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This Week in Fanta Events 2/18-2/21
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Robert WilliamsNoah Van SciverLucy Knisleyeventsart showsart 18 Feb 2015 1:19 AM

noah kilgore

Wednesday, February 18th

Denver, CO - TONIGHT! Hang out at Kilgore Books with the hometown hero, Noah Van Sciver as he signs copies of his newest graphic novel, Saint Cole! A story that follows the every-day woes of feeling trapped; by your job, money, responsibilities, and loved ones. Experiences that almost everyone has felt as some point in their lives. How does our main character live with it? You'll have to pick up a copy to find out! This is the newest Fantagraphics release since Van Sciver's freshman novel, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a biographical look at one of America's most interesting historical figures,  young Abraham Lincoln. Come to Kilgore from 6-8 PM to celebrate the work, the man, and comics! (More Details)

challengers lucy 

 Chicago, IL - Also tonight! The second of Lucy Knisley's Fantagraphics release, Displacement, will bring her to Challenger's Comics in her current home of Chicago for a release party and all aroud good time! You may have first heard of Lucy through her NYT's Bestseller, Relish; but she has since put out the travelogue, An Age of License, and now Displacement. A heart warming, and often heart breaking story of Lucy as she accompanies her aging and ailing grandparents on a cruise, intersected with journal entries from her grandfather during his military service. A Q&A about the book, with a signing to follow, begins at 7 PM. Don't let subzero temperature bring you down Chicago, come out and party! (More Details)

lamag

Saturday, February 21st

Los Angeles, CA - Beginning today is the VIP opening to a new and extensive exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery called Slang Aesthetics! featuring over 20 new paintings by the premiere surrealist and underground artist, Robert Williams. Carefully curated by Andrew Hosner and Gary Pressman, this exceptional art showing is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz Magainze, founded by Williams himself. This portion of the exhibit will feature work by numerous contributors to Juxtapoz over the years. The exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 22nd, and will continue until April 19th, with additional programming throughout the exhibit's run, check out LA MAG for programming details, and the invitation only opening night. If you're local, or just passing through LA, do yourself a favor and see.this.show! (More Details)

 

SOI Medals for Schrauwen & Jaime
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Olivier SchrauwenJaime Hernandezawards 17 Feb 2015 3:20 PM

Aresene Schrauwen Gold medal
We just received word that two of our new graphic novels have received Society of Illustrator awards in the Long-Form category! Olivier Schrauwen's surreal look back, forward and beyond Arsene Schrauwen was awarded the gold medal while and Jaime Hernandez's The Love Bunglers, the apex of the love affair of Maggie and Ray, has received the silver medal! Haven't read these excellent graphic novels yet? See what other people are saying and buy a copy from our online store, your local comic shop or check it out at the library. 
Society of Illustrators

"His work, strange and surreal, bears the influences of many 20th Century comics, but with a distinctly contemporary voice. They're strange and moving, full of delusional characters, and show Schrauwen's skills a master storyteller." -Alex Dueben, Comic Book Resources 

"Ollie Schrauwen's new graphic novel ARSENE SCHRAUWEN, from FANTAGRAPHICS, is rich and fantastical, yet at the same time resolutely physical and sensual. It is a comic that provides much more than a story; reading it is an experience." -Harris Smith, comiXology Unbound

"Since 1981, with pitch-perfect dialogue and impeccable draftsmanship, Hernandez has conveyed more entertaining (and poignant) drama than just about any contemporary filmmaker or novelist. There's a word for what this guy is doing with his life's work - can someone give him a MacArthur grant and make it official?" -R.C. Baker, Village Voice 

"As ever with Hernandez, it's funny, complex, unsettling and beautifully drawn. It's also a reminder that a graphic novel can do things that a novel told in straightforward prose simply can't." - Anna Carey, The Irish Times 



The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Vol. 23) by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 17 Feb 2015 3:00 PM

With an introduction by Rifftrax writers Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason, riffed comic strips, and two more treasured years of Peanuts shenanigans to revisit, The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Volume 23) brings us to the antepenultimate book in our ambitious series.

