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Digging into that pile of Dell comics on my desk...what have we here? Angel #7 by Mel Casson. Again, no idea if he actually did the art for this comic book. It looks a lot like the various samples I found while researching him but there a number of good mimics on the Dell staff. This doesn't really count as a failed book I guess. There seem to be several issues although it certainly doesn't go into the hundreds. As noted in at least a couple sources, it has a Dennis the Menace crispness in the cartooning and something of the antic qualities of Lulu or Nancy (this is not likely John Stanley's work but I can't help but notice the multiple "yows" and occasional multi-tailed balloons.) Still it's beautiful looking and pretty funny. I love the idea of the pack of kids just left to their own devices by the sea. Nope, nobody's going to drown in this bunch.

A Walk in the Forest

New animation by Diane Obomsawin up on the NFB site, so good.


You know who is awesome? Ben Jones is awesome. Let me ask you this--would you rather see a cartoon series made by the guy who wrote the funniest Simpsons comic book ever or some other schmoe. Exactly!! Vote "Neon Knome."


{Seriously, 12 hours later "Neon Knome" is getting trounced by "Yappy Babes!" You may not know it now but you want to live in a world where Ben Jones makes your television content. You gotta trust me on this. I mean, jeez, we already let "Snake 'n' Bacon" slip away.}


I've been looking at a lot of kid's comics since we started the John Stanley Library--partially looking for lost Stanley gems and partially because I've become fascinated by all the Dell Four Color one-shots that never seemed to pan out. There have been some favorite diamonds-in-the-rough like Miss Peach written and drawn not by Mell Lazarus but Jack Mendelsohn who did the fascinating Jacky's Diary that I first found out about from Dan Nadel's essential Art Out of Time. Or Out Our Way with Worry Wart by J. R. Williams which looks a bit like R. Crumb drew it (although it pre-dates him, of course). Maybe it was one or both of Williams' assistants, Neg Cochran and George Scarbo? Anyways, I've come across a couple issues of Timmy by Howard Sparber in my search and picked them up primarily because of those crazy noses. the story features a great bumbling dad who imperils the lives of his children and gets in a fight with a neighbor. And he uses great words like "sissies" and "pantywaists." Also, look at that crazy oversized shirt that Hanky wears. I can't tell if he keeps slipping his arm in there or if it's a stylistic tick but it's a great touch. {Click for a larger version.}

I don't have a lot of information from the research we've done around the office but we did find this:

The Dell Timmy comic books are based on Howard Sparber's Timmy, which began as a cartoon weekly in Collier's, around 1947. The strip was written by Raymond Abashkin. The Chicago Tribune-New York News began publishing Timmy as a syndicate strip and kept that up until 1960. Other syndicated cartoons by Sparber are Crax and Jax, Trix of the Trade, and The Byrd House (which was referenced in Joe Matt's Spent). Sparber's work has shown in major newspapers and magazines as well as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These days, Sparber spends his time on graphic design and "Concept Cartoons" for institutional and corporate clients in New York. His current cartoons present controversial or difficult subjects in safe contexts, the subjects of which include a child's first hospital stay, domestic violence, spouse abuse, and the changing culture and practices of the corporate world. Check out Sparber's website but be prepared to find it a little frustrating.

Moomin valley

If you're in Brussels (or anywhere near really it's worth the trip) don't miss the upcoming show at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, Moomin: Tove Jansson's Dreamworld. Curated by Moomin afficionado and great guy Paul Gravett, this exhibition features animations, original drawings, puppet films and other gems on loan from the Tove Jansson Archives in Moominvalley, Tampere. Info below!

Opening: March 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Belgian Comic Strip Centre
20 rue des Sables, 1000 Brussels
March 2-August 28

Behind the Cover.

Yes, we admit to putting all four covers here in the office together to try and find the hidden message in the four covers. It's been over a week, so I am not spoiling that, yes, we did match up the drawing of Eustace Tilley, which was pretty fun to connect between the four different styles of Ivan, Dan, Chris and Adrian. In this video, Françoise explains the genesis of the cover, and features each artist talking about the challenge of the job, and the idea behind their own cover and the task of creating a larger image as a whole. Job well done, everyone!

Early viral promotion

{Spotted by Mr. Kevin Scalzo.}

HOTWIRE 3 ART SHOW Tonight in Brooklyn!

Come check out the work of R. Sikoryak and other HOTWIRE contributors tonight at Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn! Details below:

HOTWIRE 3 Art Show
Friday, February 12, 2010
6:00 - 9:00PM
Scott Eder Gallery
18 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Best New Music category

Yes, I do. I do really like this new record from Ron Rege, Jr. under his Discombobulated Ventriloquist moniker. It is free!

