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Category >> life imitates comics

Daily OCD: 5/11/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under SupermenreviewsPeter BaggePeanutsNell BrinkleyMort WalkerLove and Rocketslife imitates comicsjohn kerschbaumJerry DumasJaime HernandezHumbug 11 May 2009 12:52 PM

• Review: "Petey & Pussy is surreal, rude, crass, crude with studied obnoxiousness, and bitterly, bitingly funny in a perfect post-modern manner... an utterly captivating world of bawdy, grown-up laughs that only the most po-faced conservative could resist. Adult fun for slacker smart-asses of all ages guaranteed to make your beer spurt out of your nose so read carefully..." - Win Wiaceck, Now Read This!

• Review: "Humbug was cool beyond cool... fabulous art..." - Roger Sabin, The Guardian

• Review: "The Humbug set from Fantagraphics is out and it's great. Fine printing and binding will keep this slipcased two-volume set looking good long after the rest of us are gone." - Harry Lee Green, Hairy Green Eyeball 

• Review: "Maybe the business was too young, or maybe these characters were just a warm-up for what was to come so they didn't quite stick, but they are just as cool as any early Superman or Batman comic. The comics are all really neat to read, crude and unfiltered... So if you’re a comics fan, especially of the early stuff, this book is a must-have... [Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941] is gritty and exciting, so definitely go check it out!" - Tom Hardej, CC2K

• Review: "A fantastic companion to 2007’s Fletcher Hanks retrospective I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets!, [Supermen!] is pure pop culture heaven... While it’s easy to see why these characters have been been consigned to the dustbin of history, there’s an undeniable charm to practically every story in here... The only problem with this book is that it leaves you wanting more..." - Kevin Church

• Review: "...Sam's Strip was an interesting comic in its own right. The phrase 'ahead of its own time' is one that's bandied about frequently when discussing it, and even now the juxtapositions within it are occasionally surreal enough to cause amusement through their sheer audacity... As small a fact as it may be, the near-flawless execution of the book helps to make it feel like more of a prestige package, a celebration of the series rather than just a cheap cash-in... [T]his straightforward but well-made collection is a thoroughly worthy purchase." - Andrew Williams, Den of Geek

• Preview: "Illustrator Nell Brinkley's women were the Roaring Twenties' answer to the aloof Gibson Girl. Curly-haired, rambunctious and more than a bit naughty, the Brinkley Girls were a national sensation..." - She's a Betty

• Preview: "For those of you familiar only with [Peter] Bagge’s Gen X tales of angry, lost youth in Hate, the realisation that Bagge has developed into an opinionated, curmudgeonly middle aged man may seem as disturbing as seeing your favourite band of your teens back on stage now they’re all 40 somethings. But there’s no need to fear -- Bagge’s middle age self displays all the angry, hilarious energy of his younger self, just with more direction and purpose. [Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me is] definitely one to look forward to." - Richard Bruton, The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log

• Interview: Amazon.com's Omnivoracious blog sat down for a chat with Jaime Hernandez at Emerald City ComiCon. Sample quote: "I like to get goofy, off-the-wall [comics], just to have a box of 50s or 60s stuff that doesn’t really make sense. You know, I like to open the box once in a while to look at it for fun stuff, inspiration. Looking at an old comic gets me excited to do comics sometimes."

• Life imitates comics: Trend de la Crème looks at the fashion runway, sees Peanuts (via Spurge)

Daily links: 2/5/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewslife imitates comicsEllen ForneyDennis the MenaceBasil Wolverton 5 Feb 2009 1:10 PM

• Blurb: Comics on the Brain found Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1951-1952 at an unusual place and got a great bargain

• Blurb: Manxom Vroom posts info about The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton

• Blurb: Newsarama looks at the April Previews, including glimpses at some of our upcoming releases

• Oddity: A life-imitates-comics moment from Ellen Forney

 

Stinkies sting
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Rick Altergottlife imitates comics 22 Jan 2008 8:18 AM

Doofus

DOOFUS LIVES!

David Boring, Male Model
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under life imitates comicsfashionDaniel Clowes 17 Jan 2008 8:34 AM

This is undoubtedly one of the unlikeliest ad campaigns ever: David Boring, spokesman/model for Hong Kong fashion company Chocoolate.

Herriman, UT
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under stafflife imitates comics 10 Jan 2008 7:31 AM
Google news just alerted me to this parallel universe called "Utah" where there's a real estate agent named Eric Reynolds selling homes in the town of Herriman.
Which Peanuts Character Are You?
Written by Kristy Valenti | Filed under Peanutslife imitates comics 14 Dec 2007 11:36 AM
http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=9211405070891307537
1968 Macy's Parade
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peanutslife imitates comics 12 Dec 2007 10:09 AM


GORILLAS DON'T BLOG has some great pics of a rather primitive Peanuts float from the 1968 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Building your financial future...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under life imitates comicsChris Ware 6 Dec 2007 4:40 PM

... one copyright infringement at a time. A friend just sent me this cellphone pic, and writes, "We had a meeting today going over 401K stuff, and the slideshow from Principal Financial Group included the attached slide. I asked the guy if he knew who put this together but he didn't know." Talk about random. What does this picture signify? Is the guy in the photo supposed to be Chris Ware? (He isn't.) If so, are we to think that Chris Ware likes to bring giant xeroxes of his work to his financial advisor's office and participate in photo shoots? It this like that Diff'rent Strokes episode where Gordon Jump takes pictures in his back office of Arnold and Dudley their tidy whities and safari hats? Do cartoonists even have 401Ks? I kind of didn't think so.
What is an "Ink Stud"?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under televisionlife imitates comics 5 Dec 2007 9:01 AM
I did a doubletake last night at home as my wife and I were hanging out and JEOPARDY was on the television, and I heard Alex Trebek give an answer in a category about New York City. It was something to the effect of: "This neighborhood is home to artists Maya Lin and Art Spiegelman."* I thought I'd hallucinated it, but my wife heard it, too. First the Simpsons, now Jeopardy. What's next? Oprah? A run for the Senate? A spot in "The Surreal Life"? You go, Artie!

* By the way, the answer is "SoHo."

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