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What I’m Reading Now Dept.: MINESHAFT!

Posted by jtebeau on August 15, 2012

Where did they go, all those underground comic books of yore? Well, many tanked. But R. Crumb kept it going with Weirdo for a while there. Art Spiegelman had Raw, but that was more artsy. Anyway, we have a new winner: Mineshaft, published by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri in North Carolina. They’re up to issue number 27, and from what I’ve seen, they’re getting better and better, featuring old timers like Crumb and newer masters like Christoph Mueller and Nina Bunjevac. Each issue is surprising and deep and worthwhile and nourishing. Check it out.

Latest issue of “Mineshaft”
by C. Mueller
by Nina Bunjevac

early “Mineshaft” cover by Crumb

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He Told It Like It Was. Comics Giant Harvey Pekar Dead at 70.

Posted by jtebeau on July 12, 2010

For decades he lifted the mundane nature of everyday life to the realm of art, getting some of comics’ heaviest hitters to help him capture the details of life in Cleveland. His blunt honesty offers comparison to great art.¬†From the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s obit by Joanna Connors: “underneath his persona of aggravated, disaffected file clerk, he was an erudite book and jazz critic, and a writer of short stories that many observers compared to Chekhov, despite their comic-book form.” Chekhov. That’s pretty good company. That’s fine cartoon art, it is.

So long, Harvey. You’re being filed away now, but not forgotten.

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Blab! Blab! Blab! at the Society of Illustrators

Posted by jtebeau on April 5, 2010

Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Drew Friedman, Chris Wareearlier in their careers these esteemed cartoonists were all featured in the gutsy BLAB! periodical, founded in Chicago back in 1986 by graphic designer Monte Beauchamp. The striking little anthology is getting its due right now through May 1 at New York’s Society of Illustrators gallery (free of charge) at 128 E. 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues).

And if you’ve never been there, peek into the Society of Illustrators club house. Another gem in New York’s treasure chest of secret places. Maybe you can check out the original Norman Rockwell upstairs….

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