Out of the Box Library Tour, Part 1 - We just moved, so we loaded the books onto the shelves willy-nilly to get them out of the boxes. Thought I’d do some shelf reviews of Mandy and Ian’s wildly unorganized and heedlessly expanding library. Here goes, left to right:
X-Men: Asgardian Wars - In 1992, this was the greatest thing I’d ever read. Loki gives some people the power to realize their dreams, but at the cost of their imagination. I still think about the architect guy from this story sometimes. If someone went back and cut all the unnecessary text from 80’s comics, I bet they’d be super fun to read. The Art Adams and Paul Smith pencils are still great.  
Dan Clowes, Pussey! and Caricature - I reread Caricature every couple years. I don’t have anything to say about these that smarter people haven’t said. They’re great, and if you haven’t read Clowes, you’re missing out.
A Sandman book - I loved these. I wonder if they hold up?
Poems to Read - A gift from M’s grandparents on the occasion of her college graduation. I should read more poems. I bet there are some good ones in here.  
Lynda Barry, One Hundred Demons - I want to take Lynda Barry’s class so I can steal all her secrets. 
A book from Mandy’s Childhood, I can’t make out the title. We have a bunch of these, and in my head, they’re all The Phantom Tollbooth. 
Will Eisner, To the Heart of the Storm - I love Eisner’s brush, but I never fell in love with his stories the way it seems an earlier generation did. 
Fantastic Four 1234 - A weird Grant Morrison/Jae Lee out of continuity FF book. Kinda scary. The Sue/Namor/Reed triangle never had as much urgency for me as it did in here. 
A Graphic Cosmogony, Nobrow Book - Started this, got to the Mikkel Sommer story, it’s like 2nd, and stopped because he makes me a little overwhelmed, stunned on the line between inspired to greater works and terrified that my ineptitude will be revealed. 
Uncle Wiggly’s Story Book - What is this? No idea. Phantom Tollbooth. 
Anders Nilsen, Rage of Poseidon - Present for M last Xmas. She liked it,  I should read it. 
Jared Gardner, Projections - My favorite History of Comics book. The bit in his introduction about Happy Hooligan should be required reading for all Comics classes. 
X-Tinction Agenda - I loved this when I was in middle school, and it still resonates in a way that makes me wish it weren’t awful. But it is awful. I keep telling Mandy she doesn’t need to, shouldn’t read it, but she wants to be a completist. 
The Education of an Illustrator - Nice essays about the state of contemporary illustration and teaching it. Got it when I was in school for Illustration, but it’s come more in handy now that I’m a teacher. 
Nigel Slater, Tender - We get lots of free books because of Mandy’s job. Most go to family, books behind bars, or Chop Suey, but sometimes there’s a gem. This is a nice English book about gardening. Has some recipes, but more serves as a broader guide to how to eat certain veggies, sort of guidelines for best practices. Like, chard: good sautéed or blanched for 1 min. Nice with cream or lemon. That kind of thing. 
To be continued….

Out of the Box Library Tour, Part 1 - We just moved, so we loaded the books onto the shelves willy-nilly to get them out of the boxes. Thought I’d do some shelf reviews of Mandy and Ian’s wildly unorganized and heedlessly expanding library. Here goes, left to right:

X-Men: Asgardian Wars - In 1992, this was the greatest thing I’d ever read. Loki gives some people the power to realize their dreams, but at the cost of their imagination. I still think about the architect guy from this story sometimes. If someone went back and cut all the unnecessary text from 80’s comics, I bet they’d be super fun to read. The Art Adams and Paul Smith pencils are still great.  

Dan Clowes, Pussey! and Caricature - I reread Caricature every couple years. I don’t have anything to say about these that smarter people haven’t said. They’re great, and if you haven’t read Clowes, you’re missing out.

A Sandman book - I loved these. I wonder if they hold up?

Poems to Read - A gift from M’s grandparents on the occasion of her college graduation. I should read more poems. I bet there are some good ones in here.  

Lynda Barry, One Hundred Demons - I want to take Lynda Barry’s class so I can steal all her secrets. 

A book from Mandy’s Childhood, I can’t make out the title. We have a bunch of these, and in my head, they’re all The Phantom Tollbooth

Will Eisner, To the Heart of the Storm - I love Eisner’s brush, but I never fell in love with his stories the way it seems an earlier generation did. 

Fantastic Four 1234 - A weird Grant Morrison/Jae Lee out of continuity FF book. Kinda scary. The Sue/Namor/Reed triangle never had as much urgency for me as it did in here. 

