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Category >> Tim Lane

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

Daily OCD: 6/14/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneMichael KuppermanKim DeitchJohnny RyanDaily OCDCathy Malkasian 14 Jun 2010 4:13 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Search for  Smilin' Ed! [Pre-Order]

Review: "...[The Search for Smilin' Ed is] a massive comedic epic of demonic possession and ventriloquism — it’s an explosion of the kind of thing Deitch does best. ... I defy anyone to read this and keep pace with Deitch’s ideas — somewhere between hippie psychedelics and virtual reality futurism is where Deitch’s brain lies. His wacky cartoon art style reveals a complex universe that meditates on the nature of reality itself, and your personal place within it as filtered through the isolated impressions of your own brain." – John Seven, Reverse Direction

Temperance

Review: "Malkasian’s tale is like something out of a fairy tale Book of Revelations, with a strangely similar vibe to the final season of Lost. ... With Temperance, Malkasian has heightened the depth of her ideas and demanded more from her audience. It’s a religious parable, to be sure, but it doesn’t stop right there, instead going into the territory of the motivations of belief, including the roles of fear, wrongdoing and falsehoods." – John Seven, Reverse Direction

Prison Pit: Book 1

Plug: "[Johnny] Ryan in Prison Pit proves to be a master of precise composition and pacing. Though there's nothing redeeming about any of the characters in Ryan's hellish world, I still want to follow them for the artist's drawing virtuosity. There isn't a misplaced line, or a poorly chosen composition in this book, and it leads to a visually compelling, well-paced piece of work." – Charles Brownstein, in an interview with The Comics Reporter

Abandoned Cars [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]

Interview: At his blog Hardboiled Wonderland, author Jedidiah Ayres talks to Tim Lane about Abandoned Cars, about which Ayres says "A collection of graphic short stories linked by theme and style that modulate between a sharp, gritty focus and dream-sense stream of consciousness, it reads like the book Jack Kerouac may have written with oh, say Donald Ray Pollock, populated by characters outrageous and familiar, out of their minds and so far down to earth that they're actually beneath it. And that's not saying anything about the visuals. Tim's gorgeous illustrations are why I bought the damn thing. That he could write worth a crap was gravy. His style is batter-dipped Americana with a generous dose of film-noir aesthetics and if I knew anything about graphic artists, I'd blow your mind with some mash-up comparison, (please insert your own dream team here and then assume that he tops it)." A bit from Tim: "I'm also very interested in creating a hint of pre-comics code comic illustration style in my work — especially the crime/horror comics of the late 40's and early 50's — because, beyond the fact that I love that stuff, I think it represents something ideological that is still pertinent today and resonates with my own attitude toward life."

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6

Interview: Chris Reilly of TCJ.com's Guttergeek has a Q&A with Michael Kupperman. Reilly says "Kupperman weeds out all the NARCs at the party — meaning that if his work does not make you laugh, go back to Omega House and spank some pledges, you joyless freak. Seriously, this man is one of the all-time great comic book satirists (in that he’s so funny that he may be satirizing comedy). ... Through his lens the most mundane thing become seriously funny." Kupperman says "Why should you read Tales Designed to Thrizzle? To experience the liberating power of laughter. Of course, if you don’t find it funny then there’s really no reason to read it. If you have no sense of humor, stay away."

Things to see: 6/11/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerRoger LangridgeRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierNoah Van Sciverlife imitates comicsLaura ParkJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJim FloraGary PanterGabrielle BellFrank SantorofashionErnie BushmillerDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerChris WareAndrice ArpAbstract Comics 11 Jun 2010 4:04 PM

No-longer-daily clips & strips (we'll probably be posting these twice a week for the foreseeable future) — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Presspop Jimmy Corrigan poster - Chris Ware

Presspop's limited-edition poster featuring the artwork from the slipcase of their Japanese edition of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware — it's an all-new strip!

Gary Panter

Gary Panter has reconfigured and updated his website; details via his blog

Golden Ticket

• Life Imitates Comics Dept: Andrei Molotiu discovers "The first abstract comics candy bar" (it does look remarkably like one of his own strips)

The Lone Ranger's Famous Horse Hi-Yo Silver - Steven Weissman

• From Steven Weissman, two new Post-It Show previews, this week's "I, Anonymous" and a fantastic Covered entry (above)

Floyd Farland - Jon Adams

• Also on Covered, Jon Adams's delightfully cheeky homage to Chris Ware; elsewhere, the new episode of Jon's Truth Serum

Post-It - Andrice Arp

• Speaking of the Post-It Show, here's one by Andrice Arp along with more info about the exhibit

sketchbook - John Hankiewicz

Sketchbook silhouettes by John Hankiewicz

Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro's Italian job

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• It's this week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Ohio - Jim Flora

Jim Flora illustrated Ohio for Fortune Magazine, 1947

Damselflies - Debbie Drechsler

Damselflies & mushrooms from Debbie Drechsler

Batman - Gabrielle Bell

Batman - Laura Park

Gabrielle Bell posts the second half of her France travel diary as well as Laura Park's hilarious response thereto

Murp - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier posts his newest Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop design and stumbles across his entry in a Nancy theme sketchbook which we've possibly featured on Flog before but it's worth another look

The Hypo - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver posts another excerpt from his work-in-progress The Hypo

Huh-huh-hoi! - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons introduces a new character at Quackers

fhead12 - Renee French

• From Renee French, a head, a tube (photo), a bunny

Gasland - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner plugs the documentary film Gasland

Barney Google - Roger Langridge

Roger Langridge draws Barney Google

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• More Tales of Abstraction House from Derek Van Gieson

cat

Johnny Ryan cat portrait

Things to see: 6/1/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellDrew FriedmanAndrice Arp 1 Jun 2010 5:49 PM

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

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

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

Howard Stern - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman presents a history of his work about, with and for Howard Stern, including never-before-seen sketches

Lightless - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring gets dark, literally and figuratively

Post-It - Steven Weissman

• Another Post-It preview from Steven Weissman

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• Meanwhile... it's this week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Benny Goodman - Jim Flora

• The Jim Flora Art Blog commemorates Benny Goodman's 101st birthday

France diary - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell commences a new travelogue diary comic

Wanda in Blue - Mark Kalesniko

• "Wanda in Blue" by Mark Kalesniko

Kevin Huizenga

• Another mysterious 4 panels from Kevin Huizenga

The Randy Gander - jam drawing

Josh Simmons & friends launch The Randy Gander, the adults-only counterpart to Quackers

Ectopiary page 26 - Hans Rickheit

Page 26 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

2010 Maisie Kukoc Award trophy - Andrice Arp

Andrice Arp made the cuddliest trophy ever

Things to see: 5/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboTim LaneTim HensleyThings to seeTed StearnSteven WeissmanStan SakaiPaul HornschemeierKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsFrank Santorofashionfan art 27 May 2010 3:54 PM

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

Cut the Plum - Stan Sakai

Wired.com presents a new 2-page Usagi Yojimbo story by Stan Sakai (via The Comics Reporter)

Wally Gropius fan art - Ted Stearn

Ted Stearn drew Tim Hensley some Wally Gropius fan art

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman

sketchbook - Steven Weissman

• Also from Steven, sketchbook pages (including this week's Barack Hussein Obama)

Cold Heat page - Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro presents all the process elements of this finished Cold Heat page

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• Scene shift! It's this week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Your mom. - Paul Hornschemeier

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

Mask of the Quacker - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons hits the cute/sinister bullseye again, on his & Wendy Chin's Quackers blog

Physically fit - Josh Simmons

• Also from Josh, this

Spiders - Kevin Huizenga

Kevin Huizenga's Rumbling continues at What Things Do

untitled - Kevin Huizenga

• Also from Kevin, a 4-panel excerpt, or strip, or something

Things to see: 5/24/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoJohn HankiewiczGilbert HernandezfashionDebbie DrechslerDash ShawDame Darcy 24 May 2010 5:35 PM

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

Strange Tales 2 - Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw reveals a page from his Spider-Man story for Marvel's Strange Tales 2

Cat on the News - John Hankiewicz

• "Cat on the News," a new lithograph by John Hankiewicz

Pee Wee Herman - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy's portraits of Pee Wee Herman & friends (above) and Clara Bow, plus a new doll and more in her latest blog update

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Belligerent Piano intro - Tim Lane

The new installment of Tim Lane's Belligerent Piano, plus an explanatory introduction

sketches - Debbie Drechsler

• New Debbie Drechsler nature sketches here, here and here

Rat Patrol - Gilbert Hernandez for Stussy

• Another Gilbert Hernandez t-shirt design for Stussy, as discovered by Love & Maggie

Girl in a Grey and Magenta Dress - Mark Kalesniko

• "Girl in a Grey and Magenta Dress" by Mark Kalesniko

pegasus31 - Renee French

• I am once again rendered helpless by Renee French

Things to see: 5/12/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneTim HensleyThings to seetattoosSteven WeissmanJon AdamsFrank SantoroDerek Van GiesonDaniel Clowesart showsAndrice Arp 12 May 2010 3:33 PM

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

Li'l Enid tattoo

• A fan's Li'l Enid tattoo, spotted by Peggy Burns at TCAF

NSFW - Tim Hensley

Tim Hensley re-posts "NSFW," his story from Kramer's Ergot 7, this time with scans of the original tracts which inspired the strip

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

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

Butter and Blood - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman's pieces from the Butter and Blood art show at GR2 are now for sale online

Silver Surfer - Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro sneakily updated his Silver Surfer image, and Spurge makes my day by confirming that it is, indeed, for Marvel's Strange Tales 2

bird detail - Andrice Arp

• This is a detail of a piece Andrice Arp will have in Tree Show VI at GRSF opening this coming Saturday — more info

Devil Doll - Derek Van Gieson

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• Your daily "Devil Doll" and "Tales of Abstraction House" previews from Derek Van Gieson

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Now in stock: Abandoned Cars (Softcover Ed.) by Tim Lane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lanenew releases 10 May 2010 12:14 PM

Recently arrived at our warehouse and ready to ship:

Abandoned Cars (Softcover Edition) by Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars (Softcover Edition) by Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars (Softcover Edition)
by Tim Lane

168-page black & white 7.5" x 9" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-341-5

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THE ACCLAIMED 2008 DEBUT, BACK IN PRINT IN A 2010 SOFTCOVER!

Abandoned Cars is Tim Lane’s first collection of graphic short stories, noir-ish narratives that are united by their exploration of the great American mythological drama by way of the desperate and haunted characters that populate its pages. Lane’s characters exist on the margins of society—alienated, floating in the void between hope and despair, confused but introspective. Some of them are experiencing the aftermath of an existential car crash—those surreal moments after a car accident, when time slows down and you’re trying to determine what just happened and how badly you’re hurt. Others have gone off the deep end, or were never anywhere but the deep end. Some are ridiculous, others dignified in their efforts to struggle to make sense of, and cope with, the absurdities, outrages, ghosts, and poisons in their lives.

The writing is straightforward, the stories mainstream but told in a pulpy idiom with an existential edge, often in the first person, reminiscent of David Goodis’s or Jim Thompson’s prose or of films like Pick-Up on South Street or Out of the Past. Visually, Lane’s drawing is in a realistic mode, reminiscent of Charles Burns, that heightens the tension in stories that veer between naturalism on the one hand and the comical, nightmarish, and hallucinatory on the other. Here, American culture is a thrift store and the characters are thrift store junkies living among the clutter. It’s an America depicted as a subdued and haunted Coney Island, made up of lost characters—boozing, brawling, haplessly shooting themselves in the face, and hopping freight trains in search of Elvis.

Abandoned Cars is an impressive debut of a major young American cartoonist.

2009 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Anthology or Collection

Download an EXCLUSIVE 16-page PDF excerpt containing the first two stories (2.2 MB).

Bonus: Download and print the "American Cut-Out Collectibles" (29.6 MB PDF) so you can assemble them at home without ruining your book!

 



Daily OCD: 5/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LanereviewsPaul KarasikMomeJohnny RyanFletcher HanksDaily OCDBlazing CombatBasil Wolverton 6 May 2010 4:23 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Culture Corner

Review: "Is your brain drained? Is your soul cold? Does your ticker need a snicker?  Then arrange your face with a grin in place. Read The Culture Corner by Basil Wolverton. Fantagraphics has just published this comprehensive collection of a rare and genuinely silly strip by a great cartoonist. ... The collection will crack you up, especially if you enjoy goofy phrases. Wolverton was a master of the craft.... It’s a must-have for any fan of cartooning." – Beth Davies-Stofka, Super I.T.C.H.

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets

Review: "If someone tries to tell you Fletcher Hanks was a genius, don’t believe them. If someone tries to tell you Fletcher Hanks was an important figure in the development of superhero comics, don’t believe them. But if someone tries to tell you Fletcher Hanks was one strange, f-ed up bastard who created some of the weirdest, creepiest, and (entirely by accident) most revealing comics of the Golden Era, that you can take to the bank." – Steve Hockensmith (author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Comic Book Galaxy

Mome Vol. 18 - Spring 2010

Plugs: The Gosh! Comics Blog spotlights Mome Vol. 18 and the softcover editions of Abandoned Cars and Blazing Combat among the week's new arrivals at their shop

Johnny Ryan

Interview: Blog de Cómics surveys Johnny Ryan for his favorite comics, movies, food, etc.

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