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Frank King's 1955 Xmas Card
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under classics 7 Jun 2008 9:34 AM

Frank King's 1952 Xmas Card
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under classics 6 Jun 2008 7:33 PM

A few years ago for Christmas, Mrs. Flog bought for me via eBay a collection of a half-dozen Christmas cards created and sent by Gasoline Alley creator Frank King to a longtime friend between 1952-1961. Yes, I have the greatest wife ever. Anyway, I thought I would share them, because King really went all out on his cards. Here's the earliest that I have, from 1952, it's an amazing little 5" x 7" self-published, three-page gem. 

  

More to come... 

 

First look: Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsKrazy Katcomic stripsclassicsChris Ware 14 May 2008 4:16 PM

Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944 by George Herriman - cover designed by Chris Ware

Just received today: the breathtaking wraparound cover, designed by Chris Ware, for the final volume in our Krazy & Ignatz series (that is, until we start re-printing the early Eclipse volumes -- more info on that in this previous Flog post). The book is due later this year. Click the image for a closer look.

See ya in the funny pitchers
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsclassics 27 Feb 2008 11:59 AM

  

The Northwest Film Forum, Seattle's non-profit cinematheque with two screens located on Capitol Hill, along with a little help from their friends at Fantagraphics Books, is presenting a trio of film adaptations of classic comic strips. These family-friendly versions of DICK TRACY, ANNIE, and POPEYE are sure to win the hearts of new young viewers. These films will be a treat for parents too; they revisit the peculiar results of the unlikely directoral assignments for John Houston, (ANNIE), Robert Altman (POPEYE) and Warren Beatty (DICK TRACY).

Also, all attendees of the series will receive a 20% off coupon to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, where you can purchase collections of the original strips these films were based on!

POPEYE: MARCH 1 - 2, Saturday-Sunday at 1:30, 4pm

(Robert Altman, USA, 1980, 35mm, 113 min)

ANNIE: APRIL 5 - 6, Saturday-Sunday at 1:30, 4pm

SING-A-LONG WITH THE MOVIE SUNDAY AT 4PM! Sheet music will be given out!

(John Huston, USA, 1982, 35mm, 127 min)

DICK TRACY: MAY 3 - 4, Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4pm

(Warren Beatty, 1990, 35mm, 105 min)

 

All screenings will be held at: 

Northwest Film Forum
1515 - 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-2629 

 



Crumbling Paper
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under comic stripsclassics 31 Jan 2008 8:11 PM
Crumbling Paper is an online archive of scanned Sunday tearsheets from the Golden Age of American comic strips that I hadn't seen before. I haven't had a chance to peruse too carefully yet, but the archive listed here makes me want to.
VIP
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under classics 17 Jan 2008 10:38 AM

  

I don't link to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive site nearly as often as I could -- they seem to post absolutely stunning historical work on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding the site to your RSS feed. Today they added some classic comics from Virgil "Vip" Partch's greatest collection of cartoons, The Wild, Wild Women. You can never go wrong with some VIP. Why hasn't anyone (okay, us) done a VIP coffee table book yet?!

 If you like what you see at the ASIFA site, you might consider supporting it.

Valenti on Blackbeard
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under classics 15 Jan 2008 12:59 PM
Our own Kristy Valenti has written a great profile of comic strip historian/archivist Bill Blackbeard (contributor to many of our classic strip reprint books, not the least of which is Krazy & Ignatz), part one of which can be read at the Comixology website.
Crumb & Schulz: expensive
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbPeanutsclassicsCharles M Schulz 6 Dec 2007 12:52 PM


Via Spurge come some record-breaking auction results: Charles Schulz's original art for the Sunday, April 10, 1955 Peanuts strip recently sold for $113,525, and Robert Crumb's original cover of Mr. Natural #1 sold in the same auction for $101,575, the first time either artist has cleared 6 figures.

For about 0.025% of its sale price, that same Schulz strip can be had, along with 730 others, in The Complete Peanuts 1955-1956. Just saying.



Dedini at GoofButton
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Eldon Dediniclassics 29 Nov 2007 11:42 AM


Rare Eldon Dedini illustrations HERE for your visual pleasure.

Don't forget Popeye!
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Popeyelife imitates comicsclassics 27 Nov 2007 1:49 PM