The entryway to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is currently undergoing a major renovation. When this project is complete on May 30, the historic Georgetown arts community will enjoy a spacious central plaza right outside the store - complete with pedestrian plazas, public art, improved lighting and other amenities. (See artist rendering below.) In the meantime, the construction is creating a hardship for the businesses in close proximity. This weekend would be a great time to drop by and show your support. Both the bookstore and Georgetown Records will maintain normal hours throughout the construction. Vintage vinyl and comic books. What else is there?
Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007's acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors.
Josh Simmons is one of the field's most distinctive voices in the genre of horror (The Furry Trap, House),and this full-length graphic novel is his best work yet, echoing director John Carpenter's perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson's ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.
Advance copies of Wandering Son Volume 8 hit our desks today, fresh from the printer. Another beautifully packaged volume of Shimura Takako's series of grade schoolers exploring their evolving gender identities, this book sees our intrepid protagonists entering the eighth grade, with new teachers, new friends, and new experiences and obstacles to navigate.
Next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by Fantagraphics cartoonists + creators, excerpted below:
A Starred review for Displacement by Lucy Knisley "Knisley finds both the humor and the sadness in her grandparents' condition...Whereas Knisley's previous travel memoirs speak more to the young adult experience, Displacement is a timely and mature work that pairs perfectly with other elder-care titles, such as Roz Chast's Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? (2014)." –Snow Wildsmith
Creeping Death from Neptune by Basil Wolverton, edit by Greg Sadowski "Wolverton was a genre unto himself..No matter what he drew-science fiction, costumed crime fighters, or wacky humor-his distinctively iconoclastic style, marked by blocky compositions and idiosyncratic stippling, set it far apart from anything else." –Gordon Flagg
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl Barks "Barks' flair for combining humor with thrills is unmatched, as are his clear, expressive cartooning and his command of visual storytelling. The full-color restoration of the artwork and the useful historical notes give Barks' consummate work the deluxe presentation it richly deserves." –Gordon Flagg
Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Al Feldstein & Wallace Wood "Wood's detail-laden panels, vibrant brushwork, and chiaroscuro lighting effects gave his stories a verisimilitude that the primitive cinematic special effects of the era sorely lacked...While the stories might be best enjoyed by a precocious 12-year-old, it takes an adult reader to fully appreciate Wood's astonishing craft." –Gordon Flagg
Another excellent volume of Carl Bark's cherished Duck tales is collected here in Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot, out in May! Here's the beautiful final cover designed by our very own Keeli and highlighting the two stories "The Pixilated Parrot" and "Vacation Time"—the latter of which sees Barks cutting loose from his regular panel designs to deliver one of his finest stories.
The Pixilated Parrot is available for pre-ordering now, and we'll have more previews in the coming weeks!
Just in time for spring training comes Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales by Willard Mullin, now available digitally through comiXology. In 1953, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin illustrated one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The illustrations by Mullin were thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition. The book includes additional Mullin material like the "Fan's Alphabet," poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn," and also features a foreword by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by baseball historian Tim Wiles. At 52 pages long and only $6.99, make sure to read this splendid volume on your own digital reading device for a real home-field advantage. “For whatever reason, sports cartoons, which once were a staple of so many newspapers across the country, have become a lost art. But at least now, the greatest of all sports cartoonists, Willard Mullin, has been brought back to life for a whole new generation of fans to appreciate.” – Bill Madden, NY Daily News
We're pleased to present the final cover image for the next volume in our award-winning Mickey Mouse series celebrating Disney artist Floyd Gottfredson! Volume 7, titled March of the Zombies, takes us to a time when our brave Mouse protagonist faced off against wartime foes and even the walking dead!
These strips are restored from Disney's original proof sheets, and the book includes over a dozen of Gottfredson's stories as well as extra commentary and behind-the-scenes artwork. Pre-order your copy now to add this classic volume to your collection!
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 while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of a crisis; their forest house has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! The creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away! Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children.
It's the start of a new school year, with new homeroom assignments that scatter our friends to all corners of the school. Nitori-kun continues to battle his desires internally, with help from his older sister Maho. And will Takatsuki-kun work up the courage to wear a boy's uniform to school?
Los Angeles - ONE Archives Foundation is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) in the world. Which makes it the perfect setting for the first stop of the MASSIVE tour featuring Jiraiya! His work adorns the cover of the recently released hit anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. Jiraiya just happens to be one of those men, and is heading the U.S. for his very first international tour. ONE Archives is his first stop, and the Massive crew featuring Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd will kick things off at 7 PM with a talk followed by a Q&A presentation. (More Details)
Wednesday, March 18th
Los Angeles, again - Couldn't make it out to see Jiraiya last night? Get to to The Secret Headquarters by 6 PM for a talk and signing of those shrink-wrap beatuy books. Jiraiya is a man who enjoys his privacy, and respectfully requests that photos taken at these events do not feature his face. Which makes these nights even more special, because these memories are just for you!
Thursday, March 19th
Los Angeles, the last stop - Unless you want to drive up the coast to San Francisco tomorrow, tonight is your last chance to catch Jiraiya in Los Angeles. The wonderful non-profit group, Tom of Finland Foundation will be hosting the Massive talk with a reception to follow, kicking off at 7 PM. There, you'll have a chance to meet the artist, editor and designer of the book, as well as purchse limited edition glicee prints. Tom of Finland does great work in the preservation of erotic art, and we're thrilled to see them host such a legend of erotic manga art.
Friday, March 20th
Los Angeles, CA - Never has a book been so simultaneously gorgeous and gross; fun and filthy; entertaining and...icky? Intrigued yet? We thought so. Meet Johnny Ryan the mind and the man behind one of the most audacious comic series of the past decade, Angry Youth Comix. And tonight, you can buy them all in a beautifully designed hardcover that collects all forteen issues for the first time! Come to The Secret Headquarters at 7 PM for pure titlation, and the opportunity to snag one of the posters for the Angry Youth extravaganza! (More Details)
Chicago, IL - Esteemed indpendent bookstore, Women & Children First, is welcoming local Chicago cartoonist Lucy Knisley to their store for and great book signing and Q&A event that highlights not one, but TWO of her latest titles: An Age of License and Displacement. The juxtaposing narratives that feature the high and lows of aging and traveling, make for an thought-provoking evening. Tonight's event begins at 7:30 PM, and goes until we're done having fun (which is probably never). (More Details)
San Francisco, CA - Jiraiya's back! And in San Fran! Party hardy this Friday at California College of the Arts, with a talk + Q&A that will be moderated by Justin Hall, editor of the 2012 anthology, No Straight Lines. Join us in the Writer's Studio at 7:30 PM; you don't want to miss such a great meeting of the minds!
Saturday, March 21st
New York, NY - Beautiful Bergen Street Comics is hosting the explosive release of The Revenger by Chuck Forsman! With acclaimed released like The End of the Fucking World, and Celebrated Summer, the anticipation over this comic has been huge, if you like action and justice you don't want to miss this. From the Oily Comics website: "Revenger is about a woman who doesn't take any shit. She roams a crumbling United States in the 1980s helping the beaten and exploited even their odds." Get to Bergen Street by 7:30 PM, or you'll be sorry. (More Details)
Sunday, March 22nd
Chicago, IL - We've been keeping Pete Bagge all to ourselves here in Seattle, so we're letting Chicago have him for a night while he signs copies of his newest release, Sweatshop, at the wonderful Challenger's Comics. Sweatshop collects a 6-part series done for DC in 2003 about a cartoonist named Mel Bowling, and his cast of studio assistants. End (or kick off) your weekend right by meeting up with pals new and old at Challengers, starting at 6 PM! (More Details)