The ultimate Internet attribution instructive flowchart: "See Something? Cite Something."

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"A joint chart and public service announcement from two comic artists who are sick of having their work miss- or unattributed to them. Here's the right way to show your artists some love."

What you see above is but a snippet. View the whole chart in its full mindboggling and ROFL-rofling beauty here.

(notquitewrong.com, thanks Rosscott via BB Submitterator)

The Weird World of Eerie Publications: exclusive image gallery

Eerie Publications’ horror magazines brought blood and bad taste to America’s newsstands from 1965 through 1975. Ultra-gory covers and bottom-of-the-barrel production values lent an air of danger to every issue, daring you to look at (and purchase) them.

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Little Lulu anthologies (and other comics by John Stanley)

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Tubby comic from Tubby Volume One, published by Dark Horse Comics. Read a full-length Tubby story here (PDF).

Sometime in the early 1980s I read an interview with Robert Crumb where he said that John Stanley's comic books, especially Little Lulu, were some of the finest and most influential comics he read as a child. I can't find that interview, but here is an excerpt from the Summer 2010 issue of The Paris Review's interview with Crumb where he mentions Little Lulu:

INTERVIEWER
Were you watching cartoons before you encountered comics?

CRUMB
It was at the same time. I was reading Little Lulu, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse, Felix the Cat. Often they were very bad. I never knew who the artist was, they didn't give the names of the artists at all in those comics. I gradually started to get more discriminating about comic books and got interested in Donald Duck creator Carl Barks. Donald Duck and Little Lulu turned out to be the outstanding story comics of that period.

INTERVIEWER
What was it about Little Lulu that stood apart to you?

CRUMB
The stories. The drawing in Little Lulu was very simple, hieroglyphic, but the stories were very sophisticated--it was a literary comic. Carl Barks was a cartoonist who was both very powerful visually and as a storyteller. The stories were great in those Donald Duck comics. I still enjoy reading them.

I tried to buy some Little Lulu comics in the 1980s, but they were too expensive. I eventually shelled out $130 for a 4-volume anthology of Little Lulu, published by Bruce Hamilton's Another Rainbow Publishing (There are a total of six 4-volume sets in the Little Lulu Library, and some of them are still available), and understood what all the fuss was about. These timeless comics reveal and revel in the secret world of kids: clubhouses, campouts, tall tales, jealousy, rich kids vs. poor kids, outwitting bullies, vacant lot adventures, and all the intriguing schemes and rivalries that kids cook up.

I started reading Little Lulu to my daughters when they were old enough to comprehend them, and my 13-year-old daughter still enjoys them. My 7-year-old tears through them in the morning while the rest of the family is asleep (she's an early riser). Even my wife, who never read many comics besides Love and Rockets, likes Little Lulu.

There are a couple of ways to buy Little Lulu comics affordably. The cheapest way is Dark Horse's paperback anthologies.They cost between $10 and $15 for each 200-page volume, which is a great bargain (some are out of print and you'll have to pay more to buy second-hand copies).

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Comic book pinbacks

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Golden Age Comic Book Stories posted a nice gallery of comix-related pinbacks from the 1930s-1990s. And there are hundreds more to see at Mark Lansdown's Comic Pinback Website, focused on specimens from the 1890s to the 1950s. (via SheWalksSoftly, thanks Stacey Ransom!)

The Wormworld Saga: beautiful online graphic novel

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Daniel Lieske's Wormworld Saga is a visual treat. Lieske works at a German computer game company and draws this online graphic novel in his spare time. You can find out more about how he creates his stunning illustrations on his personal website.

The Wormworld Saga

Happy Holidays and New Year's wishes, from David Silverman (The Simpsons)

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Each year, Simpsons director David Silverman draws a cool holiday card, and this year, Boing Boing gets first dibs at sharing it with the world. I love it! (The image at top would be the outside of the printed card design, and at bottom, the inside). Thanks, David, and enjoy, everyone! He's on Twitter, by the way.

Santa's Naughty List Hits WikiLeaks

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Illustration contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by our pal Ape Lad.

Incubot Voltron Is Go!

v3.jpg In what might be the coolest thing any of my friends have ever done, Alen Yen recently became the person my 12 year old self is most jealous of and the hero of my current 35 year old self.

He secured the license for Voltron, and produced a Voltron toy with a built in USB stick. It's seriously one of the awesomest things any of my friends have ever done. It's Voltron. It's a USB stick. It's got an LED and a sword. It comes MIB. Really, what else do you want?

A little back story: If you asked me who my my top 10 internet heros were, I'd have to think about it for a while, probably over a coffee or seven. After many hours arguing with myself to compile the list, I can tell you with all certainty that it would include Alen Yen. I stumbled across his website, ToyboxDX sometime back in the mid 90's, in a kinder, gentler internet era when we all surfed the information super highway and before anyone used the term "blog." It was a small but vibrant community of nerds who were obsessed with obscure Japanese toys, things like "Gokin," "Machinder" and "Sofubi." I just knew the robots looked a lot like the long lost Shogun Warriors that I grew up with and had been trying to buy back recently on some new auction site called eBay.

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Comic strip versions of stories from Wikileaked cables

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Cablegate Comix is Joe Alterio's series of mini-comics, "recounting true stories that came to light on November 28, 2010 -- when WikiLeaks published confidential documents of detailed correspondences between the US State Department and its diplomatic missions around the world."

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Lovecraftian Tintin adventures

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HULK SMASH MEXICANS

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GNRRRRGGGGH! LOU FERRIGNO, ACTOR PLAY HULK IN POPULAR '70S TV SERIES, JOIN ARIZONA SHERIFF POSSE TARGETING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA. REUTERS SAY:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Ferrigno, 59, a body builder who donned green makeup to star in the popular 1970s television series 'The Incredible Hulk,' was among 56 people sworn in as volunteers for an armed immigration posse. Arpaio said the posse would work with sheriff's deputies in operations targeting smugglers and businesses suspected of employing illegal immigrants in the county, among other duties.
GRRHRNNNH! HULK NO LIKE MEXICANS! THIS URL SAY STEVEN SEAGAL AND DUDE FROM MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ALSO WANT HELP HULK SMASH MEXICANS WITH ARMED CITIZEN POSSE!
(via Lalo Alcaraz)

Charles Burns interview


Cobra in Belgium interviewed Black Hole and X'ed Out (see my review of X'ed Out here) author Charles Burns. It's in English.

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Charles Burns' new graphic novel: X'ed Out -- exclusive preview

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(First, let's get this out of the way. Yep.)

Charles Burns' new graphic novel, X'ed Out is the 56-page beginning of a longer work to be published by Pantheon. I don't know if it will end up being as massive as Burns' epic-length Black Hole, but if X'ed Out continues to be as terrifically creepy as this first installment, I hope it goes on for a very long time.

Like Black Hole, X'ed Out features artsy, angsty, twinpeaksy teens who take drugs and engage in risky behavior, but it's more hallucinatory than Black Hole. The story here bounces back and forth between Doug -- a student who does a performance art gig wearing a Tintin mask while reciting William Burroughs-inspired cut-up poetry (Doug goes by the moniker Nitnit and Johnny 23) -- and an otherworldly character who looks like a cross between Tintin and Doug. Their stories parallel one another's in several ways (for instance, both have bandaged heads -- for unknown reasons.) Both Doug and TinTin-Doug seem to think that the other character is merely a hard-to-remember dream.

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One major chunk of the story focuses on Doug's fascination and blossoming relationship with Sarah, a girl in his photography class who takes portraits of herself nude and tied up. ("If you got your hands tied behind your back, who's takin' the picture?" asks one of her classmates. Sarah doesn't answer, but an obvious guess would her unseen, scary, and jealous boyfriend.) The other part of the story follows Tintin-Doug as he wanders in a daze through a vaguely middle eastern village populated by monsters and misfits. He teams up with a dicey little fellow with a backpack who becomes his guide in this mysterious world. (The preview that follows this review will introduce you to him.)

I've really just scratched the surface here. There is something going on with an older man who appears to be both a stranger, Doug's father, and an older version of Doug. There's also images of fetal, dead, grublike creatures that pop up in different guises every few pages.

I loved every second of this book. Unfortunately, it took only 45 minutes to read it (though I did go back through it to appreciate Burns' exquisitely rendered art), and I know that I'll have to wait for many months before the next issue comes out.

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Tonoharu Part Two: Excellent graphic novel about an English teacher in Japan

See my review of Tonoharu Part One

Tonoharu is Lars Martinson‘s 3-volume graphic novel about a young American who gets a job as an English teaching assistant in a small Japanese town.

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The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!


Being a sucker for lurid comic book art, I devoured Jim Trombetta's The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!, a giant-sized book of utterly depraved 1950s comic book artwork. This is the sordid underbelly of the squeaky clean 1950s, which was readily available in drugstores to any coonskin cap-wearing kid with a dime in his pocket. 201010211020

Not only is the book loaded with gruesome depictions of "Murder! Mayhem! Robbery! Rape! Cannibalism! Carnage! Necrophilia! Sex! Sadism! Masochism! ... and virtually ever other form of crime, degeneracy, bestiality, and horror"*, the artwork itself is fantastic. Artists featured include Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko, Al Feldstein, Frank Kelly Freas, Russ Heath, Graham Ingels, Alex Toth, Wally Wood, and Basil Wolverton. I imagine these artists had a lot of fun drawing these twisted comics.

The Horror! The Horror! includes a bonus DVD: "Confidential File," a 25-minute TV show from 1955, about the corrupting influence of these ghastly comic books on our nation's youth.

*"Actual language from 'Comic Books and Juvenille Delinquency,' interim report of the Committee on the Judiciary's investigation of juvenile delinquency in the United States, 1955-56." The comics were also sometimes racist (the one aspect I find absolutely objectionable), but the government didn't seem to be concerned about that aspect, obsessing instead over the sexual depravity depicted in the comics.

Buy The Horror! The Horror! on Amazon