Goddess Adriana and the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress
The SPX Executive Committee bows in deepest reverence to Goddess Adriana. We sing hosannahs in Her Name, as she has been spending a day a week for the last few months dutifully cataloging the mini comic collection we have at the Library of Congress.
Here is Adriana holding Drew Weing’s Bugbear (a great mini, if you have never read it..), which as you can see now resides in its own acid free folder. The folder then goes into the acid free box you see on the table.
The box then goes into a huge air conditioned vault, to reside with the rest of the SPX Collection, along side such comics greats as Superman #1 and original Sunday pages of The Yellow Kid.
Adriana is working (gleefully, I might add..) on the Heidi MacDonald Collection, which The Beat’s founder graciously donated to us.
Adriana is entering bibliographic information about the minis into the LIbrary of Congress catalog, so that anyone can find them and go see them when they visit the LoC.
We cannot thank Adriana enough!!
Custom Pet Portrait up for bid! on Flickr
The obscenely talented Carson Ellis has organized an art auction to help a very special school raise funds for a new building.
I’m offering a CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT! Follow the link to bid (and please check out the other amazing commissions and original artwork on offer from a pretty sick collection of artists)
656-page black & white/color 9” x 12.5” x 2.75” two-volume slipcased hardcover set • $125.00
Ships in: June 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now
When the formulaic constraints, censorious nature, and onerous lack of creator’s rights in mainstream comics got to be too much for the brilliant cartoonist Wallace Wood in 1966, he struck out on his own with the self-published witzend. It became a haven for Wood and his fellow professional cartoonist friends where they could produce the kind of personal work that they wanted to do, without regard to commercial demands — and with friends like Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, Ralph Reese, Archie Goodwin, Angelo Torres, Steve Ditko, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Art Spiegelman, Don Martin, Vaughn Bodé, Jim Steranko, Jeff Jones, Howard Chaykin, Trina Robbins, Bernie Wrightson, and literally dozens more, it was bound to be a great ride! Now, Fantagraphics presents the complete run of witzend in this beautiful slipcased two-volume set with a special introduction by Bill Pearson and a history by Patrick Rosenkranz.
The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Announces 2014-2015 Fellows
I’m a 2014-2015 Cullman Center Fellow. This means I’ll be in generally a good mood for the next couple of years.
Starting in September, I’ll have an office at the NY Public Library, where I’ll be working on my next book, about a Quaker who fights in the American Civil War.
Gary Panter was a 2012-13 Fellow and he wrote a nice piece about the NYPL on his blog here.
Earlier this month, Amazon announced that it will acquire ComiXology, a company that sells digital comic books and graphic novels, for an undisclosed amount. Will this help accelerate the growth of comic books in the digital age? http://nyr.kr/1iG6wWK
Photograph: Joby Sessions/Tap Magazine/Getty
It’s a great pleasure to reveal the final cover artwork for one of our most anticipated books of 2014. How to Be Happy collects short comics by Eleanor Davis and it will floor you with its beauty and depth. You’ve seen some of this work in Best American Comics, Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach (if you’re tuned in to the hip print outlets) and on the web (if you’re tuned in to Tumblr), and now it’s collected in one gorgeous book, due out this Summer.
Pre-sale is on now, and more previews are in the pipeline. For now, we thought you might also like a look at the jaw-dropping wraparound cover art unfettered by text and stuff.
take a look at this perfect thing