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Category >> arbitrary cuteness

This just in: Moto Hagio is adorable
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Moto HagioMatt Thornmangaawardsarbitrary cuteness 10 Jun 2011 4:01 PM

Moto Hagio and Matt Thorn

Matt Thorn, editor/translator of our manga books, tweeted: "Me with Moto Hagio at tonight's Japan Cartoonist Association award ceremony, where Hagio was a recipient." Hooray! (And love the new hairstyle!)

But here is the pièce de résistance: "A photo I took earlier tonight of Moto Hagio in cat ears. No, seriously. Not Photoshopped." Excuse me while I go DIE FROM CUTENESS.

Moto Hagio - photo by Matt Thorn

Cats Love Comics (to sleep on)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Brodnerarbitrary cuteness 8 Feb 2011 12:35 PM

Nili

Here's Nili, deeply engrossed in Steve Brodner's Freedom Fries. Via Steve's blog.

Help Stephen DeStefano's sick kitty
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanogood deedsarbitrary cuteness 8 Nov 2010 8:57 PM

http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/flog/mike/201011/lola-cone.jpg

Stephen DeStefano and his wife Siobhan have announced that he will be selling some comics and animation art and other memorabilia from his animation career on eBay in an effort to defray escalating vet bills as his beloved kitty Lola battles what's looking like cancer.

Having had our own experience with kitty cancer over the past couple of years, Janice and I strongly encourage you to send your support Stephen and Siobhan's way.

Johnny Ryan motion comic, sorta
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJohnny Ryanarbitrary cuteness 30 Sep 2010 7:08 PM


Meet Princess Kitty

Look what I stumbled on when I went to watch a funny cat video: Johnny Ryan's illustration for the Found Footage Festival has been animated motion-comic style for the intro to the FFF's series of videos for The A.V. Club (see it following the commercial). Neat. Also: you tell 'em, kitty.

Cats love Love and Rockets
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and Rocketsarbitrary cuteness 2 May 2010 11:26 PM

Squeaky reading Love and Rockets

Flickr user Ben Herman shares this photo of his cat Squeaky perusing some issues of Love and Rockets Vol. II...

Love and Rockets on Magpie

...and I may have posted this photo from Flickr user "Asimuth" of the appropriately-named Magpie using The Death of Speedy as a blanket when I first found it in 2007, but the current Flog archives don't go back that far, so here it is maybe again.

Send us photos of your adorable pets enjoying Fantagraphics comics and we'll post 'em here!

Skylight Books TV ad features Love and Rockets
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under televisionLove and RocketsJaime Hernandezarbitrary cuteness 15 Mar 2010 11:45 PM

How do you know that L.A. independent bookstore Skylight Books is awesome (aside from the two magic words "independent bookstore" that is)? The fact that they feature closeups of Locas II AND kittycats in their new TV ad, that's how! (Via The Believer on Twitter.)

That's not a mushroom
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under arbitrary cuteness 5 Jan 2010 11:31 AM

A few months ago, I was having dinner with a certain cartoonist and his family, we went to a lovely place near the Fantagraphics Bookstore that welcomed kids, and even gave the kids crayons and a coloring book. The kids took to the coloring like gangbusters, and it wasn't until some time had passed that any of the adults looked at what the kids were coloring. It turns out they had discovered a drawing that someone else had already started, of a large mushroom in the forest -- the perfect place for a group of elves to have a picnic under. 

It was a delightful evening, both for us and the elves.

Blogosphere roundup for 8/15/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsarbitrary cuteness 16 Aug 2008 9:28 PM

Apologies for the late update -- technical difficulties and all that. This week's reviews: 

• Joe McCulloch, AKA Jog, takes a good look at Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars

Joe/Jog also looks at Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes 

Sequart examines Explainers by Jules Feiffer

• Retailer Mike Sterling says Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman is "all you need to know about the new comics coming in this week," and then promptly sells out of themSequart looks at the issue too

• This week's coverage of Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell comes from Publishers Weekly, The Village Voice (second on the page), and Steve Bissette

Black Heart Magazine reviews Ellen Forney's Lust

• French site Wart looks at Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• We take 3 spots on this top-10 list at Creative Loafing (and 2 of those are Acme Novelty Library)

• Our Eric Reynolds is posting scans of our press clippings on his Flickr account

Harry Allen appreciates The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

The Forbidden Planet International blog looks at The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott (reposted from the Blank Slate Books blog)

• Flickr user jjohnshea not only poses his sweet-looking dog with Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees by Tony Millionaire and Chance in Hell by Gilbert Hernandez (among other books... and look, here's his other dog with The Frank Book by Jim Woodring), he reviews them too:

Reading Stack - March 27, 2008

In other links...

