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30 posts from May 2006

May 30, 2006

First Second Radio interview


The very cool Benjamen Walker has a piece about First Second on the radio at hisTheory of Everything!

May 29, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS




Greek Men and Their Weird Cars No. 1

So, the car decides to break down in a supermarket car park and I can't find anything wrong with it. While I wait for the repair man to arrive, I do a few sketches to pass the time. I wouldn’t mind so much, but the car was serviced yesterday. This puts me in a poor humor.

What strikes me as I wait is how miserable everyone looks as they come out of the supermarket: hurried, anxious, gloomy and generally not of a sunny disposition (just like me). It’s as if the supermarket has deadened the mood of everyone who passes through its doors. On the evidence of this lot, their bags stuffed with readymeals, buying food with the thought of lovingly preparing the evening’s dinner seems to be a national pastime that’s on the slide. Instead, food shopping has become reduced to a simple act of consumerism, another inconvenience to be busily dealt with as fast as possible.

Eventually, the car repair bloke arrives. I greet him with genuine relief and a bright, friendly smile. I'm soon out of there.

May 26, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS



My friend Paul fell asleep on the train. He can sleep sitting upright. I showed him this when he woke up. I don’t think he liked it much, thinking maybe that I caught him at an unflattering angle. Sorry, mate - couldn’t resist. You normally don’t sit still long enough for me to draw you.

May 23, 2006

A.L.I.E.E.E.N. review

A smart, thoughtful review of A.L.I.E.E.E.N. here, by Chris Tamarri.

And yes, the A.L.I.E.E.E.N. language can be decyphered. Somewhere someone is working on it right now.

We're trying to figure a way to make that into a Friday Giveaway challenge...

GRADY KLEIN signing in SOHO tomorrow!

OK, I should have said something about this sooner. But I was busy.

Just came back from Book Expo America in Washington, DC. A happening book fair, as exhausting and overwhelming as they are. But it went well in FIRST SECOND's tiny little corner. Booksellers descended on our stocks like locusts -- very friendly, encouraging ones! -- and when Grady Klein showed up to sign his LOST COLONY, Book One, he was greeted with a long line that snaked away from the booth. Sorry, I didn't take a picture.

But back to our pressing news item: Señor Grady Klein is signing Wednesday May 24th at the McNally Robinson Bookstore in Soho!

Besides getting a precious first edition signed copy, you'll get Grady's special embosser going 'crunch!' onto your title page, before he adds a little doodle of your favorite LOST COLONY character! The emboss stamps the words GUARANTEED AUTHENTICAL with the face of corrupt mayor A.H. Snodgrass.

They're probably already showing up on eBay.

Tell everyone you know in New York!

Wednesday - May 24th - 7pm at the MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOKSTORE 50 Prince St. (between Lafayette and Mulberry) New York, NY (212) 274-1160


May 22, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS


Bar Dwellers

Just a couple of very quick sketches.

May 19, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

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Put your feet up, go on! That's right, there, on the cushion.

Perfect. Now stay still, 'cause I'm drawing you...

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS




‘Flu Dreams

I had the ‘flu and with it came a weird hallucinogenic fever. I have really, really bad nightmares when I’m ill like this and things of deep horror visit me, things that creep up grinning from my lower mind. I made these drawings in the middle of the night after I’d woken from one of these dreams, although they’re not pictures of the things I was dreaming about necessarily. They just recall some of the weird feeling of that nightmare.

May 18, 2006

Salkowitz reviews Campbell

Mr. Rob Salkowitz at Emphasis Added gives a blazing wildfire of a review to Eddie Campbell's Fate of the Artist.

Salkowitz places his reflection on Eddie Campbell's book squarely in the modern artistic dilemna, and you can read it all on his blog here.

Meanwhile, an excerpt:

Reading The Fate of the Artist is one of the most life-affirming activities I’ve done all year. Every page gives you something to think about if you’re so inclined, or you can sit back and enjoy Campbell’s skill as a storyteller (and appreciate his craft as an excellent and inventive illustrator). But in my opinion, it’s always worth celebrating when someone at this late date in our decadent era of cultural exhaustion still finds the motivation to explore the knotty issues of art and philosophy, and is able to pull it off in such grand style.

There's a whole gamut of provocative material to be found in the rest of the article. Should stoke the fires of FATE OF THE ARTIST discussions for a while to come.

Of course, I can't help but wonder who he means when he says

Campbell decamped from the UK in the late 1980s to take up the life of a family man in suburban Australia. In his advancing years, he has turned into a “lovable eccentric” within the comic community – the kind of figure that the Gen-X editors now enthroned at the various publishers will give some work to when they want to seem edgy and adventurous.

Maybe he's talking about Marvel or DC. I'm too old to be Gen X anyway. And I'm not enthroned, I have a tiny office in the Flatiron building. Must be Marvel or DC.

May 17, 2006


Phenomenal reviews and comments have been pouring in online,for DEOGRATIAS, A Tale of Rwanda, by Stassen, confirming what we all believe here in the wings: this is a major, magnificent, important book.


A few notable reviews are to be found at The Low Road, Precocious Curmudgeon, and don't miss this is one at Pop Culture Shock, which ends with:

Deogratias proves that graphic novels do not have to simply be escapist entertainment, joining the likes of Maus, Palestine and Persepolis as representatives of more than just great graphic novels, but also as powerful, thought-provoking literature, too. (5 out of 5 Eisners)

So let's open up this conversation. Many of you out there have read this book. Comments please. I'm very keen to hear what you thought.

(And here's your chance, John Walsh!)


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