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Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsBill Schelly 16 Feb 2015 2:05 PM

The impact of MAD magazine on the landscape of American absurdism, satire and parody is undeniable. In Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, this thoroughly researched biography takes us behind the scenes of the larger-than-life man who created MAD, contributed to EC Comics, and drew Playboy's Little Annie Fanny comic strips.

Here is a 27-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt to give you a taste of the tome that awaits you inside, including Terry Gilliam's foreword and the first 14 pages of Bill Schelly's biography. Take a peek, then head over to our book page to pre-order your copy. This book hits shelves this April!

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

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat Thomasnew releasesLes McCannAlan Abrahams 16 Feb 2015 11:05 AM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-786-4

Ships in: March 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Throughout Les McCann's incredible jazz career, he took hundreds of photos — at clubs, studios, and festivals around the world — and unwittingly documented a side of the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980 that includes a very young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, Errol Garner, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, and other seminal African-Americans, such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Muhammed Ali, and Stokely Carmichael to name but a few. These photos are characterized by their intimacy, and the cross-section of names listed is merely the tip of the iceberg. The book features candid commentary by McCann himself and is curated by Pat Thomas (Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) and maverick music producer Alan Abrahams (Pure Prairie League, Joan Baez, Stanley Turrentine, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal).

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NY Times Best Seller: Michael Jordan
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred Santiagoawards 16 Feb 2015 10:47 AM
Michael Jordan
Wilfred Santiago's most recent dance in the comics world is on the basketball court with Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade. His kinetic and gorgeously painted graphic novel is sitting pretty for the second week in a row on the NY Times Best Seller's list. "This biography focuses on the public and private life of the superstar basketball player during his professional career…" Michael Jordan: BOP focuses on, as Santiago puts it, a fascinating figure who was never too interested in satisfying people, other than his own personal drive. Grab a copy before they are all gone!
 
Here's what some recent reviewers and critics have said about this heart-pounding, sneaker-thumping story:
 
"From a scuffle with Patrick Ewing in the book's opening pages to the titanic feat of multiple NBA Championships, 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 
 
"Players lurch across the court, striding over a mundane landscape that Santiago transforms into a mythopoetic stage. It's grandiose, theatric...Wilfred Santiago does a fantastic job of getting me to buy into a subject I have no real interest in. The level of craft at play-in the writing, art, coloring-is exceptional, and BULL ON PARADE is a work totally befitting its colossal subject." -Shea Hennum, This Is Infamous 
The New York Times 
Copenhagen: Drawing Hip Hop Live with Ed Piskor
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Piskorart 13 Feb 2015 3:50 PM

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February 28th, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark - Cities all over the world have vibrant hip hop scenes that are as diverse as the music itself, and Denmark is no exception. Unique to Denmark though is an extremely strong comics scene that incorporates the history and technique of graphic storytelling into their exceptional higher learning programs. Which is why it makes beautiful sense that a top tier cartoonist and hip hop historian, Ed Piskor will be teaching for several weeks at The Animation Workshop in their Graphic Storytelling BA program. He just finished the third volume of Hip Hop Family Tree, so there's no shortage of material and knowledge to be dropped on these young minds.

To finish up his Danish travels abroad, Piskor will roll out of town in stylish thunder with a live conversation and drawing battle with some of Denmarks heavyweight cartoonist talents. On February 28th, find yourself a spot on the Ideal Bar in downtown Copenhagen where local rapper, hip hop lecturer and writer, Peter Aagaard will interview Piskor in front of an audience. But wait, there's more! Stick around while DJ's crank up the beats and Piskor puts lines to paper against local talents Stine Spedsbjerg, Erik Petri, and Palle Schmidt, who you might recognize from his work on American comics like Thomas Alsop, and art for Ghostface Killah's 12 Reasons to Die. 

A competition combination of hip hop and comics is hard to beat; catch up with your boy Ed Piskor on February 28th, from 6-10 pm (or 18:00 to 22:00 if you're telling time abroad).

Blind Date with a Book 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscellanyinternsfashion 13 Feb 2015 11:34 AM

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What started out as a really cute way for libraries to get patrons to check out books sight-unseen has turned into a pop quiz for Fanta employees about our books. See a description of a book you like? Try to figure out what it is and then click on the link, order it and fall in love. 

"Pretty....gross; loves brand names, make-up and hairspray!; Sometimes desperate but in a totally good way."

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"Leads a double life; likes mind-bending experiences; occasional non-verbal spells."

"Has had a lot of schoolin'; owns a very small business; into medically-supervised lucid dreaming."  
grass
"Frustrated & looking to connect; loves travel; into seniors"

"Has a kid....in a long term thing, looking to stray/play; likes pizza but mostly booze; loves...well..."
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"Livin' the alternative lifestyle; interested in pulp fiction, campy sci-fi; prone to strange, surrealist, 50's style nightmares!"

Too tame? Consider the next few books like the back of your favorite alt-weekly newspaper!cones
"The hairier the better! Into ropes; boots...hmmm"; very spreadable"
mug 
"Enjoys listening to Rush Limbaugh; comics enthusiast; just trying to make a buck"
hearts
"Loves a good sword fight; Enjoys the feel of CHAIMAILLE against skin; Enthusiastic horseback rider" 

"Hopeless, Optimistic Romantic; Has a dog"
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"Likes to drink; been described as 'steampunk' or 'neo-victorian'; into hanging out with my winged friend"

"Very competative; good with my tongue; hates traveling!"

Too easy? We've mixed in a few books you HAVEN'T read yet since they are about to come out!
cat
"Looking for love in the big city; into Morrissey + kittens; a romantic"
window
"Warm & fuzzy; a little bit lost (but looking); currently on a BIG adventure"

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"Into women's rights; non-judgemental; doesn't want kids"

"Suffering from writer's block; prone to fantasies; world traveler"  
Thanks to interns Rosie Lockie + Will Rhodes for their help; plus RJ Casey, Kim Rost and Marc Palm. Want more? Try out the Blind Date with a Book from 2013. And YES, that biscuit and gravy was from the amazing Morsel


























Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat Thomasnew releasesLes McCannAlan Abrahams 13 Feb 2015 9:35 AM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-786-4

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/invitationtoopenness

SEATTLE: Peter Bagge at Arcane Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 13 Feb 2015 7:38 AM

Sweatshop

Ever had a terrible boss? One who never appreciated you or gave you personal space outside of work? SWEATSHOP is all about it. Meet MEL BOWLING, and his team of overworked cartoonists helping him hack out a bad comic strip, Freddy Ferret.

Real-life cartoonist Peter Bagge will be at Arcane Comics tonight at 6pm signing copies of Sweatshop. Complete with an art jam wall, you can immortalize one of your own bad basses or draw one of the bad jobs you've had yourself. Refreshments will be provided (Mel's drinking to that below).

 Cosplay

In addition to the many cartoonist characters, Sweatshop also features a cosplayer, often called an "artist's model", who understands a lot of the complaints of today's convention scene.Sweatshop
So come down to Arcane Comics in Ballard to get your comics signed by Peter Bagge and show us some horrible stuff your terrible bosses have done, or just draw them with boogers hanging out of their noses.

Sweatshop
Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
206.781.4875 






Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsJohnny Ryan 12 Feb 2015 3:00 PM

Angry Youth Comix
by Johnny Ryan

424-page color 7.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-811-3

Ships in: March 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Johnny Ryan's utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the 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.

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Wandering Son Vol. 8 by Shimura Takako - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura TakakoComing Attractions 12 Feb 2015 2:15 PM

Wandering Son Vol. 8 by Shimura Takako - Cover

We know you've been on the edge of your seats waiting for the next volume of Shimura Takako's acclaimed manga series, Wandering Son. Here is our finalized cover art for Wandering Son Volume 8, in which our beloved protagonists continue to navigate through their gender identities while maneuvering through another school year.

Takatsuki-kun works up the courage to go to school in a boy's uniform, and Nitori-kun confesses his desire to wear girl's clothes to Anna-chan, his girlfriend. And Doi-kun, a character of questionable motives, finds himself drawn to Nitori's adult trans friend, Yuki-san...but to what end?

Grab your pre-order of Wandering Son Vol. 8 now for a May delivery, and keep your eyes on our Flog for further previews.

In Solidarity: February 12
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  12 Feb 2015 1:00 PM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

In Solidarity — Bodé