"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Reported Dead at 61
• That Freak Brothers Omnibus that came out last year must have done pretty well, because Knockabout Comics has announced Fat Freddy’s Cat Omnibus. Clocking in at 368 pages, cost $29.99 and will be available in North American stores early next month. Need a little bit more background? Here’s the press release:
Fat Freddy’s Cat began life as a footnote strip to the Freak Brothers and later appeared in many comics of his own. He is often to be found sleeping on the unfortunate Fat Freddy’s head. His constant battles with the never ending army of roaches out for world domination drive him to distraction, as does Fat Freddy’s never-ending failure to feed him or empty his kitty litter box. As a result of this, his main hobbies seem to be shredding Fat Freddy’s water bed and any other items he can sink his claws into, and finding places to leave surprise poop packages for Freddy to discover. This cat has variously gone travelling to Mexico, saved the world from alien invasion, and worked as a government agent in Washington trying to save the world from the “hee hee hee” drug. He has 3 nephews of unknown origin. He tends to regard the Freak Brothers with a fair bit of contempt, but despite the odd separation he always seems to hook back up with his inept roomies.
• Tom Spurgeon pulls back the curtain on the table of contents for this year’s Best American Comics collection, edited by Charles Burns. That’s a pretty impressive line-up.
• A college professor who teaches comics not to far from my stomping grounds, let me know that a book he’s co-editing, entitled The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking will be published by The University Press of Mississippi in May. The book will feature essays on Ware’s work by folks like Jeet Heer, Marc Singer, Isaac Cates and other smart people.
• Tokyopop will release Remember, a new graphic novel by “Benjamin,” author of Orange, early next year. I’m sad to say that doesn’t mean much to me, but I imagine it must to some of you out there.
• Oh, there’s also going to be a Boondocks Saints comic next year, scheduled to coincide with the release of the sequel.
• Fanfare/Ponent Mon will release Belgian artist Willy Linthout’s Years of the Elephant later this month. The autobiographical book chronicles the author’s experiences following his son’s suicide. And this is as good a place as any to note that Linthout will be one of the featured guests at this year’s SPX show
• Every day we get a little closer to the release of a new Jim Woodring graphic novel.