When Al Columbia is not drawing chilling comics or making home-made flame throwers (they can shoot as far as fifteen feet!), he's with his band cooking up something cool. The music video "Black Bikini" was filmed on location at 'Plum Island.' Columbia has about eight songs ready for his new album called Journey to Death Island, which will be out from Psychopop Records in the near distant future. Give it a listen, maybe even a shimmy and shake.
Janet Hamlin, the only court artist from 2006 until earlier this year at the Guantanmo Bay trials, reported last week that the stadium glasses she's been using to draw the courtroom trials have been...banned.
The only thing that could make Al Columbia's Pim and Francie even more terrifying is to add color. Columbia recently sent Hi Fructose some exclusive new paintings they are featuring on their website that continue the horrorscape he created in 2009's Pim and Francie. Turn the lights down low, grab that gristle pie you made for lunch and enjoy these haunting illustations after the jump.
Maakies and Sock Monkey cartonist, Tony Millionaire, continues to be funnier than you on paper, in person and on film. This weekend Funny or Die released the video The Edge of Alligiance featuring Millionaire as George Washington on Mount Rushmore. If this made you spit out your cuppa joe, check out the older Fun With Godwhere Millionaire plays who else but God? Keep your eyes peeled for our San Diego announcements so you know when Tony Millionaire will be signing books at our booth!
Charles Forsman, cartoonist of the upcoming The End of the Fucking World and Celebrated Summer, has a sweet summer gift just for you. The first 50 people who preorder The End of the Fucking World from the Fantagraphics website will receive a risograph print of the poster above (drawn and printed by Forsman himself!). There's even a penciled signature. I got mine on the wall already but that's because I preordered and pulled a string or two. So pull your own string by buying this soon-to-be-hit book!
Praise for the mini-comic series:
"This is a crime comic disguised as a slacker-road-trip comic, and Forsman delivers its methodical hum eight pages at a time with an astounding precision." – Comic Book Resources
"[TEOTFW] pulls you in like no other comic this year. Stunning in its simplicity and brave in its subject matter." – MTV.com
Anders Nilsen wrote a beautiful and thorough post on his process for creating The End in addition to where some of the disparate parts were printed and many of the outtakes.
"It can be a bear keeping everything flowing just right - balancing the rhythm and content of the individual pieces with chronology while also keeping two-page spreads on even/odd pages... Keeping all this straight can be a little crazy-making."
The king of erotic, creator of Lann, Ghita of Alizar, Moonshine McJuggs (Playboy), plus The Iron Devil and Devil's Angel is having an art show in New Jersey. Frank Thorne, all of 82 years, graciously invites you to see his new mixed media and pantings this Sunday, June 2nd from 2 to 5pm at the deCret School of the Arts. From the press release:
Thorne began his comics career in 1948, penciling romance comics for Standard Comics. He turned out a multitude of stories for Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, The Green Hornet, and many more. For Marvel, he continued the Red Sonia character through most of her 1977-79 solo series, where he established her characteristic image as a ferocious and beautiful female barbarian wearing a chain mail bikini, which later became a popular fantasy literature archetype. Free admission, parking in the back. For more information contact Mark Romanoski.
So come one, come all to see the latest Frank Thorne work at the deCret School of the Arts (1030 Central Ave, Plainfield NJ) this Sunday!
Linda Medley, cartoonist of Castle Waiting and much more, recently shared some old Comic-Con International or San Diego Comic Con badges with us. Above is her FIRST Comic-Con badge. Twelve years later, Medley designed the badge for the 1991 con (below). As you can see Toucan existed even then, pre-blog. This was an extra they gave Linda so no names on it and the official one had a slightly different design printed with METALLIC INK. This is so bad ass.
The 2000 SDCC badge still sported artwork: DINOSAURS by Gahan Wilson (his new book coming out soon)
Badges need only have three things: the name of the show, the year and your name but some amazing art can make the show more memorable! And while I understand the need for currency level standards of 'authenticity' to keep all the photoshop pros from creating fake badges.... c'mon:
Bland. How cool would a drawing with the linework printed in the holographic paper be? It'd probably have the power to BLIND PEOPLE.
Come one, come all and bring your ale mugs! Thursday, May 16 is the OFFICIAL ODDLAND RELEASE - BEER AND ART TOUR
Join Fantagraphics and Elysian Brewing in celebrating Oddland Peppercorn Saison - the first beer release in our Oddland Series - a creative venture from the warped minds of Elysian Brewing and Seattle artist, Jim Woodring. Start with an Elysian brewery tour and continue to CoCA Georgetown Gallery for beer, bites and art, including handpicked works from Jim Woodring, who will also be in attendance.
4-5PM - Brewery tours at Elysian Airport Way: 5510 Airport Way S., 98108 5:30-9PM - Art, Beer and Bites at CoCA Gallery Georgetown: 5701 6th Ave. S., 98108
For those who must know more about the beer, Oddland Saison is a Belgian farmhouse-style ale brewed with four varieties of peppercorns: The fire of black and green, the sparkle of white and the pungent fruitiness of pink create a playful landscape of taste and aromatics. Brewed with Pale, Munich, Cara-Munich and wheat malts, bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Czech Saaz hops. 7% ABV so don't forget to eat.
The ODDLAND SERIES is a journey through the strange ingredients and imaginations of Elysian brewers and Seattle cartoonist, Jim Woodring. Invite your friends via our Facebook event.