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Worlds of Wonder February 24 - June 17, 2007 Opening Reception Friday, March 2 from 8:00 to 11:00pm
A great comic builds a world for its readers. Whether it's futuristic adventure or medieval fantasy, the farthest reaches of reality or someplace tantalizingly close to home, comics offer an escape into an unforgettable world. The Cartoon Art Museum's latest exhibition, Worlds of Wonder, explores twelve different comic-book and comic-strip illustrators and the worlds built from their imaginations. Their work runs the gamut of fantasy, science fiction, folk legend, magical realism, and stories almost too good to be the truth.
Featured artists include Charlie Adlard (Astronauts in Trouble: Space 1959), Tom Beland (True Story Swear To God), Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha (Fables), Gene Colan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Pia Guerra (Y The Last Man), Shepherd Hendrix (Stagger Lee), Kevin Huizenga (Ganges), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), Lark Pien (Long Tail Kitty, Flight), and Gene Yang & Thien Pham (Three Angels).
Many of the featured artists will be appearing at San Francisco's two major comic conventions, WonderCon and The Alternative Press Expo (APE). For more information on these events, please visit Comic-Con International's official website, http://www.comic-con.org
The opening reception for Worlds of Wonder will be held on Friday, March 2, 2007, from 8:00 to 11:00pm. Admission to this ticketed event is $10 to the general public and $5 for members of the Cartoon Art Museum and any WonderCon attendee (with WonderCon badge). Many of the featured artists and special WonderCon guests will be in attendance. Please visit http://www.cartoonart.org for special updates as the convention approaches.
Ambush Bug at Ain't It Cool News on Rock Bottom:"This is another stellar release from a company that seems to only release superior material, AiT/Planet Lar. Rock Bottom may not be the feel-good book of the year, but it is one of the most engrossing ones. Writer Joe Casey and artist Charlie Adlard give one of the best efforts of their careers as we follow down and out piano player, Thomas Dare as he finds out that he is slowly turning to stone. Part Kafkaís Metamorphosis, part slice-of-life, part Unbreakable, this story handles fantastic elements in a real and thoughtful manner. Anyone who enjoys the ďreal powers set in the real worldĒ genre along the lines of Watchmen, Heroes and Supreme Power will surely enjoy this quiet tale of a man coming to grips with his past, his present, and his own mortality. This is a truly wonderful book that will make you smile through tears in the end. Bravo to the creators for putting out such a marvelous story."
Speaking of Rock Bottom, here's the review from Booklist:
Casey, Joe and Adlard, Charlie. Rock Bottom. 2006. 112p. illus. AiT/Planet Lar, paper, $12.95 (9781932051452). 741.5.
Casey and Adlard's second collaboration (after Codeflesh, 2004) varies the theme of the movie The Incredible Shrinking Man. Pianist Tom Dare has just messily divorced, and now one of his fingers is hardening. He's getting much heavier, but it doesn't show. He sees his doctor, who's baffled but puts him through tests that ultimately confirm that he's turning to stone. Exiling fantasy to Tom's nightmares, Casey works out the story's developments... the doctor's incredulous, beleaguered research; Tom's lawyer/best friend Fred's anguished loyalty; Tom's reconciliation with the ex and with the woman he has recently impregnated; and even the most sensational turn, the heroic act that makes the sick man unwantedly famous... with kitchen-sink realism. Adlard gives the piece tremendous punch by stripping away all shading except a light gray indicating Tom's gradual hardening. He draws only sharp, spidery lines against the pages' stark white. Lacking the perspectival clues of color, this style demands viewer cooperation to be deciphered, thereby evoking a frustrated anxiety like, though much milder than, what the characters are feeling. **Ray Olson
Scott Cederlund sings "Do You Feel Like I Do?" to the Internet comics folks paying attention: "Iím oddly tired of thinking about comics. Or more likely, Iím tired about thinking about 'events' and how readers should just take a live with it or leave it attitude toward Marvel and DC. While itís not really that surprising or unexpected of an event, last weekís Civil War: The Return is probably when I broke.
"Now, back in December when I realized I didnít have anything good to really say about Civil War, I made the resolution just not to say anything. I may not be caring for Civil War but I know a lot of people are. Heck, Iím half wondering if itís an issue with me more than anything else why Iím not enjoying Civil War. But címon, Marvel. Is Civil War: The Return really the best you can do in bringing back a long dead character? Is it really the best you can do to kick start any enthusiasm for the promised 'Captain Marvel #1?' And the Sentry story? Calling it filler would be an insult to all of the excellent filler stories throughout the year...
"Sales numbers, exclusive contracts, endless whoring (mostly by Mark Millar [insert your smiley emoticon here]) are just noise and business. I want entertainment. I demand entertainment. Whether itís Brubaker on Daredevil or Criminal, Matt Wagner on Grendel, Larry Young and Jon Proctor on The Black Diamond or Jason Lutes on Berlin, I want the best and the rest can fall off the earth. Is that a bit extreme? I donít think I really care that much if it is or isnít. Itís what I want. Itís where my money is going to go. If you canít entertain me, forget it."
In related news, The Black Diamond #1 is coming in May.
How about a little First Moon love from Sean Fahey? "I was pleased to discover that this book turned out to be much more than I originally mistook it to be. As a general default position, Iíve come to expect that AiT/Planet Lar books offer something that youíre not usually going to find with many other publishers. So, I was surprised to see them publish a work that Ė at first glance Ė seemed to be nothing more than another generic monster book thatís entire ďhookĒ is itís setting, in this case, the disappearance of the English colony at Roanoke, Virginia. But it only took a few pages for me to realize that First Moon Ė though it does have horror elements Ė is nothing like it appeared to be."
Augie De Blieck, Jr. once again proves himself to be an erudite and, dare I say it, august personage with his review of Seven Sons: "I think the one other strength of this book is how well it proves what special magic comics have. Neither the art nor the story could have lived on its own with as much success as the two here have when put together. Grecian's story would be Just Another Retelling of the same old, same old. It would be a breezy and forgettable short story. Rossmo's art adds so much flavor and style to the book, yet it doesn't do so at the expense of the story. This isn't flashy. It's stylized, but it feels natural for the story. And that's a lot of what more comics should be."
Johnny B digs on First Moon: "This time out, his [artist Tony Talbert] Tom Sutton-meets-Paul Pope style sometimes evokes woodcuts, and he does a good job of matching facial expressions with the emotions being portrayed...something even the best of today's illustrators have difficulty with. It certainly seems like some nascent synergy is being born between the writer and artist, and maybe we should be looking forward to seeing what they do next. A-"
...and you've probably seen this at Tom's or Dirk's or up at Blogarama, but in case you haven't, here's More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About AiT/Planet Lar: