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Weekly OCD 12.03.2014
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under OCDMarguerite Van CookLane MilburnJoe SaccoJames RombergerEd PiskorAnne Ishii 3 Dec 2014 4:10 PM

This week's figgy pudding of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier SchrauwenReview: Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen

"Olivier Schrauwen's Arsène Schrauwen is one of the most complex, and simply best, comics released this year. " – Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine

"In this crackpot graphic novel from the historically minded and utterly original Schrauwen, the Belgian cartoonist imagines a fanciful history that slips the bonds of reality almost immediately." – Publisher's Weekly

"Cockeyed, adventurous, and truly bizarre, the first full graphic novel from the Belgian cartoonist sets out to dramatize the heartsick youthful folly of the artist’s dim but determined grandfather." – Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail

 

Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe SaccoReview: Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco

"BUMF is a delirious exercise in mashup, working in references to 9/11, the Kaiser, 'Bunga Bunga,' drone strikes, Nixon's enemies list, the street execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém in Vietnam, Abu Ghraib, black sites, the Checkers speech, 'Mission Accomplished,' the NSA, and whatever other outrage happened to cross Sacco’s field of vision." – Martin Schneider, Dangerous Minds

"Its imagery is what you might have imagined listening to a Firesign album through headphones in a darkened room…It's an odyssey through an inner space where you can open a door and find yourself at the Battle of Verdun." – R. Fiore, The Comics Journal

 

The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James RombergerReview: The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger

"The Late Child is a rich and intelligent work, one of the lushest and most giving graphic novels in recent memory." – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

  

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make ItReview: Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins

"The content of the stories in "Massive" is completely unlike the feathery romanticism of yaoi manga and anime. Rough, even sadistic sex takes the place of wistful longing." – Charles Solomon, IndieWire

 

Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans RickheitReview: Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit

"Originally a webcomic, this new graphic novel from Fantagraphics follows two identical women, Cochlea and Eustachia…who wear domino masks and only the top half of their lingerie while wandering curiously, but without any real intentions, through a dream-like environment that mixes French nouveau, steampunk, Joel-Peter Witkin, Sigmund Freud, MC Escher, and lots of weird creatures." – Rich Barrett, Mental Floss

 

This Week in Fanta Events: 12/4-12/8
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneSteven WeissmanMarguerite Van CookJohnny RyanJames Romberger 3 Dec 2014 2:40 PM
Lonesome Go PDX
Thursday, December 4th
 
Portland - If you haven't pulled out your best patched jacket and bindle stick out, now is the time to do it, Portland. Cartoonist and rambler Tim Lane is heading cross-country for an art show featuring his dense original art and will also be signing copies of his newest collection of comics, The Lonesome Go. Get in the mood for the event with one of the songs he recorded from his comic. 6-10pm at Floating World is the place to me. (More details)
 
Stinckers 
Friday, December 5th
 
Los Angeles -  Have you ever wanted to see EVERY STINCKER EVER? The time is nigh, friends, On December 5, from 7:30-10pm The Stinckers makers are having a release party (or a sticking party?) at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles (7522 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046). It will, of course, include some of your favorite Fantagraphics creators like Steven "Ribs" Weissman, Johnny Ryan, Esther Pearl Watson, Jordan Crane---the list is so long you'll just have to hit it up. Excuse me, stick it up! (More details)
Eroyn 
Saturday, December 5th
 
Brooklyn - Bergen Street Comics proudly hosts Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger for the The Late Child and Other Animals signing. Their comic collaboration collects the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter that are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense hitting notes of European feminism. This New York couple is not to be missed nor is a party at Bergen Street, it's worth the subway ride and putting on your best winter jacket. The signing and fun begins at 8pm right at 470 Bergen Street. (More Details)
 
Seattle - At the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery we've got a two-fer event on Saturday night. Local self-publishing and indie comic show founder, Eroyn Franklin will present a preview of her new feature length graphic novel Dirtbag, supported in part by a grant from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. Inspired by 1950s pulp magazines, film noir, and EC crime and suspense comic books, Tim Lane will sign copies of his fascinating new graphic novel, The Lonesome Go. There will even be a little music! Come on down to 1201 S. Vale Street at 7pm for a swell time (More Details)
 
Los Angeles - That darn Stinckers group is having an art show at Comic Arts L.A. at the Think Tank Gallery. The time? TBA but mostly likely party o'clock! (939 Maple Ave, Suite #200, Los Angeles, CA 90015). The list of past Stinckers includes Jeremy Eaton, Esther Pearl Watson, Mark Todd, Jordan Crane, Matt Furie, Ben Marra, and many more! 
 
