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
Los Angeles, CA - Money does indeed rule everything around me, so you need to get yourself to the Cash Machine art show that opens tomorrow night. The list of people exhibiting their art/zines/selves at this group show is top notch, and some highlights include artists like Brendan Donnelly and the Fantagraphics creator, Leah Hayes! Author of Funeral of the Heartand Holy Moly. Her new book Not Funny Ha-Ha will be out this June. Opening night runs from 7-10 PM. I hear Thursdays are the new Friday, making this opening reception (with after-party across the street) your perfect starter to the weekend. You don't want to be the only one NOT showing up to work on Friday with a hangover.
Friday, April 3rd
Los Angeles, CA - Our lovely friends at The Secret Headquarters are hosting a one-of-a-kind original art exhibition and reception to highlight the beautiful work of the talented Robert Goodin. Known previously for his animation work and various Mome contributions, Goodin is releasing his first graphic novel release with the desinnee all-ages book, The Kurdles. This night only! he'll be selling original painted pages from the book. The exhibit will run until April 30th, but you'll want to prep your peepers for it's release in several weeks time. Reception begins at 7 PM! (More Details)
Saturday, April 4th
Fairfax, CA - The inspiring and influential cartoonist MK Brownis gracing the Fairfax library with her presence and her work with an opening reception from 2-4 PM. Come celebrate her career while peering into work that has left impressions on notable creators like Mike Judge (Beevis and Butthead). Stranger than Life is the first ever collection of MK Brown's cartoons and comics that have appeared in The National Lampoon, The New Yorker, and Playboy. A percentage of all book sales during the reception will directly contribute to Friends of the Fairfax Library, benefiting fellow readers and your funny bone. (More Details)
Next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by Fantagraphics cartoonists + creators, excerpted below:
Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette "Tardi’s atmospheric visuals, with their inky line work and solid compositions, are perfectly suited to Manchette’s noirish milieu. The cartooniness of his figures, juxtaposed against the soundly realistic settings, perfectly matches the matter-of-factly over-the-top nature of this blackest of mordantly comedic capers." - Gordon Flagg
Harvey Kurtzman wrote, edited and drew popular titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for notorious publisher EC Comics. In a departure from their lurid line of crime and horror comics, Kurtzman created the satirical Mad in 1952. EC Comics soon fell victim to the hysterical crusading of politicians, child psychologists and religious zealots when the Comics Code Authority effectively banned most of their titles. Kurtzman's Mad persevered, and ironically became the instrument that indoctrinated an entire generation in the principle of art in the service of degenerate discourse - laying the foundation for the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
Kurtzman's many contributions to midcentury American humor are explored at length by Schelly, with insightful interviews of Kurtzman collaborators like Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Episodes like the FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era and his litigation with EC publisher Bill Gaines are detailed for the first time.
Don't miss the debut of this amazing publication with a slide talk, exhibition and book signing on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
Mark your calendars for the return of incomparable cartoonist Daniel Clowes on Saturday, April 18 with the world premiere of The Complete Eightball, followed a week later by provocative Seattle artist Josh Simmons on April 25. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Bill Schelly presents Havey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad Slide talk, exhibition, and book signing Saturday, April 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM