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4/06/10
ALL-NEW CARTOON BOY ADVENTURE DEBUTS ON ACT-I-VATE

   Starting today, an all-new, full-color CARTOON BOY adventure will be running on the ACT-I-VATE comics website! Please do check it out. New strips are added every Tuesday.
01/01/10
KERSCHBLOG: NOTES FROM LEFT FIELD

   John Kerschbaum has an illustrated blog! Please visit for all the latest news, sketches, comics, FAQs and what-not.
7/27/09
TALKING COMICS WITH TIM: JOHN KERSCHBAUM

   A short while ago Tim O'Shea was kind enough to send along some questions about comics and stuff. You can now read them and John Kerschbaum's pithy answers on the Robot 6 blog at Comic Book Resources. Check it out!
7/13/09
INK PANTHERS LIVE @ BERGEN STREET COMICS

Picking up where episode 7 left off, here's episode 7.5 with Mike (Gags) Dawson, Alex (Grumps) Robinson and John Kerschbaum recorded live during The Ink Panthers Comic Brunch at Bergen Street Comics. This time the conversation even includes comics! Listen to it here.
7/07/09
"SLINKIEST" PANTHER PODCAST APPEARANCE

John Kerschbaum made a guest appearance on The Ink Panthers Show. The podcast hosted by Mike (Gags) Dawson and Alex (Grumps) Robinson that all the kids today are so crazy about! Topics include drinking 'til you pass out and The Secret Origins of The Ink Panthers! What could be more exciting? Check it out here.
7/04/09
UPDATE! BECAUSE INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW FOR FREE!

   Rob Clough's fascinating interview with John Kerschbaum that originally appeared in The Comics Journal #295 is now available for your reading pleasure, in it's entirety, at Rob's site, High-Low.
6/24/09
COMICS, CURMUDGEONS AND CRUMPETS, JULY 12TH

   Join cartoonists Mike Dawson ("Ace-Face", "Freddie & Me"), Alex Robinson ("Too Cool to be Forgotten", "Box Offiice Poison") and John Kerschbaum ("Petey & Pussy", "The Wiggly Reader") for their informal conversation, reading of their work and, most importantly, champagne brunch! Family, Pet and Nerd friendly!

Sunday, July 12, 2009
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen St.
Brooklyn, NY

718-230-5600

Here is more info!
6/17/09
D'OH, THE HORROR! KERSCHBAUM DOES THE SIMPSONS!


Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #15

Guest edited by Sammy Harkham, the award-winning creator of the popular Kramers Ergot anthology, this year’s issue is a jam-packed with some of the most idiosyncratic (and weirdest) takes on “The Simpsons” universe ever. Among Halloween-inspired short strips by such visionary cartoonists as Jordan Crane, C.F., Will Sweeney, Tim Hensley, and John Kerschbaum, are four featured tales of inspired Simpsons lunacy by Kevin Huizenga and Matthew Thurber, Jeffrey Brown, Ben Jones, Sammy Harkham and Ted May and Jon Vermilyea!

With a cover by Dan Zettwoch, Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #15 is like nothing you’ve ever seen, and is sure to be one of the most talked about comics of the year by alternative comic readers and Simpsons fans of all ages!

5/20/09
KERSCHBAUM TO ATTEND 2009 MoCCA ART FESTIVAL


   The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is proud to announce that the 2009 MoCCA Festival will take place the weekend of June 6-7 at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue and 25th Street in New York City. The festival will be open to the public from 11:00am to 6:00pm both days. General admission is $10/day or $15/weekend but is only $10/weekend for MoCCA members.
   John Kerschbaum will be in attendance both days signing copies of his Eisner Award-nominated book Petey & Pussy, selling original art, handmade clocks, minis, assorted doo-dads, doing sketches and much, much more!
   For more information as well as advance ticket sales visit MoCCA's website.
4/29/09
JOHN KERSCHBAUM LAST PERSON ON PLANET TO JOIN FACEBOOK




4/7/09
PETEY & PUSSY NOMINATED FOR EISNER AWARD

   Petey & Pussy has been nominated for Best Humor Publication.
   Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are in their 21st year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.
   Ballots with this year's nominees will be going out in mid-April to comics creators, editors, publishers, and retailers. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 24 at Comic-Con International.
   The Eisner Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, San Diego, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.
   Information about the Eisner Awards can be found here.
3/9/09
JK GUEST ON INKSTUDS RADIO SHOW WITH ROBIN McCONNELL
  Inkstuds is Citr's answer to the wonderful world of comix. Hosted by Robin McConnell, Inkstuds explores the underbelly of the comic world, interviewing some of today's top creators.  
   
This week's guest was John Kerschbaum. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to the entire interview or download it here.
3/1/09
JK FOCUS OF CR SUNDAY INTERVIEW AT THE COMICS REPORTER

The Comics Reporter logo
by Sam Henderson
   Tom Spurgeon features John Kerschbaum in this week's installment of the CR Sunday Interview!

 
  Here's a taste of Tom's intro:
   I don't know what the hell to make of John Kerschbaum. The Brooklyn-based illustrator is as talented as any cartoonist working -- he's one of those guys that seems to be able to draw anything with authority and flair -- and I think I've enjoyed every single one of his comics I've read going back to 1990s Xeric-winning The Wiggly Reader. At the same time, he's not exactly a household name...

   Go to The Comics Reporter to read the entire interview.
1/16/09
BECAUSE INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW


   The Comics Journal #295

   In this issue: Brian K. Vaughan on Y: The Last Man, Lost, Ex Machina and more; Paul Karasik interviews Italian comics phenom Gipi; John Kerschbaum (Petey & Pussy) talks brutality. Also: Should superheroes come out of the closet? Plus: Reviews of Zot!, Kirby: King of Comics, Chester Gould's biography, Terry Moore's Echo, The Herbie Archives, and the Independents documentary.

   Get more information, check out TCJ's video & photo slideshow preview and order a copy here!

You can read more including an excerpt from John Kerschbaum's interview at tcj.com

When you're done reading, you can join the discussion about the issue at The Comic's Journal Message Board.
1/1/09
PETEY & PUSSY ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST, FUNNIEST COMICS


   A few exceptionally smart people think so!

Rob Clough: "... the funniest book of the year"
"My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#7)

Bob Fingerman: "...my favorite domestic GN of the year. Maybe of the decade, thus far."
The Daily Cross Hatch: The Best Damned Comics of 2008 Chosen By The Artists

Joe Infurnari: "...the funniest comic I’ve read in a very long while."
The Daily Cross Hatch: The Best Damned Comics of 2008 Chosen By The Artists (#5)

   And it received an "Honorable Mention" from Richard Gehr at the Village Voice!

Find out more about Petey & Pussy here.
11/27/08
KERSCHBAUM DRAWINGS IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART


   Well, in the lobby anyway.

   The Metropolitan Museum of Art's newly revised Family Map (PDF) now unfolds to reveal a 17" x 22" seek-and-find puzzle poster of the museum created by John Kerschbaum. So pick up a free copy at the main information desk in The Great Hall and test your "Met IQ"! How fast can you find an o-daiko, a spangenhelm, a pair of Vincent's shoes and The Temple of Dendur?

   In the meantime, find out more about the Family Guide and poster by visiting the artist's online illustration portfolio or The Met's Official Website-- a great place to explore and learn!

A small detail of the poster featured in The Met's new Family Map. It's available for free at the info desk in the Great Hall.
11/19/08
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR CHILDREN, PETEY & PUSSY ARE ON THE LOOSE

   Seriously, do you know where your children are?

   Because this book is NOT for them and it's everywhere. In fact, it's available at all fine book stores and better comic shops, Amazon.com or directly from the publisher.    So if you're an adult (or are at least "adult-ish") and like brutally, wickedly funny comics, then you'll want to get your paws on a copy of Petey & Pussy before they all fall into the hands of some undeserving young innocents! Please! Do it today! Do it for the children!

   In,the meantime, you can find out all you want to know and more about John Kerschbaum's latest comic here.
11/18/08
RARE KERSCHBAUM PUBLIC APPEARANCE AT THE COMIC BOOK CLUB
   Iron your capes, unplug the Bat Signal and set your decoder rings on awesome: the Comic Book Club is in session! The Comic Book Club is a weekly comic book talk show featuring the best comedians in New York talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben. Plus every show we give away a $25 gift card to Midtown Comics!

   This week: The Daily Cross Hatch Presents: Comic Book Club! Cross Hatch Editor-in-Chief Brian Heater joins hosts, Alex, Pete and Justin, alongside Daily Cross Hatch favorites Tom Hart, Sarah Glidden, and John Kerschbaum.
   Comic Book Club
meets every Tuesday
night at 8:00pm at the
Peoples Improv Theater
154 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001.

