|Ed Piskor, guest at CCI San Diego (SDCC)|
|Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under events, Ed Piskor, CCI||16 Mar 2015 11:51 AM|
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You came, you saw, you asked for more. Finally, Ed Piskor will be a guest at San Diego Comic-Con. Ed will be signing and sketching in your new copies of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3, fresh from the printers and maybe even stilll warm. Each Monday SDCC will be announcing a new set of guests so keep your eyes peeled for the next Fantagraphics' one!
Celebrate MoCCA Fest weekend with an incredible night of bleeding edge comics and cartoonists! Event poster by A. Degen. We'll see you there!
Drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, March 14 as we clear space for new arrivals with a big sale of comix and graphic novels by some of our most popular cartoonists. Fabulous Fantagraphics titles by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Johnny Ryan, Dame Darcy, Kim Deitch, Kaz, Jordan Crane, R. Crumb, Megan Kelso, Jessica Abel, Zak Sally, Dave Cooper, and many more will be offered at 50% to 75% off all day Saturday from 11:30 to 9:00 PM.
This Saturday also marks the opening of part 2 of Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance exhibition with new work on display, also available at bargain prices. His graphic depictions of contemporary urban characters and situations are both appealing and topical. Don't miss your chance to see original drawings, paintings and prints by this wonderful American artist.
This event coincides with the monthly Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. 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.
Don't be detoured by the construction project outside our space. The City of Seattle is investing $1.1 million in a lovely pedestrian-friendly plaza called the "Festival Street." This wonderful amenity, funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy, will include elevated crosswalks, improved lighting, public art, and extended plazas right outside the bookstore. The work is scheduled for completion by May 30. Both Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore will maintain normal hours throughout construction. See you soon.
Josh Simmons' latest, greatest and most terrifying graphic novel yet is about to hit the United States and he is taking Black River to the road. Black River stars a group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors. You think the Hunger Games is scary? What if it was your every damn day? This full-length graphic novel is his best work yet, echoing director John Carpenter's perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson's ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.
Check out Simmons 'round the United States tour (plus two Canadian stops) and mark your calendars. Some events feature some guest cartoonists, some music by Sunshine Ear's Gregory Spencer and some special venues will be screening Simmons' chilling short films.
4.18 Portland, OR Linework NW All weekend Tabling
Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland OR
4.24 Vancouver, BC Lucky's 7PM Book signing + screening
3972 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada
4.25 Seattle Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle WA (Georgetown)
4.26. Tacoma Destiny City Comics 4PM Book signing
218 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
5.2 Missoula, MT Shakespeare and Co. 7PM Book signing + screening
103 S 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801
5.5 Minneapolis, MN Boneshaker Books 7PM
Book signing + screening with 2D Cloud guest Nic Breutzman
2002 23rd Ave. S.
5.6 Iowa City, IA TBA
5.7 Chicago Quimby's 7pm Book signing
1854 W. North Ave.
5.9-5.10 Toronto, BC TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) Tabling All Weekend, Toronto Reference Library - 789 Yonge Street
5.11 Dearborn, MI Green Brain Comics TBA signing
13936 Michigan Ave
5.12. Columbus, OH Kafe Kerouac 8pm
with guest JT Dockery, and music by Gregory Spencer
2250 North High St.
5.13 Pittsburgh, PA Copacetic Comics 6-8pm
with guest Ed Piskor, and music by Gregory Spencer
3138 Dobson St #3, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
5.14 Baltimore TBA
5.15 Brooklyn, NY Bergen Street Comics 7PM Book signing
470 Bergen St.
5.17 Portland, ME Maine Comic Arts (MECAF)
with guest Hans Rickheit
Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street
5.20 Manchester, CT TBA
5.25 Athens, GA Bizarro-Wuxtry 5-7pm book signing
225 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601
5.26. Atlanta, GA A Cappella Books 7pm book signing
208 Haralson Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
5.27 Birmingham, AL TBA
5.29 New Orleans, LA Location TBA - Art show/movie screening with Caesar Meadows
5.30 New Orleans, LA Crescent City Comics 5pm
signing Caesar Meadows, Kate Lecour, Ben Passmore 5pm signing time with the FEAST 2015 release party kickin' off at 7pm*
4916 Freret St.
6.5 Austin, TX Austin Books and Comics Time TBA Book signing
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
6.6 Austin, TX New South Festival of Literary Arts & Cartooning
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702
6.12 Los Angeles, CA Secret Headquarters 7pm
Book signing with guest Sammy Harkham
3817 W Sunset Blvd.
6.13 San Francisco, CA Mission Comics 6PM
Book signing + screening 3520 20th St.
* subject to change cause this is N'awlins here.
In addition to new copies of Black River on sale at each venue, Simmons has inked up gorgeous primo prints including this black light poster. Imagine the things you'll see looking at it...alone....at night.
And here are the three prints! An exquisite interior from Black River:
Cover from The Furry Trap
Cover from Habit #1 from Oily Comics
And so, pre-order your copy of Black River or head over to your local comic store or book store when Simmons is hitting your town.
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.
"Mullin defined the modern sports cartoon by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary - part news account, part personal observation, his cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural, and artistic value." –Bob Staake
"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn't even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." - The A.V. Club
The award-winning and timeless collection of Love and Rockets stories gathered into the gorgeous book, Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez, was published more than a decade ago. But controversy at a high school library in New Mexico has given new life into the continuing dicussion, and sometimes battle, that surrounds comics when they attempt to break new ground and tackle themes which require context and analysis.
As Jen Vaughn pointed out in our original posting of the challenged book, one mother of a 14-year-old who had checked out the offending text from Rio Rancho High School library, took to the local TV station, KOAT, to report that she had found pages upon pages of "child pornography pictures and child abuse pictures". She demanded that there be an investigation to find out how the book was allowed into the library in the first place.
Since KOAT's initial "reporting" of the book's content, several outstanding organizations have come to its defense. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a First Amendment protection group, has teamed up with the Kids' Right to Read Project, and sent a letter to the Superintendent of Rio Rancho calling on the school to uphold it's own preported standards of procedure when it comes to a book's challenge. Additionally, the letter points out the obvious merits that the book carries within its pages, which have been lauded by numerous publications like The Times of London and Publisher's Weekly over the years for Hernandez's elastic realism approach to familial drama that immediately invokes comparison to writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Today, Greg Matiasevich at Multiversity posted an interview with Fantagraphics' Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds, and CBLDF Executive Director, Charles Brownstein to get their reactions to Palomar being pulled from the shelves as it awaits a formal review from the school. When asked about why the removal of such a book is important, Reynolds replies:
As Matiasevich points out, products based on comic books dominates our entertainment culture in the form of movies and TV shows, but too often the art form that these products were built off of is easily called out by those with little understanding of the medium itself, and shamefully erased from the hands of potential readers through public defamation. Brownstein and the CBLDF continue to take up these battles because "comics have a legitimate place in contemporary libraries and schools, but are more vulnerable to attack that other kinds of books because images are easier to take out of context and because there is still a diminishing, but lingering stigma that the medium is of low value."
Numerous titles have proven that assumption wrong over the years, but it's important to remember no one deserves to have stories or art taken from their hands due to the opinion of one person. Palomar is awaiting its fate at the Rio Rancho High School library, and the CBLDF will be standing by to update on their final decision.
644-page 6" x 9" hardcover
Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:
560-page full color 7" x 10.625" hardcover
Ships in: May 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now
Before he rose to fame as the author of the bestselling graphic novels Ghost World, David Boring, Ice Haven, and The Death Ray, Daniel Clowes made his name from 1989 to 1997 by producing 18 issues of the beloved comic book series Eightball, which is still widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. Now, for the 25th Anniversary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is collecting these long out-of-print issues in a slipcased set of two hardcover volumes, reproducing each issue in facsimile form exactly as they were originally published. Included are over 450 pages of vintage Clowes, including such seminal serialized graphic novels/strips/rants as “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” “Ghost World,” “Pussey,” “I Hate You Deeply,” “Sexual Frustration,” “Ugly Girls,” “Why I Hate Christians,” “Message to the People of the Future,” “Paranoid,” “My Suicide,” “Chicago,” “Art School Confidential,” “On Sports,” “Zubrick and Pogeybait,” “Hippypants and Peace-Bear,” “Grip Glutz,” “The Sensual Santa,” “Feldman,” “Glue Destiny,” and so many more, including many never reprinted before now.
Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:
920-page black & white with color 9.75" x 13.25" x 7.5" hardcover
The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap — every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists — in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. Plus, an introduction by founder R. Crumb and an oral history of Zap by Patrick Rosenkranz. Zap is the most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever published.
This Special Signed Edition includes everything in the regular edition, but also contains a portfolio of five giclée prints, scanned from original pages of Zap art by Robert Crumb, Paul Mavrides, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson, each signed by the artist. Limited to 250 copies.