I was talking with my publisher a few weeks ago about how my covers all look the same and this is why we think people walk by our table at conventions as if they don’t see us, and if they’re fans think maybe they already have these issue. They all have a single flat color and one guy talking to another in the middle. Personally I don’t mind, the way I find them different is that every issue’s cover is a different color, but I can see why they ultimately don’t stand out, especially when I spent a few years not having anything new. The reason I don’t have other artists do the cover like I do with the back and some interior pages is because I don’t want to be deceptive. Primarily it is my work and should be sold as such. This cover keeps my style and sense of humor without being different from what’s inside while not looking like all the other issues. This is something I came up with which may or may not be the final cover.
I should be done with MAGIC WHISTLE #14 in the next two months. I haven’t picked the guest artists yet. I showed some sample pages of another story last summer but I’m redrawing that one. Here’s another sneak preview expanded from one of the gags you might see one the home page hitting “Random”.
I’m expecting my comp anytime soon. I did an interview with Al Jaffee about 13 years ago and it’s been used again in this big volume. Now that Fantagraphics has become the main publisher of EC Comics, they’ve released this. Below is the copy they’re using:
The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean
240-page black & white/color 10” x 12” softcover • $28.99
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The Comics Journal Library series is the most comprehensive series of lavishly illustrated interviews conducted with cartoonists ever published. To celebrate our republication of the legendary EC line, we proudly present the first of a two-volume set of interviews with the artists and writers (and publisher!) who made EC great. Included in the first volume:
career-spanning conversations with EC legends Will Elder, John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein, as well as short interviews with EC short-timers Frank Frazetta and Joe Kubert. Also: EC Publisher “William Gaines on his infamous Senate subcommittee testimony, and probing conversations between Silver Age cartoonist Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman, as well as contemporary alternative cartoonist Sam Henderson and MAD great Al Jaffee.
Part of what made EC the best publisher in the history of mainstream comics was some of the most beautiful drawing ever published in comic books, and every interview is profusely illustrated by pertinent examples of the work under discussion. The EC artists were renowned for their attention to detail, and the reproduction here takes full advantage of the oversized art book format.
I’m apparently big in Europe. At least I think. here’s a review that was posted in the Dutch pop culture magazine Zone 5300. I’m not sure how big the magazine is. I’m not even sure what this says. I think it’s a positive review. I’ll just take their word for it.
I put the text in a translation engine and this is what I got. I kind of get the gist of it:
Gourmets of delicate humor that the cut- do not run twenty years Sam Henderson are encountered, can with the appearance of the fourteenth issue of his magazine Magic Whistle damage amply overtaking. At the same time, and on the occasion anniversary of his porcelain, appears bundling Scene But Not Heard, Henderson’s wordless contribution to the nota bene magazines Spongebob Squarepants.
The difference can not be greater. Nearby Henderson, we with a little imagination a cross between Gummbah, Urbanus, Andy Kaufman and Benny Hill may call in its irregularly appearing Magic Whistle especially makes jokes about buttocks, dirty words from letter vermicelli (“That’s why they call me Dirty Danny’), prankcalls and a man who stuck in the cat flap of immemorial his own door, as he explores the laws of the strip with Scene But Not Heard: a wordless series about a man and a bear that surprise each other with loose-hanging frames, disappearance nende lines and perspective changes. Call it juggle cartoons. If the bear of the dash the waistband of the man stripping, it is in his naked. That idea.
The Magic Whistle began in 1993 as a small press sheet that Henderson in his own be-Mr. issued. Of the first series published twelve numbers, after which the counting started again. Indefatigable-seats, in a high-school style and a very select public works Henderson to his oeuvre, Incidentally, According not always full conviction: his displeasure the lack of recognition Regulation or even a breakthrough
He does not hide or banks. When would finally agree recognize genius? In a hilarious interview with The Comics Journal let him know loud and clear do not understand how it can. Butt, who could Now do not laugh endlessly? Or snobbish Fran-Sozen, who are always funny? Henderson and his fans the world is as bright as broth. Fortunately.
I mentioned CAB two posts ago and how I’ll be at two different tables. I have an all-ages book as well as copies of Magic Whistle to sell and it would be better if they weren’t in the same place, similar to kosher diets forbidding meat and milk from touching. I’ll also have the above poster available, a 17″x22″ thing I originally did as a fundraiser for Sequential Artists Workshop for $10. The catch? I only have two of them, so come early.
While you’re at it, get my comics too.