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Mome Vol. 18: Spring 2010 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim LaneTed StearnT Edward BakRenee Frenchpreviewsnicolas mahlernew releasesNate NealMomeLilli Carréjon vermilyeaJon AdamsJoe DalyIvan BrunFrank SantoroDerek Van GiesonDave CooperConor OKeefeBen Jones 18 Feb 2010 8:11 AM

Mome Vol. 18 - Spring 2010 - cover by Nate Neal

Mome Vol. 18 - Spring 2010
by various artists; edited by Eric Reynolds

128-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-303-3

Ships in: March 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The multiple Harvey and Eisner Award nominee returns for its fifth year. With this issue, the series has now featured over 2000 pages of comics in its four and half years of existence (2109, to be exact), which may be a record for an English-language alternative comics anthology. This issue's cover is by Nate Neal, who delivers "The Neurotic Nexus of Creation," a 15-page explication of the creative process. MOME 18 also includes the first new comic in several years by Dave Cooper, as well as the MOME debuts of Tim Lane, Ivan Brun, Joe Daly, and Jon Adams. Also returning are MOME stalwarts Lilli Carré, Ben Jones, Frank Santoro, Jon Vermilyea, Nicolas Mahler, Ted Stearn, Renée French, Conor O'Keefe, Derek Van Gieson, and T. Edward Bak.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 15-page PDF excerpt (5.9 MB) with a page from every artist in the issue.

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Things to see: 2/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThings to seeSergio Ponchionefan artDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDave CooperAl Columbia 17 Feb 2010 4:05 PM

Your daily dose of eyeball kicks:

February - Dave Cooper

• Holy smokes, this Dave Cooper painting, titled February, is part of the group show The Devil Made Me Do It curated by Industrial Squid at WWA Gallery in Culver City

Helvella lacunosa - Debbie Drechsler

• I like the composition of this drawing of Helvella lacunosa in a cemetary by Debbie Drechsler

 

• Some Pim & Francie fan art by YouTube user Danny2113182

 

• Artwork by Sergio Ponchione is used in the stage set for the performance for which this video is the trailer; Sergio's blog post also includes a small newspaper spot illustration he did

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spot

Devil Doll outtake - Derek Van Gieson

A teaser panel and outtake page from the last chapter of Derek Van Gieson's Mome story "Devil Doll," plus a sketchbook page (not shown here)

Royal Jelly Video Magazine
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim HensleySammy HarkhamPaul HornschemeierJohn Pham 17 Feb 2010 2:15 PM

Here's something to keep an eye on: John Orlow has a series of video interviews with the likes of Tim Hensley, John Pham & Sammy Harkham, Lisa Hanawalt, and Paul Hornschemeier (above), who tipped us off to their existence via his blog. They're posted on the Royal Jelly blog and in high res on Orlow's Vimeo page. Stay tuned for future installments to see if he gets out of the H's.

Watch Gary Panter's lecture at the Hammer Museum
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoGary Panter 16 Feb 2010 11:59 PM

The Hammer Museum's website has posted a video of Gary Panter's Jan. 21 lecture on "the relationship between comic art and fine art painting in the 20th century."

For me, Gary pushes all the right buttons as a painter. If you haven't yet picked up that art book that Picturebox put out (and it's a god damn hell of a deal right now), you're missing out.

UPDATED with embedded video.

It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi - Previews, Pre-Order, Plus
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJacques Tardi 16 Feb 2010 7:34 AM

It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi

It Was the War of the Trenches
by Jacques Tardi

120-page black & white 7.75" x 10.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-353-8

Ships in: March 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

World War I, that awful, gaping wound in the history of Europe, has long been an obsession of Jacques Tardi’s. (His very first — rejected — comics story dealt with the subject, as does his most recent work, the two-volume Putain de Guerre.) But It Was the War of the trenches is Tardi’s defining, masterful statement on the subject, a graphic novel that can stand shoulder to shoulder with Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

Tardi is not interested in the national politics, the strategies, or the battles. Like Remarque, he focuses on the day to day of the grunts in the trenches, and, with icy, controlled fury and disgust, with sardonic yet deeply sympathetic narration, he brings that existence alive as no one has before or since. Yet he also delves deeply into the underlying causes of the war, the madness, the cynical political exploitation of patriotism. And in a final, heartbreaking coda, Tardi grimly itemizes the ghastly human cost of the war, and lays out the future 20th century conflicts, all of which seem to spring from this global burst of insanity.

Trenches features some of Tardi’s most stunning artwork. Rendered in an inhabitually lush illustrative style, inspired both by abundant photographic documentation and classic American war comics, augmented by a sophisticated, gorgeous use of Craftint tones, Trenches is somehow simultaneously atypical and a perfect encapsulation of Tardi’s mature style. It is the indisputable centerpiece of Tardi’s oeuvre.

It Was the War of the Trenches has been an object of fascination for North American publishers: RAW published a chapter in the early 1980s, and Drawn and Quarterly magazine serialized a few more in the 1990s. But only a small fraction of Trenches has ever been made available to the English speaking public (in now out of print publications); the Fantagraphics edition, the third in an ongoing collection of the works of this great master, finally remedies this situation.

“‘The war to end all wars’ has become a magisterial comic book to end all comic books. I seldom give blurbs, but this book is an essential classic. Among all of Jacques Tardi's towering achievements as a comics artist, nothing looms larger than this devastating crater of a work. It’s a compulsively readable wail of Existential despair, a kaleidoscope of war’s dehumanizing brutality and of Everyman’s suffering, as well as a deadpan masterpiece of the darkest black humor. The richly composed and obsessively researched drawings — perfectly poised between cartoon and illustration — march to the relentless beats of Tardi’s three horizontal panels per page to dig a hole deep inside your brain. This is one Hell of a book.” —Art Spiegelman

"Tardi’s depiction of the First World War is so impassioned and visceral that it can be compared to the work of the artists who actually served in the trenches." – Joe Sacco

Download an EXCLUSIVE 10-page PDF excerpt (3.3 MB). Also, read Tardi's Foreword and Special Thanks, and the editor's About This Book essay, here on the website.

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Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole (Softcover Ed.) - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJack Cole 8 Feb 2010 7:38 AM

Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole (Softcover Ed.) by Jack Cole; edited by Alex Chun

Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole (Softcover Ed.)
By Jack Cole; edited by Alex Chun

104-page b&w/color 7.5" x 10.25" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-284-5

Ships in: March 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

In the rarefied realm of classic cartoon pin-up art, nobody did it better than Jack Cole. With his quirky line drawings and sensual watercolors, Cole, under Hugh Hefner's guiding hand, catapulted to stardom in the 1950s as Playboy's marquee cartoonist, a position he held until his untimely death at the age of 43.

Jack Cole has been justly celebrated as the creator of Plastic Man and an innovative comic book artist of the 1940s (especially in Art Spiegelman and Chip Kidd’s Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits). After finishing his 14-year run on Plastic Man, he found himself looking for something new. According to Cole, his savior was the Humorama line of down-market digest magazines. This girls and gags magazine circuit proved to be the perfect training ground to regain his footing and develop his craft at single panel “gag” cartoons. His ability to render the female form was already without peer. Though he signed his cartoons “Jake,” Cole’s exquisite line drawings and masterful use of ink-wash — a skill he carried over to Playboy — betrayed his pseudonym. In comparison to his contemporaries, however, Cole was probably Humorama’s least prolific artist. Though his images were frequently used for covers, Cole’s cartoons were few and far between, with scarcely a single drawing appearing every five issues.

Along with a foreword by editor Alex Chun, this volume (originally released in a now out-of-print hardcover edition that now fetches high prices on the secondhand market) collects the best of these hidden gems, including several shot from Cole’s stunning original art. Most of these drawings have not seen print elsewhere since their original publication.

"Cole's goddesses were estrogen soufflés who mesmerized the ineffectual saps who lusted after them." – Art Spiegelman

"Jack Cole was a masterful comic book artist who helped define the golden age of his art form." – Village Voice

Download an EXCLUSIVE 10-page PDF excerpt (2.4 MB).

