Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Absorbine Jr. Promotes Exhilarating Vigor

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Magazines I've Read Recently, January 30, 2017

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Comics I've Read Recently January 27, 2017

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When the Second-to-Last Little Professor Bookstore Went Out of Business in Columbus, Ohio, December 30th, 2000

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Front and Back Flyer for the Second Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, 2001

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Pulp Painter Allen Anderson, Layout Times Two

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Selling Paintings of Four-Eyed Cats On the Street?

I'd rather be working for you! I have time in my schedule for new assignments - lettering, coloring, inks on paper, commissions, formatting, cover illustrations, design - hit me up for whatever you need.
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Frank Robbins-Influenced Art for the Weinland Park Story Book

Thanks, Jean Pitman, for asking me to be involved in this collection of community stories.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Newly Illustrated and Published for Kindle: Kate Sherrod's Pulp Sonnets

Author Kate Sherrod and I are starting off '17 with a new book of pulpish sonnets called, appropriately, Pulp Sonnets! I illustrated sonnets for each chapter of the book, now available for Kindle (print edition coming soon!). 

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Lettering a New Landslide Story for Headshrinker's Press

Starting off '17 lettering gorgeous new art by AC Rillo for a Headshrinker's Press Landslide story, "Cursed Ground". Rillo's hitting this out of the park!
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Recently Read: Super Weird Heroes: Outrageous But Real!, edited by Craig Yoe

If 320 pages of obscure, mostly early '40s superhero comics sounds fun, Craig Yoe's Super Weird Heroes will float your boat. Most of the characters inside, including The Hand, Rainbow Boy, Kangaroo Man (and his kangaroo helper, Bingo) and Zippo, were created when the superhero template and formula was still being forged. This means crazier, more primal stuff than can usually be had in today's conglomerate-driven, team retreat-created
hero comics.

It's worth noting that these comics are generally weird, but not necessarily "bad"; a young John Buscema has a nicely drawn story represented, and Charles Voight's charming artwork for Jeep and Peep is a revelation. Yoe also prints an entire Fletcher Hanks Fantomah story from the original artwork. A Siegel and Shuster Funnyman story has the wrong first page attached, which just makes that story weirder.

There's more: Yoe introduces each story with a page or two of historical and biographical text. The cover logo is designed by the great Leslie Cabarga. The book is also printed on matte paper approximating old newsprint, so no light glare.

A second volume is advertised in the back of the book and I hope it arrives in 2017, as I can't say I've lived till I've read a "Twilight and Snoopy" story. Thanks to Jeff Cannell for the gift of this book!

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Recently Read: Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis

I'm in the minority when I write that I enjoyed the second Narnia book C. S. Lewis wrote,
Prince Caspian (1951), better than the first, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (though the initial inspired sequence of Tumnus under the lamp post, holding a package under his arm, may be the most resonant image of the entire series). Prince Caspian has classic political intrigue, as Caspian, suppressed by the usurper to the throne, Miraz, doesn't realize it's he who is destined for the throne.

Prince Caspian takes place 1,300 years after The Lion..., but only one year in British time. When Caspian calls back the four Pevensies, they're still children, but up to the task to battle for the soul of Narnia. As with The Lion..., Lewis creates wonderful characters, morally shaded. I especially appreciated the scenes of the gods Bacchus and Silenus which, with their intimations of the irrational and primal, create a thematic British link between the crazy modernist ending of G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday (1907) and Patrick McGoohan's exuberantly surrealistic ending of The Prisoner (1968). In any event, Prince Caspian is worth the reading, and rereading. The illustrations by Pauline Baynes are also delightful.

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