Sunday, May 28, 2006

 
Alex Toth, 1928-2006









Rest in Peace. His son wrote that Toth died at his drawing board which not only seems fitting but also somehow less sad than in some cold hospital.

Toth was an incredibly influential artist well-known among fellow creators, but he never seemed to get his due among the wider readership. Perhaps it's because unlike Kirby or Ditko he wasn't immediately connected with the creation of iconic characters for the big two publishers. Unlike Wood or Kurtzman he wasn't readily associated with a trailblazing publisher like EC, or a similarly trailblazing magazine like Mad. And unlike Eisner or even the great Hugo Pratt (who shares much with Toth in terms of style) he had no single great character to call his own like The Spirit or Corto Maltese, respectively. Toth's biggest audiences came through the viewership of popular cartoons like Superfriends, Space Ghost, anf Jonny Quest. But probably most were unaware of Toth's role as character designer, in which he parted ways with his reknown black shadows for beautifully simple outline drawings reminiscent of C.C. Beck.

Toth's passing will no doubt bring a renewed focus on his life and his work, bringing new fans into the know and influencing budding artists captivated by his brutishly sexy approach to comics art.

Monday, May 22, 2006

 
A great preview of Harvey Pekar's next graphic novel, Macedonia, expertly illustrated by artist Ed Piskor.

Looks like Pekar is venturing a little into Joe Sacco territory with this one, although in true Pekar fashion it looks more like narrative slice-of-life focusing on a single individual (not even Harvey!), than an overtly political treatise on the Baltics. Piskor claims he's finished 126-pages of the 150-page story, so the end is nigh.

Friday, May 19, 2006

 

TCI Podcast is now splashed across iTunes so you can subscribe there and it will automatically update whenever there's a new episode. Lovely.
In fact I've recorded 2/3 of the next one and should have it finished and uploaded tonight, so check it.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

 
Spanking new TCI PODCAST with talk about assholes, demagogues, Mike Diana, Turkish Phantom, Bollywood comics, CLAMP, and plenty more. Plus some equally shiny bumpers and music from Alister Doom. Check it, don't wreck it.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

 

From the Honolulu Star Bulletin: Cell phones are the next breeding ground for comics.

"The field is called "mobile comics," or mcomics. Barefoot Software of Hong Kong (www.s60comics.com) is already scouring the earth for cartoonists to provide content for cell phones. The software Barefoot provides takes scanned comic art and adds digital functionality, allowing the cell phone screen to be used like a peephole onto the comics page. One of the criteria was that users could navigate with one hand, and the mcomic program can be downloaded free."

Interested artists should contact sales@s60comics.com

 
An interview with James Kochalka at Youthradio.org conducted by Victor Vasquez (presumably no relation to Jhonen).

 

A short interview with Stan Lee. No new insights here, and certainly they could do a little line spacing to make it more readable.

 
A smart piece covering the latest Alternative Press Expo (APE) at Bookslut.

 
Yet another Jhonen Vasquez interview, this time by a High School student at YouthRadio.org.

 

BLK/MRKT welcomes NY-based Tara McPherson back to LA with a comprehensive 65-piece retrospective of her unique and much applauded rock concert posters. May 6th - June 1st, 2006

OPENING RECEPTION is SATURDAY, MAY 6th, 6-10pm

STEREOLAB, DEPECHE MODE, THE MELVINS, THE HIVES, MODEST MOUSE, SLEATER-KINNEY, KRAFTWERK, AIR, GREENDAY, RILO KILEY, BECK, SHONEN KNIFE, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, BRIGHT EYES, THE FAINT, THE DECEMBERISTS, DURAN DURAN, THE FUTUREHEADS, THE MARS VOLTA, RAZORLIGHT, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, HIGH ON FIRE, ISIS, BLUES EXPLOSION, THE GOSSIP, DEATHCAB FOR CUTIE, THE STILLS, BLONDE REDHEAD, THE SHINS, SUPERSUCKERS, THE FALL, THE RAPTURE, THE STROKES, INTERPOL, THE DANDY WARHOLS, PJ HARVEY, SUPERGRASS, ELVIS COSTELLO, THROWING MUSES, THE ROOTS
to name a few….

Limited rare and previously unavailable posters on sale in addition to the L.E. BLK/MRKT exhibition poster (shown) Contact BMG for advanced sales.
ABOUT THE GALLERY: BLK/MRKT Gallery was established in Los Angeles in 2001 with an emphasis on urban contemporary art and has become a premier west coast destination for artists and enthusiants alike. Artists include Tiffany Bozic, Jeff Soto, Dave Kinsey and Ben Tour.

6009 WASHINGTON BLVD., CULVER CITY, CA 90232 310 837 1989 blkmrktgallery.com


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

 

By now everyone paying attention to the news knows that my homeboy(nah, I don't know him, but he's from my hometown) Stephen Colbert ripped Gee Dubya a new one while hosting The White House Correspondents Dinner. What? Did those idiots really think that Colbert was the faux Fox News blowhard that he plays (skewers) each night on his show? Who booked this thing? Either way let's here it for subversives. Colbert slips in as a genial TV comedian/commentator with perfect Republican hair and proceeds to fucking shred the Bush Admin. in a way few "legitimate" politicos ever could.

Anyway, what's interesting is that there were a multitude of videos of Colbert's speech uploaded onto YouTube within 24 hours of the event.

Then, less than a day later, every video has since been removed (although they show up under YouTube's "Most Discussed" header). Now when you click a link to one of the videos you instead get a red-letter message saying it has been removed due to "copyright infringement." Of course what's amazing about this is that among the same list of available video clips are innumerable anime like Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, Inuyasha, and Bleach; yet none have been deleted due to "copyright infringement."

YouTube allows its viewers to "flag" explicit and/or copyrighted content.
You can't help but wonder if red-faced conservatives came along and flagged all the Colbert videos? Maybe they cain't handle tha truth? Just the same you can read a transcript of the the blistering speech HERE (and maybe see the video as well). Or HERE

A sampling: "Wow, wow, what an honor. The White House correspondents' dinner. To just sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper -- that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face. Is he really not here tonight? The one guy who could have helped."

 
Sorry this is not about comics, but I'm posting this almost as much to remind myself not to forget about it as I am in the hopes that others will be equally shocked and disgusted.

Canned hunting of albino lions, cheetah, leopards, hippos, and even white rhinos and giraffes!

Mankind makes me sick.

Btw the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) basically thrives on programs displaying all manner of such deplorable carnage usually hosted by inbred yahoos hiding behind the veil of "necessary culling" and "proper resource management". Can we get this bloodthirst porn removed from Comcast and other cable providers? Now that Lance Armstrong is no longer riding the Tour de France (which OLN carried annually) it's safe to say this network has outlived its sole worthwhile endeavor.

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