Here's what Eleanor says: "My friend Kyle needs a wheelchair van!! Living in Mesa Arizona he's trapped in his apartment without one! I'm doing a drawing marathon to benefit Kyle's GoFundMe to get him a van. On September 10th, from 10am to 10pm, I'm trying to raise $1,000 in a DRAWING MARATHON. I will be making 40+ pen-and-ink artworks & posting them on tumblr and twitter as I make them. And, HEY!!! You can watch me drawing them in real time on this livecam!!!!"
These drawings are 3"x3" pen and ink on watercolor paper. Eleanor will be numbering the pieces as she posts them and you purchase them via number. All the money will be donated to Kyle's GoFundMe.
"Drew Weing’s beautiful art and masterful pacing are so pleasurable that Set To Sea stands up to multiple reads. It’s a catchy little tune that sounds better with each spin.” – The AV Club
"The book contains very little dialogue, so it’s Weing’s images themselves that do the narrative work. And they’re a singular mix: in the foreground, bright, cartoony figures that look like they’re moonlighting from an E.C. Segar Popeye comic strip; in the background, densely crosshatched, painstakingly detailed seascapes." – NPR
"With hints of The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Popeye and Treasure Island, Weing has created a modern classic in the pirate genre." – School Library Journal
"At times harsh, but always humane, The Lonesome Go hits you like a smack in the face. It’s a graphic novel in the truest sense, meant to be read as much as viewed. It’s a rich, substantial work by an artist and writer who is using the medium of comics to its fullest potential." – Harris Smith,comiXology
Review: "Disfigured hobos lurch from panel to panel into fresh horrors. The vintage hairstyles of the ‘40s, nude bodies, a prescription-pill driven freak-out climaxing in much vomit: whatever he draws, Lane’s heavily shadowed style is always a marvel. The nighttime scenes – which are most of them – rise from seas of black ink." – Bryon Kerman,St. Louis Magazine
Review: "This new book is a continuation of the types of themes and characters Lane first explored there: drifters, hobos, Americana, automobilia, early rock and roll and more. The narratives pay homage to the Beats, Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits, among others." – Seth Peagler, Heroes Online
"This book is terse and powerful in a way that would make Emily Dickinson green with envy. Never saying more than he needs to, Shaw does a commendable job showing us the story in "Doctors."" – Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
Review: "…what fascinates the Two Guys the most is the very premise of Doctors. It's a narrative that raises some profound questions, and it's one that might even work well in other media, such as adapted for television." – Comics Alternative Podcast Episode #102
"Every page is beautiful. Every joke is funny. Every character is a complete asshole. The book itself is a nice chunky hardcover with some good heft and a cover design that is made to resemble a DVD box set of a TV show." – Nick Gazin, VICE
"Fantagraphics has done such an excellent job with The Carl Barks Library that this is hardly the ideal format for adults to experience these very same stories, but it is a pretty ideal companion format: Cheaper, more portable and more convenient, it offers an excellent introduction to some of the great stories of one of the greatest cartoonists." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal
Interview:Ed Piskor speaks with amNY about his best-selling series, Hip Hop Family Tree: "I want to make a comic that hip-hop people will read and then maybe give comic books a shot if it's not a normal portion of your pop culture diet."
A double dose of Donald Duck! Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes and Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn make up this special boxed set of two of our most popular Donald Duck albums exquisitely re-presenting the Duck stories of Carl Barks, one of the most brilliant cartoonists of the 20th century. The title story of Lost in the Andes features the Ducks' memorable quest to South America in search of rare "square eggs" and Trail of the Unicorn's title tale is a trek to the Himalayas to find that fabled mythical creature. Handsomely presented in a stunningly beautiful and colorful box set at a special price that even Uncle Scrooge would approve.
With its lightly textured cover and interior pages filled with Olivier Schrauwen's unique artwork, flipping through an advance copy of Arsène Schrauwen is both a tactile experience and visual treat. This first look shows just how varied the illustrations can be from page to page—and yet, it all ties together in a cogent, if surreal, biographical account of the artist's grandfather.
Make your way to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this weekend for two of the liveliest events of the year. On Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM we host Danny Bland in conversation with noted Northwest novelist Jonathan Evison. They'll discuss Bland's new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do featuring calligraphy by Exene Cervenka of X and photographs by Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs. Look for an engaging dialogue from these unlikely literary luminaries, followed by a reading, book signing, and reception.
This Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, we welcome an incredible crew of gifted cartoonists from Australia, Canada, and the United States. Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle make the final stop of their phenomenally successful North American book tour. They'll be joined by Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte for one of the most colorful comix affairs in recent memory. This event coincides with the always-entertaining Georgetown Art Attack.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
"Peanuts was, is, and will continue to be the finest comic in the world. Bravo." – Ray Bradbury
"The daily black-and-white comics were great but the full-color Sunday strips gave Schulz a big, beautiful canvas to let his expert pacing and amazing linework breathe in a rainbow of color…it’s really the entire mix of characters …and their mix of adult prickliness and childlike naiveté that made Charles Schulz’s iconic comics strips so timeless." – Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
I want to direct you all to THIS. Last Gasp is the only vital, surviving publisher of the original underground comix movement, truly living up to its name. They're also the last meaningful, independent distributor of just about every great non-mainsteam comic (plus lots more) you've ever read. This is no coincidence. You couldn't write a book about American counterculture without Gasp's founder "Baba" Ron Turner figuring prominently. Well, you could, but it would be a lame book. Last Gasp is at the vanguard of promoting, selling and publishing books that aren't lame, and has been doing so now for something like 45 years. Gasp has been a huge advocate for Fantagraphics over the years. I feel a deep respect, love and debt for what Ron, his son Colin, and the rest of the staff do. Please consider lending your support.
Just this weekend, I was working the Fantagraphics' tables at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. On Sunday, Ron, always the gentleman, came over to me to say hi and catch up. When he found out I was working the show solo, he insisted on getting someone from the Last Gasp staff to help me. I kindly assured him I was fine, but he wasn't giving up without a fight. I don't think he ever does. So you must know that if he's asking for help, he really needs it. Support Last Gasp.
[Photo of Ron behind the Fanta booth at APE 2014, taken by Marc Arsenault]
Nothing will get me off my lazy Flog! butt than the convergence of my two favorite things: comics and beer. Dave Eiffert is the President and General Manager of Snoqualmie Falls Brewing , located just east of Fantagraphics' home of Seattle. Snoqualmie Falls is famous for being used as a locale in Twin Peaks, but the brewery is increasingly what beer lovers like myself associate the locale with. Eiffert grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late '60s and early '70s, where he was exposed to Bill Griffith ’s comic strip Zippy the Pinhead . He's been reading the strip and buying Zippy books ever since (did I mention we publish all of those ?), so it was probably inevitable that he would approach Bill about a Zippy-themed beer. Bill loved the idea and here's the result: Zippy Lemon Ale!
I haven't had a chance to try one yet, but I'm eager to. Eiffert explains that, "We made this one a mild 25 IBUs, and started with a clear high gravity wheat grist beer made with an Abbey yeast strain and Czech Saaz hops before we dose it with the lemon juice. It is a great refresher for Indian Summer, and there’s no need to slice up some poor defenseless lemon."
Here's pic from Bill himself, with Zippy Lemon Ale next to some other kindred "spirits":