Arrrrrrr, ye scallywags. Our office copies of the softcover Set to Sea have washed ashore, and we are thrilled to show them off! For those of you who weren't at SPX to see these in person, here is our first look. In one densely rendered panel: a deep, dark sky with its smattering of stars. In the next, a beautifully detailed closeup of the poet's book, showing the detail of his cracked, sea-worn fingernails.
This weekend, October 4th and 5th, Boston's going to host it's annual indie comics party masquerading as a comics show! The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICExpo) is being held at University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge's Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area's only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics. Our own Paul Hornschemeier is a special guest and even designed the poster! He'll be on the Atrium level, table 31. MICE even conducted a pre-con interview with Paul.
Paul is also on a Saturday panel from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM "MICE special guests Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll and Paul Hornschemeier will discuss their processes in turning disparate comics material into published graphic novels. Each of these creators has worked in various formats: webcomics, serialization, anthologies. The panel will look at how the specific themes and qualities of their work come into play as short stories or serialized narratives come together into single books, exploring the definition of the term 'graphic novel.'"
Saturday, October 4th, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am - 4 pm at Lesley University in Porter Square. Be there! For more information visit the MICE website.
It's a Peanuts-filled day here at the Fantagraphics office—though, truth be told, Peanuts is never far from our minds, especially as we near the end of The Complete Peanuts series. Luckily, we have the second volume of Peanuts Every Sunday—collecting the full-panel, full-color Sunday strips from 1956-1960—to pre-occupy us!
This hefty volume will make its way into stores—and onto your bookshelves—in October, so don't delay in pre-ordering your copy now!
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00-8:00 pm, the Carnegie in Covington, KY offers you a rare opportunity to hear Cincinnati's Carol Tyler, noted cartoonist, give a free public presentation based on her graphic novel, You'll Never Know. Her talk will be of special interest to those in art, graphics, writing, comics, and have relevancy for veterans, families of veterans and health professionals concerned with PTSD.
The Carnegie offers Carol's presentation in conjunction with "Pages from the Graphic Novel, You'll Never Know," an installation she created for the art exhibit, With and Without: Challenges, curated by Mary Heider. Carol's installation and the entire art exhibit will be available for viewing prior to the presentation. Exhibit hours on Oct 1: noon-8:00 pm.
The exhibit runs through November 1, 2014. See www.thecarnegie.com for more exhibit information and regular hours.
The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss this amazing cartoonist!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:00 - 8:00 PM The Carnegie Theater 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011
Cute Boy Alert is heading to Chicago! Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, andPatrick Kyleare a-coming and boys are celebrating the releases of their new comics, Megahex, Lose #6 and Distance Mover, respectively. They are ready to dazzle you with their smiles as their comics have dazzled (or drugged) your brain. Everyone's favorite, Jessica Campbell, formerly of D&Q and now of the big bad art world has invited the three cartoonists to Kavi Gupta to sign on Tuesday, September 30th at 6pm.
Want your friends to join the fun at Kavi Gupta? Invite them to the Facebook event!
Editions Kavi Gupta 835 W Washington Blvd Chicago IL 60607
"After the wildly successful launch during Comic-Con International we're thrilled to offer our customers an even greater selection with this next wave of publishers offering DRM-free backups," said comiXology VP of Communications & Marketing Chip Mosher. "We look forward to continuing to work with more publishers in offering DRM-free backups to comics fans worldwide."
If you're worried what you'll do once we've published all 25 volumes of The Complete Peanuts, fret not! Here is the first softcover boxset of volumes 1-2, covering the years 1950-1954, all repackaged in a completely new design!
Whether it's for yourself, as a gift to another Peanuts fan, or for the upbringing of a future generation of Peanuts lovers, The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) Softcover Edition is a treat for all ages. These bright, bold, and eye-catching covers are sure to lure younger kids into this timeless classic comic strip series, ensuring that the characters brought to life by Charles M. Schulz continue to live on for many more years to come.
Lucy Knisley is appearing at her first big event since the debut at SDCC! Starting Friday, September 26th at 7pm at Challengers Lucy will be signing and customizing your copy of her newest book from us, An Age of License. This travelogue follows recounts the artist's charming (and romantic!) adventures on a book tour in Europe. The comic store has even gone to the kitchen to whip up some of her sweet and savory treats found in a previous graphic novel, Relish. Challengers was also awarded the 2013 Will Eisner Spirit Award so roam the stacks with ease and feel free to ask the staff any questions, they can fire an answer right back 'atcha!
Get there early before the books sells out or else we highly suspect you'll have to fight crowds, zombies and possible commit a misdemeanor. Glimpse into the future provided by Lucy herself here:
Challengers Comics + Conversation 1845 N. Western Ave Chicago, IL 773.278.0155
Today would have been the 58th birthday of Kim Thompson. Recently I stumbled across this photograph, from the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in 2012, while looking through the Fantagraphics flickr feed; I keep coming back to it. That's Kim with his back to the camera, looking at the work of our friend and former art director, Dale Yarger, who passed away that spring, another wonderful human being we lost to cancer way too soon. It would have been unfathomable at that time to think that Kim, too, would be gone within a year. Yet here we are. That's the great Jim Woodring in the foreground, with an unspeakably reverent look on his face that says more than I could ever hope to write. All three of these gentlemen have loomed large in my life, and this photo awashes me with emotion.