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Joe Ollmann: Day Five

Joe Ollmann is a cartoonist living in Montreal. He won the Doug Wright Award for best book in 2007 and still coasts on that, calling himself an “award-winning” cartoonist. His new book, Science Fiction from Conundrum Press, debuts at TCAF this weekend.

16 Responses to Joe Ollmann: Day Five

  1. ant says:

    Re: Stilletoz super-group–DO IT.

    These diaries rank with Leslie Steins as the best, most entertaining ones you’ve run. Now I shall buy Mr. Ollman’s book.

  2. Rob Lamb says:

    Great run, Joe! So funny.

  3. TimR says:

    Very enjoyable. I like the way it’s colored, the writing, and the loose and expressive drawing style.

  4. Briany Najar says:

    I can’t believe you get Antiques Roadshow over there. That’s ridiculous.
    It’s like if the BBC showed daily cattle auctions from Texas or highlights from a Mormon survivalist fire-arms shopping-channel.
    (Maybe both those things happen. If so, I’m sure at least a third of my friends think they’re totes the best shows eva. I suppose I should get on that too so I know all the lingo and who to do impressions of.)

    This was a very entertaining bunch of comics.

  5. Paul Slade says:

    Just because The Antiques Roadshow is aired on US television doesn’t mean it’s a prime-time network show. I’d bet its shown on BBC America, a small cable channel which I think requires a subscription.

    The real equivalent would be a similarly obscure British cable channel pumping out a Texas cattle auction at 4:00am. Which, judging by his depiction here, is roughly when The Antiques Roadshow came around for Joe.

  6. Briany Najar says:

    Yeah, I did notice the narrative context. I just found it funny.
    Last time it came to my attention it was a fairly niche show, aired in the daytime, enjoyed mainly by retired people with full attics.

    I think it would be great if a massive conversation now took place here about Antiques Roadshow.
    Didn’t Jack Kirby come up with the original idea?

  7. R. Fiore says:

    It’s a PBS version of Antiques Roadshow, and it’s (at least) one of the five most popular shows on public television. It’s not reruns of the British show with antiques from Codswaddle-on-Slough, it’s a local version with antiques from Hog’s Knuckle, North Carolina. It’s got a universal appeal because it feeds on the fantasy that the junk in your closet is worth fabulous amounts of money. With television as fragmented as it is these days PBS probably has one of the larger audiences in television. Or to put it another way, there are other networks with far smaller audiences.

  8. Chodron One Handle says:

    This dude is the best. But it might just be all the operational whiskey.

  9. Paul Slade says:

    Now someone needs to produce a Kirby parody cover from Antiques Roadshow’s forgotten comic book years.

  10. Briany Najar says:

    Right, that’s less chuckle-worthy than the export of the British version.
    Thing is, the one Joe watched was talking about something being worth “300 Pounds” so…
    Either it’s there for the purpose of comforting Brits abroad or it serves up a “taste of Britain” for the benefit of kitsch-loving US folks. I prefer the latter, as it fits in with my (gently cynical) perception of the blinkered inter-subjectivity between the popular cultures of those two nations, hence the cattle-market analogy etc.

    Kirby’s original run was a speed-readably spectacular hoot, and it brought a lot of readers on-board, but that subsequent short-lived, and criminally underrated, version penciled by Wallace Wood (inked by Severin, wasn’t it?) brought a welcome authenticity to the “props” that was entirely lacking previously, even if the bulk of the scenery did seem to rearrange itself between every panel.

  11. Paul Slade says:

    In Geoff Johns’ 2010 reboot, presenters would rip arms and legs off the chairs in every other panel.

  12. Briany Najar says:

    Oh yeah, I missed that when it came out but I want to check it out cos Matt Seneca’s been waxing hysterical about it. I think he said it was totally, authentically from the heart and more exulting than anything Michelangelo ever pulled off. I don’t know which Michelangelo he meant though…

    They’ve got the Lovejoy GN at my local library. Steve Parkhouse script with art by Dave Gibbons and John Ridgeway colouring. I still haven’t seen it cos it’s always on loan with like 15 reserves on it.

  13. Ed Gómez says:

    Great piece. The Dears are probably the only current band that me and my hoodlum friends will drive countless hours to see. Can’t wait to hear Murray’s solo work. Great comic.

  14. Michael Grabowski says:

    I’ve seen the Britsh version of Antiques Roadshow on Los Angeles area PBS. Not in the prime-time slot the US edition gets, though.

  15. didactic says:

    hey, this was fantastique. a lucid, ludic mix of whimsy, self-deprecation, and spot-on, sharp-elbowed analysis. a strip clearly worthy of you both. kudos.

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