A Graphic Cosmogony, Nobrow Book - Started this, got to the Mikkel Sommer story, it’s like 2nd, and stopped because he makes me a little overwhelmed, stunned on the line between inspired to greater works and terrified that my ineptitude will be revealed. 

Uncle Wiggly’s Story Book - What is this? No idea. Phantom Tollbooth. 

Anders Nilsen, Rage of Poseidon - Present for M last Xmas. She liked it,  I should read it. 

Jared Gardner, Projections - My favorite History of Comics book. The bit in his introduction about Happy Hooligan should be required reading for all Comics classes. 

X-Tinction Agenda - I loved this when I was in middle school, and it still resonates in a way that makes me wish it weren’t awful. But it is awful. I keep telling Mandy she doesn’t need to, shouldn’t read it, but she wants to be a completist. 

The Education of an Illustrator - Nice essays about the state of contemporary illustration and teaching it. Got it when I was in school for Illustration, but it’s come more in handy now that I’m a teacher. 

Nigel Slater, Tender - We get lots of free books because of Mandy’s job. Most go to family, books behind bars, or Chop Suey, but sometimes there’s a gem. This is a nice English book about gardening. Has some recipes, but more serves as a broader guide to how to eat certain veggies, sort of guidelines for best practices. Like, chard: good sautéed or blanched for 1 min. Nice with cream or lemon. That kind of thing. 

To be continued….

Unpacking the studio (read: one of the towers of boxes fell over, so I was forced to sort the stuff that spilled over the floor) I found this sketch Paul Pope drew for me of Craig Thompson at SPX 2003. I briefly decided to start collecting sketches from favorite artists in a sketchbook. It was too awkward a hobby for me, so I dropped it after about 2 shows, but not before I got this lovely drawing. 

I was wearing a t-shirt that had a picture of Pope John Paul on it, so when Craig Thompson, always charming, gracious, went to sign my copy of Blankets, he drew the Pope. When Paul Pope asked what I wanted him to draw, I said, “Craig drew the Pope,” so Pope drew Craig. 

Craig was not in the room, so it’s drawn from memory. Also, did you know Pope signs his name in reverse?

That was a great SPX, the one that sold me on SPX forever and ever. I got to be in the same room as some of my heroes as though I belonged there. This was in the old Holiday Inn location, notable for its rooftop pool and the fact that the central room of the show became part of the bar, so the line between exhibition, party, and hangout was super fuzzy. That SPX has held onto that community hangout feeling is pretty impressive, considering how much its grown and changed. I think that was the year we exhibited as Team 8 and sold a zillion screen prints and t-shirts, giving the illusion that SPX would be profitable as well as fun. Some books I got that year:

I still look at Dan Zettwoch’s Ironclad, about the Battle of Hampton Roads

The SPX Anthology from 2001, which introduced me to Blutch

Kramer’s Ergot #1, which I think I bought because I hadn’t yet learned how to gracefully say thanks, have a good show, and walk away without buying anything. Sammy Harkham would never have become who he is without my $3, right?

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Eduard Thöny

Go to school. Simplicissimus is perfect for grave robbing. Paul Bruno is another favorite of mine and a mainstay in this publication.

Always reblog Thöny. 

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craigeross said: Pep Talk is great! Excited to see where it goes.

Thanks! I am too.

Also, I dig your Nat Turner book. 

Pep Talk number 5
More Pep Talk

Pep Talk number 5

More Pep Talk

Pep Talk, page 4. 
Earlier pages: 1, 2, 3.

Pep Talk, page 4. 

Earlier pages: 1, 2, 3.

radiatorcomics:

Jeepers Creepers!  Right on the heels of an Ignatz Nomination for Outstanding Story, Bleeding Cool has announced an excerpt from Viewotron No. 2 will be featured in this year’s Best American Comics, guest edited by Scott McCloud!

Double congrats to Sam! His work is so great, it’s awesome to see him get appreciated.

radiatorcomics:

Jeepers Creepers!  Right on the heels of an Ignatz Nomination for Outstanding Story, Bleeding Cool has announced an excerpt from Viewotron No. 2 will be featured in this year’s Best American Comics, guest edited by Scott McCloud!

Double congrats to Sam! His work is so great, it’s awesome to see him get appreciated.

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twiststreet:

CNN now asking out loud why they can’t just spray water cannons at black people!!  (VIDEO)

This is 2014.

Tags: civil rights