As Elvis Costello keeps making the talk-show rounds promoting his new album National Ransom, so does Tony Millionaire's cover art. Note how Late Night host Jimmy Fallon holds the album so as not to obscure any of the artwork on Friday night's episode — nicely done, Jimmy. (Screenshot via a well-wisher of Tony's.)
OK, so we got excited when Tony Millionaire's cover art for Elvis Costello's new album National Ransom appeared as an eeny weeny thumbnail on The Colbert Report last week. Well that was just the appetizer to last night's (I suppose inevitable) main course, when Costello was the guest on Colbert's show. The two discussed the artwork (without mentioning the artist... c'mon, guys), which was plastered all over the place during the segment. Watch the episode here.
(Incidentally, Janice has been trying to contact Elvis's people to get him to do an "Under the Covers" interview about Tony's artwork — wish us luck!)
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.
This post has been in progress for nearly a month now... with so much to catch up on, I'll just be highlighting a few selected items and then giving you links to the regularly-updated stuff. As always, click for better viewing and possible commentary at the sources.
We had a lovely selection of books and comics on display.
This little guy was stowed away with the Cathy Malkasian books as we were unpacking on Saturday morning. Enjoy your new San Francisco home!
This Saturday shopper was sporting a splendid Floyd GottfredsonMickey Mouse shirt and was very excited to hear about our upcoming reprint series! Thanks for spreading the word, nice man whose name I never found out!
Megan Kelso attracted an avid group of fans to her signing following her spotlight panel on Saturday. We sold the last copies of Artichoke Tales and The Squirrel Mother to the last fan at the very end of her signing on Sunday — uncanny! That's our own always-engaging and effervescent Janice Headley behind Megan in the second picture.
Two more views of our table as the fans peruse our selections.
Saturday we sold out of Tony's latest book Little Maakies on the Prairie but on Sunday we still had enough of the Billy Hazelnuts books to keep fans happy, and there was beer to keep Tony happy. (Photo above by Robot 6's J.K. Parkin.) Below, Tony works on a Maakies original during a lull in the crowd:
That about wraps it up. Thanks to everybody who came by the table, all the helpful APE staff and volunteers, all our exhibitor pals and neighbors, and especially to Megan and Tony for making it a great show! See you again next year, APEketeers.
Join us at the Alternative Press Expo at the Concourse exhibit hall in San Francisco this weekend! You can find us at tables 113-116 (a different location than the past couple of years, for you APE vets out there). Myself and our Ambassador of Awesomeness Janice Headley will be staffing the table. Our signing and panel schedule is as follows:
12:00 - 1:00PM Spotlight on Megan Kelso, moderated by Marc Weidenbaum
Collecting 2 years of strips 2007-2009. More booze-soaked buffoonery, lyrical passages, violence, sentimentality, and poop jokes with Drinky Crow & Uncle Gabby. Lowbrow yuks and elegant cartooning from comics' true drunken master.
"Tony Millionaire’s Maakies does not appear on the comics pages of daily newspapers, but lurks darkly instead in our nation’s alternative weeklies...
"Uncle Gabby, a monkey, and Drinky Crow, an alcoholic crow, are characters of pure, ginned-up id, engaging in high jinks that range from the boobish to the bizarre: making 'booze cream' from the milk of drunken cows in one panel, going to prison to have time to read Swinburne in the next. The humor is often so lowbrow as to be subterranean. If Gasoline Alley is preoccupied with life's slow unfolding, Maakies is fascinated by its swift, violent ends. It is difficult to count the times Gabby or Crow have been mutilated, shot in the head, eaten, burned in hell.
"And yet Millionaire, raised by an art-teacher by the sea, can draw the living spit out of a ship or a giant squid. It is just as likely that Maakies will feature one character vomiting into another’s mouth as it will a wordless, befuddling, beautiful parade of intricately rendered church spires and tall buildings. It sways this way between the very low and the very high; the only applicable adverb here is drunkenly, for as the name might suggest, there is a lot of boozing in Drinky Crow's life. This may offend (or may be the least of the offenses), but I would bet if you counted Crow's tipples against the number of highballs the Lockhorns had consumed, it'd come out even. And in his surrealist impulse and draftsman’s brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat."