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Inkstuds talk Ditko
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 13 Jun 2008 8:24 AM

Blake Bell joins the Inkstuds radio program to discuss all things Steve Ditko. A must-listen for Steve Ditko fans. Above image from Creepy #13, reproduced in STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO.

I think Sci-Fi Mag likes Ditko
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 13 Jun 2008 7:49 AM

This is the first review to hit of Blake Bell's STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO. They seemed to like it. Out of dozens of film, tv, book, game and comic reviews in the issue, it's the only "A+" in the mag.

  

The BEGUILING presents: JASON and DITKO!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoJasoneventsBlake Bell 2 Jun 2008 6:00 PM
Ye Olde Fanboygraphix & THE BEGUILING present two very exciting events in Toronto this month...

First, fresh from the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Funny Pages and his trip to MoCCA this weekend, cartoonist JASON launches his new graphic novel POCKET FULL OF RAIN in Canada on Tuesday, June 10th at THE CENTRAL at 8PM (603 Markham Street, Toronto). And it's FREE!

  

Then, a week later, enjoy THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO, a Canuckian book launch for Toronto author BLAKE BELL on Wednesday, June 18th from 7PM-9PM at the Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College St., Toronto). And yes, also FREE.

Here's the full skinny from our pals at the Beguiling (almost certainly Canada's finest source for comics and graphic novels):

The Beguiling specialty bookstore is proud to present two great graphic novel events this June, appealing to the vast breadth of graphic novel aficionados in the city of Toronto! The first event features acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist JASON-currently serializing his newest work in The New York Times Magazine-as he comes to Toronto to launch his new work POCKET FULL OF RAIN. RAIN is a collection of early works by Jason, defying genre and style and showing his development into the internationally acclaimed author he is today. Jason will be interviewed on his life and career in an audio/visual presentation by The Beguiling's Peter Birkemoe at The Central, located directly adjacent to The Beguiling, on Tuesday June 10th at 8PM.

Then, the following week, The Beguiling will be working with The Toronto Public Library and The Merril Collection to officially launch THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO, the first-ever biography of the reclusive co-creator of SPIDER-MAN! Toronto author and comics historian Blake Bell has exhaustively researched the life and career of Ditko, and it's on every page of this lavishly illustrated book. Bell will be on hand to launch the book with an audio/visual presentation of Ditko's artistic career on Wednesday, June 18th at 7PM at the Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St. (at Spadina).

In addition to the book launch and presentation, we are proud to announce that U.K. television and radio personality Jonathan Ross, who debuted his hour-long "IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO" documentary on the BBC last September, has granted us the rights to show the documentary at the Toronto event! This will be the first official screening in Canada, and attendees will get to view it for free!

Jim Hanley's Universe STEVE DITKO event!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve DitkoeventsBlake Bell 21 May 2008 9:09 AM

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS & JIM HANLEY'S UNIVERSE PRESENT:

  

SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 8PM (after MoCCA)

Fantagraphics Books and Jim Hanley's Universe are proud to present a very special event on the evening of Saturday, June 7, to coincide with Fantagraphics' appearance at the 2008 MoCCA Arts Festival.

Join noted Steve Ditko scholar BLAKE BELL for the world premiere of his eagerly-anticipated book, STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO, along with an exclusive screening of Jonathan Ross's acclaimed BBC documentary, "IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO." Bell will also give a powerpoint presentation and talk on Ditko's work and career and answer questions from the audience.

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko is the first critical retrospective of Steve Ditko, the co-creator and original artist of the Amazing Spider-Man. The book explodes many of the myths of Ditko's career, and presents reams of rare and unpublished Ditko artwork. All at once, the book functions as a biography of the artist and an examination of his work (spotlighting over 300 images) with commentary on what makes Ditko one of history's greatest sequential storytellers. Following the June 7 premiere, the book will be widely available in stores later in the month.

TITLE INFORMATION:
Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
By Blake Bell
$39.99 Hardcover
220 pages, full-color, 9" x 12"
ISBN 978-1-56097-921-0
PUBLICATION DATE: June 2008

LISTING INFORMATION:
WHO: Noted Steve Ditko expert BLAKE BELL
WHAT: The World Premiere of STRANGE &
STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 8PM
WHERE: Jim Hanley's Universe
4 West 33rd, NYC (off Fifth Ave, opposite Empire State Bldg.)

2008 is the year when Steve Ditko fans the world over will have the opportunity to celebrate the artist's 50-plus year career with this definitive volume from Blake Bell and Fantagraphics Books. And it all starts June 7 in Ditko's hometown of New York City.

 











Members Preview: Strange and Stranger - The World of Steve Ditko
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesBlake Bell 7 May 2008 10:15 AM

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

This week's free preview is a downloadable 10-page excerpt from Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, the upcoming retrospective of the life and work of the Spider-Man and Dr. Strange co-creator from author Blake Bell. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.

(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)

Ditko-rama!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesmetaBlake Bell 23 Apr 2008 2:05 PM

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

We've just made Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko available for pre-order here on our website, and we've got some great preview and bonus materials to go along with it!

First off, read author Blake Bell's introduction to the book in its entirety right here.

Next, we've got a groovy desktop wallpaper you can download in multiple sizes (more wallpapers can be found here):

800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1152 x 864 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 720 | iPhone

And 20/20 Club members, look for an exclusive 10-page downloadable excerpt in your weekly newsletter today! (If you're not a member, stay tuned: we'll be making it available to registered users in 2 weeks.)

Ditko book news and happy 80th!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Steve Ditkonew releasesBlake Bell 1 Nov 2007 10:01 PM
It's Steve Ditko's 80th birthday today, and we'd like to take the opportunity to make the following announcement:

COMING IN JUNE 2008... STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO

Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the June 2008 release of the first critical retrospective of Steve Ditko, the co-creator and original artist of the Amazing Spider-Man.

In the wake of the astonishing success of Sam Raimi's three Spider-Man movies, Steve Ditko's status as a driving force behind the pop culture icon has been revealed to an audience the world over. But, in the context of Steve Ditko's 50-year career in comics, his creative involvement with Spider-Man is merely the tip of the iceberg.







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