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Fantagraphics Books Needs Your Help!

Buy Books! Keep Us Alive!

To Comics Lovers Throughout the World:

Fantagraphics Books has just celebrated its 27th year publishing many of the finest cartoonists from all over the world as well as our flagship publication, the magazine people love to hate, The Comics Journal. We are proud of our long-term commitment to comics as an art form and our dogged determination to push excellence down everybody’s throats. This is all very well and good but it doesn’t mean much in the face of brute economics — and it’s the wall of brute economics that we’ve just hit, hard.

Due to two major financial obstacles over the last two years, we’re hard against it.

Our former and now bankrupt book trade distributor went out of business owing us over $70,000 — which we will never see. (To add insult to injury, we learned that the owner is selling copies of our books that he should’ve returned on e-bay!) This unexpected shortfall necessitated taking out a couple loans which have now come due. In late 2001, our line was picked up by the W.W. NORTON COMPANY, who took over our bookstore distribution, and has done a magnificent job of providing us unprecedented access to the bookstore market. Inexperience with the book trade resulted in our erring on the side of overprinting our books too heavily throughout 2002, so that our anticipated profit is in fact sitting in our warehouse in the form of books. Loans must be paid in cash, not books. The only way to get out of this hole we’ve dug ourselves into is to sell those books. Which is where, we hope, you come in.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve worked to fix our in-house problems (which included, most painfully, laying off several fine and long-term employees). We have put in place a system of checks and balances by which we will watch our inventory growth scrupulously. But, we have a debt to pay down and wolves at the door. It’s so severe that this month we envisaged shutting down our active publishing, seeking outside investors, or similarly odious measures. (Fantagraphics continues to be owned 100% by Messrs. Gary Groth and Kim Thompson. We’d like it to remain that way.)

If you’ve respected what Fantagraphics stands for and what we’ve done for the medium, if you’ve enjoyed our books, and if you want to insure that this proud tradition continues into this new and ominous century, we’re asking you to help us now in our especial hour of need by buying some books. Put simply, we need to raise about $80,000 above our usual sales over the next month, and the only way to do that is to convert books into cash.

We’ve spent the last quarter century trying hard to produce the best comics the world has ever seen. You’ve rewarded us over the years with your loyal patronage, your moral support, your praise, your intelligent and honest feedback, all of which are more than we could ever have hoped for. We know we have tens of thousands of loyal readers: if even a fraction of you come forward and order two or three books that you’ve been meaning to buy, we’ll be over this hump. We’ve published some some of the best books ever over the last year —Gene Deitch’s (yes, that Gene Deitch!) THE CAT ON A HOT THIN GROOVE; B. KRIGSTEIN, Greg Sadowski’s definitive biography of the pioneering artist from the '50s; the magnificent FRANK collection; and the third volume of the extraordinary KRAZY KAT series. Our publishing plans for 2003 include a huge coffee table book by Will Elder (WILL ELDER: MAD PLAYBOY OF ART); KRIGSTEIN COMICS, a 240 page follow-up collection of Krigstein’s best comics from the ’50s, and new collections and graphic novels by Gilbert Hernandez, Jason, Dave Cooper, Robert Crumb, A.B. Frost, Bill Griffith, Gary Panter...

We already sell books by mail, so, as clichéd as it sounds, we really do have operators standing by. You can view out catalogue online. You can order by calling our 800 number or on-line at our web site (all ordering information below.)

If this was a standard pitch, we’d offer you some extra incentive — a discount or free books or knicknacks or whatnot. But, it’s not. We’re asking those of you who believe we’ve contributed something worthwhile and meaningful to help us continue to do so, that’s all. We need the full retail value of our books. But we can offer something that won’t cost us any money: anyone (individually or collectively) who buys $500 worth of books from us will get a personal phone call from Gary Groth thanking you for saving Fantagraphics’ ass. Think how much fun this could be at a party!

Order online with our Secure Checkout

phone: 206-524-1967 or 800-657-1100

via FAX: 206-524-2104

via mail: Fantagraphics Books, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115


Because Q-Tip reminded me that it existed.

