|This Week's Press Highlights|
|Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under The New Yorker, press highlights, Love Bunglers, Los Angeles Times book prize, Josh Simmons, Jaime Hernandez, Hollywood Reporter, Gary Groth, Eisner Awards, Daniel Clowes, Complete Eightball, Black River||23 Apr 2015 10:44 AM|
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“Daniel Clowes is…widely considered a one-man embodiment of nineties cool.” – Françoise Mouly and Mina Kaneko, The New Yorker
Read more at The New Yorker
Jaime Hernandez, “one of Southern California’s signature artists,” was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his graphic novel “The Love Bunglers”.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
“The nominations for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced, with Marvel Entertainment, DC Entertainment and indie publisher Fantagraphics each receiving 18 nods across the board.”
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
“The undisputed king of the comic publishing industry, Gary Groth, talks about the flight path of Fantagraphics.”
Watch here on the Seattle Channel Art Zone
“With all the jailhouse craziness that ensues, Simmons is a careful artist. He has a deft way of creating just the right amount of detail to evoke a landscape or a town that has been left in ruins.”
Read more at Comics Grinder
Thursday, April 30th
Chicago, IL - We've been hogging all the advance event copies of The Complete Eightball to ourselves here in the Pacific Northwest, so now it's the midwest's turn to get a crack at this gorgeous and vibrant collection. Eightball creator Daniel Clowes will be at Quimby's Bookstore on Thursday, April 30th to sign your fresh copies, still with that new baby smell.
It was no surprise that the Fantagraphics Bookstore, Linework, and Powell's City of Books all sold out of their event copies of the book, and Quimby's will be your last chance to get it before hitting shelves in June. Pre-order and Kickstarter copies will be in stock shortly!
Get yourself and your closest friends and frenemies to Quimby's on the 30th by 7 PM for a trascendental book signing with Daniel Clowes, cited as one of comics most influential cartoonists.
Today we’re sharing the final cover for Dörfler , the debut graphic novel from Jeremy Baum. Dörfler is set in a dystopian world where memories have become weaponized tools of the totalitarian police state. The story unfolds across multiple dimensions of time and space, amidst a backdrop of beauty and decay in two very different landscapes. Two lovers wander the Northern Mountains, ancient lands where inter-dimensional creatures roam and electronic technology has been rendered inoperable. A woman in the city is on a mission for revenge against the government that subjects its citizens to cruel experiments.
Stay tuned to the Flog for coming posts that will reveal more art and story. The book is also available for pre-order now.
This week’s comic shop shipment is slated to include Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly.
644-page 6" x 9" Hardcover
$34.99 | 978-1-60699-761-1
Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly's heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these question for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and many others, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest humorists. His family life, an FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of MAD), all are revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, from Kurtzman's Brooklyn beginnings to his post-MAD years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and "Little Annie Fanny" in Playboy.
Contact your local shop to confirm availability.
This weekend, our master of horror, Josh Simmons, kicks off his Black River tour with three stops around the Pacific Northwest. After a successful weekend at Portland's Linework NW festival, Josh is hitting the road and heading to Canada. On Friday, April 24th, catch Josh in Vancouver at Lucky's for a book signing and screening of three shorts by Simmons, beginning at 7 PM.
Next stop, Seattle! Saturday, April 25th, our very own Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting Josh in Georgetown, also with a signing and screening. He'll be joined by the Intruder gang for the release of Intruder #15, one of the most adventurous comics collectives out there. Festivities kick off at 6 PM.
And if you're in Tacoma, don't worry! We didn't forget about you. Josh will be making a stop at Destiny City Comics on Sunday, April 26th for a signing beginning at 2 PM. Next door at King's Books, they're celebrating their 11th annual Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza. You wont want to miss this all-day affair!
Each stop along the tour will feature these limited black light posters created by Simmons, and only available during the tour. Other prints featuring a gorgeous black and white interior of Black River, and the full color cover of The Furry Trap will also be on hand for you to get your hands on!
Attention boys and ghouls: you may now peruse a 36-page downloadable excerpt of Grave Business, illustrated by "Ghastly" Graham Ingels' comics, if you dare. Ingels delivers a shock to readers with his grisly depictions —leavened only by a sly wink to the reader and a generous dose of dreadful puns.