Elvis Studio at Baumgold Gallery

Adam Baumgold has a couple great comics related shows up/coming. Of course there's the Seth show up now but I just found out about the Elvis Studio show going up on Friday, February 12th. Both are must sees for any comics fan especially if you're looking for a third dimension in your comic art. {Sure.}

{Also, For Denizens of the Tri-State Area Only!}

Happy Birthday New Yorker! Holy Smokes What Covers!

Wow, here's a doozy that will (hopefully) send collectors running to their newsstands! In honor of the New Yorker's 85th anniversary, Françoise Mouly selected Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes and Ivan Brunetti to do a cover!!!! Well, four covers, to be exact. I can't even begin to describe how great this is, just that you know it is a good day when this sort of thing occurs.


There are a couple really nice writeups for the latest in our John Stanley Library series--Thirteen Going on Eighteen.

The first is over at our pal Frank Young's Stanley Stories blog and Frank makes note of this long post at Cartoon Brew on the merits of Stanley and particularly his Thirteen work. Yvette Kaplan really makes some great points about the work and it's gratifying to know people are paying such close attention to Stanley's work.

On a personal note, these are my favorite Stanley comics (I guess after the unparalleled Lulu stories). Not only is this the largest sustained cartooning (rather than just writing) effort on the part of Stanley but it seems like his most personal work in a way. The writing is mean, hilarious, and slightly unhinged. As Frank mentions, there seem to be fewer editorial restrictions. And the cartooning is beautifully stripped down--no wasted lines. By this time, Stanley really is a talented cartoonist. There's a confidence in that spareness. But, seriously, both the above blog posts say it better than I could. Go check them out.

Tattoo Fridays!

Continues this week with a John P tattoo!

One of my favourite parts of this photo has to be the subtle dread-locks floating down from the top left corner. *sniff* I'm starting to get all nostalgic for the west coast...

Actually, speaking of John P, have you seen his new blog?

Amber Albrecht

Check out this exhibition by Montreal-based artist and future "Petits Livres" artist Amber Albrecht.

The exhibition runs until February 28th and is happening at:


Angouleme Envy

So some people are lucky enough to meet and hang out with Seiichi Hayashi, the master cartoonist who created one of my all-time favorite comics Red Colored Elegy. It seems he was in Angouleme and at the Centre Pompidou promoting the new French edition by Cornelius.

What's So Wrong About Wind Energy?

Lynda Barry explains why in this video. For more information, visit Lynda's wesbite, Better Plan For Wisconsin.

Attn NYC!

Tonight in Brooklyn, Adrian will be in conversation with John Wray at the Powerhouse Arena (sounds a bit like celebrity author wrestling) for the paperback release of Lowboy, for which Adrian did the cover.

Tomorrow night, as Claire blogged earlier this week, Seth will have his opening for the drawings of George Sprott and the buildings from his city Dominion at the Baumgold Gallery in NYC. If you haven't been to the Baumgold Gallery in while you should head over, it has spiffy new digs! Also, check out this overview of the show in Design Arts Daily.

Give/Subscribe to Giant Robot--They Need Your Help!

Any reader of this blog knows how much we adore Giant Robot. We think of them as an indy peer, a similar-minded lean mean independent company that has a sharp editorial focus and supports artists, many of them D+Q cartoonists. And while staying independent has allowed them not to be bought and sold like last year's ReadyMade, they are not immune to the ever increasing cost of paper and postage and the economic downturn.

They need to raise $60,000 so they do not have to go only digital or quarterly, please, please, please consider donating or subscribing to Giant Robot. If not for the fact that they need money, but because they may be just about the only mainstream magazine that each month, with each issue, reviews in print comics, lots of comics. And personally, what I like best about GR is the sheer lack of mainstream celebrity pandering. Similar to the Chief and his stewardship of D+Q, GR is all about the tastes of Eric and Martin, and they have very good taste.

Please donate here and/or subscribe.

{Adrian's cover to GR #49}


This Friday Seth has an exhibition opening at Adam Baumgold Gallery comprised of drawings from George Sprott and featuring 6 new buildings from the city of Dominion. Go see!

You've probably heard something of Dominion what with its multiple exhibitions around our fair country over the years, but have you walked through the city gates?! Seth's ever-evolving model community is being shown at Museum London until March 14th. Take a look at it here keeping in mind this is nothing compared to the perfectly imagined maquette glory that awaits you. Cullen Gardens may be long gone but now there is Dominion!


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