30 Seconds of Spooky

In the service of Halloween (and brevity), Neil Gaiman and several other "personalities" read a tale of terror on the Public Radio this past Saturday. Spooky!

* Giggle

Since I designed the Fantagraphics "Complete Dennis" books, Devlin Thompson sent me the following image thinking I'd be amused. He was right: I really am. There are so many things I mean to be posting and have no time for that this makes me feel guilty… but haw-haw guilty.

Mister Wonderful, Part 7

In Chapter 7 of Mister Wonderful, the action moves out of the cafe while Marshall just tries to hold on for dear life. I hope everyone is reading this strip, it's really been great. It's a slightly different strip for Clowes, and seems perfect for its NYT audience. The main character, Marshall, is already shaping into one of Clowes' most fully realized and endearing characters after a brief seven pages, and the subtle formal play between Marshall's interior monologue, the visual "action" (this week's simple "HA-HA"s hit like brick), and dialogue has been masterful and shows Clowes at the peak…

The Power of Peanuts

Forbes' annual top-earning deceased celebrities list is out, and once again, Charles M. Schulz is near the top of the list, coming in at #3, behind #1 Elvis Presley and sandwiched between two Beatles (after John, ahead of George). I don't know why this thrills me every year, but it does. I mean, the Beatles and Elvis? Sure. But a shy cartoonist from Minnesota? The mind reels. Schulz really was the Beatles of comics. There is one conspicuously absent name not on this list: are we to infer that the Beatles aren't the only celebs more popular than Jesus? (Just…

Flickr contest winner!

Congratulations and thanks to Flickr user Besacalles of Bogotá, Colombia for being the 1000th person to add us as a contact and winning $25 worth of books! Sharpen up your stabbiest pumpkin-carving knife and get rummaging through your closet for costume ideas — we'll be accepting entries for our Fanta-ween contest through Sunday, November 4.

Sacco heads to Minneapolis

After kicking off the release of Palestine: The Special Edition here in Seattle this weekend, Joe Sacco will be headed to Minneapolis in mid-November for his only other public event of the year. Our pals at Rain Taxi sponsor the Twin Cities Book Festival every year and this year are bringing Sacco along with several other writers. JOE SACCOTuesday, November 13, 2007, 7:00 pm$10 ($8 for Walker Members and Rain Taxi subscribers)Walker Art Center1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis Celebrated cartoonist JOE SACCO visits Minneapolis for a special presentation co-hosted by Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Walker Art Center. Appearing…

Schulz on PBS tonight!

Set your DVRs immediately! Tonight is the night: PBS will air a documentary on the life of Charles M. Schulz. In "Good Ol' Charles Schulz," AMERICAN MASTERS presents an unexpected portrait of the man behind the most popular comic strip in history. The feature-length documentary premieres tonight, October 29, 2007, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET on PBS.

Panter named 2007 American Book Award winner

The Before Columbus Foundation has announced that Jimbo's Inferno by Gary Panter (and published by Fantagraphics) has been selected as a winner of the twenty-eighth annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS for 2007. Congratulations, Gary! The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. This is the second Fantagraphics book to garner an ABA — Joe Sacco's Palestine was a recipient in 1996, and the award at that time very much helped solidfy Palestine's place…

Forney & Alexie signing in Seattle tomorrow

Who: Sherman Alexie & Ellen ForneyWhat: Signing The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianWhen: Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 PMWhere: Third Place Books Lake Forest Park Towne Centre 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 With the purchase of the National Book Award-nominated novel at Third Place Books tomorrow evening, receive a limited-edition poster created to celebrate Mr. Alexie's new novel and autographed by Alexie and Forney, while supplies last!