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Category >> The Comics Journal

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: 12/5/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalRobert CrumbMomeMaxKevin HuizengaJim WoodringJaime HernandezDash ShawBeasts 5 Dec 2008 3:32 PM

• The Daily Vanguard gives Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga the #1 spot on its Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008, a list which also includes Mome Vol. 12, The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez, and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

The Daily Cross Hatch calls Beasts! Book 2 "downright stunning"

Ward Six looks at The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

USA TODAY Pop Candy is excited about the Brian K. Vaughn interview in The Comics Journal #295

• There's a great illustration by Max in this New York Times article about the future of the publishing industry that we're all reading with great interest

New Robert Crumb comics (via everywhere)

New Comics Day 11/26/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesNew Comics DayMartin KellermanJohnny RyanEros Comix 25 Nov 2008 12:16 PM

We're unleashing a torrent of raunchy comic strips and erudite comics scholarship on comic shops across the U.S. this week, with the following titles scheduled to arrive:

Comics Are for Idiots!: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 3 by Johnny Ryan
Rocky Vol. 2: Strictly Business by Martin Kellerman
The Tijuana Bibles Vol. 9
The Comics Journal #294

As always, we've got more information and previews at the links above for your perusal.

(And if I might be allowed a non-Fantagraphics recommendation this week: Kevin Huizenga's Fight or Run #1 from Picturebox CORRECTION Buenaventura [dammit, sorry Alvin]. If you liked the opening sequence of Ganges #2, get this.)


Now in stock: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesJason 7 Nov 2008 2:23 PM

The Comics Journal #294

The Comics Journal #294
Edited by Mike Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Art speaks louder than words when the Journal interviews two cartoonists who have had success with “silence.” Norwegian Jason, who populates comics, such as Hey, Wait…, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler with deadpan anthropomorphic animals, muses on the thin line between tragedy and laughter and why B-movie creations continue to resonate with the 21st century public. Lio comic-strip cartoonist Mark Tatulli talks to the Journal about bringing kids and ghouls together on the Funny Pages in Lio, one of the most innovative and entertaining comics strips in recent decades. And a color comics gallery goes back to the early days of one of the world’s longest-running comic strips: Billy DeBeck’s Snuffy Smith precursor, Take Barney Google, F’rinstance, spanning 1919 to 1921.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Back in stock: a bunch of books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas OttThe Comics Journalnew releasesJasonHal FosterDave Cooper 6 Nov 2008 1:27 PM

Thanks to some inventory reshuffling we now have several formerly out-of-stock books back in our warehouse and available to order! Quantities are very limited — in some cases, literally a handful — so get your order in quick before they're gone again! The list:

The Comic Strip Art of Lyonel Feininger
The Comics Journal #290 (with the Schulz and Peanuts roundtable, this one sold out fast the first time)
Crumple by Dave Cooper
Greetings from Hellville by Thomas Ott
Prince Valiant Vol. 11: Intrigues at Camelot (1946-1947) by Hal Foster
Prince Valiant Vol. 41: King of Atheldag (1971-1972) by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy
Prince Valiant Vol. 50: Vikings on the Isle of Man by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy (undamaged copies)
Tell Me Something by Jason






Daily links: 11/6/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalLilli CarréJaime HernandezDaniel ClowesDame Darcy 6 Nov 2008 11:51 AM

Here's photos of Dame Darcy's post-APE appearance at Isotope Comics...

• ...and a photo from J.R. Williams of himself with Jim Blanchard and Daniel Clowes at APE

Nuvole Parlanti discusses (in Italian) the Ghost World graphic novel and film

• The Chicago Reader has the first review of Lilli Carré's The Lagoon

Newsarama looks at The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

• Sometime Comics Journal contributor Noah Berlatsky discusses his favorite parts of the latest issue (#293)

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesJason 30 Oct 2008 3:02 PM

Here's your first glimpse at the feature interviews with Norwegian graphic novelist Jason and Lio cartoonist Mark Tartulli, the special portfolio of cartoonists' holiday cards, the comics section of Barney Google strips, and more that can be found in the upcoming Comics Journal #294. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #293
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 13 Oct 2008 2:56 PM

Available now on our website and coming possibly next week to comic shops, The Comics Journal #293 features interviews with S. Clay Wilson and Alex Robinson plus a whole bargeload more. Get yourself a visual sneak peek right here (click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, or if you just want a bigger version) and check out some teaser excerpts on TCJ.com.

I'm probably jinxing this just by typing it, but I'm hoping to bring you a new preview slideshow every day this week. Can I do it? Stay tuned.

Now in stock: The Comics Journal #293
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesBob Levin 6 Oct 2008 2:24 PM

The Comics Journal #293 - S. Clay Wilson

The Comics Journal #293
Edited by Mike Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, Executive Editor

The Journal's Bob Levin interviews Zap artist S. Clay Wilson, best known for his panoramas of sex and violence involving lesbian bikers, zombie pirates and a Checkered Demon. Alex Robinson, the Harvey-and-Eisner-winning cartoonist, will discuss his graphic novels Box Office Poison, Tricked and Too Cool to Be Forgotten. Our reviews section tackles Ware, Hergé, Huizenga, Spiegelman, Hernandez and more. Plus a cartoon chat with Joe Matt and a special back-to-school section featuring a gallery of undiscovered potential comics masterpieces by the 2008 graduating class of the Center for Cartoon Studies.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Upcoming book pre-order orgy!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalTed StearnPopeyenew releasesLilli CarréJoe KubertJasonDavid Levine 18 Sep 2008 2:43 PM

The following books are now available for pre-order! Click the cover images for more info about each book. And of course we'll be bringing you previews as the release dates get closer. All are expected to arrive between now and the end of October. For more, see our Upcoming Arrivals page.

The Comics Journal #293 - S. Clay Wilson

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
(Coincidentally, today is Joe Kubert's 82nd birthday!)

American Presidents by David Levine

Popeye Vol. 3 by E.C. Segar

The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn

And new editions of these out-of-print books by Jason:

Hey, Wait... by Jason

Sshhhh! by Jason

The Left Bank Gang by Jason