Sunday, January 30, 2011

Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face, Shown On 35mm

Tickets for our viewing of the original, uncut version of Stanwyck's deleriously pre-code Baby Face at the OSU Wexner Center for the Arts.

The film was shown using a new 35mm print and was presented by one of the film archivists who helped discover and restore the rare print.

You can read a blog entry by Wexner Center Film and Video Director Dave Filipi on the rarity of 35mm screenings here:

On a related note, I was disappointed to discover that none of the older movies currently scheduled to be screened at the Wexner-run Gateway Theatre (Frankenstein, Groundhog Day, a John Hughes retrospective) are 35mm - all will be screened from Blu-Ray DVDs or shown from hard drive files provided by the films' production companies or distributors.

I can see old movies on DVD at home. Only at a movie theatre can we enjoy old films on the medium for which they were created and meant to be seen: film.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Times New Viking's "No Room To Live"

Lo-fi indy band Times New Viking, who recently signed to have their work distributed in the states on Merge Records (Arcade Fire, etc.), have posted the animated video for their new single, "No Room to Live".

I was one of the forty or so (mostly central Ohio) artists who contributed to the video. If you feel so inclined, you can see the twelve frames I painted at the 1:00/1:01 mark.

Times New Viking's site:
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Prolific Mr. Steve Ditko

Above: a package of ten new Steve Ditko comics books I received in the mail recently from his co-publisher, Robin Snyder.

Ditko has been writing, drawing and self-publishing comic books at a fast and furious rate, showing more commitment to the form than many cartoonists a fourth of his age (Ditko's 83 years of age). These ten books have all been published since 2008.

Mr. Ditko's graphic design sense is still tops, as is his ability to tell gripping, philosophically challenging stories.

Click here for info on ordering Steve's books through the mail:
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

All the King's Horses...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

M.R. Neno Productions Mailing Labels

...of a sort you won't find elsewhere.

Order merchandise from the official NenoWorld site and your name can be emblazoned upon yon labels:
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Nix Comics Quarterly in Columbus Alive!

Check out the media coverage Nix Comics is getting in this week's Columbus Alive:

Ken's already sent me the script for the story I'll be illustrating for issue #2.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Original Paul Pope Art: A Thing of Beauty

Scanned in from the introduction Paul very kindly wrote and drew for my Xeric Grant-funded Reactionary Tales, in 2000.

I have some copies available:
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mega Elotitos

A holiday present from my brother: "Artificial Flavor Hard Candy Lollipops with Chilli and Salt".

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Signifiers Chapter One, "Millbrook", Complete on ComicPress!

The entire first chapter of The Signifiers, one of 2010's most critically acclaimed indie comics, has now been serialized on WordPress/ComicPress.

Read it for free here:
Next to be posted: the supplementary material for the book, including the first chapter of Landlark, the Heat-Seeking Dwarf!

"I love it when a comic takes me to a place I've never been to before, and which I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams. The Signifiers is one of those comics...I'm dying to learn more about the strange world that Michael Neno has created. 4 1/2 Bullets" - Jason Sacks,
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Website for Frankie's Pizza of Gahanna

You check out the new website I recently designed for Frankie's Pizza here:

And - their food's very good, too! (Check out their menu - they named a hoagie after me.)
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Nix Comics Quarterly #1 Launch Party at Kafe Kerouac

Copies of Nix Comics Quarterly #1 will be available for sale at the rock'n'roll/horror anthology's official debut party at Kafe Kerouac, near the OSU campus, on Friday evening, January 7th, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Many of the creators (including me) for the book will be available for signings. The book's publisher and author, Ken Eppstein, will also be present.

Check out the Facebook page for the event:

And the Kafe Kerouac website:

Kafe Kerouac also has hundreds of books and records for sale and, of course, great, locally roasted coffee.
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Spirits of Independence, 1995

Rummaging through the Neno Archives, I found this admission ticket to the Columbus, Ohio stop of the Spirits of Independence tour. I set up shop there, selling copies of my recently published This Eternal Flaw minicomics (later reprinted in Reactionary Tales #1).

The cross country comics tour was organized by Dave Sim and featured, among many others, Sim and Gerhard, Paul Pope (art seen above), Steve Bissette and M'Oak (Thieves and Kings).
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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Color of Music

A sample, unused drawing I designed for Columbus Symphony Orchestra clarinetist David H. Thomas. The final designs will be posted here later this month.

Check out David's informative and thought-provoking music blog, The Buzzing Reed:
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Why'd You Do It, Quacky?

A thumbnail for the Quacky Pig and Friends Coloring Book.

Copies are available here:
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