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Aces High by George Evans - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 18 Sep 2014 8:00 AM

Aces High by George Evans, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein - Cover

EC Comics fans, rest easy! Here is the cover art for the next book in our highly regarded EC Comics Library series, Aces High. In this eleventh volume, we highlight cartoonist George Evans and his spectacular aviation-themed artwork, along with plenty of his crime and horror stories, written by himself, Harvey KurtzmanAl Feldstein, et al.

More previews of Evans' high flying tales of derring-do to come, but you can go ahead and pre-order your copy now.

In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala - Photo/Video Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Richard SalapreviewsComing Attractions 17 Sep 2014 1:00 PM

In a Glass Grotesquely
by Richard Sala

136-page color 7" x 7" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-797-0

Ships in: November 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

A suite of related short mysteries and thrills, all depicted in Sala's trademark colorful watercolor washes and sharp, detailed line-work. Rising from the crumbling pages of some forgotten (and nonexistent) pulp magazine comes the diabolical villain Super-Enigmatix. Following in the bloody footsteps of master criminals such as Fantomas, Fu Manchu, or Professor Moriarty, Super-Enigmatix is ruthless, cunning, and thoroughly evil. His only goal is to spread fear and cause chaos — but does he want to destroy civilization, or save it? Not even his loyal army of female commandos can guess his real motives, or his true identity. Will he fall at the hands of the unhinged music professor turned homicidal fiend who calls himself Phantasmiac? Or Quadrummando, the Undead Shaman? And who is the Cardinal?

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Weekly OCD 9.17.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonSimon HanselmannShimura TakakoOCDMark FertigEleanor DavisEd PiskorDrew Friedman 17 Sep 2014 12:30 PM

This week's bone-crunchingly, lip-smackingly tasty platter of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman - CoverReview: Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman

"Shirt-sleeves rolled up, bent over drawing boards, puffing on cigarettes, the heroes of the remarkable artist Drew Friedman’s new book aren’t super ones, they’re the (mostly) guys who created Batman, Spider-Man, Plastic Man, and many others." – Ken Tucker, Playboy

Interview: Gil Roth interviews Drew Friedman and Sara Lippmann in his podcast.

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor - Cover Review: Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor

"Every name comes with a face attached, and Piskor’s nimble, deceptively goofy artwork imbues those faces with emotional life — hope, enthusiasm, fuming rage, determination." – Alex Pappademas, Grantland

"Using his compelling artistry — which builds on Mr. Piskor’s love of superhero comic artists as well as famed independent artists like Robert Crumb — he shows us how characters like Fab Five Freddy, a graffiti artist who early on sees the links between hip-hop, break-dancing and graffiti, and helps foster hip-hop’s growth." – Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh News

"Combining two decidedly-American art forms: the comic book and hip-hop into one cohesive work seems like a no-brainer. Maybe it just took a cartoonist as passionate and talented as Piskor to pull it off." – Louie Pearlman, REBEAT

Interview: Hillary Brown over at Paste Magazine chats with Ed Piskor.

Interview: Comics Alternative's 100th podcast episode features Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2.

Interview: On their podcast, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," BoingBoing sits down with Ed Piskor and Tom Scioli to talk about being professional comic book artists.

 

Megahex by Simon HanselmannInterview: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

"Simon Hanselmann is the prolific artist behind the sensational Megg and Mogg. The series has taken off, with much of his work now translated into French and Spanish, and more languages under way." – Sophie Yanow, The Comics Journal

 

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura TakakoReview: Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako

"The realism and authenticity of the characterization in Wandering Son is one of the manga’s greatest strengths." – Ash Brown, Experiments in Manga

 

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s by Mark FertigReview: Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s by Mark Fertig

"Fertig pays appropriate and articulate tribute to these films in his introduction and summarizes the appeal of each one in tightly-written tributes at the back of the book. This would make a great gift for any movie lover." – Leonard Maltin, IndieWire

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor DavisInterview: How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"In this [podcast] episode, Thien and Rina talk to amazing cartoonist and illustrator, Eleanor Davis about her new book How to Be Happy." – Rina Ayuyang and Thien Pham, Comix Claptrap

 

Norwalk, CT: The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Jim Floraeventsart showsart 17 Sep 2014 10:30 AM

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Friday, September 19

Silvermine Arts Center of Norwalk, CT is hosting a month long art exhibit that is all about that funky art of Jim Flora. An opening reception is scheduled for September 19th, from 6-8 pm to celebrate and groove to the iconic jazz inspired pieces. Currated by the co-archivist of the Jim Flora collection, Irwin Chusid has included some never seen before original paintings, woodblock carvings and intaglios. 

The exhibit, The Mischievious Art of Jim Flora: A Fine Art Retrospective will run from September 20 - November 2. But if you can't make it out to Connecticut (though you really should; the leaves are changing colors and I hear it's just GORGEOUS this time of year), you can always pick up a copy of The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, co-edited by the show's currator!

The now out of print collection, The Mischievious Art of Jim Flora will get new life in this lively art show! 

Cochlea & Eustachia - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHans RickheitComing Attractions 17 Sep 2014 9:00 AM

Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit - Cover

Fresh from the gothic-surreal mind that brought us The Squirrel Machine, Cochlea & Eustachia collects artist Hans Rickheit's newest mindbending, beautifully cryptic work.

Two scantily-dressed twin girls explore the shabby, labyrinthic Victorian mansion that appears to be their home, making mischief with the house's other denizens and prying deep into the myriad mysteries that seem to occupy every crook and nanny of this strange building.

Stay tuned for upcoming previews for this haunting, surreal book. We're almost-but-not-quite ready to start taking pre-orders, but will let you know as soon as the presale goes up.

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful by Don Rosa - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Don RosaDisneyComing Attractions 16 Sep 2014 5:00 PM

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful by Don Rosa - Cover

Hot on the tail of our first, recently released Don Rosa Library book, here is the cover for Volume 2: Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful, filled with another dozen or so tales spun by the great Don Rosa. In the titular story—and a direct nod to Carl Barks's Lost in the AndesRosa takes us back to the angular world of Plain Awful, where square chickens hatch square eggs, and round objects are the single worst sacrilege imaginable.

Pre-order the book now for a November delivery, and stay tuned for more previews to come!

This Week in Fanta Events: 9/16-9/22
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Simon HanselmannS Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzMegahexJesse ReklawJacques BoyreauFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEleanor DavisChris WrightCharles Burnsart 16 Sep 2014 2:32 PM

wild boys

Tuesday, September 16

  • Philadelphia, PA: The Wild Boyz Tour is wildin out in Philly tonight with a signing at Locust Moon Comics. In addition to Hanselmann, Deforge, and Kyle, they will be joined by Annie Mok, Noel Freibert, and Portland extraordinaire, Farel Dalrymple. This signing begins at 7 pm, but the good times continue the next day (17th) at LAVA Space when everyone magically turns into musicians! (More Details)
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Friday, September 19
  • Seattle, WA: The highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed books, The Hive and X'ed Out, is finally being released and long time friend-of-Fanta and author, Charles Burns will be back in Seattle at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 6-8 pm to drop his new baby, Sugar Skull. Come party at the best bookstore in the business! (More Details)
  • Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration and exploration of exploitative art and images in cinema. Currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash, the exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater; tonight's film is the sci-fi adaption of The Omega Man, featuring everyone's favorite gun slinger, Charlton Heston. (More Details)
wilson signing
Saturday, September 20
  • San Francisco, CA: The community around Mission Comics and Art is in a for a special night with the indelible S. Clay Wilson, and respected author and historian, Patrick Rosenkranz. This Saturday from 2-5 pm they'll be in store signing copies of Pirates in the Heartland, the first restrospective volume that collects his work and examines the impact that S. Clay Wilson has had in the underground comic scene and beyond. (More Details)
  • Brooklyn, NY: No sleep till the next leg of our Fantagraphics tour, which just happens to be in Brooklyn! 8 pm, at the beautiful Bergen Street Comics, the whole gang is getting together to sign books and be merry. The gang for this stretch includes: Eleanor Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Simon Hanselmann as well as Michael Defore, Patrick Kyle, Matthew Thurber, and Alex Degen. That's a lot of people hanging out at one store, at one time. And you can be one of them! (More Details
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Sunday, September 21
  • Brooklyn, NY: If you're skipping church this morning it better be because you're headed to the Brooklyn Book Fest at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, running from 10-6 pm! There is a slew of great vendors attending, but you'll want to hit up the best of all (us, Fantagraphics) because we'll have the best books and signings in the business! Additionally, there are more amazing panels and book debuts than you can shake a stick at. Catch all the details here
  • Seattle, WA: Something about fall screams psychological thriller, and few do it better than Chris Wright in his seminal book, Blacklung. He, and that gruelling pirateship thrill ride of a book, will be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 3-5 pm. Stop by to get your hands on a great work that will be perfect to read right before you fall asleep! (More Details)
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Monday, September 22
  • Brooklyn, NY: On her whirl-wind tour with the beautiful, inspiring, heartbreaking (and almost sold-out) graphic novel debut, How to Be HappyEleanor Davis will be stopping by indie oasis, Desert Island Comics, to delight and educate audiences with her carefully crafted presentation. Beginning at 7:30 pm, come learn about the relationship between art and the artist, and see what it takes to create a New York Times Bestseller, and stay until 9 to get said Bestseller signed. (More Details)  
Secret Headquarters at MONDO CON
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under jon vermilyeaJaime Hernandezeventsart 16 Sep 2014 1:30 PM
Mondo Con
One of the best parts of Austin, Texas is its extreme love for good art and great design. Whether it's a local band playing, new shirt shop or the annual Flatstock or Mondo, the boutique line from Alamo Drafthouse, there is a lot of good stuff on hand. But NOW the aforementioned Mondo is having its own con! And guess who's going to be there? Our great pals, Secret Headquarters!
Winsor McCay
The Daves and Julie of Secret Headquarters sent us some sweet photos of some of the prints they are carrying including the Winsor McCay print called When Black Death Rode (with a horse face detail).
Winsor McCay
Jaime Hernandez shirt, print and one beautiful Jon Vermilyea patch. You can check out their other goods on the site OR just hustle on over to Mondo Con this Saturday and Sunday! 
Ape Sex print
If anything is left over they will be put online in the near future, so by Satan's cloven hoof SHQ better only sell 99 of those pizza patches.

Pizza patches
Marchesa Hall and Theater
6406 N I H 35 # 3100
Austin, TX 78752











Brooklyn: Eleanor Davis at Desert Island
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor Davis 16 Sep 2014 11:05 AM
How to Be Happy
Monday, Monday, Monday! Eleanor Davis is giving her LAST performance of the How to Be Happy tour at Brooklyn comic shop, Desert Island, 7-9m. You may have gotten your book signed at Brooklyn Book Festival but you haven't L I V E D until you've seen Eleanor give her talk on the relationship of art and the artist. 

How to be Happy Eleanor Davis 
How to Be Happy is a New York Times Best Selling book that we are already reprinting! Here's what some critics have recently said about Eleanor's fine work:
 
"...her stories often feature tremendous longing and sadness, but they also lushly suggest what a blessing it is to be alive and in the world. She presents, in short, a more realistic picture of what it means to be a human, with our ever-present mind/body tug-of-war, than almost anyone else out there making art." - Hillary Brown, BoingBoing 

"That's Davis' sensibility. In her roundabout way, she dramatizes not the prospect of happiness, but the promise of it. Her natural territory is found in all the funny and tragic effects of that promise." - Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

So get in a cab or in the subway car and head to Desert Island Comics, they've got that fancy new Jim Woodring sign! 
Desert Island Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211









Fantagraphics at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannJesse ReklawEleanor Davis 16 Sep 2014 10:45 AM

BBF Logo
This September we are stepping out in Brooklyn! The Brooklyn Book Festival is an annual meeting of minds, blue-stockings and page-turners, this year secheduled on Sunday, September 21st from 10am-6pm. We've got three AH-MAZING cartoonists signing this year at Brooklyn Burrough Hall (209 Joralemon St.), Eleanor Davis with How to Be Happy, Simon Hanselmann with Megahex and Jesse Reklaw with Couch Tag. Jacq Cohen will be womanning the table so come on by!Brooklyn Book Fest

Sunday Signing Schedule
10am-1pm Eleanor Davis
2pm-4pm  Simon Hanselmann
4pm-6pm  Jesse Reklaw

The Panels, please note the different addresses

1:00 P.M. Sex, Drugs, Dysfunctional Families--Plus Witches!Hilarious stories from the alt-comics universe, from leading-edge indie artists you love to read online (or to find as beloved mini comics passed creator-to-fan), and you can't miss on stage: Julia Wertz (Museum of Mistakes), Simon Hanselmann (MegaHex)--all the way from Australia--and Jennifer Cruté (Jennifer's Journal). Featuring screen projection. 
BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (128 Pierrepont Street)

3:00 P.M. Virtuosos: Comics Creators that Defy Classification.Award-winning artists Charles Burns (Sugar Skull), Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) and Paul Pope (Battling Boy and Escapo) are some of the most exciting creators on the scene today, helping to define indie, literary comics while also defying genre classification. Join them to talk about how they orchestrate their art. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Guernica Magazine.  ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE AUDITORIUM (180 Remsen Street) 

Debuts 

Megahex Megahex by Simon Hanselmann -
Follow Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their friend Owl, and Werewolf Jones as they struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other. It's a comedy! This is the first collection of Hanselmann's work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the "classic" Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.
 
In stores now, $29.99
 
 

Bumf!
Bumf Vol.1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Sacco has long been known and praised for his work in comics journalism, with such titles as Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer garnering widespread acclaim in The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Now, Sacco is returning to his satirist and underground cartoonist rootsThe acclaimed cartoonist returns to his underground roots, indulging his love of satire and cartooning in this free-wheeling one-man anthology that Sacco promises "will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do."
 
In stores November, $24.99.
 
 
 

hiphop2 Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor - Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop makes its big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. While many performers use flamboyant personas to stand out from the audience, a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy, with cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)!
 
In stores now, $27.99. 
 


boxset
 
Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set Vol. 1: 1975-1983 by Ed Piskor  - To celebrate the critical success of the first two volumes of Piskor's unprecedented history of Hip Hop, we are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. Also included is the box set exclusive 24-page comic Hip Hop Family Tree #300, Piskor's elegant reflection on the ‘90s confluence of hip hop and comics, told in a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to that era's Image comics.
 
In stores November, $59.99.  
 
 
 
 

The Lonesome Go The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You'll witness a young man's dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern "Hoovervilles"

In stores October, $39.99 

Heroes of the Comics
Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman - Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits and essays lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman. Heroes includes the full spectrum of American comics pioneers and legends of the ‘30s to the ‘50s: publishers, editors, and artists like Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Bill Gaines, and more. It's a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America's greatest living portrait artist!"
 
In stores now, $34.99  
 

Jim Jim by Jim Woodring - Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work - comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings all centered around Woodring's cartoon alter ego. This fictional doppelganger has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are commonplace. Collected here for the first time, Jim is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.
 
In stores now, $29.99.
 
 
Gast Gast by Carol Swain - In rural Wales, Helen, an amateur bird watcher, investigates the apparent suicide of a "rare bird" named Emrys. Her attempt to learn more about Emrys turns into a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a hard-fought reconciliation with the world - as it is. Helen's inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences. A philosophically mature vision, uniquely executed by an artist wholly in control of her craft, Swain touches on issues of identity, transgenderism and isolation.
 
In Stores now, $22.99 
 


An Age of LicenseAn Age of License by Lucy Knisley - An Age of License is Lucy Knisley's (French Milk, Relish) comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) tour of Europe and Scandinavia. Featuring her hallmark mouth-watering drawings and descriptions of food, Knisley's experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries - about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life - that many young adults will relate to. It's is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan.
 
 
 
In Stores now, $19.99 
 
 
Waiting for the Great PumpkinWaiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz - Linus and his wait for the Great Pumpkin have been a pop culture touchstone for nearly 50 years thanks to the animated television special ("I got a rock"), and it all started in the classic Peanuts strips from 1959-1962 collected in this affordable, fun-sized gift book.
 
 
 
 In Stores now, $9.99

Family Tour
Some associated events include SATURDAY NIGHT before BBF when Bergen Street Comics is hosting a Bookend Event on September 20th at 8pm. It features aforementioned Fantagraphics' talents like Simon Hanselmann, Eleanor Davis and Jesse Reklaw, in addition, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle (Koyama Press) will be there as well as Alex Degen and Matthew Thurber. Unfortunately, we just got word that Mark Connery cannot attend but everyone will sign HARD in his stead. 

And Monday night at Desert Island, Eleanor will also be signing copies of How to Be Happy. So stop on any or ALL of the events for some Simon, Jesse, Eleanor love!

Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201