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X-Men: What’s old is new again

Two X-Men posts in one day?

The most interesting thing about the new X-Men series launching this week is not the vampires (sorry) but the use of the original logo from the team’s debut in 1963 (minus the shading)!

Funny enough, there are something like 138 different variant covers available for this new 2010 title, and yet I couldn’t find one that was an homage to that first issue.

Also, didn’t the whole variant cover thing when away when the industry imploded in the 9os? Maybe not. Here’s a list of what retailers are offering this week (doesn’t include the future printing variants…):

X-MEN #1


They’ve come a long way since the near cancellation of the series in the late 60s/early 70s.

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This week: Gary Panter speaking in Toronto

Hello Jimbo!

There is a two-page splash in Adventures in Paradise where a giant, six-eyed insect is chocking a shocked, naked Jimbo on the floor and accusing him: “You don’t have it bad. You’re literature, buddy!” Disturbing.

Originally posted on The Beguiling Web site (March 9):

Gary Panter
Part of the Faculty of Design Speaker Series

Thursday March 25, 2010, @ 6:30pm

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Auditorium

Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise

Brooklyn-based illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician Gary Panter is the mind behind the elaborate, quirky, Emmy Award winning set designs for the kid’s TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Possibly the most influential graphic artist of his generation, Panter’s creative influence extends far beyond the realms of illustration. His work has been described as era-defining, earning him the monikers “King of Punk Art” and “King of the Preposterous.” He is described by Chris Bor of ARTINFO as, “A creator whose work comfortably straddles the worlds of painting, commercial art, illustration, cartoons, underground comix, and music,” and who, “tackles all of his projects with visionary punk panache.”

Panter’s artwork has appeared on record covers for Frank Zappa and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He created the children’s playroom inside the Philippe Starck-designed Paramount Hotel in New York, and his animation series Pink Donkey and the Fly are featured on the Cartoon Network’s website. He is the creator of Jimbo, a “post-nuclear punk-rock cartoon character” whose adventures were first chronicled as a comic strip in the ’70s Los Angeles hardcore-punk paper Slash, and later in RAW magazine. Jimbo has also been published by Zongo Comics, founded by Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.

In 2000, Panter received the Chrysler Design Award recognizing his wide-reaching influence and mainstream success. From 2005 to 2007 his work was featured in the touring exhibition Masters of American Comics alongside that of such comic luminaries as Elzie Segar (Popeye), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Charles Schultz (Peanuts), Jack Kirby (Captain America), Harvey Kurtzman (founding editor of MAD magazine), Art Spiegelman (Maus) and others. His 2-volume monograph Gary Panter was published by Picturebox in 2008.

All are welcome; admission is free. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Panter’s talk is generously sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.

OCAD Auditorium
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 x 462

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Comics at the Festival of Authors

A few years ago, I interviewed Seth and Tony Millionaire at one of Toronto’s first International Festival of Authors to feature comic creators. There is one week left in the 2009 edition and courtesy of The Beguiling, here is the comics and graphic novels lineup for the remainder of the festival:

Lynn Johnston reads Farley Follows His Nose
Tuesday October 27th, 10:30am
The creator of the popular and recently-retired comic strip For Better Or Worse reads her new children’s book that features one of the beloved characters from the book.

Denise Mina reads Still Midnight
Tuesday October 27th, 1pm
Denise Mina penned three story arcs of Hellblazer. She’ll be reading from her new work, and participating in a panel discussion about Scottish writers.

Ian Rankin reads The Complaints
Wednesday October 28th, 8pm
Ian Rankin, author of the new graphic novel Dark Entries: Hellblazer in the Vertigo Crime line will be reading from his new prose work.

Kean Soo reads Jellaby: Monster In The City
Thursday October 29th, 10:30am
The creator of Jellaby and co-editor of the Image anthology Flight reads from his new graphic novel.

R.O. Blechman reads Talking Lines and Seth reads George Sprott (1894-1975)
Saturday October 31st, 12:00pm

New Yorker cartoonist R.O. Blechman reads from his new D&Q-published book Talking Lines, and Seth will read from his new graphic novel George Sprott, which I recently picked up. Such a lovely book to look at. The readings will be followed by a joint interview of both cartoonists by The Walrus’ Sean Rogers. Oliver Ho writes this fantastic essay on Seth at PopMatter.

For info on ticket, visit the http://readings.org

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Summer reading recommendations

This year’s CBC’s Canada Reads program includes a few graphic novel and comic picks.

In this video, The Beguiling’s owner Peter Birkemoe showcases Seth’s new book, George Sprott. Just have a look at how those pages are put together. Amazing.

Browse Birkemoe’s full list of recommendations here. I’ve not read a single one on the list, which is very exciting for me – so many undiscovered books to check out.

Toronto comic writer Sean Jordan, aka Wordburglar, who pens Snakor’s Pizza chimes in with one of his favourites: Planetary

I love Planetary. It’s definitely in my top picks, but I’ve never been able to decide if it should go on the superhero list or the mixed genre list. The mixed list includes sci-fi stories, but this series features so many superhero characterstics I have difficulty classifying it. The series started in 1998 and went on hiatus in 2002 or 2003. Now it’s back with the final issue, due in October. The Wildstorm blog posts a coloured page from the upcoming issue. Very exciting after such a long wait.

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“Mirror Mind” launch party

Original posted on Beguiling.com:

Featuring author Tory Woollcott
Friday, July 3rd, 2009, 5pm-8pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street (next to The Beguiling)

“Mirror Mind” is a brand new graphic novel written by Torontonian author Tory Woollcott. Tory uses the comic book format to recount her childhood experiences with dyslexia; a medium that perfectly translates her memories to paper. Mirror Mind is an enjoyable read accessible to all, while reaching out directly to children and parents struggling with dyslexia.

The Beguiling is very proud to present the official launch for “Mirror Mind” with author Tory Woollcott on Friday, July 3rd, from 5pm-8pm. Tory will be doing a light-hearted presentation on her graphic novel and on her experiences, which will be followed by a Q&A with The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe. Book signing follows.

For more information, visit http://www.mirrormind.maybemumkin.com/

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