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Category >> Tim Lane

Daily OCD: 1/4/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneSupermenRory HayesreviewsPaul HornschemeierMoto HagioMegan KelsomangaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLinda MedleyJim WoodringJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDisneyDaniel ClowesDaily OCDCarl BarksBest of 2010 4 Jan 2011 6:10 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions from Publishers Weekly, John Porcellino and other sources:

List: Publishers Weekly Comics Week posts the results of their Fifth Annual Critics Poll, with 5 of our titles placing with 2 votes each (and a bunch of honorable mentions):

Castle Waiting Vol. 2

"Castle Waiting Volume 2 by Linda Medley... The simplest actions — moving into another room, raising a child — are enlivened by being placed in an exceptionally illustrated fantasy environment, full of unusual outcasts who've formed a family. The cast is immensely appealing, both visually and through well-written dialogue. [...] Always a pleasurable read underlined by a genius level of artistic skill." – Johanna Draper Carlson

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

"A Drunken Dream, Moto Hagio [...] Beautiful, gripping and delightfully weird, reading this book you can see her fingerprints all over shojo manga as we know it. At the same time it works as a solid refutation of the old canard that shojo is nothing but sparkly 14 year-olds with love-angst and magical powers." – Kate Fitzsimons

Love and Rockets Book 25: High Soft Lisp [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

"High Soft Lisp, Gilbert Hernandez... Rosalba 'Fritz' Martinez is one of the loopier characters from Hernandez's expansive Love and Rockets universe, but her ditzy, oversexed antics are peppered with poignant moments of loneliness and longing. As always, Hernandez sticks a beating heart at the center of his raunchy pulp adventures." – Jason Persse

Love and Rockets: New Stories #3 [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

"Love and Rockets: New Stories #3, The Hernandez Brothers... Los Bros. Hernandez show they are still at the peak of their cartooning form. In 'Browntown' Jaime mines family history, cruelty and the hinted-at pasts of his well known cast for an unforgettable story of innocence lost." – Heidi MacDonald

Weathercraft

"Weathercraft, Jim Woodring... Jim Woodring first hit his bullseye so long ago, and has been splitting his own arrow right down the middle so many times, that he's easy to take for granted. Don't. Weathercraft is a magnificent and slightly wicked little book: a whimsical farce about some of the nastiest, darkest metaphysical stuff there is, a banquet for the eyes that starts growing tendrils once it's inside you." – Douglas Wolk

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

List: Also at Publishers Weekly, Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is selected by Kai-Ming Cha for Critic's Picks: Manga in 2010: "Most of shojo manga today are derivative of Hagio and her contemporaries — and pale in comparison. This collection of stories takes from the oeuvre of Hagio, one of the first in a pioneering generation of manga to be created by women."

Weathercraft

List: Ryan Sands of Electric Ant Zine names Weathercraft by Jim Woodring one of his Favorite Comic Reads of 2010 (via Sean T. Collins)

List: John Porcellino's Favorite Comics of 2010 include some of our older books:

Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941

"Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1939-41 ... What happens when you throw a bunch of sometimes-talented, always-desperate cartoonists in a room and force them to churn out page after page after page of comics at a deviously inhuman rate? [...] Oh my Lord.  This sooper-fun and enjoyably bizarre collection of early 'Pre-Code' superhero comics features work by Jack Kirby, Basil Wolverton, Will Eisner, Fletcher Hanks, and Jack Cole, among many more lesser-known artists..."

Abandoned Cars [Hardcover Ed.]

"Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane... [Lane's] excellent, down and out, Beat-inspired tales of post-war/modern day America are unique to the form, and his grappling with what he calls the 'Great American Mythological Drama' yields some of the most literate, stark, and surreal comics I've ever read. [...] Great book."

Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes

"Where Demented Wented: the Art and Comics of Rory Hayes... The comics themselves, though undeniably crude in the early years, have a rock solid EC-inspired prose style, which when combined with the brutal/cute drawings makes for some compelling reading. As time goes on, Hayes' imagery becomes more and more refined, and there are pages in here that are just simply beautiful. A real surprise, and a book that kept me thinking for days afterward."

Caricature (softcover)

"Caricature by Dan Clowes... Reading [these stories], I was immediately taken back to the good old glory days of Alternative American Comics. I remember reading stories like 'Immortal, Invisible' and 'Blue Italian Shit' with my jaw hanging open...  you could feel the boundaries of comics expanding with each panel. These particular comics remain some of my favorites of all time."

Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird

Review: "The story itself is absolutely insane. [...] There's no real rhyme or reason to the proceedings, and that's a big part of the fun. You don't know what outrageous scenario will greet you at the end of the next page. [...] Millionaire keeps his foot on the gas and writes with the spirit of Chuck Jones and the rest of Termite Terrace lurking in his pen. [...] If you're looking for madcap action, Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird should be right up your alley. It certainly was for me." – Rob McMonigal, Panel Patter

Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 1): Maggie the Mechanic

Plug: Illustrator Eric Orchard shares his love for the work of Jaime Hernandez: "There's an unbelievable charm to his characters and an intoxicating rhythm to his panels. They are some of the best, most enjoyable comics to come out in the last thirty years."

Paul Hornschemeier

Anecdote: At Gapers Block, Ruthie Kott presents a funny story told to her by Paul Hornschemeier: "On two separate occasions I've had people argue with me that I am not me. There is apparently some existential comedian writing the script of my life for moments like these..." (Via Robot 6)

Megan Kelso

Survey: The Beat's year-end/looking-forward survey of comics pros (part two) includes input from Megan Kelso and Shaenon Garrity calling our publication of Moto Hagio "the biggest story in comics in 2010"

Carl Barks

Coming Attractions: More reporting & commentary on our Carl Barks news from ICv2, Augie De Blieck Jr. at Comic Book Resources, and Graeme McMillan at Robot 6

Nibbus Maximus

Events: Boing Boing, USA TODAY Pop Candy and Comics Alliance all get in on the excitement for the debut of Jim Woodring's Nibbus Maximus

Weekend Webcomics for 12/31/10: Weissman & more (posted 1/3/11)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneSteven WeissmanMaakiesJon AdamsHans RickheitGabrielle Bell 3 Jan 2011 12:50 PM
Here's this week's Weissman, plus links to other strips from around the web (our last holiday-related delay for a while):

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Ectiopiary by Hans Rickheit:

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell:

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Maakies (and its inspiration) by Tony Millionaire:

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Weekend Webcomics for 12/24/10: Weissman & more (posted 12/27)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneSteven WeissmanMaakiesKevin HuizengaJon AdamsHans RickheitGabrielle Bell 27 Dec 2010 11:49 AM
Here's this week's Weissman, plus links to other strips from around the web (do I have to explain why they're late?):

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond by Kevin Huizenga:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Ectiopiary by Hans Rickheit:

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell:

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Weekend Webcomics for 12/17/10: Weissman & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneSteven WeissmanMaakiesKevin HuizengaJon AdamsHans RickheitGabrielle Bell 17 Dec 2010 5:12 PM
Here's this week's Weissman, plus links to other strips from around the web:

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond by Kevin Huizenga:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Ectiopiary by Hans Rickheit (get better soon, Hans):

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell:

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Hey, Smoke Signal #7 is out!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneTim HensleySammy HarkhamJordan CraneCharles Burns 10 Dec 2010 4:02 PM

Smoke Signal 7 cover - Jordan Crane

What th'...? I just found out via the great Dan Zettwoch's blog that the new issue of Desert Island's essential broadsheet comics anthology Smoke Signal is out! Above, the stunning cover by Jordan Crane; the full contributors list isn't posted yet but it includes "new work by Charles Burns, Sammy Harkham, Edie Fake, Tim Hensley, Dan Zettwoch, Michael DeForge, Tim Lane, and tons more!" You can pick up a free copy at Desert Island in Brooklyn or buy it online here. Gimme!

UPDATE: Gabe from Desert Island points out the full contributor list on Facebook — thanks Gabe!

Things to See: 12/8/10 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRichard SalaPaul HornschemeierNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLilli CarréLaura ParkJosh SimmonsJasonHans RickheitEleanor DavisDebbie DrechslerDash ShawDame DarcyCarol TylerAndrice Arp 8 Dec 2010 9:50 PM

It's overdue!

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• Another glimpse of Tim Lane's book-in-progress Folktales at his Jackie No-Name blog

Dead Mickey - Jason

• Among the early strips, illustrations, outtakes and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog: "Dead Mickey"

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• From Steven Weissman, a Repaneled panel and a new Yikes! animation (I dare you not to get the end credits song stuck in your head), plus his latest "I, Anonymous" spots and other things on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

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• Lots of new artwork, merch, handicrafts and current events in the latest blog updates from Dame Darcy

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Richard Sala's... Hallmark card?? Believe it!

