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Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: New York Times Best Seller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskor 25 Mar 2014 1:35 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 just enjoyed its first week on the NY Times Best Seller's list for paperback graphic novels at #7. This book is practically sold out of its second printing, the third is on its way so better preorder Volume 2 now!

"The beginnings of hip-hop music and its surrounding culture are lovingly told with a 1970s Marvel Comics house style in this collection." –NY Times

Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One by Ed Piskor - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim RuggFCBDEd PiskorComing Attractions 25 Mar 2014 12:27 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One

We got our advance shipment of Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One and it is looking gooood. This Ed Piskor joint drops on Free Comic Book Day, May 3, 2014, exclusively at participating comic shops worldwide. This sampler of material from the first two volumes includes some exclusive guest pinups by Alexis Ziritt, Toby Cypress, Natalie Andrewson, Jasen Lex, and Johnny Negron, plus some other special touches and surprises courtesy of Jim Rugg. All at the cost to you the consumer of zip, zero, zilch, nada.

Ed himself will be on hand to launch the comic at a certain "beguiling" comic shop in Canada on FCBD... stay tuned for details.

OCD Extra: April's Book Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownInio AsanoDaily OCD 24 Mar 2014 4:10 PM

Next month's issue of Booklist will include two reviews of a recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:

Stranger Than Life

Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics, 1970-2013
by MK Brown

"Brown's cartoons were a mainstay of National Lampoon during its salad days of the 1970s... Remarkably, this is the first comprehensive collection of her distinctively daffy work. Although the visual and conceptual non sequiturs of her singlepanel cartoons are clever and diverting, it's her comic strips where Brown's unique brilliance really shines...Brown's drawings, with their bulbous figures and ornate rendering, are every bit
as unmistakable and memorable as her humor.
"
–Gordon Flagg 

Nijigahara Holograph

Nijigahara Holograph
by Inio Asano

Starred Review: "Anger, hopelessness, and betrayal run rampant-echoed by the eerie, ominous clouds of butterflies swarming the town-and fuel heartless violence. Though there are many moving pieces, the fluid time line; tight, stark, and realistic artwork; and clues carefully revealed through deliberately worded dialogue and purposeful character design work in perfect harmony to prevent ambiguity or confusion. Critically acclaimed Asano deftly twists this disturbingly compelling story, managing to shock the reader at every turn. Its intricacies are even more rewarding on the second read."
–Eva Volin




Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover Re-Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 24 Mar 2014 4:01 PM

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

Well folks, we jumped the gun just a bit last week so this is a do-over with corrected art: 

At last, the long-awaited next Gilbert Hernandez volume in the comprehensive Love and Rockets Library paperback series is nearly here! Luba and Her Family is at the printer now for release in July. This is the first book in this format to collect Gilbert's work past the original 50-issue L&R series. (We'll reveal the full Table of Contents and provide more previews in the not-too-distant future.)

This book is also the debut of the new addition to our Art Department, Keeli McCarthy, who designed the cover based on the look established by Jacob Covey. Welcome, Keeli!

You don't have to wait to pre-order your copy; and for full immersion or gift-giving, you can get all 4 of Gilbert's L&R Library volumes for a tidy discount!

Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: A Matter of Some Gravity by Don Rosa - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsFCBDDon RosaDisneyComing Attractions 20 Mar 2014 3:37 PM

Gravitatus horizontus! Don Rosa Disney ducks for Free Comic Book Day!

Boston: Charles Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier at HUB Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeiereventsCharles Forsman 20 Mar 2014 1:40 PM

Hub Comics

Boy oh boy, all the boys are signing at Hub Comics next weekend. Join Paul Hornschemeier, Charles Forsman and NBM's Jesse Lonergan on March 29th for a comics signing from 2-6pm. You can pick up Paul's new Artist Authors Thinkers Directors, a self-portrait through one hundred portraits, this sketchbook features the creators who shaped his (and many others') artistic views. And don't forget Forsman's new graphic novella about two buds on a road trip, Celebrated Summer, ranked #1 on The A.V. Clubs Best Graphic Novels and Art Comics of 2013! 

Hub Comics Storefront

 

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 20 Mar 2014 11:58 AM

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

At last, the long-awaited next Gilbert Hernandez volume in the comprehensive Love and Rockets Library paperback series is nearly here! Luba and Her Family is at the printer now for release in July. This is the first book in this format to collect Gilbert's work past the original 50-issue L&R series. (We'll reveal the full Table of Contents and provide more previews in the not-too-distant future.)

This book is also the debut of the new addition to our Art Department, Keeli McCarthy, who designed the cover based on the look established by Jacob Covey, with her own fresh twist. Welcome, Keeli!

You don't have to wait to pre-order your copy; and for full immersion or gift-giving, you can get all 4 of Gilbert's L&R Library volumes for a tidy discount!

Eleanor Davis Google Doodle!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeEleanor Davis 20 Mar 2014 11:06 AM

Eleanor Davis Google Doodle

Google welcomes Spring today with a lovely and charming animated logo by the one and only Eleanor Davis! Go look (if you miss it, it'll be archived here), then come back here to pre-order Eleanor's book How to Be Happy.

Update: The Washington Post has the inside behind-the-scenes scoop!

Fantagraphics at the 2014 Emerald City Comic-Con!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Stan SakaiMichel GagneKristy ValentiGary GrotheventsEric ReynoldsEllen Forney 20 Mar 2014 10:13 AM

Join Fantagraphics for our hometown show, Emerald City Comicon, on Friday, March 28th through Sunday, March 30th!

We'll be joined by a slew of special guests, including Stan Sakai, Ellen Forney, Michel Gagné, and Fantagraphics editors, Gary Groth, Eric Reynolds, Mike Catron, and Kristy Valenti!

Friday, March 28th
4:30-5:30 PM            Ellen Forney

Saturday, March 29th
1:00-2:00 PM           Gary Groth, Eric Reynolds, Mike Catron, Kristy Valenti

[Our editorial dream team will also be appearing on the panel Fantagraphics Books: Forecasting the Future of Misfit Lit
, on Saturday, March 29th. The Stranger's Paul Constant will lead the fantastic four in a discussion at 1:00 PM in Room TCC 301. Don't miss your chance at some first-hand scoop on our future projects!]

3:00-4:00 PM            Michel Gagné

Sunday, March 30th
11:00-11:30 AM            Stan Sakai

Seattle's lovable scamp, and the Manager and Curator of the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Larry Reid will be more than happy to sell you some comics from Booth 207, up on the fourth floor. Please note: this is a condensed version of the map. You can view the full map here.

But wait! There's even more panels you can check out when you're not at our booth! 

Friday, March 28th // The Wit and Wisdom of Webcartoonists Veteran creators Jennie Breeden (The Devil's Panties), Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots), and Shaenon Garrity (Skin Horse, Monster of the Week), will share insights gleaned from a collective 38 years of webcomics experience. Moderated by Fantagraphics' Kristy Valenti.  [ Room: HALL D (602-603) / 1:40 PM - 2:30 PM ]

Saturday, March 29th // What We Mean When We Say "Comics" Comics have become more diverse and divergent in recent years than possibly ever before, as a medium, an industry and a community. But what, exactly, are we talking about when we say "comics," anyway? Join panelists Kurt Busiek, Chris Roberson, Jen Vaughn, Shannon Watters, and Allison Baker as they discuss all things "comic." [ Room: HALL C (610) / 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM ]

Saturday, March 29th // It's More Than Drawing: Exploring Other Careers in the Comics Industry Working in the comic industry is not just limited to being an artist. Taking an initial comic concept through its steps to become a finished product takes a small army. From storyline creators and concept artists to the teams behind comic creation technology and tools, there are options in comic-focused career paths. Join panelists (including Fantagraphics' Mike Catron) as they discuss the growing spaces and emerging positions in the comics industry, share their personal advice and insight and even shed light on how they broke into their current job market. [ Room: 2B / 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM ]

Emerald City Comicon is held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in bustlin' downtown Seattle.


Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 19 Mar 2014 5:02 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster

Another gorgeous volume of Hal Foster's magnum opus is off to the printer! Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 collects two more years of quests, danger, sorcery, family milestones, treachery, and comic relief from one of the greatest illustrators to ever grace the comics page. It almost goes without saying, but a reminder can't hurt: these volumes are scanned from original engraver's proofs, meaning that the strip has never looked better and making this the ultimate Prince Valiant series.

This volume is expected to be available in early July; look for more sneak peeks between now and then, and pre-orders are being taken now!