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Hot rock at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffrockFantagraphics Bookstore 13 Apr 2010 1:12 PM

The one bummer about being at MoCCA this past weekend was that I missed what were surely amazing performances by Ardent Vein (our own Ajax Wood) and Zinjanthropus (current and former FBIers Tom Price, Martin Bland & friends) at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery / Georgetown Records on Saturday evening. Fortunately our good pal John Ohannesian was there to document the occasion:

Ardent Vein

Zinjanthropus

Sidewalk Sale - Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Check out more of John's photos of the event on our Flickr page.

Things to see: 4/7/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanstaffSergio PonchioneJon AdamsJohn HankiewiczDame DarcyComing Attractions 7 Apr 2010 4:43 PM

Daily clips & strips — hit the links for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Grotesque print - Sergio Ponchione

• This limited-edition print by Sergio Ponchione is available at festivals (I think — the autotranslation is a little sketchy) from Coconino Press. Sergio also reveals that Grotesque #4 is in the can (and coming this summer from Fantagraphics); the complete Italian run of Grotesque will be available in a slipcased set with additional materials, and the slipcase will be available separately (hopefully U.S. fans will be able to order it from overseas); and the full-color Grotesque stories from Linus magazine will appear in future volumes of Mome (hey, that was my suggestion)!

School Spirits - Steven Weissman

More progress on Steven Weissman's ghosts-in-progress

Go-Getters - John Hankiewicz

Go-Getters is a new lithograph from John Hankiewicz

The Penalty of Hope - Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy provides illustrations for The Penalty of Hope, a book of poetry by Vincent D. Dominionmore info

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• The new installment of Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams

Jesse Marsh Homage Color

• Soon to be on the Covered blog? Our own Eric Reynolds gives his take on a Jesse Marsh Tarzan cover, in color and black & white

Things to see: 3/18/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanstaffRenee FrenchRay FenwickMaakiesJohn Hankiewicz 18 Mar 2010 2:44 PM

Daily clips & strips — click for improved viewing at the sources:

This Already Happened - Steven Weissman

The conclusion of Steven Weissman's "This Already Happened" is up at What Things Do — you gotta go back and read the whole thing

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• This week's "Belligerent Piano" by Tim Lane is up

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• Gonna try to remember to send you to Tony Millionaire's new Maakies strip each week from now on

OLMH - John Hankiewicz

OLMH is a new lithograph from John Hankiewicz

Floating Moats - Tony Remple

Floating Moats is a new abstract minicomic/art zine from our own Tony Remple, available at Profanity Hill

stone99 - Renee French

• Nobody draws the mysterious object quite like Renee French

Cottage Life

Money Magazine

• Two recent illo jobs by Ray Fenwick

Daily OCD: 3/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffreviewsIvan BrunettiHo Che AndersonDaily OCDBest of 2009 17 Mar 2010 4:08 PM

Erin go Online Commentary & Diversions:

Sand & Fury: A Scream Queen Adventure [Pre-Order]

Review: "[Sand & Fury] is a dark, violent horror story that provides a contemporary update on a folklore standard. ... It's a good comic..." – Tucker Stone, The Factual Opinion

Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti

Review: "There’s an immediate laugh to be had with the extended title of Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti. This is a slyly hilarious understatement, a clever counterpoint to contents as there’s nothing “questionable” about these jokes. That’s their strength, although I say that within the clinically quarantined confines of a cartoon laboratory. They are as unconscionable, uninhibited and unimpeded as can be imagined and the fact that you couldn’t have imagined them unaided only adds to their stature (and yours)." – Rich Kreiner, "Yearlong Best of the Year," The Comics Journal

Staff: Catch our own Jason T. Miles as part of a panel on starting and running a small press at Seattle's Pilot Books on Saturday, March 20; more info at Profanity Hill

Daily OCD: 3/12/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalstaffreviewsPirus and MezzoMoto HagioMatt ThornLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDaily OCD 12 Mar 2010 2:56 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Love and Rockets Book 25: High Soft Lisp

