The 120th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7pm at The New School University Center, 63 5th Ave., room L104 (lower level). Free and open to the public. Please note new location this week only!
Drew Friedman on 40 Iconic Paperback Book Covers. Artist Drew Friedman shares and discusses 40 of his favorite paperback book covers. Paperback books are the cheaply printed (held together by glue rather than stitches) books released by publishers in a low-cost format. Friedman has amassed a large collection of vintage paperbacks over the years. The book covers were all scanned from his personal collection and range from pulp-fiction and non-fiction, horror, humor reprints, (MAD, etc), comic book reprints, (Tales From The Crypt, etc), cartoon collections, joke books and show business biographies, predominantly from the nineteen fifties and sixties. Featuring artwork by among others, drawing legends such as Harvey Kurtzman, Virgil Partch, Frank Frazetta, Sanford Kossin and George Wachsteter, Friedman will dissect each cover and explain why they had a profound influence on him and his work over the years as a cartoonist, illustrator and fan of pop culture.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host the return engagement of one of America’s most influential artists, Daniel Clowes. His cynical satires of popular culture in the pages of the wildly popular Eightball comic book series helped define the attitudes and aesthetics of an entire generation. His appearance in Seattle on Saturday, April 18 marks the global debut of The Complete Eightball 1 – 18. Clowes will be available to sign a limited number of advance copies of this collection as well as other publications from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Clowes’ meticulously rendered artwork and cinematic narratives set a standard for the alternative comix movement. Eightball comics combined long form stories spanning multiple issues with wickedly funny invectives of contemporary culture. The early issues included Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, a mysterious excursion into madness that set the stage for his later effort, Ghost World. This stunning story was adapted into the feature film of the same name and became a generational touchstone while earning Clowes an Oscar nomination for best screenplay adaptation. Equally appealing are Clowes’ clever observations of the human condition including “Message to the People of the Future,” “Paranoid,” “My Suicide,” “Chicago,” “Art School Confidential” and many more.
Fantagraphics Books celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication with a deluxe two-volume slipcase set that authentically recreates the original layout of this iconic comic book series. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet this extraordinary artist and the debut of the exceptional Complete Eightball collection. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110
Daniel Clowes presents The Complete Eightball 1 – 18
112-page black & white 6.5″ x 8.5″ softcover $18.99 | 978-1-60699-833-5
Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007’s acclaimed House. 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.
Josh Simmons is one of the field’s most distinctive voices in the genre of horror (The Furry Trap, House), and 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.
Zombies, lions, and Nazis... Oh my! The seventh volume of our Eisner Award-winning Mickey Mouse series, March of the Zombies, has all of that and more. Under Disney artist Floyd Gottfredson's capable pen, Mickey must prevail against evil scientists, the Axis powers, and... the consequences of Goofy's impulsive decision-making.
These ever-delightful tales are as entertaining to read today as they were when Gottfredson began the fledgling strip in 1930, and our exquisite packaging of these strips means you'll be able to enjoy them for years to come.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie think they've scored a great deal when they buy a talking parrot off a sailor for only a dime, but this parrot seems only interested in counting bananas! Then, to top it off, they lose their parrot to Donald, who gives him to an ungrateful Uncle Scrooge as a birthday present. ("Ten cents a month for crackers he'll cost me!")
Our latest volume in the critically acclaimed The Complete Carl Barks Library series is as full of laughs, wit, and Barks' beautifully penned panels as ever, beginning with the story of the same title, "The Pixilated Parrot." Take a gander at our 18-page downloadable excerpt here, then head on over to the book page to place your pre-order. Don't delay in adding this to your collection of the Good Duck Artist's work!
Curiosity and transphobia collide in the latest volume of Fantagraphics' critically acclaimed manga about a boy who wants to be a girl, and a girl who wants to be a boy.
In Volume 8, Nitori-kun, a boy who wants to be a girl, explores kissing with girlfriend Anna-chan; and Yoshino-san, a girl who wants to be a boy, finds the courage to go to school wearing a boy's uniform. Meanwhile, one of their male classmates, Doi-kun, who has caused our protagonists misery in the past, becomes intrigued with their grown-up friend Yuki-san, a transwoman. But Nitori-kun finds himself strangely drawn to Doi-kun…
Shimura Takako's Wandering Son has been rightly hailed as one of the most progressive and enlightened treatments of gender identity in the history of comics. The eighth volume continues to explore the lives of its characters with insight and sensitivity.
Fantagraphics is ready and rarin' to go with at MoCCA Festival 2015 at the brand-new-to-you-and-me location. All weekend long you can find Gary tabling at 204-207 on the Second Floor (Red Zone) along with some of the world's finest cartoonists and their excellent books at the hot new location for MoCCA!
•The Kurdles by Robert Goodin In the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of their own crisis; their forest house is trying to run away! Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children. Out in Stores: late April 2015 $24.99
•Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. Out in Stores: April 2015 $49.99 • Violent Girls by Richard Sala (FU Press) A limited edition portfolio featuring 44 action portraits lovingly inspired by the kind of dangerous females who have populated pulp fiction and B-movies throughout the history of pop culture-blazing their way through every kind of genre, potboiler, cliffhanger, and fever dream imaginable. Available exclusively at comic conventions and at the Fantagraphics online store, $35.00
•The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the "Art" World by Jonah Kinigstein (FU Press) is an 80 page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein's political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Out exclusively in comic stores, conventions and on our website now, $30.00
• Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of "Casey" is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages. Available now, $9.99.
