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Mark Fertig Film Noir Talk
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Mark Fertigeventsart shows 18 Feb 2015 1:59 PM
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You are cordially invited to a gallery talk with curator Mark FertigSaturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Exhibition of posters continues through March 2 - April 11, 2015 at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Permanent Collection at St. Lawrence University.
 
Film Noir 101 editor and curator Mart Fertig writes: Film noir flourished in Hollywood throughout the 1940s and 1950s, owing to a perfect storm of cultural, political, and industry-specific forces, including the disillusionment and pessimism lingering from the Great Depression; the popularity of hardboiled writers such as Hammett, Chandler, and Cain; the disconcerting wartime experience of the American fighting man and his difficulty readjusting to domestic life; a new generation of independent, professional, and dissatisfied women; the public's fascination with Freudian analysis; Cold War fears of the atomic bomb and perceived threats of domestic communism; the suspect veracity of the American Dream; and urbanization brought on by war production, followed by the rise of suburbia and runaway materialism.

Within the movie industry, additional circumstances fostered the development of film noir, including the deterioration of the studio system and an increased need for low-cost or "B" pictures; advances in film processing and portable camera equipment; a war-weakened production code; the demands of more sophisticated ticket-buyers; and most importantly, the arrival in Hollywood from ravaged Europe of a cohort of extraordinarily gifted but cynical filmmakers. The posters offer insight not only into Hollywood movie marketing techniques, but also into the gun-waving, cigarette-smoking, fedora-wearing, loot-grabbing, back-stabbing, car-crashing, legs-showing, bare-knuckled glorious iconography of the film noir style.

Exhibition curator Mark Fertig is associate professor of graphic design and chair of the art department at Susquehanna University. Eddie Muller is a novelist, filmmaker, historian, and Turner Classic Movies host. 

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Josh SimmonsComing Attractions 18 Feb 2015 1:45 PM

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover

Master of horror Josh Simmons is back with an all-new graphic novel filled with terrors to chill the mind and soul. In Black River, the world is a barren, post-apocalyptic landscape where no one is to be trusted and chaos reigns. A ragtag group of people travel together for safety, looking out for each other as they seek a supposed walled city that still has electricity and some semblance of civilization left.

We're pleased to present the finalized cover design here for you. Black River is scheduled to be released in April and is available for pre-order now!

NY Times Best Seller: Prince Valiant
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Prince ValiantHal Fosterawards 18 Feb 2015 12:29 PM

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Is it the impeccable draftsmanship and absolute mastery of drawing horses? Is it the scary beasts?

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The saucy threats from a wife to her husband?
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Or is it consistently amazing comics coupled with out-of-this-world production? Whatever it is, Prince Valiant Volume 10 1955-1956 by Hal Foster (a past 2012, 2014 Eisner nominee) hit the NY Times Best Seller list. Volume 8 hit the NY Times Best Seller's list this time last year. Volume 10 traverses the lands of Constantinople, Eastern Russia and Camelot in addition to wrapping up stories on the kidnapping of Aleta, Valiant's trusty wife, and hunger problems in Thule. 

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And we're pretty sure it had to do with this pre-David Bowie yet Bowie-esque look on the cover. Or all of the above. 



Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsBill Schelly 18 Feb 2015 12:00 PM

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Cover

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Inside Page

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Back Cover

We hope this first look glimpse at our upcoming Kurtzman biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, gives you a good idea of its grandeur and behemoth-like stature. At 644 pages, this tome is filled cover to cover with Bill Schelly's careful research, interviews, and imagery connected with Kurtzman, providing without a doubt the most in-depth retrospective published of this iconic figure.

Look for Harvey Kurtzman in bookstores come April, or do one better and secure your copy via pre-order now.

