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Drinky Crow & Tony Millionaire Fly Into Seattle Sat. May 9 Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Tuesday, 28 April 2009

TONY MILLIONAIRE PRESENTS DRINKY CROW'S MAAKIES TREASURY AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON MAY 9

April 27, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Celebrated cartoonist Tony Millionaire will appear at Seattle's Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, May 9 for an exhibition of original artwork and signing of his new book Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury.

Millionaire's Maakies is among the best and most popular weekly comic strips in America, running in over a dozen of the largest U.S. weekly newspapers including the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly and Seattle's The Stranger. The strip has also been adapted into the hit animated series The Drinky Crow Show on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury
Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury
Price: $29.99
Maakies chronicles the intoxicating high-seas adventures of alcoholic corvid Drinky Crow and his equally-inebriated simian sidekick Uncle Gabby, blending vaudeville-style humor and a magnificent rendering quality that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Designed by publishing's foremost graphic artist Chip Kidd, with an introduction by acclaimed author Dave Eggers, Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury collects the second five years of the strip in a deluxe landscape hardcover format that complements the strip's classic style. According to the New York Times Book Review, "Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat."

Millionaire's appearance on Saturday May 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM will include an exhibition highlighting 10 years of original Maakies strips, complemented by a screening of episodes of the animated Drinky Crow Show. The artist will be available to sign copies of his many books and informally discuss his influential body of work. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at the corner of Airport Way S., just minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations in dozens of locations throughout the historic arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information:

TONY MILLIONAIRE: DRINKY CROW'S MAAKIES TREASURY
Art exhibition and book signing SATURDAY, MAY 9 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through June 10, 2009
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA 98108 Phone: 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com

Click here to download the press release in Microsoft Word format (32 KB)
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 April 2009 )
 
Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai at Fantagraphics Apr. 4 Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Jaime Hernandez & Stan Sakai at Fantagraphics Bookstore, April 4, 2009

CELEBTRATED CARTOONISTS JAIME HERNANDEZ AND STAN SAKAI APPEAR AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON APRIL 4

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery proudly presents two of the most accomplished and popular cartoonists in America on Saturday, April 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the phenomenal Love and Rockets series, will appear with Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo fame for an exhibition of original art and book signing event. They will be joined by special guest Paul Hornschemeier signing copies of his handsome new hardcover Mother, Come Home.

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Price: $14.99
Jaime Hernandez, together with his brother Gilbert, revolutionized the comic book form with their epic series Love and Rockets. Introduced in 1982, their mythical tale of contemporary multicultural society re-energized a moribund medium and gave birth to the “alternative comics” genre. Jaime’s central characters, Maggie and Hopey, emerged as icons for a generation of disaffected youth and their stories remain relevant and compelling today. With nearly 100 comic books to his credit, and over a dozen collected anthologies published by Fantagraphics Books, Jaime Hernandez is among the most influential cartoonists of his generation. In the words of Alan Moore, "Jaime's art balances big white and black spaces to create a world of nuance in between, just as his writing balances our big human feelings and our small human trivias to generate its incredible emotional power. Quite simply, this is one of the twentieth century's most significant comics creators at the peak of his form, with every line a wedding of classicism and cool."

Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin
Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin
Price: $16.99
Much like Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai relies on his cultural heritage in the expansive adventure series Usagi Yojimbo. Sakai chronicles the escapades of wandering Samurai bunny Miyamoto Usagi in feudal Japan with beautifully crafted artwork and an engaging narrative style that appeals to readers of all ages. Usagi Yojimbo is at once poignant, edifying, funny, and spellbinding – a singular achievement in the comics medium. Fantagraphics Books and Portland-based Dark Horse Comics have collected his work in over 24 volumes. According to comic book sage Stan Lee: “One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.”

Mother, Come Home
Mother, Come Home
Price: $22.99
Mother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier’s piercing graphic-novel debut, long out of print and now available for the first time in hardcover. It secured the cartoonist’s place as one of his generation’s most skillful and ambitious practitioners, and proved a harbinger of the subject matter that the artist would go on to explore most consistently in later work: the nuclear family.

The exhibition and reception on Saturday, April 4 will serve as the official after-party for the Emerald City ComiCon. Expect an array of comics professionals and luminaries to be in attendance. Admission is free. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at Airport Way S. in Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110.

LISTING INFORMATION

Jaime Hernandez, Stan Sakai

Love and Rockets and Usagi Yojimbo
Art exhibition and book signing

Saturday, April 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Emerald City ComiCon after-party
Special guest Paul Hornschemeier

Exhibition continues through May 6, 2009.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
www.fantagraphics.com/bookstore

Click here to download the press release in Microsoft Word format (35 KB)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 March 2009 )
 
An Evening with Humbug at the Strand in NYC Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Thursday, 19 March 2009

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS AND THE STRAND PRESENT:

AN EVENING OF HUMBUG

In 1957, five artists — Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee and Jack Davis — hot on the heels of creating MAD magazine, pooled their money and their talent and entered into the creative, exuberant folly of a lifetime by creating the greatest satirical magazine of their careers. Join Humbug co-founders Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in a book signing and discussion about this historic publication with Fantagraphics Publisher and editor of the collected Humbug, Gary Groth. Attendees will also enjoy an exclusive screening of a documentary short film about the late Will Elder.

LISTING INFORMATION:

An Evening with Humbug
Featuring Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in conversation with Gary Groth
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00PM
The Strand Bookstore
12th St. & Broadway, New York, NY

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2009 )
 
Paul Hornschemeier 2009 Pacific NW Tour Print
Written by Mike Baehr   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER: THE 2009 PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR

Promoting the release of the new graphic novel, MOTHER, COME HOME from Fantagraphics

April 2, 5:30-8:30PM: CHARLES A. HARTMAN FINE ART, Portland
"Paul Hornschemeier: Cloistered in Crowds" First Thursday reception and book signing
134 NW 8th Ave. • hartmanfineart.net

April 3, 6PM: LUCKY'S COMICS, Vancouver
Book signing and author talk
3972 Main St. • luckys.ca

April 4, All Day: EMERALD CITY CON, Seattle
Appearing at the Fantagraphics Books tables
Seattle Convention Center • emeraldcitycomicon.com

April 4, 7PM: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY, Seattle
A book signing and Emerald City Con after-party with Stan Sakai & Jaime Hernandez
1201 S. Vale St. • fantagraphics.com/bookstore

Read the new book MOTHER, COME HOME from Fantagraphics:
http://www.fantagraphics.com/mothercomehome

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 March 2009 )
 
Fantagraphics to Publish Jacques Tardi in 2009 Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009

This summer, Fantagraphics will launch an ongoing series of hardcover books presenting the works of the legendary French cartoonist Jacques Tardi.

West Coast Blues by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette

The first two releases will be West Coast Blues (Le petit bleu de la Côte Ouest), a hard-boiled crime thriller adapted by Tardi from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, and You Are There (Ici même), a satirical, surreal story written for Tardi by Barbarella creator Jean-Claude Forest that many consider one of the first true French graphic novels. Both will be released simultaneously in August, in what series editor Kim Thompson calls a "double-pronged shock-and-awe assault on the American readership, to immediately show off Tardi's versatility."

You Are There by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Claude Forest

Planned for Spring 2010 is the World War I-themed graphic album It Was the War of the Trenches, chapters of which have previously appeared in RAW and Drawn and Quarterly magazines during the 1980s and 1990s.

"Tardi has always been one of my top favorite European cartoonists," said Thompson, who will also be translating the books. "I've wanted to do this for many years — pretty much as long as we've been publishing — and I think the time is ripe. In today's graphic-novel world, the audience is finally ready for Tardi."



Tardi's best known creation is the saturnine early-20th Century heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec, the first two of whose nine (to date) adventures were released by Dark Horse and NBM in the early 1980s. (A series of Adèle Blanc-Sec movies is currently being prepared by French filmmaker and comics buff Luc Besson.) American readers may also remember Tardi's "Nestor Burma" stories (based upon stories by French crime writer Leo Malet), the first of which was serialized in the Fantagraphics anthology Graphic Story Monthly in the 1980s, and the second of which was released as a graphic album by iBooks two decades later — or Tardi's multiple appearances in RAW magazine. All of these, as well as NBM's Roach Killer and the hardboiled detective story Griffu (written by Manchette especially for Tardi) which appeared in the Fantagraphics anthology Pictopia, have been out of print for years.

Tardi has won every French cartooning award in existence including the Grand Prize of Angoulême, and has created over 30 graphic novels in a wide variety of genres. He continues to produce work to this day at a pace that puts his contemporaries to shame, including last year's World War I story Putain de guerre, 2006's satirical thriller Le Secret de l'étrangleur, and the epic 300-page Le Cri du peuple, set in 1871's Paris Commune. He is currently working on two new projects, including another World War I volume and an adaptation of a third Manchette-written crime thriller. He lives in Paris with his wife and his cats.

A selection of imagery in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 March 2009 )
 
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