This guy scored some great stuff at our Summer Sidewalk Sale last weekend

Richard Grayson has a great report from last Friday's Where Demented Wented book release event at Desert Island in Brooklyn

Blake Bell has the hots for my wife and writes some other things about his Comic-Con experience

• Paul Hornschemeier posts a video of Jonathan Lethem and Daniel Clowes talkin' shop at MoCCA

At Blog Flume, Ken Parille connects the dots between Swiss appropriationist Ugo Rondinone, Jason, and Carl Barks

Also at Blog Flume, Jonathan Bennett presents the complete It Was a Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy

• Are you keeping up with Amazing Facts... and Beyond! with Leon Beyond by Kevin Huizenga, Ted May and Dan Zettwoch?

• In other webcomics news, Roger Langridge announces the temporary return of Fred the Clown

Tim O'Shea interviews The Comics Journal Online Editor Dirk Deppey

• News To Me Dept: Hey, this Angry Youth Comix cover is based on this Li'l Abner paperback cover

An amazing piece of original art by Michael Kupperman and the bitter story behind how it was acquired (via Sean T. Collins)

• Our own Kristy Valenti posts her Comic-Con 2008 wrap-up at ComicMix

• At Thought Balloonists, see photos of Jim Woodring at his Comic-Con spotlight panel and video of Jaime Hernandez sketching John Hancock for a fan at our Comic-Con booth

• Our own Larry Reid is quoted in this Los Angeles Times article about photographer Edward Colver

• Tim of Sparky Malarkey has a lot of our books on his shelves

More Anders Nilsen sketchbook comics

Blogosphere roundup for 7/18/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsarbitrary cuteness 18 Jul 2008 3:18 PM

No update next week due to Comic-Con, but the next one will be a two-fer. In this week's web reviews:

The Stranger weighs in on Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button

Sean T. Collins looks at Mome Vol. 11

• The Toronto Star, Newsarama, Javier Hernandez, ComicMix and Maclean's on Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell - see this previous Flog post for even more recent links related to this book

On the NPR website, Laurel Maury looks at Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin; The Miami Herald also takes a look

Til the Last Hemlock Dies looks at I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks

Vice loves Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix #14

Sequart continues their detailed examination of Love and Rockets Vol. 1 with issue #34

Sequart also looks at the anthology fanzine Mineshaft #19

Sequart additionally examines The Comics Journal #291

The Alex Ross Collector looks at Ross's covers for TCJ #216 and #223

Newsarama digs the Comic Arf anthology

In other news:

Here's what the hardworking Roger Langridge is up to lately

Empire magazine names Usagi Yojimbo the 31st-greatest comic book character of all time (the highest-ranking alt-comics character on the list is Vladek Spiegelman, at #13)

du9 presents a 2004 interview with Daddy's Girl author Debbie Drechsler

• The latest cat-n-comix find on Flickr, from user "contrasts":

Monday night by contrasts on Flickr

Blogosphere roundup for 6/13/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsarbitrary cuteness 14 Jun 2008 4:32 AM

A two-fer this time around, since I was out last Friday. I need to come up with a better name for these link roundup posts. Any suggestions?

When Comic Books Ruled the Earth is enthusiastic about The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

Sequart on Amor Y Cohetes by the three Hernandez brothers

Also at Sequart, their in-depth look at every issue of Love and Rockets Vol. 1 has reached issue #33

Joe McCulloch (a.k.a. Jog) reprints his Comics Journal review of the first two issues of Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae

Chris McLaren, in discussing Jules Feiffer's Explainers, reveals that this Feiffer print hung at one time (and possibly still does) in Neil Gaiman's bathroom

Boing Boing boosts Bottomless Belly Button by Bash Dash Shaw

Largehearted Boy's Book Notes also looks at Bottomless Belly Button

The Oregonian, Jog again, and Sequart again, all on Jason's Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories

The Forbidden Planet blog on Jason's The Last Musketeer

Shuffleboil on Ray Fenwick's Hall of Best Knowledge

Panels and Pixels says Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin "might be the most important comic reprint project of the year"

The Comic Book Bin on R.C. Harvey’s Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff

Sequart once more, on the Comic Arf anthology

Again with the Comics starts a series of posts on the work of Peter Bagge by looking at his series Neat Stuff

The Floating Lightbulb looks at E.C. Segar's Sappo as it appears in our Popeye collections

• Fantasy writer Icats Nitram takes a look at our 1986 release Children of the Night Tide by Jan Strnad, Dennis Fujitake and Tim Solliday

Plus...

• Our own Eric Reynolds explains Mome to Comic Book Resources (with a preview of the forthcoming Vol. 12)

See Paul Hornschemeier's photos of Kevin Huizenga, Anders Nilsen and the trio's artwork at the Bilbolbul festival in Bologna, Italy

Presspop has photos of a Jim Woodring exhibit in Japan

WFMU apparently has more Fantagraphics clutter to auction off; this time it's the first collection of Kaz's Underworld

Rod McKie spotlights the work of Jason

Ty Buttars reports from Tuesday's Jason event at The Beguiling in Toronto

• And finally, from our Flickr group pool, a cat reading Peanuts upside-down: