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September 16, 2005

Glimpses of the Paul Pope exhibit

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A few snapshots from the Paul Pope exhibit in Soho, NY, for those who can't see it in person... And for some eye pleasure.

It's at the Diesel Denim Gallery
68 Greene Street between Spring & Broome Streets
212-966-5593

Click to enlarge photos.

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All art of course is © copyright Paul Pope. Photos by Danica Novgorodoff. Thanks, Danica.

September 15, 2005

PAUL POPE EXHIBIT in NYC


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For those of you in NYC:

There's a two month solo exhibit featuring the work of Paul Pope, illustrator, graphic novelist,
and general comic book legend.

It's at the Diesel Denim Gallery
68 Greene Street between Spring & Broome in Soho
212-966-5593

Paul Pope has often been called the Jim Morrison of American comics, but also other things, like Pulp Hope, Pee-Pee and others. One of the most heralded graphic novelist of his generation, Paul's art has a unique blend of American energy, European storytelling and Japanese brushstroke. He actually worked for Kodansha in Japan.   If you're not familiar with his work, there's plenty to discover, from his acclaimed "100%" to HEAVY LIQUID, to his martian epic THB.

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And what's he doing with FIRST SECOND, many have asked, even from far flung places... It's still under wraps, but the title and a few juicy drawings have leaked out already: it's called BATTLING BOY, and it's going to be an event.

This solo exhibition will display his original works including sketches, single hand-drawn illustrations, original excerpts from his published comics, never-before-seen work from his upcoming 'Year 100 Batman' graphic novel.

The exhibition runs until October 30th. Not to be missed.  

September 14, 2005

What ever happened to the Corto Maltese animated feature?

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Why isn't this distributed in the US? It is any good? Does it live up to Hugo Pratt's seminal series?

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September 13, 2005

journal excerpt

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September 12, 2005

JT PETTY's website

Writers this talented are rare as hell.

JT Petty, besides writing and directing the terrifying movie SOFT FOR DIGGING, is also the author of the chapter book CLEMENCY POGUE: FAIRY KILLER. I worked a bit on this project while I was still at Simon & Schuster BFYR, and was instantly hooked by this first title in a series. This is first class storytelling and characters for the ages. And illustration by the excellent Will Davis.


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And guess what? Both Will Davis and JT Petty are working on some projects for :01!

Davis is hard at work on DAWNLAND, adapted from Jo Bruchac's novel.

And JT Petty has penned an incredible script, THE THIRD HORSEMAN, now in production with artwork by none other than *Brian Ralph.* That's right! The one who gave the world CAVE-IN and CLIMBING OUT... More to come on that!

In the meantime, don't miss JT's new official website, aptly called PETTY OFFICIAL.

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September 09, 2005

journal excerpt "The Banshee"

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To be continued, some rainy day when there's no exciting news to post.


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September 08, 2005

:01 History

First Second history was made in Spring '04, when Jessica took me to "Jim Hanley's Universe" in Midtown Manhattan... Little did I know most of Jessica's MUST READ authors would join First Second.

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September 07, 2005

TCJ: JESSICA ABEL ISSUE


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THE COMICS JOURNAL's latest issue has a cover feature and in-depth interviews with Jessica Abel, the legendary artbabe, author of La Perdida (soon to be released in Pantheon's anthology) and several massive projects with us at :01 (LIFE SUCKS, with Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece; and LINES ON PAPER with Matt Madden). And it may be argued she's the Queen of indie comics. Ok, she'll probably kill me for saying that.


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journal excerpt "On Model"


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September 06, 2005

GREATEST KISS

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What is the all time best kiss in a graphic novel? Feel free to weigh in and send your suggestion. Here are three contenders.

1. From ISAAC THE PIRATE (published in the US by NBM). Christophe Blain has a number of kissing scenes in several titles of this series. Can't decide which is my favorite. Maybe the one in the fifth volume, when Isaac kisses his wife's sister. But I don't have it with me, so I can't scan it. This one is from earlier. It's up there too.


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2. This next one is from Paul Pope's THB, his incredible sprawling martian epic, in volume 6d (from HORSE PRESS) when the main character HR follows the strange Jig up to a rooftop. One of the best first kisses.

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3. And this one! Krazy Kat finally kisses Ignatz! Ok, so he's sleeping, but still, he can't remain unaffected. A history making smooch. (From the Abradale Press compilation -- and it's all the more meaningful if you also read the amazing Fantagraphics collection, designed by Chris Ware).

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