On the Scene: Sparks Fly at ‘Surely You’re Joking, Dr. Wertham’ Event

As the first of several “Comic Book Roundtable” events to be held at the Soho Gallery of Digital Art under the auspices of gallery owner John Ordover and former Marvel editor, author, and educator Danny Fingeroth, this event exploring the life and legacy of Dr. Frederic Wertham was planned for the occasion of Wertham’s 118th birthday, but in the lead up to the event, recent developments in scholarship about the controversial comic reformer shed new light on the evening’s subject matter. In November 2012, librarian, professor, and scholar Carol Tilley published her findings that after examining Wertham’s papers held by the Library of Congress, some of Wertham’s methods and reports were questionable, sparking debate in comics scholarship and among comics fans, particularly after the story was picked up by major media sources in February of 2013.

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Preview: Comics About Cartoonists: The World’s Oddest Profession

Comics About  Cartoonists

Before “meta” was physical, before Modernism became Posted, before Art Popped, cartoonists drew stories about cartoonists and cartooning!

Some of it was autobiographical (or possibly semi-auto… I doubt Milt Gross almost became Batman!), some of it was pure fantasy.  (The pygmalian dream of a drawing come to life is represented twice in this volume, and I know of two more “adult” versions, one furry!) And some of it, well, there was probably a deadline looming, so why not draw a comic about how hard it is to draw a comic?

Craig Yoe, comics historian and archeologist, has collected some of the best comics about cartoonists, by noted and forgotten talent, into a new tome titled, appropriately enough, Comics About Cartoonists: Stories About the World’s Oddest Profession.  Most of it obscure, but looking at the names below, you’ll discover a Hall of Fame of comics talent!  Scroll down for some teaser images!  If the table of contents doesn’t convince you to buy this book, then images by Webster, Kirby, Gross, Segar, Eisner, and Wood will!  230 pages of full color fun!  Get your copy today!

PR below the previews!

The Table of Contents:

 Artist Loves Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Kirby
 The Amazing Story of Walt Disney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edd Ashe
 Inkie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Cole
 Inkie/Do You Believe in Lucky Tokens? . . . . . . . . . .  Milt Stein
 Scribbly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Sheldon Mayer
 Joe Palooka and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ham Fisher
 Dick Tracy and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chester Gould
 Nancy and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ernie Bushmiller
 Steve Canyon and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milton Caniff  
 Kar Toon and His Copy Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martin Filchock
 G.I. Joe: Beautiful Benny of Company B . . . . . . .  Ernie Schroeder 
 The Mad Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Stahl 
 Pen Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Klaus Nordling 
 The Thrill That Comes Once in a Lifetime . . . . . . . . H.T. Webster 
 Our Boyhood Ambitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  H.T. Webster
 Untitled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H.T. Webster
 Life’s Darkest Moment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .H.T. Webster
 Li’l Abner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Capp & Frank Frazetta
 Night-Monster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Disbrow 
 Covering the Cartoonists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Various 
 Suzie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attributed to Harry Sahle
 Grossly Xaggerated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milt Gross 
 Grossly Xaggerated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milt Gross 
 Hey Look . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harvey Kurtzman 
 Frankenstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dick Briefer 
 The Blue Men of Bantro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Steve Ditko 
 The Peculiar Pacifier . . . .  Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, John Sikela
 Tale of Terror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lin Streeter 
 Thimble Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elzie Segar
 Sergeant Spook . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Kapitan & John Jordan 
 Squeedlegump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Ken Hultgre
 The Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Will Eisner 
 Scoop Scuttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basil Wolverton 
 Dream of the Rarebit Fiend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winsor McCay 
 Dream of the Rarebit Fiend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winsor McCay 
 Midsummer Day Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winsor McCay 
 Comic Valentine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ogden Whitney 
 My Daddy Should Have Listened . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Vince Napoli 
 My World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Al Feldstein & Wally Wood

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The PR from IDW:

San Diego, CA (January 9, 2013) – Have you ever wanted to know what the life of a cartoonist is like?  Well, if you don’t have one handy, why not have Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta, Charles Schulz, Jack Cole, Dick Briefer, Winsor McCay, Chester Gould, Sheldon Mayer, Milton Caniff, Ernie Bushmiller, Basil Wolverton, B. Kliban, Rube Goldberg, Jack Chick, Milt Gross, Siegel and Shuster, Will Eisner, Elzie Segar, Harvey Kurtzman, and many, many more tell you by drawing a comic or cartoon to explain about the cartoonist’s life?

Surely, we jest! The bounds of time and space must certainly render this endeavor impossible!
“Nay!” says Eisner-winner Craig Yoe, the acclaimed editor and designer!

For the first time, decades of rare work about their lives and craft by these famous cartoonists has been collected into one mind-blowing, meta-tacular book: Comics About Cartoonists: The World’s Oddest Profession! Get the inside scoop from some of the most lauded and legendary names in the history of comics and learn what truly propels the cartooning soul. The comics and cartoons gathered here are both autobiographical fact and far-out fiction. The fanciful comics feature cartoonists as protagonists in nearly every genre, superheroes, science fiction, crime, funny animals, romance, war comics, teen-age humor and plenty of horror. Yoe has left no drawing table unturned, ensuring this full-color, hardcover collection will be as eye-popping as it is intriguing and entertaining.

Yoe asserts, “Cartoonists are my heroes. That makes this book featuring comics about the ink-slingers themselves drawn by the cartoonists themselves my very favorite book I’ve done. Cartoonists and the people that love them are going to go ape-poop over this one!”

The spectacular hardcover volume hits shelves today and has already earned some high praise!

“The book is fantastic. Unusual stories and seeing them collected in such a beautiful package is a real treat!” – Brigid Alverson, Comic Book Resources

Comics About Cartoonists: Stories About the World’s Oddest Profession, is a mind-blowing, gorgeous, 4-color look at the “meta” concept of cartoonists in their own comics. Classic comic creators such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Will Eisner, and more present stories about their own unique profession — some cheerful, and some full of pathos.” – Valerie Gallaher, MTV Geek

“IDW Publishing’s Yoe Books, is a one-stop shop for visual thrills about comics and pop culture.” – Michael Dooley, In Print Magazine

Let’s face it, there simply isn’t another lineup like the one in Comics About Cartoonists!

Craig Yoe is available for convention appearances and interviews with the press in regards to this and his other books. Find Yoe Books’ online at http://yoebooks.com and http://www.youtube.com/theyoetube.

YOE CAC back cover

 

Coming Attractions: Yoe Books!

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Well, I should be working on the January list of new and exciting titles, but it’s still New Years Day here at Stately Beat Manor, so I’m not in the mood.  But Cow Clicker only let’s me visit once every six hours, so I must pass the time with other distractions.

Last month, Yoe Books announced the redesign of their website, updating it from what would now be considered a retro design to something sleek and sexy.

Overall, it’s a pretty good design, with a scrolling slide show just below the menu bar, then a three column design featuring the recent postings from the I.T.C.H. blog and Twitter, titles which are now available to order, and a listing of forthcoming books.  (It even has a “kid friendly” page of titles!)  Below that is the indicia and (the only criticism) the search bar.  It’s all a division of the Yoe Studio conglomerate, which does corporate design for a wide variety of clients.  Unlike other design studios, YS! does bill for butt-kissing.  (Look at the crawl beneath the corporate logos!  Between “branding” and “sculpting”.)

(Another bit of criticism… the Yoe Studio! page is a billboard.  There’s nothing beyond that screen, which is a shame, because they could feature some of their products, like the Eisner Award-winning Syroco-style sculptures comissioned by Dark Horse.)

So, just who is the mad genius behind Yoe Studios?  Well, according to the site:

Vice magazine has called Yoe the “Indiana Jones of comics historians.” Publisher Weekly says he’s the “archivist of the ridiculous and the sublime” and calls his work “brilliant.” The Onion calls him “the celebrated designer, “The Library Journal,” a comics guru. “BoingBoing hails him “a fine cartoonist and a comig book historian of the first water.” Yoe was Creative Director/Vice President/ General Manager of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and a Creative Director at Nickelodeon and Disney. Craig has won an Eisner Award and the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

If you have some time to kill this holiday, I recommend the Super I.T.C.H. site.  It’s a treasure trove of old comics and cartoons, some from Britain!  If you’ve gotten a gift card or some sweet filthy lucre this holiday season, buy one of his books!  They are beautifully designed, and full of amazing comics and history!

Fans Vote for their Favorite Ghoul! Yoe! Books Lets Fans Decide!

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Craig Yoe needs your help!

He’s designed four ghoulish covers, and needs YOU to help choose the final cover!  That’s right!  You get to be his editor!

PR and rules below!

VOTE GHOUL!

Yoe Books/IDW is having comics fans choose which cover they’re going to use for the about-to-be-printed book, “Bob Powell’s Terror”, which reprints the cult favorite’s 1950s most terrifying horror comics! To vote go to the Yoe Books Facebook page . Everyone that votes for one of the four gruesome ghouls to adorn the cover will be entered unto a contest to win one of three copies of the book autographed by Eisner winner, Craig Yoe who edited and designed the book. Voting ends Friday September 2nd at midnight and the winning cover and the winners of the book will be announced Monday, September 5th on the Yoe Books Facebook fan page.

Bob Powell was a master 1950s horror cartoonist delineating some of the most imaginative and incredibly drawn comics in the horror comic book genre. His terrifying ghouls were as gruesome as his tantalizing girls were gorgeous! The introduction details Powell”s comics career with extensive and revealing quotes from a recently discovered manuscript about his work penned by Powell himself. The front matter is profusely illustrated with rare ephemera and flawless reproductions of Powell”s original art including unpublished treats! Bob Powell”s Terror prints a coffin full of Powell’s best horror comics stories as chosen by his most ravenous fans. The stories are carefully scanned and reproduced from vintage comics, many of them quite rare and expensive – if you could find them! This beautifully designed, 148-page, library-quality, full-color hardback book is Volume 2 in The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series. The first volume, still available, was Dick Briefer”s Frankenstein, published last Halloween to great acclaim.