Check out this 19-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt, then head over to the  book page to grab your pre-order for a May delivery. We'll have more previews soon! 

The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Vol. 23) by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videoSteve DitkopreviewsBlake Bell 17 Feb 2015 12:20 PM

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5
edited by Blake Bell

240-page color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-706-2

Ships in: March 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Dripping With Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 5 features another 200-plus meticulously restored, full-color pages from Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko in his early prime, at the time working in near anonymity for Charlton Comics in the then-popular horror/suspense genre.

Comics like Tales of The Mysterious Traveler and This Magazine Is Haunted saw an explosion in Ditko’s ingenuity, as he manipulated the traditional comic-book page layout with masterful results.

It was during this time that Ditko and his art-school colleague, the famed fetish artist Eric Stanton, began sharing a studio in Manhattan. The introduction by editor Blake Bell examines Ditko’s stylistic evolution and delves deep into his association with Stanton. Ditko’s secret collaborations with Stanton on his female bondage material remain a highly controversial topic, and Bell’s introduction highlights numerous examples that prove the allegedly shy and private Ditko contributed with wild abandon to these risqué tales of titillation.

This fifth volume stands as the best example yet of the Steve Ditko that would soon begin crafting such iconic classics as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange alongside Stan Lee at Marvel Comics.

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Kinokuniya welcomes MASSIVE with burly arms
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 17 Feb 2015 12:01 PM
Kinokuniya
We've mentioned it a time or two before but damn, if there isn't going to be an amazing good time at Kinokuniya next week on Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm.
 
Rocking you day and night (mostly night) with Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd, will be signing new copies (or the dog-eared one from your nightstand). Kinokuniya is straight-up an artist's dream:If you've never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true.
 
In addition, they'll be screening a new documentary about Ogizaki Masahiro's House of Gay Art so don't forget to bring your glasses! Come get a copy of this almost sold-out anthology and catch the fever!
Kino window 
Kinokuniya
1073 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10018

Employee Highlight: RJ Casey
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscellanymisc 17 Feb 2015 11:10 AM

Rj Casey 
Recent hire, RJ Casey, hails from the town of Chicago but has been out Seattle-way for awhile as an editorial intern working with editor Kristy Valenti and is now working at Fantagraphics on foreign rights and FU Press. Please welcome RJ into our weird fold as we ask him a few questions. 

What other jobs/experiences have you had in comics? What's your background in (non-comics?)

I started a small publishing behemoth with Eric Roesner called Yeti Press. We've been wheelin' and dealin' comics, graphic novels, and anthologies since 2011. I also taught elementary school for five years in the suburbs of Chicago. All this after I double majored in English and education at Hope College in Michigan.

What was the first comic you read?

Silver Surfer #54 was the first comic I ever read, but I use the word "read" loosely. It was more like scanning the pages for action before I could decipher the words. The Silver Surfer and Rhino fought in a zoo!

Silver Surfer
What was the first comic that made you want to write, react, something?

Artists like Dylan Horrocks and Roger Langridge always make me laugh and think, but I'm going to take it back to Bone by Jeff Smith. I was a struggling student in early grades and I learned how to read, quite literally, from Bone. I still reread it at least once a year.

What can you recommend to Fanta readers?

I'm a sucker for humor and gag comics, so I'd say don't sleep on the Virgil PartchM.K. Brown, and Charles Rodrigues collections. Being a Chicago-born basketball junkie as well, I'm always telling people about Bull on Parade.

RJ Picks 

Weirdest Fanta experience so far?

Every time I go into the basement archives is a new adventure. I'm either finding a cool, old Kevin Huizenga mini or a nest of dead spiders.

Favorite way to wind down?

Watching a NBA game or taking a walk around Green Lake with my wife.

Favorite drink?

