Happy Monday, everyone! Here's a real treat to start off the week right: our first look at the advance copies of Sweatshop, the newly collected story by Peter Bagge that was originally published as a six-issue series in 2003.
This firmly tongue-in-cheek story of a terrible cartoonist with a small contigent of studio assistants that tremble in fear of his passing shadow is a hilarious situational comedy featuring guest artwork from some star cartoonists, including Stephen DeStefano, Johnny Ryan, and Jim Blanchard.
L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors" — brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds — and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.
Have you finally recovered from your tryptophan-induced coma this weekend? Better shake off that lethargy quick, 'cause today is the LAST day of our epic, four-day weekend web sale! The Black Cyber Business Weekend Sale ends at 11:59 PM PST, so there's still time to grab some books at a sweet 30% off for holiday gifting (with a few box sets still available for 40% off!).
Given the recent holiday, we are happy to highlight some employees we are most thankful to have joined Team Fanta this year. They'ved added much to the hivemind. May I introduce (or reintroduce) Marc J. Palm, local cartoonist and manning one of the customer service desks like you wouldn't be-lieve. If you've been in Seattle for a bit, you've no doubt seen a Marc Palm art show or perhaps some of his art advertising a Scarecrew Video show.
1-What other jobs/experiences have you had in comics? I've never worked professionally in comics until now I suppose. Although I've been self-publishing zines and mini comics for 20 years. With that I've done a very small amount of distribution and festival tabling.
2- What was the first comic you read? It was probably Garfield in the papers. But the first comic I think I owned was a super oversized coloring book version of a Spider-man comic from the 80's with Doc Ock.
3 - What was the first comic that made you want to write, react, something? I cannot think of a single comic that was a catalyst. Ever since I saw comics in general, I liked the comic format and wanted to make comics. They just make the most sense to me. Word books are not as exciting for someone as visual as I am and animation can be so limited in the quality of the artwork.
4- What can you recommend to Fanta readers? It's so easy to be overwhelmed by the amount and variety of comics available. I'd say, just follow your eyes and ears. If something looks cool to you or sounds like it has things that interests you, check it out. I explore organically. I like recommendations, but I figure if it's really for me we'll cross paths sooner or later and those times are when I'll appreciate it the most. Don't be pressured to read something you're not into. You cannot force yourself to enjoy something you are not ready for.
5- Weirdest Fanta experience so far? Weirdest time is when I first visited the Fanta office back in 2002? After my friend and I figured out which house it was, I got up the nerve to go and visit the next day. I had asked my friend if I should bring beer or cookies or something. He said "no". So I didn't. I dared to knock on the front door and I walked in after hearing a muffled "come in". Gary was at a desk in the front room and there was another desk next to the door.
Everyone looked at me like "who the hell are you?" I awkwardly said some stuff about how I was a fan and new to the city. Gary told me, "Well, there's no tour or anything". I asked about work and they said that maybe there was something at the warehouse. Years later at SPX, I told Gary the story and he said that if I would have brought beer I would have gotten the tour. AH!! I knew it!
6-Your favorite way to wind down? Drawing is of course the best thing for that. I cannot escape more than when I do draw. But, I'm a real simple Seattle guy, so I like to rent a movie fromScarecrow Video, drink cheap beer and smoke pot.
(Marc, right most, drawing with Eric Reynolds, Max Clotfelter, James Stanton, Simon Hanselmann and more)
7- Your favorite drink? drip coffee with a little cream
8-What projects do you have ahead of you outside of your job? I'm the organizer of the INTRUDER comics newpaperhere in Seattle. So, I'm either working on my comic for the next issue, waiting for contributors to send me work or plotting our next release party.
9-What's the best part of comic conventions? I'll go to cons with expectations to sell stuff, but that's not really the important part. It's more communal for me. It can be like going to a family reunion and seeing what everyone has been up to over the last year. It's also nice to meet folks in person that I've only known virtually or only through their work.
10-What's your favorite place in Seattle for food or public place? I like cheap eats and comfy places. I enjoy Cafe Racerbest. They've got food, beer and coffee. It's got a great multi level/room layout. There's a big table for groups to meet or draw at. It's just so lived in and full of interesting things that I feel at home.
The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce that artist Sue Coe (of Sheep of Foolsand Blab!) is a recipient for the 2015 WCA Lifetime Achievement Award along with Kiki Smith, and Martha Wilson. The WCA will celebrate the honorees and their accomplishments at an awards ceremony and gala at the New York Institute of Technology on February 12, 2015.
The awards celebration will take place on Thursday February 12, 2015 at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium (NYIT) at 1871 Broadway, New York, NY. The Gala kicks off with a ticketed cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7pm. The ticketed reception will include dinner, an open bar, and the opportunity to congratulate the awardees. The Awards Ceremony (free and open to the public) will take place from 7:30-9pm and a coffee and dessert reception will follow from 9-10pm. The celebration is held during the annual Women's Caucus for Art and College Art Association conferences.
The Women's Caucus for Art's mission is to build a legacy for women in the arts. For over 40 years, the WCA has honored and celebrated women in the visual arts with the Lifetime Achievement Awards. The LTA is one on the most prestigious awards for women in the visual arts and the benchmark of WCA's legacy initiatives.
