MOME Winter 2010

MOME Winter 2010


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Comicdom’s premier anthology of new lit comics—a 2006, 2007 and 2008 Eisner and Harvey Award nominee for “Best Anthology.”

The influence of Fantagraphics’ flagship anthology of new comic art and storytelling continues to grow with annual award nominations, a widely-acknowledged banner 2008 that found MOME on many year-end critics’ lists, increasing academic and library interest, several gallery exhibitions mounted nationwide, and an increasingly potent well of top-notch, known and unknown talent making every issue a surprising, dense and delightful read. With this season, the quarterly journal of comics will have brought over 2,000 pages of new comics to the world since its inception in 2005.

Upcoming contributors of short stories to MOME include: Lilli Carré, Laura Park, Olivier Schrauwen, Tom Kaczynski, Dash Shaw, Ray Fenwick, Émile Bravo, Andrice Arp, Al Columbia, Eleanor Davis, Nathan Neal, Conor O’Keefe, Jon Vermilyea, Jonathan Bennett, Robert Goodin, Sara Edward-Corbett, Derek Van Gieson, and many more.

2009 saw the end of three serials for MOME—legendary cartoonist Gilbert Shelton’s serialized graphic novel, “Last Gig in Shngrlig,” Paul Hornschemeier’s “Life with Mr. Dangerous,” and Tim Hensley’s “Wally Gropius”— and the launch of two more.

T. Edward Bak’s biography of German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller—who traveled with Vitus Bering on what is generally known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition in 1741—is certain to eventually become one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of the decade. In the hands of Bak, Steller’s narrative story transcends natural history, science and biography and becomes a riveting, beautifully illustrated drama.

Ted Stearn’s cult favorite characters have struck a chord with comic lovers over the years (Matt Groening declares them “why I love comics”) in two previous graphic novels, Fuzz & Pluck and Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville. Stearn now graces MOME with a new, serialized adventure in which the hapless Fuzz & Pluck discover a literal money tree. The ensuing entanglement of intrigue and desire is a surrealist, picaresque tour de force of comics storytelling with strong thematical ties to America’s housing and financial meltdown, and the dreams that led to it. There’s also a pirate, and we all know that pirates sell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606993026
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 01/12/2010
Series: Mome Series
Edition description: MOMEX
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Gary Grothis the co-founder ofThe Comics Journaland Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.

Eric Reynolds is the Associate Publisher of Fantagraphics Books and lives in Seattle, WA.

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MOME Winter 2010 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After some recent successes, volume 17 of Mome is something of a letdown, with contents that are certainly interesting, but not as interesting and revealing as some of what Mome has brought us in the past. The end of Paul Hornschemeier's "Life With Mr. Dangerous" is as dull as the preceding chapters, and pieces from newer contributors like Renee French and Rick Froberg are merely pleasant, if not particularly illuminating. As in other recent volumes, Dash Shaw essentially saves the day in a collaboration with Tom Kaczynski called" Resolution", which plays handily with reality vs. virtual reality and the strange intersection of those opposite spheres. Also good is Olivier Schrauwen's "Congo Chromo", which features a unique take on the idea of a river trip into an African Heart of Darkness, a la Conrad and Coppola. If nothing else, Mome's ability to plumb the world of art comics is well worth the trip, even in the pages of a rather ordinary installment.