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New Comics Day 3/9/11: Freeway, Prince Valiant
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantNew Comics DayMark KalesnikoHal Foster 8 Mar 2011 4:30 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators are saying about our releases this week, check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Freeway by Mark Kalesniko

Freeway
by Mark Kalesniko

420-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-356-9

"In a week dominated by republished works and more recent books once again offered through Diamond, cartoonist Mark Kalesniko gets a prize for releasing a gaint book of brand new work. It's an extended meditation on changes in the way we live and work, structured around an excruciating commute." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

"There's a new Alex book by Mark Kalesniko (Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself?, Mail Order Bride) who you haven't seen much of recently because he's spent the last ten years working on Freeway... While stuck in an endless L.A. traffic jam Alex re-examines his life and job as an animator with a legendary studio, and wonders what it would have been like had he been born several decades earlier." – The Gosh! Comics Blog

"The graphic novel I’m most interested in this week is Freeway, Mark Kalesniko’s traffic jam ruminations of animation as a career then and now. The description of the book has a lot of hooks to relate to: work frustration, realizing even a dream job has its pitfalls, and rush-hour traffic." – Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942
by Hal Foster

112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-407-8

"Hal Foster at full early Arthurian potency; Val was never more like young Lord Silverspoon than he was here. Bonus: a brief piece in the back of the book revealing a few 'suppressed Prince Valiant images from 1939-1940.'" – Douglas Wolk, Comics Alliance

"Let's face it, [this] nuke[s] just about every other comic you're going to buy at the store this year... I was greatly surprised by how entertaining the Prince Valiant was." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

"Prince Valiant HC Volume 3 1941 – 1942 is out, reprinting the chunk of Prince Valiant which critics unanimously reckon was the point at which Foster hit his drawing and storytelling stride. This volume also comes with a gallery of stuff at the back originally deemed too sexy or violent for print, oh yes." – The Gosh! Comics Blog

"...Chris had to go and use the words 'giant man-eating octopus,' [see below – Ed.] so Prince Valiant, Volume 3 goes into the shopping cart as well." – Michael May, Robot 6

On both:

"...[I]f you happen to have $30 this week I’d recommend getting your hands on either a copy of Mark Kalesniko’s Freeway or the third volume of Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, both from Fantagraphics. The former is a new graphic novel from the author of Mail Order Bride, about a dog-faced animator named Alex who, while stuck in a bad traffic jam, ruminates over his life and career and how he ended up where he did. It’s a pretty great book, but if you need further inducement you can read my interview with Kalesniko. Valiant Vol. 3 meanwhile, features a great, lengthy sequence that involves Val trying to get his sword back, the highlight of which is easily him facing off against a giant man-eating octopus." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

"CONFLICT OF INTEREST RESERVOIR: Artist Mark Kalesniko returns to his dog-headed Alex character in the 420-page graphic novel Freeway ($28.99), while Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942 ($29.99) collects 112 pages of restored Hal Foster and supplementary materials authored by one of the editors of this very column. Published by Fantagraphics Books: home for the website you are currently reading." – Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal



Things to See: Gilbert Hernandez's Masters of the Universe?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeGilbert Hernandez 8 Mar 2011 2:57 PM

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I would have totally missed Comics Alliance's posting of this illustration of Masters of the Universe characters purportedly by Gilbert Hernandez if Sean T. Collins hadn't pointed it out on Robot 6.

Mickey Mouse... in 3D!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 8 Mar 2011 12:53 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1: Race to Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson

We just got the go-ahead to share this image with you — a 3D rendering of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1: Race to Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson, created by our art department to give you a sense of the book as an object in space (and your first look at what the spine looks like). Cooooool. Click the image for a bigger version.

Things to See: Johnny Ryan's gay Nazi-busters for Vice
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJohnny Ryan 8 Mar 2011 12:31 PM

gay vs. Nazi, Johnny Ryan

Who else but Johnny Ryan could illustrate Vice magazine's article about the flamboyant sometimes-gay German street punks who took on the Nazi Youth during WWII?

Publishers Weekly previews 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiagopreviews21 8 Mar 2011 11:58 AM

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PW offers up a generous 11-page excerpt from Wilfred Santiago's upcoming graphic biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, flashing back from the playing field to Clemente's Puerto Rico childhood.

Kim Thompson Shows You Contempt
Written by janice headley | Filed under Kim Thompsonevents 8 Mar 2011 9:57 AM
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No, really.  He does.

Join Kim on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm, as he presents a screening of the 1963 Jean-Luc Godard masterpiece, Contempt, at Seattle's Central Cinema.

As he explains, the screening is "Part of their regular 'let a prominent Seattleite choose their favorite movie and talk it up' feature. If you've never seen Godard's Contempt, it is well worth seeing in a theatrical setting (in this case projecting from a Blu-Ray disc, which is the next best thing to a actual film), so grab your chance. If you've seen it, you probably know that it's always worth re-visiting, especially on a larger screen."

Central Cinema is located in Seattle's Central District neighborhood at 21st Avenue and E. Union Street. Tickets are available at the door, or online here

Carol Tyler guest-teaches some lucky high school kids
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Carol Tyler 7 Mar 2011 10:58 PM

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Dig this slideshow of Carol Tyler and the kids of Amelia High School in Cincinnati as Carol does the artist-in-residence thing in freshman English class. Here's Carol's take on her Screened-in Porch blog. Lucky kids!

Tom Kaczyinski's Uncivilized Books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiGabrielle Bell 7 Mar 2011 10:22 PM

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I just mentioned Mome contributor Tom Kaczynski's small-press publishing concern Uncivilized Books in passing; see his wares here (from Tom and fellow artists Dan Wieken, Jon Lewis & Gabrielle Bell) and follow the Unciv blog here and even (gasp) on Twitter. (Above: Unciv mascot/spokesentity Adalbert Arcane.) Next time I see Tom at a comics fest I'm buying 'em all.

Things to See: 3/7/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerstaffSergio PonchioneRichard SalaMegan KelsoMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDash ShawDaniel ClowesDame Darcy 7 Mar 2011 9:55 PM

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• More from the mid-aughts Arthur magazine archives: "Trauma Valley" (not to be confused with Profanity Hill) by our own Jason T. Miles and "Post-Election Funnies" from John Hankiewicz, Megan Kelso and others

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Dame Darcy started a new illustration series inspired by her new Southern-Gothic surroundings; that and more in her latest blog update

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The unpublished first version of Daniel Clowes's portrait of Bill Murray for GQ (shown on the Clowes blog alongside the final version)

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Warren Beatty as John McCabe by Jim Blanchard

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The true-life story of Bambi Bembenek as illustrated by Richard Sala for Playboy in the mid-1990s

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• The volume of terrific sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog has really kicked up; there's also publishing news from his Uncivilized Books concern

leprethon

• It's Johnny Ryan's poster for "Leprethon" (that's right, a St. Patrick's day marathon of Leprechaun movies) at Cinefamily

Cangue League Poster

• Holy smokes it's a cavalcade of strips, sketches, illustrations and book proposals on Nate Neal's Flickr stream

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This album cover illustration by Eleanor Davis

And more Things to See from the past week:

• New sketches illustrations from Matthias Lehmann at his Bloc-Notes blog

• Vintage Mjau Mjau artwork and Audrey Hepburn film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spots (accepted and killed) on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

Proportion, pages and other artwork from Frank Santoro

• Recent sketches by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Sketches by Mark Kalesniko (for his new graphic novel Freeway and otherwise) at his blog

• Herrimanesque sketches and another page from a Kevin Huizenga "Focus" book at his New Construction blog

• A new illustration at Mondobliquo and an older series begins at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Sketches, portraits, & updates from Steve Brodner

• Daily drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog (#125 is funny)

Another old Chrome Fetus strip from Hans Rickheit

Things to See: Another peek at Jason's Athos in America
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 7 Mar 2011 8:46 PM

Jason - from Athos in America

From Jason, an as-yet uncolored page (and a bit of behind-the-scenes info) from the 5th of 6 stories in his upcoming book Athos in America (due late this year). For past glimpes, search Flog for "Athos".


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