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Island of awesome
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under events 16 Jul 2008 10:29 PM

Comic-Con floor map

Made by our pals at Sparkplug and found via our pals at Drawn & Quarterly, the above map shows you where to feel the love (and do all your shopping) at Comic-Con next week. Click for the big version.

... ARE FOREVER ...
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Untagged  16 Jul 2008 4:48 PM

OUT NOW! 

DIAMOND COMICS no. 2

The second issue of Floating World Comics experimental comics tabloid. Maybe you were lucky enough to find a copy of the first issue? They’re free at cafes, bars, and shops all over Portland. Issue 2 features more incredible work from Luke Ramsey , Evan Meister, Barnaby Ward, Bald Eagles , Kevin Hooyman and more.

 Huzzah!

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Sneak peek video & photos: Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichael Kupperman 16 Jul 2008 3:17 PM

We're continuing to tease you this week with video and photo previews of our upcoming releases. This time, it's Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4, the latest issue in the hilarious hit series from Michael Kupperman. Watch the video above, and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

ANGELENOS DESCEND ON HOPE
Written by Jason Miles | Filed under Untagged  16 Jul 2008 12:04 PM

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Male Odor Monsters
A group exhibition featuring original works by:

Brian Chippendale
Matthew Thurber
C.F.
Carlos Gonzales

Wednesday, July 16, 7pm - August 5

Hope Gallery - 1547 Echo Park Ave 90026









Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Mark Kalesniko
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsMark Kalesniko 15 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The artist we're featuring today, Mark Kalesniko, got widely noticed for his series Alex, which was later collected in a graphic novel of the same name. Today we're putting the spotlight on three of his earlier, lesser-known titles:

S.O.S. by Mark Kalesniko

S.O.S.

Before Alex, Kalesniko made S.O.S., a lyrical allegorical comic with a beautiful Asian-American protagonist. The story details how Chloe slowly finds her identity and achieves independence and empowerment while literally "adrift on the ocean" on a small sailboat beset by a huge, ravenous shark. S.O.S. is a metaphorical one-shot, a dramatic short subject told entirely in pantomime. Kalesniko brilliantly unveils the conflicts within Chloe — between tradition and modernity, between the safety of her chinese family and the unfamiliar dangers of the Western world. The story is told in ink, collage, and wash, introducing to comics the exciting panel-to-panel "camerawork" which Kalesniko has refined into an assured mastery.

24-page black & white 6.75" x 10.25" comic book
regularly $2.75 • ON SALE $2.06
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Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

Mail Order Bride

Monty, a Canadian comic-and-toy-shop owner and a pathetic 39-year-old virgin, expects his Asian mail-order bride Kyung Soo to fulfil his female Asian fantasy stereotypes: obedient, hardworking and loyal. Tall and accentless, Kyung turns out to be much more complex than Monte is willing to accept. This sharp and affecting look at their prickly relationship is told over 264 elegant, touching pages in this original graphic novel by Disney animator Mark Kalesniko. Kalesniko adroitly juxtaposes Monty's non-sexual, juvenile obsessions with his objectification of his bride, drawing a direct line between loneliness, consumerism, and how the need for order in one's life compromises the approach to matters of the heart.

264-page black & white 8" x 11" softcover
regularly $19.95 • ON SALE $14.96
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Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself? by Mark Kalesniko

Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself?

Before the astonishing Mail Order Bride, Kalesniko created this equally fine work of comic art. He combines stylish graphics and a keen eye for the perspective of a child in his first book-length graphic novel. Here, the unexpected suicide of a young, marginally successful actor sets the tone for this examination of the childhood of Alex Kalienka. Petty humiliations, minor injuries, small betrayals — the overall gradual degradation of growing up different provides a stunning glimpse at the existential nature of life.

96-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover
regularly $8.95 • ON SALE $6.71
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The Sound of Vikingless Whips Cracking.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellany 15 Jul 2008 2:08 PM

I knew we seemed swamped here lately in our small art department but I was surprised to get this email from Kim Thompson just now: "This leaves us with the following most impressive roster of 30 (!) books and comics in production or on a boat."

"On a boat" means it's being shipped to us by the overseas printers. That's just through September...

Sneak peek video & photos: Delphine #3 & Grotesque #2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoSergio PonchioneRichard Salapreviewsnew releasesIgnatz Series 15 Jul 2008 12:02 PM

We'll be revealing video and photo previews of a half-dozen of our upcoming releases over the next few days. First up, the next two entries in our Ignatz Series: Delphine #3 by Richard Sala and Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione. Spine-tinglers both! Watch the videos above and take a closer look in our two photo galleries: Delphine, Grotesque.

Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Ted Jouflas
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted Jouflassales specials 14 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's installment features two books from a cartoonist who's near and dear to our hearts -- not only is he a singular artist, he counts the beans for us: Ted Jouflas.

Filthy by Ted Jouflas

Filthy

The apocalyptic Filthy from Ted Jouflas examines everything filthy in the world! From the slime of urban decay to the deforestation of a once pristine Eden; from the garbage barges of old Shanghai to the sewers of Los Angeles; from the bowl of dirty underwear that is the corporate world to the royal media drunk on themselves; this book goes there and wallows in it! Join the fun with a variety of charming characters: the vicious brat Janine De Bleu and her billionaire parents Mumsie and Popsie; her evil cat, Milo Maurice; her little rodent friend, Le Rat; the Slum Boy in the drudlepit and his evil uncle, Skunkle Sneaky! All rendered in Jouflas's striking, hilarious style and written with a perfect rhyme scheme.

80-page black & white 8" x 11" softcover
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Scary! by Ted Jouflas

Scary!

You saw her in Weirdo as "Batgirl" and "The Monster." Now Winkie is back in this all-original graphic novel. Written with a sadistic wit and drawn in a style bold and demented enough to compare to Ralph Steadman, Jouflas's debut work follows Winkie on the most hellacious misadventure of her life, a tale of debauchery, crime, neuroses, greed, lust, psychoses, vengeance, love, rage, mystery, comedy, and sorrow. Co-starring Dave the French Poodle, Mensa the Cat, Dr. Nimrod, Princess Pretender, and Candyass the Hillbilly, Scary is the bastard offspring of "Fractured Fairy Tales" and the black-and-white horror films of the '30s and '40s.

104-page black & white 8" x 11" softcover
regularly $6.50 • ON SALE $4.88
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Zak Sally tours West Coast in August
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Zak SallyFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 14 Jul 2008 4:18 PM

ZAK SALLY TOURS WEST COAST W/ BOOKS, GUITARS, ART & NATE DENVER

Zak Sally West Coast Tour 2008

Zak Sally (the cartoonist behind Recidivist, Sammy the Mouse, and the guy behind La Mano books) and Nate Denver (of Nate Denver's Neck, Total Shutdown, and the amazing Wait, You're Not A Centaur book/CD) are going to hop in a car together with a couple guitars and boxes of fresh books, then drive like hell up the west coast, stopping only to PLAY SONGS AND SELL BOOKS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE IN L.A, SAN FRANCISCO, OLYMPIA, PORTLAND, AND SEATTLE.

THAT'S RIGHT: Zak will be attending the San Diego Comic Con (from Friday the 25th through Sunday the 27th of July), signing fresh-off-the-boat-from-Singapore copies of Sammy the Mouse #2 at the Fantagraphics Books booth. He'll also be selling La Mano books there and with his pals at Sparkplug Comics' table as well.

Following Comic-Con, Sally and Denver will begin the aforementioned tour:

  • Monday, July 28: Secret Headquarters, 3817 W. Sunset Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA.
  • Tuesday, July 29: Needles and Pens, 3253 16th st, SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
  • Thursday, July 31st: The Pony Club, 625 NW Everett St. #105, PORTLAND, OR.
  • Friday, August 1: Danger Room Comics, Columbia and Fourth, OLYMPIA, WA.
  • Saturday, August 2: The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 South Vale St (at Airport Way S.), SEATTLE, WA.

Each event will open doors at approximately 6:00PM, followed by solo musical performances by Sally and Denver beginning around 7:00PM, and ending with the artists signing books and answering questions from fans until everyone is satisfied.

Sally’s complete line of Fantagraphics and La Mano releases will be available along the way, as well as assorted posters, CDs, and other detritus.

Sick of hearing youself lament the good old days, when everything wasn't so boring and lame? Well Sally and Denver are coming to your town, so shut up and SHOW UP! It's going to be a blast. No sound system, no microphones, no nothin’; just like Pa Ingalls did it.

Zak Sally

Zak Sally is an artist and musician hailing from Minneapolis, MN. He was in the band LOW for many years and though he isn't anymore, he has recently completed his first “solo” record, playing all the instruments and singing songs like this:
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/51018-new-music-zak-sally-formerly-of-low-my-secret-world-mp3-stream

Nate has put out bunches of great records (both solo and with numerous other groups), and you can and should check them out at www.natedenver.com.

BONUS: Click here to download the tour poster (2.5 MB PDF), print it out, and plaster your town with it (subject to your local municipal laws)!

Every last piece has now been collected.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under new releasesBeasts 14 Jul 2008 2:35 PM

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