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The Terrorists Have Won, and Other Links.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under misc 3 Oct 2008 9:17 PM

Mike Baehr pointed out Tim Hensley using ComicLife in the links roundup a couple of weeks ago but he failed to mention how Fantagraphics' Righthand Man, Eric Reynolds, has even stopped drawing and now makes all his comics in the Macintosh program.

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Such a convert, he even got his mom into it. Seriously. I've seen her comics but I won't post those. It wouldn't be right-- and you probably don't even know who Mr. Blackwell is anyway.

Well, in spite of his flaws, I recommend all fans of comicdom check out Eric's massive Flickr archive of His Life in the Comics World. Lots of con and comic life photos, original art he's amassed, and baby pics. Mike Baehr is on Flickr too, with his photography and Yoda fetish.

So are these awesomely strange jam comic pages, care of Laura Park (who appears in Mome #something) and pals.

There's a great Donald Duck drawing, too. 

And J. Otto, the childrens book artist who made digital illustration relevant for everyone. Here he's spraypainting guitars.

While youre hanging out at Flickr you might as well see what Heiko Muller and Lizz Hickey are up to.

But Flickr also has something for the manga fans: Tatsuro Kiuchi's very strange Japanese comics. Note to the Editors: Tatsuro's work is great and should be in Mome, untranslated. Also, his piece in the upcoming Beasts2 was acknowledged with a prestigious illustration accolade. I forget which accolade. One of the good ones. Tatsuro is awesome.

Speaking of manga, I'm not clear who does Spermanga but I love his/her work. I guess it's "Bolino." I need to research this.

Speaking of things I have a reputation for hating, if you don't generally like web comics then you might want to check out this great French site, Grandpapier, that hosts over 100 comic artists. Technically billed as web comics, it's more like scans of indie books that you aren't likely to see in the States. Unfortunatly you kind of need to read French to fully enjoy the work.

But as long as we're just hanging out, shooting the shit, maybe you'd like to get away from comics: How about Mexican pulp covers featuring things like creepy space monsters with rayguns? Or dinosaurs fighting UFOs? Can anyone paint like this anymore? Can you? Contact me if you can. People should know about your work if it looks like this.

Bibliodyssey is pretty rad and so are these illustrations from Edith Farmiloe.

The Family Circus website could be a lot better. Where are the character bios and the tshirts, Billy? 

Jesus, there's a Gary Panter tee at Threadless?!

I e-met this guy Pierre Richardson a while back and, speaking as someone who did pretty well doing rock photography in a past life, Richardson's multiple exposure work (done all in-camera) is badass. Really. Also see his blog, with interviews of artists who have a scrawly, scratchy bent.

The Buenaventura Press space. If you were wondering. I was. Sort of.

I'm out of steam for this rambling.

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Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under misc 3 Oct 2008 1:04 PM

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Comics Folk for Obama
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 1 Oct 2008 1:26 PM

  

JOIN HERE.

 

Tijuana Terrorist
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under misc 30 Sep 2008 1:47 PM

Greg Zura, sales manager for a decade here at Fantagraphics, you forgot some of your stuff when you quit to pursue writing*. We found this Tijuana Bible portrait of Osama Bin Luba behind your desk.

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*Sort of.

Also appearing at SPX 2008...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 29 Sep 2008 11:38 AM

Joe Cool
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 22 Sep 2008 11:43 AM

Me on Halloween circa 1986 at the comic book store I worked at in Fountain Valley, CA. Because nothing screams cool like trying to look like a badass in front of a wall of X-Men back issues and a Hulk poster. 

Please Vote Obama
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 18 Sep 2008 7:34 PM

  

My old pal Joe Newton, cartoonist and former Gas Huffer drummer and Stranger art director, just released this new print through Etsy that he and Davin Kuntze created. 

100% of the $20 sale price goes to support the Obama campaign. This is a limited edition letterpress poster, created with 100+ year old woodtype and custom-cast metal type. A real collector's item. The numbered edition is limited to 100 copies, and is printed with oil-based inks on high-quality, heavyweight paper.

Meanwhile, longtime comics editor Pete Friedrich just sent out this image (along with this link):

It should come as no surprise that Fantagraphics is an Obama stronghold. 

Cinefamily Programs
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Sammy HarkhamRichard SalamiscJosh Simmons 17 Sep 2008 9:36 PM

Los Angeles film fans not only get to watch great films at the Silent Movie Theatre, part-owned by Sammy Harkham-- they also get to take home monthly programs with cover art by great cartoonists. (Shown: Harkham, Richard Sala, Josh Simmons.)

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Jefferson Machamer
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under misc 17 Sep 2008 1:45 PM
Coming in March, another of our Pin-Up paperbacks. This time we're collecting various cartoonists who worked for the Humorama mens' magazines of old, giving an overview of styles and content.

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Jefferson Machamer is a stand-out in these old pulps. His work looked like nobody else's. The women are decidedly manish and the poses stiff so it's odd that he did pin-up work. I was unfamiliar with Machamer when I was first flipping through the Humorama digests and I couldn't get my head around this guy who seemed, at times, to be drawing Jimbo in drag. (Gary Panter has called him an influence.) Above is what I think must be a later piece, where the forms seem more natural. This one shows well what he did brilliantly: Look at those attacking lines just cutting out the forms. Every drawing screams with the artist's energy.

Gary Leib's Wall St.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 15 Sep 2008 8:51 AM

  

Go watch: The second episode of Concrete Jumble, a series of animations about the history of New York City, by Gary Leib. This one's about the history of Wall St. -- well timed, Leib! After the last 24 hours, this might end up being a requiem for Wall St., too.