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Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesDisneyCarl Barks 3 Mar 2015 12:45 PM

Praise for Carl Barks:

"I consider [Carl Barks's comics] to be the best form of storytelling I've read." – Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

"A priceless part of our literary heritage." – George Lucas

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 | 978-1-60699-820-5

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/bulletvalley

EC Comics Slipcase Volume 2 - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsJohnny CraigJack KamenGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 3 Mar 2015 12:15 PM

EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 2
by Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen

810-page color 7.5" x 10.5" hardcover
$99.99 | 978-1-60699-821-2

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

Included in this set:

 

Featuring: Johnny Craig's complete crime and horror stories from Crime SuspenStories and The Vault of Horror, twenty-five legendary horror stories from "Ghastly" Graham Ingels, Al Feldstein's solo science fiction from Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, and twenty-two EC science-fiction gems illustrated by Jack Kamen. Plus essays and notes by EC experts! A great gift for Father's Day or for the genre-fiction fan in your life.

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Dash Shaw in ArtForum March 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Dash Shawartistsart 2 Mar 2015 2:13 PM
Artforum
Cartoonist pioneer, Dash Shaw, is forever reaching beyond what we perceive and accept as comics. In the current issue of ArtForum, new on the stands this week, Shaw made a Top Ten list of his favorites in the art, publishing and just whole damn world. Here's a pic Dash took of the first page featuring Breakdown Press, a Quaker comic, a 3-D musuem artists use as a modern morgue (files of reference art), and our favorite Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Grab a copy at your local bookstore to read the rest of the Top Ten or visit the website!

Dash is currently a Cullman Center Fellow and is spending much of his time researching his own graphic novel on Quakers at the New York Public Library.
Artforum

Now in Stock - Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy Cranenew releasesCaptain Easy 2 Mar 2015 1:10 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Cover

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
by Roy Crane; edited by Rick Norwood

320-page black & white 10.5" x 8.5" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-809-0

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Sate your wanderlust with a brick of slam-bang action, boisterous humor, dangerous villains, even more dangerous women, and the promised treasure in this collection of Roy Crane's classic Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy. Following our Eisner Award-nominated series of Roy Crane's Captain Easy Sunday strip collections, we have selected the very best of the indispensable daily comic strip adventures of Easy and Tubbs. Featuring Wash running a dinky railroad in a comic-opera version of Eastern Europe, the gripping narrative of Easy waging total war against The Phantom King, battles with pirates in the South Seas, and the harrowing story of Easy and Wash as prisoners on the infamous Devil's Island. Roy Crane mixes imagination, romance, and thrills in a masterful storytelling style that entices you over the next mountain, across the next ocean, toward the next horizon—and always to the next thrill-packed adventure!

Romberger + Van Cook on Downtown Variety
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 2 Mar 2015 12:38 PM
The Late Child
Need some Monday night fun? James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook will be appearing at the United Citizen's Brigade Village East for Nat Townsen's Downtown Variety Hour! They'll be reading from The Late Child and Other Animals, taking the same stage as Janeane Garofalo, Cipha Sounds from Chapelle's Show, and comedian Brendan McLaughlin! Pictured below, comedian and native New Yorker Nat Towsen (VICE, CollegeHumor) welcomes hilarious comedians, local artists, and Village luminaries for a regular variety show in the eclectic tradition of the disappearing downtown Manhattan culture. Every show also features a "Downtown History" segment, music from classic local musicians, and free giveaways from local businesses. New Yorkers, transplants, and tourists are all welcome.

Sponsored by Two Boots and Forbidden Planet. Tickets are a steal at twice the price but are only $5! The fun starts at 8pm sharp.
James and Marguerite nat
UCB East Village
153 East 3rd St., New York, NY 10009


Black River by Josh Simmons - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJosh SimmonsComing Attractions 2 Mar 2015 12:25 PM

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover

Black River by Josh Simmons

Black River by Josh Simmons - Inside Page

Our printer copies of Black River have arrived, and the sun just disappeared behind a large, grey cloud. 

Coincidence?

Josh Simmons' newest long form work since his 2007 acclaimed graphic novel House is a post-apocalyptic tale that, at its core, embodies despair and the most basic, primal graspings of survival. Don't go looking for a happy ending here.

Black River hits bookstores this May. Fans of Simmons, horror, and post-apocalyptic stories, pre-order this book here.

Drinkable Oaf
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Lucearbitrary cuteness 2 Mar 2015 11:55 AM

Wuvable oaf
We have a thing for drinks and comics here. Whether it's Elysian's 12 Beers of the Apocalypse (with Charles Burns) or the right Love and Rockets cocktails to a glass of bourbon only Scrooge McDuck could afford.... if there's a glass we'll fill it! The site Women Write About Comics recently created some character drinks and made a bit of a tasty one based on Ed Luce's upcoming book.

The Wuvable Oaf

Jalapeno vodka (lots of it), Crush strawberry soda, Cointreau, Looza cherry nectar, a dash of rosewater and....a dash of cumin on the top..... serve in a frosted pint glass/pitcher with several lime wedges. Like ten lime wedges. Enjoy entire beverage vessel while listening to The Smiths with your 27 cats. Try not to shed body hair into the drink. –Colleen

Try not to shed body hair? Pfff, only if it's in a sippy cup, lady. Pre-order a copy of Wuvable Oaf today and check out the advance copies of Luce's comic we'll have at Emerald City Comicon at the end of the month. 

PechaKucha Seattle Presents Comics NW Roots
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Peter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forneyart 27 Feb 2015 3:17 PM

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Wednesday, March 11th

Seattle, WA - PechaKucha! Presenting PKN Sea Vol. 61: Comics! NW Roots! From 5:30-8:30 on March 11th at the Cornish Playhouse , 11 of Seattle's most notable cartoonists and historians from the area share their stories of influence and experience in the NW Comics scene. Joining on stage will be the ever talented Peter BaggeJim WoodingEllen Forney, and the esteemed Larry Reid.

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If you've never been to a PechaKucha event, prepare yourself for a whirlwind of informative speakers, engaging content, and new perspectives on a wide variety of content. 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each while presenters talk about corresponding topics. The format of has gone global, and PKN Seattle never disappoints. 

Seattle, as many readers are probably aware, has a deep and rich history of being what many consider to be the birthing ground of alternative comics in the 1970's with creators like Charles Burns, Matt Groening, and Lynda Barry. With remarks from their contemporaries, and from those who have been influenced by them, like Max Clotfelter, Tom Van Deusen, and Kelly Froh, this event is a must go to for any fan of the history of comics, art, and Washington State.  

 

Massive presents: JIRAIYA in the U.S.A.
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham KolbeinseventsAnne Ishii 27 Feb 2015 12:29 PM
Jiraiya
This spring, bookstores will be tumescent with customers clamoring to get their hands on our shrinkwrapped and stacked copies of Massive. The editorial minds of gay manga Anne IshiiGraham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd hit the road for bookstores, conventions and various places along with visiting artists from Massive: JiraiyaHe's appearing on both coasts for a variety of events
 
Please do note the PHOTO embargo: Jiraiya wishes to retain his anonymity and while he appreciates meeting fans, has a strict "no facial photography" rule. We ask that attendants respect his privacy. So take some shots of his hands drawing, get creative if you MUST document it!
  
Massive
JIRAIYA MARCH TOUR
Los Angeles
March 17: ONE Archive, USC: Jiraiya talk + Q&A at 7pm
909 West Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles CA 90007

March 18: Secret Headquarters: talk + signing at 6pm
3817 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026

March 19: Tom of Finland Foundation talk and reception at 7pm
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles CA 90026 
 
San Francisco
March 20: California College of the Arts (San Francisco, moderated by Justin Hall): Talk/Q&A at 7:30pm
Writers Studio, 195 De Haro Street San Francisco, CA 94103

March 21: Books Inc. (SF, Market/Castro): signing + Q&A at 7pm
2275 Market St, San Francisco CA 94114

New York
March 24: Drink n' Draw at This and That (Brooklyn): short talk, live drawing party at bar at 8pm
108 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 
 
March 25th: Printed Matter: Talk and signing at 5pm
195 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011 

March 27: Bureau General Services, Queer Division (at the LGBT Center): talk and signing at 7pm
208 W 13th St, Second Floor New York NY 10011

March 28: SVA, Talk with Chip Kidd (NYC): ampitheater style live q&a, signing at 3pm
333 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011

March 28th: Opening Ceremony: Reception, Signing: (Time TBD)
35 Howard Street, New York NY 10013

Check out their store for more great products like shirts, hats, stickers and yes, portable buttholes.
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Beto is for children: much ado about nothing
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketslibraryGilbert Hernandez 27 Feb 2015 11:10 AM
Palomar
BANG-ZOOM! KA-BLOW! "Comics aren't for kids anymore!" is a phrase hundreds upon thousands of comic fans, cartoonists, scholars and publishers are tired of hearing. Yet at the local high school in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, one family was left devastated when one teen checked out Gilbert Hernandez's seminal work, PALOMAR, "thinking it was a manga." Thanks to local news team at KOAT 7 in Albuquerque, NM, you can see just how many bookmarks the mom carefully made in the book, cataloguing the disturbing images and the investigation that is now under way. Because the images are so "disturbing" and "graphic" they could not show you any images, even the 9,209,384 inoffensive panels in the book. So here they are (based on on my memory and some casual flipping through the book): Instructions on staying clean
Palomar 
Actual love between a couple looking forward to their child:
palomar 
A young girl, for once, taking pride in the fact her body is changing (and not because some guy said something nasty to her):
Carmen 
The HORROR! To be fair, there are some nude nudes in here of people in coitus that shouldn't necessarily be available in a K-12 library (which it wasn't) but the stories Gilbert Hernandez weaves are epic, layered, multi-generational, complicated---just like real life! 
Palomar
This really all raises the question: why go to the local news first? To create a hysteria around ONE book (see: Chicago, Persepolis) despite the hundreds of other books with devastating, often based-on-the-truth subject matter? If anything, the mom is teaching her kiddo some poor conflict resolution skills - don't attempt to resolve one-to-one, go immediately to the media! If Rio Rancho had a truly supportive community wouldn't the teen and mom go to the library and asked to have the book reassessed for the collection? Instead they are wasting time and money on an event that will end up cutting funding to local school libraries, which have already seen decreases in funding back to 2004 including when computers labs began moving to integrated classroom use (according to this 2004 Standards for New Mexico Libraries report, created by the New Mexico Task Force for Student Libraries). What will kids possibly do if they can't read books and comics at a higher reading-level than their grade? Turn to the internet in search of something worse? Nah, not these days. 
 
Caveat: I am not a parent, just a former library technician at a comic book library.