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Top Shelf E-Book Sale

In honor of Portland’s Stumptown Comics Fest and MOCCA in New York, the good people at Top Shelf are hosting an outrageous, Crazy Eddie-style e-book sale–with some titles going as low as 99 cents. Think about it: You can buy an e-book or get a crappy slice of pizza at one of those new-fangled NYC dollar pizza joints. (In my day, a slice cost the same as a subway ride and that was that. Times have changed) 

Paper Fleet

You should be aware that Meathaus colleague Jim Campbell (aka Angry Jim) has a long-running rock music outfit called Paper Fleet. Check out their page out on this popular social networking site, and perhaps “like” it if that’s your kind of gig. And look at this flyer Jim drew for an upcoming Paper Fleet show at The Bell House Frontier Room in Brooklyn on May 3rd. I can joyfully attest to the fact that both Paper Fleet’s and Moonmen on the Moon, Man‘s aural excellence equals the visual excellence on display below.

Name That Movie

Here’s a video trailer for probably one of the coolest books you’ll see this year–Name That Movie by Paul Rogers, published by Chronicle Books. Each of Paul’s 100 cinematic puzzles contains six illustrations from a well-known film, shown in sequence, with no recognizable movie stars. You have to guess the movie.

The films Paul chose to illustrate run the gamut from contemporary blockbusters to art house classics, and throughout, the scenes he pulls from are deftly chosen–iconic objects (the golden idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark, a newspaper clipping from Sullivan’s Travels) and quiet, easily overlooked scenes rather than the big and obvious movie moments. The book can’t help but bring out your inner movie nerd (especially for folks like me, who don’t really have to drill too deep to hit the movie nerd mantle). Full journalistic disclosure: I was the acquiring editor for this book while at Chronicle, so I’m intimately acquainted with its charms. Go buy it.

 

Brandon Graham Talks King City

Over at the Comics Reporter, Brandon Graham talks with Tom Spurgeon about his just (finally!) collected and reissued, eye-poppingly creative comic series, King City. They get into some serious process/inspiration/narrative-digestion talks. It’s pretty fascinating–Spurgeon is a great interviewer, and–as we know from his blog–Brandon is adept at talking about comics in a manner that invites you in with his enthusiasm and deep knowledge rather than shuts you out with insular gossip and name-dropping. He’s a class act, that guy.

Comics: Philosophy & Practice

Check out the line-up for this event at the University of Chicago in May. It’s like the Yalta Conference of comics, wherein these behemoths of the field will divide up the spoils of their war-torn world and then roll their wheelchairs out onto the veranda for cigars and brandy. Who Stalin is in this metaphor I just cooked up, I don’t know. Maybe R. Crumb? He seems cranky enough. More info over at D&Q or at the U of Chicago site