Ingels' brushwork oozes ominously across every panel, perfectly setting the mood for the shudder-inducing fates of such corrupt characters as the sadistic asylum director, the political candidate who murders his opponent, the ventriloquist with the homicidal "dummy," the millionaire who persecutes an aged junkman, and the medieval duke who runs over a young boy with his carriage then taxes the peasants to pay for cleaning up his victim's blood.
Like every book in the Fantagraphics' EC line, Grave Business and Other Stories superbly showcases these classic comic book masterpieces and enhances the reader's experience with commentary and historical and biographical detail from EC experts. You can pre-order your copy now.
Join us this Saturday, April 25 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Josh Simmons' new graphic novel, Black River, and the release of Intruder #15. Festivities include a display of Simmons' original drawings, a black light room, short film screening, a book signing, and complimentary refreshments.
Josh will be joined by his colleagues from the Intruder comix collective presenting their latest issue. The free Intruder tabloid publishes the work of Seattle's most accomplished contemporary cartoonists. Simmons contributes a story in the latest issue illustrated by Joe Garber.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you on Saturday.
Saturday, April 25th
Chicago, IL - A strong comics community exists in Chicago, and for the third year in a row it's banding together again for the annual fundraiser to support CAKE or, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. This year features a delicious lineup of artists auctioning off original works during a silent and live bidding, with all proceeds going to this year's CAKE.
Doors at No Nation open at 7 PM, and the show begins at 8 with performances by John Porcellino, Sarah Heymann, Ben Marcus and auctioneer Lyra Hill. There'll also be music by El is a Sound of Joy. Admission starts with a $5 suggestion, but a full $20 donation will enter the individual into a raffle for prizes from Bred Press, Graham Crackers, Quimby's and Spudnik Press!
(Lilli Carre and Lane Milburn)
All the proceeds from the auction go right back into the event, making it possible for the organization to bring out special guests and create programming and workshops. This years special guests include Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Eleanor Davis, and Dash Shaw.
CAKE takes places June 6th-7th, and this FREE show is open to the public from 11 AM-6 PM. More details about Fantagraphics at CAKE to come! In the meantime, consider making a stop at CAKE Bake this Saturday, and get loaded up on excellent art treats that'll satisfy more than just a sweet tooth.
"Among publishers, DC, Marvel, and Fantagraphics top the list with the most nominations. DC and Vertigo/DC have 14 plus 4 shared. Marvel can boast 12 nominations plus 6 shared. Fantagraphics’ 15 nominations include 3 in the Graphic Album–Reprint category and 6 in the two archival categories. " Read more at Comic-Con.
edited by Ann Ishii, Chip Kidd, & Graham Kolbeins
Best Reality-Based Work
by Ed Piskor
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
by Eleanor Davis
by Jim Woodring
by Tony Millionaire
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)
by Walt Kelly, edited by Carolyn Kelly & Eric Reynolds
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)
edited by Gary Groth, with Mike Catron
by Carl Barks, edited by Gary Groth
by Don Rosa, edited by David Gerstein
by Wallace Wood et al.,edited by Gary Groth, with Mike Catron
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
edited by Dan Nadel & Timothy Hodler
Best Comics-Related Book
by Greg Sadowski
Best Publication Design
designed by Tony Ong
If you remember back in September, we launched our micro imprint Fantagraphics Underground Press.
FU Press is a return to our roots—publishing work by relatively unknown cartoonists that's innovative, quirky, idiosyncratic, oddball, experimental, or downright crazy; work by established cartoonists that's simply off-kilter or too obscure to sustain a mass market release; or archival work by significant cartoonists who have been overlooked and that might overwise be short-shrifted due to the commercial demands of the traditional marketplace. These books will only be available in comic stores, at conventions, and on our website.
So far we have published three FU books: Jason Karns' Fukitor, Jonah Kinigstein's The Emperor's New Clothes, and Richard Sala's Violent Girls. There are plenty of exciting projects on the horizon, so if you'd like the latest FU updates make sure to check out our new Facebook page.
No one represents FU more than the aforementioned Jonah Kinigstein with his brutal skewering of the artists, curators, and critics that made up the modern art movement of the 20th century. A documentary feature has been made focusing on Kinigstein's art, involvement with Fantagraphics, and his show at New York's Society of Illustrators. You can watch it now.
Until next time... FU, buddy!