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The all-new Maakies.com and... what's this?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireMaakies 12 Sep 2010 7:58 PM

Sock Monkey puppeteer

...A puppeteer in a green-screen suit with a live-action Sock Monkey puppet? With other incriminating evidence, not to mention regular Maakies strips and other messages from Tony Millionaire, at the all-new Maakies.com website? We can only confirm the latter two items.

Daily OCD: 9/7/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim KreiderStephen DeStefanoreviewsMoto HagiomangaJosh SimmonsJim WoodringJasonhooray for HollywoodDrew WeingDash ShawDan DeCarloDaily OCDCarol Tyler 7 Sep 2010 5:38 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions returns from the U.S. holiday:

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

List: About.com: Manga places Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories at #19 on their list of "50 Essential Manga for Libraries": "Collected for the first time in a gorgeous hardcover edition, A Drunken Dream offers a rare glimpse into the work of one of Japan's most distinctive and influential creators in shojo manga, and heck, manga, period. Worth recommending to both older teen and adult readers alike."

Review: "Hagio draws these stories as if a full symphonic score were playing in the background. Her delicate, razor-thin pen line expertly captures her characters’ wide-eyed, open-mouthed anguish effectively. [...]  I, certainly, am very glad that Fantagraphics made the effort (and judging by the exceptional production values it was a tremendous effort) to get this book out there ...because... beyond Hagio’s historical significance, [A] Drunken Dream [and Other Stories] is a book that deserves attention." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Review: "Ever since it was announced in March (was it really that long ago?), I’d been looking forward to reading [A Drunken Dream and Other Stories] by legendary Moto Hagio. [...] It would be a real shame if Fantagraphics didn’t get any supportive business from this collection and demand for more. [...] I’m looking forward to reading more, and adding to the crying list!" – Sunday Comics Debt (who also provides the following two links)

Review: "BUY. THIS. BOOK. No, seriously, buy it now. [...] I don’t think there is a single thing wrong with this book; Hagio-sensei touches on each of the topics she chooses to use with such perfection and …delicacy? that you can’t help but be amazed at how she does it. [...] I can’t wait for the next volume of manga Fantagraphics chooses to put out! They did a beyond amazing job with [A Drunken Dream and Other Stories]." – Kelakagandy's Ramblings

Plug: "This week... everything fades in the presence of a newly-released collection of short manga from shojo pioneer Moto Hagio, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. [...] Simply put, this book is gorgeous. [...] This is a release I’ve been eagerly anticipating since its announcement. Visit your local bookstore to find out why." – Melinda Beasi, Manga Bookshelf

You'll Never Know Book 2: Collateral Damage [Pre-Order]

Review: "'Greatest Generation' hoopla will never seem the same after You’ll Never Know: Collateral Damage, book two in Carol Tyler’s sprightly but relentlessly honest 'graphic memoir'... [T]his is the story of not just a family but a generation, or two or three. And all are told with a saving dash of humor. Tyler’s form, a mix of scrapbook, diary, and cartoon panels, is likewise messy and eccentric, but it pays off in layered textures and viewpoints. Two famous precedents, Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, seem almost one-dimensional by comparison." – Eric Scigliano, Seattle Met

Set to Sea

Review: "While there aren’t necessarily many surprises in the story, Set to Sea is more about the savoring of a series of vivid moments (both for the lead character and the reader) than any sort of narrative complexity. With each page acting as a single panel, the true joy of reading Set to Sea is luxuriating in Weing’s intense crosshatching and detail. [...] Indeed, in a book whose visuals have such a powerful impact, Weing’s decision not to overwrite (and especially not to over-narrate) was his wisest. With nearly 70 of the book’s pages appearing as silent, the result was a book that understood and maximized its charms." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Interview: Nicola D'Agostino presents the original English text of the Drew Weing interview which ran at Comicsblog.it so you don't have to struggle through the mangled autotranslation: "So one day in 2005, I drew a panel with a guy sleeping. The only thing I knew about him was that he was a big fellow. I spent more than a year adding to it bit by bit, just improvising panels as I went. I started Set to Sea with no idea that it would be set in the past, or even set on the sea, so to speak!"

Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird

Review: "...[T]he Billy Hazelnuts books are safe for children, while still being unique and complex enough for adults. Here Millionaire combines a gung-ho adventure spirit with a tempered yet still present darkness — two strains that have been the keys to so much of the greatest children’s literature. [...] Tony Millionaire is a genius and the Billy Hazelnuts books may be his best work. Imagine if Beatrix Potter had dropped acid with the 60s underground comix crowd or if A.A. Milne had collaborated with Franz Kafka. If you love fun, hilarious, and plain weird stories, then Billy Hazelnuts is for you." – Lincoln Michel, The Faster Times

Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Plug: Comix 411's Tom Mason plugs the Stephen DeStefano retrospective exhibit at mdh Gallery next week: "It’s a cartoon fan’s dream come true, and did I mention the wine?"

The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo

Profile/Preview: A gallery of images from the book accompanies this article: "See the work of Dan DeCarlo in the book The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo, published by Fantagraphics, which plunges into an alternate universe where Betty, Veronica, Sabrina grew up and live out situations that summed up the lewd sexual desire of men in the time before the sexual revolution of the twentieth century." – Ambrosia (translated from Portuguese)

I Killed Adolf Hitler

Interview: At his Cats Without Dogs blog, Jason presents a brief Q&A he recently did with the Spanish newspaper El Periodico de Catalunya: "I can hear the voice of a woman, from somewhere above me. 'Don't cry,' her voice says. 'One day you will see Neal Adams at a comic book convention in America.'"

Weathercraft

Feature: USA Today Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson spotlights Jim Woodring and his giant pen project: "I can't wait to see the pen and the drawings! (Also, can we start a campaign to get a live demonstration in New York?)"

House [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Commentary: At The Hooded Utilitarian, Ng Suat Tong surveys the use of buildings in comics and then looks specifically at architecture in Josh Simmons’s House 

Commentary: At The Comics Journal, Tim Kreider's requiem for Cathy

Commentary: The Comics Journal's Kristy Valenti is the guest contributor to this week's "What Are You Reading?" column at Robot 6

Bottomless Belly Button [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Hooray for Hollywood: At Publishers Weekly's PWxyz blog Rachel Deahl reports that Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button can be seen being read by one of the protagonists of the new film The Freebie

Things to see: 9/3/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerstaffRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierMichael KuppermanMatthias LehmannMarco CoronaMaakiesKevin HuizengaKazJohn HankiewiczJim WoodringJasonFrank SantoroFloyd GottfredsonfashionDebbie DrechslerBob FingermanArcher Prewitt 3 Sep 2010 3:43 PM

Periodic clips & strips -- click for improved/additional viewing and possible artist commentary at the sources:

Michael Kupperman illustration

Michael Kupperman illustrates a New York Times op-ed piece written by William Gibson

Moebius wireframe rotation

This video posted by Jim Woodring has a surprise ending

Floyd Gottfredson - Kevin Huizenga

• At Comics Comics, Jeet Heer reminds us of Kevin Huizenga's tribute to Floyd Gottfredson in Or Else #2

work in progress - Matthias Lehmann

Another stage in Matthias Lehmann's scratchboard work in progress

young zombies in love - Bob Fingerman

• An unpublished 1987 Bob Fingerman drawing of young zombies in love

Tim og Tom På Farten! - Jason

The cover of the first comic Jason ever made, circa 1979 (it means Tim and Tom On the Go!, not Tim and Tom Are Farting!, you sillyhead)

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" plus church sketches and more sketchbookery by Steven Weissman 

waiting room - John Hankiewicz

Another page from a comic-in-progress by John Hankiewicz 

Pegasus - Frank Santoro

Pegasus progress pics from Frank Santoro 

mareanera - Marco Corona

An illustration by Marco Corona for Internazionale, with commentary in Italian

Belted Kingfisher - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler draws the belted kingfisher, with commentary

flyboys2 - Renee French

• From Renee French: fly, fly people

Abel Meeropol - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner draws Abel Meeropol and former Sen. Alan Simpson, with commentary

Coil Sea - Archer Prewitt

• Ooh, pretty record cover art for Coil Sea by Archer Prewitt (via Presspop)

Underworld - Kaz

• A new animated Underworld cartoon by Kaz & co. (via Ben Schwartz)

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire (still on Facebook for the time being)

Death of the Watcher - Jacob Covey

• Our own Jacob Covey just posted a bunch of his drawings on vintage postcards to Facebook — I'm not sure what his privacy settings are but some of them are on Flickr too if that link doesn't work

Biggeespeare - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop — Biggeespeare joins the protagonist of Set to Sea in the ranks of hulking poets

More Maakies tattoos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairetattoosMaakies 3 Sep 2010 1:39 PM

Here's a couple of impressive Maakies-related tattoos recently shared on Facebook by Tony Millionaire:

Drinky Crow tattoo

Uncle Gabby tattoo

Sneak Peek of Hooked on Comix Volume 3 this Weekend at Bumbershoot!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireeventsDame DarcyBumbershoot 2 Sep 2010 11:35 AM

Hooked on Comix

Visitors to the "Counterculture Comix" exhibition at Bumbershoot in Seattle this weekend will get a preview of the latest installment of Hooked on Comix. Director David P. Moore will attend all three days of the festival and screen clips from the new volume, featuring Fantagraphics favorites Dame Darcy and Tony Millionaire [seen below together at Comic-Con - Ed.], who will be at Bumbershoot on Monday.

The show features continuous screenings of classic early volumes of Hooked on Comix. The exhibition celebrates Seattle's legacy of alternative comix awesomeness. It's free on Friday, and the holiday weekend includes giants of pop music (Bob Dylan, Courtney Love, Neko Case, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, etc.), as well as contemporary film, lit, visual arts, and more.

After whetting your comix appetite at the Bumbershoot exhibition, drop by our store to stock up on reading material and the last viewing of Dame Darcy's delightful show of original artwork. Open Friday and Saturday until 8:00 PM, Sunday 11:30 to 5:00 PM. The store will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. Mark your calendars for the Carol Tyler event the following Saturday, September 11.

Tony Millionaire & Dame Darcy - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Counterculture Comix at Bumbershoot FREE on Friday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffPeter BaggeJim WoodringeventsBumbershoot 1 Sep 2010 11:51 AM

Jim Woodring wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork by Jim Woodring — click for larger version and see below for more photos]

Comics connoisseurs can view "Counterculture Comix: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" for free this Friday, September 3 from 11:00 [correction:] noon to 7:00 PM in the Olympic Room on the Northwest corner of the Seattle Center grounds near Key Arena.)

The exhibition features 3 generations of cartoonists from the city that gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement. More than 250 artworks and artifacts are on display, with a comix reading lounge, a continuous screening of David Moore's seminal Hooked on Comix documentary, and cartooning demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers. All Bumbershoot visual art shows are free on Friday, and hizzoner the mayor will tour the exhibitions in the afternoon.

Bumbershoot, Seattle's annual Labor Day weekend arts festival, looks promising this year. In addition to the comix exhibition, there's the daily Flatstock poster show, a special preview of the anxiously-awaited Jesse Bernstein documentary I Am Secretly an Important Man on Saturday, a concert by Hole, featuring the lovely and talented Courtney Love on Sunday, and the equally lovely and talented Tony Millionaire on Monday. Hope to see you there.

Lynda Barry wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Lynda Barry]

Peter Bagge wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Peter Bagge]

Profanity Hill installation, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Jason T. Miles assembles the Profanity Hill installation]




FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS AT BUMBERSHOOT!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony MillionaireJim WoodringFantagraphics historyeventsBumbershoot 30 Aug 2010 12:34 PM

This weekend is Seattle's BUMBERSHOOT festival ("bumbershoot" is old-timey for "umbrella" -- get it? it rains a lot here!), one of the biggest cultural events of the year in the great Pacific Northwest, and Fantagraphics will have a presence at the show in a few different ways, most notably a massive art exhibit curated by our own Larry Reid. Here's the skinny on all FBI goings-on: 

  

NORTHWEST COMIX: A 30-YEAR SURVEY OF SEATTLE ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS
Curated by Larry Reid in Association with Fantagraphics Books

Venue: Northwest Rooms

Open free to the public September 4-6 with admission to Bumbershoot 2010

This retrospective examines the Northwest's legacy as the birthplace of alternative comics (aka comix). Beginning with the work of Lynda Barry circa 1980, and running through today, the emphasis is on the role of comix in Seattle's youth movement of the '90s that went on to influence global popular culture. Curated by Larry Reid in conjunction with Fantagraphics Books, this exhibit features original artwork on display together with demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers, as well as screenings of Hooked on Comix. Artists include Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Patrick Moriarity, Mark Zingarelli, Roberta Gregory, Megan Kelso, Jim Blanchard, David Lasky, Justin Hampton, Ted Jouflas, and others.

 

AN EVENING WITH TONY MILLIONAIRE

Venue: Leo K. Theatre

Monday, September 6, 2010 • 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm

Tony Millionaire is the multiple award-winning creator of the self-syndicated comic strip, Maakies, which appears in weekly newspapers across the country. Maakies has been adapted to the small screen in 1998 for Saturday Night Live and in 2008 as The Drinky Crow Show for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Moderated by Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics Books.

 

LISTEN WHITEY: A HISTORY OF BLACK POWER RECORDINGS
Hosted by Pat Thomas

Venue: Words & Ideas Stage

Saturday September 4, 2010 • 3:45PM - 4:45PM

Pat Thomas' forthcoming Fantagraphics book, Listen Whitey: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, chronicles his huge collection of rare and out-of-print Black Power poetry, speeches, interviews, jazz, soul, rock, and pop recordings. He will be speaking about this exhaustive collection and providing unique insight into the historical movement, while playing tons of music and recordings.

Also, if you live in Seattle, you might want to get in on this contest asap to win a few thousand dollars worth of killer swag, including a bunch of Fantagraphics books!

Get yer Maakies merch!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairemerchMaakiesfashion 28 Aug 2010 10:25 AM

Tony Millionaire's been plugging his Maakies t-shirts available from I Love Waterloo, so we will too! There's a bunch of designs (that last one is my favorite), plus limited-edition signed posters. Do some weekend shopping!

Drinky Crow t-shirt

Uncle Gabby drunk driving tee

Uncle Gabby on the toilet tee

Things to see: 8/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerRoger LangridgeRenee FrenchMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMaakiesLove and RocketsKevin Huizengajon vermilyeaJon AdamsJim BlanchardJasonJaime HernandezGabrielle BellEmile BravoDrew WeingDerek Van GiesonDebbie Drechsler 27 Aug 2010 5:00 PM

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/flog/mike/201008/misterelephanthead.jpg

Bleeding Cool uncovers a lost all-ages Roger Langridge rarity

Jaime Hernandez - from Love and Rockets #9

Here's an auction page where you can zoom in on and pan around a scan of Jaime Hernandez original art from Love and Rockets #9

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies? Maais oui. Tony Millionaire is still posting them on Facebook for the time being while his website is rebuilt

Time Traveling - Kevin Huizenga

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

• Read "Time Traveling" from Ganges #1 at What Things Do; also from Kevin Huizenga, a new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond strip and a curtain-lifting homage to something I can't identify

work in progress - Matthias Lehmann

Matthias Lehmann posts photos of a scratchboard work in progress — stage 1, stage 2

Shane McGowan - Jason

Outland - Jason

Jason illustrations for a Norgwegian music magazine and a Norwegian comic shop , plus a cartoon from 1984

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

See You in Heaven! - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot and these church doodles from Steven Weissman seem to be thematically related, don't they?

Batman #8 - Jon Adams

Jon Adams's Covered version of Batman #8 is pretty creepy when you look closely; also, there's a new Truth Serum

Ivoire - Émile Bravo

• A couple of ex libris plates by Émile Bravo, plus a metal dwarf bear figurine

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing presents the final five pages of Set to Sea; the entire story will remain online through September 10

De Briganti e de Brigantesse - Marco Corona

The first page of "Di Briganti e di Brigantesse" from Marco Corona 

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• The new installment of Tim Lane's Belligerent Piano

Leonard Cohen - Jim Blanchard

• Two new paintings by Jim Blanchard: Leonard Cohen and Danger: Diabolik

phoebe - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler gets birdy and buggy

San Diego - Gabrielle Bell

• It's the continuation of Gabrielle Bell's "San Diego Comic-Con Comicumentary"

AMC Pacer - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko is starting to post the preliminary sketches for his upcoming graphic novel Freeway — the man sure can draw a good AMC Pacer

narwhal - Renee French

• From Renee French: nervous Hagelbarger, a narwhal, a ledge, a... horse?, and seaweed

