|Smoke Signal #4 coming soon|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staff, Michael Kupperman, Johnny Ryan, Dash Shaw||5 Mar 2010 8:57 PM|
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Pics & links ahoy:
• Say, I didn't know ¡Journalista!'s Dirk Deppey could draw. He's looking for some artistic advice, if you have it
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, 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.
I used Emeril Lagassse's recipe of waffles, because it was the first one to pop up in my Google search.
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.
Also, next week's post will be better documented in photos.
Please feel free to send over your recipe suggestions.
Gaze in wonder (and click for expanded/complete wonderment):
Our warehouse manager/poet-in-residence Nico Vassilakis has a new book of visual poetry and drawings out from Ireland's Red Fox Press, part of their "C'est mon Dada" series. Fans of our Abstract Comics anthology would do well to check it out.
We also neglected to mention in a timely fashion that Nico was shortlisted for the 2009 Stranger Genius Awards in Literature. Time to add "Resident Genius" to your business card, Nico.
Feast your eyes — follow links for larger/complete versions:
• A portrait of Fantagraphics' own Ambassador of Awesomeness, Janice Headley, drawn by Jaime Hernandez at APE 2008 (on the back of Daniel Clowes's name card), finally scanned
• Look forward to Laura Park's entries to Picture Book Report, where a variety of artists will be posting illustrations inspired by their favorite books — looks like there's going to be a lot of great stuff, gonna bookmark that site
Past, present and future in today's Online Commentary & Diversions:
• List: Library Journal picks "Trina Robbins’s glam grab bag of Nell Brinkley serials," The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913–1940, as the best reprint on their Best Graphic Novels 2009 list
• Review: "Imagine then what yesterday — or today's — right wingers would say about The Great Anti-War Cartoons... Sadly... what these cartoons have made us 'see' is how little things have changed 'round the planet, or within our species. ... And while being the spark for various brilliant cartoons over the decades doesn't justify the institutional addiction to war (or its always-looming threat), these cartoons can at least provide some solace. Or good fallout shelter reading." – Mark London Williams, The SF Site: Nexus Graphica
• Review: "Jaime Hernandez’s side of the Love and Rockets anthology may have started in a world of futuristic fantasy, but [The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.] is the volume where he finds his feet and hits a groove. ... Jaime’s illustration is beautiful and effortless. His characters mix a near perfect clear-line style with cartoonish expression, used with particular aplomb when emotions are running high. It’s a masterclass in comic illustration." – Grovel
• Plug: Library Journal features May 2010's Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso in their inaugural Graphic Novels Prepub Alert: "A coming-of-age story about a young girl from a family caught between sides in a civil war, set in a world similar to ours but where people have artichoke leaves instead of hair. ... Its delicate, rather impish black-and-white line work comes from the creator of the subtle and poignant Squirrel Mother."
• Foreign Relations: Citizen reporter Mat Probasco of Allvoices approaches our own Jason T. Miles for expert analysis on the Hong Kong government's attempt to use comics to spur youth involvement
Brief Online Commentary & Diversions:
• List: Publishers Weekly names It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi, Weathercraft by Jim Woodring, and Nancy is Happy: Complete Dailies 1942-1945 by Ernie Bushmiller to be among "The Big Graphic Novels of 2010"
Our own multifarious Jason T. Miles appeared on the Inkstuds radio programme today to discuss his comics, his new Seattle-centric zine distro venture Profanity Hill (Seattle-area zine makers: Jason wants you! Everyone else: go buy some stuff already), and toiling in the Fantagraphics salt mines — listen here.