Staying up late reading some nonsense from Sam Henderson (magicwhistle). Pretty sure if I posted any pages from Magic Whistle #13 my boss would fire me, so you’re just gonna have to check it out for yourself.
Sam does not know that his boss is a Cray supercomputer we found in a landfill in Mountain View that answers to ‘Dave’ and makes a killer espresso.
Here’s the cover to Lose #6
RIP Gary Arlington. Let’s be clear on the impact this guy had on underground comics: he published Rory Hayes, Dori Seda, Justin Green, Melinda Gebbie, Joel Beck, and many many others.
Photo by Gabriela Hasbun.
To start off the new year, here’s a forgotten masterpiece double feature:
#1: “My World” by Al Feldstein (text) and Wally Wood (art) from Weird Science #22, published by EC Comics, November 1953.
#2: “My Word” (complete original art) by Wally Wood from Big Apple Comix, published by Big Apple Productions, September 1975.
”’My Word’ was Wood’s gritty and seedy take on life in New York City in the seventies. That was just for openers, though. Deeply soured by the creative and financial restrictions imposed on him by the major publishers over the years, and in his mind, abused and abandoned by the fans, Wood turned the Al Feldstein-written classic ‘My World’ on its ear, from science fiction to social satire, ultimately providing a summation of his career in comics. Wood’s mood was darkly despondent and cynical, yet his art remained breathtaking in detail and execution — the pure storytelling craft on display makes this story stand out in most collectors’ minds as not only his most important later work, but one of the most important stories the master ever created. With the knowledge of Wood’s tragic end a few years after ‘My Word’ appeared, this story becomes even more haunting. Here is a modern fable where Wally Wood tried to exorcise some of his own demons through the magic of his comic book art, and the result is an incredibly moving and personal work of Art with a capital ‘A.’” (via)
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Do you know the way to San Jose?
We are conveniently located off of the CA-85 Cupertino/Stevens Creek exit near the intersection with I-280. Look for the giant Paul & Eddie’s sign — we are in the same parking lot — way around the back of the Share World building. If you are driving between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you will very likely drive right by us. Stop in and pay us a visit. Our little neighborhood is also conveniently home to an organic grocery, Halo Custom Guitars, the post office, a gas station and many restuarants, including our favorite: iSushi.
Jeffrey Lewis & Alan Moore
this picture kicks ass, JL looks like he’s trying not to nerd out too much
The other day I had the idea that it would be really funny if Sam Henderson did his version of Wally Wood’s “22 panels That Always Work”. Unbelievably he seems to have read my mind and actually made the thing!
Alternative Comics screenprint by Laurenn McCubbin. Edition of 40. 2002.
I have never heard about James Kochalka in all my years as a reader of comics. One day I ran into Fantastic Butterflies (Alternative Comics, 2002) in my local library. I quite liked the art, but did not open it at that time. I saw it other times, but I thought it was the sort of book about, I don’t know, maybe I was being too literal, fantastic butterflies for girls, and still left it unopened. It was the cover, picturing two girls cheering and jumping, that gave me the wrong idea of a comic for teenager girls. One day I finally decided to open and read it. To my surprise it was an amazing, yet disturbing, experience. It felt really good to go through the intermingled stories about looking for parties, dying robot friends, time-travelling dogs and elves in general. It doesn’t have much of a storyline there, though. But the overall experience was really worth it. The art was simple, and clean, and the narrative, although episodic, was really interesting. Not to mention the whole sense of humour: a sort of dark, but cartoon-like feel to it, with the suggestion of much more beneath the seemingly crazy stories being told. It is really, really funny, and also charming in its apparent simplicity.
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Scene but Not Heard by Sam Henderson
I dug this. Also. lots of my old color separations in here. Kinda didn’t realize that until right now.
And here is where I’ll be at SPX - table E4B. I’ll have a ginormous banner with that Cuckoo’s Nest logo on it.
Right around the corner is my distributor Alternative Comics - give them some love too.
And your mission for the week AFTER SPX, should you choose to accept it:
Write a blog post about all the stuff you bought. Don’t just post a picture of all of it laid out on your bed - tell me what it is! Link to your favourite artists, tell me why they’re your favourites, and try to focus specifically on the lesser-known artists.
Tag these posts #spxswag and I’ll do my best to reblog ‘em.
Hope to see you this weekend!