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Inner City Romance at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Valentine's Day
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Guy ColwellFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 27 Jan 2015 2:28 PM

Guy Colwell's comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to commemorate the new anthology of this provocative work with an exhibition of original drawings, paintings, and prints opening Saturday, February 14 (on Valentine's Day, appropriately enough.)

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Oakland native Colwell distinguished himself from the dominant themes of the period's underground comix movement by rendering in explicit detail the crime, poverty, death and desperation of his inner city protagonists. His approach is at once alluring and grotesque. As Matt Gonzalez observes in Juxtapoz magazine, "Colwell's art is motivated by two primary sentiments: first, a deep political strain meant to expose and offer commentary on political, economic, and racial disparities that exist in our society, and second, an awareness of man's uncomfortable relationship with nature and sexuality." His comix, drawings, and paintings examine similar themes.

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Join us on Saturday, February 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM as we present the work of this accomplished artist. This event coincides with the 7th anniversary celebration of the Georgetown Art Attack featuring romantic visual and performing arts presentations throughout the enchanting industrial district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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Guy Colwell: Inner City Romance
Opening Saturday, February 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through March 11, 2015
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




In Solidarity: January 27
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  27 Jan 2015 11:55 AM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

In SolidarityArnold Roth

Now in Stock - Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 26 Jan 2015 4:15 PM

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

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

256-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-806-9

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In Ofelia, the sisters, the kids, and the cousins are all settled comfortably in California after leaving Palomar in Luba and Her Family. Luba and her cousin Ofelia’s relationship has always been fraught, but when Ofelia threatens to write a book about Luba, past memories, secrets, resentments, and pain resurface. Meanwhile, Luba’s children—genius Socorro, recently out-and-proud Doralís, and prickly Maricela—show that a talent for trouble may be hereditary. Luba’s sisters, Fritz and Petra, swap lovers (as usual), but…are Fritz and family friend Pipo sittin’ in a tree? These vividly drawn characters are charged with Hernandez’s trademark complexity; they live, love, age, fight— and die—in this sweeping, multigenerational saga.

Now in Stock: Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Noah Van Scivernew releases 26 Jan 2015 3:45 PM

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Saint Cole
by Noah Van Sciver

116-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-817-5

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Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. Especially when Nicole invites her troubled mother, Angela, to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again. Joe reacts to this development by further retreating into alcohol. He thinks he loves Nicole but resents her at the same time. They probably wouldn't still be with each other if she hadn't become pregnant. Joe wants out. He's angry. He's in a position to act rashly. And he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his critically acclaimed debut graphic novel biography of Abraham Lincoln (The Hypo), yet upon closer reflection, it continues Van Sciver’s interest in pathos and the human condition.

Now in Stock: Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesGuy Colwell 26 Jan 2015 3:15 PM

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Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

200-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-813-7

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Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance tread new territory for underground comix, filled with stories about prison, black culture, ghetto life, the sex trade, and radical activism. It portrayed the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. Readers wondered who Colwell was, whether he was black or white, and how he knew so much about prison. Two years at McNeil Island federal prison for draft refusal provided a personal education for him, as well as his involvement with the San Francisco Good Times underground newspaper, where he became a close observer of the White Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and anti-war demonstrations. Inner City Romance details Colwell's life on the mean streets. Every issue of Inner City Romance is included in this collection, as well as many of the highly detailed paintings he created at the same time. Colwell recounts in an accompanying text piece, his personal journey to artistic maturity forged by radicalism and frustration.

Now in Stock: Sweatshop by Peter Bagge
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoPeter Baggenew releasesJohnny RyanJim Blanchard 26 Jan 2015 2:20 PM

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Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge

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

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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.

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDisneyCarl Barks 26 Jan 2015 2:10 PM

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck
by Carl Barks

96-page full color 7.25" x 5.5" softcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-820-5

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

When a passel of extra-sneaky, extra-ornery high-tech cattle rustlers strikes the good citizens of Bullet Valley, Donald Duck bravely dons a badge to become the "Sheriff of Bullet Valley." Fortified by the know-how he's gained watching Hollywood Westerns, our ever-intrepid Duck sets out to solve the perplexing mystery of how Blacksnake McSquirt's brand keeps showing up on the cattle of the honest ranchers. Sheriff of Bullet Valley is the second entry in our new line of affordable kid-friendly Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure. Each story is complete with all the original artwork (no panels have been dropped or altered). Bonus: Donald's always-exasperating cousin Gladstone Gander returns in, um, "Gladstone Returns." All stories written and drawn by Disney legend Carl Barks!

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Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 26 Jan 2015 12:45 PM

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5, edited by Blake Bell - Cover

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5, edited by Blake Bell - Inside Page

It's a beautiful day to be taking in the bright, bold coloring and clean linework of comics giant Steve Ditko. We've received our advances of the fifth volume in The Steve Ditko Archives, lovingly edited by Blake Bell. Entitled Dripping with Fear, the book features over 200 full-color pages, essays, and extras highlighting the time period when Ditko began sharing a studio with famed fetish artist and art-school colleague Eric Stanton.

Dripping with Fear is due out in bookstores this coming March, and we've got lots of previews to share in the meantime! Pre-order your copy now.

In Solidarity
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under comics industryart 26 Jan 2015 10:00 AM

I wrote to cartoonists that Fantagraphics publishes, inviting them to do a drawing responding to the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office on January 7. The purpose is to show solidarity to our fallen comrades and to the scorched-earth tradition of cartoon satire. We would run whatever we received, uncensored. It seemed not only appropriate but imperative that Fantagraphics offer cartoonists a place to display such cartoons since we have published so much satire ourselves – from R. Crumb to Drew Friedman to Johnny Ryan to Jonah Kinigstein.

There is a debate simmering as to whether or not Hebdo was indeed an "equal opportunity offender," as the political cartoonist Ann Telnaes has said, a characterization disputed by, among others, Glenn Greenwald. This may go to the integrity of Hebdo as a magazine or it may not; satirists and the editors of satirical magazines are not necessarily obliged to follow quotas— but it is irrelevant to their fundamental right to express themselves without being murdered. I have seen no statistics that categorize their offensive cartoons, but claiming that they were more offensive to one group than another or insufficiently anti-semitic begs the question as to whether their rights should be protected only if they’re equal opportunity offenders; clearly, we at Fantagraphics believe their rights to free expression should be protected and defended irrespective of how personally repellant or lopsided their cumulative opinions may be.

France’s own anti-speech laws are onerous. Shortly after the Hebdo tragedy, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, “We must not confuse freedom of opinion with antisemitism, racism, and negationism.” Actually, exactly the opposite is true, and it’s a shameful hypocrisy to laud Hebdo on the one hand and utter a statement like this on the other. “Freedom of opinion” means freedom of opinion, not freedom of opinion I approve of.

A new image will be posted to the Flog every day and archived on this post so that, eventually, every image we've received will be collected here:

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Jason

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Arnold Roth

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Dame Darcy

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Al Jaffee

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Johnny Ryan

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Frank Stack

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Frank Stack

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Paul Karasik

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - R.C. Harvey

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Tony Millionaire

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - James Romberger

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Steven Weissman

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Todd Alcott

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Bodé

January Book-A-Day Sale: Heads or Tails
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsLilli Carré 26 Jan 2015 2:00 AM

Heads or Tails by Lilli Carré - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale title is by award-winning cartoonist and animator Lilli CarréHeads or Tails packages some of Carré's best work over a five year period.

Carré’s elegant short stories read like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O’Connor or Carson McCullers, but told visually. Poetic rhythms — a coin flip, a circling ferris wheel — are punctuated by elements of melancholy fantasy pushed forward by character-driven, naturalistic dialogue. The stories in Heads or Tails display a virtuosic breadth of visual styles and color palettes, each in perfect service of the story, and range from experimental one-pagers to short masterpieces like "The Thing About Madeline" (featured in The Best American Comics 2008), to graphic novellas like "The Carnival" (featured in David Sedaris’ and Dave Eggers’ 2010 Best American Nonrequired Reading, originally published in MOME), to new work created for this book.

Heads or Tails can be yours today for 25% off!