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Counterculture Comix at Bumbershoot FREE on Friday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffPeter BaggeJim WoodringeventsBumbershoot 1 Sep 2010 11:51 AM

Jim Woodring wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork by Jim Woodring — click for larger version and see below for more photos]

Comics connoisseurs can view "Counterculture Comix: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" for free this Friday, September 3 from 11:00 [correction:] noon to 7:00 PM in the Olympic Room on the Northwest corner of the Seattle Center grounds near Key Arena.)

The exhibition features 3 generations of cartoonists from the city that gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement. More than 250 artworks and artifacts are on display, with a comix reading lounge, a continuous screening of David Moore's seminal Hooked on Comix documentary, and cartooning demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers. All Bumbershoot visual art shows are free on Friday, and hizzoner the mayor will tour the exhibitions in the afternoon.

Bumbershoot, Seattle's annual Labor Day weekend arts festival, looks promising this year. In addition to the comix exhibition, there's the daily Flatstock poster show, a special preview of the anxiously-awaited Jesse Bernstein documentary I Am Secretly an Important Man on Saturday, a concert by Hole, featuring the lovely and talented Courtney Love on Sunday, and the equally lovely and talented Tony Millionaire on Monday. Hope to see you there.

Lynda Barry wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Lynda Barry]

Peter Bagge wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Peter Bagge]

Profanity Hill installation, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Jason T. Miles assembles the Profanity Hill installation]




Things to see: 8/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerstaffSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantoroEsther Pearl WatsonDrew WeingDrew Friedman 17 Aug 2010 2:34 PM

Periodic clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Lady Rambo pages - Esther Pearl Watson

• On Facebook Esther Pearl Watson gave this glimpse at her new work-in-progress graphic novel, a "Lady Rambo" style action-adventure!

self-portrait - Jason

carrot - Jason

• A self-portrait circa late-1990s and another uncollected strip by Jason; also, he's blogging about the films of Audrey Hepburn, beginning with Funny Face

from Congress of the Animals - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring presents "A matinee from CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS"

Mickey & Val Rooney - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman recounts an evening at Mickey & Val Rooney's variety show

Orangeproject - Sergio Ponchione

Sergio Ponchione did the album cover & interior art for the debut album by Orangeproject

Lincoln - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver gives another glimpse at his book-in-progress The Hypo

Lewis and his many ways

• Deepest, sincerest condolences to Laura Park on the loss of her beloved and handsome cat Lewis

bun quak bun - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons puts a Quacker between two Buns; also, Flexi-Quacker

colony - Renee French

• From Renee French: thumbnails, guys with mitts, something shadowy with maybe a bunny

Ectopiary page 37 - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary page 37

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

John Kerschbaum's Cartoon Boy wraps up his current adventure — mmm, that's good denouement

Matthias Lehmann

Matthias Lehmann updates his blog with nearly a dozen recent illustrations

Truman Capote - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman takes another crack at that "Truman Capote" strip

collage - Frank Santoro

• Oh Frank Santoro. His latest cut-n-paste job is decidedly NSFW. "Marvel Team-Up" indeed

dollhouse - Dame Darcy

• Welcome to Dame Darcy's dollhouse — this and more in her latest blog update

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 124 & 125

A Feast for the Eyes - Richard Sala

Illustrated border and hand-lettering by Richard Sala for a written piece by Nick Tosches, 1996

untitled - Jim Flora

• An untitled Jim Flora painting from 1964

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

• A new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond strip by Kevin Huizenga 

Laughing Squid postcard - Jim Blanchard

• Send Jim Blanchard your address and he'll happily send you one of these old postcards

San Diego - Gabrielle Bell

• Sexual harrassment and chocolate figure in part 3 of Gabrielle Bell's "Comic-Con Comicumentary"

Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko's third variation on "Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress"

Petanque - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner presents a rejected New Yorker illustration

young slow loris

Our Talented Staff Dept: office manager Stephanie Hayes is now posting flora & fauna sketches at The Gentleman Scientist

Daily OCD: 8/11/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffreviewsRand HolmesPopeyePatrick RosenkranzOlivier SchrauwenMoto HagiomangaKim DeitchJasonEC SegarDaily OCDaudio 11 Aug 2010 6:40 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Review: "A refreshing counterpoint to the vampire meme... In true Jason form, Werewolves of Montpellier neatly packs a chockful of romance, recreational crime, and existential thrills in this full-color 48-pager." – Space 15 Twenty

The Last Musketeer

Review: "Norwegian cartoonist Jason's book The Last Musketeer is the kind of whimsy that's easy to do wrong and nearly impossible to get right, but Jason gets it very right indeed. ... It's a story that follows a dreamlike, comic logic, always silly and always fun, and every page has several large grins waiting to jump onto your face as you read." – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Review: "It should go without saying that if you’re at all interested in women’s comics or manga, you should buy [A Drunken Dream and Other Stories]. But in all honesty, I think even if you just like comics and beautifully-told stories, this should be a part of your bookshelf. ... Hagio’s art is, of course, constantly gorgeous. ... Thorn’s translation definitely seems to be true to Hagio’s stories. He is obviously a great admirer of her and he does her justice. ... This is a beautiful book by an incredible creator. Whether or not you knew of Hagio before or this is going to be your introduction to her, it’s a book you need to have." – Eden Miller, Comicsgirl

The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective [Pre-Order]

Review: "Underground comics were once the bastard stepchild of the industry. ... These days though they get their due as actual art, and their slouch towards respectability gets a big boost with Fantagraphics Books’ The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective. The collection combines a fascinating biography of Holmes... with chapters of his finest work... The Canadian rarely gets his due among comics aficionados, but The Artist Himself should go a long way toward putting this underground legend on the list of greats." – Alonso Duralde, Modern Tonic

Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008

Review: At The Comics Journal, Bart Croonenborghs looks at the work of Olivier Schrauwen: "Here are some keywords though for the unintiated: Belgian, comic genius, graphical masterblender, darkly ironic, perfectionist."

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Profile: Santiago Garcia uses the release of The Search for Smilin' Ed by Kim Deitch as "an excuse to get an overview of the latest productions of this extraordinary author, who belongs to the first generation of the West Coast underground and has not stopped working from the 60s until now." (Translated from Spanish; via Bill Kartalopoulos)

Larry Reid

Interview: Larry Reid's appearance on The Marty Riemer Show podcast is now archived for your listening pleasure

Popeye Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam"

Commentary: The Hooded Utilitarian's critical roundtable on E.C. Segar's Popeye continues as Chris Mautner takes a tangential look at the topper strip Sappo

Larry Reid talks Bumbershoot on The Marty Riemer Show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffBumbershootaudio 10 Aug 2010 5:09 PM

The Marty Riemer Show

Our own Larry Reid will be appearing on The Marty Riemer Show webcast/podcast (hosted by the former KMTT morning show host) tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM to talk about the big Bumbershoot comic art exhibit he's curating. Tune in! The other guest on the program: Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire. Larry moves in influential circles, y'all.

Daily OCD: 8/9/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleystaffRosebud ArchivesreviewsPopeyeMoto HagiomangaLove and RocketsKim DeitchJoe DalyJaime HernandezHans RickheitGilbert HernandezDrew WeingDrew FriedmanDennis the MenaceDaily OCDBen SchwartzBasil WolvertonAl Columbia 9 Aug 2010 6:46 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Love and  Rockets: New Stories #3 [Pre-Order]

Review: "Of the artists that meant the world to me when I was young enough that lots of artists meant the world to me, Jaime Hernandez is the only one I know of that can still kill me dead with his newest and latest. Your mileage may vary, but Jaime's three-part story in the latest Love and Rockets brought to mind the same sweep of romance and regret and pursuit of all that's sweet in life as much as battered and broken insides allow that I remember all too well from the summer between my junior and senior years in college, when I would have put everything about my wonderful life on hold to climb into a black and white comic book for a little while. There are three or four panels in this newest effort worth some cartoonists' entire careers." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Set to Sea

Review: "Set to Sea is [an] auspicious debut... Weing's nameless, landlubbing protagonist aches to rhapsodize about the sea but discovers that something's missing. After dozing drunkenly on a dock, he awakes to discover he's been shanghaied. His adventures provide ample material for a volume of poetry in this hilariously violent picaresque tale." – Richard Pachter, The Miami Herald

The Best American Comics Criticism

Review: "A book like The Best American Comics Criticism invites argument. If you put 'best' in your title, argument will follow. I’ve got arguments, but I wanted to start by praising both the editor, Ben Schwartz, and the publisher, Fantagraphics, for making the effort." - Derik Badman

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "...[T]his story is one where Deitch tries to tie the various unruly strands of his many stories together. In a way, I almost prefer that these overlapping, nesting, and sometimes contradictory stories never really congeal, but The Search for Smilin' Ed is, like all of Deitch's work, a compelling and highly personal piece of work." – Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days

Review: "Although the images are very haunting, they are extremely beautiful. Pim & Francie is a pretty unique book. ... This book as a whole is actually quite creepy, haunting, scary, beautiful, and intoxicating. I seem to enjoy it more every time I look/read through it. With images on almost every single page, this book is worth a lot more than its cover price." – Steven Thomas

