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Heads Up: “Art” by Jeffrey Meyer

Slightly less than a month ago, on 15 June 2013, artist Jeffrey Meyer sent out an email announcement to his friends, colleagues, and collectors to let them know that he has a new website featuring his collage work, “including about 300 new pieces, as well as some mixed-media/painting experiments.” All of the work on the site is for sale (except for the pieces that have been sold already, of course). If you are interested in purchasing a handmade original, simply contact Jeffrey for a price list or with whatever questions you have, and he will get back to you as soon as he is able.

My personal collection of original art includes four of Jeffrey’s collages, which I purchased last summer, and although I do plan to post images of my purchases in the near future, I thought it might be interesting right now to take a look back at some of Jeffrey’s older work.

In a 2011 interview with the Notpaper blog, Jeffrey was asked to describe his “favourite piece ever created,” and he reluctantly replied as follows:

Well, the next day I disdain them all… but I think a few are successful, even pleasing: “Broken Dome,” “Sugar Lights,” “Cave at the Edge of the Park,” “Blush,” “Easter,” “Borealis,” “Hair 4,” “Arcade Nebula.”

Notpaper posted eleven images with the interview. Not one of them, however, was an image that Jeffrey mentioned. But never fear, citizens, because here I am to save the day, a mere two years, one month, and twelve days after the fact:

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The title, date, and size of each of the collages pictured above is in the file name, as usual, which means that the information will pop up if you hold your mouse pointer steady over an image for a moment or two.

But don’t just sit there gawking: BUY SOME ART!


BONUS IMAGES (THREE FROM 2013):


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Comics · Heads Up! · Here, Read · Look Here · M. K. Brown

Heads Up: A career-retrospective collection of cartoons and comics by M. K. Brown

Coming in Spring 2014:

The publisher’s description:

What DO women want?

They might want to float into the sky while hosting a brunch party. They might want a couple of handsome cops to come over and get rid of a snake problem. They might seek a doctor’s treatment for “wise-ass disease” or fantasize about revenge and forgiveness at the dentist’s office. They might want to sing the White Girl Blues and dance the White Girl Twist.

One of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades, M.K. Brown has accumulated a body of work long savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected — until now. Women, What Do We Want? is the first retrospective collection of Brown’s cartoons and comic strips from the National Lampoon from 1972-1981, as well as other magazines such as Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy; and her comics from underground publications like Arcade, Wimmin’s Comics, Young Lust, and Twisted Sisters.

Her cartoons combine a penchant for the absurd with the gimlet observational eye of Roz Chast. Brown satirizes suburban anxiety and ennui by turning it upside-down and sideways, and her slightly grotesque yet lovable characters are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel-tone watercolors.

In these pages: Read instructions for the use of glue, making a pair of pants, home auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. Travel around the world to witness the giant bananas of Maui, strange sightings in Guatemala, camel and a “Saga of the Frozen North.” Learn about love ’round the world, among eccentric suburbanites, and in a “Condensed Gothic” romance. “Another True-Life Pretty Face in the Field of Medicine” introduces Virginia Spears Ngodátu, who (with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in “Dr. Janice N!Godatu,” Brown’s series of animated shorts that appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show alongside the first incarnation of The Simpsons. Aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers and other weirdos feature in Brown’s side-splitting single-panel gag strips.

And what about men? Don’t worry — you’ll meet Mr. Science and his pointless experiments; “Earl D. Porker, Social Worker,” who converses with household items and forgets the cat food; a man whose head is a basket of laundry; and others.

Black & white with 16 pages of color.

Details:

Format: Softcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics (February 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606997084
ISBN-13: 978-1606997086

Although Fantagraphics has not yet announced the exact contents of the book, I am sure it will include the following strip, which was first published in the March 1986 number of National Lampoon:

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Heads Up: WORLDS OF SAM KIETH, VOL. 1

New in June from IDW:

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The publisher’s description:

Sam Kieth has been creating gorgeous art his entire life. For nearly thirty years he has continued to grow in both stature and talent, attaining what can honestly be called superstar status. From The Maxx to Wolverine, and everything else along the way, Sam Kieth has shown himself to be a truly unique talent, one who continues to stretch the bounds of his art.

