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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

Things to see: 4/22/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanstaffDerek Van Gieson 22 Apr 2010 3:16 PM

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

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" spot by Steven Weissman

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• This week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• This week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Tarzan - Eric Reynolds

• That version of a Jesse Marsh Tarzan cover by our own Eric Reynolds that I believe we've featured here previously has finally shown up on the Covered blog

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

Derek Van Gieson claims to be "toning it down" as "Tales from Abstraction House" proceeds — lies

2010 MoCCA Art Festival wrap-up & photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under tattoosstaffSara Edward-CorbettPaul KarasikNate NealMiss Lasko-GrossMichael KuppermanKim Deitchjon vermilyeaJaime HernandezHans RickheitGlenn HeadGahan WilsonFletcher HankseventsEsther Pearl WatsonDerek Van GiesonDash ShawCharles BurnsArnold RothAl Jaffee 15 Apr 2010 2:19 PM

Thanks to all the artists, attendees, and MoCCA staff & volunteers for helping make the 2010 MoCCA Art Festival our most successful ever! We sold out of numerous titles, some within hours (and to the chagrin of our artists who ran out of books to sign — sorry!), and had mobs of fans turn out for our signings.

I took a load of photos; some highlights are below, followed by an embedded slideshow with lots more shots (which you can also view full screen) and a mosaic of thumbnails to browse. You can also browse the full set of photos with captions on our Flickr page.


Our setup at opening time, dwarfed by the cavernous interior of the Armory.


Mome dudes Derek Van Gieson, Nate Neal, editor Eric Reynolds, and Jon Vermilyea.

Jaime Hernandez, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Jaime Hernandez with a long line of fans.

Jaime Hernandez, Eric Reynolds, Todd Hignite & Adrian Tomine, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Eric observes as Jaime & Adrian Tomine share a laugh; that's Todd Hignite, author of The Art of Jaime Hernandez, in the tan jacket.

Charles Burns & Jaime Hernandez, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Charles Burns & Jaime Hernandez.

Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee & Gahan Wilson, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Eric looks on in admiration as living legends Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee & Gahan Wilson sign and greet fans.

Glenn Head & Hans Rickheit, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Hotwire editor Glenn Head and Squirrel Machine auteur Hans Rickheit.

Fletcher Hanks tattoo, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
We were all knocked out by this guy's Fantomah tattoo!

Kim Deitch & Paul Karasik, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Kim Deitch & Paul Karasik.

Esther Pearl Watson, Miss Lasko-Gross & Sara Edward-Corbett, MoCCA Art Festival, April 10, 2010
Esther Pearl Watson, Miss Lasko-Gross & Sara Edward-Corbett form a trio of triple-named women.

Dash Shaw, Michael Kupperman & Charles Burns, MoCCA Art Festival, April 11, 2010
Dash Shaw, Michael Kupperman & Charles Burns.

Last one, MoCCA Art Festival, April 11, 2010
The End!

Enid + pandas
Bonus: We spotted Enid preparing to clobber a pair of amorous pandas in our mural-filled hotel.

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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