Sammy for Billy

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Cartoonist Sammy Harkham created the artwork for the new album by Bonnie Prince Billy, Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues. And splendourful it is!

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New Batman Stamps from USPS

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On October 9th, the US Post Office will issue its contribution to the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader : a limited edition set of 8 different stamps, showcasing Batman’s representation across the “ages”. A special round stamp with the iconic Batman logo will complete the set.

The stamps will be presented at New York Comic Con with a first-day-of-issue ceremony.

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I for one am wondering whether this set will be able to compete with Canada Post’s Superman issue of 2013. If the Super Heroes sets the USPS put out some years ago are anything to go by, that is seriously doubtful. But at last the typography of these new issues is of better quality. And I love the pun on “Forever”…

(via Robot6)

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Tintin in Indonesia

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The Belgian Post Office has issued two exclusive stamps for the Indonesian embassy, featuring a panel from the Tintin album, Vol 714 Pour Sidney. In good Belgian tradition, they went for one stamp in French and one In Dutch. They’re not the most inspiring panels (the Dutch one seems to have been solely picked for the fact that it mentions Djakarta).

At least they could at least have gotten the title of the book in French right…

Earlier this year, a general use set of ten self-adhesive stamps was issued, featuring the likenesses of the ten most iconic Tintin characters.

(Via the official Tintin Facebook page)

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Styles and characters

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Finnish cartoonist Jaakko Seppälä created this overview of ten iconic comic characters as drawn in each of their typical styles.

Left to right, we see Albert Uderzo (Astérix), Bill Watterson (Calvin), Carl Barks (or another Donald Duck artist), Hergé (Haddock), Jim Aparo (I’m guessing here – it might also be a different Bronze Age Batman artist), Pertti Jarla (Heimo Vesa), Hugo Pratt (Corto Maltese), Tove Jansson (Moomin), Jim Davis (Garfield), Charles Schulz (Lucy).

I am particularly impressed with the little details that simply “get” the essence of the very varied and specific drawing styles, and particularly with the way Seppälä emulates the way Uderzo and Pratt draw. Also, props for the Woodstock Duck and for using Pratt’s Rasputin character when creating Haddock à la Pratt.

(via Reddit)

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Lint became an Opera

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Sometimes things happen in your back yard, and you need somebody on the other side of the globe to bring your attention to it.

A couple of years ago, Belgian composer Walter Hus has created an opera based on Chris Ware’s graphic novel Lint. It will be performed two more times by the Spectra Ensemble with Angélique Wilkie on November 21 and 28 in Turnhout and Brussels respectively.

For more background information, see this interview with Hus by Greice Schneider on Comics Forum. The below clip gives an impression of the music.

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Batman and Superman are creepy

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When Ian Gordon saw these shirts in a downscale market in Kuala Lumpur a couple of years ago, he was sure that DC would never license their characters for creepy spinoffs like these. How wrong he was…

(Reproduced with permission)

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McNaught covers Mak

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In In America, Dutch historian Geert Mak follows in John Steinbeck’s footsteps (or tyre tracks, for that matter) as he retraces the Nobel Prize winner’s long trek through the United States (as described in Travels With Charley).

The English translation of the book is planned for November, by Harvill Secker. Book design will be by Vintage Design, who commissioned a beautiful wrap-around cover illustration from John McNaught.

No less than three of my favourite names in one post, that must be a first. And it doesn’t even mention Tintin!

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