100 Things I made up about myself.

1. I'm a Russian pool boy
2. I invented 1976
3. My favorite object to use in sexual intercourse is a karate chop
4. I directed and starred in "The House of Whipcord".
5. My blood cells have machine guns named "Bradley".
6. I have the mouth AIDS.
7. I have a pet satellite.
8. It's name is " Shut-up-a-saurus".
9. I'm a solid ghost.
10. I've collected 700 various types of Navy Seals.
11. They all like to give me the finger.
12. I created the character of Leelee Sobieski
13. I play her on all her talk show appearances
14. The rest is just really badly done CGI
15. Also I write all her shitty poetry
16. Mostly when I'm smashed on Robotussin, cable TV, and megaphone crooning.
17. I overdosed on the state of Texas.
18. Twice.
19. I was arrested for driving.
20. My base of operations is called "The Crimetower".
21. If you press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start. I'll tap your genitalia
with a hammer.
22.My brain was removed by Leonardo Da Vinci and replaced with the season 2 scripts for "Undeclared".
23. And also cream cheese.
24. On Monday, Wednesday and sometimes Sundays I dress up as szechwan chicken and DJ truckers’ birthday parties.
25. Everything I've ever said has been dubbed by Michael J. Fox
26. I also invented the boner.
27. I've discovered that whenever I play miniature golf I pass out.
28. And often find myself waking up in the dairy case at my local convenience store.
29. I am often referred to as the founder of "The Toothless Dads of America".
30. I've gone by the name Regina Hansen.
31. And I was terrific in bed.
32. Back when I worked at Schnucks myself and a friend of mine carved a penis out of a potato and walked around with it hanging out of our respective pants.
33. Number 32 was true.
34. I couldn't bring myself to tell him that he was dead. My grandfather I mean not Abraham Lincoln.
35. My middle name is "Fancy".
36. If I'm forced to throw shit, I'll aim to the side.
37. "That's not funny. My mom lost her sense of smell in a riding accident." Isn't the funniest thing I've ever heard come out of another human being's mouth.
38. I like Star Wars.
39. I own all the classic Pauly Shore movies. On Laserdisc.
40. I told MTV that music videos are passé and that the Real World is what the kids want.
41. I'm actually Ice T.
42. The drink. Not the rapper/actor.
43. I've fought 75 men to the death.
44. No one was injured.
45. I have beer and brats 3 times a day.
46. Across my navel the phrase "Two-Bit Hussy" is tattooed in old English.
47. I've hunted several refrigerators in their natural habitat.
48. Dennis Miller. Yeah, that shits all my fault.
49. I adopted 17 year old girl.
50. Doing math comes easily to me.
51. If you stare at the liner notes to Kool Keith's "Lost In Space/Black Elvis" album, you'll eventually see me on a pogo stick just, ya know, kicking it.
52. I projectile vomit concrete.
53. Every mirror in my house is made up of stained glass.
54. I hang out at baby showers.
55. Yakov Smirnoff used to get smashed and try to feel each other up.
56. My right arm is made out of the Pythagorean Theorem.
57. I have photographs of Bob Crane on the toilet.
58. They were given to me by as a joint Christmas present from JFK and Joe Stalin, when they lived on the moon together.
59. In high school I was voted "most likely".
60. I watched the shit out of it.
61. I graduated from Awesome College.
62. I made a man out of; mashed potatoes, pasta and beaten up pairs of Adidas shell tops.
63. I have Yosemite Sam mud flaps.
64. Attached to the back of my legs.
65. I double dared the Pope.
66. I only wear Umbro shorts, flip-flops, and a handlebar mustache
67. I'm what the world would sound like if Jack Kirby drew it.
68. I was the inspiration for Scream.
69. But not Scream 2 or 3.
70. More often than not I'm found about town getting handjobs and buying new rims for my jeep.
71. I was born without and abdomen.
72. Instead I have a very large combination lock.
73. I have 9 lives.
74. All of them have been spent "looking for a thug girl".
75. I played 2nd backup clarinet on Green Days "When I come Around".
76. My parents were going to name me Milo Von Tabledance
77. Instead they named me Freud G-String.
78. I've done stand-up comedy under the stage name Kenny Yung.
79. Who happens to be an Asian business man, who thinks that americans eat too many cheeseburgers.
80. Last Thursday I was caught dropping science.
81. I just left it there.
82. My college thesis was on the intensely debated theory that "Reading is for kids who can't play football."
83. I got a C+ on it.
84.I'm probably not a hypochondriac
85. In college my major was "flipping on things."
86. I minored in shoelaces.
87. I've propped dead bodies against the wall.
88. But only for profit, never for recreation.
89. I was born with an irrational fear of couches.
90. I'm married to the sea.
91. Until we got in this huge fight about Tom Hanks.
92. Because I'm hispanic, I love tacos.
93. I started a No Fear knock-off brand called "Tuff Dad".
94. I don't fuck around.
95. When I reach 88 miles per hour I usually fall over.
96. My MC name is MC Fighter.
97. I bitchslapped television and told it to "Do better."
98. E! did an E! True Hollywood Story about me.
99. It was filled with lies.
100.My warranty has expired.
Disappearing archives are the dopest.

Blogger's doing something retard, as per usual, so the archives might be there and they might not. Some posts are missing, some aren't. I'm through attempting to fix it on my end, I'll let them fix it.

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Immigrant Sews Up Eyes, Ears and Mouth

LONDON (Reuters) - An Iranian refugee in Britain has sewn up his eyes, ears and mouth to protest against his treatment by the British government.
Abas Amini, a political poet and communist activist who fled Iran to Britain two years ago, took the action after the Home Office said it would appeal a decision to grant him asylum.

Amini, 33, has gone on hunger strike in Nottingham, in the English Midlands, and is refusing all medical attention.

Speaking with difficulty through his closed lips and with an interpreter, he told BBC Radio Tuesday he was forced to come to Britain after being tortured and jailed in Iran.

"Shouldn't a human being have a square foot of earth to live on and to live in peace? That is what I came here for," he said.


I'm getting really tired of looking at all this half-finished projects on my harddrive.

Which should, in theory, be no one's fault but my own. Last week, I made it halfway through the intial script for RED HORSE, which was nice but DISPOSABLE BOYS and BOANTHROPOLOGETIC both sit in various stages of completion. THE GUIDE TO FAST LIVINGSTON has yet to go through a massive rewrite.

Plus, I get keep getting sidetracked by either a new idea or the prospect of actual paying work (which 99% of the time falls through.)

My solution: Sleep less. Starting ..... NOW.



SARS dolls : A shop assistant stands behind a display of dolls sporting
masks to go with the ongoing SARS epidemic in Beijing. (AFP/Str )


Steve-O Arrested For Allegedly Swallowing Condom Full Of Drugs

"Jackass" co-star Steve-O has been arrested in Sweden, facing charges of narcotics smuggling and possession of illegal drugs.

The stuntman, whose real name is Stephen Glover, was arrested Thursday, and though he has yet to be formally charged, he has been prevented from talking to an attorney, his lawyer Jason Berk said. Glover, however, has made contact with the U.S. Embassy.

The possible charges stem from Glover's boasts that he had swallowed a condom filled with marijuana, a stunt he claimed he had tried while en route from Oslo, Norway, to Stockholm, Sweden, while on his "Don't Try This at Home" tour in Europe. In an e-mail sent to MTV News on May 15, Glover described the stunt, saying that the day or so previous, he had "loaded a bunch of marijuana, a chunk of hash, and a big rolling paper into a condom" and ingested it with much pain while a member of his crew, Mike Liddle, filmed him.



My buddy Brian Hurtt gets interviewed.

Brian Hurtt has worked on an mix of projects since beginning his comics career. Currently he's the artist on the new Oni series Three Strikes, but he's also working on a fill in issue of DC's Gotham Central. [click here for full story]



Mark Cobra (left) and KROM.