Wally Gropius

Review: "Wally Gropius ...[is] John Stanley for the 21st century. Not that Stanley doesn’t work just fine in 2010, but Hensley is worthy of that sort of praise. I wish this guy was writing Archie." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

The Squirrel Machine

Review: "I loved this book and am glad I... could read something this wonderfully twisted... I really wish I could tell you what genre this is, but The Squirrel Machine defies that sort of commercial branding." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Review: "Man, Joe Daly is awesome. ...[H]e is back with thunder in his pen and ants in his pants. [Dungeon Quest] is as good as Scrublands on page one and it just gets better and funnier, more bizarre and familiar (if you have ever met or hung out with Larpers) with each page turn. Welcome back, Joe Daly. You rule." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

The Troublemakers [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "The Troublemakers... is Gilbert [Hernandez] doing a Quentin Tarantino, in that he dips into a sleazy old unpleasant genre of crime exploitation films of the 60s and 70s and cherry-picks a bunch of the good bits and smashes them together and cooks them into a really sweet pie." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

The Culture Corner

Review: "The Culture Corner... is the biggest score for fans of Wolverton since the publication of the Wolverton Bible. I guess you could also say that this is the first reprint collection of Wolverton material since the Wolverton Bible if you wanted to nit-pick. Great stuff." – Chris Reilly, Guttergeek

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Plug: "I’m barely able to form coherent thoughts about Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. It’s an amazing collection of her work, and I hope it just causes an explosion of interest in her work." – David Welsh, The Manga Curmudgeon

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1961-1962 (Vol. 6)

Plug: Sarah McIntyre took some lovely photos of Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1961-1962

Too Soon? - Drew Friedman

Interview: At WFMU's Beware of the Blog, Kliph Nesteroff talks to Drew Friedman: "When I was talking to Albert [Brooks] at this party he said, 'Drew, did you know that Harpo's ex-wife married Frank Sinatra?' I said, 'No, it was Zeppo's ex-wife.' He said, 'No, no, it was Harpo's ex-wife.'  I said, 'No, it was Zeppo's ex-wife. Look, we have Andy Marx, Groucho's grandson standing right here. Let's ask him.' I said, 'Andy, which one of your uncles married Frank Sinatra's wife?' He said, 'Well, that was Zeppo's wife.' That's why I love L.A. It's handy to have Groucho's grandson [around] when you need him." (Note: audio of this conversation will be available from the Inkstuds podcast soon; we'll keep you updated)

New York Hippodrome — PRINT

Profile: Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn reports on the partnership between Rick Marschall's Rosebud Archives and Fantagraphics Books: "Now Marschall's company, Rosebud Archives, and Fantagraphics have formed a joint publishing enterprise that will draw from Marschall's immense collection, reclaiming the work of the great 20th-century magazine and newspaper artists for the 21st-century public."

Popeye Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam"

Commentary: At The Hooded Utilitarian, Shaenon Garrity kicks off a critical roundtable on Popeye with a 7-part appreciation: "Popeye hangs on, indestructible..., the last of a tougher, smellier, funnier breed."

The Shadow - Kyle Baker

Reviewer: At Comics Comics, our own Jason T. Miles looks at something I'm also fond of: Andy Helfer & Kyle Baker's late-1980s run on The Shadow

Comic-Con redux: more photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyStephen DeStefanostaffMoto HagioLos Bros HernandezJean SchulzJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezCCICarol TylerBen Schwartz 5 Aug 2010 1:46 PM

We've been collecting more photos from Comic-Con in 3 (so far) Flickr galleries (1, 2, 3). Here are some highlights!

From our own Eric Reynolds:

Humanitarian Jeannie by earinc

Jean Schulz with her Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award at the Eisners.

From our own Adam Grano:

DSC03276 by adamgrano

Moto Hagio sketching.

IMG_4084 by adamgrano

Jaime Hernandez says howdy to Dave Gibbons.

IMG_4071 by adamgrano

Adam meets Matt Groening.

IMG_4062 by adamgrano

Sadtrooper.

From Pink Cow Photography:

Jaime Hernandez by Pink Cow Photography

Gilbert & Natalia Hernandez by Pink Cow Photography

Mario Hernandez by Pink Cow Photography

The Hernandez clan.

From Jody C.:

DSC_0232 by Jody C.

Carol Tyler, with Tim Hensley at left in the background.

From Exhibit A Press:

Stephen DeStefano by exhibitapress

Stephen DeStefano.

From Bridie Macdonald:

Comic Con 2010 by Bridie Macdonald

Ben Schwartz & son, with Andrei Molotiu at left.

Great stuff! If you know of any good shots we've missed, let us know.

