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Bourdain Gets Graphic

Should have seen this coming. This is what happens when food people become taste-makers—you get awkwardly hip hybrids like lobster corn dogs at Lollapalooza. Now, Anthony Bourdain is writing a graphic novel for Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics.

Get Jiro! is an “ultra-violent slaughter-fest” that takes place in a world where food and the secrets of how to prepare it are the source of great power, according to a blog post on DC’s website. Jiro is a highly talented sushi chef whom this futurist world’s master chefs are all fighting over. Though it seems the mysterious Jiro has plans of his own.

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Satan Worshipping Doom

Do you work with anyone in a band called Bongripper? Well, I do, and yesterday he walked in and handed me a copy of this:

While Satan Worshipping Doom is Bongripper’s sixth release, it’s the first they’ve released on vinyl, and art-wise, they took full advantage of the extra inches.  It is a brutal (in the best way possible) full-color mess of blood, fire, demons, goats, tentacles and all manner of other evil shit.
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Best Worst Movie

Exciting things are happening in the world of terrible movies. After years of anticipation, Best Worst Movie, a documentary about the Troll 2 phenomenon, appears to finally be seeing the light of day.

Best Worst Movie Poster by Tyler Stout

Widely proclaimed to be the worst movie of all time (by the likes of IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and my parents) Troll 2 is the cinematic non-sequitur version of a non-sequel (about goblins) to, yes… Troll. This low-budget masterwork of ineptitude was filmed in Utah back in 1989 by an Italian film crew, directing a cast of inexperienced, non-Italian-speaking actors (including a dentist from Alabama). The result is a movie that is so lovably bad, it became a genuine worldwide phenomenon. If you haven’t yet seen Troll 2, immediately open a new browser window and head over to Hulu, where it is currently and inexplicably streaming in its entirety, then come back and finish reading up on this post.

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I Wonder

Marian Bantjes - I Wonder

Those of you with Lagmag Issue #2 in your grubby paws are already familiar with the amazing Marian Bantjes. The designer/illustrator/typographer has long been a favorite of ours, and contributed a piece called “How Are You” to the aforementioned issue.

She has been busy (as in, 15 months busy) conceiving, writing, designing and illustrating a book, titled “I Wonder.” Last week, she announced a presale and posted a sneak preview for the world to see. The hardcover book, roughly 6″ by 9″, is printed in 5 colors (CMYK + gold). The cover itself is gold and silver foil on satin cloth, and the pages have gilded edges. It will be released to the world in September 2010.

Should you need more of a reason to jump on this, the presale price is nearly 50% off. You can see a few more preview images after the jump, or, see them all over at Marian’s site.

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Diggin’ on Rachal Duggan

Hair Dad by Rachal Duggan

Rachal Duggan is a funny lady. The 23-year-old, Chicago-based illustrator creates a cast of characters as diverse as her influences, but each and every one share a similar air of eccentricity. That isn’t to call Rachal eccentric, she isn’t. She is an artist with a talent for taking the everyday oddities of life, and infusing them into her portraits. Her style, which mixes clean composition with complex texture and pattern, is surreal and occasionally grotesque–but its also really fun.

I’m going to kick this off with a wholly generic and uninspired question, but I’m genuinely curious about what got you into illustration?
Well, I have always drawn but I had no idea where I was going with it. Then, when I was a junior in college, I realized I should try to get better at something I already enjoyed instead of worrying about finding something new. It sounds so simple now, but it was quite the epiphany for me at the time.

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