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Blogosphere roundup for 7/3/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 3 Jul 2008 3:53 PM

Have a great holiday weekend, America. Remember: light fuse, get away.

The blogger known as Polinees on Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason

• Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine says Jason's The Last Musketeer is "great fun"

• The North Adams Transcript on Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco

Kevin Church posts his favorite page from The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

Writer Reading looks at R. Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz's Kafka

Cool Aggregator recommends Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, and Panels and Pixels includes it in a graphic-novel roundup post

The Suit Ling Library on The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott

Flog commentor Derik Badman points out his 2006 review of Romance Without Tears

Stripper's Guide takes a thoughtful look at Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe: The WWII Years

Plus...

• Sean T. Collins rescues his 2007 WizardUniverse.com interview with Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez from archive-dump oblivion by re-posting it on his own site

Comics Comics recaps the Heroes Con "Craft in Comics" panel featuring Jaime Hernandez - part 1, part 1.5, part 1.75

Javier Hernandez (no relation) talks about interviewing Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko author Blake Bell for the Planet Comic Book Radio program; meanwhile, Rick Klaw, grandson of Irving Klaw, learns something new about his grandfather from Strange and Stranger

Syndicate Product Covert HQ and Super Doomed Planet both examine the Schulz and Peanuts roundtable in The Comics Journal #290 (we're sold out of that issue, by the way) 

Blogosphere roundup for 6/27/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 27 Jun 2008 1:38 PM

Our ego-surfing results for the week:

Independent Weekly profiles Robert Pollard, visual artist, as collected in Town of Mirrors (link via Largehearted Boy)

• Speaking of Largehearted Boy, Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button is included in LHB's "Summer Reading Suggestions." More BBB coverage includes a profile of Dash in Canada's National Post, a starred review from Publishers Weekly (scroll to the bottom), a review by The Daily Cross Hatch, the previously-linked mention in the Wall Street Journal, another profile (alongside Jason Lutes and Guy Delisle) in the Christian Science Monitor, and Kevin Church calling the book "easily the best graphic novel of the year so far." Whew!

• Via The Comics Reporter, a passel of links to Daada Books' reviews of Acme Novelty Library #16 by Chris Ware; Mome; Monologues for the Coming Plague by Anders Nilsen; and Outlaws, Rebels, Freethinkers & Pirates by Bob Levin

• Speaking of Levin, Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter says Levin's Most Outrageous is "Maybe The Best Book About Comics Ever." Meanwhile, Levin announces that Most Outrageous is banned in California state prisons (via Journalista)

• More French love for Linda Medley, as the French edition of Castle Waiting is named one of "20 Essential Albums for Summer 2008" by l’Association des Critiques de Bandes Dessinées (Google translation)

Publishers Weekly gives an industry-focused take on the forthcoming Love and Rockets: New Stories

• Speaking of L&R, here's PrettyFakes on The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

Icats Nitram, on a roll lately, looks at Richard Sala's Delphine #1

Comic Book Galaxy's Alan David Doane says Patrick Rosenkranz's Rebel Visions is "one of the greatest historical recountings ever dedicated to the artform"

Sean T. Collins presents his 2005 Comics Journal review of Marc Bell's (unfortunately out-of-print) Worn Tuff Elbow

Our hometown alt-weekly, the coincidentally-named Stranger, looks at Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

Shuffleboil on the most recent volume of The Complete Peanuts

• Not to be outdone by the WSJ in comics coverage, The Fort Worth Business Press looks at two recent Popeye collections: ours, of E.C. Segar's original comic strips, and Warner's DVD collections of the Fleischer cartoons

du9 on Thomas Ott's The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8

Matthew Brady on Billy Hazelnuts by Tony Millionaire

L.A. Times on Strange and Stranger
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsBlake Bell 23 Jun 2008 11:18 AM
Yesterday's Los Angeles Times Book Review features Blake Bell's Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko on the cover, and Geoff Boucher's review inside says "the book is an extremely satisfying archive of the artist's work, both famous and obscure, and... it intensely documents the twists and turns of his career." Blake is keeping track of more reviews on his own website, including the "A+" the book received from Sci-Fi Magazine, who call the book "an essential tribute to one of pop culture's most essential creators."
Blogosphere roundup for 6/20/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 20 Jun 2008 3:49 PM

Here are reviews and other items of interest that we found around the web this week:

• In The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Steven Heller gives Ray Fenwick's Hall of Best Knowledge a very nice mention

Art Blog By Bob looks at Comic Arf

Alan David Doane delves into Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, as do ComicMix and Sequart

The Comics Reporter on Jason's Pocket Full of Rain

• If your dad is a veteran and you didn't get him a copy of Willie & Joe for Father's day, reading this will make you feel terrible shame

Icats Nitram on Maniac Killer Strikes Again by Richard Sala

Fairfield Weekly gets the first word in on Tim Lane's upcoming book Abandoned Cars

The Hurting on Kevin Huizenga's Ganges #1

Again with the Comics continues their look at the work of Peter Bagge with an examination of his classic series Hate

Library Journal takes a look at Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

Also...

Another "Naked Campaign" video for the New Yorker by Steve Brodner

The Comics Reporter highlights a 3-part video interview with Vaughn Bodé from the 1974 Toronto Comic Con

Blogosphere roundup for 6/13/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsarbitrary cuteness 14 Jun 2008 4:32 AM

A two-fer this time around, since I was out last Friday. I need to come up with a better name for these link roundup posts. Any suggestions?

When Comic Books Ruled the Earth is enthusiastic about The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

Sequart on Amor Y Cohetes by the three Hernandez brothers

Also at Sequart, their in-depth look at every issue of Love and Rockets Vol. 1 has reached issue #33

Joe McCulloch (a.k.a. Jog) reprints his Comics Journal review of the first two issues of Gabriella Giandelli’s Interiorae

Chris McLaren, in discussing Jules Feiffer's Explainers, reveals that this Feiffer print hung at one time (and possibly still does) in Neil Gaiman's bathroom

Boing Boing boosts Bottomless Belly Button by Bash Dash Shaw

Largehearted Boy's Book Notes also looks at Bottomless Belly Button

The Oregonian, Jog again, and Sequart again, all on Jason's Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories

The Forbidden Planet blog on Jason's The Last Musketeer

Shuffleboil on Ray Fenwick's Hall of Best Knowledge

Panels and Pixels says Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin "might be the most important comic reprint project of the year"

The Comic Book Bin on R.C. Harvey’s Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff

Sequart once more, on the Comic Arf anthology

Again with the Comics starts a series of posts on the work of Peter Bagge by looking at his series Neat Stuff

The Floating Lightbulb looks at E.C. Segar's Sappo as it appears in our Popeye collections

• Fantasy writer Icats Nitram takes a look at our 1986 release Children of the Night Tide by Jan Strnad, Dennis Fujitake and Tim Solliday

Plus...

• Our own Eric Reynolds explains Mome to Comic Book Resources (with a preview of the forthcoming Vol. 12)

See Paul Hornschemeier's photos of Kevin Huizenga, Anders Nilsen and the trio's artwork at the Bilbolbul festival in Bologna, Italy

Presspop has photos of a Jim Woodring exhibit in Japan

WFMU apparently has more Fantagraphics clutter to auction off; this time it's the first collection of Kaz's Underworld

Rod McKie spotlights the work of Jason

Ty Buttars reports from Tuesday's Jason event at The Beguiling in Toronto

• And finally, from our Flickr group pool, a cat reading Peanuts upside-down:


Blogosphere roundup for 5/30/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsKim Deitch 30 May 2008 1:27 PM

Reviews and commentary found 'round the Web this week:

ComicMix on the latest volume of The Complete Peanuts

Occasional Superheroine and The Comics Reporter on Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button — the latter's Tom Spurgeon enthuses "Bottomless Belly Button reaches so high and executes so much of what it does so well that it shames you into reconsidering every other book you may have praised recently."

Newsarama on The Last Musketeer by Jason

Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson explains why she named Linda Medley's Castle Waiting one of the "Best of 2006"

Sequart on Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin

Sequart again on Ellen Forney's Lust

Sexuality in the Arts and Noah Berlatsky each comment on the Schulz feature in The Comics Journal #290 (the former via Uncivilsociety.org)

• Dick Hyacinth places Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga on his "Halfway point (more or less) best of 2008" list

The Star Clipper Blog on R. Kikuo Johnson's Night Fisher

Bonus! Here are some non-review links:

My Year Online reports on Martin Kellerman's appearance at the Oslo Comics Expo

Our pals at WFMU are auctioning a copy of the first printing of Love and Rockets #1 with Fantagraphics co-founder Mike Catron's business card stapled to the cover

A fan report from last weekend's Shag event at our storefront

What happens when you read too much Daniel Clowes

Art Speculum and Kim Ditch?

• Speaking of Kim Ditch Deitch, here's a portrait of him (and Waldo the Cat) by photographer Seth Kushner:

Kim Deitch - photo by Seth Kushner

Blog review roundup for 5/23/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 23 May 2008 12:28 PM

Here's the past week's worth of blogospheric activity that we've found:

Occasional Superheroine says Kevin Huizenga's Ganges #2 is "a must-have"

Sequart on Ganges #2 and Matt Broersma's Insomnia #3

The Star Clipper Blog on The Living and the Dead by Jason

I Against Comics and the North Coast Journal on The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez

Chris Beckett profiles our Mome anthology series and interviews co-editor Gary Groth

Blog review roundup for 5/16/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 16 May 2008 1:55 PM

Here's what's come up on our ego-surfing adventures this week:

Jog on Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes and Insomnia #3 by Matt Broersma (plus a couple of non-Fanta titles)

Jeff Trexler compares 1950s Dennis the Menace to Blue Velvet

Notes from the Junkyard on Bob Powell's "The Wall of Flesh," which appears in The Comics Journal #290

Scrubbles.net on The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960 (Vol. 5) (plus a handful of movies)

Comics And...Other Imaginary Tales on Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

Ruben Bolling on our forthcoming Humbug collection

The Daily Cross Hatch on Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes

The Stranger has a lunch date with Jules Feiffer's Explainers

Matthew Brady on Perla La Loca by Jaime Hernandez

Alan David Doane on Mome Vol. 11 and the Hernandez Brothers' Amor Y Cohetes

USA Today Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson says she's "completely engrossed" in Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button

EW on Willie & Joe
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Willie and JoereviewsBill Mauldin 16 May 2008 10:00 AM
Ken Tucker talks Willie & Joe over at EW.com.
Blog review roundup for 5/9/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMomeJaime HernandezDash Shaw 9 May 2008 12:43 PM

Here are a few reviews of our books that have popped up in the web-o-sphere over the past week or so (minus ones that Eric has already linked to):

Sean T. Collins on Mome Vol. 9

Sean T. Collins on Mome Vol. 10

Book By Its Cover on Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• The Austin Chronicle on The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez (and other non-Fanta titles)