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HATE and MEAT CAKE: Digital Debut on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter Baggedigital comicsDame DarcycomiXology 9 Apr 2014 10:00 AM
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Fantagraphics Books Digitally Debuts
Peter Bagge's Hate & Dame Darcy's Meat Cake
On ComiXology Today

Two classic series now available digitally for the first time ever on comiXology

First issue of Hate and Meat Cake FREE for limited time!

April 9, 2014 - Seattle, WA / New York, NY - Fantagraphics Books, publishers of the world's greatest cartoonists and comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, today digitally debuted two fan-favorite comic series: Peter Bagge's Hate and Dame Darcy's Meat Cake. The first 10 issues of Peter Bagge's Hate and the first 7 issues of Dame Darcy's Meat Cake are available now across comiXology's entire platform including iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 & the Web at www.comiXology.com.

To celebrate these great additions to the comiXology platform both Hate #1 and Meat Cake #1 are available completely free for a limited time only!

"Now the entire world will be reading my old Hate comics, everywhere, every day, at all times," said Peter Bagge, creator of Hate. "How exciting!"

"Having Meat Cake on comiXology is a dream come true for me," said Dame Darcy, creator of Meat Cake. "It is so amazing these issues can be available to anyone."

"Debuting Hate and Meat Cake digitally on comiXology marks a new era for these historic Fantagraphics titles," said Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "Although the trade paperbacks collecting these works are perennial classics, this marks the first time that the single issues of these generation-defining classics have been widely available in well over a decade. Now with comiXology's help, readers around the world will be able to experience them anew and discover just what makes these books so timelessly great."

"We're thrilled to be able to bring Peter Bagge and Dame Darcy's outstanding comics series to a new generation of comic fans!" said comiXology's VP of Communications & Marketing Chip Mosher. "We know there are plenty of Hate and Meat Cake fans that are dying to read these stories again and we're sure even more fans will be made when comics fans experience these comics through our cinematic Guided View reading technology."

Hate

Peter Bagge's Hate was first published in 1990 and with a critically acclaimed 30-issue run it was one of the best-selling alternative comics of the 1990's. Hate chronicles the life of Buddy Bradley, a Generation X malcontent and his adventures through life in grunge-era Seattle and subsequently with his dysfunctional family in New Jersey. Peter Bagge and Fantagraphics Books plan to release Buddy Buys A Dump, a follow up to Bagge's Hate #1-30, in June of 2014.

Meat Cake

Dame Darcy's Meat Cake has been in publication since 1993 with each issue delving into Darcy's unique neo-Victorian world. Each of Darcy's Meat Cake stories range from horrifying to hilarious and even romantic with a cast of characters like Effluvia the Mermaid, the roguish roué Wax Wolf, Igpay the Pig-Latin pig and many more!

With over 45,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology's immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and on www.comixology .com - making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.



Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 8 Apr 2014 9:54 AM

If you've been collecting our definitive Love and Rockets Library softcover collections, make some room on the Gilbert Hernandez side of the shelf for Luba and Her Family, due in 2 1/2-3 months from now. This volume gathers material from the pages of Gilbert's solo comics post-L&R Vol. 1 as well as from the Measles anthology, presenting the narrative in a way never it's never been collected before. After the catastrophe in Palomar, Luba settles in to her new home in America and gets reacquainted with her sisters Fritz and Petra, with an extensive supporting cast of family, friends, and lovers.

Luba's niece Venus is the star of our downloadable excerpt from the beginning of the book, encountering the supernatural "blooter baby" and getting busted by her parents for possession of (gasp!) a dirty comic book! You can also check out the Table of Contents to see just which stories are included, so you can be fully informed before you place your pre-order.

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

Barnaby Vol. 2 by Crockett Johnson - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jules FeifferDaniel ClowesCrockett JohnsonComing Attractions 7 Apr 2014 10:54 AM

Barnaby Vol. 2 cover photo

Barnaby Vol. 2 pages photo

Cushlamochree, our advance copies of Barnaby Vol. 2 are here! It's two full years of Crockett Johnson's charming and witty daily strip, with the requisite scholarly bonus materials in the front and back. Looks great, huh? Daniel Clowes is designing this series of 5 hardcovers for us with a spare look that echoes the original paperback collections and perfectly suits Johnson's clear-line drawing style. Also, we mightn't've mentioned previously, this volume boasts a foreword by the great Jules Feiffer!

Copies should be available about 2 months from now — you can pre-order yours and read a free excerpt we just posted last week right here.

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchpreviewsComing Attractions 7 Apr 2014 9:58 AM

What we have here in our upcoming book Cork High and Bottle Deep is a whole bunch of hilarious and surreal gag cartoons about booze — the acquisition thereof, the consumption thereof, the effects thereof — from the mid-20th century by the prolific and popular Virgil Partch, known by his signature "Vip." You don't see many businessmen in fedoras or bartenders wearing bow ties these days, but intoxication is a timeless topic and these panels will still have you falling off your barstool decades after their creation.

You can read about 18 of them in our downloadable excerpt, which includes sections of Vip's themed series on hangovers and "Dr. Freud's Cocktail Party" (in color!). The book should be available toward the end of June so make some space on your shelf next to your Mad Men DVDs and pre-order today.

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 4 Apr 2014 12:39 PM

At four volumes and counting, our Steve Ditko Archives series continues collecting the early work by this prolific comics legend, and now we go back to the beginning for a new paperback edition of the sold-out first volume, Strange Suspense. This is the earliest, pre-Code stuff, which means that it's the grisliest and most horrifying, just like you like it!