Late Child
Monday, December 8th
 
New York City - NYC, bring out your read! The well-read and illustrious will all meet up starting at 7pm on Monday at St. Mark's Bookshop. Van Cook and Romberger ready and rarin' to sign The Late Child and Other Animals plus their previous graphic novel, 7 Miles a Second. St. Mark's Bookshop is the place to be at 136 East 3rd Street, NY, NY 10019. 
Tim Lane and Eroyn Franklin at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under ZapTim LaneRobert WilliamsJosh SimmonsFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEroyn FranklinEd Piskor 3 Dec 2014 1:14 PM

Don't miss a chance to meet two of the country's most compelling contemporary cartoonists this Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

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Tim Lane will sign copies of his fascinating new graphic novel The Lonesome Go. His work is inspired by 1950s pulp magazines, film noir, and EC crime and suspense comic books. The atmospheric artwork perfectly complements the midcentury mythology of Lane's engaging stories.

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As an organizer of the recent Short Run Comix & Arts Festival, Eroyn Franklin has kept a prolific schedule. She'll present a preview of her new feature length graphic novel Dirtbag, supported in part by a grant from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture.

This event also provides an opportunity for a last viewing of the Short Run Marathon art exhibition featuring Josh Simmons, John Porcellino, Ed Piskor, Tom Neely, Pam Wishbow, and MariNaomi.

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. Mark you calendars or our 8th anniversary celebration on December 13 as Robert Williams presents The Complete Zap Comix.

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The Late Child Signing at St. Mark's
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 3 Dec 2014 12:17 PM
The Late Child and Other Animals
Next Monday, St. Mark's Bookshop will gleefully celebrate the uplifting and beautiful comic collaboration between Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger: The Late Child and Other Animals. In this generation-spanning 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.
 
Starting at 7pm on December 8th, you'll find Van Cook and Romberger ready and rarin' to sign The Late Child plus their previous graphic novel, 7 Miles a Second. St. Mark's Bookshop is the place to be at 136 East 3rd Street, NY, NY 10019.
 
Join the Facebook group event and let your friends know where you'll be Sunday night---among the glittering literati and comics-making folk.  
New Comics Day 12.3.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert CrumbRick GriffinNew Comics DayNancyMaxMarguerite Van CookLilli CarréLB ColeJames RombergerHans RickheitGilbert SheltonGary GrothErnie BushmillerAnne Ishii 2 Dec 2014 4:27 PM
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.  
 
Massive  
Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It 
edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins

280-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-785-7 

"The level of drawing in these erotic fantasies is extremely high, sometimes rivaling the work of the iconic Western porno artist Tom of Finland...The content of the stories in Massive is completely unlike the feathery romanticism of yaoi manga and anime. Rough, even sadistic sex takes the place of wistful longing." -Charles Solomon, IndieWire 
 
"Definitely the premiere manga release this week." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal

The Late Child and Otra 

180-page full color 8" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-789-5

"The Late Child is a rich and intelligent work, one of the lushest and most giving graphic novels in recent memory." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin  
 
"Marguerite's partner on these books as well as in life, Romberger, leaves his ink drawings open enough for her watercolors to capture various types of natural light during the day…It is a significantly gentler and more pastoral book, traditionally beautiful. Calling 7 Miles a Second "beautiful" would lead to smirking inwardly while waiting to be challenged; the book carries ugliness inside itself as part of its very being. While that book's language pushed forward with velocity and free association, this one places each considered thought into a caption to ring out poetically."–Brian Nicholson, Bookslut   
Zap Collection 
The Complete Zap Comix
by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson

920-page black & white with color 9.75" x 13.25" x 7" hardcover • $500.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-787-1

"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." –Dana Jennings, The NY Times
 
"The Zapatistas were a sort of 'supergroup'-the dharma warriors of comics. Inkslingers. Revolutionaries. The best of the best. Their only yardsticks for comparison were each other and that sort of fraternal competition raised the bar and kept their art constantly evolving and their social satire razor sharp." –Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds
 
Zap Interviews 
The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews 
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth 

264-page color/black & white 10" x 12"softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-788-8

Cochlea & Eustachia 
Cochlea & Eustachia 
by Hans Rickheit 

80-page full color 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-801-4 

"…Hans Rickheit, a truly unique purveyor of the lovely and sinister." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
 
"looks to be equal parts mysterious body horror and Rickheit's typically uneasy blending of the sinister and the comforting." –Jason Giampaoli, Comics Bulletin

"The frighteningly hilarious world of Rickheit's is a deranged cabinet of curiosities... It would all be too oppressive if Rickheit's sense of humor weren't so addictive..." –Publishers Weekly

Vapor
Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3 

"Spanish cartoonist Max's graphic novel is ambiguous but powerful, leaving readers to wonder whether Nick is going crazy or finding enlightenment-or perhaps they're the same thing." –Cat Auer, Playboy (This Winter's Best Books)
 