Whiskey or coffee. Or whiskey and coffee.

What projects do you have ahead of you outside of your job?

Yeti Press has a fun group of releases available this summer, which includes 4 books and a webcomic. I also update my art appreciation blog called "I Like That" everyday.

Best part of comic conventions?

That tired, slap-happy daze that inevitably occurs after too many hours on your feet and "being on." Just you and your friends spouting ideas and opinions about comics. I dig those shared experiences.

Favorite place in Seattle for food or public place?

Wayward Café has something called the "Biscuit Mountain" on their menu, so they're obviously on the list. Green Lake is my normal stomping ground and I love going to Storm games at the Key Arena.

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Thanks for answering my questions, RJ, now GET BACK TO WORK. 

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Robert GoodinComing Attractions 17 Feb 2015 10:05 AM

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Cover

You may not be familiar with the name Robert Goodin, but this is one artist you'll want to watch for if you haven't! We are beyond stoked to reveal the cover of Goodin's first full length graphic novel, The Kurdles. An all-ages story of an abandoned teddy bear and his adventures with an eclectic gang of forest denizens, The Kurdles will delight adult and child alike!

You can expect to see this beautiful cover at bookstores in late April, but we've got it up for pre-sale now! Give the gift of the joy of reading to your progeny—this book is destined to have well-worn pages from many rereadings.

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsBill Schelly 16 Feb 2015 2:05 PM

The impact of MAD magazine on the landscape of American absurdism, satire and parody is undeniable. In Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, this thoroughly researched biography takes us behind the scenes of the larger-than-life man who created MAD, contributed to EC Comics, and drew Playboy's Little Annie Fanny comic strips.

Here is a 27-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt to give you a taste of the tome that awaits you inside, including Terry Gilliam's foreword and the first 14 pages of Bill Schelly's biography. Take a peek, then head over to our book page to pre-order your copy. This book hits shelves this April!

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Cover

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat Thomasnew releasesLes McCannAlan Abrahams 16 Feb 2015 11:05 AM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-786-4

Ships in: March 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Throughout Les McCann's incredible jazz career, he took hundreds of photos — at clubs, studios, and festivals around the world — and unwittingly documented a side of the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980 that includes a very young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, Errol Garner, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, and other seminal African-Americans, such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Muhammed Ali, and Stokely Carmichael to name but a few. These photos are characterized by their intimacy, and the cross-section of names listed is merely the tip of the iceberg. The book features candid commentary by McCann himself and is curated by Pat Thomas (Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) and maverick music producer Alan Abrahams (Pure Prairie League, Joan Baez, Stanley Turrentine, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal).

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NY Times Best Seller: Michael Jordan
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred Santiagoawards 16 Feb 2015 10:47 AM
Michael Jordan
Wilfred Santiago's most recent dance in the comics world is on the basketball court with Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade. His kinetic and gorgeously painted graphic novel is sitting pretty for the second week in a row on the NY Times Best Seller's list. "This biography focuses on the public and private life of the superstar basketball player during his professional career…" Michael Jordan: BOP focuses on, as Santiago puts it, a fascinating figure who was never too interested in satisfying people, other than his own personal drive. Grab a copy before they are all gone!
 
Here's what some recent reviewers and critics have said about this heart-pounding, sneaker-thumping story:
 
"From a scuffle with Patrick Ewing in the book's opening pages to the titanic feat of multiple NBA Championships, this book breaths with potent comic book electricity, phrasing court pivots and jump-shots with the same bombast as celestial superhero brawls." - Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine 
 
"Players lurch across the court, striding over a mundane landscape that Santiago transforms into a mythopoetic stage. It's grandiose, theatric...Wilfred Santiago does a fantastic job of getting me to buy into a subject I have no real interest in. The level of craft at play-in the writing, art, coloring-is exceptional, and BULL ON PARADE is a work totally befitting its colossal subject." -Shea Hennum, This Is Infamous 
The New York Times