Review: "[High Soft] Lisp has its share of tender moments and tragic ones, although it’s relatively buoyant with humor throughout. ... This is the stuff of soap operas, minus the melodrama. Lisp comes loaded with palpable emotions and heaps of honesty, even amid a cartoony backdrop." – Rod Lott, Bookgasm

King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave

Review: "Part one of a proposed trilogy, King Of The Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave is an extremely promising title from French crime comics artists Pascal “Mezzo” Mesenburg and Michel Pirus. ... Its approach to violence and turmoil is surprisingly fresh, although the story bears obvious debts to David Lynch, and the art just as obvious ones to Charles Burns; it all combines in surprising, powerful ways. ...King Of The Flies is a fascinating new take on the nearly exhausted subject of youthful alienation… B+" – The A.V. Club

The Comics Journal #269

Interview: At The Comics Journal, the conclusion of Matt Thorn's Moto Hagio interview from TCJ #269

Sparkplug logo

Interviewer: Over at his Profanity Hill concern, our own Jason T. Miles picks the brain of Sparkplug Comic Books publisher Dylan Williams about the business and ethics of independent comics

High Soft Lisp - Gilbert Hernandez Exhibit & Book Signing at  Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, March 13, 2010

Event plug: "If there's a greater comics-related joy to be had on an early Spring Saturday sipping beers, hanging out in Seattle's cartooning headquarters, finding out you're standing next to Jim Woodring while occasionally taking a focused gander at Beto's originals, I haven't been informed as to what that might be." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Daily OCD: 3/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalStephen DixonstaffreviewsNewaveMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaJohnny RyanJacques TardiDaily OCD 10 Mar 2010 3:53 PM

A healthy helping of Online Commentary & Diversions:

Escape from

List: At The Manga Curmudgeon, David Welsh writes "So you’re among the legion of people who are grateful to Fantagraphics for their recently announced manga initiative, to be curated by Matt Thorn. Who isn’t? I know I am. And you may want to express that gratitude by buying something that Fantagraphics has published. If your comics interests rest primarily in titles from Japan, you may not have sampled other works published by Fantagraphics, so here are some books for your consideration."

Prison Pit: Book 1

Review: "Amazingly, I was sucked in by the whole enterprise, laughing and groaning and shaking my head. ... It’s scarcely what I would call 'elegant in its simplicity' but with subject matter like this photo-realistic art and emotional weight aren’t called for. These are ugly characters in a gross situation, and Prison Pit treats them with all the indulgence and nastiness needed." – Mark Hale, The Bureau Chiefs

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Review: "Taken as a whole, Newave presents a portrait of an era that might otherwise be overlooked as a vital link between, say, Zap and Eightball. ... [T]he book is a veritable treasure trove of material that would otherwise have been lost to the ages. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s a hell of fun read." – Brian Heater, The Daily Cross Hatch

What Is All This? - Stephen Dixon

Pre-review: At Trouble with Comics, Alan David Doane takes a look at our preview sampler galley of the forthcoming Stephen Dixon story collection: "What Is All This, based on my reading of this short and enticing preview, looks to be one of the most exciting and intriguing fiction releases of the decade. That I’ve only had a chance to read less than a quarter of its 450 pages is maddening, and thrilling. I can’t wait to read the rest of what Dixon has in store."

It Was the War  of the Trenches [Pre-Order]

Profile: Jordan Hurder writes an appreciation of Jacques Tardi titled "Tardi is Really, Really, Really, Really Rad"

The Comics Journal #269

Interiew: The Comics Journal website presents part 2 of Matt Thorn's interview with Moto Hagio reprinted from TCJ #269

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio

Opinion: At The Comics Journal, Shaenon Garrity's reaction to our manga publishing news and appreciation of Moto Hagio is a must-read: "Is there an animated gif of a unicorn with the head of Jason Shiga devouring the universe and exploding? Because that might just about express the awesomeness of this development."

