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Heads Up: Original art for sale by Jess/Jeff Johnson

“[S]kewered on a spit of material need just like everyone else,” artist Jess Johnson is having a sale of art that she produced in the mid-1990s under the name Jeff Johnson. Earlier this morning, I purchased page six of the story, “Gruesome Charlie in ‘No Erect Penises,'” which was published in 1995 in issue #4 of the Fantagraphics anthology series, Zero Zero, and is #23 on The Comics Reporter’s list of “1000 Things to Like about Comics” (posted 23 March 2005). Although I don’t have the page in hand yet, I do have the images from the sale page:

If you think you might like to add a page by “Jeff Johnson” to your own collection of original comic art — at a very reasonable price, I might add — check out Jess’s Etsy shop, “The Door.”

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

Support BETTER THINGS via Indiegogo

The documentary, Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones, is complete, but as co-writer/producer/director Maria Cabardo notes in the introduction to her new Indiegogo funraising campaign, “The challenge now is to find the funds to repay these people [who have graciously loaned their skills and time to the project over the past few years] and bring the film to the widest audience possible and share the story of Jeffrey Catherine Jones and his art.” But that’s not all. If Cabardo meets her fundraising goal of $30,000, she will not only be able to pay her outstanding pre- and post-production debts, forthcoming marketing and advertising expenses, and ongoing production legal services and fees, but also will be able to complete a companion DVD of supplementary material, including cut interview footage with Jeffrey Catherine Jones himself, to accompany the feature.


If you would like to help Maria to take her completed documentary to the masses, or you would simply like to receive a copy of the forthcoming DVD or one of the many other rewards Maria is offering at various contribution levels, click here to check out her Indiegogo fundraiser. Unlike her previous Kickstarter campaign, which did not reach its fundraising goal and thus did not provide any money to the project — Jones fan that I am, I sent the money I had pledged anyway, no strings attached, and I’ve just contributed again, which means I’ve personally given a hundred and fifty bucks to the documentary — I say, unlike her unsuccessful Kickstarter, Cabardo’s Indiegogo fundraiser is a “flexible funding campaign,” which means that Maria will receive ALL of the funds contributed by Thu 28 Feb 11:59PM PT, and is obligated to deliver all of the perks/rewards, regardless of whether the rather ambitious goal of $30,000 is met or not.

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben art sale, 26 January 2013

More pages from Richard Corben’s personal inventory of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the official Corben website on Saturday 26 January 2013 at noon CST.

Thumbnail images of the pages that will be up for sale are on the site now for preview.

The sale includes thirty (30) pages, which break down into four groups:

  1. pages one to eight of chapter three of Mutant World;
  2. all ten pages of “The Scar” (after H. P. Lovecraft’s “Recognition”), published in the Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft three-issue mini-series and hardcover collection;
  3. the cover and pages thirteen to twenty two from Swamp Thing #20; and
  4. a promotional illustration for Empire of the Dead.

“Buy-it-now” prices for all except the Mutant World pages (which will be “on auction”) will be posted when the sale goes live.

More details about the auction of the Mutant World pages will be posted on Corben’s “Sales” page on Saturday 26 January 2013.

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Heads Up: VERY CASUAL by Michael DeForge

Earlier today, publisher Annie Koyama posted to announce that Koyama Press has four new titles set to debut in Spring 2013: Very Casual and Lose #5 by Michael DeForge, Journal by Julie Delporte and Everything Takes Forever by Victor Kerlow. Certainly, every one of those titles is going to be worth a look, at the very least, but I have to say, the book I am most looking forward to, the book I will definitely buy, sight unseen, is the 152-page DeForge collection, Very Casual:

Here’s the publisher’s description:

Culled from mini comics, online comics and anthology contributions, Very Casual collects notable short stories from DeForge’s prolific oeuvre. Included are stories about litter gangs, meat-filled snowmen, righteous cops, beagle/human hybrids, and forest-bound drag queens. Very Casual also collects “Spotting Deer,” which won the Pigskin Peters Award for best non-traditional, non-narrative or avant-garde work at the 2011 Doug Wright Awards

You can read a great many comics stories by DeForge for free online at What Things Do and via DeForge’s Tumblr stream or WordPress blog.

Now get ready to buy the book!