"Max's latest graphic novel translated by Fantagraphics purifies and condenses his cartooning and thinking. Vapor charts the struggles and strange encounters of Nicodemos, a long-haired, long-nosed monk, who has quit the ‘gigantic muddle' of the world to seek transcendence in a desert through self-deprivations." –Paul Gravett  
 
Nancy Loves Sluggo
Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951
by Ernie Bushmiller

336-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 8.5" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-777-2
 
"The Nancy books are beautiful, and that work is such that it will be pulled from shelves and re-examined years after other collections, ostensibly more exciting this very minute, have worked their way to the sales box." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
 
"Have you ever taken the time to read and devour Ernie Bushmiller's masterpiece Nancy. Deceptibly simple and oddly corny, it is surprisingly funny and a virtual textbook on comic storytelling." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online

Black Light 
Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole 
Introduction by Bill Schelly 

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

"Black Light vows to burn out your eyes…" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
 
"His covers are really noir: spirals, figures falling down through space, big spider webs, just great... The colors are all totally primary: just bright red, blue, almost no subtle colors... they really work." - R. Crumb 
 
Heads or Tails
Heads or Tails (reprint)
by Lilli Carré

200-page full-color 7" x 9" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-597-6
 
"...[A] significant artist and engaging storyteller." - Robert Kirby, The Comics Journal
 
"Carré's work, fittingly titled Heads or Tails, probes choice, ambivalence and fate; in her stories, there's a flip side to everything, rendered in full and brilliant colour." -Laura Kane, The Toronto Star 
Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Los Bros Hernandez - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 2 Dec 2014 3:40 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Los Bros Hernandez - Cover

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Los Bros Hernandez - Inside Page

This Tuesday afternoon, we've got our heads burrowed in our advance copies of Love and Rockets: New Stories #7. From the magical adventures of Aladdin to a Maggie and Hopey reunion, this is a hundred sweet pages packed with Beto and Jaime goodness.

New Stories #7 arrives January 2015. Get ahead of the game by pre-ordering your copy now!

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsNoah Van SciverComing Attractions 2 Dec 2014 2:30 PM

Noah Van Sciver is back with an all-new graphic novel—Saint Coleand we've got an 8-page downloadable excerpt for you to read today! By page 2 we are treated to an immediate foreshadowing of the storyline, followed by an introduction of the main character, Joe—a 28-year-old pizza server trying desperately to make ends meet to support his girlfriend and their unplanned infant child.

Saint Cole will be out in February, and we'll have more previews coming at you in the meantime. And, as always, you can pre-order the book ahead of its release date.

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - Cover 

Charles M. Schulz continues reign on NY Times Best Seller list
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsCharles M Schulz 2 Dec 2014 11:05 AM
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
The indomitable Charles M. Schulz, aka Sparky, hits home the week after Thanksgiving by having our new Thanksgiving-themed books on the NY Times Best Sellers list. In this humourous collection, Woodstock goes through a variety of masks and outfits to disguise the fact that he is a bird during this poultry-fied food holiday. As for Snoopy, he decides it's time to visit some kin and enjoy a nice holiday with his brother, Spike, or so he thought... Snoopy's Thanksgiving is one of our many Peanuts gift books that fit small hands, big hearts and don't hurt your wallet.
Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking Batter Up Charlie Brown 
Check out Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking (literally fits in a Christmas stocking!) or if you yearn for warm weather and the smell of sweet grass, Batter Up, Charlie Brown! might be for you. There's also the upcoming A Valentine for Charlie Brown to look out for and of course, everyone's favorite holiday: Waiting for the Great Pumpkin which is good anytime time of year. 
Valentine Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
Now in Stock - Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesmangaGraham KolbeinsChip KiddAnne Ishii 2 Dec 2014 11:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Cover

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It
edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins

280-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-785-7

See Previews / Order Now

Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.

Now in Stock - Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesFrank Stack 2 Dec 2014 8:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack - Cover

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions
by Frank Stack

224-page black & white 7.75" x 10" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-808-3

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"Cult" cartoonist Frank Stack is best known as the artist behind Harvey Pekar's award-winning graphic novel, My Cancer Year (his art was featured in the American Splendor film), and as the creator of the first underground comic book, The Adventures of Jesus. Foolbert Funnies collects comics—inspired by Stack's pop culture-filled childhood and travails as a fine arts professor—that ran in National Lampoon and other publications. (For decades, Stack's work was published under the pseudonym "Foolbert Sturgeon" to protect his career.) In Foolbert Funnies, you will find adventuress Dirty Diana; nostalgic time traveler Frank Crankcase; commonsensical Dr. Feelgood; politician Paddy Booshwah; "Southern Fried Homicide"; and a host of Amazons, artists, and pulp heroes, all depicted in Stack's scratchy, hatchy "crowquill" style. This "best of the rest" is a tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years.