SIGNING SCHEDULE Tabling at 204-207 Second Floor (Red Zone)
PANELS SATURDAY 12:30 pm / The Rusack Room of the High Line Hotel Work in Progress This is the ultimate sneak preview: Four artists will discuss graphic novels they are currently working on, showing pages yet-to-be-published from books yet-to-be-announced, and revealing material that lays bare their working methods. This session will offer a rare glimpse of work fresh from the drawing table, and will bring us directly into the processes of artists Kim Deitch, Sarah Glidden, Dash Shaw, and Julia Wertz, all of whom are currently working on new and surprising books. Moderated by Richard Gehr, author of I Only Read It for the Cartoons.
SUNDAY 12:30 pm / The Matthews Room of the High Line Hotel Alt-Weekly Comics Beginning with the Village Voice in the 1950s and peaking with a wave of publications in the 1980s and 1990s, alternative weekly newspapers spoke with an independent voice to local communities, and comics were a distinct part of those papers' visual identities. Coinciding with the Alt-Weekly Comics exhibit currently on view at the Society of Illustrators, this panel will consider the phenomenon of alt-weekly comics with art director and editor Bob Newman (The Seattle Sun, The Rocket and The Village Voice) and cartoonists Ben Katchor, Michael Kupperman, and Mark Newgarden. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.
12:30 pm / The Rusack Room of the High Line Hotel Biography: The Lives of Artists Memoir, non-fiction and biography have emerged as significant categories in comics. Comics about artists represent a special challenge: the cartoonist must represent the work of an artist through his or her own visual approach, revealing points of disjunction and harmony. Hyperallergic Senior Editor Jillian Steinhauer will discuss these issues with French comics legend Annie Goetzinger, whose Girl in Dior chronicles the first season of the storied fashion house; James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, whose 7 Miles a Second was both a biography of and a collaboration with David Wojnarowicz; and Dutch cartoonist Barbara Stok, whose Vincent makes Van Gogh approachable through a style completely unlike his own.
SATURDAY Night there is also a KURDLES Release Party as part of the BERGEN STREET TAKEOVER! 7pm join artists from Koyama Press, 2D Cloud and Rob Goodin for a blow-out!
This year, MoCCA Art Festival will take place at Center548, 548 West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue.
Center548 MoCCA Festival 548 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue) New York City, NY
Krazy & Ignatz is a love story, focusing on the relationship of its three main characters. Krazy Kat adores Ignatz Mouse. Ignatz Mouse just tolerates Krazy Kat, except for recurrent onsets of targeting tumescence, which found expression in the fast delivery of bricks to Krazy’s cranium. Offisa Pup loves Krazy and seeks to protect “her” (Herriman always maintained that Krazy was genderless), mostly by throwing Ignatz in jail. Each of the characters was ignorant of the other’s true motivations.
28 years of one of the greatest works the comics medium has ever seen, and now it can snuggly fit into your digital reading device. The timeless love triangle, remarkable page layouts, awesome alliteration, and all the flying bricks you can handle can be yours with each collection at $15.99. To pass on that offer, you’d have to be…well, you know.
“The surreal high jinks of Krazy, Ignatz Mouse, Offisa Pup (and enough bricks to build a small city) are as entrancing today as when George Herriman wrote and drew them.” — The New York Times
Today also brings the end of two stalwart Fantagraphics series.
Meat Cake #17 concludes Dame Darcy’s fairy-filled, neo-goth fables. God is revealed, hyperdrama is had, and Darcy (Fantagraphics’ resident music and doll-making reality TV star) has never packed more fantastic art on the page. This book is filled with heavenly beings and punk rock romance by one of comics’ true originals. Only a wispy one dollar and ninety-nine cents.
“I used to go to the comic shop every week just to buy one-person anthologies like this one. Dame Darcy’s… one of a kind, and I’ve never regretted buying a single issue of her book.” — The Comics Reporter
Peter Bagge ends on high note, as usual, with Hate #20. The whole Bradley clan is together and that can only mean two things: chaos for them and humor for us. This seminal series finishes off with appearances by Butch, Babs, and a bitchin’ monster truck! Just as funny now as it was in the ’90s, you can take all the dysfunction home with you for just $1.99.
“Probably the best underground comic of the ’90s” — New Musical Express
Don’t forget the new issue of Dungeon Quest! Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three by Joe Daly, issue #10 continues to follow our heroes: Millennium Boy, Steve, Lash, and Nerdgirl. The adventure never ends, as they must survive perilous cliffs, wild beasts, and hallucinogenic visions on their daring rescue mission. Find out what happens next on this award-winning journey for $1.99.
“Daly’s parody of the trek adventure — the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon’s Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games — is a kind of slackers’ SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd… [and] magnetically amusing.” — Ray Olson, Booklist
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following titles. Read on the see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear). Check out the book previews in the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
96-page full color 7.25" x 5.5" softcover $9.99 | 978-1-60699-820-5
"In just 30 pages, at the rate of an average of eight bullets each, Carl Barks gave a lesson in how to tell a compact and highly entertaining story, with the rapidity of Western and spontaneity of irony. The Sheriff of Bullet Valley contains the humble simplicity of its genius." - Joaquin Toran
200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover $39.99 | 978-1-60699-786-4
"His photographs helpp illuminate perhaps the most influential generation in our lifetime, from 1960-1980. Les Was there to document in photos an commentary the cultural, historical, and musical changes both in the US and in Africa...It is more than evident in reading Pat Thomas' interview with Les in the book that Les in an intensely curious, provocative renaissance artist both musically and with his photographs and painting. Few photo books cover such a wide range of interests ranging from politics to sports, even including photos of "regular folk" whose expression and activity interest him." - Jeff Krow