Zack sez, "Jeff Smith of BONE and RASL fame takes to the web with this new webseries about a prehistoric man who becomes the first human to leave Africa. It's colorful and inventive, and very different from his past work -- but with plenty of its charm and suspense."
Zack writes, "In 1957, Nevil Shute's classic anti-nuclear-war novel On The Beach was published -- and the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) put out a heavily-condensed adaptation with art by Ralph Lane that ran in 29 comic strips distributed to newspapers. All 29 strips are collected here -- I found these through a link in an eBay auction that is selling original art to 21 of the 29 strips."
This is one of those novels that brings me to tears no matter how many times I read it -- a powerful and moving piece of minatory fiction that really does the heavy lifting of science fiction with utter brilliance. The comic strip carries some of that freight (as does the 1959 classic film with Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck), but the novel really is the best version by far.
On The Beach
Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's published a new collection of his wonderful Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comics, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. The collection is pure, distilled charm.
The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats are the lineal descendants of strips like Peanuts, which mixed extremely contemporary references (in this case, references to Internet slang) with a timeless, childlike humor, and great character design. Pip and Kitteh are eternal hobos on the backroads of the Internet age, shamelessly mixing puns and sight gags in a way that is purely sweet.
As a bonus, this volume is interspersed with the hobo illustrations Ape Lad did for Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise. If you love cute animals, hobos, and Internet humor, you will love The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats.
See also: Gweek 121: The Return of Ape Lad
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BBC Radio 4 has kicked off a new season of the amazing science show The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the second episode of the series is a wonderful panel discussion on consciousness called Through the Doors of Perception. This episode is greatly enhanced by the presence of Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen, Lost Girls, From Hell, and many other standout comics. Moore's contributions on the relationship of art and magic to consciousness are the most interesting parts of the show -- though the whole thing is fascinating (Download the MP3).
(Image: Alan Moore, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from mbiddulph's photostream)
Billy sez, "As far as we know THE WIGGLE MUCH comic strip ran from March 20, 1910 to June 19, 1910 in THE NEW YORK HERALD newspaper. It laid buried in time until it was partially republished in Dan Nadel's ART OUT OF TIME book in 2006. This website, comprised of microfilm scans of THE NEW YORK HERALD, is the first time most of these WIGGLE MUCH strips have been printed in a large format since their original newspaper publication over a century ago. The entire series has never appeared on the open Internet before.
The Wiggle Much
Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick's Feynman was one of the best science-oriented graphic novels I've come across (see my 2011 review for more). So I was delighted to learn that the pair are now working on HAWKING, a graphic biography of The Hawk himself, to be published in 2016. Read on for the official, exclusive announcement from FirstSecond, along with a sneak peek:
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Last November, I told you how much I loved Tune: Vanishing Point, the first volume in Derek Kirk Kim's alien abduction romcom series of graphic novels. It ended on a hell of a cliff-hanger, and I've been eagerly anticipating book two, Tune: Still Life, which comes out this week.
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Cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s absurdly complex mechanisms for achieving easy results are so ingrained in popular culture that the artist/engineer’s name appears in the dictionary as an adjective. A new book highlights his happy mutant approach to engineering.
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Back in September, I blogged the release of the first volume of Vertigo's leatherbound Sandman collection, a 1,000-page marvel that collected the first half of the comic's run. Today, they've released volume two, at $90, which completes the set. Yum! Here's Jshillingford's mouth-watering photos of book one.
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Zack sez, "Cartoonist Julian Peters has posted nine pages of a new comic adapting the entire text of T.S. Eliot's paean to loneliness, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' The adaptation plays with literal versions of many of the things described in the poem, capturing its humor and poignance. Peters will be doing more pages based on feedback, so let him know if you enjoy this one."
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Today's XKCD webcomic, Substitutions, proposes a set of word-substitutions to "make reading the news more fun." Naturally, it's already a Chrome extension.
xkcd substitutions extension
(via Hacker News)
Diesel Sweeties creator R. Stevens has some advice for Millennials who are having a hard time finding work in the modern economy. It's so simple!
Six Totally Easy Tips For Millennials To Get Ahead In Today’s Economy
(via Wil Wheaton)
Joe Sacco is a spectacular political comics creator, and has earned a well-deserved reputation for his work on war and conflict with books on Sarajevo and Bosnia, Gaza and Palestine and other modern militarized zones.
But now he's created The Great War, a wordless, gate-folded work on World War One. It's gorgeous and haunting, and beautifully presented in a slipcased hardcover. His publisher, WW Norton, prepared a short documentary on the book and we've got it exclusively (for now). I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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A nursing student named Janelle asked Adventure Time character designer Matt Forsythe to interpret the "Wong-Baker Facial Grimace Scale" -- used to help kids describe how much pain they feel -- using Finn. The result is just great.
Finn Pain Scale
(via Super Punch)
Ed Piskor publishes The Hip Hop Family Tree each week
here at BB, and the hardcopy is now available in prin
t from Fantagraphics. At his tumblr, Ed describes the cover's ingredients, a wealth of references to the comics and music he loves
"2 major strands to my DNA are Hip Hop culture and comic books so this project is the perfect vessel to explore and play in these various sandboxes in tandem, to explore certain similarities between the two worlds, and to merge the cultures under one roof. The format of the Hip Hop Family Tree series is based on the “Marvel Treasury” format, as evidence by the banner across the masthead"