Yes yes, y'all! Acclaimed young cartoonist Ed Piskor (Wizzywig) schools you on the old school in this essential, explosively entertaining, encyclopedic cultural chronicle of an American art form that changed the world. Hip Hop Family Tree (originally serialized online at Boing Boing) takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios and radio stations where the scene started to boom, in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail.
The vivid personalities and magnetic performances of early stars like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, The Sugarhill Gang, and Funky 4+1 come to life, as do the no-less-charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and Rick Rubin. And graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy meets Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large.
[The Umpteen Millionaire Club is our series which puts forth book club discussion questions for Fantagraphics titles. The Comics Journal interns Keith Barbalato, Lucy Kiester, and Daniel Johnson put together this set of questions. As this is intended for those who have read the book and may contain spoilers, questions can be found behind the jump. - Ed.]
Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph cuts back and forth between two timelines, filling in details bit by bit: events ripple throughout a town and take their toll for years to come, resulting in violence and sexual guilt. A foreboding force circulates among a community following a woman's suicide. A group of students put a classmate, Arié, into a coma. As troubled new student Amahiko attempts to make friends at school, his life intertwines with the cycle of assault and death.
Just in time for SXSW, Danny Bland will be appearing at Hole in the Wall in Austin, Texas. He'll be reading a few chapters from his book In Case We Die on Saturday, March 15th at 8:30pm. Hole in the Wall is located on the main drag next to the University of Texas (2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705) and is a tiny gem in the town. So pull up a bar set, take a long pull from your Corona and relish in the deep gravely voice of a man who has seen the end of things.
Judgment Day approacheth! Our next EC Comics Library volume collects science fiction stories deftly illustrated by Joe Orlando (who went on to some renown one step up the alphabet at DC Comics) and scripted by the mighty Al Feldstein (sometimes from Ray Bradbury stories). Beyond the usual robots, spaceships, aliens, time travel, horrible death, and ironic reversals we all love so much, there are two items of particular historical note in this volume: the groundbreaking, taboo-busting title story, and EC's only serialized tales, the "Adam Link" adaptations.
Don't wait until our alien overlords return to judge us: read the former story, plus two others, and reserve your copy for delivery in May, right here.
The rewards are rolling out as the books are rolling in this fine March! (THAT NEW PEANUTS BOOK!) Cards have been mailed! Stickers printed! Albums are currently being jammed to across the country! Prints are being framed and put on your wall! One lucky cartoonist spent the last week at SAW's Dash Shaw comics workshop! Human and animal portraits alike have almost all been sent out!
Jason Sacks of Comics Bulletin ransacked our warehouse a few weeks ago during his shopping spree, he could carry A LOT.
FBI Mini Comics have been sent out to comic book stores, libraries and backers!
Employees and Gary Panter are painting the Custom Chucks for those of you with that reward. Here we model our own shoes and the ones Panter was sent. Are your feet actually that big or do you just want as much canvas as possible to be painted by Panter? Clever!
We even taught Eric Reynolds how to SHAPE SHIFT for you.
Okay, that might just be One-Eyed Wanda, office dog at her command station. Check out the sweet indicia featuring some of your NAMES (one of the rewards). The books start hitting stores in the next few weeks so get ready to impress the hell outta that niece or nephew.
Some of the rewards have taken longer than anticipated for example, shirt printing (ordered!), Kim Thompson Memo Zine (it's gotta be right!), Spiegelman prints and the Love & Rockets Card poster (given it's thickness and largeness we needed some sturdier boxes, no jokes). We'll try to keep you updated as much as possible. We appreciate your patience as we get these rewards out as fast as possible while still putting together & printing all the books you love so much. We're also getting to your messages and yes, of course, if you move to a new place, city, etc. send us your new address! The FALL 2014 Catalog is also out now as well so get excited! Thank you again, all three thousand of you.
Happiness is a new Peanuts book on my desk! Here's a just-delivered advance copy of The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 by Charles M. Schulz — Vol. 21 in the series. Marcie on the cover, two full years of daily and Sunday strips in crisp black and white inside, an introduction by Tom Tomorrow, and those thoughtful design touches by Seth that make these books so inviting... ahhh. Don't you just want to hug it?
If you missed it, we shared the first month of strips for free, and we're taking pre-orders for delivery in May — get all the info and take action right here.
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics of the new millennium. The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this endearing new collection. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip.
The festive show on Saturday, March 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM features 15 original Millionaire drawings and music by Ashley Eriksson. As a child in Los Angeles, Eriksson sang on the Ren and Stimpy Christmas Album; as an adult she sings "Island Song," the closing credits for Cartoon Network's cult-sensation Adventure Time. On Saturday she’ll sing from her recent K Records release Colours.
This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the truly extraordinary artists of our time.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
comiXology gets crazier as Dungeon Quest rolls on (and rolls another one). The serialized and digitized fun continues from pages of Joe Daly's full graphic novel Dungeon Quest: Book Two Issue #3. The gang forages for food and finds a little more than they bargained for: some new drugs! What friendships will deepen or be forever ruined by this new quest into the landscape of altered perceptions? Get the next installment for only $1.99 today!
"If you can laugh at your obsession while still poring over weapon and armor upgrades, the Dungeon Quest series should be on your couch next to the game manual and open laptop. . .It's absurd, engrossing, very adult, and pitch perfect." -Alex Carr, Shelfari
The Tony Millionaire will be hitching a bus, elephant or small jet to Portland this weekend after the signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery to make an appearance at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon! From 6 to 8pm this Sunday, March 9th you can have the newest Sock Monkey Treasury book signed to you and your own Sock Monkey-lovin' kiddos. Maakies fiends, be sure to bring a copy of your own or grab one from Floating World (Green Eggs and Maakies being the latest). Come one, come all!
Today in exciting plugs for our books by admirable famous people, hilarious comedian/author/Twitter superstar Rob Delaney joins the likes of Conan O'Brien, Elvis Costello, John Hodgman, and others in endorsing Tony Millionaire, and specifically his new book Sock Monkey Treasury: