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eight strip sunday week seven

all ones I scanned personally this time, most of them clippings from 2000, when President Clinton was winding down, I worked for a lobbying firm, livejournal was a year old, Osama bin Laden was a B-list villain, a gallon of gas cost a buck-fifty, and Sparky Schulz had just left us. Click pictures to embiggen.

Richard Thompson, just announced winner of The Reuben (for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year) by the National Cartoonists Society:
same cat, different catbox

Patrick McDonnell:
wings get chicks

eleven years of browning

Lynda Barry:
Everyone will lie to everyone's face

Bill Griffith:
forgot to floss, too

Ben Katchor:
I like soccer

Aaron McGruder:
Fearless Iranians from Hell


Chester Brown's going to be @ SPX -- let's go pay him (a compliment) for it (his comix).

american book

th Best American Comics 2008 is out, edited/selected by L. Barry, w/ a dust jacket by Eleanor Davis that makes me want to use it as a hanglider and jump off a mountain. Last year's edition (edited by Chris Ware) was a real fucker, and I bet this one will be, too; and they're a really good bargain for how many pages of comix you get, especially if you haven't been keeping up w/ everything that's been coming out recently--which keeping up is getting harder and harder to do now w/ every publisher on Earth getting into th comix business.

I can hear music

lynda barry

in what has to be considered th first real surprise of th draft, halohalomofoko have selected Lynda Barry (b. 2 January 1956) of Wisconsin and Washington. Barry first drew Ernie Pook's Comeek for th school newspaper @ Evergreen State College, a hippie school where faculty don't give out grades--I think they write evaluative senryu about th students' work? She's been doing Ernie Pook ever since and has been making a living doing it since she was 23.

Onion: At what point did you decide that you could be a cartoonist for a living?

LB: When Robert Roth at The Chicago Reader called me in Seattle and picked up my comic strip. The Reader paid $80 per week. My rent was $99 a month. Lordy! I was rich.

That's nearly 30 years as a pro, but her work continues to contain a peculiar childlike terror and sense of humour.

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I discovered Barry's comix when I was in high school. Ernie Pook was running in th back of Washington City Paper, where it still is today. I'd never seen anything like it, never heard a voice in comix that treated pain and happiness in such a matter-of-fact way, not even in Schulz.

Onion: Your writing focuses primarily on childhood. How would you characterize your own childhood?

LB: Long. It went on and on and on. Beyond that, um, I actually don't like to talk about it much. I'm very glad it's over.

Onion: Everyone in your stories survives by either banding together with a like-minded person or creating one in their minds. No one ever comes to the rescue. Are you of the mindset that there's no room for heroes today?

LB: I never thought of that. I guess that's a point of view I would have to admit is autobiographical. (I had to stop here and get a pinch of Copenhagen to calm down from this jarring observation.) In my own life, no one ever did come to the rescue for anything. Ever.

Did you know that she dated Ira Glass, and that Glass dumped her and den did a radio show and said she dumped him?

"When that article came out in the Tribune and I saw my name in there ... I got this weird pang in my heart," says Lynda Barry. "It was so weird to see our names in there with this person who changed my belief in human nature. I went out with him. It was the worst thing I ever did. When we broke up he gave me a watch and said I was boring and shallow, and I wasn't enough in the moment for him, and it was over. I had to go around for a year saying, 'Am I boring and shallow and not enough in the moment?'"

I was so impressed w/ Ernie Pook I showed it to my one cousin who liked Love & Rockets. "It's good," he said, "but I can't look at the ugly drawings for too long."

Onion: Who influenced your cartooning style? And your prose style?

LB: Well, I'd hate to insult anyone, but Dr. Seuss, Don Martin, Dave Berg, R. Crumb, Tom Robbins, Grimm's fairy tales, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Anderson's fairy tales, hippie music, Peter Maxx, the Broadway musical Hair, Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, The Family Circus, Archie, Nancy, and, um... books in the library that I stared at while I waited for most of the other kids at my junior high to go home so I could walk home without getting beat up.

I went to high school with Charles Burns and thought he was the world's best artist, but I don't think he thought much of me beyond as a pest. I still think he's the best cartoonist in the world except Chris Ware, who is Michael Jordan.

Wikidpedia says she's a quarter flippy, but they don't provide a source. I'd always thought she was half.

"I'd say like 15 to 25 percent of the comic strips may have actually happened to me ..."

Yr move, komix_klatches!

round three begin

balls are in our courts, halohalomofokos. Th Others have anointed Th King, Jack Kirby, leaving us w/ only a buhzillion brilliant leftovers to choose from.

Who shall it be?

I know next to nothing 'bout this guy.
Osamu Tezuka?

long day @ th office
Will Eisner?

I have a dream ...
Jim Woodring?

Can look @ this stuff forever.
Hank Ketcham?

exactly like it
Kevin Huizenga?

Don't need no other friends.
Bill Watterson?

MZA idiot MZA bastard MZA pussy
Eddie Campbell?

boom boom BOOM BOOM
R. Crumb?

What it is.
Lynda Barry?

All comix is time travel.
Alan Moore?


Show eye candy.