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Video: R. Crumb action figure in action
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert CrumbFantagraphics Bookstore 5 Feb 2010 1:57 PM

We missed this when we first ran our story about Michael Leavitt's fully-articulated hand-carved sculpture of R. Crumb (on exhibit one day only at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Feb. 13), but Comics Alliance caught it when they picked up our post. (YouTube link)

The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 (Vol. 13) by Charles M. Schulz - Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoSethpreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 4 Feb 2010 7:09 AM

Our contract with the Peanuts licensor stipulates that we can't pre-sell The Complete Peanuts books before they are relased, but we can still bring you these previews!

 The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 (Vol. 13) by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 (Vol. 13)
By Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-345-3

Ships in: March 2010 (subject to change)

Good grief, Charlie Brown, we're halfway there! That’s right! With this volume, The Complete Peanuts reaches the halfway point of Charles M. Schulz’s astounding half-century run on the greatest comic strip of all time.

These years are especially fecund in terms of new canine characters, as Snoopy is joined by his wandering brother Spike (from Needles), his beloved sister Belle (from Kansas City), and... did you know he had a nephew? In other beagle news, Snoopy breaks his foot and spends six weeks in a cast, deals with his friend Woodstock’s case of the “the vapors,” and gets involved in a heated love triangle with Linus over the girl “Truffles.”

The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 features several other long stories, including a rare “double track” sequence with two parallel narratives: Peppermint Patty and Snoopy travel to participate in the Powderpuff Derby, while Charlie Brown finally gets to meet his idol Joe Shlabotnik. And Peppermint Patty switches to a private school, but commits the mistake of allowing Snoopy to pick it for her; only after graduation does she realize something’s not quite right!

Plus: A burglary at Peppermint Patty’s house is exacerbated by waterbed problems... Marcie acquires an unwanted suitor... Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty become desk partners... The talking school building collapses... Lots of tennis jokes... and gags starring Schroeder, Lucy, Franklin, Rerun, Sally, and that vicious cat next door. It’s another two years of Peanuts at its finest! Featuring an introduction by comedian Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Saturday Night Live).

"The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz’s enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could’ve hoped." – "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club

Download an EXCLUSIVE 14-page PDF excerpt (1 MB) containing all the strips from January, 1975!

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Things to see: 2/3/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThings to seeT Edward BakSteven WeissmanRobert PollardLilli CarréJeremy EatonDebbie DrechslerDash Shaw 3 Feb 2010 11:25 PM

(...And this didn't get posted on time either. Yeesh!)

I'm still trying to figure out how to handle frequent art bloggers like Renee French and Debbie Drechsler (below). Pick one post to highlight each week? Any suggestions or preferences?

Also, some credit: I think I was inspired subconsciously to start these "Things to see" posts by Robot 6's Comics Cavalcade posts.

Seattle Weekly - cover by Jeremy Eaton

• Our cartoonist pals rule our hometown alt-weeklies this week as Jeremy Eaton does the cover and cover story illustrations for the current Seattle Weekly

Suitcase 3 collages - Robert Pollard

• Twelve original collages by Robert Pollard for the Guided by Voices release Suitcase 3, for sale on eBay

Earth tongues - Debbie Drechsler

Earth tongues by Debbie Drechsler

Two films and an animated drawing (not shown here so as not to spoil it) by Lilli Carré

Britney Airbrush - Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw's Britney Spears

This Already Happened part 4 - Steven Weissman

• At What Things Do, part 4 of "This Already Happened" by Steven Weissman

Heermann's Gull - T. Edward Bak

Heermann's Gull by T. Edward Bak

Things to see: 2/2/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThings to seeSteve BrodnerStephen DeStefanoRenee FrenchOlivier SchrauwenJohn HankiewiczJim FloraComing Attractions 2 Feb 2010 2:51 PM

Your periodic roundup of visual stimuli, still in its embryonic stages:

Lucky in Love sketch by Stephen DeStefano

Stephen DeStefano shares some concepts and developmental sketches for his forthcoming Fantagraphics graphic novel Lucky in Love

Two Cups - John Hankiewicz

Two Cups by John Hankiewicz

Charlie Yup & friends by Jim Flora

Charlie Yup and pals from Jim Flora's rarest children's book (about which more info at the link)

The Humanzee - Olivier Schrauwen

The Humanzee by Olivier Schrauwen

Steve Brodner draws Howard Zinn in this video... straight to marker, no pencils, while talking... amazing (more on Zinn on Steve's blog)

• Don't forget Renee French posts new art every day