The Cross Hatch Dispatch 3/20/09

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[Above, Raina Telgemeier demonstrates the importance of dental hygiene. Below, the Dispatch has something stuck in its teeth.]

  • Radiant new Park Slope, Brooklyn comic hot-spot, Bergen Street Comics, celebrated their first new-comics-Wednesday last week AND got a surprise visit from Bully the Bull.
  • Gary Moskowitz profiles Art Spiegelman for The Economist’s Intelligent Life, where he admits to having at one point been banned from R. Crumb’s home and muses on his latest creative effort, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!. For more Spiegelman goodness (if you’re in the area), swing by Ridgewood, NY’s RIT Ingle Auditorium this Sunday, March 22 at 7:30pm for the Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival.
  • Robot6’s Kevin Melrose chats it up with Adrian Tomine, talking “style, pace and criticism.”
  • Christopher Irving and Seth Kushner’s NYC-based photo and essay “journey,” Graphic NYC, profiles Parade (With Fireworks) graphic novelist and ACT-I-VATE regular, Mike Cavallaro.
  • Stop Smiling Magazine shares an interview with the legendary R. Crumb and a sweet, Crumb-y Limited Edition cover. The new issue also features lengthy breeze-shooting with other greats like Jonathan Lethem, David Lynch and Alex Ross.
  • From the pages of illustrator Joey Weiser’s Tales of Unusual Circumstance comes The Late-Night Gang–a new mini-comic debuting this year featuring Henry of the Black Lagoon, Victor Vampire, and Andrew, Son of Frankenstein.
  • Blazing Combat, a complete collection of the legendary 1965-1966 war comic written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by such luminaries as Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene Colan – is now available for preview and pre-order.
  • Terry Moore teases us on his blog about a now highly-anticipated Strangers in Paradise one-shot in the works.
  • King-of-cult Rick Veitch shares a peek at the revamped release of the shiny new Bratpack King’s Hell trade edition.
  • Raina Telgemeier shares some sketches from her forthcoming Smile collection.
  • The Junior Library Guild has designated Jay Lynch and Dean Haspiel’s kid’s comic MO & JO: Fighting Together Forever, as “A Junior Library Guild Selection” for Fall 2008.
  • The 5th View Bar at Waterstone’s Piccadilly in London, UK, is now exhibiting artwork for the next couple of weeks from Keith Pointing’s wonderfully weird new book The Inkspot Monologues, a story-telling adventure spun around purposely-placed ink blots.
  • The Boston Phoenix shares a preview of the first New England Webcomics Weekend, the March 20-22 gathering that’s expected to bring more than 700 Webcomics cartoonists and fans to Easthampton, Mass. Guests include Steven Cloud, Danielle Corsetto, Rob DenBleyker, Lar deSouza, Rene Engstrom, Meredith Gran, Brad Guigar, Scott Kurtz, Ryan North, Ryan Sohmer, Spike, R. Stevens, Kris Straub and Kris Wilson.
  •, where “the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics” hosts a ComicsOnComics VS Watchmen Event on Saturday, March 21 at 8:00pm. at Retcon Media & Meltdown Comics in L.A. Comedian Steve Marmel (The Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom) is among the list of funnymen attending, along with host Juan-Manuel Rocha, leading a most certainly heated discussion on the book-to-film adaptation and its cultural impact.
  • The Toxic Avenger Musical in NYC has been reported to be hilariously disturbing. Performances started on March 18 and will continue on ’till May 3.
  • This Saturday (March 21), The Royal Academy of Arts in London is hosting a rare exhibition of over 150 pieces of art by 19th-century artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, expecting to be a huge draw for those Brit Manga fans.
  • A launch party for Marek Colek and Pat Shewchuk’s Pohadky will be held at Lucky’s Comics in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 20 from 5-8PM.
  • The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out cartoonist Adam Koford will do a signing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles on March 21 beginning at 3PM.
  • The Brinkley Girls, an exhibit celebrating  the prolific 20th-century cartoonist, Nell Brinkley, will be at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco from March 21 – August 23, 2009. Comics “herstorian” Trina Robbins is co-curator of the over 30 lavishly illustrated newspaper tearsheets, magazine illustrations, original artworks and other highlights from Robbins’s personal collection. Also at the Museum on March 21, Estrus Comics cartoonist MariNaomi will serve as cartoonist-in-residence from 1-3PM, while Amelia Rules! creator Jimmy Gownley will serve on March 22, same time.
  • Writer Serena Valentino will be teaching a four-week class on writing comics through the SLG Workshop Series in San Jose, CA, hoping to guide students to shape their greatest ideas into ready-and-inked masterpieces.
  • Fantagraphics announces Paul Hornschemeier’s 2009 Pacific Northwest Tour to promote his new graphic novel, Mother, Come Home.
  • Humbug co-founders Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee will be at The Strand Bookstore in NYC on April 14 at 7 PM for a book signing and discussion about this historic publication with Fantagraphics Publisher and editor of the collected Humbug, Gary Groth, including an exclusive screening of a documentary short film about the late Will Elder.
  • The 5th Annual 2009 Doug Wright Awards, which recognize excellence in Canadian cartooning, have announced this year’s finalists (a smattering of Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics artists, among other up-and-comers). The winners of the awards will be presented May 9 during the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, hosted by filmmaker Don McKellar.
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City cartoonist Grant Snider has won the Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist; nominees have been announced for the National Cartoonists Society’s 2008 Division Awards; the Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration will be given out at the Stumptown Comics Festival in Portland, Oregon on April 17; the National Cartoonists Society has announced the nominees for the 63rd annual Reuben Awards, (honoring excellence in comic books, comic strips, editorial cartoons, gag cartoons, animation and other fields), winners will be announced Memorial Day Weekend.

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–Adri Cowan