Past honorees have represented the full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts professions. This year's awardees are no exception, with considerable accomplishment, achievement, and contributions to the visual arts represented by their professional efforts. Find out more information and purchase tickets on the WCA website today.
This turkey-filled holiday season, we at Fantagraphics would like to treat all of our dedicated, loyal, and sometimes-rabid fans to a full weekend sale. None o' that one-day, trampling-your-nephew-on-the-way-to-your-computer nonsense.
Starting Friday, November 28th at 12:00am, we are putting almost all of our 2014 releases—including current pre-orders—up for sale at 30% off.
However, our special signed edition of The Complete Zap Comix, limited to 250 copies and containing giclée prints signed by five of the ZAP artists, will be discounted by 10%, this weekend only! Look a little deeper, and you'll even find a few gift box sets and bundled gift sets of books are marked at 40% off!
So enjoy your turkey this Thursday, relax and digest easily knowing you won't need to claw your way to any computers come Monday to reach our sale. We'll be here for you, all weekend long. We, however, cannot guarantee that all the books will be received in time for Xmas Celebrations.
Here's a recap of some of the beautiful books we published this year:
Wilfred Santiago hits it outta the park with 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, and we brought it back in softcover this year for an even more affordable format in which to enjoy Santiago's gorgeous artwork and storytelling.
More goodness coming in from abroad, including Vols. 6 and 7 of Shimura Takako's critically acclaimed Wandering Son, a deluxe boxset collecting Jacques Tardi's Goddamn This War! and It Was the War of the Trenches, Olivier Schrauwen's surreal biography Arsène Schrauwen, and Spanish cartoonist Max's Vapor, and Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph.
Now soaring through the air waves and wifi networks to land safely on your digital reading device is ACES HIGH illustrated and some written by George Evans. This EC Comics Library is filled from wing tip to landing equipment with aviation war stories, including the titular comic of the same name, now available digitally thanks to comiXology. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother's Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever." Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
With 210 pages of adventure, this $22.99 collection of masterwork comics with thrill you. The perfect digital comics for EC fans and WWI enthusiasts during the centennial of the Great War.
"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans... These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn't treat readers as naive or ignorant." - The Los Angeles Times
"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." - Al Feldstein
New York, NY - The KGB Bar & Lit Journal of NYC is an institution, just ask any literary arts lover or writer. Serving the community by hosting free readings almost every night of the week, showcasing the talents of poets, fiction authors, non-fiction authors, and on very very very special occassion, graphic novelists. For this year's Annual Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novelist Night KGB is welcoming two other NYC institutions, Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger, creators of their new book, The Late Child and Other Animals.
Piecing together the narrative of her life, and that of her mother's in The Late Child, Marguerite Van Cook writes a generational biography that reflects the past, present and future in every story; this book is definitely required reading. Van Cook and Romberger will be joined at KGB by a handful of other artists including Karen Katz, Jon Allen, and Seattle native Laura Knetzger. Gives thanks this Sunday to the almighty Comix Spirit, that we may continue to be blessed with books such as these, that can be enjoyed at places like KGB.
Next Saturday, December 6th with the crisp air at your heels, warm yourself in the light of the Fantagrapahics Bookstore as two cartoonists present their modern comics. Neo-noir cartoonistTim Lane and prolific self-publishing cartoonist Eroyn Franklin will fill the dark night with their tales of trouble and woe from 7pm on at the bookstore in Georgetown.
The event is also the Marathon II closing party! This is your last chance to ogle the curated work of Short Run Comix and Arts Festival exhibitors including John Porcellino, Pam Wishbow, Josh Simmons, MariNaomi, Ed Piskor, and Tom Neely.
Alternative cartoonist and illustratorTim Lane resides in St. Louis, a bleak urban landscape that provides the backdrop for his austere suspense stories. Inspired by midcentury film noir, pulp adventure, and early EC crime comics, Lane constructs unflinching narratives with a seductively stark rendering technique. His acclaimed anthology, Abandoned Cars from Fantagraphics Books, is now available in trade paperback editions. Lane will present his latest collection of new American mythology, The Lonesome Go.
Eroyn Franklin is a Seattle-based comics artist, illustrator, and co-founder of Short Run Comix and Arts Festival. As Short Run's final events come to a close, and everyone wants a little more comics culture, Eroyn will present a sneak preview of her upcoming graphic novel, Dirtbag. The book is filled with ink wash illustrations that evoke a palpable sense of place and cinematic nostalgia. After escaping the monotony of suburban Texas, Eroyn embraces a dirtbag lifestyle fueled by idealism and the search for authenticity in the world of drunks, radicals, and sundry riffraff. She embarks on a lowbrow grand tour - dumpster diving, scamming rides, and squatting her way through Europe. Dirtbag is Eroyn's third graphic novel and is being produced with a CityArtist grant from The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
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The epic, Arthurian adventures of Prince Valiant continue in our tenth volume collecting Hal Foster's timeless comic strip. Volume 10 contains strips from 1955 to 1956, and in this 14-page downloadable excerpt, Prince Val must make his way back to his homeland in Thule from the Misty Isles. With ships full of northerners eager to make the journey home as well, Val sets off, dealing with hostile barbarians, long, grueling portages, and greedy strangers along the way.
Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956 comes ashore in January, and it is available for pre-order right now. Grab your copy now, and be on the lookout for more previews in the upcoming weeks!