Comic-Con Day 4: wrapping up
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanostaffPeter BaggeMoto HagioErnie BushmillerCCICarol Tyler 2 Aug 2010 4:19 PM

My picture-taking fell off on the last day of Comic-Con as things got even more hectic with last-minute wheeling & dealing, including our Sunday-only 20%-off-everything sale. Here are a few things I managed to capture:

Peter Bagge & Scott McCloud - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Peter Bagge chats with Scott McCloud (while our own Eric Reynolds and D&Q 's Jessica Campbell watch from a distance)...

Jeffrey Brown & Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

...and with Jeffrey Brown, visiting from the neighboring Top Shelf booth (while our own Jason T. Miles confers with Sparkplug's Dylan Williams in the background).

Stephen DeStefano & Peter Bagge - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Pete keeps his Inkpot trophy handy while Stephen DeStefano diligently signs and sketches.

Carol Tyler's Nancy brooch - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Carol Tyler's rad handmade Nancy brooch.

Moto Hagio & Carol Tyler whiteboard drawings - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Above, Moto Hagio & Carol Tyler's final whiteboard doodles, and below, table doodles by Carol, Andrei Molotiu, & Natalia Hernandez:

Carol Tyler table doodle - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Andrei Molotiu table doodle - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Natalia Hernandez table doodle - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

And it was over! Here's me & Janice, all packed up & ready to go, with mixed feelings. Thanks to our booth neighbors at BloodFire Studios for this last shot (and for loaning us their handtruck at the very beginning):

It's over! - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

We did a few things differently this year, most notably a smaller booth and smaller staff, but sales and enthusiasm seemed to be greater than last year. And while there are "teachable moments" every year, this was overall as smooth and successful a Comic-Con as I can remember in my brief history with the company. Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, artists, family members, professional colleagues and especially the fans who helped make Comic-Con 2010 another great show!

Event photos galore: Dame Darcy; Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd; shootin' day
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffMark ToddFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonDame Darcy 11 Jul 2010 2:59 PM

We just uploaded a mess of photos from recent Fantagraphics events to our Flickr page. In reverse chronological order, starting with last night's Dame Darcy exhibit opening and Meat Cake signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery:

Dame Darcy's Meat Cake exhibit & signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, July 10, 2010

Dame Darcy's Meat Cake exhibit & signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, July 10, 2010

Click here for more photos, including shots of all the artwork.

From June 5th, Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd's visit to the store for our holiday weenie roast (with grill-meister Larry Reid):

Weenie roast with Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd, Fantagraphics Bookstore, July 5, 2010

Weenie roast with Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd, Fantagraphics Bookstore, July 5, 2010

More photos here.

And lastly, on July 3rd, at an undisclosed location, the triumphant return of the Fantagraphics shooting outing:

Fantagraphics shooting excursion, July 3, 2010

Fantagraphics shooting excursion, July 3, 2010

Check out the Flickr group for more photos by Jim Blanchard & Adam Grano.

Gilbert Hernandez covers Kristin Hersh's memoir Rat Girl
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffrockGilbert Hernandez 19 May 2010 11:43 AM

Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh - cover by Gilbert Hernandez

I was excited to see this photo posted on Twitter by Kristin Hersh yesterday, with Gilbert Hernandez's cover art for her upcoming memoir Rat Girl, to be released by Penguin in the U.S. on August 31. Besides being a phenomenal songwriter and performer with Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE and solo, Kristin is one of the best storytellers and writers in the performing arts biz, no lie, and she has some amazing tales to tell. This book is a must-get.

UPDATE: I just found out it was colored by our own Jacob Covey! It just keeps getting better.

Daily OCD: 4/29/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellystaffreviewsDaily OCDBlazing CombatBlake Bell 29 Apr 2010 3:47 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Blazing Combat [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order] Our Gang Vol. 4 (1946-1947)

Reviews: At Comics Alliance, Jason Michelitch examines Our Gang Vol. 4 by Walt Kelly and Blazing Combat in the context of the "golden age of reprints," saying "Both are excellent books that reward both casual readers out for cheap thrills and stodgier folks who want some textual and contextual analysis to roll around in like a pig in a pen." He describes Blazing Combat as "an anti-war comic made up not of didactic preaching but of rough, unsentimentalized views of war with graphic violence and moral ambiguity front and center, produced at a time when America was ratcheting up its involvement in Vietnam and the public had yet to widely turn against it." He also says "Our Gang... [is] a lot of fun. There are lady rasslers and fake matter transporters and escaped lions and a character named Boo Boo the Illustrious Clown," and praises Kelly's "elegant... cartooning + dialogue driven style". 

Reviewer: At Comic Book Galaxy, guest reviewer Blake Bell looks at the Golden Age Marvel Omnibus Vol. 1

Smurf: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon comments on Adam Grano's Smurf plea