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Noah Van Sciver's cartoon interview with Geoff Johns done for The Comics Journal but never used

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Sketches by Frank Santoro at the Cold Heat Comics blog

• Illustrations by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

Lilli Carré sketches on her Kettle of Fish blog

• Nature sketches with running commentary by Debbie Drechsler at her Just Around the Corner blog

• More sketches for Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway (now up for pre-order!) and paintings of stylish girls at his blog

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design available in the Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop on his News and/or Head Lice blog

• Sketches and illustrations by Laura Park at her Flickr page

• Illustrations at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Drawings, sketches, photos (Wookiee chastity belt?) from Renee French

Carol Tyler writes about Ron Santo and John Lennon at her Screened-in Porch blog

• Daily drawings and animation production artwork from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Caricatures & commentary by Steve Brodner

• Something horrible from Josh Simmons at his The Furry Trap blog

• Illustrations by Hans Rickheit at his The Squirrel Machine blog

• Illustrations by Derek Van Gieson at his These Days I Remain blog

• Last year's Post-its from Andrice Arp on her Flickr page

• New sketches by Eleanor Davis at her We Be Ouija blog

Weekend Webcomics for 12/3/10: Weissman & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneStephen WeissmanMaakiesKevin HuizengaJon AdamsHans RickheitGabrielle Bell 3 Dec 2010 5:58 PM
Back from holiday hiatus and making up for lost time! Here's this week's Weissman, plus links to other strips from around the web:

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell:

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Ectiopiary  pages 51 & 52 by Hans Rickheit:

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond by Kevin Huizenga:

Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond

Things to see: 11/22/10 roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRobert GoodinRichard SalaRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLeslie SteinJohn HankiewiczJim FloraJasonGipiFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDash ShawCarol Tyler 22 Nov 2010 6:40 PM

Click for improved/additional viewing and possible artist commentary at the sources:

Danzig - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver draws a rock show (Danzig!) for the Denver Westword, plus more stuff at his blog

Psycho-rama - Richard Sala

Richard Sala's "Psycho-rama" from Blab #7, 1992

Jackie No-Name - Tim Lane

Jackie No-Name diorama cutout and Belligerent Piano intro page from Smoke Signal #3 courtesy of Tim Lane 

Murmur - Leslie Stein

• Speaking of Smoke Signal, here's Leslie Stein's "Murmur" from that selfsame publication

Robert Goodin - Repaneled

Robert Goodin does Simon & Kirby at Repaneled

Carol Tyler

Carol Tyler was a visiting artist at the Center for Cartoon Studies last week (and celebrated a birthday yesterday), all noted on her Screened-in Porch blog

self-portrait - Gipi

Gipi discusses his recent health problems and presents a series of self-portraits at his blog

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Early strips, illustrations, outtakes and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spots and sketches (and Post-its for sale) on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

• A new print at John Hankiewicz's Clip Joint blog

• Sketches by Frank Santoro at the Cold Heat Comics blog

• An exhibit announcement at Marco Corona's Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Vintage Jim Flora illustrations & artwork (plus shelf porn) at the Jim Flora blog

• Nature sketches with running commentary by Debbie Drechsler at her Just Around the Corner blog

• More sketches for Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway (now up for pre-order!) at his blog

Sergio Ponchione re-launches Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Drawings, sketches, photos from Renee French

• Daily drawings (and a few videos) from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Caricatures, a new Need to Know video, and commentary on current events by Steve Brodner

• Pages and panels by Derek Van Gieson at his These Days I Remain blog

• New sketches by Eleanor Davis at her We Be Ouija blog

Things to See: Tim Lane's Notes of a Second Class Citizen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to see 11 Nov 2010 4:15 PM

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At his Jackie Noname blog, Tim Lane presents "the splash page for a new section I’m working on for FOLKTALES, and will run, in part, as a feature story in the Riverfront Times. The character from these 'notes' is the same character whose ruminations were placed as vignettes in between the stories in ABANDONED CARS." Read more about it and see an embiggenable version at the source.

Weekend Webcomics for 11/5/10: DeStefano, Weissman & more
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsTony MillionaireTim LaneSteven WeissmanStephen DeStefanoMaakiesGabrielle Bell 5 Nov 2010 3:58 PM

In addition to our weekly strips from the Steves, we'll now be bringing you links to other strips from around the web which previously appeared in our "Things to See" posts. Why? I dunno, it just kind of seemed to make sense.

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Monday's Strip by Stephen DeStefano (view larger)

Originally run as an experiment on Stephen's blog starting in 2008, Monday's Strip is re-presented here.

Monday's Strip - Stephen DeStefano

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Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

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And elsewhere:

Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane:

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"Voyeurs" by Gabrielle Bell:

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Maakies by Tony Millionaire:

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Truth Serum by Jon Adams:

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