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Just in time for spring training comes Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales by Willard Mullin, now available digitally through comiXology. In 1953, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin illustrated one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The illustrations by Mullin were thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition. The book includes additional Mullin material like the "Fan's Alphabet," poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn," and also features a foreword by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by baseball historian Tim Wiles. At 52 pages long and only $6.99, make sure to read this splendid volume on your own digital reading device for a real home-field advantage. “For whatever reason, sports cartoons, which once were a staple of so many newspapers across the country, have become a lost art. But at least now, the greatest of all sports cartoonists, Willard Mullin, has been brought back to life for a whole new generation of fans to appreciate.” – Bill Madden, NY Daily News
We're pleased to present the final cover image for the next volume in our award-winning Mickey Mouse series celebrating Disney artist Floyd Gottfredson! Volume 7, titled March of the Zombies, takes us to a time when our brave Mouse protagonist faced off against wartime foes and even the walking dead!
These strips are restored from Disney's original proof sheets, and the book includes over a dozen of Gottfredson's stories as well as extra commentary and behind-the-scenes artwork. Pre-order your copy now to add this classic volume to your collection!
60-page color 8.75" x 12" hardcover
Ships in: April 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now
In the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of a crisis; their forest house has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! The creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away! Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children.
Shimura Takako's beloved manga series, Wandering Son (放浪息子), continues to be ably translated by Matt Thorn for American publication. Volume eight will be released this May, and we have included a 16-page downloadable (2.2 MB) excerpt for you to read, in anticipation of its release.
It's the start of a new school year, with new homeroom assignments that scatter our friends to all corners of the school. Nitori-kun continues to battle his desires internally, with help from his older sister Maho. And will Takatsuki-kun work up the courage to wear a boy's uniform to school?
Read the excerpt, then head over to the pre-order page to lock your copy in!
Tuesday, March 17th
Los Angeles - ONE Archives Foundation is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) in the world. Which makes it the perfect setting for the first stop of the MASSIVE tour featuring Jiraiya! His work adorns the cover of the recently released hit anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. Jiraiya just happens to be one of those men, and is heading the U.S. for his very first international tour. ONE Archives is his first stop, and the Massive crew featuring Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd will kick things off at 7 PM with a talk followed by a Q&A presentation. (More Details)
Wednesday, March 18th
Los Angeles, again - Couldn't make it out to see Jiraiya last night? Get to to The Secret Headquarters by 6 PM for a talk and signing of those shrink-wrap beatuy books. Jiraiya is a man who enjoys his privacy, and respectfully requests that photos taken at these events do not feature his face. Which makes these nights even more special, because these memories are just for you!
Thursday, March 19th
Los Angeles, the last stop - Unless you want to drive up the coast to San Francisco tomorrow, tonight is your last chance to catch Jiraiya in Los Angeles. The wonderful non-profit group, Tom of Finland Foundation will be hosting the Massive talk with a reception to follow, kicking off at 7 PM. There, you'll have a chance to meet the artist, editor and designer of the book, as well as purchse limited edition glicee prints. Tom of Finland does great work in the preservation of erotic art, and we're thrilled to see them host such a legend of erotic manga art.
Friday, March 20th
Los Angeles, CA - Never has a book been so simultaneously gorgeous and gross; fun and filthy; entertaining and...icky? Intrigued yet? We thought so. Meet Johnny Ryan the mind and the man behind one of the most audacious comic series of the past decade, Angry Youth Comix. And tonight, you can buy them all in a beautifully designed hardcover that collects all forteen issues for the first time! Come to The Secret Headquarters at 7 PM for pure titlation, and the opportunity to snag one of the posters for the Angry Youth extravaganza! (More Details)
Chicago, IL - Esteemed indpendent bookstore, Women & Children First, is welcoming local Chicago cartoonist Lucy Knisley to their store for and great book signing and Q&A event that highlights not one, but TWO of her latest titles: An Age of License and Displacement. The juxtaposing narratives that feature the high and lows of aging and traveling, make for an thought-provoking evening. Tonight's event begins at 7:30 PM, and goes until we're done having fun (which is probably never). (More Details)
San Francisco, CA - Jiraiya's back! And in San Fran! Party hardy this Friday at California College of the Arts, with a talk + Q&A that will be moderated by Justin Hall, editor of the 2012 anthology, No Straight Lines. Join us in the Writer's Studio at 7:30 PM; you don't want to miss such a great meeting of the minds!
Saturday, March 21st
New York, NY - Beautiful Bergen Street Comics is hosting the explosive release of The Revenger by Chuck Forsman! With acclaimed released like The End of the Fucking World, and Celebrated Summer, the anticipation over this comic has been huge, if you like action and justice you don't want to miss this. From the Oily Comics website: "Revenger is about a woman who doesn't take any shit. She roams a crumbling United States in the 1980s helping the beaten and exploited even their odds." Get to Bergen Street by 7:30 PM, or you'll be sorry. (More Details)
Sunday, March 22nd
Chicago, IL - We've been keeping Pete Bagge all to ourselves here in Seattle, so we're letting Chicago have him for a night while he signs copies of his newest release, Sweatshop, at the wonderful Challenger's Comics. Sweatshop collects a 6-part series done for DC in 2003 about a cartoonist named Mel Bowling, and his cast of studio assistants. End (or kick off) your weekend right by meeting up with pals new and old at Challengers, starting at 6 PM! (More Details)
You came, you saw, you asked for more. Finally, Ed Piskor will be a guest at San Diego Comic-Con. Ed will be signing and sketching in your new copies of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3, fresh from the printers and maybe even stilll warm. Each Monday SDCC will be announcing a new set of guests so keep your eyes peeled for the next Fantagraphics' one!
Celebrate MoCCA Fest weekend with an incredible night of bleeding edge comics and cartoonists! Event poster by A. Degen. We'll see you there!
Drop by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, March 14 as we clear space for new arrivals with a big sale of comix and graphic novels by some of our most popular cartoonists. Fabulous Fantagraphics titles by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Johnny Ryan, Dame Darcy, Kim Deitch, Kaz, Jordan Crane, R. Crumb, Megan Kelso, Jessica Abel, Zak Sally, Dave Cooper, and many more will be offered at 50% to 75% off all day Saturday from 11:30 to 9:00 PM.
This Saturday also marks the opening of part 2 of Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance exhibition with new work on display, also available at bargain prices. His graphic depictions of contemporary urban characters and situations are both appealing and topical. Don't miss your chance to see original drawings, paintings and prints by this wonderful American artist.
This event coincides with the monthly Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Don't be detoured by the construction project outside our space. The City of Seattle is investing $1.1 million in a lovely pedestrian-friendly plaza called the "Festival Street." This wonderful amenity, funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy, will include elevated crosswalks, improved lighting, public art, and extended plazas right outside the bookstore. The work is scheduled for completion by May 30. Both Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore will maintain normal hours throughout construction. See you soon.
Josh Simmons' latest, greatest and most terrifying graphic novel yet is about to hit the United States and he is taking Black River to the road. Black River stars a group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors. You think the Hunger Games is scary? What if it was your every damn day? This full-length graphic novel is his best work yet, echoing director John Carpenter's perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson's ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.
Check out Simmons 'round the United States tour (plus two Canadian stops) and mark your calendars. Some events feature some guest cartoonists, some music by Sunshine Ear's Gregory Spencer and some special venues will be screening Simmons' chilling short films.
4.18 Portland, OR Linework NW All weekend Tabling
Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland OR
4.24 Vancouver, BC Lucky's 7PM Book signing + screening
3972 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada
4.25 Seattle Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle WA (Georgetown)
4.26. Tacoma Destiny City Comics 4PM Book signing
218 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
5.2 Missoula, MT Shakespeare and Co. 7PM Book signing + screening
103 S 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801
5.5 Minneapolis, MN Boneshaker Books 7PM
Book signing + screening with 2D Cloud guest Nic Breutzman
2002 23rd Ave. S.
5.6 Iowa City, IA TBA
5.7 Chicago Quimby's 7pm Book signing
1854 W. North Ave.
5.9-5.10 Toronto, BC TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) Tabling All Weekend, Toronto Reference Library - 789 Yonge Street
5.11 Dearborn, MI Green Brain Comics TBA signing
13936 Michigan Ave
5.12. Columbus, OH Kafe Kerouac 8pm
with guest JT Dockery, and music by Gregory Spencer
2250 North High St.
5.13 Pittsburgh, PA Copacetic Comics 6-8pm
with guest Ed Piskor, and music by Gregory Spencer
3138 Dobson St #3, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
5.14 Baltimore TBA
5.15 Brooklyn, NY Bergen Street Comics 7PM Book signing
470 Bergen St.
5.17 Portland, ME Maine Comic Arts (MECAF)
with guest Hans Rickheit
Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street
5.20 Manchester, CT TBA
5.25 Athens, GA Bizarro-Wuxtry 5-7pm book signing
225 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601
5.26. Atlanta, GA A Cappella Books 7pm book signing
208 Haralson Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
5.27 Birmingham, AL TBA
5.29 New Orleans, LA Location TBA - Art show/movie screening with Caesar Meadows
5.30 New Orleans, LA Crescent City Comics 5pm
signing Caesar Meadows, Kate Lecour, Ben Passmore 5pm signing time with the FEAST 2015 release party kickin' off at 7pm*
4916 Freret St.
6.5 Austin, TX Austin Books and Comics Time TBA Book signing
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
6.6 Austin, TX New South Festival of Literary Arts & Cartooning
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702
6.12 Los Angeles, CA Secret Headquarters 7pm
Book signing with guest Sammy Harkham
3817 W Sunset Blvd.
6.13 San Francisco, CA Mission Comics 6PM
Book signing + screening 3520 20th St.
* subject to change cause this is N'awlins here.
In addition to new copies of Black River on sale at each venue, Simmons has inked up gorgeous primo prints including this black light poster. Imagine the things you'll see looking at it...alone....at night.
And here are the three prints! An exquisite interior from Black River:
Cover from The Furry Trap
Cover from Habit #1 from Oily Comics
And so, pre-order your copy of Black River or head over to your local comic store or book store when Simmons is hitting your town.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
"Mullin defined the modern sports cartoon by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary - part news account, part personal observation, his cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural, and artistic value." –Bob Staake
"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn't even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." - The A.V. Club