This Week in Fanta Events 2/18-2/21
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Robert WilliamsNoah Van SciverLucy Knisleyeventsart showsart 18 Feb 2015 1:19 AM

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Wednesday, February 18th

Denver, CO - TONIGHT! Hang out at Kilgore Books with the hometown hero, Noah Van Sciver as he signs copies of his newest graphic novel, Saint Cole! A story that follows the every-day woes of feeling trapped; by your job, money, responsibilities, and loved ones. Experiences that almost everyone has felt as some point in their lives. How does our main character live with it? You'll have to pick up a copy to find out! This is the newest Fantagraphics release since Van Sciver's freshman novel, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a biographical look at one of America's most interesting historical figures,  young Abraham Lincoln. Come to Kilgore from 6-8 PM to celebrate the work, the man, and comics! (More Details)

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 Chicago, IL - Also tonight! The second of Lucy Knisley's Fantagraphics release, Displacement, will bring her to Challenger's Comics in her current home of Chicago for a release party and all aroud good time! You may have first heard of Lucy through her NYT's Bestseller, Relish; but she has since put out the travelogue, An Age of License, and now Displacement. A heart warming, and often heart breaking story of Lucy as she accompanies her aging and ailing grandparents on a cruise, intersected with journal entries from her grandfather during his military service. A Q&A about the book, with a signing to follow, begins at 7 PM. Don't let subzero temperature bring you down Chicago, come out and party! (More Details)

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Saturday, February 21st

Los Angeles, CA - Beginning today is the VIP opening to a new and extensive exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery called Slang Aesthetics! featuring over 20 new paintings by the premiere surrealist and underground artist, Robert Williams. Carefully curated by Andrew Hosner and Gary Pressman, this exceptional art showing is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz Magainze, founded by Williams himself. This portion of the exhibit will feature work by numerous contributors to Juxtapoz over the years. The exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 22nd, and will continue until April 19th, with additional programming throughout the exhibit's run, check out LA MAG for programming details, and the invitation only opening night. If you're local, or just passing through LA, do yourself a favor and see.this.show! (More Details)

 

SOI Medals for Schrauwen & Jaime
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Olivier SchrauwenJaime Hernandezawards 17 Feb 2015 3:20 PM

Aresene Schrauwen Gold medal
We just received word that two of our new graphic novels have received Society of Illustrator awards in the Long-Form category! Olivier Schrauwen's surreal look back, forward and beyond Arsene Schrauwen was awarded the gold medal while and Jaime Hernandez's The Love Bunglers, the apex of the love affair of Maggie and Ray, has received the silver medal! Haven't read these excellent graphic novels yet? See what other people are saying and buy a copy from our online store, your local comic shop or check it out at the library. 
Society of Illustrators

"His work, strange and surreal, bears the influences of many 20th Century comics, but with a distinctly contemporary voice. They're strange and moving, full of delusional characters, and show Schrauwen's skills a master storyteller." -Alex Dueben, Comic Book Resources 

"Ollie Schrauwen's new graphic novel ARSENE SCHRAUWEN, from FANTAGRAPHICS, is rich and fantastical, yet at the same time resolutely physical and sensual. It is a comic that provides much more than a story; reading it is an experience." -Harris Smith, comiXology Unbound

"Since 1981, with pitch-perfect dialogue and impeccable draftsmanship, Hernandez has conveyed more entertaining (and poignant) drama than just about any contemporary filmmaker or novelist. There's a word for what this guy is doing with his life's work - can someone give him a MacArthur grant and make it official?" -R.C. Baker, Village Voice 

"As ever with Hernandez, it's funny, complex, unsettling and beautifully drawn. It's also a reminder that a graphic novel can do things that a novel told in straightforward prose simply can't." - Anna Carey, The Irish Times 



The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Vol. 23) by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 17 Feb 2015 3:00 PM

With an introduction by Rifftrax writers Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason, riffed comic strips, and two more treasured years of Peanuts shenanigans to revisit, The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Volume 23) brings us to the antepenultimate book in our ambitious series.

Check out this 19-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt, then head over to the  book page to grab your pre-order for a May delivery. We'll have more previews soon! 

The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Vol. 23) by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videoSteve DitkopreviewsBlake Bell 17 Feb 2015 12:20 PM

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

240-page color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-706-2

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

Dripping With Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 5 features another 200-plus meticulously restored, full-color pages from Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko in his early prime, at the time working in near anonymity for Charlton Comics in the then-popular horror/suspense genre.

Comics like Tales of The Mysterious Traveler and This Magazine Is Haunted saw an explosion in Ditko’s ingenuity, as he manipulated the traditional comic-book page layout with masterful results.

It was during this time that Ditko and his art-school colleague, the famed fetish artist Eric Stanton, began sharing a studio in Manhattan. The introduction by editor Blake Bell examines Ditko’s stylistic evolution and delves deep into his association with Stanton. Ditko’s secret collaborations with Stanton on his female bondage material remain a highly controversial topic, and Bell’s introduction highlights numerous examples that prove the allegedly shy and private Ditko contributed with wild abandon to these risqué tales of titillation.

This fifth volume stands as the best example yet of the Steve Ditko that would soon begin crafting such iconic classics as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange alongside Stan Lee at Marvel Comics.

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Kinokuniya welcomes MASSIVE with burly arms
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 17 Feb 2015 12:01 PM
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We've mentioned it a time or two before but damn, if there isn't going to be an amazing good time at Kinokuniya next week on Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm.
 
Rocking you day and night (mostly night) with Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd, will be signing new copies (or the dog-eared one from your nightstand). Kinokuniya is straight-up an artist's dream:If you've never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true.
 
In addition, they'll be screening a new documentary about Ogizaki Masahiro's House of Gay Art so don't forget to bring your glasses! Come get a copy of this almost sold-out anthology and catch the fever!
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Kinokuniya
1073 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10018

Employee Highlight: RJ Casey
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscellanymisc 17 Feb 2015 11:10 AM

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Recent hire, RJ Casey, hails from the town of Chicago but has been out Seattle-way for awhile as an editorial intern working with editor Kristy Valenti and is now working at Fantagraphics on foreign rights and FU Press. Please welcome RJ into our weird fold as we ask him a few questions. 

What other jobs/experiences have you had in comics? What's your background in (non-comics?)

I started a small publishing behemoth with Eric Roesner called Yeti Press. We've been wheelin' and dealin' comics, graphic novels, and anthologies since 2011. I also taught elementary school for five years in the suburbs of Chicago. All this after I double majored in English and education at Hope College in Michigan.

What was the first comic you read?

Silver Surfer #54 was the first comic I ever read, but I use the word "read" loosely. It was more like scanning the pages for action before I could decipher the words. The Silver Surfer and Rhino fought in a zoo!

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What was the first comic that made you want to write, react, something?

Artists like Dylan Horrocks and Roger Langridge always make me laugh and think, but I'm going to take it back to Bone by Jeff Smith. I was a struggling student in early grades and I learned how to read, quite literally, from Bone. I still reread it at least once a year.

What can you recommend to Fanta readers?

I'm a sucker for humor and gag comics, so I'd say don't sleep on the Virgil PartchM.K. Brown, and Charles Rodrigues collections. Being a Chicago-born basketball junkie as well, I'm always telling people about Bull on Parade.

RJ Picks 

Weirdest Fanta experience so far?

Every time I go into the basement archives is a new adventure. I'm either finding a cool, old Kevin Huizenga mini or a nest of dead spiders.

Favorite way to wind down?

Watching a NBA game or taking a walk around Green Lake with my wife.

Favorite drink?

Whiskey or coffee. Or whiskey and coffee.

What projects do you have ahead of you outside of your job?

Yeti Press has a fun group of releases available this summer, which includes 4 books and a webcomic. I also update my art appreciation blog called "I Like That" everyday.

Best part of comic conventions?

That tired, slap-happy daze that inevitably occurs after too many hours on your feet and "being on." Just you and your friends spouting ideas and opinions about comics. I dig those shared experiences.

Favorite place in Seattle for food or public place?

Wayward Café has something called the "Biscuit Mountain" on their menu, so they're obviously on the list. Green Lake is my normal stomping ground and I love going to Storm games at the Key Arena.

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Thanks for answering my questions, RJ, now GET BACK TO WORK.