Our downloadable excerpt includes the Table of Contents and two complete short stories: "Library of Horror" ("Good heavens! I've trespassed into the beyond -- and there's no escape!") and "Die Laughing!" ("I-I'm clearing out! This joke of Chandler's is too grisly for my taste!"), plus one of Ditko's eye-popping covers. Pre-order your copy today for delivery in June.

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback)

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Eleanor DavisComing Attractions 4 Apr 2014 11:18 AM

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

It's a great pleasure to reveal the final cover artwork for one of our most anticipated books of 2014. How to Be Happy collects short comics by Eleanor Davis and it will floor you with its beauty and depth. You've seen some of this work in Best American ComicsMome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach (if you're tuned in to the hip print outlets) and on the web (if you're tuned in to Tumblr), and now it's collected in one gorgeous book, due out this Summer.

Pre-sale is on now, and more previews are in the pipeline. For now, we thought you might like a look at the jaw-dropping wraparound cover art unfettered by text and stuff. Click to embiggen: 

How to Be Happy cover art

Janet Hamlin Lecture at ICON8 in Portland, OR!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Janet Hamlinevents 4 Apr 2014 11:13 AM

Portland is priviledged to host the next installment of the national Illustration Conference, ICON, and on Saturday, July 12th, they welcome special guest, visual journalist Janet Hamlin!

"Author and illustrator Janet Hamlin has been where very few journalists or artists have dared to tread. Ms. Hamlin has had a front seat to history as the only courtroom artist to sketch the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her drawings and accompanying text provide rare insight to the military court and are the only visuals the world is allowed to see."

Experience her collection, Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, in person from 11:35 AM to 12:00 PM at the Portland Art Museum [ 1219 SW Park Ave ]. She will share the stage with artist Victor Juhasz, who has been documenting the military since 2006, from training to battle to hospital wards.

Registration to the conference is required to attend. No tickets for individual main stage sessions will be sold. A "Day Rate" ticket will be announced later depending on availability. ICON8: The Illustration Conference will be held across Portland from July 9-12, 2014.

Comics & Cinema: Finding Neighbors
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under slimy marketingevents 4 Apr 2014 10:28 AM

Finding Neighbors

COMICS IN A MOVIE ALERT! FINDING NEIGHBORS is coming to a film festival near you, as soon as this weekend and it's about a cartoonist. There is some Fantagraphics fun sprinkled in here and there so keep your eyes peeled for the Fanta-Look-and-Find. FINDING NEIGHBORS is showing this weekend at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando and the Boston LGBT Film Festival as well as Dallas and California later this month so check their site for more details.

FINDING NEIGHBORS is a comedic drama about Sam Tucker (Oscar® nominee Michael O'Keefe, The Great Santini), a successful stay-at-home graphic novelist, who has hit a mid-life and creative crisis. Six months late on the deadline of his latest novel, Sam has already created turmoil with his publisher after his last book was a disaster. When his therapist wife Mary (Catherine Dent, TV's The Shield) starts to suspect Sam of having an affair with Sherrie (Julie Mond), his provocative and willing next-door neighbor, she's surprised to find out he's actually spending all of his time with a man. Jeff (Blake Bashoff), his gay fellow "housewife" neighbor, is a fan of Sam's published works. As his friendship with Jeff grows and he begins to recapture his creative fire, Sam finds he may be losing the one thing he never doubted: his marriage. Also featuring Sean Patrick Thomas as Jeff's partner, Paul.

A touching film about friendship and confidence, FINDING NEIGHBORS is writer/director Ron Judkins's first feature since his acclaimed The Hi-Line from 1999.

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJoe OrlandoEC ComicsAl Feldstein 3 Apr 2014 1:10 PM

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

192-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-727-7

Ships in: May 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Joe Orlando was a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and this collects 23 of his best sci-fi stories. All of them, most scripted by Al Feldstein, serve up classic O. Henry-style endings, such as “I, Robot,” and “Fallen Idol.” The title story is one of EC’s most famous, with its blunt anti-racism message. When it was printed during the era of the Comics Code, publisher Bill Gaines and Feldstein had to fight to keep the story’s final panel “reveal” (and thus its whole point) intact. It was a pyrrhic victory, however, as “Judgment Day” became the last story in the last comic book EC published. This volume also features two of Orlando’s outstanding adaptations of classic Ray Bradbury science-fiction stories: “The Long Year” and “Outcast of the Stars.” Also included are all of EC’s “Adam Link” adaptations, a series which was later adapted for The Outer Limits TV show featuring Leonard Nimoy.

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Judgment Day cover photo

© William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

No Apologies Necessary
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics historyFantagraphics Bookstore 3 Apr 2014 12:10 PM

It's with sadness and a certain measure of pride that we commemorate the tragic loss of Kurt Cobain 20 years ago. Sadness in that many of our staff had the honor of associating with this brilliant artist; pride in knowing that his work impacted popular culture on a global scale. Nirvana's accomplishments will be recognized on April 10 with their formal induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Those of us that were here will never forget the time Fantagraphics staff was invited backstage for their triumphant return in front of fifteen thousand fans at the Seattle Coliseum in September of 1992. Prior to that, most of us had only seen them play in little bars and dance halls around town. The stage alone that night was bigger than many of those early venues!

Please note that cellist Lori Goldston, seen on this MTV Unplugged video, will perform with Kyle Hanson on Saturday, April 12 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for the opening reception of the Intruder 10 art exhibition. Come as you are.

Kurt Cobain. February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994.