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Celebrate 8 Years of Fantagraphics Bookstore With Robert Williams!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Willie and JoeVictor MoscosoSpain RodriguezRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Dec 2014 9:44 AM

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Don't miss the wild party at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday, December 13 as legendary artist Robert Williams unveils the Complete Zap Comix with an exhibition, book signing and reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Join us as we commemorate the 8th anniversary of the bookstore with another memorable holiday gala.

From the time it first appeared in 1968 - peddled from a baby carriage on the streets of San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district - R. Crumb's perversely perceptive observations altered the course of American counterculture. Crumb was soon joined by Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, and Paul Mavrides. The Complete Zap Comix includes all prior issues plus the previously unpublished 17th issue. A limited number of this sold-out set will be available for sale, along with other subversive publications by Zap artists.

This event coincides with the festive holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) just minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Join us again on Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 PM for the Northwest premiere of Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill. This entertaining documentary examines the fascinating career of this influential artist. Williams will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. See you all this weekend.

Sweatshop by Peter Bagge - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeter Bagge 9 Dec 2014 1:00 PM

Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge

152-page full color 6.75" x 10.25" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-812-0

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

Mel Bowling is the unhappy, out-of-touch creator of a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield). He spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work. Sweatshop is a hilarious situational comedy from acclaimed author Peter Bagge (Buddy Does Seattle, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story) that ingeniously incorporates the visual styles of cartoonist guest stars like Stephen DeStefano (Popeye) and Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit) to give voice to Bowling's colorful cast of misfit, aspiring cartoonists (plus a cameo by Neil Gaiman!), all attempting to make it big like their boss, but on their own terms. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 that was never collected, this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation.

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Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesJacques Tardi 9 Dec 2014 10:10 AM

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
by Jacques Tardi; adapted from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and translated by Doug Headline

104-page black & white 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-620-1

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/runlikecrazy

Seattle Indie Press Holiday Book Bazaar
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 8 Dec 2014 3:42 PM

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Saturday, December 13th

Seattle, WA - Seattle.Loves.Books. We love books so much that we have convened a special committee called the Seattle City of Literature that is working towards our current bid to be deemed a UNESCO City of Literature, where we will all recieve crowns and dominion over libraries. But until that day, you can reign over your local bookstore and help us celebrate all the amazing independent publishers that call Seattle home by stoping by the University Bookstore for the first ever Holiday Book Bazaar.

Fantagraphics will be joined by Copper Canyon Press, Chin Music Press, Wave Books, The Mountaineers Books, and The University of Washington Press, and we're all getting full-on holiday spirit this Saturday in the U-District. In addition to publisher specific tables set up throughout the store being wo/manned to give you personalized gift recommendations, there is the following: sweet treats, delicious drinks, gorgeous gift wraping, and righteous raffles. Seattle City of Literature sponsors will also be on hand to discuss and answer questions about why being a city of gormandizing readers is good for everyone.

And we're bringing our own special guest, Peter Bagge! He'll be signing books are giving a visual reading from Buddy Buys a Dump at 1:30 pm

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No last minute gifts here; get the best funny pages for your favorite reader this Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the University Bookstore. It's FREEStranger Suggested, and snacks.

 

Fantagraphics LIVE on Google Play
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannRichard SalaLucy KnisleyJaime HernandezJacques BoyreauGilbert HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorDrew Weingdigital comics 8 Dec 2014 3:18 PM
Hip Hop Family TreeFantagraphics is happy to announce that Google Play is our latest digital comics venue. Google Play is now showcasing some of our finest in art books, previously not available digitally, as well as some of our 2014 comic releases for your digital reading devices at a discount as well. 
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Never before released digitally from the genius, sick and twisted mind of Jacques Boyreau comes SupertrashSexyTime and Portable Grindhouse. Supertrash, mutagenic sequel to Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters (2002, Chronicle), the book that became a prophecy of the lasting influence of grindhouse and a model describing the shared evolution between art and trash. SexyTime: The Post-Porn Rise of the Pornoisseur is a fun romp through pre-digital 70s porn posters for the informed. The long sold-out Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box reprints some of the most louche, decadent, minimo-pervo artwork to ever grace a VHS box, featuring such movies as From Beyond, Penitentiary II, Beast of the Yellow Night, Cop Killers, Bay of Blood, Escape from Death Row, and Cocaine Wars.
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Sexy time  Portable Grindhouse
In addition to these fine, almost and definitely out of print art books, we have some of our latest comic releases like Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1 by Ed Piskor, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (both above), Set to Sea by Drew WeingAn Age of License by Lucy Knisley and the devastating new Richard Sala tale, In a Glass Grotesquely.  
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Looking for Megahex by Simon Hanselmann? It's all here as well along with our flagship classics Love and Rockets: Heartbreak Soup by Gilbert Hernandez and Love and Rockets: Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez
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Keep your eyes peeled for new releases and backlist to be added, any book page on our site with this fancy dandy button will take you directly to the book page to purchase the digital version of your favorite comics, novels and art books from Fantagraphics.
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Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJohnny RyanComing Attractions 8 Dec 2014 3:05 PM

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Cover

Any fan of cartoonist Johnny Ryan's work knows how understated and reserved he is. The truly refined nature of his comics deserves an equally classy cover design, and we think that our talented designer Keeli has outdone herself in creating a cover worthy of such stature. 

Angry Youth Comix collects all fourteen issues of Ryan's series-of-the-same-name, as well as all the covers and letters pages, into one 424-page volume of absurdist, taboo-tackling humor! Although it's not out until February 2015, you can place your pre-order now.

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsGuy ColwellComing Attractions 8 Dec 2014 11:50 AM

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Cover

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Inside Page

Our volume of Guy Colwell's collected work has arrived in our office! Interspersed with commentary by Patrick Rosenkranz and filled with stories of radical activism, inner city life, racial tension, and—as one of our office staff noted—"a whole lot of fucking," Inner City Romance will likely make you uncomfortable while keeping you mesmerized page after page.

In addition to every issue of Colwell's Inner City Romance series, this volume has a personal essay by the author, many contextual essays by Rosenkranz to introduce each issue, and full color examples of the paintings Colwell produced in the same era.

You won't want to miss adding this book to your underground comix collection, so make sure to grab it while it's on pre-sale!

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 8 Dec 2014 10:00 AM

"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." – Los Angeles Magazine

"There's no denying that Beto's comics reflect one of the highest peaks the comics medium has yet achieved." – The A.V. Club

"To lovers of alternative comics, Hernandez is something of a saint…" – The Telegraph

"In a real world, not the screwed-up world we have now, [Gilbert Hernandez] would be considered one of the greatest American storytellers. It's so hard to do funny, tragic, local and epic, and he does all simultaneously, and with great aplomb." – Junot Diaz

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia
by Gilbert Hernandez

256-page black & white 7.25” x 10.25” softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-806-9

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/ofelia

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Los Bros Hernandez - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 8 Dec 2014 7:30 AM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Los Bros Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-770-3

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

The seventh annual volume of Love and Rockets: New Stories, the most important and enduring alternative comics series in the history of the medium, finds Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez writing and drawing at the top of their game. In Jaime's stories, Maggie and Hopey take a road trip and much-needed break from their humdrum domestic lives and travel to visit a "sick friend." And, when the cat's away, Ray visits some old sick friends of his own. Plus Tonta's nutty family! Gilbert offers a veritable suite of stories, including "The Magic Voyage of Aladdin," a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Morgan Le Fey (Fritz) teams up with Aladdin to stop the evil Circle from obtaining the magic lamp; "The Golem Suit," a WWII sci-fi thriller starring "Killer"; and "Daughters and Mothers and Daughters," in which flashbacks to Luba's mother Maria reveal how ugly secrets of the past affect their family today.

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Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPatrick RosenkranzGuy ColwellComing Attractions 5 Dec 2014 11:15 AM

Inner City Romance collects every issue of the underground comix series drawn by artist Guy Colwell in the '70s, and in previewing this book, we found some of the parallels with our country's current socio-political climate to be a little too close for comfort.

The 18-page, 4.6 MB downloadable excerpt we've got for you today features the full introduction by comics historian and journalist, Patrick Rosenkranz, followed by the first five pages of Inner City Romance #1.

Pre-order your copy of this book now for a February 2015 delivery!

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Cover