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Category >> Tony Millionaire

Things to see: 8/13/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboTony MillionaireTim KreiderThings to seeSteve BrodnerRobert CrumbRenee FrenchRay FenwickPaul HornschemeierMaakiesJon AdamsJim FloraJasonFrank SantoroDrew WeingDJ BryantDebbie DrechslerBob Fingerman 13 Aug 2010 6:27 PM

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

R. Crumb... Paraty, August 2010

Bleeding Cool presents this R. Crumb sketch which was printed on the front page of Brazilian newspaper O Globo

Dot strolling - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman depicts "Another Day in Hell"

D.V.

Poe - Jason

• Two unpublished Jason pages: a gag strip starring "D.V." and an aborted Poe adaptation

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

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

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire (still on Facebook while his new website is being built — if that last link doesn't work try this)

Unreal City - D.J. Bryant

• New Mome contributor D.J. Bryant has a strip in this week's issue of The Stranger — it's not online so I took a snap of it

8.7 - Frank Santoro

• Looks like maybe a new Cold Heat page from Frank Santoro? Also figures in conflict

Usagi Yojimbo #36 - Phineas X. Jones

• I don't usually editorialize here but Phineas X. Jones's version of Usagi Yojimbo #36 at Covered is awesome

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 122 & 123

Sheffield - Jim Flora

A partial scan (with color checker card) of an unpublished 1954 Jim Flora woodcut print, Sheffield Island

skinks - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler draws skinks

Wise Guy - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Attack of the Pony Cheetah - Josh Simmons

killers - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons & Wendy Chin bring us Quackers vs. Buzzers, Quackers vs. Pony Cheetah, & Quacker loves Bunny; also from Josh, these scary guys

Tim Kreider by Renee French

Renee French draws a portrait of Tim Kreider; also these sketches and this photo

Charlie Rangel - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner's animated take on Charlie Rangel

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• A new Truth Serum strip by Jon Adams

Nike Gore

Ray Fenwick made a t-shirt design for Nike

Things to see: 8/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchRay FenwickPaul HornschemeierNoah Van SciverMaakiesLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJon AdamsJohn HankiewiczJoe KimballJim FloraJaime HernandezGabrielle BellFrank Santorofan artDrew WeingDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDame DarcyBob FingermanaudioArcher Prewitt 6 Aug 2010 2:32 PM

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

Morio - Archer Prewitt

• Our pals at Presspop share this, the cover illustration by Archer Prewitt for the novelization of the upcoming film Morio (Toilet)

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell kicks off "Season 3" of Lucky with the first part of her San Diego Comic-Con diary; also, her previously-serialized strip "Manifestation" is presented in its entirety at What Things Do

Black Madonna - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy's Black Madonna painting and other new stuff in her latest blog update

Lisa Lampanelli - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman illustrates "Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli for Royal Flush magazine, plus more quick sketches

Maggie - Mike Hawthorne

Maggie-through-the-years fan art by Mike Hawthorne at Comic Twart

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Tony Millionaire posted this week's Maakies on Facebook while his new website is being built (if that last link doesn't work try this)

Ascots! - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's latest t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Derek Van Gieson

• A couple of teasers from Part 4 of Derek Van Gieson's Mome serial "Devil Doll"

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

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

head 01 - John Hankiewicz

Life drawing studies by John Hankiewicz 

collage - Frank Santoro

Collage and some guidelines from Frank Santoro 

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 118 119 & 120

The Big Score - Richard Sala

Richard Sala presents his strip from the July 1994 issue of Pulse magazine

The Cowboy - Tim Lane

Tim Lane extends Belligerent Piano into the audio realm with "The Cowboy's Lament"

Little Rock Getaway teaser - Jim Flora

A preview of the next Jim Flora art print, available for pre-order

turtle - Debbie Drechsler

Debbie Drechsler sketches some lakeshore fauna

sketchbook - Lilli Carre

Koridian - Lilli Carré

Raising Chicago - Lilli Carré

• From Lilli Carré: sketchbook pages, illustrations for Kordian, and a story for Chicago Magazine

Brooklyn Superhero Supply - Sergio Ponchione

• A quartet of recent illustrations by Sergio Ponchione, including one for 826 Brooklyn

Batman - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver vs. Batman

The Golden Quackers - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons, The Golden Quackers

rock - Renee French

• From Renee French, a couple of rocks and a peek

Obama - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner thinks maybe it's about time for the President to start losing his cool. Also, a grocery store incident as political allegory

panel - Kevin Huizenga

• From Kevin Huizenga, a couple of hot panels and a tale of narrowly-averted disaster

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• A new Truth Serum strip by Jon Adams 

Joe Kimball

Joe Kimball shares several glimpses of a whole bunch of stuff on his Flickr page

All Together Now - Ray Fenwick

Loonfest 2010 - Ray Fenwick

• Two recent Ray Fenwick illustrations for Threadless and Cottage Life magazine respectively

Things to see: 8/2/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteve BrodnerRenee FrenchMiss Lasko-GrossMark KalesnikoMaakiesJosh SimmonsJohn HankiewiczJim WoodringHans RickheitGipiGil KaneGahan WilsonGabrielle BellEsther Pearl WatsonBob FingermanAnders Nilsen 2 Aug 2010 3:06 PM

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

Miss Lasko-Gross

• Yoinked from Facebook, Miss Lasko-Gross's self-portrait for the Graphic Details art show at the Cartoon Art Museum

Bob Moss Folknik III - Gahan Wilson

• Another Facebook find: Charles Schneider posted this new album cover illustration by Gahan Wilson

Savage cover sketch - Gil Kane

• Facebook strikes again: a rejected cover sketch for Gil Kane's Savage!, from the Gil Kane Unchained page (see the final cover and read a review of the book at Guns in the Gutters)

Jim Woodring letterhead & sketch

• A Jim Woodring sketch on his own letterhead from 1993 along with a 1992 interview at TCJ.com's Guttergeek

Girl and Critters - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman draws "Girl and Critters"

print - John Hankiewicz

Trace monotype prints by John Hankiewicz from his own figure drawings

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• This week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane, which he posted early "out of excitement"

Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko's "Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress"

Fatso McQuackerson - Josh Simmons

• Dang, Josh Simmons, that's a fat Quacker; also, a collaboration with Wendy Chin descriptively titled "Wang"

Balls - Renee French

• From Renee French, "balls," "Doc" and, um something shadowy

Senate Frieze  - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner's Senate Frieze for the New Yorker

car engine - Gabrielle Bell

car engine - Esther Pearl Watson

• Car engines by Gabrielle Bell, Esther Pearl Watson & others for an invitational art show curated by Anders Nilsen at Chicago's Lula's Cafe (via The Monologuist)

Ectopiary page 35 - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary page 35

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

Tony Millionaire's most recent Maakies strip

Gipi asks the age-old question: "Shit or chocolate?"

Comic-Con Day 3 Part 2: Peter Bagge, Dame Darcy & Tony Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairePeter BaggeDame DarcyCCI 28 Jul 2010 5:40 PM

Tony Millionaire, Dame Darcy, Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

We packed three powerhouses of alternative comics behind one table and the result was one of our busiest signings in a week full of busy signings!

Peter Bagge was kept busy by a long line of fans requesting sketches of Bizarro, Buddy Bradley and so on:

Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

He also used the occiasion to debut his band's new CD!

Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Dame Darcy brought along her usual assortment of lovely couture dolls and other merch:

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

Poor Tony Millionaire got lost in the convention hall for a while but quickly settled in for a brisk round of signatures and Drinky Crow sketches:

Tony Millionaire - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Tony was joined by a camera crew from our pals at Bright Red Rocket, shooting footage for an in-progress documentary about Tony.

Tony Millionaire, Dame Darcy, Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con Day 1 Part 6: celebz! (with video)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairetelevisionMichael KuppermanMaakieshooray for HollywoodeventsDrew FriedmanCCIBlake Bell 23 Jul 2010 3:18 AM

We had a flurry of exciting celebrity shoppers toward the end of the day:

Blake Bell & Lake Bell, Comic-Con 2010

Above, Fire & Water author Blake Bell meets the television & movie actress of the oddly similar name Lake Bell and the world does not implode, possibly due to Lake's boyfriend, comedian Nick Kroll, executing the perfect photobomb.

