"Simon found he had a knack for tangled melodrama set in very specific milieus, while Kirby drew ordinary men and women with the same sweaty fervor that he lent to monsters and costumed do-gooders....All of which means that the Michel Gagné-edited collection Young Romance... isn’t just a book of some minor historical interest; it’s a genuinely entertaining and artful set of comics, and in some ways more readable than Simon and Kirby's adventure stories." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying.” – Paste
"...[T]hese comics are among the best in their genre without a doubt." – Eddie Campbell, The Comics Journal
"...[Young Romance] is a real treat, an inexpensive way to read a nice sampling of some Kirby comics that any Kirby fanatic has to be curious about. Michel Gagné did a great job assembling a fun cross-section of stories... Rating: ★★★★★" – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"Young Romance underscores Simon and Kirby’s keen storytelling skills. Adhering to a mostly six-panel grid, the duo manage to produce work that is visually arresting and dramatic... For Kirby fans and those who just love to explore comics from generations past, it’s a rather essential read." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6
Assembled from late night drawing blocks and inspirational whims, Paul Hornschemeier's newest sketchbook is the coffee table book you've been waiting for with 100 portraits from Werner Heisenberg to Frank Oz. Each turn of the page offers a new take on a familiar face. Called an "ascending star" by the Chicago Tribune, Paul's work also includes the much-lauded Mother, Come Home; Three Paradoxes and Let Us Be Perfectly Clear.
Get happy and fun at The Strand Bookstore where the festivities start at 7pm. You can either buy the book from The Strand or buy a $15 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in The Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. See you there!
Thursday, February 6th at 7pm The Strand Bookstore 828 Broadway 212.473.1452
When you think of Valentine's Day, I know you think of Cannibal Fuckface. So, forget the candy and flowers, and get your sweetheart something truly romantic: Prison Pit Book 5!
On Friday, February 14th, join Johnny Ryanat Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles for a celebration of undying love: In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit. Clearly, it is a love for the ages.
The signing begins at 7:00 PM! Secret Headquarters is located at 3817 W Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.
Summer vacation comes in May — at least it does for indefatigable teen loser Tammy Pierce, who's back for more hilarious humiliation and adorkable adventure in Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson!
In our downloadable preview, it's 1989, school's out, and it's time for movie rentals (Beaches or Terminator?), hanging out with friends (or not), trips to the mall, pining for last year's crush, getting lectured by Mom to get a job, giving makeovers, and busting a move at the old folks' home!
Julia Gfrörer Signs Her Ever-Darkening Black Is the Color
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes Julia Gfrörer to sign her new graphic novella Black Is the Color on Saturday February 1st. Just in time for Valentine's Day, come down to Georgetown and pick up a deathly love story at sea for that special someone.
Black Is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario. Julia Gfrörer's delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer's prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.
Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in THICKNESS, ARTHUR MAGAZINE, STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE, BLACK EYE, and BEST AMERICAN COMICS. Her last name rhymes with despair, and her heart is black as jet.
Listing Information: WHO: Julia Gfrörer WHAT: Signing and release party for Black Is the Color WHEN: Saturday Feb. 1st, 6-8pm WHERE: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108
"Julia Gfrörer is amongst the most promising artist/authors of her generation. Her work is spare and elegant, yet the hand of the artist is always evident in her line. Her characters inhabit cold or desolate environments, often on the brink of inanition or beyond, yet still yearning to love and be loved. Do not be misled by this artist's sylphlike appearance and those great carrot-colored ramparts at her ear. Gfrörer is a powerhouse. Learn to spell her name." – Phoebe Gloeckner
"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." – Sammy Harkham
"No one is wedding horror's darkness to an equally black, equally lacerating emotional palette as effectively as Julia Gfrörer.... When coupled with her delicate linework, the fragile physicality of her characters, and her explicit and non-idealized depictions of sex, the effect is gripping and even in our mundane world, ominously familiar." – Sean T. Collins
"Julia Gfrörer's Black Is the Color... is sublimely weird. Or weirdly sublime — probably both." – Nick Abadzis
Sex and violence! Wallace Wood brought the world the ultimate in exploitation fare with his strip Cannon, which was drawn for an audience of military men and crammed to the gills with action of both the hard-hitting and soft-core varieties. Now we bring you the definitive, authoritative collection in this hefty hardcover, out in March. Covert operative John Cannon puts the hurt on the baddies and finds himself surrounded by femmes fatales and damsels in distress whose clothes come off at the slightest provocation. Read an excerpt and pre-order your copy right here — if you're man enough!
"Inio Asano is one of the best new manga creators, hands down." – Shaenon Garrity, About.com
"Inio Asano is one of the great emerging voices in manga… [Nijigahara Holograph] is guaranteed to be one of the books of the year, and should help cement Asano's reputation." – ComicsAlliance
"Asano is so young, and [his] ability to talk about human nature, and the distress of becoming an adult is equally painful and beautiful. [He] is in my opinion one of the best and more moving storytellers working nowadays." – Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly)
"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman
Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.
Short biographies of each comedian will accompany each portrait. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.
The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.
All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!
The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.
Congratulations to Lilli Carré for being awarded the third annual Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House residency! Carré follows two years of Fantagraphics cartoonists as a winner (Ed Piskor and Paul Hornschemeier) to Ohio. Carré will be staying at the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber (and throwing RAD parties - joke!).
While in town, she'll have a number of events the public and students may attend:
At Thurber House: Young Writers' Studio Tuesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 pm - Led by Lilli Carré. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information
At CMA: 2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition On view March 14 - June 8 - This exhibition showcases the variety of Lilli Carré's creative practice and includes art works in several media.
Art Lab visiting artist Wednesday, March 19 - Lilli Carré will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMA's Art Lab program.
Artist's Talk and Interview Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm - Lilli Carré speaks about her creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.
Her last book with Fantagraphics, a collection called Heads or Tails was a nominee for many awards like the 2013 Eisner nomination for best Graphic Album - Reprint, 2013 Ignatz for Outsanding Artist, Outstanding Anthology and Outstanding Story plus a 2013 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize Honor Book. Enticed and intrigued? There's at least two more copies left (on earth) at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.
Lane Milburn's awesome, eye-popping, and hilarious space opera epic Twelve Gems, originally scheduled for July, is in the can early, which means we can share some previews that much sooner!
In our downloadable excerpt, our heroes Dogstar (the esteemed mechanic), Venus (the beautiful warrior), and Furz (the cruel bounty hunter) accept the summons of Dr. Z, who gives them their ship, the P-Quad, and their mission: find the legendary Twelve Gems (well, eleven of them; he has the first one already) and unravel their mystery. Our trio blasts off for adventure and faces off with a crew of scavenger droids! Pre-order the book now and read the rest of their galactic quest in May.