The Last Vispo - Dirk Krecker

Staff: Selections from the forthcoming anthology The Last Vispo, co-edited by our own Nico Vassilakis, will be on exhibit at the Common Ground Art Gallery in Windsor, Ontario, opening this Saturday, March 13 — more info from Crg Hill or on the Facebook event invitation (above example by Dirk Krecker)

Smoke Signal #4 coming soon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffMichael KuppermanJohnny RyanDash Shaw 5 Mar 2010 8:57 PM

Smoke Signal 4 - Johnny Ryan cover

More like Alien Lovin' Form, am I right? Gabe from Desert Island reports that the 4th issue of the free broadsheet comics anthology Smoke Signal is off to the printer. With work by cover-boy Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Dash Shaw, our own Jason T. Miles and many more.

Things to see: 2/24/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanstaffPaul HornschemeierLaura Park 24 Feb 2010 2:58 PM

Pics & links ahoy:

On the Beach  - Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier is once again drawing things for money. Get yourself something nice!

This Already Happened part 7 - Steven Weissman

• "This Already Happened" part 7 by Steven Weissman at What Things Do

Geek Love - Laura Park

• It's Laura Park's first Geek Love illustration for the Picture Book Report project

artwork by Dirk Deppey

• Say, I didn't know ¡Journalista!'s Dirk Deppey could draw. He's looking for some artistic advice, if you have it

Waffle Wednesday
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under staffoffice fun 10 Feb 2010 12:09 PM

Waffle Wednesday

Well, today was the first of many Waffle Wednesdays here in the Fantagraphics office. We had two kinds of waffles: regular Belgian waffles and gluten free waffles (for our wheat-free designer).

Steph & Adam

Steph, our new office manager, brought in a myriad of fruits and three different kinds of syrup! Even our very own Kim Thompson brought two types of orange juices, no pulp and some pulp.

Bugs Bunny waffle iron

I used Emeril Lagassse's recipe of waffles, because it was the first one to pop up in my Google search.

Tony; Adam & Jenny

In the coming weeks I plan to spice things up by adding special ingredients. My friend Dominika suggested fried chicken and waffles. We'll see how ambitious Steph and I get.

Steph & Jacq

Also, next week's post will be better documented in photos.

waffle porn

Please feel free to send over your recipe suggestions.

Things to see: 2/9/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanstaffRenee FrenchPaul HornschemeierKevin HuizengaJordan CraneJohn HankiewiczHernán MigoyaDebbie DrechslerDash Shaw 9 Feb 2010 5:20 PM

Gaze in wonder (and click for expanded/complete wonderment):

MoCCA Art Fest 2010 Poster - Dash Shaw

MoCCA 2010 Art Festival image by Dash Shaw

MoCCA 2010 Art Fest t-shirt - Dash Shaw

• Official images for the 2010 MoCCA Art Festival by Dash Shaw: poster (top), booklet (middle; hilarious) and t-shirt (bottom); Dash comments on his blog

XOY - John Hankiewicz

XOY, a new print by John Hankiewicz

feeder birds - Debbie Drechsler

• Don't miss Debbie Drechsler's frequent updates to her sketch blog, such as these lovely birds

Year of the Tiger - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman's artwork for the "Year of the Tiger" show at GR2; also, the original sketch

The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy - cover by Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier's cover art for the paperback edition of James Kennedy's novel The Order of Odd-Fish

Focus - Kevin Huizenga

• Is "Focus" a new mini from Kevin Huizenga? He never 'splains nothin' on his blog

Jordan Crane

• Part 3 of Chapter 2 of this Jordan Crane story at What Things Do

Niño Milagroso - Eric Reynolds

Niño Milagroso — an illustration for a novel by Hernán Migoya by our own Eric Reynolds

H Day - Renee French

• Don't forget to check Renee French's art blog for daily updates like this