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|Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under reviews, Cathy Malkasian||24 Dec 2007 8:37 AM|
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"I also think a comic, because of repeated images, can create an atmosphere of a place. There are certain things going on in the background that you don't have to mention over and over again. If you're writing about how much graffiti was on the wall in prose, you write it once, you don't write it every paragraph. Whereas in comics, it can be in the background on every panel so it sort of sinks into the reader's consciousness."
Here's a short but sweet interview with Joe Sacco conducted by Chris Mautner.
Hey Fanta True Believers,
Starting Monday (Dec. 24th) we will be conducting our end of the year inventory. You will still be able to place orders with us through our website or over the phone, but we will be be unable to ship out any orders until the inventory is complete, which should be sometime during the first week of Jan. '08.
Please keep this in mind when selecting any of our Rush shipping methods. We apologize for any inconvenience, and look forward to serving you in 2008!
As per annual tradition, our company holiday party was held at the glamorous Sunset Bowl in beautiful downtown Ballard last weekend. Click here for a mess of photos by me and Eric Reynolds; below are a few highlights:
Kim Thompson takes on high-score leader Paul Baresh in a sudden-death winner-take-all showdown...
...from which Baresh emerges victorious! (That's the trophy.)
Mistress of ceremonies Rhea Patton.
The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo Vol. 2
Edited by Alex Chun; designed by Jacob Covey
For more than 40 years, Dan DeCarlo was best known for his definitive rendition of Archie Comics' Betty and Veronica, two of comics' most beloved icons. But before joining Archie in the late 1950s and unbeknownst to many, DeCarlo was already honing his skills as a good girl artist for the Humorama line of digest magazines. This second volume once again displays DeCarlo's sexiest Humorama pin-up cartoons, and continues Fanatagraphics' dedication to showcasing the best of the classic pin-up cartoonists.
216-page two-color 5.75" x 7.75" softcover $18.95
Laura Warholic or, the Sexual Intellectual
By Alexander Theroux
In his first novel in nearly twenty years, Alexander Theroux, National Book Award Nominee, returns with a compendious satire, a bold and inquisitorial circuit-breaking examination of love and hate, of rejection and forgiveness, of trust and romantic disappointment, of the terrors of contemporary life. Eugene Eyestones, an erudite sex columnist for a Boston cultural magazine, becomes enmeshed in the messy life of a would-be artist named Laura Warholic, who, repulsing and fascinating him at the same time, becomes a mirror in which he not only sees himself but through which he is forced to face his own demons. Not only does she inadvertently supply him with material for his columns, but she exemplifies all that Eugene considers wrong with contemporary America (of which the publishing profession and its recognizable denizens serves as a microcosm) — a garish and dunce-filled Babylon that Theroux scorches with inventive and relentless satire. Nostalgic for the old days and old manners, a way of life lost to grace, loving from afar a mysterious beauty named Rapunzel Wisht, Eugene fights against the rising tide of stupidity, focusing on Laura in the hope that by saving her he can validate his ethical beliefs. But feckless Laura and the colorful but bizarre cast of characters surrounding Eugene — brilliant bigots, nihilists, Generation-X slackers and zanies of all sexual persuasions — threaten to pull him under, leading to the novel's unforgettable conclusion, a climax of betrayal and redemption of Dostoevskyan power. As in all of Theroux's works, his maximalist and pyrotechnic prose style and searching intellect are the chief attractions, capable of outrageous comedy, nuanced philosophical discussions, winsome love scenes, flame-throwing tirades, subtle theological musings, and an unflinching genius for a profound if merciless look at the human condition. Horrifying and hilarious, damning and demanding, Laura Warholic in its uncompromising power will surely be one of the most talked-about novels of the season, and for years to come.
824-page 6" x 9" hardcover novel $29.95
Seattlites: Still looking for those last-minute holiday gifts? The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is open and ready to serve you 11:30 - 8:00 daily (11:30 - 5:00 Sundays) with the following exceptions:
Monday 12/24/07 (Christmas Eve): 11:30 - 4
Tuesday 12/25/07 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Monday 12/31/07 (New Year's Eve): 11:30 - 4
Tuesday 1/1/08 (New Year's Day): CLOSED
We've got everything from stocking stuffers to books so impressively ginormous they won't fit under the tree. Come on down:
1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
On behalf of everyone at Fantagraphics I'd like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our good pals Jessica Abel and Matt Madden on the birth of their daughter, Aldara Abel Madden. Wahoo!