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Monday, October 15, 2007

A lot of birds with the proverbial "blog entry" stone

First off, congrats to Ignatz winners Anders Nilsen (Outstanding Graphic Novel), Gabrielle Bell (Outstanding Story), Kevin Huizenga (Outstanding Collection), and Adrian Tomine (Outstanding Comic)!! Here are some pictures of Anders and Rutu signing at our SPX booth..



and I don't know the story behind this little "a-la-Seth" village, but it's mighty neat:



(what I mean by "a-la-Seth":)



In tour news:

TONIGHT
John Porcellino is in Milwaukee, WI at Schwartz Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. 414-332-1181. 7:00 PM: Comics Panel Discussion, Q+A, and signing.

TOMORROW
John Porcellino is in Iowa City, IA, at the White Rabbit Gallery, 13 S. Linn St. 319-358-9557. 7:00 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing. PLUS: Readings by Local Zine Publishers.

And Rutu Modan is in Chicago, IL, at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark Street. 773-769-9299. 7:00 PM: Q+A and signing.

WEDNESDAY
John Porcellino is in St. Louis, MO, at Star Clipper Comics, 6392 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 314-725-9110. 5:00 PM: Slide show, Q+A, and signing. PLUS: Kevin Huizenga, Dan Zettwoch & Ted May.


In news news:

Rutu Modan's visit to Philly was written up by The Philadelphia City Paper, stating: "[Exit Wounds is] drawn with simple strokes and a bright, soft palette... Perfectly melding the personal and the political, [it] creates a sense of a life lived in a time of war but never quite dominated by it."

James Sturm's America gets a glowing review from the Onion A.V. Club: "All three stories use Sturm's thick-lined, almost archaic-looking style to create an atmosphere of plainness and historical verisimilitude, which Sturm subverts with scenes of pure fantasy or extreme emotion, before returning to an eerie hush. These three stories represent some of the best American comics of the past decade, which makes James Sturm's America an essential volume for any serious comics library... A"

And the Minneapolis City Pages has this to say in light of John Porcellino's event last Thursday:

"There's this secret little river flowing through the world of underground comics, and it's called King-Cat Comix and Stories. Since 1989, John Porcellino's simple, and simply beautiful comics (along with letters, lists, and a few photographs) have been self-published to growing acclaim. Not only did they inspire local comics-meister Zak Sally to start La Mano Press (in order to print Porcellino's wonderful Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man), but moved Drawn & Quarterly to collect the best of the 'zine in an impressive tome called King-Cat Classix. These stories are gathered from Porcellino's waking life, from his dreams, from the obviously holy lives of the cats he's known, and they move us profoundly. They're at once hilarious, sexy, violent, sad, and puzzling--Zen koans Xeroxed onto scrap paper."

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