Now Sam turns his eye towards something different: an entire book comprised of beautiful and entirely new pieces of art. If you are a fan of Sam Kieth, or just of fantastic images, this is the book for you!

Details:

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages, 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 9 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613774923
ISBN-13: 978-1613774922

… very tempting…

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Heads Up! · Illustration Art · Michael Wm. Kaluta

Heads Up: KALUTA: THE BIG BOOK

Coming this summer from IDW:

Here’s the publisher’s description:

Michael Kaluta’s career has been both diverse and extraordinary. From his origins as a fanzine artist in the 1960s, to his defining rendition of The Shadow in the 1970s, through his stint as part of the legendary art collective known simply as THE STUDIO and beyond, Kaluta has produced countless gorgeous images that never cease to enchant us. Now, for the first time, the work of Michael Wm. Kaluta is presented in an oversized, massive retrospective that showcases his beautiful art. Many of the pieces presented in this very special volume will be scanned from Kaluta’s original art to maximize the quality of printing. If you are a fan of Kaluta’s work, or a lover of fine art, then this is the book for you!

Details:

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages, 9 x 12 inches
Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 23 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613776829
ISBN-13: 978-1613776827

Kaluta is a terrific artist. And IDW has a reputation for publishing high-quality art books. So pre-ordering Kaluta: The Big Book is, for me, a no-brainer. YMMV.

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 27 April 2013

On Saturday 27 April 2013, thirty pages of original art by Richard Corben will be available for purchase via the Sales page on the official Richard Corben website.

The sale will include 1) all eight pages of Corben and Lovecraft’s “A Memory,” first published in Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1 (2008), 2) all eight pages of Corben and Stenstrum’s “Unprovoked Attack on a Hilton Hotel,” first published in Creepy #73 (August 1975), 3) all eight black-and-white pages of the fourth instalment of Corben and Strnad’s Mutant World, first published (in colour) in 1984 Magazine #4 (October 1978), and 4) six other pages, including two Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft covers.

Small preview images of all of the artwork included in the sale are on display on the Corben website right now. Prices will be posted when the sale goes live Saturday 27 April 2013 at 12:00 noon CST, and after that, whoever completes the PayPal cart first will receive the art.

The last time Mutant World pages were up for sale via the Corben website, they were sold by auction, with the bids being submitted via email over the course of a week (if memory serves); this time, however, all of the pages will be individually priced.

Previous Corben art sales have sold out quickly, so good luck to everyone who hopes to obtain a page next weekend.

Elaine Lee · Heads Up! · Michael Wm. Kaluta

Heads Up: Help Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta publish HARRY PALMER: STARSTRUCK

Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta’s Harry Palmer: Starstruck — or “Old Proldiers Never Die” is projected to be a 176-page, “sci-fi noir graphic novel,” set in what the creators call the “Starstruck Multiverse.” The book will include 140 pages of sequential art, plus a gallery, a glossary, and special features intended “to immerse you deeply in Harry’s corner of the Multiverse.” If all goes as planned, the creators will complete work on the project in December of 2013, and the books will be printed and shipped in early 2014.

Sixty pages of Harry Palmer’s 140 page-plus story will be reprinted, in revised form, from the Marvel/Epic Starstruck series, episodes #2 and #3, while eighty brand-new story pages by Lee and Kaluta will detail Harry’s past as a rebel fighter in the revolution and a mercenary “proldier” fighting for Cyberforms in the Droid Wars as well as take us further into his very strange future.

If the fundraiser reaches its $44,000 goal — if it is 100% funded — Harry Palmer: Starstruck will be published in black and white, but if the total amount pledged reaches $69,000 — if it is 156.8% funded — Lee and Kaluta will hire a colourist and the book will be published in full colour.

I’d prefer full colour.

Art Collection · Heads Up!

