The Pennsylvania Center for the Book is thrilled to present Jim Woodring with the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for his graphic novel, Fran. Woodring will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State. As described by the jury, "Hypnotic and subliminal while entertaining and compelling, ‘Fran's' dream world is at once familiar and unsettling, a conduit to mental states that, in many ways, only the graphic novel can achieve. Woodring's work poses a refreshing change from the trend towards wordy graphic memoir, entreating the reader to reckon with a world whose language we cannot capture in our own."
So you too can be transported to the Unifactor to visit Frank, Fran, Pupshaw and Pushpaw during Woodring's talk and acceptance speech. For more information about the PA Center for the Book and past winners, visit their site. The Paterno Library is located along intercampus road Curtin Rd and N. Allen Street. Grab your own copy of Fran today!
Joyce Farmer of Special Exits had the pleasure to announce Woodring as the recipient of this year's award. Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident. A prize of $2,500, the two volume set of Ward's six novels published by the Library of America, and a suitable commemorative will be presented to 2014 winner, Jim Woodring, for his book "Fran."
For more information about Woodring's presentation or if you have questions about the physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accommodations at the Penn State site, contact Caroline Wermuth at
Paterno Library (at the intersection of Curtin Rd and N. Allen St) University Park, PA 16802
The epic adventures continue! We've received the final cover art for Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956, collecting and celebrating the vivid, detailed artwork of comics virtuoso Hal Foster. In this tenth volume, our band of heroes are making their way back to the Kingdom of Thule when they are attacked by a band of barbarians.
Prince Valiant Vol. 10 is expected to make an appearance in January and is available for pre-order now. Keep your eyes peeled for more previews of this book in upcoming weeks!
This comprehensive collection of the professor who arguably created the first underground comic (The Adventures of Jesus) will grace the Fantagraphics table at CAB, and otherwise will arrive at bookstores this December. If you can't make it to CAB this weekend, you can still pre-order your copy now.
Vancouver, BC - Put down your gravy covered hockey sticks and join us at the final Vancouver Comicon of the year! You pay only a pittance to get in ($4), or nothing if you donate school appropriate comic books at the door, and you get to bask in the glow of amazing artists like New York Times Bestselling authors, Simon Hanselmann and Ed Piskor! They're bringing the noise to the West Coast, and bringing their hit books Megahex, and Hip Hop Family Tree with them.
Joining these fine fellows are the Portland team, Joe Keatinge and Leila del Luca, and 'Couv locals Ed Brisson and Steve Rolston.
For over a decade, the Vancouver Comicon has been putting on a series of six one-day shows spread throughout the year, and this is your last chance to get some comic book action before the holiday tummy aches set in, and you need all those comics to keep you company as you spend time with your family. (I'm aware that Canadian Thanksgiving already happened, but you never know when a tummy ache will strike).
Enjoy a fall day finding your new best friend-book this Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm at the lovely Heritage Hall; I'm thinking about booking my wedding there now because it's so dang pretty.
Brooklyn, put on your wellies and cute little hats, it's time to saunter over to the Mt. Carmel Church for Comic Arts Brooklynaka CAB! This year, taking place on Saturday, November 8th from 11am-7pm, with panels and talks on Sunday, November 9th. The Mt. Carmel Church is 275 N. 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Publisher Gary Groth will be expecting you.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, November 9th, there are panels a plenty, talks and interviews at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211.) Tickets for the free programming are available here and there is always standing room.
Noon Charles Burns: Down the Black Hole We'll enjoy a retrospective of Burns' work as an illustrator (Sub Pop, The Believer, The New Yorker) and as a cartoonist (Black Hole, Big Baby, RAW), with a focus on the recently released third book of his graphic novel trilogy, X'ed Out.
Burns will speak about his earliest influences and share some of his earliest work, including some childhood drawings. The discussion will advance through his posters and graphics, talk about the impetus for his massive masterpiece, "Black Hole," and land with an examination of the "X'ed Out" universe.
Burns will be interviewed by Paul Karasik, cartoonist and instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
1:00PM Tim Lane, Jim Rugg, and Ben Marra: Neo Noir
These three cartoonists love tough yeggs, mean streets, and femmes fatales. All three have recent work evoking smoky, double-crossing noir. Each creator will present and discuss his own gods of Noir through slides depicting specific works by artists whose work they admire.
Lane describes his work as addressing the "Great American Mythological Drama," and there is something mythic in the stature of all three of these artists, whose low-life characters carry themselves with the burden of sin on their shoulders. However, though they share a taste for long shadows and deceit, their work could not be more different.
Lane, Marra, and Rugg will be interviewed by Karen Green, Librarian of Ancient & Medieval History and Religion at Columbia's Butler Library.
Follow along as Olivier's grandfather traveled to a remote colony to help build a utopia in the wilderness, fell in love with his cousin's wife, and then into delirium - but is it love or jungle virus-induced fever, reality or imagination? You'll come undone by Olivier's first full-length graphic novel: part-biography, part-surrealscape, all fantastic. $34.99 Out in November 2014.
The acclaimed cartoonist returns to his underground roots, indulging his love of satire and cartooning in this free-wheeling one-man anthology that Sacco promises "will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do." $14.99 Out in stores now.
Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit Cochlea & Eustachia appear to be twin human girls, but this has yet to be confirmed. Their actions seem to be motivated less by curiosity than boredom and an inclination towards purposeless destruction. This new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Squirrel Machine is lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect. $19.99 Out in stores December 2014 but pick up an advance at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, ageism in America and her family's relationships and history. $19.99 In stores February 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
A "best of the rest" tribute collecting Stack's work under his pseudonym, "Foolbert Sturgeon". Includes appearances by Dirty Diana, time traveler Frank Crankcase, Dr. Feelgood, and others. A tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years. $24.99 In stores December 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
The Complete ZAP Comix by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson The most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever, finally collected. There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. We'll have one set for you to paw over. $500.00 In stores late December but pick up this ONE copy at CAB.
A generational autobiography written by legendary punk diva and award-winning poet Van Cook, adapted by artist Romberger. The journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense. $29.99 In stores November but pick up an advance copy and get it SIGNED at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. $39.99 In stores now but pick up a copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. $35.99 In stores late December but pick up this a copy at CAB.
A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles. $24.99 In stores February but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
A creatively blocked cartoonist finds a mysterious old comic book and is thrown into a fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy. Horrocks's first new graphic novel since Hicksville. $29.99 In stores January but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
Four decades of deliberate DIY cartoon rebellion! Collecting some of the best mini comics ever produced by some of the most creative artists in the world (stats: artwork from over 50 artists in 848 pages of artwork, including the 8-page underground sex comic "Tijuana Bibles.") Cover by Esther Pearl Watson 29.99 In stores January but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
Seeking an ascetic life in the desert away from today's noisy and noisome world, Nick is seduced by the spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of the procession of the Queen of Saba. A fantasia of delightful philosophical mind games. $24.99 In stores late November but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at CAB.
"It’s remarkable to see art so twisted applied to such vivid pulp tales — almost as though Wolverton was trying his hardest to be Alex Raymond, but couldn’t help turning out images to rival Salvador Dalí." – The A.V. Club
Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang have made an indelible mark on so many treasured American holidays and traditions, from Charlie Brown’s infamous Christmas tree to Linus’s obsession with the Great Pumpkin. And who can forget the most romantic—and occasionally loneliest—of all holidays? From Charlie Brown opening an empty mailbox every February 14th, to Sally Brown whispering sweet somethings to her “sweet baboo” Linus, A Valentine for Charlie Brown is the perfect gift to remind that special someone in your life just what love is all about, for better and for worse!
New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley is back with another travel-themed graphic memoir! In Displacement, Knisley goes on a ten day cruise ship getaway with her frail grandparents. While caring for them, Knisley must learn to navigate around her grandparents' physical limitations and failing mental faculties, all while attempting to come to terms with their mortality.
Here is Knisley's beautiful and sweet cover design for Displacement, and we'll have more previews of the book coming at you soon! In the meantime, go ahead and pre-order your copy now for its January debut!
Sam Zabel, a struggling cartoonist with an enormous creative block, hasn't actually drawn a comic in years. His world is reduced to the bare minimum of lifes necessities, and one day he discovers a word that perfectly captures the void he feels: "anhedonia." The absence of pleasure, of joy.