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Darwyn Cooke is auctioning off 12 pieces of artwork, starting with a page from Parker: The Outfit, to benefit The Hero Initiative. There’s a certain type of person (me) who would be thrilled to find a Darwyn Cooke original under the tree.
For those with more esoteric tastes, though, how about one of Edward Gorey’s fur coats? J.L. Bell fills us in on this odd little story: Apparently fur coats were a big part of the Amphigorey creator’s personal style statement until the 1980s, when he got involved in animal rights and put the coats in storage. Some of the proceeds of this sale will go to the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust to benefit animal welfare.
If you’re going to be in the Cotswolds next week, check out the auction of vintage eponymous superhero comics. The first issue of Superman, Amazing Spider-Man, etc. Also on the block is the 1939 issue of Detective Comics in which Batman first made his appearance. Proceeds from the sale will go to the collector and the auction house—no good causes here.
Broke? You can still get into the holiday spirit with these Max Overacts Christmas cards. Print ‘em out and send ‘em to your friends; if you can’t give them a fur coat, a good laugh is the next best thing.
I was already fond of this season’s American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus — she clearly marches to the beat of her own drum, she sings with nary a trace of the radio-diva vocal tics that plague so many other singers on the show over the years, and she wields her astonishing high notes like weapons. But the moment I realized she had an homage to the cover of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, cartoonist Edward Gorey’s infamous alphabetical gallows-humor guide to the death of small children, tattooed on her arm, I joined Team Siobhan for real.
Jason Kolnos of The Cape Cod Times penned a piece on the tattoo, noting that Cape Cod native Magnus grew up not far from the town where Gorey spent his autumn years, and where the Edward Gorey House, a museum dedicated to his life and work, is now located.
As far as I’m concerned, exposing Gorey’s black-comic masterpiece to Idol‘s terrifyingly huge audience is just another reason to vote Magnus early and often.
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Filmmaker Chris Seufert is putting together a documentary about the late illustrator and cartoonist Edward Gorey and has a posted a Flickr set of photos taken from the author’s house. You know, in case you were wondering what the home of a guy who would write “The Gashleycrumb Tales” would look like.
This John Kerschbaum interview is long overdue. After I interviewed John Arcudi back in January 2009, he suggested I interview John Kerschbaum. In fact, he mentioned Kerschbaum in the course of our interview: “Petey and Pussy creator John Kerschbaum is the best cartoonist working in funnybooks right now. And he’s not working nearly enough.” My apologies to Kerschbaum for the time it took to make this interview happen (he agreed to it back in late January, but I was unable to get questions to him until May), so I am really glad to run this finally. Kerschbaum, who was a 2008 Eisner nominee in the Best Humor Publication category for Petey and Pussy, was kind enough to discuss this most recent Fantagraphics book as well as the work he has self-published through his own Fontanelle Press. Enjoy.
Tim O’Shea: Looking at your work to date, is there any line of comedy that you are afraid to cross?
John Kerschbaum: I don’t know if I’m motivated by fear, per se, but I tend to shy away from specifically offending people. That is, I avoid ethnic, political or religious humor, that type of stuff. I like to think I’m more of an equal-opportunity offender.
But that’s not to say I think any of those topics are taboo. There are talented cartoonists, humorists and comedians that mine those territories for humor whose work I really enjoy. It’s all about the context in which it’s being done and the abilities of the cartoonist doing it. Just because something CAN be funny doesn’t mean is always IS. There’s a time and place for everything.