Nick Kroll loves Drew Friedman, Comic-Con 2010

Here, Nick strikes a perfect mirror-image pose with one of two Drew Friedman books he picked up while Tom Spurgeon botches his photobomb.

Robert Popper & Peter Serafinowicz, Comic-Con 2010

Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, creators of the BBC comedy series Look Around You among other things, stopped by the booth after a friendly hint from our own gutsy Janice Headley during the Q&A at the Look Around You panel shortly beforehand about Michael Kupperman's involvement in The Peter Serafinowicz Show (video link):

And finally (actually earlier in the day): Kick-Ass displays good taste in comics with his newly-purchased copy of Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury!

Kick-Ass loves Maakies! Fantagraphics booth, Comic-Con 2010

Daily OCD: 7/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairereviewsMax AnderssonJasonDaily OCD 21 Jul 2010 11:48 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Review: "What elevates Werewolves of Montpellier into the top rank of Jason’s work is the way he manages to dovetail the story’s genre elements with the emotional narrative. ... Overall, this is a pitch-perfect, expertly-crafted story by an artist who is clearly working in his comfort zone. It’s remarkable to see a creator go to the same well so many times and yet continue to produce nuanced and powerful variations on the same themes." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird

Review: "...Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird is as good as the first book. It has the same atmosphere, the same sense of humor and almost all the [same] positive elements..." – Thomas Papadimitropoulos, Comicdom (translated from Greek)

Death & Candy #1

Review: "What speaks to this reader ten years later is how emotionally satisfying on a primal, child-like level these highly complicated and ornately drawn stories [in Death & Candy #1] can be, how much easier they are to read now as opposed to then when it seemed Andersson was making some of the strangest comics on earth. He wasn't; he was making normal comics very strangely." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Daily OCD: 7/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireRobert CrumbreviewsPeanutsMoto HagioMichael KuppermanDaily OCDCharles M SchulzCCICarol Tyler 19 Jul 2010 1:56 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6

Review: "Instead of bringing to mind old black & white stories and advertisements, the color [Tales Designed to] Thrizzle now mines the endless well of cheap, awful color comics. The color scheme is so heavily into the CMYK scheme of old four-color comics, and employed so luridly, that the reader is once again forced to dig into each panel slowly. ... Kupperman can jab you with a quick joke like a fake ad or a cover for an old comic called 'Cowboy Oscar Wilde,' or he can wrestle you into submission with a shaggy dog joke. ... With... subtle changes, Kupperman has managed to keep the top humor periodical fresh." – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

The Book of Mr.  Natural [Hardcover Ed.]

Review: "This most recent compilation is the finest presentation of the Mr. Natural strips I’ve ever seen and is a must-buy for any Crumb fan whether they’ve been there since he first made his appearance in Zap or are coming on board with The Book of Genesis. Either way, this is not to be missed." – Joe Keatinge, Neon Monster

The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 (Vol. 13) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Review: "Reading [Charles M. Schulz's] wonderful comics is enjoyable and comfortable, sort of like wearing a worn, favourite sweater. Fantagraphics Books has done a good job putting Schulz's cartoons together in a nice book. Whether you're watching Peppermint Patty skating and being coached by Snoopy, Snoopy dealing with a broken leg, or Lucy still pulling the football away from Charlie Brown at the last second The Complete Peanuts: 1975 to 1976 is a humourous, welcome reprieve from a stressful, often screwed up, world. Thanks Mr. Schulz!" – Glenn Perrett, Simcoe.com

Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird

Review: "Like some Uncle Wiggly story gone mad — or perhaps Krazy Kat in disguise — Tony Millionaire’s mad cake batter boy goes on a frantic rampage to return a baby owl to its mother and embarks on an adventure that is in no way as linear as my sentence implies. Millionaire really does channel the cartoonists of the early 20th century, while still giving the work [Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird] a quality that’s somewhat reminiscent of ’70s underground comics — and it’s kid-friendly to boot! Good fun with good energy." – John Seven, Worcester Magazine