Tickets are just $5!

If you missed the show, you can listen to the podcast, here!
11/8/08
BROWN: "PETEY & PUSSY WILL LEAVE AN INDELIBLE BURN ON YOUR BRAIN..."
   In her stellar review of Petey & Pussy for Comics Waiting Room, Avril Brown writes that not only will this "grotesque and hilarious graphic novel" burn your brain but that "you can’t help but be grateful for the everlasting impression."

   Read the rest of her review here and learn why, perhaps even despite your better sense, you'll be "morbidly turning page after page."
11/7/08
P&P Q&A -- KERSCHBAUM INTERVIEWED AT COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
   Interviewer Van Jensen probes the mind and psyche of cartoonist John Kerschbaum and gets to the bottom of such burning questions as, who would win in a drinking contest, Petey or Pussy?

   You really do need to know all of this.
11/1/08
NEWEST FP EMPLOYEE ALSO ITS BEST! "BOBO WHO?!" MOCKS COCKY JOJO
JOJO
   Fontanelle Press' newest employee, JoJo, was awarded the title of Employee of the Month for the month of October. JoJo, who was brought on as an intern last year (and actually won Employee of the Month for February in that capacity) was hired full-time after the passing of BoBo, a long-time Fontanelle Press accountant. BoBo, a perennial Employee of the Month and office favorite, had, in fact, continued to garner the coveted honor posthumously for nearly a year after his death.
   At an impromptu lunchbreak press conference, JoJo told a kitchen full of co-workers, "This is a new era for Fontanelle Press! The JoJo era!" When asked about his predecessor's impressive track record, JoJo hesitated for a moment and then, showing an utter lack of repsect for his beloved predecessor, responded, "BoBo who?!" before laughing heartily and throwing copious amounts of his poo at anyone that hadn't already left in disgust.
   A co-worker who requested anonimity since she sits at the desk next directly facing JoJo and must share a printer with him said, "I don't know what his game is, but he's not going to make many friends around here bad-mouthing BoBo, no less flinging his excrement around while people are trying to eat." She added tearfully before running off to the bathroom, "I worked with BoBo. This JoJo is no BoBo."
10/10/08
CLOUGH: PETEY & PUSSY ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST
   In his Sequart column, Hi-Low, estimable comics critic, funkmeister and all-round nice guy Rob Clough writes in his review of Petey & Pussy, "All told, this book is one of the best of the year to date and certainly the best humor-related publication..."

   You can read Rob's entire review here.
10/4-10/5/08
KERSCHBAUM RETURNS TO SPX AFTER 3 YEAR ABSENCE
   John Kerschbaum made a triumphant return to the Small Press Exhibition in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend to hawk his new Fantagraphics published comic, Petey & Pussy. It was great show, sales were brisk and fun was had by one and all. Best of all, nobody lost an eye!

3/1/08
KERSCHBAUM GOES MAD
   Well, MadKids magazine anyway. That is, the March 2008 issue of MadKids magazine features some of your favorite superheroes as drawn by John Kerschbaum.
   See Spider-Man, Aquaman, Wolverine, Hawkman, The Hulk and others as you've never seen them before! And use the handy guide to determine whether or not your neighbor is actually a superhero!

   Or you can take a peek all the illustrations right here by clicking on any of the thumbnails below!
11/28/07
HARDEST-WORKING MONKEY IN COMICS BUSINESS PASSES AWAY

BOBO
   It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of Fontanelle Press' most valued employees. With the company since its earliest days, BoBo started out in the mailroom and with a gritty determination and a smile that could melt your heart, worked his way up the corporate ladder into the accounting department where apparently he died working the late shift Thanksgiving night. The exact cause of death has not been determined but the police do not suspect foul play at this time. You will be missed, friend.
9/15/07
KERSCHBAUM TAPPED BY NICK MAG AS ONE OF THE "WORLD'S GOOFIEST"
 
   For their very special Art Issue (September 2007) the Editors at Nick Magazine asked "some of the world's goofiest, most talented illustrators to give us their take on Leonardo da Vinci's 16th-century portrait the Mona Lisa."

At left is John Kerschbaum's
contribution. Click on it
to see a larger version.

You can check out the rest of
the cool Mona Lisas here!

5/5/06
OWW!!!! KERSCHBAUM GETS CAUGHT IN VICE (MAGAZINE)
   It's VICE magazine's spanking-new Comics Issue featuring guest editor Johnny Ryan. The issue is a doozy, kicking off with a collaborative cover by Johnny and legendary MAD artist Al Jaffee. Inside you'll find a wide array of comics and drawings from many of the field's best and brightest talents, including Rick Altergott, Peter Bagge, Marc Bell,Jim Campbell, Martin Cendreda, Ben Cho, David Choe, Milano Chow, Dave Cooper, Jordan Crane, Robert Crumb, Sophie Crumb, Vanessa Davis, Patrick Dean, Mary Fleener, Sammy Harkham, Sam Henderson, Al Jaffee, Cole Johnson, Martin Kellerman, John Kerschbaum, Jim Krewson, Ted May, Lorna Miller, Tony Millionaire, Jeremy Onsmith, Gary Panter, Liz Prince, Johnny Ryan, Kaz Strzepek, Steven Weissman, Karl Wills, Kurt Wolfgang, Dennis Worden, Dan Zettwoch and Many Others!
The street date for this issue is May 5, 2006 with national distribution wrapping up by the 10th. The best part? VICE magazine is FREE!
3/2/05
PROJECT: SUPERIOR SIGNING AT JIM HANLEY'S UNIVERSE
(l. to r.)- Jamie Tanner, John Lucas, DIno Haspiel,
Mike Dawson (hiding), John Kerschbaum (growling).
Also attending but not pictured R. Kikuo Johnson
2/16/05
BIZARRO SIGNING AT JIM HANLEY'S UNIVERSE
(standing, l. to r.)- John Kerschbaum, Todd Alcott, Leela Corman, Chris Duffy, Joey Cavalieri, Tom Hart, Micheal Kupperman, R. Sikoryak, Danny Hellman, Paul Hornschemeier, Dean Haspiel (seated, l. to r.) Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier
4/30/04 - 5/2/04
PUTTING THE "SIMP" BACK IN SYMPOSIUM -- KERSCHBAUM VISITS BENNINGTON
from l.to r. - Moderator Sally Sugarman, John Kerschbaum, Mike Mignola,
James Kochalka, Joe Staton, John Arcudi, Walt Simonson and Louise Simonson
   Just over the New York State border in lovely Bennington, Vermont, John Kerschbaum recently joined a host of comic book legends and luminaries including Mike Mignola, Bob Fingerman, Steve Bissette, Ramona Fradon, Joe Staton, James Kochalka, John Arcudi, James Sturm, Walt and Louise Simonson and others for a symposium at Bennington College entitled, "The Comic Book: Retrospect and Prospect."
   Over the course of a beautiful, early-spring weekend, enigmatic host Prof. Bradford Verter and his crew of hard-working volunteers guided his guests through a series of panels, discussions and lectures focusing on the art and business of comic books. Highlights included informative and entertaining slide presentations by Mr. Sturm and Mr. Bissette, a lively discussion on the "Future of Comics" (see photo above), pudding wrestling, fire juggling and some-sort-of-cake eating.
12/6/02
NICKELODEON MAGAZINE AND THE COMICS JOURNAL SPECIAL PATRIOTISM ISSUE
  What do these two outstanding publications have in common? Why, they both feature comics by John Kerschbaum! The December/January 2003 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine (on sale at newsstands now) features a full-color, one-page comic about the coming of the next ice age. Why not grab a copy, curl up in front of a warm fire and chill out?
  Then, it's your duty as a proud American to buy a copy or two of The Comics Journal Super-Special Winter Edition. Due out January 2003, it's 156 pages of great comic-y stuff and boasts a comics section that's a veritable 21-pun salute to Patriotism. You can find out more about it at the TCJ website and/or view a small preview of John Kerschbaum's two-page contribution here.
  And if that's not enough, you can always get lost in the "art"-ful, two-page puzzle illustration in the February 2003 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine.
  Plus, rumor has it, Kerschbaum might be illustrating a five-page Batman story for the upcoming second volume of DC Comic's Harvey and Eisner Award-winning anthology, Bizarro Comics. Details to follow!
9/22/02
KERSCHBAUM TWO-TIME LOSER! OR IS IT THREE?
  
John Kerschbaum was in attendance at the 2002 SPX Expo in Bethesda MD recently where he hob-nobbed near some of the best and brightest in the cartoon industry! Though nominated for two prestigious Ignatz Awards, one for Outstanding Mini-Comic (Homecoming), the other for Outstanding Cartoonist, Kerschbaum went home brickless.The Editors from Fontanelle Press immediately went into spin control issuing a cocktail napkin on which was scrawled the following written statement: "We stronggly belief in John Kerschenbaum's talent & feel this is only miner setback in what should be promises to be a really pretty ok"

  In related news, John Kerschbaum managed to sneak his way onto the New Voices panel, despite a noticably receding hairline. He hemmed and hawed his way through a blizzard of tough questions from moderator Mark Nevins as well as the angry mob of discerning comic fans packing the room.
  Luckily, Nick Bertozzi, Kevin Huizenga, David Lasky and Greg Cook were also featured on the panel, and it proved to be an afternoon of fun and learning for all involved.

From l. to r.- a blank movie screen, an empty podium, N. Bertozzi, G. Cook, J. Kerschbaum, K. Huizenga, D. Lasky.
6/23/02
THE 2002 MOCCA ART FESTIVAL DECLARED A SMASHING SUCCESS!
   By all accounts, the 2002 MOCCA Arts Festival was a smashing success, eclipsing the expectations of even the most jaded of comic convention veterans. Speaking of which, John Kerschbaum and Fontanelle Press were in attendance and claimed to have a banner day, breaking all personal sales records for a single-day event. Clearly this was the show all of New York City's comic book aficionados had been waiting for and they did not disappoint, turning out in droves to see the latest in alternative comic book
science and technology.
  With over 2,000 people attending, the first MOCCA Art Festival, held at the historic Puck Building in New York, was an overwhelming success. So it should be no surprise to anyone that a 2003 show has already been scheduled for Sunday June 22nd, 2003 from 11a.m. until 7p.m.! Admission is only $5.00 and all entry proceeds benefit the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.

  Once again, Fontanelle Press will be there. Others in attendance will be Jessica Abel, Evan Dorkin, Fantagraphics Books, Kaz, James Kochalka, Patrick McDonnell, Michael Mignola, Alex Robinson, Jeff Smith and many, many more! For a full list of attendees, click here.

For more news and information about all things MOCCA-related, check out their website.
John Kerschbaum (left) berates passersby while an unidentified employee (right) keeps watch over the Fontanelle Press Emporium.
2/22/02
FONTANELLE PRESS NAMES FRANCES EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!
  
Between sips from a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag, a still-emotional spokeperson for Fontanelle Press confirmed yesterday at an impromptu news conference outside a Queens bodega that Frances had indeed been selected as Fontanelle Press's Employee of the Month for February 2002! When reached for comment, Frances responded "Fontanelle what?"
1/16/02
MOCCA ART FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED FOR NYC -- KERSCHBAUM TO ATTEND!
  
A puffy, bleary-eyed Fontanelle Press spokesperson officially announced earlier today that cartoonist John Kerschbaum would indeed be attending the inaugural MOCCA Art Festival in New York City on Sunday, June 23, 2002. The event, to be held at the venerable Puck Building on Lafayette Street, boasts an unprecedented NYC gathering of alternative cartoonists and publishers showcasing the avant-garde in comics and cartoon art. All entry proceeds benefit The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Among those also scheduled to attend are Tony Consiglio, Mike Dawson, Bill Plympton, Ted Rall, Alex Robinson, Top Shelf Productions, Nick Bertozzi, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel , Peter Kuper, Steve Lafler, Jeff Mason, Josh Neufield, Jennifer Sorenson and many, many more. For a full list of attendees and more information on The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and the Art Festival, please visit the MOCCA website.
1/15/02
FONTANELLE PRESS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF STATE-OF-THE-ART WEB SITE!
   Immediately after announcing the launch of it's brand-new, state-of-the-art web site, Fontanelle Press officially retracted that statement and issued a new one announcing the launch of it's brand-new web site. The fact that the phrase "state-of-the-art" had been deleted from the second announcement did not escape the attention of an already skeptical press attending the news conference. A Fontanelle Press spokesperson who spoke only on the grounds of anonymity apologized profusely for the erroneous description of his company's brand-new web site and made assurances that the brand-new web site, while not exactly state-of-the-art, was none-the-less "a web site." Without being questioned further by reporters, the anonymous spokesperson repeatedly denied making the somewhat over-reaching claim himself and promised that any Fontanelle Press employee found responsible for "perpetuating that so-called rumor" would be "Sorry. And I mean really, really sorry. No, really." After a brief, awkward silence, the spokesman then ran from the podium in tears.
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