You're going to think we're making this up, but it's for real! French GQ (yes, GQ as in Gentlemen's Quarterly) lists our own Eamon Espey's Wormdye among the best comics of the season, as published by Rackham (also known as Secret Acres Europe). Of course, there's no truly accurate translation of Wormdye, but we've gone to great lengths to translate the review for you: "Before the spring, capricious, not giving way to a sluggish summer, GQ finished reviewing the best comics of the moment. Funny book that Carmine medieval succession of stories that are a heterogeneous all: we do not know if we are dealing with a scruffy graphic novel or a collection of short stories linked by a mysterious cosmic order. What is certain is qu'Espey contemplate so ruthless family, religion and men, to draw a chilling observation of humanity, this entity émotionnelllement devastated, but teeming with defects. Series of plates without text interspersed in the narrative as old prints to give this modern tale the power of myth." Well said, French GQ! And congratulations, Eamon, in your continuing quest for world domination!
Catching up on the Ink Panther Show! It's the return of Tony "the Desert Panther" Consiglio, and he's got some real news. After many years' toiling as a cartoonist, Tony's taking the show on the road as a vocalist. Following in the footsteps of Demi Lovato and Tiffany, and following up on gigs at PetSmart and Costco, Tony had his first solo show on his mall circuit tour of throbbing, musical metro Arizona. By his own account, Tony was nothing less than heroic. Performing on a stage literally several feet above the mall floor in a glass elevator, all was going perfectly when equipment failure had Tony and several fans trapped without air conditioning for at least a few minutes. The terrified audience watched helplessly as Tony's and his friends suffocated. All in attendance were moved to tears by the heartfelt message Tony wrote to his wife on the glass with his last breath: GO SHOPPING. Everything seemed lost until Tony took his shirt off, wrung it out and drank his own sweat to gather the strength to pry the doors apart. After rubbing his shoes on the unconscious children to revive them, he soothed their panic with song, launching into High Hopes. At long last, once the applause and tears had subsided, Tony freestyled his way through Pop Goes the Weasel in an encore that left everyone asking him, "Who are you?"
While Mike "Gags" Dawson continues his ongoing assault on his family's collective joy with another new diet, only eating gift cake out of diapers, Alex "the Reliable Panther" has been on a crusade of a different kind, freeing dogs from cars everywhere, and attending a wedding with his wife in the small town of Iowa. Alex learns the city council has banned dancing and rock music. He is challenged to a game of chicken involving tractors, and despite having never driven one before, he wins. Alex and his wife want to do away with the no dancing law. Alex goes before the city council and reads several Bible verses to cite scriptural support for the worth of dancing to rejoice, exercise, or celebrate. Although Rev. Moore is moved and tries to get them to abolish the law, the council votes against him. Moore's wife, Vi, is supportive of the movement, and explains to Moore he cannot be everyone's father, and that he is hardly being a father to Ariel. She also says that dancing and music are not the problem. Moore soon has a change of heart after seeing some of the townsfolk burning books that they think are dangerous to the youth. On Sunday, Rev. Moore asks his congregation to pray for the high school students putting on the prom, which is set up at a grain mill outside of the town limits. Moore and Vi are seen outside, dancing for the first time in years. It just goes to show you, there's somebody for everybody, huh?
It's the return of Scuttlebutt, which is our blog, and we are blogging about our return to CAKE, which is the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. It really should be Komics, especially now that the Iron Curtain is back in fashion. You can read all about our new comic debut for the show, Sequential Vacation 2. Sequential Vacation 1 has been in the Secret Acres Emporium and on Secret Acres tables at shows all over the North American continent for a while now, so you may be familiar with it. You can go ahead and order both from us, goodness guaranteed. Sar Shahar, the travel agent behind Sequential Vacation is on our CAKE ticket, making the trip from Lalaland. He will be joined by the artist formerly known as Ken Dahl, currently known as Gabby Schulz, marking Gabby's big return to our show scene and the first time he's been behind a table since last year's CAKE. We've even got some (kind of) news about his new book, SICK. The rest of the gang, including Edie Fake, CAKE maker that he is, has been up to all sorts of stuff - and you can get new new stuff from Edie and Theo in the Emporium, mini-comics style. That'll all be at CAKE, too. Either get yourself to to Chicago this weekend or get shopping. We gotta go pack now.
You want more Edie Fake? Everyone wants more Edie Fake! He's back on Pitchfork's life stylee site, being interviewed by Matt Putrino of Nothing Major. Everybody pretty much knows everything about Edie because he Edie is everywhere. However, there is a bit on here about what a lousy researcher Edie is - and his sleeping habits. Or lack thereof. This Edie never sleeps. You know what they don't talk about? CAKE! Meaning the Chicago Alternative (K)omics Expo, which is weird, because Edie's a founder and they talk about Chicago a lot (though we're not entirely sure about the connection they make between Chicago and Gaylord Phoenix, but okay). We'll have more on our CAKE plans and debut in a bit. Anyhow, enjoy this one and the pretty pictures, but get yourself to Chicago for CAKE and see Edie in person. He's worth the trip.