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|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom Kaczynski, reviews, Popeye, Mark Kalesniko, Lilli Carré, Kevin Huizenga, john kerschbaum, Dash Shaw||1 Dec 2008 2:05 PM|
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• More French awards news: La Rivière empoisonnée, the French edition of Gilbert Hernandez's Poison River (collected by us in the new volume Beyond Palomar as well as its own older collection), is nominated for the Selection Patrimoine (Heritage Prize) 2009, to be awarded at the Festival International de la Bande Desinée d'Angoulême (caught by Spurge)
• For The Patriot-News, Chris Mautner looks at Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes
After a couple of quiet weeks we're back with a vengeance at your local comics shop this week with the following titles scheduled to arrive:
As usual, check the links for more info and previews. (Note that the new Castle Waiting is in stores before we have it in stock ourselves.)
• Wow, check out this amazing mosaic made of Peanuts strips at the Schulz Museum (photo by David Lasky)
• Look, a groovy mid-'90s Fantagraphics house ad from J.R. Williams
• Link of the Month and Possibly the Year: "The book seems to have been done tongue in cheek... However I am posting this as serious as I want as many as possible to avoid this time in Earth's history."
CBR's Van Jensen talks to Petey & Pussy creator John Kerschbaum about, yup, you guessed it: PETEY & PUSSY!
Meanwhile, part one of Brian Heater's interview with Charles Burns from The Daily Crosshatch.
LOONEY TUNES MEETS LUIS BUÑUEL IN THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL DEBUT
Petey and Pussy, John Kerschbaum’s new graphic novel, reads very much like a Loony Tunes cartoon — if all of the anthropomorphic animals were kvetching, balding, foul-mouthed misanthropes. Each character is articulate (and, in fact, can speak directly to humans, well enough to order a beer) but still recognizably have the traits associated with their respective species: Pete, the dog, is happy-go-lucky; Pussy, the cat, is self-centered; and Bernie, the bird, is high-strung and constantly a-twitter. Together, they are the pets of a sweet old lady whose obliviousness to the lunacy unfolding around her is second only to her own hygienic repugnance. The Sisyphean struggles of the characters is brought to the fore — the cat is compelled to try and catch the mouse, the bird struggles to escape his cage — as the trio engage in slapstick adventures that are simultaneously given an edge and made hilarious by a twisted combination of mundane realism and insouciant gross-out humor.
Kerschbaum cheerfully includes all the blood and guts that are left out of the cartoons, and lovingly renders his motley crew in a densely textured urban setting. And like the animated cartoons it echoes in an oddly surreal way, when the mayhem dies down, the characters come to the realization that their identities’ are defined by the way they relate to the others, and that one’s opponent might be one’s truest friend when both face a true threat.
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