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Art Attacks Georgetown This Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreart shows 8 Jul 2014 11:20 AM

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Beginning in 2008, the Georgetown Merchants Association commissioned graphic artist Tim Silbaugh to design posters for the Georgetown Art Attack. Working with Fantagraphics curator and GMA president Larry Reid, Silbaugh's monthly motifs convey something about distinctive character and colorful culture of the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host an exhibition of the posters next door at All City Coffee opening Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The digital composite prints on archival stock are available in a signed, limited edition. Prints can be purchased at Fantagraphics Bookstore for $25 unframed ($40 framed.) The exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.

Weekly OCD 7.08.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under OCDLove and RocketsLewis TrondheimLane MilburnJaime HernandezEric ReynoldsEleanor DavisEd PiskorEC ComicsDame Darcy 8 Jul 2014 11:00 AM

This week's tasty jubilee of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn - CoverReview: Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn

"This excellent, retro space opera reads like a funny, alternative Infinity Gauntlet meets Guardians of the Galaxy - but way cooler than both." – Benn Ray, Largehearted Boy

"The story — involving a winged genius dog, a pig monster, a sultry space warrior in leather lingerie, a mad scientist, a quest for a dozen mystic rocks and the cyber-future of sex dolls — is dumb, convoluted and perfect! " – Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor DavisInterview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"I tried to lump stories together that felt thematically similar to me — it starts with stories about people searching for utopia, then searching for love, then searching for their best self — wanting to be strong, or to be good…And the last couple stories are about how hard it is to be fully alive – the pain of it, and the bravery of it." – Tim O'Shea, Robot 6

 

The Love Bunglers by Jaime HernandezReview: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

"This book represents Jamie's [sic] best work, and is one of the best comics I've ever read…if "The Love Bunglers" is the end, then it is a satisfying conclusion to the Maggie and Hopey stories." – Colleen Frakes, Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vols 1-2 Slipcase by Ed PiskorReview: Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

"A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there’s a special secret ‘zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous." – Alex de Campi, 12th Dimension

"Even if you are not a fan of Hip Hop or Rap per se, one cannot deny its pervasive influence on the world at large. If nothing else, this first volume covering the years 1975 through 1981, demonstrates the nonstop merging of style and culture that is part and particle of the American experience." – Gregg Reese, Our Weekly

 

Ralph Azham Vol. 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love?Review: Ralph Azham Vol. 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love? by Lewis Trondheim

"It's just so fucking funny and sad at the same time; Trondheim nails the measurements of humour, pathos, drama – all of it, perfectly here." – Zainab Akhtar, Comics & Cola

 

  • Commentary: Paprika Southern features Dame Darcy in an article on her life and work, including her upcoming series, Meat Cake Presents The Voyage of Temptress.
  • Commentary: Over a the SDCC blog, Toucan, Maggie Thompson discusses the history and evolution of books about comic books, with particular emphasis on EC Comics and the historians who've worked to document these artists' lives and work.
  • Commentary: Amongst discussions of consent and policy changes at San Diego Comic-Con, Publishers Weekly discusses the past year at Fantagraphics with associate publisher Eric Reynolds.
Twelve Gems + Luba and Her Family on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lane MilburnGilbert Hernandezdigital comicscomiXology 7 Jul 2014 6:08 PM

Twelve Gems  
Awww, yeah, our digital library groweth. Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn is a sci-fi epic taking place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. They meet many strange and storied characters on their journey, but none so strange or sinister as their dear benefactor himself. With a heavy dose of humor and wall-to-wall action, this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year.

$15.99 for for 224 pages and we absolutely DARE you not to laugh while reading it via the comiXology app.

"an absurd sci-fi epic with joyful, inky art reviving the best of high-school-desk ballpoint masterpieces and 1970s side-of-van murals...For fans of pulpy storytelling, fans of silly action, and fans of fans, this book is the gem you must seek." -Jake Austin, Chicago Tribune

Luba and her family
Gilbert Hernandez's characters bid "Farewell, My Palomar" as they exit the Eden of the Central American town in Volume 10 of the Love and Rockets Library. When an earthquake levels Palomar, ever-resourceful Luba and her clan are on the move once again. In the U.S., the lives of Maria's daughters - mayor and matriarch Luba, body-builder Petra, and therapist/film star Fritz - and their families become more and more intertwined.

In Luba and Her Family, you'll find 229 pages for only $14.99 plus think of some of that shelf space you'll save!  

"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." - Los Angeles Magazine



Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 7 Jul 2014 6:00 PM

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving - Covers

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving - Inside Pages

It's a double delight: the advance copies of our two new Peanuts gift books are here! These books are sure to make great holiday presents for everyone in the family.

In Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we've collected all the best strips featuring Linus' fervent idolatry and proselytization of the Great Pumpkin — a mythic character believed to rise from the pumpkin patch every Halloween to dole out gifts to good boys and girls.

In Snoopy's Thanksgiving, Snoopy and his dearest friend Woodstock both approach the impending holiday with varying degrees of dread, disappointment, and expectation management.

Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving are due out in August and September respectively. Check out their previews, and, planning ahead for the holidays, why not pre-order them now?

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tim LaneComing Attractions 7 Jul 2014 4:45 PM

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - Cover

It is our great pleasure to reveal the final cover artwork for Tim Lane's upcoming book, The Lonesome Go, wherein he continues to explore the Great American Mythological Drama that he began with his first, award-winning book Abandoned Cars.

Haunting, rich, gritty, and filled with the familiar imagery, mythologies, and icons of middle America, The Lonesome Go is best described as a tapestry of loosely connected stories, tied together by the experience of wandering.

We're anticipating an August 2014 release for the book, though of course you can pre-order your copy now!

How to Be Happy West Coast Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor Davis 7 Jul 2014 3:11 PM

Tour

The How to Be Happy tour is most likely a-comin' to you West Coast. This ain't no flim-flamy snake oil juice we're forcing you to swallow, cartoonist Eleanor Davis KNOWS the secret to happiness and more. Start out the fun in Portland, OR at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, July 9th from 6-8pm with a presentation at 7pm.

Next stop? The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Sunday, July 13th from 3-5pm with Esther Pearl Watson. Seattle's always got the best cartoonists visiting and this event coincides with the Georgetown Garden Walk (more details here). Head straight south to Mission Comics on Monday, July 14th from 6-7pm for some San Francisco-style book signing. Zip over to LA and Thank You Comics on Wednesday, July 16th. The signing is from 6-8pm with a presentation at 7pm.

THEN the big show is happening at San Diego Comic-Con. From July 24th-27th, Eleanor will be signing at the Fantagraphics booth #1718 (details SOON, just keep clicking on this link until it updates  or you break your clicking finger).

Enjoy all the fun that Eleanor Davis has to offer in first collection of her amazing and prismatic comics. 

Cartoonist Clotfelter Finalist for City Arts Cash!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreeventsawardsart shows 7 Jul 2014 1:11 PM

Every three months, Seattle's tony cultural journal City Arts awards cash prizes for the best artworks exhibited in local galleries. A panel of three guest jurors nominates finalists each quarter. Winners will be chosen by popular vote this Thursday, July 11 at the Summer Art Walk Awards party. Max Clotfelter's story from the Intruder 10 exhibition in April at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is up for an award. Show up at Sole Repair by 9:00 PM, have a drink, carefully consider all the nominated work, then vote for Max!

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The new Intruder 11, a comix tabloid edited by our own Marc Palm, was released this weekend. Drop by the bookstore and pick up a free copy of this lively anthology.

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Portland: How to Be Happy with Eleanor Davis
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor Davis 3 Jul 2014 1:22 PM


floating world
Paste a smile on your face, Portland. Fantagraphics Books and Floating World cordially invite you to Floating World Comics on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM to meet THE Eleanor Davis. She'll be signing copies of her new comic collection from Fantagraphics entitled How To Be Happy. Her polished line work and alluring palette perfectly complement her compelling stories and she's done work for everyone from Lucky Peach to The New Yorker. Please note that her book will not actually instruct you on how to live a happier life but reading it will put you in the perfect mindset.

Please join Floating World, Jason Leivian, Zack Soto and more in welcoming this exceptional artist and pick up your newest comics on Wednesday, July 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
book cover Davis

Floating World Comics
www.floatingworldcomics.com
400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209 







Project Worth Noting: Noel Franklin on Patreon.com
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under miscellanyartists 3 Jul 2014 11:00 AM

Gone Girl Comics - Noel Franklin

A friend and local artist from our Short Run exhibit, Noel Franklin, is seeking Patrons via Patreon.com! Her first mini-comic, Gone Girls Comics, was well-received and is the focus of her future work. Check out her Patreon page here, and learn more about Noel at her site here.

Happy World UFO Day!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Peter BaggeLane MilburnKim DeitchJoe OrlandoJack KamenGilbert HernandezEros ComixEC ComicsBasil WolvertonAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 2 Jul 2014 2:30 PM

How are you celebrating World UFO Day today? Rewatching The X-files? Wearing your favorite tin hat? Gazing at the sky?

Why not pick up a sci-fi title or two as well? We've got some delectable tales, new and old, that explore humankind's fascination with space and aliens. From the kid-friendly to the delightfully perverse, we have plenty of recommendations to help you celebrate this (actual) holiday!


Twelve Gems by Lane MilburnTwelve Gems by Lane Milburn

New Release Somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation, the mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes, Furz, Venus, and Dogstar, to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power. Wall-to-wall humor and action!

 

The Adventures of Venus by Gilbert HernandezThe Adventures of Venus by Gilbert Hernandez

The charming all-ages stories from Measles (plus a new story done just for this book!) starring Luba’s smart, gutsy and imaginative niece, collected for the first time in a super-affordable little hardcover.

 

Yeah! by Peter Bagge and Gilbert HernandezYeah! by Peter Bagge, illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez

Pete writes and Beto draws this all-ages rock 'n' roll extravaganza! Follow the intergalactic adventures of Yeah!, the rockin' all-girl band who are superstars on every planet but their own (Earth)!

 

Spacehawk by Basil WolvertonSpacehawk by Basil Wolverton

Spacehawk had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. Every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942.

 

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim DeitchThe Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch

At the turn of the 20th century, a young woman meets a mysterious eccentric who wants her to star in a film about some remarkable religious artefacts he claims to possess. He is accompanied by a strangely intelligent dog…

 

50 Girls 50 and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)50 Girls 50 and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by Al Williamson, Al Feldstein et al.

Williamson's complete Weird Science & Weird Fantasy science fiction tales, with 3 written by Ray Bradbury, plus work by Frazetta, Krenkel, Torres, and more, backed up by expert EC essayists.

 

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by Al Feldstein

Sixteen solo Feldstein sci-fi classics from Weird Science & Weird Fantasy (plus a few collaborations). Things from outer space, flying saucers, robots and the end of the world! Plus a new interview with Feldstein.

 

Judgment Day and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)Judgment Day and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al.

Classic EC science fiction from the pen of Joe Orlando, including two Ray Bradbury stories, all of EC's "Adam Link" adaptations, and the famous anti-racism title story.

 

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al.

Feldstein put the surface innocence of Kamen's style to good use in future fantasies with an unexpectedly brutal twist. 22 EC sci-fi classics, including 3 adapted from works by Ray Bradbury.

 


And over at Eros Comix: