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The Comics Journal #299

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The previously untold story of Someday Funnies, a lost collection of unpublished strips by 190 of the world’s most important cartoonists! Plus Josh Cotter, Myron Waldman's Eve, Kramers Ergot 7, and more reviews and columns.The Pirates and the Mouse author Bob Levin tracks down the El Dorado of comics, a lost collection of unpublished strips by 190 of the world’s most important cartoonists, including Will Eisner, Vaughn Bodé, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Art Spiegelman, Arnold Roth, Bill Griffith, Ralph Steadman, ...
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Overview

The previously untold story of Someday Funnies, a lost collection of unpublished strips by 190 of the world’s most important cartoonists! Plus Josh Cotter, Myron Waldman's Eve, Kramers Ergot 7, and more reviews and columns.The Pirates and the Mouse author Bob Levin tracks down the El Dorado of comics, a lost collection of unpublished strips by 190 of the world’s most important cartoonists, including Will Eisner, Vaughn Bodé, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Art Spiegelman, Arnold Roth, Bill Griffith, Ralph Steadman, Don Martin, Gahan Wilson, Jeff Jones, Guido Crepax—even William Burroughs, Tom Wolfe and Frank Zappa! The comics were assembled in the 1970s by Michel Choquette (creator with Neal Adams of National Lampoon’s Son o’ God comics) for a book called Someday Funnies, which never saw print. Levin and Choquette reveal for the first time the whole catastrophic story of what might have been the comics anthology of the century.
Also in this issue: Sean T. Collins interviews Skyscrapers of the Midwest’s Josh Cotter; Noah Van Sciver's cartoon interview with King Cat's John Porcellino; our classic comics section features Myron Waldman’s Eve, with an introduction by Mark Newgarden; our usual smattering of insightful and incisive columns; reviews of Kramers Ergot 7, The Times of Botchan, Chaykin, Clowes, Tezuka and many more!
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Editorial Reviews

Cartoon Brew
“Here’s a rare treat for Fleischer Studio fans—or anyone interested in clever, cartoon story-telling: the latest issue of The Comics Journal, #299, features a complete reprint of Myron Waldman’s 1943 “graphic novel”, Eve.”
The Miami Herald - Richard Pachter
“Comics journalism is mostly an oxymoron, but The Comics Journal, on the eve of its 300th issue, is a scholarly, intellectual publication.... [F]or intelligent discussion of current and past graphic storytelling and its creators (the current issue features an incredible story of an ahead-of-its-time genre-spanning anthology from the seventies that was never published), this is indeed an oasis of comics journalism.”
Douglas Wolk
“This is a particularly excellent issue of TCJ, thanks to Bob Levin's magnificent 50-page... history of 'The Someday Funnies'... You really need to read it.”
Robot 6 - Chris Mautner
“The big story here is Bob Levin's spectacular essay on Michel Choquette and his never-completed comics anthology... Sadly, the project never got off the ground, and Levin details in his typical stellar fashion why and how. It's a fascinating tale, one well worth your twelve dollars.”
Comic Book Galaxy - Alan David Doane
“[I] love it, especially the absolutely essential Bob Levin cover article.”
Richard Pachter - The Miami Herald
“Comics journalism is mostly an oxymoron, but The Comics Journal, on the eve of its 300th issue, is a scholarly, intellectual publication.... [F]or intelligent discussion of current and past graphic storytelling and its creators (the current issue features an incredible story of an ahead-of-its-time genre-spanning anthology from the seventies that was never published), this is indeed an oasis of comics journalism.”
Chris Mautner - Robot 6
“The big story here is Bob Levin's spectacular essay on Michel Choquette and his never-completed comics anthology... Sadly, the project never got off the ground, and Levin details in his typical stellar fashion why and how. It's a fascinating tale, one well worth your twelve dollars.”
Alan David Doane - Comic Book Galaxy
“[I] love it, especially the absolutely essential Bob Levin cover article.”
Chris Estey - KEXP-FM
“Fantagraphics has also just put out a new issue of The Comics Journal #299, which has an incredible narrative by lawyer-outsider art-underground advocate Bob Levin ... Levin is the writer of several books on the struggle of comics and the counter-culture and transgressive fringes, and because of him #299 of TCJ is the book about comic art to buy this year. ”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606991473
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Dean lives in Seattle and is an Editor at Fantagraphics.

Gary Grothis the co-founder ofThe Comics Journaland Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.

From 2007-2012, Kristy Valenti wrote a column about independent comics and graphic novels for ComiXology. As an Editorial Associate at Fantagraphics Books, Inc., she’s edited The Comics Journal, Sketching Guantanamo, Listen, Whitey!, and Man of Rock, among others titles. She lives in Seattle, Wash.

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