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Ray Fenwick's coming out party
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ray Fenwick 16 Apr 2008 8:32 AM

  

Ray Fenwick's amazing first book, The Hall of Best Knowledge, hits stores any day now from Fantagraphics and the publicity is just starting to come in.  Today there's a great feature on Ray in The National Post of Canada

Meanwhile, the May 1 issue of Booklist features a starred review of Hall of Best Knowledge. "This is a life-passage story that reveals itself as such so slyly that the joy and loving humilty it evokes at the end are breathtaking," writes Ray Olson. Couldn't agree more. 

  

Al Jaffee original Humbug art
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsHumbug 15 Apr 2008 1:39 PM

Al Jaffee original art from Humbug, 1956

We recently received a large package of original art from Al Jaffee for our upcoming complete Humbug collection. Here's just one amazing example -- click the image above to see a high-res version, and click here for a set with close-up detail photos. Also, if you haven't seen it already, see our nifty feature detailing the production process of restoring a Humbug page.

J.W.E.: My new favorite blog
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy Eaton 15 Apr 2008 1:36 PM
My good friend, Jeremy Eaton, has launched a blog, and you must read it now, immediately, if only for the current post, "How the Hulk Almost Got Me Laid," which is easily the greatest comics-related blog post I've read in ages. And I have no doubt this is just the tip of the iceberg. Bookmark now.
Publishers Weekly's Fanta news
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under new releases 15 Apr 2008 12:10 PM
Publishers Weekly has the scoop on a number of original graphic novels coming this fall and winter from from Fantagraphics Books. Read it here!
Sneak peek photos: Explainers
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJules Feiffer 15 Apr 2008 12:06 PM

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

Have a look at (and inside) a real-life copy of the upcoming book Explainers - The Complete Village Voice Strips (1956-66) by Jules Feiffer. For a Flickr slideshow, click here, or to browse manually, click here. (And don't forget you can read the Introduction, and preview more strips, here; and registered users can download yet another preview excerpt here.)

2008 Eisner Award nominees, now on sale!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsawards 15 Apr 2008 10:48 AM

Awards & empties, Eisner Awards ceremony, San Diego Comic-Con, 07/27/07

Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2008 Eisner Awards. We're celebrating our 11 nominations (plus a few for some of our favorite artists) by putting all of our nominated titles on sale for 20% off through May 15, 2008! The full list of nominations is below; click here to browse all of the sale items.

Best Short Story
"At Loose Ends" by Lewis Trondheim, in Mome Vol. 8
"Whatever Happened to Fletcher Hanks?" by Paul Karasik, in I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!
"Young Americans" by Emile Bravo, in Mome Vol. 8

Best Anthology
Mome (Vols. 6-9)

Best Graphic Album — New
Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Strips
Popeye Vol. 2: Well Blow Me Down! by E. C. Segar

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books
I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason

Best Lettering
Lewis Trondheim, "At Loose Ends," Mome Vols. 7 & 8

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (issues #280-287)

Best Comics-Related Book
Meanwhile... A Biography of Milton Caniff by R. C. Harvey

Hall of Fame
Barry Windsor-Smith

Additional congratulations go out to Dan Clowes and Chris Ware for their nominations for "Mr. Wonderful" and Acme Novelty Library #18, respectively. 











Sketchbook #17
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under john kerschbaumart 15 Apr 2008 9:31 AM

Petey & Pussy, courtesy John Kerschbaum. Look for the Petey & Pussy graphic novel in late 2008 from Fanta -- you heard it here first!

Newsarama talks to Leah Hayes
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Leah Hayes 15 Apr 2008 8:28 AM

  

Another new interview with Leah Hayes, this time with Christopher Mautner of Newsarama, on the eve of the release of Funeral of the Heart. 

 

In case you...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 15 Apr 2008 7:58 AM

... haven't been to enough comics events in Seattle lately, I'm participating in this at Hugo House tonight: 

The Hugo House InPrint Series presents:
 
Why Publish With an Independent or Small Press?
An Evening with Northwest Independent Press Publishers
 
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00
                            Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Seattle
Admission $3 members/$5 non-members
 
Why Publish With an Independent or Small Press?
 
The Northwest features a handful of excellent independent press publishers who are producing interesting work and attracting positive critical attention and awards. 

Tonight editors and publishers from several publishers will be on hand to explain the advantages of publishing with an independent small press and how to go about it.  Our speakers will cover the editing and business side of small press, from queries and pitches to editorial preferences and distribution. 
 
Small press publishers can serve audiences that aren't normally served by larger publishers who can only publish very commercial work, allowing them to get away from publishing only work that appeals to the largest common denominator of readers.  Once books have been published and received positive reviews, they often attract the attention of larger publishers for broader distribution.  All of your questions will be answered and you'll come away with valuable information and contacts for publishing.
 
OUR PANEL:
 
Black Heron Press: Jerry Gold, publisher and editor-in-chief 

Chin Music Press:  Bruce Rutledge, journalist and author

Fantagraphics: Eric Reynolds, editor

Aqueduct Press: L. Timmel Duchamp, author, publisher and editor

Payseur and Schmidt: Jacob McMurray, publisher

Wood Works Press:  Paul Hunter, publisher and editor

The InPrint Series is a quarterly forum designed to connect writers with agents, publishers and publishing industry experts.  The mission of Richard Hugo House is to build a vital learning community that develops and sustains practicing writers doing essential work.  (206) 322-7030  www.hugohouse.org 
















Wally Gropius, Kirby style
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Hensley 14 Apr 2008 9:33 PM

Wally Gropius by Tim Hensley

Tim Hensley apparently posted this over at Blog Flume last month but it just yesterday showed up my RSS reader. I'm in awe of the sketchbook pages he's been posting over there, too.