You'll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man

Review: "I picked up Carol Tyler's You'll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man from the library on the strength of recommendations I have seen for it all over the web, and it didn't disappoint me... Tyler has a nice diary style that seems intimate and friendly but is also quite sophisticated. ... There aren't too many comics about middle-aged women, and it was nice to read about something other than youthful rebellion and angst for a change." – Brigid Alverson, Robot 6

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Comic-Con: At About.com, manga columnist Deb Aoki talks up Moto Hagio's panels and appearance at our booth (#1718)

Anatomy of an Event
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony MillionaireJohnny Ryan 14 Jul 2010 9:05 AM

To: Tony Millionaire, Johnny Ryan, Tim Hensley 

From: Eric Reynolds

Hey, would you three be up for a late-August signing at Family for your new books? Sammy is interested and I think it could be cool. 

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To: Eric Reynolds, Johnny Ryan, Tony Millionaire

From: Tim Hensley

Do you mind if I pass on this? Hopefully, Johnny and Tony won't mind. 

Thanks, Tim. 

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To: Eric Reynolds, Tony Millionaire

From: Johnny Ryan

I wasn't going to do it, but since Tim isn't going to be there I'll do it.

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To: Eric Reynolds, Johnny Ryan
 
From: Tony Millionaire 

I would have done it, but not if Johnny will.

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To: Tony Millionaire, Eric Reynolds
 
From: Johnny Ryan
 
Even better.  
 
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To: Tony Millionaire, Johnny Ryan
 
From: Eric Reynolds
 
Alright, Tony, now that you've got that out of the way, are you in?
 
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To: Eric Reynolds, Johnny Ryan
 
From: Tony Millionaire
 
Yes.
 
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To: Eric Reynolds, Tony Millionaire
 
From: Johnny Ryan
 
I'm out.
 
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To: Tony Millionaire, Johnny Ryan
 
From: Eric Reynolds
 
Okay, you're both in. I'll set it up.  
 
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To: Eric Reynolds,  Johnny Ryan
 
From: Tony Millionaire
 
I'm out.  
 
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To: Eric Reynolds, Tony Millionaire
 
From: Johnny Ryan
 
Cool! I'm back in!
 
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To: Johnny Ryan, Eric Reynolds
 
From: Tony Millionaire
 
Great! If Johnny's doing it, then I'm definitely going to be there.  
 

TONY MILLIONAIRE & JOHNNY RYAN WILL BE APPEARING AT FAMILY BOOKS ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 16.




Drinky Crow x They Might Be Giants shot glasses
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairerockmerchMaakies 13 Jul 2010 11:50 AM

Drinky Crow They Might Be Giants shot glasses

Drinky Crow + TMBG + booze = dook dook dook dook! Now available again, says Tony Millionaire. Only 10 bucks!

[Ed. note: This is the first post to be tagged in our new "merch" category, which we should have started a long time ago.]

Daily OCD: 7/9/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim HensleyreviewsJim WoodringDaily OCD 9 Jul 2010 3:57 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Weathercraft

Review: "His wordless tale filled with an eerie landscape and creatures that are both familiar and horrifyingly alien evokes dread and mystery. Equal parts parable, fable and surreal (and perhaps at times unfathomable) vision, Weathercraft further cements Woodring's reputation as one of the true geniuses of comics." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird

Review: "The pace of this tale [Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird] is relentless; once Millionaire pushes you down the hill you don’t stop for many miles, and you’ll hit many bumps along the way…it’s one of the most fun stories I’ve read in quite some time, full of humor and odd characters and vividly realized by Millionaire’s art... ...[I]f you like high-spirited and whimsical fun, I think this is as good an example of that as any you might come across." – Johnny Bacardi, Popdose

Wally Gropius

Plugs: "The two new Fantagraphics releases are both highly recommended, envelope-pushing works of art — the wordless Weathercraft follows Manhog through Jim Woodring's psychedelic and symbolically substancial alternate universe... while Wally Gropius is a clever, absurd, funny and offputting work that evokes 1950s teenage humor comics with a twist (make that a bunch of twists actually). ... Wally Gropius is a book you'll come back to often, in hopes of getting it more and more each time. ...Weathercraft is a haunting, beautiful and epic story..." – 211 Bernard (Librairie Drawn & Quarterly)