New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Time to hustle out and then back in the train car! And you heard right from that bum who jumped the train with you from here to St. Louie, cartoonist and hobo historian Tim Lane IS coming to the West Coast starting with Portland, just in time for First Thursday. On Thursday, December 4th from 6-10pm you can come get a copy of The Lonesome Go signed and sketched in at Floating World Comics. Floating World will also feature an art show of Lane's noir-drenched comic pages.
In addition to an art show and cartoonist signing, Lane has been going around the country getting new recordings of an old song by any musician or singer who wants to come by and be a part of his Lonesome Go box set. The song is "Jackie's Blues" (the lyrics of which are in The Lonesome Go) performed & recorded by a variety of musicians to include in the box set. This is open to anybody who wants to contribute a version. Here's a recent recording by Tom Jessen. So bring your uke, your bango or your kazoo along with your Tim Lane comics and head over to Floating World Comics!
(photo by Jody Culkin)
Floating World Comics 400 NW Couch Street Portland, OR
Next Wednesday, November 26th Marguerite Van Cook and James Rombergerwill be holding a release party for their brand new graphic novel The Late Child and Other Animals at JHU Comic Books in NYC, 6-8pm. Wednesday is ALSO the first day it is available for sale at all comic book stores around the country. In this generational autobiography, the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter (Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
So pop by JHU for this exploration in family and feminism. Get in on the fun and invite your friends via their Facebook page!
This week, we're all about Miss Lasko-Gross! The sold-out edition of Escape from "Special"is available digitally now thanks to comiXology! It is the coming-of-age story of Melissa, who we first meet as a small child and depart from at the end of the book just before she enters high school. Drawn in black and white and washed in moody blues and full spectrum grays, Lasko-Gross's art, with its detailed backgrounds and expressive characters, exquisitely conveys the story's blend of humor (sometimes of the gross-out variety) and keenly observed insights. Miss Lasko-Gross, who has the sensibility of a love child of Linda Barry and David B. midwifed by Judy Blume, has created a graphic novel that should appeal not only to the growing readers of graphic novels, but to teens grappling with similar unresolved questions. 185 pages of fantastic comics for only $13.99.
Meanwhile A Mess of Everything is continues the story of self-effacing non-conformist Melissa, now in high school facing a drug habit, alienation, accidental heartbreak and other issues in an intense, honest, and funny memoir. Busting out fifty more pages than the first book, A Mess of Everything can be your mess for $15.99 for 233 pages.
"A compelling work... a stunning portrayal of what it takes to disentangle ourselves from the rules we're supposed to follow and forge our own path." - The Toronto Star
"Vividly imaginative in tricky layouts, intricate patterns and hallucinatory neverlands yet starkly perceptive of everyday details and personality, immune to art-star mythology while stockpiling stuff of legend, Lasko-Gross is capable of anything - but can't help doing right." - Adam McGovern, ComicCritique.Com
A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history, from the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page.
Jordan became a national celebrity at the age of 19, scoring the winning jump shot in the final seconds of the 1982 NCAA Championship, earning him the moniker "Air." He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, a team with a decade-long history of dreadful performances. By 1991, Jordan disproved doubters when he finally led the Bulls to their first NBA championship over Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers.
In 1992, Michael Jordan joined the Dream Team, an assembly of 12 legendary NBA players who steamrolled everyone at the Barcelona Olympics and brought the gold back home. Despite taking a season off to try his hand at professional baseball, Jordan still led the Bulls to three consecutive NBA Championships twice.
Despite his success, his life in the limelight and his private life were not without controversies or calamities, and no amount of success or money could shield him from it. But everyone wanted to be like Mike, and Santiago comes closer than anyone to putting you on the parquet floor of the Chicago's United Center in your very own pair of Air Jordans.
Casual fans of Fantagraphics may not be aware of the close association we have with Seattle's illustrious music scene. I was reminded of this relationship on Friday while attending a sold out Mudhoney and Tom Price Desert Classic concert. Nearly half the musicians on stage that night were former or current Fantagraphics staffers. What a great place to work!
We'll celebrate the legacy of Seattle's early music and comix on Saturday, November 29 as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts the book launch party for Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Music Anthology, 1980 -1988. The book documents the formative years of Bruce Pavitt's fiercely independent fanzine, cassette label and music column. Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid was a contributor to the fanzine (under the pseudonym Lewy Louie.). Bookstore staffer Russ Battaglia contributed graphics and photos to the zine, which were graced with covers by Lynda Barry and Charles Burns. It was amazing to see the almost immediate infleunce Pavitt's modest enterprise had on pop music. To those close to him, it came as no surprise that within a decade, Sub Pop would impact popular culture on a global scale.
The book includes essays by Reid, Charles R. Cross, Ann Powers, Gerard Cosley, and Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records and early Sub Pop fanzine collaborator. Johnson will perform music at the party, which is the first time he'll play Fantagraphics since Beat Happening rocked our wild warehouse party in 1994 (attended by newly anointed princes of punk, Nirvana). Many contributors to the old zine and new book will be at the November 29 reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM - a great way to end Small Business Saturday.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Jacques Tardi fans: we know you've been waiting ever so patiently for us to import more Tardi books over from Europe. Freshly translated, beautifully designed, and packed with action, Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell is a gritty adaptation of French crime novelist Jean-Patrick Manchette's book, Ô Dingos! Ô Châteaux!
And now here it is. These advance copies, with their eye-catching, bright orange spot gloss titles popping out against the dense black and white artwork of Jacques Tardi, are instant can't-put-it-down page turners. We'll have more previews soon to appease your hungry eyes (but, in the meantime, you can always pre-order the book in advance of its January debut)!
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. 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.
216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-784-0
"Does anyone draw airplanes better than the late great George Evans? Heck no! And the new Fantagraphics EC spotlight does this craftsman's work proud. Outstanding comics presented in rich detail laden black and white." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online
"vintage stuff a little off the beaten track...by George Evans, a longtime aviation aficionado notable for his work on the New Direction air war title after which this 216-page collection is named, although there's crime and horror work included as well, plus a rare 3-D story presented in two terrific dimensions." –Joe McCulloch, TCJ
Scene 1: The man named Thompson waits in the shadows for his target to enter his bedroom, then kills the man silently. The job finished, he leaves. The very next morning, he meets a new client for a new job.
Scene 2: A sleek black car pulls up to the entrance of the asylum. One Michael Hartog emerges from the car, there to pick up Julie Ballanger, his new nanny. During the drive to her new home, she is questioned by Mr. Hartog on what she knows of him.