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Archive >> March 2010

J.R. Williams' Comic Paintings
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under JR Williams 11 Mar 2010 7:28 AM

J.R. Williams has been killin' it on his flickr "blog" with a new series of comic and horror-inspired paintings. Don't forget to also check his original art page at comicartcollective.com.

Gary Groth Talks Manga
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagiomangaGary Groth 11 Mar 2010 6:06 AM
Yes, Gary Groth talks Manga! What's next, Jim Shooter talking Fort Thunder?! Deb Aoki conducts the interview for about.com, further fleshing out the story of our forthcoming initiative to bring Moto Hagio and Shimura Takako to American readers. Choice quote: "Due to my almost complete ignorance of the manga publishing industry and the editorial strictures that guide it, and my pitiful lack of guile in these matters, I was insufficiently aware of how timid and craven our editorial choices should've been."
Things to see: 3/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanJim FloraDerek Van Gieson 10 Mar 2010 2:56 PM

Just a few of these today:

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" from Steven Weissman

Coda - Jim Flora

Commemorating the birthday of jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke with some Jim Flora art

Dame Patrol - Derek Van Gieson

A bit of Kirby-ism from Derek Van Gieson

Daily OCD: 3/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalStephen DixonstaffreviewsNewaveMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaJohnny RyanJacques TardiDaily OCD 10 Mar 2010 2:53 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)

The Comics Symposium of Chicago starts tomorrow
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierjeffrey browneventsAnders Nilsen 10 Mar 2010 1:37 PM

The Comics Symposium of Chicago

With panelists including Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, Jeffrey Brown, John Porcellino and other familiar names, this event at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago exploring "the stubborn work ethic of Chicago’s comic scene" seems like a no-brainer. It's all free and open to the public; full schedule and more info here.

Fallout: Peter Bagge's Apocalypse Nerd comes to TV (hopefully)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videotelevisionPeter Bagge 10 Mar 2010 11:42 AM

Fallout: Teaser Trailer from tupaq felber on Vimeo.

This is the teaser trailer for the pilot of Fallout, English producer/director Tupaq Felber's adaptation of Peter Bagge's Apocalypse Nerd which Felber's currently pitching to the BBC. It's officially described as "A new 6 episode comedy-drama, exploring the edges of genre and style with the unique voice that distinguishes the best of television today. Fallout is the story of Douglas and Gordon, two friends battling their quarter-life crisis, who come home from a weekend in the woods to find the world has come to an end. ... Weird, funny, heartwarming and then a bit more weird. Fallout is to Cult British TV what global annihilation is to human kind: the next big thing."

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying HOLY CRAP GIMME. I hope to hell the Beeb picks this up (and then promptly re-airs it on BBC America).

Tim Lane covers the Seattle Weekly
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lane 10 Mar 2010 11:07 AM

Seattle Weekly cover by Tim Lane

Tim Lane graces the cover of the Seattle Weekly this week. Matt Silvie, who does double duty at Fantagraphics and the Weekly, offers a No-Prize to the first person who can name the classic Marvel Comics cover that inspired this.

Gary Groth's biography of Norman Pettingill
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalRobert CrumbNorman PettingillJohnny RyanGary Groth 9 Mar 2010 2:25 PM

Back Woods Hospital - Norman Pettingill

On The Comics Journal website, Gary Groth writes:

"In June, Fantagraphics Books will publish a collection of Norman Pettingill’s work. Comic fans may remember that Robert Crumb published some of Pettingill’s cartoon drawings in Weirdo in the mid-’80s. The idea of publishing an entire book collecting Pettingill’s work was first broached to me by Johnny Ryan, a Pettingill fan (and the cartoonist behind Angry Youth Comics and Prison Pit), a few years ago. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the repository for most of Pettingill’s work, and agreed to help us put together a book. Johnny wrote a brief appreciation; R. Crumb loved Pettingill’s work and wrote a brief introduction. But, so little is known about Pettingill himself that I felt the book required a short biography of the man — so I wrote one."

Read the rest of Gary's intro, and the biography itself, starting here.

Things to see: 3/9/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiThings to seePopeyeMarco CoronaEC SegarDerek Van Gieson 9 Mar 2010 2:16 PM

Your daily allowance of Fanta-related cartoon art:

Popeye

The Awesomenomicon posts 17 of Popeye's "Greatest Hits," saying "Of course we're all familiar with Popeye the Sailor Man and his penchant for fisticuffs, but unless you've read his origins in Segar's Thimble Theatre strip, you have no idea how truly dynamic and visceral his unique brand of cartoon violence could be. ... Thankfully Fantagraphics has spent the last several years publishing those handsome oversized collections of Segar's Thimble Theatre, from which I have assembled this small repository of Popeye punching things.

Buongiorno - Marco Corona

• More "Buongiorno" from Marco Corona

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• More "Abstraction House" absurdity and a band flyer design from Derek Van Gieson

Structure - Tom Kaczynski

Another of Tom Kaczynski's inscrutable structures

Daily OCD: 3/9/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanreviewsPortable GrindhouseNewaveMichael KuppermanJacques BoyreauEsther Pearl WatsonDaily OCDaudio 9 Mar 2010 2:12 PM

Another day's worth of Online Commentary & Diversions:

Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box

Review: "...[Portable Grindhouse] is a nice book to have on the shelf, particularly for folks who love movies and are interested in how design has changed over the years. If you still spend time wandering around video stores looking for the weird and wonderful, check this book out." – Syung Myung Me, Kittysneezes

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Review: "I love this book. I'm probably biased because I was a newave cartoonist and I was lucky enough to have two pages included (78 & 79) in this little slice of comix history. ... The overall quality of the material is very high. ... It's a beautiful volume with production values far more impressive than the original comix it reprints. ... Newave! is a wonderful sampler of what the mini comix of the 1980s where all about. ... Now, at last, Michael Dowers and Fantagraphics have brought those little-known 8-pagers out into the light and given them an appropriate place in comix history." – Richard Krauss, Comic Related

Unlovable Vol. 1

Review: "Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable leaves me breathless and with sore abs from laughter. What a great work out." – Brett Von Schlosser, via Facebook

Chocolate Cheeks

Interview: On The Comix Claptrap podcast, hosts "Thien and Rina get to talk to Harvey Award-winning and Ignatz-nominated, Steven 'Ribs' Weissman who has a new book out with Fantagraphics Books called Chocolate Cheeks. In this interview, Steven talks about the origin of the Yikes! gang, shares his insight on juggling comics-making with having a family, and discusses his web comics "Barack Hussein Obama" and his contributions to the 'What Things Do' comics website. We also try, in vain, to get more LA cartoonist gossip."

The Best Show on WFMU - Michael Kupperman

Do-gooding: Once again Michael Kupperman is lending his talents to the annual WFMU pledge drive; Robot 6's Sean T. Collins has all the details


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