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Peter Bagge is apparently doing monthly strips for Discover Magazine about He’s posted a sample strip over at his MySpace page. (Which also, by the way features a page from his aborted Hulk project. Man, when will Marvel get hip and finally put that thing out?)
Welcome to another edition of Send Us Your Shelf Porn. This week we’ll be gazing a the shelves of George Gustines, New York Times editor and guiding force behind the newspaper’s debut of their new weekly comics — sorry, “graphic books” — best seller list.
Remember, we want to post your shelf porn photos here. Send any and all pictures to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll have them up and about in a few weeks time.
But enough of that. Let’s let George talk for a bit …
“I’m the managing editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and I write about comic books for the newspaper. My bylines can be found here. But let’s talk shelving. Last year, my partner and I did some apartment renovating. The trade-off to having more adult living quarters (meaning no comics stuff stored/displayed in our bedroom) was that I got a lot of room in our den.”
I’m not sure when I first came across Ted May‘s work — it was probably with It Lives — but I remember being delighted with his sly blend of rock and roll, monster mania, superheroics, and adolescent smartassery, all delivered with a wink and a nod. I was excited, then, when May recently began a new comic book series, Injury, published by Buenaventura Press. What other alt-cartoonist would dare to imagine a Slade pinball machine or unabashedly quote Nazareth lyrics?
Alas, it seems Injury and May have fallen victim to Diamond’s recent policy changes, as the third issue apparently won’t make the cut-0ff criteria, making distribution of the pamphlet a tricky issue at best.
I spoke with May over email last week about these issues and the future of the series. I’d like to take this moment to thank him profusely for taking the time to answer the list of poorly worded questions I threw at him.
Sharing Is Caring is where we take all the interesting art and Webcomics links we’ve accumulated in our inbox and unleash them in one messy pile. Watch where you step!
* Any excuse I can have to link to a Kate Beaton comic is a good one.
* D&Q posts a massive one-page strip by John Stanley that could have easily fit within the pages of KE7.
Turner Classic Movies has a nifty online feature entitled TCM Underground: The Lost Scenes, where they get a variety of cartoonists to produce three-four page strips of fictional cutting room sequences or backstage antics on such schlockworthy films as Reefer Madness, Plan Nine from Outer Space and The Terror of Tiny Town. Contributors include Peter Bagge, Nathan Fox, Steven Sanders, Stephanie Gladden and soon Evan Dorkin. Unfortunately, the comics are way too small to be readable and you can’t zoom in on them. The good news is you can download the comics in much more readable pdf form. (via)
It’s time once again for Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where you, the home audience, sends us pictures of your oh-so-beautiful bookshelves and comics collection and we post them here, thereby giving you bragging rights among the comics cognoscenti, at least for a day or so.
Our photos this week come via blogger, cartoonist and critic extraordinaire Derik Badman. He’s a rather erudite and clever fellow and you all should read his blog. What’s more, he’s got a swell collection! Take it away Derik!
Ah, the autobiographical comic. Is there a genre more maligned and misunderstood. Apart from superhero comics I mean.
It’s a genre that tends to get lumped together as “too much of the same thing,” a criticism I really don’t agree with. Two recent autobiographical diary comics — Little Nothings: The Prisoner Syndrome by Lewis Trondheim and American Elf Book Three by James Kochalka — for example are very similar in execution and style (both are diary comics) but very different in what they reveal and the ways they present themselves to the reader.
Attentive readers may remember that I mentioned that the first several issues of Cold Heat, the comic book series by Ben Jones and Frank Santoro, were available for free online. Now, the duo have released chapters five and six of their ongoing saga in honest-to-god paper comic book form after a lengthy hiatus. Santoro explains:
This is a big climax issue. We decided that after the long wait we would put the story arc that unfolds over issues 5 and 6 together. I think it reads extremely well as a double issue. It’s a megablast of raw power and I’m proud of what Ben and I have crafted for you. We know it’s been two years almost to the day since the last issue came out. Please forgive us. The complete collection will be out sometime but until then we are releasing the series as it was originally intended to be released: as serialized installments. We like how the issues, the page counts CONTAIN the story and want to retain that for the remainder of the series. It’s a formal choice. We want to make comic books. Comic books are 24 pages usually. There’s an inherent “pace” that we’re playing with and in this double issue we really turn up the volume, quicken the pace and exploit the arc of the standard comic book. It’s a thrilling ride. I promise: these issues live up to the hype. We killed it.
Marjane Satrapi and Chris Ware recently gave a talk, moderated by Francoise Mouly, at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts as part of the the three-day festival of New French Writing.WYNC has a podcast of the conversation up on their Web site. (via: Jeet Heer)
Welcome to “What Are You Reading?”, our weekend feature where we tell you about all the cool books we’re engaged with and make you feel oh so jealous.
Doug’s got a lot of interesting and cool stuff by his bedside table this week, so click on the link to learn all about it.
… and he’s posting pictures of G.I. Joe on it.
That is all.
OK, so I was getting a bit tired of saving up all the good art links and stuff until Friday, so I’ve decided to start to piecemeal it out over the week in short posts like these. Freaky Friday will still be around (assuming folks enjoy it) but will lean more towards the oddball and weird than the obligatory pretty art post.
All clear? Good. Moving on …
Mike Lynch shares some great original art from an old Mad magazine piece, which invited comic strip artists like Charles Schulz and Mort Walker to try their hand at “what they’d really like to do.” I actually remember this bit, but only because it was reprinted in one of those later “Super Specials.”
Welcome to yet another edition of Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where you email us pictures of your bookshelves and we post them here for everyone else to gawk at.
So without any further delay, let’s take a look at Mr. Maxwell’s shelves …
It’s not necessarily comics, but it is great cartooning: Tom Rhodes reimagines classic video game characters with amusing results.
The Book Cover Archive is exactly what it sounds like and it is awesome.