Heads Up: Detrocboi is having an art sale

A young freelance illustrator from Italy who also draws comics, Stefano Rusca, a.k.a. Detrocboi, is having a sale of his full-colour drawings in order to raise money for future projects. Truth be told, I was not familiar with Stefano’s art until yesterday, but after doing a bit of digging through det.roc.boi’s impressive photostream, I decided to buy a drawing of a monster by the name of “Wrim Wram Wrom”:

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Over on his blog, the artist notes that the monster’s name “comes from a Coil song,” but I daresay the phrase “Wrim Wram Wrom” is more likely to remind North American comics fans of early 1960s Marvel monsters like Fin Fang Foom and Tim Boo Ba, though the visual style here is less Kirby-and-Ayers and more Moebius-meets-Woodring. Which is to say: it’s cool.

Detrocboi’s current sales page is here. He also sells prints of his work through society6


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Heads Up: “VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch”

Coming in mid to late 2013 from Fantagraphics:

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Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:

Only a few months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor and the same year that Albert Camus offered the world his bleak vision of man’s existence by introducing his philosophical dictum of The Absurd, Virgil Partch burst onto the scene with his own twist on the phrase. Partch was a cartoonist who offered comic counterpoint to the grim headlines and a unique perspective on human nature in the pages of the nation’s most popular magazines.

Known to millions by his jazzy signature, VIP, this comic genius ushered in a new era of the gag cartoon — zany, sometimes surreal, always hilarious — that inspired a generation of fellow cartoonists starting in the 1940s and ’50s. His madcap style of humor was reflected in the cutting-edge comedic sensibilities of Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Ernie Kovacs, Bob & Ray, Stan Freberg, and Jean Shepherd, and would position Partch as one of the most prolific “gag-men” of his day. VIP contributed to an astonishing array of magazines, wrote gags for other cartoonists, illustrated books, album covers, and advertisements, and adorned merchandise including, appropriately, cocktail glasses.

VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch [hardcover, 240 pages] is the first time Partch’s life and career has been treated in full, collecting amazing artwork from the entire range of his inspired career — reprinted from original art, primary-source publications, and collectors’ and family archives — and featuring his own writings. VIP’s place in the world of cartooning and humor can finally be fully appreciated in this beautiful coffee-table volume.

It’s easy to find work by Virgil Partch on the web; he seems to be every nerd and geek’s favourite gag cartoonist (along with Gahan Wilson). But to save you a few clicks — especially those of you who have been living under a rock and have never seen Partch’s work before — I’ve decided to scan and post the cover and the first six pages from the 1955 collection, Funny Cartoons by VIP (Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett,1955); you’ll find the JPEGs below, along with a shockingly conventional colour gag cartoon by Partch that was published in 1967:

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Ah, who am I kidding? Now that I’ve whet your appetite, you’re definitely going to want to search Google images for more Partch gold.

Here’s a link to get you started.

Documentaries · Heads Up! · Jeffrey "Jeff" Catherine Jones · Look Here

Heads Up: BETTER THINGS t-shirts, with art by Jeffrey Jones


Don’t delay! The donation deadline is Thursday 28 February 11:59PM PT.


Well, folks, the deadline for donations to the Indiegogo fundraiser for Maria Paz Cabardo’s documentary film Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones is fast approaching. So far, the donation level that includes the 64-page art book, film DVD, and postcard set has been the most popular with Jones fans, with the level that includes the DVD by itself running a close second, but now, with only five days to go, producer/director Maria Cabardo has unveiled a very tempting new perk at the $55.00 level ($65.00 international): a t-shirt with art by Jeffrey Jones. And you don’t have just one design from which to choose; there are several. Take a look:

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Now, the price may seem a bit high for a mere t-shirt, but keep mind that the main point here is to support a film about an artist whose work you love, not outfit the kids for school — although there are definitely kids (as well as adults) out there who would love one of those t-shirts! Rather, the t-shirts and other merchandise are merely Maria’s way of thanking you for your donation. And where else are you going to get a t-shirt with art by Jeffrey Jones on it, anyway? Nowhere, that’s where!