Ahmed H. Sharif - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner documents a NYC stabbing of a Muslim cabbie and, in a video drawing for Capitalnewyork.com, a NY State politician

Devil Doll part 4 page 3 - Derek Van Gieson

• From Derek Van Gieson: a new "Devil Doll" sneak peek, hot crustacean jazz, and a Moomin parody; he also has original art and more for sale on Etsy

color

• Here's the color version of that Smoke Signal story panel from Jon Vermilyea 

Daily OCD: 8/25/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairereviewsRand HolmesPatrick RosenkranzMoto HagioMegan KelsomangaLove and RocketsJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGary GrothDaily OCDCatalog No 439Ben Schwartz 25 Aug 2010 5:21 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Catalog No. 439: Burlesque  Paraphernalia and Side Degree Specialties and Costumes

Review: "What to say about Catalog 439? It's a crazy-arse thing, full of richly illustrated intricate drawings of smartly dressed men torturing each other with ridiculous devices. [...] What you get with this book then is not just a fascinating glimpse into a little known corner of American social history, but the template for many of the ad pages from the silver and bronze age comics that so many of us comic collectors love. I really enjoyed it and, although it isn't about comics, I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the history of comic book advertising." – Dom Sutton, London Loves Comics

Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 4): Penny Century [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "At this point, I don’t know what else there is to say about Jamie Hernandez or Love and Rockets. I suspect that one day he’s going to make a truly terrible comic, if only because he must feel at least a little bit bad about showing nearly every other creator up so often. ...Penny Century is yet another masterpiece from a guy who turns them out seemingly like clockwork. If you haven’t read it, you need to. ...Jamie Hernandez’s exploration of life continues as an unimpeachable standard for comic book mastery." – Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

Artichoke Tales [Pre-Order]

Review: "[Artichoke Tales] is far and away the best comic I've ever read from Megan Kelso, succeeding on almost every level. Her clear-line style gives an airy ease to her often detail-heavy drawings of nature and the people who inhabit it; similarly, her complex exercise in fantasy worldbuilding — and I don't mean detailed maps with funny names, I mean real worldbuilding, constructing cultural and religious and economic structures rooted in environment and history and exerting macro and micro influence across the lives of all the characters involved — is subsumed into an absorbing, briskly moving house-divided family soap opera. [...] I dug this book to a degree that surprised me and look forward to returning to it. It's a rich vein of alt-fantasy being tapped here." – Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly

Review: "Kelso's simple line and rounded forms belie the seriousness of the story. [...] Ultimately, Artichoke Tales is not so much a story about conflict as a story about the people reacting to the conflict, doing their best to live lives of integrity in a land of constant unrest. Although good intentions are often thwarted, it ends on a note of hope." – Brigid Alverson, Graphic Novel Reporter

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Plug: "I picked [A Drunken Dream and Other Stories] up at San Diego and it's one of those 'seminal' manga works that actually lives up to its hype. If you like Tatsumi, this is a good bet." Lydia Park, Ask Yavin IV (Funny, we don't remember seeing her at San Diego... That's a joke because she's a cartoon character.)

The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective [Pre-Order]

Plug: "This is amazing news — one of my favourite cartoonists finally receives his due. I was starting to think that he had slipped through the cracks of cartoon history. ...[Rand Holmes] was a fantastic draftsman, surprisingly old-school, and his meticulous inking something that I could only ever hope to dream to aspire to." – Rod Filbrandt

Prison Pit: Book 2  [Pre-Order]

Plug: "...[T]he second volume of [Johnny Ryan's] battle epic Prison Pit... is amazing, nasty, and Lovecraftian." – Ryan Sands, Same Hat!

Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird

Interview: "Newsarama: Billy Hazlenuts is like a children’s fable gone wrong, reminiscent in way of the old, dark Grimm Brothers tales with a modern, high-octane approach.  Is that what you’re going for? Tony Millionaire: Take a closer look at those Grimm's Fairy tales, or even better, Hans Christian Anderson, and you'll tell me my stories are chocolate milk sopped on toast compared to that stuff."

The Best American Comics Criticism

Roundtable: The participants in The Comics Journal's roundtable on The Best American Comics Criticism file their first response posts: Here’s Caroline Small, Ng Suat Tong and Jeet Heer

Gary Groth

Commentary: Robot 6's "Quote of the Day" comes from our very own Gary Groth