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The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesConor Stechschulte 29 May 2014 2:11 PM

Shipping now from our mail-order department:

The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte

The Amateurs
by Conor Stechschulte

64-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5

See Previews / Order Now

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!

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Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura TakakoMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 28 May 2014 5:00 PM

Wandering Son 7 - Cover

Wandering Son 7 - Inside Page

Volume 7 of Wandering Son by Shimura Takako is hot off the press, and we've got your first look here with our advance copies! Following right where Volume 6 left off, our intrepid cast of middle school students continues to explore, question, and navigate their gender identities amongst the usual trials and tribulations of adolescence. Gender-bending, ski trips, first signs of acne, and continuing self-discovery are all in store for our teen heroes.

Wandering Son Vol. 7 is expected to ship in August. Read an excerpt and pre-order your copy today!

Kickstarter Update: Eyes-a-poppin' Rewards!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 28 May 2014 4:39 PM

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May is thundering past us and we just received one of the biggest deliveries of our Kickstarter: THE SHIRTS! We're mailing them out as we type so keep your eyes on that mailbox. The Team Fanta shirt was designed by our designer, Keeli McCarthy, who funny enough Kickstarted for another reward BEFORE she worked here. [insert what a small world reference here] She knocked this shirt outta the park, it's just fantastic!

Piskor PlatesMany of our books have been printed and sent out. We're mounting the bookplates (a few of them went out without plate mounts-argh!) but they are still removable many of you requested they be available to frame instead of drawn into the book. Ed Piskor's sketched bookplates are just plain gorgeous for Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2.

We are slowly slogging through all your Kickstarter emails, we apologize for not answering as fast as possible, we just lack the (wo)man power get to everything as soon as it comes in versus working on the actual rewards themselves. If you have changed your mailing address please feel free to message us via Kickstarter.

We have custom Chucks going out slowly! Steph Rivers made these two banging sets. She unfortunately left Fanta for the SOUTH but we wish her well, she's amazing and just the damn craftiest! 

Custom chucksMore prints are coming in weekly, we've gotten the SIGNED Drew Friedman Ditko posters and Kim Deitch's as well! The end of May is hopping and June will be even more so as you strut around with your shirts, put your prints up on the wall and receive your signed books!

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This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/27-6/1
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under UNLOVABLETony MillionaireNoah Van SciverLucy KnisleyJulia GfrörereventsEsther Pearl WatsonCharles Forsmanart shows 28 May 2014 2:32 PM

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Thursday, May 29th

  • NYC: The Javits Center is playing host to the 2014 industry trade show, Book Expo of America, the premier literary showcase. And Fantagraphics Associate Editor, Eric Reynolds will be manning the booth and on hand to discuss our exciting new releases like Hip Hop Family Tree Book Two, and upcoming titles, including the innumerable ZAP! collection. Begins at 9:30 am. (More details)

 

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Friday, May 30th 

  • Chicago, IL: Maakies maestro, Tony Millionaire, will be on hand at Graham Cracker Comics from 5pm-7pm to sign your well worn or brand new copies of Sock Monkey Treasury and Green Eggs and Maakies! Kick off Chicago's alternative comic expo off right by joining us for a night of mingling and fun. (More details)
  • NYC: The second day of Book Expo America is underway, starting bright and early at 8 am! (More details)

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Saturday, May 31th 

  • Chicago, IL: Join Fantagraphics and a slew of our favorite creators for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)! Special guest, Tony Millionaire will be in attending and giving a special conversation with friend of Fanta and comics, Caitlin McGurk. Panel will be on site, beginning at 12 noon. Don't miss these wonderful exhibiting artists either: Julia GfrorerLucy KnisleyCharles Forsman's Oily Comics, and Noah Van Sciver! Doors open to this FREE event at 11 am. (More details)
  • NYC: In tandem with the Book Expo of America, the final day of the show will open to all consumers and books lovers with Book Con! Wander the show floor, check out our gorgeous display, and let Eric dazzle you with our diverse and beautiful collection. All day tickets are $30, available here. (More details)

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Sunday, June 1st  

  • Waxahachie, TX: Esther Pearl Wastson is fixin' for a real good time at her hometown art show and signing at the Webb Gallery! Debuting original paintings by the queen of '80s teen, Watson will also be on hand to sign your beloved copies of the fresh Unlovable 3! Come on down between 4-7 pm, ya'll. (More details)
  • Chicago, IL: We're back for the second day of CAKE to bring you all of your alternative comics needs. Doors open again at 11 am, and today brings you another Millionaire filled panel 12 noon called "Seduction of the Innocent with friends Liz Prince and Tucker Stone. Don't miss this! (More details

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago - Paperback Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoComing Attractions21 28 May 2014 2:30 PM

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Acclaimed by Library Journal, Booklist, and YALSA; praised by sports writers from Sports Illustrated and ESPN; and enjoyed by thousands of readers of all ages — Wilfred Santiago's graphic biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente is now coming in a new paperback edition! Presenting the tragically short life of the legendary major leaguer with faithful accuracy and expressive storytelling and artwork, 21 is a landmark in sports biography — and a great comic book.

We're in pre-press with the printer right now and the book is scheduled to hit stores in September. More sneak peeks are on the way but you can still check out all the previews of the hardcover edition, and you can pre-order this new edition now!

Fantagraphics at BEA 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under events 28 May 2014 12:46 PM

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This week Book Expo America is happening in New York City! From Thursday, May 29 - Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Javits Center, NYC, Associate Editor Eric Reynolds will be pushing our fall line of comics including Lucy Knisley's An Age of LicenseHip Hop Family Tree Book Two by Ed Piskor, the Zap collection, and Michael Jordan by Wilfred Santiago. The second volume of Barnaby is RIGHT THERE on the top left-hand shelf, truly drool worthy.
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Fantagraphics is at table 1927 right next to W.W. Norton. 
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Stop on by to flip through some of the most amazing comics by world's greatest cartoonists, grab a Free Comic Book Day Comic and say hi to Eric today! If you're sweet, he'll even let you check out a sample of the new ZAP collection.

Bea 2014



New Comics Day 5.28.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayConor Stechschulte 28 May 2014 11:00 AM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
The Amateurs
The Amateurs 
by Conor Stechschulte

64-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5

"Stechschulte's dark humour and claustrophobic art style make this an intense and disquieting read." –Frederik Hautain, Broken Frontier

"…readers take in something comics can capture better than prose, the blankness of a mind already gone…[Stechschulte's] approach to storytelling, eschewing large chunks of text that would allow for declarative statements of feeling, makes the vision of human nature in Stechschulte's work feel like it's defined primarily by furtiveness and secrecy." –Brian Nicholson, Splice Today

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Fantagraphics Datebook
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Short RunrockFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor DavisEd PiskorCharles Burns 28 May 2014 10:00 AM

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Don't miss the dazzling array of attractions at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in the coming weeks and months. The action begins with the Georgetown Carnival on Saturday, June 14 from noon to 10:00 PM. Cheer on our entry in Hazardfactory's famous Power Tool Races and enjoy free concerts by Fantagraphics friends like Jack Endino's Earthworm, Mark Pickerel, Ancient Warlocks, Tummy, and more! Acrobats, carnival games, sideshows, burlesque, beer gardens and so much more. All free, all day.

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On Sunday, July 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM two extraordinary artists, Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson, appear at the store for a joint exhibition and book signing. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Garden Walk.

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Join us on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we welcome home one of the most influential figures in contemporary pop culture, Charles Burns, presenting his new book Sugar Skull.

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The Short Run comics art festival begins with a reception at the store on Friday, November 14 featuring Ed Piskor signing the second volume of Hip Hop Family Tree, Tom Neely signing the forthcoming Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever collection, MariNaomi presenting her new book Dragon's Breath, and other special guests. Indie art stars, music, comix, and more kick of the Short Run festivities. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements.

Fantagraphics at CAKE 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireTom KaczynskiNoah Van SciverLeslie SteineventsConor Stechschulte 27 May 2014 11:50 PM

Cake 2014
Guess who's coming for dinner and that dinner is CAKE?! Fantagraphics with a smashing line-up of cartoonists will be in Chicago May 31-June 1st for the next greatest thing in comic shows. The show is opening Saturday and Sunday this week from 11am-6pm at 3656 N Halsted.

Special Guest Tony Millionaire will be at a table RIGHT NEXT to our signing books all day, all weekend. The map on the site was a bit too tiny even for my magnifying glass soooo just look for us at table 6-7. Jacq Cohen is repping us and is usually dressed to the nines.

Cake 2014 map 

Millionaire Sock Monkey Treasury
Panels
Saturday 1-2pm Tony Millionaire In Conversation With Caitlin McGurk (This panel is sponsored by Comix Revolution)

For twenty years, Special Guest Tony Millionaire has been making waves with the seasick adventures of characters Uncle Gabby the sock monkey and Mr. (Drinky) Crow. Millionaire's nostalgic comics Maakies and Sock Monkey defy era and expectation, at once awesomely intricate and terribly crude, sometimes best for the tots and at other times for the sloppiest of sailors. Join us in a conversation with Millionaire and Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in an exploration of this pioneering cartoonist's career.

Sunday 1-2pm Seduction of the Innocent with Tony Millionaire, Liz Prince, and Tucker Stone.
 Moderated by Marnie Galloway (This panel is sponsored by First Aid Comics) 

Comics are still for kids?! While the comics medium has grown up in the eyes of the public, of course there are still creators making work for younger audiences. What is the inspiration for creating work for a younger age group, and how will authors stay connected to new generations who will be born in a world of digital entertainment? CAKE organizer and author of In the Sounds and Seas, Marnie Galloway will lead a panel discussion with the multi-faceted Special Guest Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), Liz Prince, author of the upcoming memoir for teens, Tomboy, and Tucker Stone representing Special Guest Nobrow Press. 

Guests

Also on Friday night from 5-7pm, Tony Millionaire will be signing at Graham Crackers Loop in Chicago! More details hereGraham Cracker Loop 

Signing Schedule
Saturday, May 31st
12-1pm  Noah Van Sciver + Tom Kaczynski
1-3pm   Conor Stechschulte
3-5pm   Lane Milburn + Leslie Stein

Sunday:
12-1om Noah Van Sciver + Tom Kaczynski 
1-3pm   Lane Milburn
3-5pm   Conor Stechschulte + Leslie Stein

REMEMBER: Tony Millionaire will be signing all damn day right next to the Fantagraphics' booth. 

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Debuts:
Bomb Run• Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder One of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics resulted in taut, gritty war stories. The team of Kurtzman and Severin was one of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics. Together with inker and friend Will Elder, whose own obsession for detail perfectly heightened the impact of every line, they produced 34 war stories in just under three years. This book includes: the Roman empire; the Revolutionary War; the American-Indian Wars; the Alamo; the Civil War; World War I (in the trenches and in the air); World War II (in the Pacific and in Europe, including the D-Day invasion); and the Korean War.

 

Twelve Gems• Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn omewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation, the mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes, to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. With wall-to-wall humor and action in Lane Milburn's debute graphic novel from Fantagraphics; this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year!

 

 

 

Amateurs

• The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte Two butchers arrive at work to find their shop empty of meat and their minds empty of how to do their job. As customers arrive, events become increasingly disastrous. A surreal, debut graphic novella of horror and humor with one huge, hanging question. This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent. 

 

 

 

 

So come one and come all! Say hello to Jacq Cohen, working the booth, and special guest Tony Millionaire! The beautiful CAKE banner at the top was made by Chicago's own Chicago's own, Carrie Vinarsky.

May 31st-June 1st
11am - 6pm
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
FREE! 






















Doctors by Dash Shaw - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDash ShawComing Attractions 27 May 2014 4:11 PM

Dash Shaw is having a prolific year, with no signs of slowing down. His newest graphic novel, Doctors, is due this Fall. As with his other sci-fi-tinged stories, Shaw uses futuristic technology to explore human issues — this time, the ethics and emotional impact of interrupted mortality.

In our downloadable preview, an older woman with a seemingly idyllic life finds romance with a younger man — but her daughter appears with an unbelievable claim that her life as she knows it is not what it seems.

Doctors will be on call (in stores) in September (and available at SPX) and you can reserve your copy today.

Doctors by Dash Shaw