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Tonight in Brooklyn!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Hotwireevents 14 Mar 2008 9:22 AM
 Acts of God willing...


BEASTS! Open Call Results.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Kovey KornerBeasts 13 Mar 2008 9:38 PM

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Congratulations and thank you to Jennifer Tong, who captured this charming and unsettling glimpse into the life of Nymphs. This piece was submitted to the Open Call slot I posted about last month and will be appearing in "BEASTS! Book Two."

Thanks a lot to everyone who took time to send in work-- more details on the Beasts Blog.

Now in stock: Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesKevin HuizengaIgnatz Series 13 Mar 2008 5:17 PM

Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga

Ganges #2
By Kevin Huizenga

Everyman Glenn Ganges ruminates on the simple times of the dot-com era when the reality of business was propped up by the unreality of addictive technology and hope. Kevin Huizenga cleverly parallels that unreality with the unreality of addictive networked first-person shooter video games, and the attempts of people around him to genuinely connect with each other. Huizenga’s elegant neo-clear-line style brings a crispness and humor to these low-key slice-of-life stories, and the gray-blue duotone he has picked gives the art a new depth and complexity.

Part of the Ignatz Series

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket $7.95
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Now in stock: Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville #5 by Ted Stearn
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted Stearnnew releases 13 Mar 2008 5:12 PM

Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville #5 by Ted Stearn

Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville #5
By Ted Stearn

The Splitsville series concludes as Fuzz and Pluck struggle to survive after their worlds have been turned upside down. A mad race and a tug of war culminates in a fatal convergence that changes everything!

32-page black & white 6.75" x 8.75" comic book $4.95
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Now in stock: Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLeah Hayes 13 Mar 2008 5:08 PM

Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes

Funeral of the Heart
By Leah Hayes

Funeral of the Heart is Leah Hayes' stylistic tour-de-force and graphic novel debut, featuring a series of short stories by Hayes and illustrated entirely using the otherworldly medium of scratchboard. Hayes creates a world of unease and ambiguity populated by obsessive characters, forlorn animals, and mysterious, inanimate objects; odd occurrences, unnerving deaths and unconventional but genuine love bind these characters and their stories together. In "The Bathroom," a middle-aged couple discover a mysterious tunnel in their poolhouse after a neighbor's child accidentally drowns in their pool — leading to an immaculate bathroom and another drowning. In "The Needle," two sisters suffer the death of their grandmother as well as her possible resurrection at the hands of the woman with the needle.

The stories are hand lettered and juxtaposed against stark, highly stylized, graphically powerful, black and white images. Stories with titles like "The Bathroom," "The Needle," and "The Hair" sound innocuous, but they aren't fables that should be read to one's children — unless your children enjoy being made uneasy by beautiful things.

120-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover $14.95
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Now in stock: The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 13 Mar 2008 5:03 PM

The Education of Hopey Glass: Love and Rockets Book 24 by Jaime Hernandez

The Education of Hopey Glass: Love and Rockets Book 24
By Jaime Hernandez

A stand-alone graphic novel from the "Locas" universe. It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River"). Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions... all the way to the ultimate, and unexpected, consummation. Meanwhile, Hopey spends an eventful week during which she undergoes a couple of major life changes, both personal and professional... and for that matter cosmetic. New characters include Hopey's long-suffering on-the-side squeeze Grace; Maggie's new roommate, the sweet-natured jockette "Angel of Tarzana;" and the live-wire would-be gangsta Elmer — while such classic Love and Rockets characters as the hard-living Doyle, the aging but still-rocking Terry, and the mysterious super-heroine Alarma pop up in the margins... As does Maggie, well off stage but visible as Ray's resentful ex, Angel's roommate, and (forever and still) Hopey's best friend.

144-page black & white 7" x 10" hardcover $19.99
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Now in stock: Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDebbie Drechsler 13 Mar 2008 4:58 PM

Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler

Daddy's Girl
By Debbie Drechsler

Fantagraphics Books is proud to re-release one of the most powerful and moving books in its distinguished publishing history: Debbie Drechsler's first collection of short comic stories, Daddy's Girl. Originally published in 1995 and distributed only to comic book specialty stores, Daddy's Girl was ahead of its time: Drechsler's account of her abuse at the hands of her father, told from the point of view of an adolescent, is one of the most searingly honest, empathetic, and profoundly disturbing uses of the comics medium in its history. Drechsler's meticulous brush lines gather into heavy textures that suggest the claustrophobic tension of the environment that threatens her pre-teen and adolescent female protagonists. Characters such as Lily, who can't escape her father's abuse, and Franny, a girl whose desire to be accepted leads her into dangerous territory, struggle not to be visually and emotionally overwhelmed. Central to this quasi-memoir is Lily's relationship to her father — a confused jumble of fear, trepidation, and love.

88-page b&w/color 8" x 7.5" hardcover $14.95
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Now in stock: The Clouds Above (Softcover Ed.) by Jordan Crane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJordan Crane 13 Mar 2008 4:39 PM

The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane

The Clouds Above (Softcover Ed.)
By Jordan Crane

Jordan Crane's all-ages classic is in paperback for the first time! This gorgeously packaged (yet affordable) children's fantasy has become an instant classic since its original hardcover release in 2005, becoming a perennial bestseller for Fantagraphics in three hardcover printings. This paperback edition — a first — includes five new pages not included previously!

On their way through the city to school, Simon and his cat Jack keep taking shortcuts that lead them through fantasy worlds of wooden monsters and insatiable appetites, just for starters. Will they make back home safely? This is undoubtedly one of the more handsome and unique packages in recent memory, with a brilliant graphic novel inside that justifies its elegant format. The Clouds Above calls to mind everything from Where the Wild Things Are to The Wizard of Oz to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with its depiction of a fantastic world that lurks just around the corner from reality and that only children believe exists.

224-page full-color 6" x 6" softcover $16.99
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Kirby draws Charlie Brown
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanuts 13 Mar 2008 12:33 PM

Jack Kirby draws Charlie Brown

Via the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive blog. Doom's metal tongue is a nice touch. 

The Fun Never Stops!: Drew Friedman Show Opens March 27 at Fantagraphics
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDrew Friedman 13 Mar 2008 11:25 AM

"THE FUN NEVER STOPS!" WITH DREW FRIEDMAN AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY IN SEATTLE, OPENING MARCH 27.

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Drew Friedman is among the most notorious illustrators and cartoonists in America. According to Entertainment Weekly, “He holds a marvelously warped lens up to crusty politicians and debauched celebrities. A good-natured misanthrope with an obsessive style and a sardonic tongue, Drew Friedman is one of the country’s sharper political artists.” Friedman will appear in Seattle for the first time at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for a book signing and exhibition of his original artwork on Thursday, March 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

“The Fun Never Stops!” exhibition features 17 portraits meticulously rendered in Friedman’s singular style. Included are political figures such as “McCain as Popeye,” “John Kerry’s Inauguration,” and “Really Rich Rudy” as well as pop culture icons like Frank Sinatra, Woody Allen, and Alfred E. Newman. In addition, Fantagraphics Books produced a limited edition silkscreen print featuring George W. Bush as Slim Pickens in the apocalyptic finale to “Dr. Strangelove.” Friedman’s portraits are alternately savage satires or reverential renderings – and frequently both, as in his series of “Old Jewish Comedians,” recently published in two volumes by Fantagraphics Books.

Friedman’s illustrious career has included comics work published in Art Spiegelman’s RAW, R. Crumb’s Weirdo and MAD Magazine, and frequent illustrations in National Lampoon, The New York Times, The New York Observer, among countless other publications. He was the recipient of the 2001 Reuben Award for newspaper illustration. Friedman’s work has been collected by Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books in The Fun Never Stops!: An Anthology of Comic Art 1991 - 2006, Old Jewish Comedians, More Old Jewish Comedians, and Warts and All.

“The Fun Never Stops!” begins with a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Admission is free to the public of all ages. The exhibition continues though May 6, 2008. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s historic Georgetown industrial arts district. Open daily 11:30 until 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110.

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DREW FRIEDMAN: THE FUN NEVER STOPS!
March 27 – May 6, 2008.
Opening Reception and Book signing
Thursday, March 27, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 206.658.0110

Open Daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM