We've recently had some new blood join our satanic circle in comics and are proud to highlight them. Meet Keeli McCarthy, one of our designers. She's currently working on many books for us, too many but she's a tough nut.
What other jobs and experiences have you had in comics? I was the first female employee at a shop called Atomic Comics in the mid-90s in Phoenix. I was hired as the "alternative comics" person. I diverted a lot of questions about Image release dates with "um, how about checking out that Julie Doucet book there in the corner?"
What was the first comic you read? My introduction to comics came through the wonderful world of Jack Chick tracts. Mormonism, Satanism, D&D, hippies... I ended up with a childhood preoccupation with hippies because they seemed to be having so much fun freaking out in those densely-drawn panels. I still have dozens and dozens of pictures of hippies that I drew as a child. I was also a big fan of Archie.
What was the first comic that made you want to write, react, something? I really discovered comics when I picked up my first issue of Eightball. It was during the middle of Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron, and so I had to scuttle around the local comic shops to put together the back issues. I was so fascinated with Clowes' pastiche of period references, something that definitely influences my work today. I was also hugely influenced by the ghoulishness of Al Columbia's Biologic Show and anything horror from EC.
What can you recommend to Fanta readers? I discovered Carl Barks when I designed the Ghost Of The Grotto collection and I've fallen in love with his stories. His human/animal hybrid characters are a hoot. The gags are great, and the colors in the Fantagraphics reprints are so sunny and beautiful. I'm also excited to sit down with the final printed version of Gast.
Weirdest Fanta experience so far? I would say that the weirdest thing about Fantagraphics is the old house we work in. There is original art, staff art, and just...stuff everywhere. I discover some new little gem each day. Like the Gap ad in which the model's face has been replaced with one from an Al Columbia painting, the whole thing blasted through with a rifle shot. I have no idea how this came about and I will never tire of looking at it.
(note: associate publisher Eric Reynolds shot this many years ago)
Favorite way to wind down? I try to move away from the two-dimensional world as much as possible after work, and cooking is a great way to do that. I love making big elaborate dinners. I am also the queen of improvised soup.
What projects do you have ahead of you outside of your job? I've been working on a series of brush and ink drawings based on observations of people's behavior in public places-coffee shops, dentists' waiting rooms, nightclubs. They're a fun exercise in getting better at inking good solid blacks. Last year, while living in New Zealand, I put together a zine/gallery show of 20 artists commemorating Oddbodz, which were New Zealand's answer to the Garbage Pail Kids. I'm hoping my next project can be that huge and crazy and fun. I'm also planning a trip to Tokyo in the next year with NYC/NZ zinester Erin Fae to write and draw a book about Japanese coffee culture.
Best part of comic conventions? I'm not a huge fan of comic conventions. I usually only go when there is a creator I really need to meet. Then I just field that person's puzzled glances as I hover around their table with a huge creepy smile on my face.
Favorite place in Seattle for food or public place? I recently discovered the giant hammering person sculpture and its history of mayhem, which I rather enjoy thinking about. Food-wise, TNT Taqueria has been haunting my memory with their TWO delicious meatless taco options. Also, this town has a staggering amount of donut eating opportunities, which I find very appealing.
Favorite drink? Black coffee. Preferably accompanied by a donut.
Thanks again for answering questions, Keeli! More soon from the pit where management keeps us at night.
Meet Megg, Mogg, and Owl. Megg is a drug-addicted, depressed witch, and Mogg is her familiar — a cat who doesn't seem to respect her boundaries. Owl is an anthropomorphized owl. This first collection of Tasmanian-born Simon Hanselmann's online comic stars characters struggling with poverty, drug use, depression, sexuality, and their sometimes abusive relationships with each other. Megahex will feature three seasons of Megg and Mogg from the past five years, as well as over 70 pages of new material.
Our downloadable excerpt dives right into Megg, Mogg, and Owl getting high and getting in trouble. There is a party where Werewolf Jones shows off a party trick that results in an ambulance ride to the ER. Afterwards, the remaining party-goers have a "Horrible Feet Contest", which Werewolf Jones returns just in time to win.
Advance copies of Carol Swain's Gast have arrived fresh off the printers, and we couldn't be more excited to give you a first glimpse inside this gorgeous book. Gast follows amateur naturalist and bird-watcher Helen as she investigates the suicide of a 'rare bird' named Emrys. In the process of unraveling this mysterious occurrence and the life of Emrys, Helen also goes on a journey of self-discovery.
We expect the book to hit the shelves by mid-August. Read an excerpt and pre-order your copy today!
The Scott Eder Gallery is one of the premier sellars of comic book art, and is the only gallery in New York City that is exclusively dedicated to showcasing and championing the art of comic books. So it's no surprise that when they open a new show, half of the talent on their roster include Fantagraphics artists.
Opening in tandem with the first ever New York Special Edition convention, the Scott Eder Gallery put together an anthological show to highlight their favorite selections over the past six years, and surprise premieres. Of the numerous masters being exhibited, there are a slew of Fantagraphics favorites and crowd pleasers, including:
So if you're already in New York, or flying out for the first annual comic creator centered show, NY Special Edition, add this show of continuously jaw-dropping original art to your list of places and events to hit up while you're in town!
Opening reception and party takes place on Friday, June 13th at 6 pm, gallery show runs until Septemeber 5th. Books, prints, and original art available for purchase!
Our downloadable excerpt takes you through the first 10 pages, which includes an interrupted narrated story of Picasso by a Hamburger, the mysterious murder of Casanova, and an advertisement for a nut-derived bra of questionable integrity.
Today, comiXology has is giving away digital copies of Jason's Werewolves of Montpellier. Typically $9.99, this comic can be yours for a few simple clicks of the ol' mouse! A faux werewolf-cum-burglar named Sven runs afoul of a real society of werewolves who don't take kindly to the pretender. So while Sven spends his days playing chess and poker with his friends, sketching his way through his picturesque chosen hometown, and coping with romantic dilemmas - both his and those of his best friend, the Breakfast-at-Tiffany's-obsessed Audrey, who has girl troubles of her own - little does he realize that a genuine threat to his life, and for that matter his humanity, is closing in on him.
"Werewolves [of Montpellier] has an artsy feel, but also plenty of humor, even in (or especially in) its more dramatic moments. [...] But it's mostly the subtle characterizations that still bring the greatest amount of personality out of his creatures that look like animals, but act so much like humans. [...] Overall, it's another great book from Fantagraphics in the Jason catalog. It doesn't shake the foundation of his style, but it does try a few new ideas and tells another fun story." - William Jones, Graphic Novel Reporter
Fantagraphics Welcomes Sophomore Graphic Novel From Noah Van Sciver
MAY 30, 2014, SEATTLE, WA — Fantagraphics has acquired the international rights to Saint Cole, the second graphic novel from critically acclaimed cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, coming in March of 2015. Serialized as a webcomic starting in 2013, this book highlights Van Sciver's ability to create dark portraits of contemporary twentysomething manhood.
Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe, who works at a pizzeria to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. When Nicole invites her troubled mother to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again, Joe reacts by retreating into alcohol: he wants out, and he’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly — and he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his wildly successful debut — a graphic biography of Abraham Lincoln entitled The Hypo— yet upon closer reflection, it shares the cartoonist's preoccupation with pathos and the human condition.
"Basically from the beginning of my 'comics career' people have told me that my work was very Fantagraphics. That's a high compliment!" explains cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. "I was ecstatic when they became the publisher of my first book, and now I'm even happier to be working with them on my second graphic novel. It's a perfect fit."
"Noah Van Sciver is an aesthetic moving target," says Fantagraphics president Gary Groth. "Saint Cole couldn’t be more different from The Hypo — an intimate story that reflects the despair and nihilism of modernity."
The Hypo was lauded as MTV's "Best Graphic Novel of 2012," one of Library Journal's "Best Graphic Novels of 2012," #3 on Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey, #4 on Publishers Weekly's "2012 Graphic Novel Critics' Poll," one of the Ten Essential Graphic Novel Biographies by The A.V. Club, and was featured in newspapers across the country and online.
Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 and raised in New Jersey. He first came to comic readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz Award nomination in 2010. He currently lives in Denver, CO.
SAINT COLE By Noah Van Sciver March 2015 • $19.99 Flexibound • 978-1-60699-817-5 112 pages • Black & White • 7.5" x 9.25"
With 29 glorious days to go in his campaign, Paul Hornschemeier is running a Kickstarter campaign to pay for the creation of Giant Sloth, his next animated short. This animation is fun, Gordon (voiced by Paul Giamatti) is the curator of a musty, dusty natural history museum full of eccentricities. One day he finds that the museum will be privitized and enjoy watching a man's life go down the draing with his collapsing sanity,
Hornschemeier has an all-star cast ready to go with featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, Jason Mantzoukas, and Kate McKinnon plus Comedy Bang Bang's Scott Aukerman.
Some of the rewards include limited edition DVDs with animation tutorials from the crew, original art from Comedy Bang Bang's opening sequence, signed books by the various crew members. Don't take our work for it, chec, out all the cool stuff yourself! Giant Sloth is already 20% into funding their goal so be a part of something cool.
When Jim and Winston arrive one morning to open their butcher shop, something is wrong. There is no meat in the shop, and they have both completely forgotten how to do their job. What has caused this strange amnesia, and what do they do now? This funny, often discomfiting graphic novella is the debut book from Conor Stechschulte.
Exclusive: Conor has provided us with this limited-edition 4-color screenprint to include as a free bonus in every order while supplies last! Order now and don't miss out!