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Archives - August 2011

Roz Chast is a woman of few words, but her hilarious comic images speak volumes. In her latest book, What I Hate: A to Z, the renowned New Yorker cartoonist details, alphabetically, the things that sometimes keep her up at night and other times get her mind to wandering—and that includes a bizarre Jell-O dessert incident that continues to haunt her to this day.
The name Frazetta is nearly synonymous with comics illustration in the realms of fantasy fine art and masculine heroism. Recently, Vanguard Classics published a collection of Frank Frazetta's earliest sequential art beyond his more widely known oil painting renditions of sword and sorcery tales. Spanning 16 issues between 1949 and 1952, Frazetta's White Indian stories constitute the longest ongoing comic series in the artist's life. As a backup feature for the Durango Kid and other Western titles, White Indian focuses upon a non-Indian, Anglo colonist who abandons the life of a Philadelphia socialite for the vast American frontier to hunt down the murderer of his fiancée.
August 21, 2011

2011 Harvey Award Winners

The Harvey Awards were handed out over the weekend at the Baltimore Comic-Con! Congratulations to all the nominees and especially the winners. Here's a great lineup of graphic works published recently. All are worth checking out!
August 20, 2011

A Brief Note About Habibi

I'm about halfway through with Craig Thompson's new graphic novel, Habibi, right now. The book is slated for release September 20, but I was lucky enough to get a galley. At more than 650 pages, Habibi is not a quick, short read, and the fact that it is so incredibly, jaw-droppingly amazing is forcing me to take my time with this one.
Williams-Sonoma is now offering Marvel Comics bakeware (seriously! You can get Spider-Man cookie cutters and Avengers cupcake decorations and more). As if this wasn't exciting enough, tomorrow--Saturday, August 20--you can personally decorate cookies the Marvel way at Williams-Sonoma stores, and, even better, it's for a good cause. A $5 donation will secure two cookies and benefit Share Our Strength's No Child Hungry campaign. You will also get a free Marvel comic with all that.
A 2010 Eisner Award nominated artist for her work on Aaron Williams' North 40 and a 2011 Shuster Award winner for Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist, the Canadian-born Fiona Staples' brief career as comic illustrator has been one rich in collaborative talent and diverse productivity. From small, independent works onto coloring John Wagner's Button Man for 2000AD in the span of less than two years, Staples has gained notoriety and acclaim for her varied work on The Secret History of The Authority: Hawksmoor and North 40 for Wildstorm, Mystery Society for IDW Publishing, and, most recently, her covers or interior work for properties such as Jonah Hex, Superman, Batman, and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. The buzz and attention continues, however, as Staples announced her role as illustrator on the forthcoming Saga title with Brian K. Vaughan from Image Comics in 2012. I had the privilege to chat briefly with Staples at San Diego Comic Con about her life and career in comics.
Born in Connecticut and raised in Pittsburgh, the Chicago-based illustrator Chris Burnham has gained notoriety and increased attention in the past several months for his exclusive contract signed with DC Comics in April 2011 as well as his recent work on Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated series. Yet, any investigation of his catalog will reveal an intriguing and amazingly diverse portfolio of non-spandex, independent work that is equally praiseworthy. In between drawing demos, panels, signing appearances, and general San Diego Comic-Con debauchery, I had the pleasure of talking with Chris about his career and background, and witnessing first-hand his drawing process on a sketch of Chief Man of Bats.
This is a little old at this point, but I missed it earlier and I thought it was amusing enough to share here now: Huffington Post reports on psychologists analyzing Batman's horde of crazy archnemeses and finds that Batman has been doing a rather terrible job of dealing with the crazy in his daily life. Of course the real question is who's crazier, the villains or Batman?
One of the works featured in the documentary Comic Book Literacy, which was directed by Todd Kent, has now been published, and it's well worth noting for both its content and its charity work. Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan is a story about four boys growing up in Sudan who find their lives irrecovably changed by war. The book's timely content ties in with the recent independence of Southern Sudan, and proceeds from its sale will benefit Proceeds benefit the DTA, USTA, NJTL Program founded by Arthur Ashe.
Pacific Northwest College is starting a new graphic award for comic arts, called the Oregon Book Awards in Graphic Literature. Anyone can submit an entry before the deadline of August 26 at 5:00 p.m. (for a $40 fee). The award is to honor outstanding graphic work by Oregonian creators and will be given out during the spring 2012 Oregon Book Awards. If you know of a work eligible and deserving, go here for more information on submissions.