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Heads Up! · Illustration Art


I’m a little bit late with this heads up, but as someone who has all four of the original Anarchy Comics, I can assure you, sight unseen, that Anarchy Comics: The Complete Collection, edited by Jay Kinney (224 pages, PM Press), is definitely worth a look:


Here’s the publisher’s description:

Reviving an iconic comic series originally published from 1978 to 1986, this exclusive collection brings together the legendary four issues of Anarchy Comics, the underground comic that melded anarchist politics with a punk sensibility, producing a riveting mix of satire, revolt, and artistic experimentation. The anthology features previously unpublished work by Jay Kinney and Sharon Rudahl, along with a detailed introduction by Kinney that traces the history of the comic he founded and provides entertaining anecdotes about the process of herding an international crowd of anarchistic writers. Reintroducing the long-out-of-print underground comic that inspired its readers and united a subculture, this collection includes all 30 original contributors from across the globe, including Clifford Harper, Donald Rooum, Gary Panter, Melinda Gebbie, and Steve Stiles, among other talented writers and illustrators.

I’d love to see many more fat reprints of underground comics, and that is why, even though I already have the comics, I intend to buy Anarchy Comics: The Complete Collection.

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 17 November 2012

It was announced by email yesterday that another batch of original comic-art pages by Richard Corben will go on sale via the official Corben website on Saturday 17 November 2012 at noon CST. Thumbnail images of the pages are on the site now for preview.

Available art includes 12 pages from Swamp Thing, vol. 4, no. 20 (“Little Runaway”; Vertigo, Dec. 2005), all 8 pages of “Full Moon Killer Strikes Again” from Will Eisner’s The Spirit #7 (DC, Dec. 2010), 4 Rip in Time spot illustrations, and 7 pages from chapter 3 of the Strnad/Corben classic, Mutant World. All art is in black and white.

PLEASE NOTE: Once the live sale begins, pages are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis: “the first person to complete the shopping cart, gets the page.”

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Heads Up: First two volumes of MICKY MOUSE by Floyd Gottfredson, on sale now!

Unfortunately, this “Heads Up” is for RCN’s Canadian readers only. At our local Chapters store earlier today, I came across the first two volumes of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson, published by Fantagraphics Books, on sale (already!) for CDN$9.99 each. Wow! At that price, how could I resist? Short answer: I couldn’t. I bought them both.

With my Chapters card discount, the grand total, tax included, came to CDN$18.88.

Now that, my friends, is a great deal!

P.S. Of course, the Mickey Mouse books might be on sale in other countries as well. Feel free to post your own “Heads Up” below if you come across them in a store near you.

Heads Up! · Jeffrey "Jeff" Catherine Jones


I have complained several times here at RCN about the lack of basic publication and other information about the covers, spot illustrations, and other materials featured in the books that have been published to date about the work of Jeffrey Jones.

Today, however, I am delighted to highlight a book that promises to fill in some of the blanks in our knowledge of Jones’s career and perhaps bring to light a few forgotten gems in Jones’s vast back-catalogue of published work:


Here’s the publisher’s description:

Vanguard follows Frazetta: The Definitive Reference with Jeffrey Jones: The Definitive Reference. Frazetta called Hugo and World Fantasy Award winner, Jones, the greatest living painter. This book catalogues all published Jones work: book covers, National Lampoon, Idyl, comics, The Studio (with Wrightson, Winsdor-Smith and Kaluta), prints, portfolios, and more.

The regular hardcover edition runs 176 pages, the deluxe slip-cased edition is 192 pages and features a 16 page bonus folio section not part of the regular hardcover edition.

With a career as poorly documented as Jones’s has been, the task of compiling a catalogue of all of the artist’s published work must have involved countless hours of scholarly detective work. That being said, however, one doesn’t have to be Nostradamus to predict that an online errata sheet will be posted by someone or other shortly after the book is published. Because the fact is, generally speaking, very few scholarly reference works make it to press without some errors and/or omissions, and even fewer do so when the area of research is an obscure corner of popular culture. But don’t pass up the first edition of Jeffrey Jones: The Definitive Reference in hope that an updated/corrected/perfect edition will appear at some future date. If the first edition is not successful in the first place, an updated/corrected edition won’t even be a possibility.

