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.
220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5
"...[L]ike the best coming-of-age stories - comics or otherwise - Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. Gay or not, readers shouldn't find it too difficult to identify with kids who feel like their bodies and their friends are equally culpable in the worst kind of betrayal, preventing them from realizing the potential they see in themselves." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
Acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley (French Milk, Relish) got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe and Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley's comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) adventures. It’s punctuated by whimsical visual devices (such as a "new experiences" funnel); peppered with the cute cats she meets along the way; and, of course, features her hallmark — drawings and descriptions of food that will make your mouth water. But it’s not all kittens and raclette crêpes: Knisley's experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries, and quotidian revelations — about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life and career — that many young adults will relate to. An Age of License — which takes its name from a French saying — is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan.
One of Donald Duck's most famous adventures leads off our new line of affordable kid-sized Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure in every 96-page edition. Each story is complete with all the original story and art (no panels have been dropped or altered). In "Donald Duck and the Ghost of the Grotto," Donald and his nephews try to harvest kelp at Skull-Eye Reef in the West Indies but are soon menaced by a ducknapping ghost in armor who is determined to carry out a centuries-old curse and a giant octopus who — well, what do you think giant octopuses do? Plus "Fireman Donald" and a second bonus story, all written and drawn by Disney Legend Carl Barks!
The Fantagraphics Bookstore is a happening place this week, and we're starting that party early by holding a reception for exceptional Toronto cartoonist, Georgia Webber. From 6-9:00 pm, get aquainted with one of your new favorite artists, as she debuts work from the web-serialized, autobiographical story, "Dumb". A terrifying true-story about losing her voice, and trying to not lose her mind, all while learning to cope and heal.
Saturday, August 9th
Now in stores! Come celebrate the release of JIM with none other than Jim! (Woodring that is.) Part anthology, part retrospective, Jim is his namesake's cartoon alter-ego, traversing the surreal and phantasmic landscape we've come to love and admire in his other work. A collection of comics, prose, and drawings that give great insight to one of the most mind-bending, and influential artists of the age. Pick up this beautiful new hardcover at our signing from 6-8:00 PM! (More details)
Here is the finalized cover artwork for the next volume in our Peanuts Every Sunday series, which collects the beloved comic's full-color Sunday strips, faithfully reproduced to match the original syndicate coloring. Whether you've been collecting Charles M. Schulz's work for years, or are introducing a new generation to these iconic characters, Peanuts Every Sunday: 1956-1960 (Vol. 2) is sure to be a treasured addition to any household.
The book has just been made available for pre-order, and we'll have more previews over the next few months, with an anticipated November 2014 release.
Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. The performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume covers hits like Afrika Bambaataa’s "Planet Rock," Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s "The Message," and the movie Wild Style, and introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy. Cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)! Featuring an introduction by Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn.
July 30, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Jim Woodring is often described as among the most important cartoonists of his generation. This assessment is confirmed in the pages of JIM, the latest anthology of Woodring’s work. Meet this amazing artist at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, August 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
The eclectic content of JIM ranges from confessional autobiographical stories to the idiosyncratic allegorical comix that have come to define this prolific artist. This collection, available for the first time at Fantagraphics Bookstore, spans 30 years of spellbinding creativity.
Join us on Saturday, August 9 to commemorate the publication of this monumental work. The book signing coincides with the Georgetown Art Attack, which features challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the neighborhood's historic arts community.
And don’t miss our reception on Wednesday, August 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for emerging Canadian cartoonist Georgia Webber with her compelling comix serial Dumb. This event will also serve to celebrate the City Arts Award bestowed upon Seattle cartoonist Max Clotfelter for his work in last April’s Intruder art exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
The word is out! The night before the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD (aka SPX), Atomic Books is hosting their annual party. This year will have a stellar cast of characters doing readings from their comics and signing. On September 12th from 5-6pm, enjoy the THE Charles Burns signing his third installment of his current series called Sugar Skull. From 7-9pm, your ears will be thrilled by the sights and sounds of Ed Piskor(Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Noah Van Sciver (with his AdHouse book Youth Is Wasted), Emily Flake, Josh Bayer and Tom Neely plus MORE.
We can't wait, so save some fliff (money) to spend on great comics by amazing cartoonists and buy a beer at the Daniel Clowes' inspired Eightbar while you're at it. (Photo by Kaitlin Newman).
"Woven through the pages, impressing lightly on Helen’s still child-like mind, are issues such as transgenderism and isolation, appearance and identity, the harsh truths surrounding the commercialisation of nature and the issue of suicide among struggling farmers." – Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
"Davis notes in the book's opening pages that 'this is not a book about how to be happy,' and I agree. How to Be Happy is a book that shows people living with despair, grief, and unhappiness. It is a book about how people fail and sometimes succeed in calming the harsh storm inside ourselves." – Sequential State
Interview:Scout Books profiles Eleanor Davis: "Initially I think I tried to water down my stuff too much, which was a mistake. Now I try to be as much of my own voice as I can get away with. The art directors tell me when it’s too much. What I’ve found is that if I enjoy myself making a piece, people will respond to it. If I’m bored making a piece folks won’t like looking at it either."
"Friedman is known for adroitly capturing gesture, mood, and psychological nuance in vivid portraits somehow combining elements of caricature and realism…Each of his portraits feels so alive, it is like being welcomed into each artist’s private world." – Steven Heller, The Atlantic
"I knew that [Glenn Bray] was the first person to seek out and collect the work of the great Donald Duck comic book artist writer Carl Barks back in the 1960s, that he published some small books about grotesque-artist Basil Wolverton, and that he was the champion of forgotten genius Stanislav Szukalski…He was probably the first real comic book art collector, buying original work in an era when everyone else considered it to be worthless." – Mark Frauenfelder, Wink
Commentary:Comic Book Resourcesrecaps Fantagraphics' SDCC Panel, "Fantagraphics Forward": "Groth said that what sets Fantagraphics apart from other comics publishers is the fact that 'almost everything we publish is written and drawn by the same person,' an approach which has contributed to defining the Fantagraphics aesthetic."
"Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home life so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank God I don't ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again." – Daniel Clowes
"Megahex is basically about a bunch of people (and "people") watching TV and getting wasted and fighting and fucking and pranking each other. Oh, and depression. What's not to love?!" – Peter Bagge