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Wilfred Santiago talks Roberto Clemente
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Wilfred Santiago 25 Mar 2008 12:20 PM

Read it here. 

Drew Friedman in Seattle & L.A.!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 25 Mar 2008 10:59 AM

Don't forget! We have TWO awesome west coast events with Drew Friedman this weekend. First up is a book signing and exhibition opening at our gallery in Seattle on Thursday night. Then Drew heads down to L.A. for an event on Saturday at Skylight Books.   

THURSDAY NIGHT IN SEATTLE: 

DREW FRIEDMAN: THE FUN NEVER STOPS!
March 27 – May 6, 2008.
Opening Reception and Book signing
Thursday, March 27, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 206.658.0110

SATURDAY NIGHT IN LOS ANGELES: 

WHO: Drew Friedman & SPECIAL GUESTS!
WHAT: Discussion, Q&A and book signing
WHERE: Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave. • Los Angeles, CA 90027 • 323.660.1175 tel.
WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 5PM

At Skylight, Drew will be joined by several very special surprise guests, as well as discussion moderator Ben Schwartz and comedian Andy Kindler (whose father, Larry Kindler, was good friends with comic book legends Harry Chester and Harvey Kurtzman). 

And don't forget to pick up our exclusive silkscreen (pictured above) produced for the Seattle event, available ONLY at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery while supplies last. Signed by Drew and limited to 100 copies!

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say thank you for the pleasure." - Sarah Silverman









King in Spain
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ho Che Andersonevents 24 Mar 2008 1:28 PM

King - Ho Che Anderson

An exhibit of Ho Che Anderson's original artwork from King, running through the end of this week at Sala de Exposiciones CAM de Alicante in Alicante, Spain, re-opens in Valencia, Spain on April 7 at Aula CAM de Valencia La Llotgeta. More information here (en Español).

Lillian Ross on old Jewish comedians
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 24 Mar 2008 8:21 AM
Lillian Ross. The New Yorker. "Talk of the Town." Drew Friedman. Friar's Club. More Old Jewish Comedians. Read it already!
Fletcher Hanks, Jr., RIP
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Paul KarasikFletcher Hanks 23 Mar 2008 7:21 PM

HanksJr_WithBook.jpgPaul Karasik just sent along the unfortunate news that Fletcher Hanks, Jr., passsed away this week at the age of 90. Hanks, known by friends as "Christy," is the son of comic book pioneer Fletcher Hanks, Sr.

Christy was unaware of his estranged father's history in comics until Paul hunted him down to learn more about the (still) mysterious cartoonist. Paul sent over these photos shortly after completing the book "I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets"-- a collection of Hanks' comic book output. The picture below shows Christy's discovery that the book was dedicated to him.

As a pilot, inventor, and WWII veteran, Christy lived quite a life himself. Please read the obituary here.

HanksJr_FindsDedication.jpg

Ebay Excursions: Popeye Bingo Daubers
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under PopeyeEbay 23 Mar 2008 12:56 AM

Seriously ?

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Heroes walk amongst us
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under miscellany 22 Mar 2008 12:49 PM

It's a beautiful day in Seattle today so this morning I went for a long walk in my neighborhood of Ballard, running a few errands and taking in the sun. I was on the main drag of Market St. when I spotted someone curious across the street, and luckily I had my camera on me:

I had to cross the street to get a better look; could Ballard really have it's own superhero?

What could it all mean?!? What powers does he have? He obviously can't fly; if he could, he'd been surfing the net from a rooftop somehwere rather than while waiting for a bus.

I didn't have the nerve to approach him and ask for his story; I mean, he could be a supervillain for all I know.  What could the "T" stand for? "T-Mobile Man"? I don't think that's their logo. "Thirtysomething Man"? He looks more like he's in his 40s to me. "Takin' a Bus Man"? "Transit Man"? If anyone has any information it would be appreciated.

UPDATE: Holy crap. He actually is named "Transit Man." Tip o' the Flog to my good pal and fellow Ballardite Jeremy Eaton.

Modern Cartoonist is back
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaDaniel Clowes 21 Mar 2008 4:44 PM

Modern Cartoonist by Daniel Clowes

We temporarily removed Dan Clowes's "Modern Cartoonist" essay from the website in order to bring it to you in its full, hand-lettered, illustrated splendor. Now it's back!  

Love and Rockets 1st Editions on sale!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsLove and Rockets 21 Mar 2008 1:39 PM

Love and Rockets Book 3: Las Mujeres Perdidas Love & Rockets X by Gilbert Hernandez

Our warehouse manager wants to get rid of the last remaining copies of the first editions of Love and Rockets Book 3: Las Mujeres Perdidas and Love & Rockets X (L&R Book 10), so we've marked 'em down to 50% off the cover price!  Get 'em before they're gone. 

Booklist looks back at '07
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Roberta Gregorymary fleenerLinda MedleyJessica AbelDrew FriedmanDebbie DrechslerCarol TylerAline Kominsky-Crumb 21 Mar 2008 11:01 AM

If you're not a bookseller or librarian, skip this post, but the new issue of Booklist is the annual spotlight on graphic fiction, and there's some very useful stuff for those building a core collection of GNs. The issue includes an interview with James Sturm, an "honor roll of female pioneers" in comics, and a look back at a lifetime reading "the Funnies" courtesy columnist Michael Cart. There are a number of top 10 lists, reviews, etc. as well. 

One thing that was particularly gratifying to see was the "Core Collection: Graphic Women" list. Of the 13 books on the list, Fantagraphics published five (including books by Linda Medley, Mary Fleener, Roberta Gregory, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Carol Tyler). A sixth, La Perdida, was originally published by Fanta in serial form. A seventh, Persepolis, we almost published (long story). An eighth, Summer of Love, was by Debbie Drechsler, whose equally great Daddy's Girl is being republished by Fanta this month. So that was kind of a cool list to see.

Meanwhile, congrats also to Drew Friedman, whose The Fun Never Stops! was named one of the top 10 comics collections/graphic novels of 2007 by Booklist.