissman

Post-It naughtiness by Steven Weissman; elsewhere, sketchbook pages

Earthly Garden Post-It - Eleanor Davis

• Speaking of Post-Its, here's 10 amazing ones from Eleanor Davis

White Cats of the Red Sea - Marco Corona

• "White Cats of the Red Sea," an illustration by Marco Corona

Diseased Norwegians - Jim Blanchard

• Head to Jim Blanchard's blog for the uncensored versions of his diseased Norwegians (and the story behind the censor bars)

Girl in Fish Net Stockings - Mark Kalesniko

Girl in Fish Net Stockings by Mark Kalesniko

Blammo - Noah Van Sciver

• If Noah Van Sciver knew my email address he'd probably be asking me to plug the new issue of his self-published comic Blammo — hey Noah, send me a copy and I'll think about it, cough cough

rock hudson - Renee French

• From Renee French, Rock Hudson (ha ha), some embarrassment, and a dead bug photo

Ectopiary page 28 - Hans Rickheit

Page 28 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

The World Without Mrs. & Mr. Hangtooth - Derek Van Gieson

• Two introductory pages by Derek Van Gieson — oops, one more

Sea Otter - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak's sea otter linocut print

• It ain't a cartoon but I'd be a fool not to link to this short prose story by Gary Panter

Comics, design, and so on.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under T Edward BakLizz HickeyArt Chantry 11 Jun 2010 10:33 PM

I wish I had time to Flog all that I'd like to Flog but until I manage to write some decent design-related posts (as if anyone wanted my take on the history of the illuminated Bible up through the Wolverton Bible), here's a quick bit of editorializing promotion for a few talented people:

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• There's a new interview with Andy Smith over on James Morrison's Caustic Cover Critic book cover blog (which is a good place to hang out if you care about such things). Andy is a UK illustrator who does a lot of distinctive book cover design work. He also makes silkscreened comics by way of a kids-book format (one illustration per page/spread). The work is lively and really satisfying to hold. Frequently his books use typography as a narrator's voice but also as a kind of character and setting. I'm always impressed with people who can pull off messy, loose drawing styles with total confidence and Andy manages to do it with deceptive sophistication. These are comics meant to be a joy and they are.

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• Last weekend I had the chance to put up Mome artist T. Edward Bak in our guest room and I really enjoyed talking with him about the research for his in-progress graphic novel about the life of G. W. Steller. With all the self-indulgent Kickstarter projects that feel like sad panhandling, Bak's book is a standout for what makes that site a great resource. Anyone who wants to support comics as a legitimate form of reportage/biography should fund this project on principle alone. Bak is doing a remarkable amount of background study to make this book not just some accessible story of an easy-to-glorify character but one that presents a new perspective on a legendary naturalist explorer. Sign on here.

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• Then there's Lizz Hickey. I love the artwork of Lizz Hickey so if she wants to make a comic book out of copperplate etchings, then I can get behind her need to raise money for such an expensive endeavor. I'm not going to try to describe her work. She's unique, very unique. 

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 • T. Edward Bak and I were also talking about the Facebook posts of Art Chantry. Chantry is an icon of contemporary graphic design and a wealth of popular culture knowledge (especially of the blue collar variety) as it relates to design. He's had a big impact on me over the years and his lengthy and entertaining Facebook posts are well worth enduring whatever makes Facebook supposedly evil. 

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• And speaking of Chantry, Mikey Burton did this smart poster for one of Art's speaking engagements. Mikey does some great design work and I was excited to talk to him recently about xerox transfer process but all he did is tell me I should quit it because it gave him spontaneous nosebleeds. What a killjoy.

Things to see: 5/26/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeT Edward BakSteven WeissmanJon AdamsJohn HankiewiczDebbie DrechslerBob Fingerman 26 May 2010 5:02 PM

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

Super Cat - Bob Fingerman

• More juvenilia from Bob Fingerman

Face - John Hankiewicz

• Another lithograph by John Hankiewicz

nuthatch fledgling - Debbie Drechsler

• Nice fledgling bird sketches by Debbie Drechsler

Stinckers at Big Brain

Stinckers by Steven Weissman & co. are now available at Big Brain Comics in Minneapolis

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Steller Sea Lion - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak's Steller Sea Lion linocut/letterpress print (part of his research expedition fundraising effort)

Things to see: 5/20/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireThings to seeT Edward BakSteve BrodnerPaul HornschemeierMomeMaakiesfashion 20 May 2010 2:57 PM

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

blockhead t-shirt design - Paul Hornschemeier

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

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire — come to think of it, I think I forgot to post last week's

Tony Hayward - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner's portrait of BP CEO Tony Hayward

Wild Man - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak gives you a nice big juicy (and sexy!) 12-page preview of the Fall installment of his "Wild Man" Mome serial

T. Edward Bak's Wild Man expedition fundraising now on Kickstarter
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under T Edward BakMomegood deeds 12 May 2010 11:08 AM

We've reported on T. Edward Bak's previous efforts to raise funds for his Alaska research expedition for his graphic novel Wild Man, currently serialized in Mome; he's now set up an account with Kickstarter to further assist with the project. Check out the video and the awesome pledge gifts and pledge pledge pledge!

Help send T. Edward Bak to Alaska to research his Mome serial
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under T Edward BakOriginal ArtMomegood deedsawards 27 Apr 2010 1:12 PM

Wild Man page - T. Edward Bak

I made brief mention of this in yesterday's "Things to see" but it deserves better notice than that. Congratulations to Mome contributor T. Edward Bak on being awarded a residency in Alaska (our second artist headed up there this year, hot on the heels of Jim Woodring)! He needs your help in covering his expenses and is selling original pages (I've seen them and they're beautiful) to raise funds. Here's his plea in his own words:

"So, last week, I was awarded this artist residency in Talkeetna, Alaska, through Seattle's La Familia gallery. I'm planning on being up there through the month of July, and am currently raising funds through the sale of original drawings from the work to help cover supplies, travel expenses, and a field drawing expedition into the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands (Dutch Harbor, specifically). I have Paypal set up and details listed on my blog http://antizerogravity.blogspot.com. My deadline for raising $ is July 1. Thanks for your support!"

Things to see: 4/26/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under toysTMNTThings to seeT Edward BakRenee FrenchJordan Cranejon vermilyeaJohn PhamJoe SaccoHans RickheitGabrielle BellBill GriffithArcher Prewitt 26 Apr 2010 4:05 PM

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

El Paîs - Joe Sacco

• Spanish-language newspaper El País publishes a Joe Sacco cover for their literature supplement

Pizza Time - Jon Vermilyea

The cover of Jon Vermilyea's forthcoming turtle-flavored minicomic Pizza Time

painting - John Pham

• This is a photo John Pham posted on Facebook of a piece he has in the Poketo "Los Angeles I'm Yours" art show at Space 1520 in LA which opened on Saturday and which also features handmade minicomics by Jordan Crane

Levittown - Bill Griffith

• Also on Facebook, Bill Griffith posts this one-page story (excerpted above) which was recently published in a new book about Levittown, Second Suburb, edited by Dianne Harris (link goes straight to the image file, since I don't know Bill's Facebook privacy settings, but he posts cool stuff all the time)

Moose's House - Renee French

Moose! You're killing me with cuteness, Renee French

Ectopiary page 21- Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary, page 21

Wild Man - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak is posting several pages from his current serialized Mome story "Wild Man" — for 50 bucks you can purchase an original page and help fund his impending trip to Alaska for field research for the story, so hit that Paypal link on his blog

Lucky Blog Stockholm Diary - Gabielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell reports from her trip to Stockholm

Allen Ginsberg figurine samples

• The Archer Prewitt-designed Allen Ginsberg figurine from Presspop is coming closer to reality

Things to see: 4/23/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeT Edward BakRenee FrenchJordan CraneJohnny RyanJim FloraDerek Van Gieson 23 Apr 2010 4:56 PM

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

Service Industry epilogue - T. Edward Bak

T. Edward Bak presents a new epilogue to his acclaimed comic Service Industry

Unravelling - Jordan Crane

Jordan Crane posts a new installment of "Chapter Two - Unraveling" at What Things Do

Ferris Wheel Fireworks - Jim Flora

• The new Jim Flora fine art print, Ferris Wheel Fireworks, is now up for pre-order

Buttmasters of the Universe - Johnny Ryan

• See and buy all 100+ pieces of Johnny Ryan, Matt Furie & Le Merde art from GRSF's The Boys are Back in Town exhibit — I think there's some new characters from Prison Pit Book 2 in there

taintcurtain - Renee French

• On a graph with "vagueness" and "obscenity" on the X and Y axes, this Renee French drawing is in the upper right corner

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

Harmonicats with ELO bling and other oddities in Derek Van Gieson's "Abstraction House"

New Comics Day 4/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneTed StearnT Edward BakRenee Frenchnicolas mahlerNew Comics DayNate NealMomeLilli Carréjon vermilyeaJon AdamsJoe DalyIvan BrunFrank SantoroDerek Van GiesonDave CooperConor OKeefeBen JonesBasil Wolverton 20 Apr 2010 11:52 PM

Shipping to comic shops nationwide (as noted by the comics cognoscenti quoted below):

The Culture Corner by Basil Wolverton

The Culture Corner
by Basil Wolverton

160-page full-color 9" x 6.75" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-308-8

Joe McCulloch at Comics Comics describes it aptly: "An interesting experiment in Golden Age of Reprints presentational engineering, this new 160-page landscape-format Fantagraphics hardcover collects all of the great Basil Wolverton’s crackpot daily advice strips as seen in the pages of Fawcett’s Whiz Comics, 1945-52, presented in comparison with Wolverton’s original pencil roughs for what looks like every installment." The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon brings the basketball metaphor: "Who doesn't want to read as much Basil Wolverton as they can? He's not in the starting all-time five, but he gets a lot of playing time off the bench." At Comics Alliance Douglas Wolk declaims "Goofiness, history and process!"

Mome Vol. 18 - Spring 2010 - cover by Nate Neal

Mome Vol. 18 - Spring 2010
by various artists; edited by Eric Reynolds

128-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-303-3

Joe McCulloch at Comics Comics opines "The centerpiece of this Spring 2010 edition of the Fantagraphics house anthology is, without question, the return of Dave Cooper to comics" and of the other contributors says "That really is a nice lineup"; Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter agrees that it "offers a super-strong line-up of creators." We can't disagree — you can see the full table of contents and samples from each contributor as part of our PDF excerpt.

So head on down to your local comic shop, but not before checking out the bountiful information and sneak peeks at the links above, and it's always a good idea to confirm availability beforehand.