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Archive >> January 2010

Jon Vermilyea print show in Brooklyn
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under jon vermilyeaeventsart shows 21 Jan 2010 9:58 PM

Goblin prints by Jon Vermilyea

Мишка presents:

GOBLIN - A print series by Jon Vermilyea!

350 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY

Opening party Thursday, Janurary 28th, 7-10 pm.

Limited edition Goblin prints and T-shirts will be for sale!








Brooklyn Women in Comics panel discussion
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jessica AbelGabrielle Bellevents 21 Jan 2010 9:56 PM

Brooklyn Women in Comics

Join Jessica Abel, Gabrielle Bell, and Jillian Tamaki for a panel discussion with Publishers Weekly's Calvin Reid on Jan. 28 at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, at 10 Grand Army Plaza, in the Dweck Center, at 7:00 pm.

Daily OCD: 1/21/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Trina RobbinsstaffRobert GoodinRichard SalareviewsNell BrinkleyMegan KelsoLove and RocketsLilli CarréLeah HayesJohnny RyanJaime HernandezJacques TardiCraig YoeComing AttractionsBest of 2009Al Columbia 21 Jan 2010 3:35 PM

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

List: Thanks to Zack Soto for naming West Coast Blues by Tardi & Manchette, Prison Pit: Book 1 by Johnny Ryan, and Pim & Francie by Al Columbia amongst his Favorite Books of 2009 (via)

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

Review: "The illustrations [in Holy Moly] are so odd and random I burst out laughing at almost every page!" – Pop Culture Junkie

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."

Things to see: Stills from Lilli Carré's new animation in progress

Things to see: Another great duck cover cover by Robert Goodin

Things to see: Richard Sala posts scans of his 1990s illustrations for Seventeen and Sassy magazines etc.... Teen Girl Squad!

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

NEWAVE! Mini Comics Anthology Party at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim BlanchardFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 21 Jan 2010 1:15 PM

NEWAVE! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition and publication party for NEWAVE! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s on Saturday, January 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event promises to be both entertaining and enlightening. The public is invited to join us for this festive reunion of influential independent cartoonists.

Self published mini comics in the 1970s and 1980s were the direct descendants of the Underground Comix movement of the 1960s hippie era. Early practitioners photocopied, stapled and distributed their miniature zines at comic book conventions and emerging comic book specialty shops. The immediacy and independence of these publications gave rise to today's popular alternative comics movement.

Mini comics creator Michael Dowers, former publisher of Starhead Comix and editor at Fantagraphics Books, compiled this impressive anthology. Included are interviews and commentary by the artists as well as the rare mini comics themselves.

The exhibition will feature original art and graphics by underground mini comix pioneers Jaimie Alder, Jim Blanchard, Wayne Gibson, David Lasky, Wayno, J.R. Williams, Steve Willis, Dennis Worden, and XNO. NEWAVE editor Michael Dowers will produce and distribute a mini comic on site. A comix jam by contributing artists will be accompanied by music from local indie rock band "iji."

Don't miss this splendid occasion on Saturday, January 30. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way in the heart of Georgetown.

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NEWAVE! Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s exhibition and publication party.

Featuring Jaimie Alder, Jim Blanchard, Wayne Gibson, David Lasky, Wayno, Steve Willis, Dennis Worden, XNO. Mini comic demonstration and giveaway by Michael Dowers. Music by iji.

Saturday, January 30, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 - 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.


Pedro Almodó-Marvel
Written by Adam Grano | Filed under Untagged  21 Jan 2010 11:59 AM

 

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I spotted a comics-related cameo while watching Pedro Almodóvar's hilarious Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown last night. Look! It's Bucky's friend! Captain America!

Please also note the Almodóvar-esque photograph. Snort!

Now in stock: Hotwire Comics Vol. 3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneRick Altergottnew releasesMichael KuppermanMax Anderssonmary fleenerMack WhiteJohnny RyanHotwireGlenn Headdavid sandlin 20 Jan 2010 4:12 PM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

Hotwire Comics Vol. 3 by various artists; edited by Glenn Head

Hotwire Comics Vol. 3
By various artists; edited by Glenn Head

The Harvey and Eisner nominated anthology of action, thrills, chills and trangression is back with a third volume! Anything goes in Hotwire, eschewing literary high-mindedness for a pure, gut-wrenching viscerality that you can tune in and rest your brain on after a long day.

Hotwire the third leaps off the page from the get-go with David Sandlin’s “Infernal Combustion,” about boozing it up in a broke-down caddy, and Tim Lane’s bit of freight-hopping grit, “Spike.” Underground comics legend Mary Fleener returns with “The Judge,” a true tale about her own life fending off thugs… with a .38! Meanwhile, Hotwire Captain Glenn Head spins the biography of German surrealist Hans Bellmer as a down and out Vaudevillian in decadent Weimar Berlin. R. Sikoryak turns in a brand new batch of "Masterpiece Comics", as Dennis the Menace stars as Prince Hamlet! Other creepy delights: Rick Altergott delivers a fable of a child-molesting clown pleasuring himself in the suburbs, while Matti Hagelberg’s “Passion of Atte” is a modern-day Dante’s Inferno of comics.

There’s also more knockout work and crazy visuals by Mark Dean Veca, Johnny (Angry Youth Comix) Ryan, Mats?!, Max Andersson, Sam Henderson, Steve Cerio, Stephane Blanquet, Doug Allen, Michael (Tales Designed to Thrizzle) Kupperman, Danny Hellman, Mack White, David Paleo, Chadwick Whitehead, Onsmith, Karl Wills and Jayr Pulga. Looking for laffs? A psychic jolt? A partner for your next trip? Look no further than… Hotwire!

Download an EXCLUSIVE 15-page PDF excerpt with a sampling of pages from throughout the book (16.5 MB).

138-page color/b&w 9" x 12" softcover • $22.99
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Now in stock: Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1961-1962 (Vol. 6)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDennis the Menace 20 Jan 2010 4:12 PM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

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

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

Dennis vaults into the 1960s with his anarchic spirit still intact. As always, this book is a series of unrelated panel gags (with the exception of one week-long story involving Dennis’s mild-mannered grandpa), but what gags! Hank Ketcham is legendary for being one of the most exquisitely skilled cartoonists of all time, and each and every panel is a small masterpiece of design and draftsmanship.

Dennis the Menace 1961-1962 features Dennis’s long-suffering parents, the Wilsons, his dog Ruff, his best pal Joey, his nemesis Margaret, and a seemingly endless parade of babysitters, as well as hapless shopowners, policemen, teachers, and family friends, all of whom come to realize that it’s Dennis’s world... they just live in it!

Ketcham drew Dennis the Menace from 1951 to 1994, when he retired and let his assistant take over the strip. This sixth volume of Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace publishes every single panel strip from 1961 and 1962 in one handsome brick of a hardcover. Ketcham’s legendary pen and ink work achieves its full flowering in this volume as do the various situations and themes that Ketcham would return to again and again.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 30-page PDF excerpt (868 KB) with a FULL MONTH worth of strips!

672-page black & white 5.5" x 6.25" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-311-8
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Daily OCD: 1/20/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under toysSteven WeissmanSteve DitkostaffRichard SalaJim WoodringJacques TardiErnie Bushmiller 20 Jan 2010 2:50 PM

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"

Reviewer: At Comics Comics, our own Jason T. Miles geeks out over Steve Ditko

Things to see: At What Things Do, the second installment of Steven Weissman's "This Already Happened"

Things to see: Hey Richard Sala completists, you've got a hammerhead shark toy to track down... that is so rad I can't even stand it

Gahan Wilson on The Sound of Young America
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gahan Wilsonaudio 20 Jan 2010 12:51 PM

Gahan Wilson cartoon

On the new episode of The Sound of Young America podcast, host Jesse Thorn talks to the great Gahan Wilson. Listen with the embedded player below or at the link above.

More Forlorn Funnies teasers from Paul Hornschemeier
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul HornschemeierComing Attractions 20 Jan 2010 12:03 PM

Huge Suit panel by Paul Hornschemeier from Forlorn Funnies Vol. 1

Paul Hornschemeier has posted a handful of panels from Forlorn Funnies Vol. 1, coming in November, over at his blog. Urine pants ahoy.


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