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Tuned into Michael Jordan
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred Santiago 7 Feb 2015 3:29 PM

Michael Jordan
Cartoonist Wilfred Santiago's newest graphic novel, Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade is currently sweeping the nation off it's feet and slamming them back down mid-court sweating through their pump-able Air Jordans.

On Santiago's own site, Good Wilfred, he's collected some of the better lyrics from songs, from 2 Pac to Jurassic 5, that include Michael Jordan and references to his full-court domination.

MJ

Here's what some of the premiere critics have had to say about the man, the myth and the legend as documented by Santiago's pen and brushes.

"…this book breaths with potent comic book electricity, phrasing court pivots and jump-shots with the same bombast as celestial superhero brawls." –Sean Edgar, PASTE Magazine

"What's brilliant about Wilfred Santiago's Michael Jordan: Bulls On Parade is how it works to reconcile the two sides of the person the public believed he was and the person he might actually be. It's an empathetic and exciting whirlwind of a story that spans across decades of tragedy and triumph to come out the other side with a portrait that could only end with a certain level of complex ambiguity." –Patrick Hess, Nothing But Comics

"Wilfred Santiago was a protégé of Ho Che Anderson (remember him?) and as such is a proponent of the sort of honest, experimental and energetic kind of storytelling that can only come from life on the fringes of both real life and the comics world." –Bart Croonenborghs, Broken Frontier
MJ



Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLes McCannComing AttractionsAlan Abrahams 6 Feb 2015 1:00 PM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Cover

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Inside Page

Speaking of large, handsome, coffeetable art books, our advance copies of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 have arrived!

Oh, you weren't discussing beautifully bound, large format photography books that class up your living room? Well, this first look at Invitation to Openness just might turn your conversation around. This collection of McCann's personal photography highlighting the world of jazz is elegantly packaged and designed by our own Jacob Covey. Due out in March, the book is ready for your pre-order now!

In Solidarity: February 6
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  6 Feb 2015 12:00 PM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

In SolidaritySteven Weissman

In Solidarity: February 5
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  5 Feb 2015 2:45 PM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

In SolidarityJames Romberger

CHICAGO: Lucy Knisley at Challengers
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under merchLucy Knisleyeventsart 5 Feb 2015 11:56 AM

Lucy Knisley
FEBRUARY 18th - To celebrate the release of her second travelogue,
Displacement from Fantagraphics, cartoonist and Chicago local Lucy Knisley will be signing comics and making small talk at Challengers Comics + Conversation on Wednesday, February 18th! The party starts at 7pm

In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Grandparents

Displacement comes out right on the heels of An Age of License, a lighter travelogue about seeking out love and adventure during European travels. Both are sweet with a touch of melancholy with gorgeous watercolors.

Challengers Comics is ALSO having a store-wide 25% sale Saturday 2.7.15 to Friday 2.13.15 and if you spend over $100, you get a sweet Knisley-designed shirt that says "I love you but I've chosen comics":Knisley 
Pret-ty swoon-worthy. How coold would you feel going to a Lucy Knisley signing in a Lucy Knisley shirt? I see many photo opportunities in your future. 


Challengers Comics + Conversation
1845 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647








Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsAlexander Theroux 5 Feb 2015 11:45 AM

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Cover

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Inside Page

We got in our morning workout with the advance arrival of Alexander Theroux's newest and by far heftiest book, Collected Poems. At 672 pages, this is a book to take in small doses, like spare sips of a fine wine. With a huge variety in form and length, this compilation of Theroux's poetry has a diverse palate and promises to be a major literary event of 2015.

Collected Poems is slated to arrive in April. Our video and photoset previews are not far behind, and the book is available for pre-order.

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Harvey KurtzmanComing Attractions 4 Feb 2015 4:50 PM

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Cover

Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and thus was the road to our modern era of parody and satire paved. From MAD to EC Comics to Playboy, Kurtzman's expansive body of work has made its indelible mark on American culture and humor. Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America is a heavily researched biography by Bill Schelly, in which we are treated to a fuller glimpse into the life and times of this influential man, including extensive interviews with colleagues, friends, and family, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives.

Here is our finalized cover design, featuring the impish, toothy grin of Alfred E. Neuman—the iconic, fictitious mascot of MAD magazine. The Man Who Created MAD is due out in April, so don't delay—get your pre-order placed now!

In Solidarity: February 4
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  4 Feb 2015 1:55 PM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

In SolidarityTony Millionaire

LA: Johnny Ryan at Secret Headquarters
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Johnny Ryanevents 4 Feb 2015 10:45 AM
Johnny Ryan
Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles has the event for you on Friday, March 20thJohnny Ryan will be signing brand new copies of his newest collection with a gold embossed and genitalia-ed cover: ANGRY YOUTH COMIX. The party starts at 7pm so don't show at a quarter to ten like a jerk!
 
Angry Youth Comix follows the zany, infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness with your hosts Loady McGee, Sinus O'Gynus, Boobs Pooter and more. In an age when the comics' medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. 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. 
 
P.S. Our design intern Will Rhodes made about 500 versions of the above poster so make sure you hit up Secret Headquarters to grab one. Angry Youth Comix
"The new Angry Youth Comix is finally out and it may be the darkest cartoon we've ever seen and also the most hilarious... It also features one of the most honest depictions of the American family dynamic to appear in print, though we can see that aspect maybe getting lost for some readers amid the turd-vines and the synthetic ejaculates." –Vice

"Let me tell you something: In this increasingly cynical world of happily self-imposed isolation and sneering judgement, one graphicish novella, with pixie-like tickles, appears through the misty mist to take us all by the hand gently unto the night. You hold in your hand that very thing. Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix. Now go away." –David Cross
Johnny Ryan
(99% sure this photo was by Joshy D.)

The Secret Headquarters

3817 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Mon - Sat 11-9 / Sun 12-7

 
 






Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat ThomasLes McCannComing AttractionsAlan Abrahams 3 Feb 2015 1:00 PM

Jazz erupted onto the American music landscape in the 1900s, evolving rapidly and spreading internationally like wildfire. Les McCann, an American soul jazz musician whose first major album Swiss Movement was a huge Billboard pop chart success, always had a 35mm camera close at hand to capture candids of dozens of jazz artists, both on stage and off. This never-before-seen treasure trove of images provides a unique insider's perspective into the world of jazz and is collected here in Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980.

Curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams, Invitation to Openness includes a foreword by A. Scott Galloway, an interview with McCann, and plenty of additional commentary, footnotes, and captions besides. We've included the full foreword, the first two pages of Thomas' interview, and a half dozen examples of McCann's photography in our 19-page downloadable excerpt.

Read the full excerpt here (perhaps with Swiss Movement playing in the background?), then head on over to the book page to pre-order this beautiful, oversized coffeetable art book. Invitation to Openness is due out by March, so look for more previews in the coming weeks!

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Cover