From Gawker:

Bizarre subway encounters with Bill Murray

A reader writes, "A friend (claims he) was walking through the Union Square station when Bill Murray walked up to him, gave him a noogie and then whispered into his ear: "no one will ever believe you." Incidentally, this story was told because last month we came across Mr. Murray having a couple drinks at the Stanhope Park Hyatt bar (on 5th, across from the Met.)"



An Indian city where an abandoned baby was mauled by dogs last year now hosts an electronic buzzer system to let parents dispose of unwanted infants safely.(AFP)


A Taiwanese monk wears a mask as he prays at Taipei's Lung Shan Temple on May 20, 2003. Taiwan, grappling with the world's third-most severe outbreak of the deadly SARS virus, reported a daily record of 39 new infections taking the total to 383 probable cases. (Richard Chung/Reuters)

Farmers' Dispute Leads to Tractor Joust

BERLIN (Reuters) - Unable to resolve their row over a disputed field, two middle-aged German farmers staged an impromptu joust on their tractors, police said Tuesday.

After he planted the field near the southern town of Ansbach with maize and potatoes, one of the farmers spotted his adversary advancing on the same piece of land with one tractor trailing a plow and another in escort, police said.

Quickly mounting his own tractor, the angered farmer sped toward the intruders and rammed both opposing tractors, crippling their engines, before police arrived at the scene to restore order. He was charged with causing bodily harm.


Escape 'The Matrix,' Go Directly to Jail
Some Defendants in Slaying Cases Make Reference to Hit Movie

Josh Cooke wasn't merely a fan of the hit movie "The Matrix." He believed he lived inside The Matrix, his lawyers say.

The 19-year-old had a huge movie poster hanging in his Oakton bedroom and a trench coat like the one worn by Neo, Keanu Reeves's character. He bought a 12-gauge shotgun, similar to one of the weapons Neo uses to fight the "agents" in the movie.

And on Feb. 17, Fairfax County police say, he walked into his family's basement and shot his father seven times with the shotgun and his mother twice. He then called the police -- twice -- to calmly report the killings.


Is That a Light Saber in Your Pocket?

Sending up Star Wars

A short time from now, in a theater not too far away (8 and 10:30 p.m. May 16, 17, 23 and 24; Artloft Theatre, 1529 Washington Avenue; $10; 314-361-5664 or for reservations), Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre will add to its list of pop-culture parody performances the ultimate in geek-out space opera, The One-Hour Star Wars Trilogy: Live! (covering Episodes IV-VI). Troupe co-founder Donna Northcott says that choosing from the plethora of pop-culture goodness for these shows is easy because she "watches a lot of crap."

Speaking of crap, don't count on any fancy sets or costumes. As is usual with Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre productions, the audience will get "cheap tickets, cheap production values and cheap laughs," says Northcott. As for the space-battle scenes, she suggests that "you keep your arms and legs out of the aisles."

(Go, AMY!)


Synthetic gecko hairs promise walking up walls
19:00 14 May 03
Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition

The prospect of being able to emulate a gecko and walk up a wall and across the ceiling has come a step closer to reality. Scientists in California have begun to work out how to make a material coated with synthetic gecko hairs. If engineers could create a material that matches the nimble lizard's incredible grip, the applications would be endless.

Journey to centre of Earth proposed

A proposal to send a probe to the centre of the Earth has been published in a leading scientific journal. The wacky scheme would need the world's largest nuclear bomb and enough iron to fill 13 large concert halls.

David Stevenson at Caltech in Pasadena, California, admits that his suggestion is "slightly tongue in cheek" and faces some massive engineering and funding challenges. But, he says, the proposal has a serious side - highlighting the complete lack of direct knowledge of the Earth's interior.

Space probes have sent back data from beyond the Solar System, but researchers have never drilled more than 10 kilometres into the crust, he point out. So geologists know very little about the Earth's composition and hence its origins and evolution.



Muslim protest : Indonesian Muslim women demonstrate in front of a local television station in Jakarta to protest pornography and prostitution, which they claim are a result of the country's economic crisis. (AFP/Ade Danhur)

World's first inflatable church opens

ESHER (Reuters) - The world's first inflatable church has opened its Gothic arches to worshippers to reveal a blow-up organ, a polyvinyl pulpit, an air-filled altar and fake stained glass windows.

(Andi: Wow. They have inflate-a-pews.)

Bear Attacks Sub

During the ICEX 2003 naval exercises near the North Pole, the American submarine Connecticut (SSN 22) poked it's sail and rudder through the ice. When an officer looked around outside via the periscope, he noted that his sub was being stalked by a hostile polar bear. The periscope cam was turned on, and these photos of a polar bear chewing on the subs rear rudder resulted. The damage was said to be minor. The SSN 22 is a Seawolf class boat, one of the navy's newest submarines. It wasn't designed as a polar bear snack, but that's how life is sometimes.



Ron Pearlman as Hellboy.
UK Medics Took Thousands of Brains Without Consent

LONDON (Reuters) - British pathologists removed the brains from tens of thousands of human corpses over a period of 30 years without the permission of the victims' relatives, the government acknowledged on Monday.

In a sinister reminder of scandals in the late 1990s, when hospitals were found to have secretly kept the hearts of dead children for research purposes, the government said the illicit removal of brains had been "widespread in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s."

It said the true scale of the scandal would never be known because records from the 1970s were sketchy and many of the brains had been used for research or destroyed in the intervening years.

But the government's Inspector of Anatomy, Jeremy Metters, told a news conference that of 30,000 brains in storage in 2000, when a major count of stored organs was carried out, more than half were probably taken without permission.

"Between 50 and 70 percent of those were not taken by consent," he said.








Fotolog update.
Brought to my attention via FUNWRECKER.

Man removed pacemaker while on the lam from the law

A man who apparently tried to fake his own death had his pacemaker cut out of his chest in a South Carolina motel room shortly after staging his disappearance in January.

Steven Lukowich, 35, of Ridgeland is recovering from an infection in an Erie, Pa., jail where he faces charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Jasper County deputies said he staged his disappearance in January, then had his pacemaker delivered to his wife, along with a piece of skin and a letter claiming he'd been murdered by religious zealots.


Severed Head Story # 2.

Man Slices Own Head Off in Supermarket Suicide

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African man died trying to cut his own head off with a butcher's band saw in a major supermarket, police said on Wednesday.

Superintendent Jay Naicker said the Shoprite Checkers store in Richards Bay had been ready to close on Monday when the man wandered in and headed for the meat department. "He just walked in, went to the band saw machine and switched it on," Naicker told Reuters. "Apparently he knew what he was doing. He put his neck to the blade and it cut about half way through before he fell to the floor."

Severed Head Story # 1.

Man Arrested with Severed Head Says Was Provoked

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man arrested after walking through town swinging the severed head of his sister-in-law by the hair told police she had provoked him, German prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old man admitted stabbing the woman to death and cutting off her head with a 12-inch kitchen knife after a row, a spokesman at the prosecutors' office in the western city of Aachen said. "The man said he had been provoked before the deed," the spokesman said, but gave no details.

Kutcher continues, "And then I go upstairs to see another friend and I can smell the green wafting out under his door. I open the door, and there he is, smoking out the Bush twins on his hookah."

The star of the upcoming "Seriously, Dude, Where's My Car?" says he thinks the Secret Service has been tapping his phone ever since.

The actor has lately found success with "Punk'd," an MTV show in which he plays practical jokes on celebrities. He says he'd like to "punk" President Bush by sending Saddam Hussein doubles to the White House.

A Bush spokeswoman returned a call but had no immediate comment.



Professional wrestler 'The Great Sasuke' has a lawmaker's badge pinned to his lapel before taking his place in the council chamber in Morioka, 290 miles north of Tokyo, May 6, 2003. Defying critics who called it 'indecent,' Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Murakawa turned up for his first day at work sporting the vividly patterned mask. Photo by Kyodo via Reuters


A man walks past a mural with posters mocking U.S. President George W. Bush in a square in Sao Paulo, May 6, 2003. Six weeks after U.S. and British troops invaded Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein, U.S. President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq were over and the United States and its allies had prevailed over Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker




Violent song lyrics increase aggression

Songs with violent lyrics increase aggressive thoughts and emotions, suggests a study in US college students.

The study contradicts a popular suggestion that music loaded with violent imagery, such as some rap and heavy metal, are cathartic in venting aggression.

Craig Anderson at Iowa State University and colleagues found that students who listened to songs with violent lyrics were more likely to make aggressive associations in subsequent psychological tests.

Although, the effects were measured over a short time only, the team believes listening to violent lyrics could have a long-term effect - contributing to the development of a more aggressive and confrontational personality.

"Aggressive thoughts can influence perceptions of ongoing social interactions, colouring them with an aggressive tint," said Anderson. "Listening to angry, violent music does not appear to provide the kind of cathartic release that the general public and some professional and pop psychologists believe."

Rangers Find Arm That Climber Amputated

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - Thirteen park rangers lugged equipment into this southeastern Utah park and lifted an 800-pound boulder that trapped a mountain climber and forced him to amputate his arm to escape.

After hiking 3 miles to the remote canyon Sunday, the crew was able to lift the egg-shaped boulder and push it into a space where it fit securely. The rangers also recovered the arm of Aron Ralston, who was pinned for five nights before cutting off his arm below the elbow with a pocketknife on Thursday.

Original story here.

A Chinese medical worker, in full protective suit, checks the body temperature of a traveller at a checkpoint outside Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, May 5, 2003. Cities across China set up checkpoints to monitor travellers from for symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) as China's leaders issued calls for national solidarity in the battle against SARS. REUTERS/China Photo


The Other Charles Bronson

Originally posted by Xtop.

Which would be good enough on its own, but check out the roster of creeps on the back, all of whom seem to be posing with the exact same dog:

and the cryptic message signed by Bronson himself:

Family Sues Theme Park in A Clash With Doctor Doom

From Ain't It Cool News:


I know this movie has another title but that’s what it should be called ‘cause this movie kicks balls/ass/both. THANK FUCK THE OSCARS ARE OVER! Bunch of films going, “Ewwh, please don’t hit me I’m so delicate and I’m made out of flower petals and also give me a reward”. And now this is the first one coming along going, “Get ready to have your balls kicked” and before you can say, “What’d you say?” it kicks you in the balls and eats out your girlfriend.

This one’s got Hannibal Lecter from the Manhunter of the Lambs film only now he’s this government bad-ass and he’s all, “I’m taking out the mutants” and holy shit he’s serious, ‘cuz you see him making all these mutants do evil shit, and meanwhile the good mutants at the Good Mutants School have to stop him, and they’re forced to team up with the evil mutants. So we get to see Rogue (hottie) and this Ice Dude (gay-looking, but Rogue seems to want to fuck him so what do I know?) and this Fire Kid who’s all three steps from going Columbine every second of his life and that boring Cyclops dick and showing-her-boobs-for-an-Oscar Storm and Mind Control Redhead and Wheelchair Charlie and finally Fuck Yeah Wolverine (which should be his official name) having to hook it up with Magnet-Gandalf and Rebecca Rojmin-Nudeass to take out the evil government dude. Whooba-dow!


A masked May Day protester throws stones at German riot police from atop of a
burning car after peaceful May Day protests turned into fierce street fights in
Berlin May 1, 2003. Violence broke out on Thursday in the district of the German
capital, Kreuzberg, after peaceful left-wing and anti-Nazi demonstrations.
REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Climber amputates his arm, hikes to safety

Friday, May 2, 2003 Posted: 0457 GMT (12:57 PM HKT)

MOAB, Utah (AP) -- A Colorado climber amputated his own arm Thursday, five days after becoming pinned by a boulder, and he was hiking to safety when he was spotted by searchers, authorities said.


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