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  1. ultrakaiju

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    This is the greatest Covid-themed thing I have discovered to get me through this yet. Thanks D! Hanselmann is a genius.
     
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    So I just learned that Mike Mignola has been doing a series of drawings, which he has been offering up for auction though ebay to raise funds (100% proceeds) for the World Central Kitchen charity. Not only is this a great cause, the art is pretty phenomenal. I realise it will not be for the average person's pocketbook, but thought I'd post here anyways to raise some awareness and just share some great drawings.









    I obviously chose not to highlight some of the Hellboy ones (which there are also), but you can see a whole bunch more here. Anyways, thumbs up for some fantastic pencil work, and a cool think to do.
     
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    Sorry to learn of the passing of Namio Harukawa (春川ナミオ, Harukawa Namio, 1947 – April 24, 2020) yesterday. :( I will let people do their own googling, or check out his wiki page for a brief biography, but suffice it to say a very talented artist is gone from this world. I will share some - but hardly comprehensive - examples of his work below, but please appreciate the filter as required.

    NB: All below images borrowed from Astral Eyes' Instagram page, as I cannot freely pull up some other examples at the moment. These are also of printed matter, taken from his personal collection, fwiw. But please do take some time to research more into his work.



     
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    Hey, Clowes fan!
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    A new edition of the above dollie just went live for a bunch of money.

    Giddy up if yr solvent! Me, I'll just have to content myself with having a much less painful distraction to cry myself to sleep over tonight.

    I'm thinking speed-starting a GoFundMe just might be wildly inappropriate, huh? Glerm.


    PS - RIP to Mr. Mort Drucker. Sad news brought to my attention by @bunnyboy
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    EDITed/out/some/typos.
     
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    Ouch! :( I have been hunting the Death Ray figure since it's original release. The aftermarket scarcity has driven the price fairly crazy.... or so I thought. To see a reissued one command such a hefty some right out of the gate is a bit crushing. Thanks for tipping us all to this, David. Even if I am not flush with the cash to drop on one, at least it is useful to know there is a new version out there (if only to differentiate it from the first release).
     
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    Made it work! ]-=[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[

    ooo​

    Here's something that I managed to be completely unaware of for almost 15 years to the day:

    Oh, Quintas... Where have you been all my life?
     
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    How was everyone's Free Comic Book Day?

    Mope.

    The one that I was most looking forward to:


    And now finally in an edition that us lowly English speakers can enjoy!
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    Portrait of a Drunk by Olivier Schrauwen, Ruppert and Mulot

    As long as you're already on the FGB site, you might as well consider picking up their new fundraiser t-shirt:

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    A lovely Hernando lift, with all monies collected going to support the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
     
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    Fuck. He can't be dead, can he?

    Been following his work since the 80s. Actively! He was the giallo-obsessed Richard Scary to my never-ending-adolescence; keeping the storybook alive in my heart. This sucks. I finally picked up his latest last [!?!] book a few months ago, and only yesterday [not my pic] pulled out my stack of floppies from the back...
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    Prompted by a tribute comic from '93 by Mario Hernandez, not the news. I suppose I'm glad that I got to have a final flip while he was (as far as I knew) still alive. Damn it all. He just started a new web series... This one's going to take me awhile.


    You might like to have a look at his appropriately named blog. Better yet, go buy some of his work from Fantagraphics , First Second Books or any number of other small publishers he did his thing for.

    Hell, you can even hunt him down on yr TV...
     
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    Loved that write up he did. So honest, and I think - maybe it is just me - but so much to relate to in that experience. Sorry D, didn't mean to bring you more sad news.
     
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    Another one of my favorite pen 'n inkers, Jesse Jacobs, has started serializing a new thingie over on IG:



    At, unfortunately, about a 30th the pace of Mr. Hanselmanng, but I'm quite happy to take what I can get,

    The first two click-through-ables ---


    Gingers crossed for a few more panels come June.
     
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    Nice work man, thanks for hepping me to it. Can always use more Swampy. Did you end up seeing the recent DC show? (I think you may have mentioned it)
     
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    I had a look at the first five to fifteen minutes of the pilot a few times. Maybe just three tries? My inability to muster interest in minute sixteen and beyond told me all I needed to know.


    Did I mention that DC, at least before the collapse of civilization as we know it, was planning on offering up what I consider to be the antidote to that awful Absolute? Three hardbacks comprising the full run in glorious black and white!

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    The first was on the schedule for September of this year. Now pushed back to January of 2080, heh, if Amazon is to be believed.
     
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    I haven't caught it yet either, though I did repeatedly here good things (well, as far as television adaptations of comic properties goes.... which is not all that far anyways). Would have been cool to see a nod to/guest appearances of some Justice League Dark aspects, had the show not been cancelled. The season/series has been picked up for broadcast this summer by CW, so those in the US may have cable access to it. I certainly have some interest in at least giving it a go.

    Even though the recent situation has put a severe halt to comics publishing, I fully suspect that once things kick into gear again planned releases, particularly for major property titles like this, will be on the roster for printing. So I would not doubt you will see your B&W editions, D, just at a slightly delayed (and indefinite right now) timeline.
     
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    I really really love that black and white piece! Props to any artist that can master this while telling a story cause it ain't easy creating.
     
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    Fuck I hadn’t heard about this! That’s beyond amazing! Honestly i love the black white editions of stuff I have quite a few of the Batman ones in my collection
     
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    2020 has really been a tough year, and we are not even halfway through. :(
     
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    Okay, I promise I'm done after this:

    “Richard”
    BY DANIEL CLOWES MAY 12, 2020
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    "Relax", by Richard Sala.

    Richard Sala was my closest friend for almost 30 years. We first came into contact when he wrote me a very kind and uplifting letter about my comics back in the dark days of 1987. I had been a huge fan of his work in RAW and elsewhere. I was blown away that such an accomplished artist would write to me and we quickly became devoted pen pals. He would send me packages with Xeroxes of out-of-print Kenneth Fearing stories and blow-ups of Topps Civil War cards all copied on the sly at his library job. I would usually respond by telling him about some writer or comic artist or movie he already knew all about. (Richard knew more about movies than anyone I've ever met. I know several film scholars who would regularly enlist his help in trying to figure out the name of an obscure film based on the scantest of information. It never took more than a few minutes to hear back from him). We finally met in person in 1992 (the same red-letter day I met my wife), at a signing at Comic Relief (RIP) in Berkeley. When I moved to the area later that year, he quickly became my best and, for a while, only friend. In those days, he was somewhat carefree and outgoing, having quit his library job to work as a very successful magazine illustrator. We'd meet for a weekly lunch/trip to the comic store, and talked on the phone almost every day. He took me to all the great old Bay Area used bookstores, where we would try to outdo each other looking for the best finds. Later we met Adrian Tomine, who joined in as part of our Berkeley comics trio. He fit right in, though it must have been grueling for him to listen to Richard and I talk at length about Burt Mustin or Percy Helton during lunch. Those were some of the happiest times of my life.

    Richard was a very complicated guy, totally unlike anyone I've ever met. He could be gregarious and charming, always energetic and animated in conversation, but also crippled by terrible anxiety and profoundly agoraphobic. Over the years, it got harder and harder to get him out of the house. I basically forced him to meet me for lunch every Friday, and we did that right up until the COVID quarantine, but toward the end, that was the extent of his social life (except for the vast hours he spent online — a true lifeline). He would always show up five minutes late, furious about traffic, wearing a thick, black work shirt and his famous bucket hat, which curiously covered a full head of thick hair. He would close his eyes tight while ordering, as though trying to solve a complicated math equation, and then chop his ham and eggs into weird goulash, which he never finished.

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    Bay area comics event circa 1994.

    He was utterly opposed to exercise — he would literally drive two blocks to the post office, circling patiently for a spot — but also vital and energetic, especially in his work. I've never been able to grasp how quickly he could crank out so many perfect, beautiful, hand-watercolored pages every week; it was like breathing to him. He was reassuringly predictable in a way, but always surprising in his (often intensely withering) opinions, and occasionally he'd reveal a secret skill that would make you rethink everything you knew about him. I once saw him dazzle a crowd of jaded partygoers by nonchalantly shooting a fly out of mid-air with a rubber band. But he felt cursed by his anxiety. In all the years I knew him, he never once left the state of California. He spent his early childhood in Chicago before moving to Arizona, and briefly to Louisville, but that was the extent of his travels. He never visited New York, or left the country, though part of him wanted to very badly. The more I learned about his struggles growing up, the more I was amazed by the extent of his accomplishments. I always had to remind him that no matter what, he had supported himself as a beloved artist for most of his adult life, and that would cheer him up for a few seconds. He was absolutely convinced that nobody really liked his work, that all the kind words were some massive conspiracy, but he also hoped that one day, some lone weird kid would find one of his books in a used bookstore and find the same kind of connection with his work that he'd had with his own bookstore heroes. I always loved reading his new books and then talking about them with him. Every character and idea had an interesting origin (the name Peculia, for example, came from a childhood misreading of pelicula in a Spanish film magazine) or a connection to some tangible event in his life. It was all so much deeper and more loaded emotionally than the surface implied. I loved him so much, loved hearing his thoughts on every subject, and his utterly unique Richard Sala-ness ("Sala-esque" is an oft-used adjective in the Clowes house), and feel so deeply grateful that I got to know such a private man. I'll be having conversations with him in my head for as long as I live.

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    Click through for a genuinely wonderful comments section, a growing collection of stories and admirations from colleagues, friends, and "lone weird kids."

    Rest in peace, Richard.
     
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    Gah! Where did all these onions come from, and who is the hidden scourge that insists on constantly cutting them? <sniff>
     
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    Interesting, I don't remember hearing about this at the time, but just noticed this today from the daily wiki updates.
    This appears to be the link to the item from the Zenbu here.

    That is a bit disappointing.
     
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    Does one continue Miracleman after Moore’s run or does Gaiman fail to carry the torch?
     
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    Just read some Prison Pit ya fuckin pussay
     

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