P.S. Needless to say, Jones fan that I am, I have already pre-ordered the slip-cased edition.

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Heads Up: “Mati & the Music: 52 Record Covers 1955-2005”

Coming in late October 2012 (according to Amazon):

Here’s the publisher’s description:

The 1960s and 1970s offered many options for mind expansion: psychedelic drugs, Eastern meditation, sex — and the art of Mati Klarwein. Klarwein (1932-2002) was a major presence in the New York art scene, admired by everyone from Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí to Jimi Hendrix and Jackie Onassis (who commissioned him to paint a portrait of John F. Kennedy). His pop-surrealist universe of pantheistic religious harmony, sexual fertility and gender and racial unity gave visual expression to an era and to a generation of music, and was embraced by some of the most progressive musicians of his time. Mati & the Music presents Klarwein’s 52 paintings that appeared on album covers, a body of work that began in the mid-1950s and continued for half a century. The majority of the album covers Klarwein painted were commissioned by the musicians themselves, most famously by Miles Davis for his breakthrough fusion albums Bitches Brew and Live Evil and Carlos Santana for Abraxas. Others included Earth Wind & Fire, Buddy Miles and Gregg Allman. Major record labels also employed Klarwein, including Blue Note for Jackie McLean and Reuben Wilson, and Douglas Records for the Last Poets, Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia. With the trim size of an LP album, Mati & The Music will appeal to lovers of music, graphic design and psychedelic art.

And here’s a bit about Mati Klarwein:

Klarwein was born in Germany in 1932 and moved to Paris in 1948 where he studied with the painter Fernand Leger. He was introduced to the art of Dali and Bunuel by Ernst Fuchs, who also taught him the mixed technique of Van Eyck and the Flemish School During his New York years, from 1965 onwards, Klarwein’s work was considered to be inspired by Surrealism and the Psychedelic movement of the time. In the late 1970s Klarwein moved to Majorca, where he lived until he passed away in 2002. The artist completed many painting including famous commissioned portraits of politicians such as JFK, artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Bernstein, actors such as Brigitte Bardot and writers such as Robert Graves. He was also famous for his landscapes, [for] his still lifeworks, and for the many record covers he painted

The Fuchs influence is strong in this one. And that’s a good thing.


Mati Klarwein Art > Album Covers – includes a large scan of Klarwein’s Annunciation (1961), made famous as the wraparound cover of Santana’s landmark Abraxis album.

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Heads Up: IDW to publish complete collection of Cerebus covers in 2013


Late yesterday, a short press release from IDW sent tremors of delight through the comics web:

IDW is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with Aardvark-Vanaheim Inc. to publish a book of the 300 CEREBUS covers in 2013, IDW CEO and Publisher Ted Adams announced today as Scott Dunbier, IDW’s award-winning Special Projects Editor arrived in Kitchener, Ontario to begin the daunting process of scanning all of the CEREBUS covers — and cover related material — at the “Off-White House”.

“With the long-anticipated launch of Dave Sim’s HIGH SOCIETY DIGITAL and HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO DIGITAL only days away, and as a long-time fan of Dave’s work, I couldn’t be happier to have IDW here in the Ground Zero spotlight with Dave and CEREBUS in announcing this major publication event which fans have been clamouring for since CEREBUS came to an end in 2004,” said Adams.

Dave Sim, president of Aardvark-Vanaheim, added, “I can’t think of any other publisher than IDW and any other editor than Scott Dunbier to whom I would have entrusted this Herculean task. I’m working full-time with Scott, providing him with every imaginable raw material needed. Based on Scott’s flawless track record, I think we’re all in for a treat.”

So start saving your allowance, kids! Pace Dave Sim, IDW doesn’t have a “flawless” track record with books like this — the publisher should be embarrassed, for instance, by the heavily damaged magazine and book covers that whoever-it-was scanned for Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art as well as by the overall sub-standard reproduction in what ought to have been a collection of Jones artwork for the ages — but more often than not, they get it right.


BONUS LINK: officially opens for business on 10 October 2012, but right now you can download a five-minute preview of “High Society – Special Audio/Visual Digital Edition” in which Sim himself reads all of the captions, dialogue, thought balloons, etc., “in character,” over a pan-and-zoom presentation of the comic that includes background music and ambient noise.