Hüsker Dü lurks within Charles Forsman's Celebrated Summer comic

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Celebrated Summer, the latest comic book from Massachusetts-based cartoonist Charles Forsman, throws a nod to Hüsker Dü early. Etched into the background of its first page, sagging right below a poster stuck to a bedroom wall, the band name exists as this crusty ink stamp made in ether. It's like a wink of the author's eye.

For Forsman the band was key to setting a mood for what was named A.V. Club's best graphic novel or comic of 2013. "I sort of did that with myself when drawing it," he says. "I'd just blast their records and chug through it. It put me at this point that I wanted to be at when making the book."

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live coming to the Twin Cities

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We know what you are thinking. We are thinking it too: WTF? How does a cartoon about a genius pack of fries, an angry milkshake, and a really dumb wad of meat work live on stage? We're not sure either, but we've got details on the show after the jump. 

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Free Comic Book Day this Saturday

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Held each year on the first Saturday of May, thousands of stores around the world celebrate comics by giving away free issues throughout the day, hosting artist signings, and other events in reference to the fine art of the comic. We've got a list of participating stores behind the cut.

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Comix and the Cities

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There's an excellent essay on comics professionals from the Twin Cities here. Our states notable alums include Sandman scribe Neil Gaiman, Lucifer artist Peter Gross, and others.

It also has an awesome small press scene, as we discovered last year when we did our first Comix Issue as well as when we worked with Kevin Cannon of this Rock Atlas, which recently won an innovation award from the Association of Alternative Weeklies.

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Graphic Novelist Alex Robinson at Big Brain Comics Tonight

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Alex Robinson had an auspicious debut in 1996 when his graphic novel, Box Office Poison won several honors, including an Eisner Award. Poison told the story of a group of singles doing regular things in the city, with a whimsical tone and natural dialogue. More »

Katz in the Cradle (of the Richfield Borders)

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Jonathan Katz, the comedian behind the Dr. Katz series on Comedy Central, has a not-too-publicized reading
tomorrow at the Richfield Borders. If you're a fan of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning show, this is a great event to check out.

The details: Borders' Richfield location is at 800 W 78th St. The event is tomorrow, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Call (612) 869-6245 for more info.

Ward Sutton hangs up his pen (for now)

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Ward Sutton's political cartoon, "Sutton Impact," will cease with the publication of next week's edition. In a note to newspapers currently running his work, Sutton stated that retiring the strip (which began as the bi-weekly "Schlock 'n' Roll" in 1995) was not a decision made lightly. Local residents may recall the Minneapolis native's comic, "Ward's Cleaver," featured from 1990 to 1997, in the late Twin Cities Reader. Following a move to New York City in 1995, Sutton's career expanded to illustrating posters for the likes of Beck, Pearl Jam, and Blues Traveler. He has also produced artwork for Broadway shows, and animated sequences for Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy and Nickelodeon. Sutton denies this is the end of his political cartooning career, but after nine years, it will be a much-needed break from weekly deadlines.

Marshall Rogers R.I.P.

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DC has announced that one of the great superhero comic book artists, Marshall Rogers, has died at age 57. Rogers drew Detective Comics #472 in 1976, the first comic this fan ever bought. That run came to be called "the definitive Batman," and laid the template for the Batman movies, the "dark deco" animated series, and Frank Miller's revisions. Here's the email from DC Comics: 'Marshall was one of the radical young stylists bringing new looks to DC in the '70s, especially with his memorable collaboration with Steve Englehart on Batman," says DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz. "His debonair smile and charm were every bit as endearing as his art was energetic, and his colleagues at DC are all shocked to have a great artist pass so young."More »

Lyndale Love

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Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly's Local is a comic book series about a city-hopping young woman named Megan. Minneapolis gets some ink with issue #2, "Polaroid Boyfriend," thanks to St. Paul resident Kelly. The story of Megan's disturbing and/or romantic relationship with a stranger takes place on a three-block stretch of Lyndale Avenue South, and it's got the landmarks (Hum's Liquors, the Wedge Co-op) to prove it. Locale aside, the book is like a visual scavenger hunt for Twin Cities readers who will no doubt spot details like a Spyhouse to-go cup or a Chino Latino billboard.

Leave it to scrutinizing local eyes to also pick up on the inaccuracies. For one, the main character works at Oarfolkjokeopus--which was renamed Treehouse Records years ago. A disclaimer says that the story takes place in 1995, an excuse which is betrayed by all sorts of musical anachronisms: Low's The Great Destroyer on the store's shelves, a Heiruspecs CD lying on the floor of Megan's studio apartment, a flyer for a Soviettes show at the Triple Rock on her fridge. Kelly blames the mistakes on trying to get the book done in a hurry. But irked residents may find solace in a snarky Twin Cities primer in the back, which includes factoids like, "[In 1866] the first Minneapolitan discovered St. Paul, immediately grew bored and returned home."

Ted Rall hatin' on Chris Ware

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Ted Rall is one of the most controversial and talented editorial cartoonists in the business. He depicts President Bush as a wild-eyed, dictatorial generalissimo and Iraqi war vets as Abu Ghraib-inspired sexual deviants. Rall is extremely forthright in his political opinions, expressing them as a Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist, an op-ed columnist, and a globe-trotting radio commentator through various periods in his life. The current administration and its actions have given Rall more than enough fodder, so why in Monday's cartoon did he feel the need to take a shovel to the head of fellow cartoonist Chris Ware?More »