Colour and size options for the t-shirts are listed on the site, but if you don’t see a colour you like or the size you need, simply ask Maria about other options. Keep in mind, however, that Maria has recommended neutrally coloured fabrics (and white) because they work best for the full-colour artwork, which a commercial printing company will reproduce on the t-shirts by “ink transfer.” The images are not decals or iron-ons, which sit on the surface of the fabric and tend to flake away over time; rather, “the ink is transferred and is absorbed by the shirt and is completely washable and blends well after several washings.” Of course, the designs that feature Jones drawings in black ink — the “I’m Age” strip or the gorilla, for instance — would look great on a t-shirt of almost any colour. But, again, ask Maria about your options. You can contact her via the Indiegogo site or her twitter feed.

So visit the Better Things Indiegogo home page and donate today!


POSTSCRIPT:

Please note that the Better Things fundraiser is a “flexible funding campaign,” so all of the money raised goes to the film — and everyone who donates will receive their chosen perks/rewards — regardless of the total amount of money raised by the deadline.

And please ALSO note: the cost of delivering the various perks/rewards at the various donation levels is going to substantially reduce the amount of money that Maria actually receives from the fundraiser, so the more money raised, the better. SPREAD THE WORD!


Don’t delay! The donation deadline is Thursday 28 February 11:59PM PT.


Documentaries · Heads Up! · Illustration Art · Jeffrey "Jeff" Catherine Jones · Look Here

Heads Up: The BETTER THINGS Jones-tribute art book!


Don’t delay! The donation deadline is Thursday 28 February 11:59PM PT.


If you visited the Indiegogo fundraiser for the independent documentary film, Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones, the last time I linked to it, you may have noticed that the “perks” at the $100.00 level include the following:

  • a limited-edition art book showcasing works by artists inspired by the work and example of Jeffrey Catherine Jones,
  • a DVD of the film TO BE SHIPPED ONCE IT HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY RELEASED BY A DISTRIBUTOR, and
  • a set of 6-8 postcards featuring artwork randomly selected from the art book.

Since that time, producer/director/writer Maria Cabardo has added a $75.00 contribution tier with just the limited-edition art book as the perk.

And earlier today, 07 February 2013, Maria confirmed the roster of artists whose work will be reproduced in the book.

I’ve copied out the very diverse and impressive list of participating artists below and added links to various official and unofficial websites so you can check out their work; my apologies in advance if I’ve copied a name incorrectly or linked to the wrong website:

And last but definitely not least, the art book will feature reproductions of several pieces of art by JEFFREY JONES himself, including a watercolour sketch donated by collector Robert Weiner, president of Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc., that will be featured on the cover.

Here’s the official description of the book, cut and pasted from the Better Things Indiegogo home page:

An amazing collection of artwork from artists in the comics, publishing, role-playing, and entertainment field. This book is dedicated to help fund BETTER THINGS and was only made possible by their generosity and willingness to help get Jones’ story and art to the world. It contains 48 pgs of color and black and white work.

Estimated delivery: July 2013

Help Better Things meet its fundraising goal by donating at the $75.00 or $100.00 levels (or higher!), and receive the art book as thanks from your favourite artists. Go to the Better Things home page at Indiegogo and reserve a copy now!


UPDATE (10 February 2013):

If you are reluctant to contribute to the Better Things Indiegogo fundraiser because you think that the campaign is unlikely to reach its fundraising goal of $30,000 dollars — if you think, well, I see a perk that I really like, but it’s never going to happen for Better Things, so why should I bother — here’s something you should know:

Yes, indeed, the Better Things Indiegogo fundraiser is a “flexible funding campaign,” and as such, the campaign owner receives any money raised but in return has agreed to fulfill the perks even if the stated goal is not met. For more information, see “Following Up and Sending Perks.”


UPDATE (12 February 2013):

Maria Cabardo has announced more contributors and an enlarged page count for the art book via Twitter and the Indiegogo campaign announcements page:

Therese Nielsen (http://tnielsen.com/) and Patrick Hill has been added to the list of artists contributing to the Jones Artbook. It is now a 64-page art extravaganza [upgraded from 48 pages], a tribute to Jones and a wonderful example of the artistic community’s generosity.


UPDATE (13 February 2013):

Earlier today, Maria Cabardo posted a new pledge video:

http://vimeo.com/59546445


Don’t delay! The donation deadline is Thursday 28 February 11:59PM PT.