It’s in this volume (featuring another two years' worth of Pogo strips) that we meet one of Walt Kelly's boldest political caricatures. Folks across America had little trouble equating the insidious wildcat Simple J. Malarkey with the ascendant anti-Communist senator, Joseph McCarthy. The subject was sensitive enough that by the following year a Providence, Rhode Island newspaper threatened to drop the strip if Malarkey's face were to appear in it again. Kelly’s response? He had Malarkey appear again but put a bag over the character's head for his next appearance. Ergo, his face did not appear. (Typical of Kelly's layers of verbal wit, the character Malarkey was hiding from was a "Rhode Island Red" hen, referencing both the source of his need to conceal Malarkey and the underlying political controversy.) The entirety of these sequences can be found in this book.
But the Malarkey storyline is only a tiny portion of those rich, eventful two years, which include such classic sequences as con-man Seminole Sam's attempts to corner the market on water (which Porkypine's Uncle Baldwin tries to one-up by cornering the market on dirt); a return engagement of Pup Dog and Houn'dog's blank-eyed Little Orphan Annie parody "Li'l Arf and Nonny"; Churchy La Femme going in drag to deliver a love poem he wrote, Cyrano style, on Deacon Mushrat’s behalf to Sis Boombah (the aforementioned hen); P.T. Bridgeport's return to the swamp in search of new talent; and of course two rousing choruses of "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie."
In addition to presenting all of 1953 and 1954's daily strips complete and in order for the first time anywhere (many of them once again scanned from original syndicate proofs, for their crispest and most detailed appearance ever), Pogo Volume 3: "Evidence to the Contrary" also contains all 104 Sunday strips from these two years, presented in lush full color for the first time since their original appearance in Sunday sections 60 years ago — plus the usual in-depth "Swamp Talk" historical annotations by R.C. Harvey, spectacular samples of Kelly's work scanned from original art, and a whole lot more!
Unless you happen to be in the inner circle of Fantagraphics you might not know that our publisher's son, Conrad Groth, spent the summer interning at MAD Magazine in NYC. In the latest issue of MAD, they wrote a little thank you to Conrad (on the left) and the other summer intern. He's working his way up, up, up! We're happy to have Conrad back on the West Coast though, with the knowledge he gained over the summer.
The next long-awaited graphic novel by artist Dylan Horrocks, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, sports this lovely cover design, and we're proud to show it off for you now. Starring its titular protagonist, a cartoonist who hasn't drawn in years, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy, as Sam is thrown headlong into a fantastic journey after discovering a mysterious old comic book.
Enter the brilliantly luminscent, high-contrast world of L.B. Cole! Our 19-page excerpt of Black Light: The World of L.B. Coleincludes the introduction and first eight pages of Cole's biography, written by Bill Schelly and studded throughout with photographs, illustrations, and cover art.
On Sunday, November 2nd, join the punk illiterati and connoisseurs of low art for a book signing withJacques Boyreau at Elliott Bay Book Company. Boyreau's new book, SuperTrash celebrates the vague, fuzzy line between high art and lowly trash. Would a Picasso by any other name look as sweet? Boyreau will give you a lesson in taxonomy and a tour through his curation of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book: interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is surrealism for the 21st century.
So head on over to Elliott Bay Book Company at 3pm this Sunday (1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA) for an afternoon you'll never forget!
In addition theNorthwest Film Forumpresents three screenings of THE CROW on October 29, 30, and 31, at 8pm., in celebration of the SuperTrash release with a video presentation on Halloween night featuring a SuperTrash trailer. Filled with enthusiastic performances, anguished romance, and unchecked sadism, The Crow is a Baudelairian graphic poem about toilsome "undyingness."
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Elliott Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
A Valentine for Charlie Brown is here, a bright pink square contrasted against Seattle's current fall gloom. Our next holiday-themed Peanuts gift book collects Charles M. Schulz's strips detailing our ever-optimistic round-headed hero, waiting so patiently for the valentine that he just knows will show up at his mailbox. Then, there's Sally Brown's continued pursuit of her reluctant "Sweet Baboo," Linus. This book makes for a great gift, whether or not you celebrate February 14th, and you can pre-order it now for a December delivery!
To commemorate the first time Don Rosa's legendary and internationally acclaimed Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories have been comprehensively reprinted in America, we have produced a stunning two-volume boxed set collecting the first two books in the 10-volume series. These two volumes contain over 30 of Rosa's ingeniously plotted, meticulously rendered, and kinetically vital Duck stories — from "A Matter of Gravity," in which Magica deSpell turns Uncle Scrooge’s world upside down and sideways, to "Return to Plain Awful," Rosa's sequel to Carl Barks's "Lost in the Andes." Both books are available in a customized, full-color slipcase at a bargain price.
Tim Lane, master of the intense and dense comics page is back at his hometown store for a book signing this Saturday, November 1st at 7pm. Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering - both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. Star Clipper in St. Louis is the place to be to meet the man behind the myth.
Feel like singing in the great "Jackie's Blues" experiment? Every town Lane visits he invites musicians and singers to record themselves. Lane is documenting the folksy sounds of ordinary and extrodinary people even in the midst of the heady technological age and you could be a part of it.
Hop a train, throw out a thumb on the highway or break into those new-to-you shoes to get to Star Clipper.
We told you about some shows opening in the last few weeks and NOW we have some sweet photographic proof, c'mon, you believed us, right?! Above, M.K. Brown stands outside of the Cartoon Art Museum at Saa Francisco, CA. Her show runs from August 30th until February 15th, 2015. It collects comics and single panel gag cartoons featured in her collection Stranger Than Life (published by Fantagraphics!).
Bill Griffiths of Zippy the Pinhead lists the things he looks for in an amazing cartoonist on the CAM site. "- Chronicles the times we live in, but does so in a way that doesn't 'date.' - Juxtaposition, juxtaposition, juxtaposition. - Makes the personal universal, makes the universal personal."
Meanwhile, Jacques Boyreau of Portable Grindhouse,Sexytime and nowSuperTrash just had a month long installation at the PNCA in Portland. On a panel for the high-and-low-art show, Boyreau (second from the left) articulates how we are all creators and purveyors of trash art. The low brow or pop culture of today maybe the only thing that stands the test of time after many tomorrows. Jacques will be appearing at Elliott Bay Books this Sunday at 3pm with a presentation about SuperTrash and signing copies of this assault on your senses.