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An Age of License by Lucy Knisley - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLucy KnisleyComing AttractionsAn Age of License 5 Jun 2014 3:01 PM

August just keeps looking better and better! Among the dizzyingly beautiful books we're excited to bring to you in two months is best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley's newest book, a travelogue documenting her trip throughout Europe in the fall of 2011.

An Age of License follows Lucy as she navigates new countries, new experiences, and new romance, all rendered in an often-whimsical, sometimes stream-of-consciousness style that perfectly captures her moments of introspection between the memories she captures on the road. This part narration, part sketchbook format takes us right into Lucy's thoughts and revelations.

Download the 22-page excerpt and, to continue following Lucy's travels, pre-order your copy today!

An Age of License by Lucy Knisley - Cover

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 4 Jun 2014 5:27 PM

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Cover

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Plate 29

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Plate 52

High quality paper stock, full-page color plates, legendary comic creators — that's right, Drew Friedman's finely curated portraits of the comic book pioneers of our time, Heroes of the Comics, is hot off the printers! We are thrilled to give you this sneak peek before its August debut.

Inside, you'll find over 80 lovingly rendered portraits alongside a short essay that summarizes each person's life, work, and contribution to the world of comics. This homage to comic book history is not to be missed — pre-order yours today!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 6/2-6/8
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeJesse ReklaweventsEd PiskorEd LuceDon RosaCharles Burns 4 Jun 2014 4:20 PM

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Thursday, June 5th

  • Phoenix, AZ: It's supposed to be 109F in Phoenix, so if you're looking to escape the heat in a large air conditioned convention center, consider going to Phoenix Comicon! Fantagraphics artists Don Rosa (Donald Duck) and Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree) will be on hand to sign, and chat about their upcoming releases with Fantagraphics! This four day show runs from June 5th-8th. (More details)
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Saturday, June 7th
  • Olympia, WA: The birthplace of alternative everything, Olympia, will host the 2014 Olympia Comics Festival on Saturday, June 7th, and special guests include Jesse Reklaw and Charles Burns! They will be signing books and participating in panels at the various downtown venues. First event begins at 11 am, and the Expo itself is FREE! (More detail
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Sunday, June 8th
  • San Francisco, CA: The Queer Comics Expo kicks off pride week with a celebration of the history and achievements of queer voices in comics. Held at the Cartoon Art Museum, the wonderful Ed Luce  (Wuvable Oaf), is the guest of honor at this event. Art demonstrations, drag queens, and fun! Begins at 11 am. (More details)
 
 

 

Employee Highlight: Keeli McCarthy
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under staffoffice fun 4 Jun 2014 4:01 PM

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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?"

The Sissy
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.

Ghost Grot
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.
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(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. 













Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil Partchpreviewsnew releases 4 Jun 2014 10:58 AM

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." — Comics Bulletin

"Hilarious, subtly subversive, and unique for his time, Virgil Partch was a 20th-century gag cartoonist whose 'pleasingly grotesque style' still delights people today…" — The Rumpus

"Partch's madcap — often bawdy and even a little naughty — style was immediately recognizable and oft times laugh out loud funny." — Heroes Online

Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/corkhigh

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon HanselmannpreviewsMegahexComing Attractions 3 Jun 2014 5:00 PM

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.

Megahex will be out in August, but you can reserve your copy now!

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Cover

Gast by Carol Swain - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under GastComing AttractionsCarol Swain 3 Jun 2014 2:47 PM

Gast by Carol Swain - Cover

Gast by Carol Swain - Inside page

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!

Brooklyn: Scott Eder Gallery "It's About Comics" Reception and Show
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Tony MillionaireSpain RodriguezRichard SalaPeter BaggeOriginal ArtKim DeitchJim WoodringJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezeventsBasil Wolvertonart shows 3 Jun 2014 11:02 AM

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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:

Peter BaggeRobert CrumbJim Woodring (featured on the flyer), Basil WolvertonJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezTony MillionaireSpain RodriguezKim Deitch, and Richard Sala (also a flyer feature).

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!

Scott Eder Gallery

18 Bridge St.

Brooklyn, NY

www.scottedergallery.com 

 

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 (Paperback) by Michael Kupperman - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under tales designed to thrizzlepreviewsMichael KuppermanComing Attractions 2 Jun 2014 2:29 PM

The surreal, absurd, and delightfully bizarre collection of work that is Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1, by the ineffable Michael Kupperman, comes out in paperback this Fall.

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.

What else is there to say? Pre-order and reserve your copy today.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 by Michael Kupperman

Werewolves of Montpellier FREE - Today Only
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jasondigital comicscomiXology 30 May 2014 4:21 PM
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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. 
 
Beware the full moon! Or should we say free moon?
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"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 
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