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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 It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams.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.
Grab your leather jacket and the nearest cat, and plop yourself down to enjoy this first look at our advance copies of Wuvable Oaf! The books are gorgeous to behold with their bright pink exterior, cover overflowing with cats, and featuring our most wuvable protagonist. The generous page size really lets you see every individual hair on Oaf's chest and shows off the bold linework of artist Ed Luce.
And, just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we've also got a limited edition dust jacket and slipcased version personally designed by Ed Luce and our own Mike Baehr. It's the What the Fuzz Edition, featuring some exquisite spot flocking and foil stamped nipples, with all the original Wuvable Oaf covers on the slipcase cover.
Our book page has all our pre-order info, including the option to purchase this unique limited edition box set. Get yours today for an April delivery!
The long held view of Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that the Pacific Northwest gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement provides the premise for a lively PechaKucha presentation by 10 regional cartoonists this Wednesday evening at Cornish Playhouse. Reid will be joined by veteran cartoonists Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney and David Lasky, along with emerging artists Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter, Tom Van Deusen, Gina Siciliano, and Tatiana Gill. The PechaKucha concept involves each artist showing 20 images for 20 seconds each - an ideal format for narrative art presentations.
Reid maintains the foundation for alternative comix was laid when three exceptionally talented cartoonists emerged from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in the late 70s. Lynda Barry, Charles Burns and Matt Groening began syndicating their strips in alternative newspapers around the country. Olympia's fledgling Sub Pop enterprise and Seattle's popular music magazine The Rocket provided platforms for these and other inventive cartoonists. Peter Bagge arrived at the dawn of grunge era and soon convinced Fantagraphics Books to relocate to Seattle. The rest, as they say, is history. Reid plans to present a convincing case that our region can claim a heritage of alternative comix innovation.
Come celebrate Seattle's legacy of creative comics and narrative art at Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center on Wednesday, March 11. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Program begins at 6:30. Admission is free. A book signing and social hour will follow.
Let the chill of the early evening air fill your lungs as you head over to Challengers Comics + Conversation on Sunday, March 22nd to get all* your comics signed by Peter Bagge. His newest book is a collection of the DC comic, Sweatshop, which discusses seedy underbelly of the comic book industry. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation. This Sunday evening soiree starts at 6pm.
Sweatshop focuses on the unhappy, out-of-touch cartoonist, Mel Bowling. As the hand behind a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield), he spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work.
Bagge recently received the 2014 USA Rockerfeller Fellow of Literature status from the United States of Artists so be sure to congratulate him!
Challengers Comics + Conversation was the recipient of the 2013 Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Retailer Award and has been open since March 2008 when Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush first opened up the store. With an engaging set of comic book sellers and a beautiful store, don't you just want to buy a copy of everything? LOOK at those red chairs! Photo by Bookstores of Chicago Tumblr.
Posters by Will Rhodes.
*yeah, we mean all, even those Creepy comics.
Challengers Comics + Conversation
1845 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
"The winner in each of our two categories will be announced April 6; each winner will receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory. The shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS Fellow Sophie Yanow; and this year's guest judge, cartoonist Paul Karasik."
Winners will be announced in the April's Slate Books Review. Fingers crossed!
Praise for previous volumes in The Steve Ditko Archives:
"Even though he'd only been working in comics for a couple of years when he drew these 1956 tales, they already display Ditko's distinctively cockeyed style and his characteristically powerful compositions. […] As Bell remarks in his insightful introduction, what makes Ditko's early work notable is 'the dichotomy between what he was given and what he was able to accomplish.'" – Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"[In] Fantagraphics' second volume of Ditko's portfolio… Ditko moves away from gore to short sci-fi tales, yet his grasp at relaying natural character depth and dramatic heft is evident. His zealous work as the exemplar artist for Charlton Comics showcases his ever-blossoming abilities at setting scenes in stark relief to multi-hued characters. […] This collection single-handedly erases memories of Ditko hacking Transformers coloring books during the ’80s. [Rating] 8/10" – Kyle Lemmon, Under the Radar
"Fantastic… Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented." – Dave Gibbons
"It’s fascinating to see [Ditko's] nascent style coalescing as he tackles a variety of material, already starting to work out the design genius that would mark much of his work, including – especially! – Dr. Strange and Spider-Man, for the next 20 years." – Steven Grant, Comic Book Resources
240-page full color 7.25" x 10" hardcover
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From the University Press of Mississippi description: "For fans of Peter Bagge (b. 1957) and his bracingly satirical writing and drawing, this collection offers the perfect means to track his career choices, work habits, preoccupations, and comedic sensibility from the 1980s onwards. Featuring a lengthy new interview and a great deal of previously unavailable material, this book delivers insightful, gossipy, funny, and occasionally tart conversations with a wide range of interlocutors, from personal friends and zine publishers to comics critics and mainstream journalists. Bagge's wide-ranging career has intersected with the modern history of comics, from underground comix and indie comics to comics journalism and graphic nonfiction; this new compendium of interviews will be a must-have for aficionados of his work.
Bagge's detailed, garrulous, and often grotesquely funny (and discomfiting) work harks back to the underground generation, recalling Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton, while also pointing forward to the emergence of alternative comics as a distinct genre. His signature series, the rawly humorous Hate (1990-1998) and his editorship (1983-1986) of the often outrageous Weirdo magazine, founded by Crumb, established Bagge as a leading voice in alternative comics, and his rude, wildly expressive cartooning makes him a counterpoint to the still introspection of recent literary graphic novels.
Buy more of Bagge's books right here on our online store or from your local comic retailer or bookstore!
Friday, March 20th
Chicago, IL - "Shop as Independently as You Think" is a handy moto for the progressive Chicago bookstore, Women & Children First. Though they take their name from an adage of weakness, nothing could be more empowering than the books you'll find lining the walls of this Northside store. And on the 20th of March, you'll also find a Lucy Knisley participating in a Q&A session about her newest Fantagraphics release, Displacement: A Travelogue.
Her full color autobiographical journey captures the heartbreak and motivation of caring for your aging family as she accompanies her eldery grandparents on a weeks long cruise. Not to relish on the trials of caregiving, the book is also intersected with tales of her family history; her grandfather at war, and memories of her time growing up with them. Juxtaposed ith the anxiety of being a twentysomething and trying to figure yourself out, Displacement intersects the stages of life we seek to escape and work to avoid.
Drop by Women & Children First on March 20th at 7:30 to posit your own questions and comments on aging, traveling and comics as a medium for autobiography. All of which Lucy tackles like the pro she is!
Women & Children First
Cartoonist Wilfred Santiago recently highlighted a recipe inspired on a scene from Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade. Cook some of MJ's Peaches French Toast to please not only your taste buds but your loved ones. It looks so tasty but only if you use fresh peaches as Jordan recommends.
Ella Woods also wrote a short article on fanzines and how the Michael Jordan epiloque was based off some physical fanzines about music. She poses the question, how does one finish a biography when the subject is still living? If you want to find out, you'll need to read Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade!