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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

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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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This item is available with two different cover designs. Please indicate your preference when ordering.

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

Things to see: 4/29/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerPaul HornschemeierMaakiesJeremy EatonfashionDame Darcy 29 Apr 2010 3:51 PM

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

Seattle Weekly illustration - Jeremy Eaton

• A heck of a Seattle Weekly illustration by Jeremy Eaton

School Spirits Stinckers - Steven Weissman

• Here's a color test for that series of School Spirits Stinckers that Steven Weissman's been working on (and here's another one — I like the green one better)

Original art - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy has info on framed original art, a bunch of new handmade dolls (we saw them at Stumptown; they're gorge), new purses and more on her blog

David Bowie - Wayno

• Some great-looking digital prints of illustrations by Newave! artist Wayno are now available from Rockpop Gallery

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

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

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• ...and this week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• ...and this week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire

Choose Your Own Shirt - Paul Hornschemeier

• ...and this week's new Forlorn Funnies t-shirt (featuring artwork from All and Sundry) from Paul Hornschemeier (buy)

Gov. Brewer - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner's pointed portrait of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

New Comics Day 4/28/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellyTim LaneNew Comics DayBlazing Combat 28 Apr 2010 9:28 AM

We've got three softcover collections hitting comic shops this week. Read on for more info and for comics-bloggers' comments on the week's releases:

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

Pick your favorite of the two alternate covers in person! At Comics Comics, Joe McCulloch calls it a "fascinating 2008 story study of the great American mythological drama." The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon praises this new edition of "the debut book from the muscular cartoonist Tim Lane."

Blazing Combat

Blazing Combat (Softcover Edition)
by Archie Goodwin & various artists

208-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-366-8

At Comics Alliance Douglas Wolk notes of the original series "it managed to get shut down after four issues, basically because its philosophical stance was 'war is horrible and futile, and by the way American soldiers are slaughtering innocent civilians in Vietnam.'" The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon calls it "an absolute must-have reprint of Archie Goodwin's Warren-era war comics. No one with even a tiny bit of interest in war comics could fail to like that Blazing Combat book."

Our Gang Vol. 4 (1946-1947) by Walt Kelly

Our Gang Vol. 4 (1946-1947)
by Walt Kelly

112-page 7.25" x 9.5" full-color softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-322-4

It's "scooping up another 112 color pages of Kelly’s franchise work," says Joe McCulloch at Comics Comics. The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon mentions the new volume, maybe not in the most flattering way, but we appreciate it anyway.

Much more information, including sneak peeks in the form of PDF downloads and video/photo slideshows, is available at the links above, as always. Smart shoppers know it's always good to check with your local shop in advance to confirm availability.







Things to see: 4/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanstaffDerek Van Gieson 22 Apr 2010 3:16 PM

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

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

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

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• This week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Tarzan - Eric Reynolds

• That version of a Jesse Marsh Tarzan cover by our own Eric Reynolds that I believe we've featured here previously has finally shown up on the Covered blog

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

Derek Van Gieson claims to be "toning it down" as "Tales from Abstraction House" proceeds — lies

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.





Daily OCD: 4/16/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneTim HensleyreviewsPaul HornschemeierKevin HuizengaJim WoodringJames SturmDaily OCDBasil Wolverton 16 Apr 2010 3:34 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Weathercraft

Review: "When most people try to employ dream logic in their work they fail miserably but Jim [Woodring] is great at it. The closest thing to a peer he might have is David Lynch but even that’s a stretch. Jim Woodring is the only Jim Woodring and no one has done what he does except for him. ... There’s not much point in trying to sum up the story of [Weathercraft]. There’s no text, the art is beautiful, and you’re totally consumed by the world he’s created and you exist inside it while you’re reading it." – Nick Gazin, Vice

The Culture Corner

Review: "You know who is awesome and holds more water than anyone in comics? Basil Wolverton, that’s who. I might have gone overboard there but Basil Wolverton is so fucking funny that it’s no laughing matter. ... This little hardcover [of The Culture Corner] is sweet. The left page of each spread contains the pencil sketch of every comic that it’s available for and even the sketches for comics that never got finished. It is rad as hell." – Nick Gazin, Vice (same link as above) 

Ganges #3

Review: "Holy crap, I love [Ganges]. Huizenga has this amazing way of writing and drawing comics that hit me in the soul, either directly reflecting an experience I can relate to (having trouble falling asleep in #3) or a feeling (like missing the good old days of a group of awesome work friends). Plus, his art style is this amazing mix of surreal and everyday imagery that mimics the daily weirdness of being a creative, introspective person and also takes on the look of a classic comic strip (Glenn’s nose reminded me of Popeye for some reason)." – T.J. Deitsch, United Monkee (via Sean T. Collins)

Red Barry

Review: "Opulent; florid; intermittently bizarre: Red Barry, Will Gould’s gangling, glowering, undercover cop, countered Chester (no relation) Gould’s grimly taciturn Dick Tracy with a ripely atmospheric, robustly theatrical, unflinchingly lurid theater, replete with run-on dialogues, soliloquies and, not infrequently, faces that appeared to be 'made up' in the pointed, dagger-like beards, eye patches, and whiskers that would earn a chuckle of recognition from George Jean Nathan (once-and-forever dean of American drama critics)." – Donald Phelps, The Comics Journal

Abandoned Cars [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order] Wally Gropius

Plug: On his News and Head Lice blog Paul Hornschemeier says "if you're not yet reading anything and everything Tim Lane and Tim Hensley produce, you're missing out. Hensley's comics and posts are always a welcome addition to any day over at Blog Flume and Lane's ongoing strip, Belligerent Piano reminds of me of the baby produced from the time Chester Gould had a three-way with Alex Raymond and Spain Rodriguez. Who's the one with the womb? I'm not telling."

 

Profile: Paul Constant of The Stranger talks about James Sturm in anticipation of Sturm's appearance with Peter Bagge at our flagship store this Saturday

Denver ComicFest this weekend
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneNoah Van Sciverevents 14 Apr 2010 10:59 PM

Denver ComicFest 2010

Tim Lane is a special guest at this weekend's Denver ComicFest, where you'll also be able to catch the likes of Noah Van Sciver and John Porcellino. Looks like a fun time!

Things to see: 4/14/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seePeter BaggeNoah Van SciverKevin HuizengaJon AdamsJohnny Ryanjohn kerschbaumJohn HankiewiczJim WoodringJaime HernandezHans RickheitEleanor DavisDerek Van GiesonAndrice Arp 14 Apr 2010 5:43 PM

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

The Ghoul Man - Jaime Hernandez

• At What Things Do, the first half of "The Ghoul Man," from Jaime Hernandez's 2002 mini-comic Death Tales No. 1

octopus + moose - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring's Alaska diary

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• Hey, John Kerschbaum has a new weekly strip, The All-New Cartoon Boy Adventure Hour, over at ACT-I-VATE — I'll try to remember to link to it each week (c'mon Dino, get an RSS feed)

A Place to Bury Strangers - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver illustrates another concert review for the Denver Westword

New Character Parade - Johnny Ryan

• It's a new New Character Parade strip by Johnny Ryan

sketchbook - John Hankiewicz

Three pages from John Hankiewicz's sketchbook

94th Trimester - Eleanor Davis

• There's a lot of stunning new work on Eleanor Davis's website (hat tip: Spurge)

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• It's the latest installment of Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Sleezball - Peter Bagge

Easily Mused presents "Sleezball," a 1982 goodie by Peter Bagge (via Steven Thompson)

Fielder - Kevin Huizenga

• This appears to be the beginning of a new strip by Kevin Huizenga

Ectiopiary page 19 - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectiopiary, page 19

Tales of the Hibernacle - Derek Van Gieson

• Perhaps you picked up a copy of Derek Van Gieson's rough-draft version of Whiskey is the Key Says Me at MoCCA — he's still working on expanding it, as evidenced by this brand new page

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Kitten

Have a look at Andrice Arp's pieces from the last Post-It show at GR2