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Fantagraphics Books Starts A Micro Publishing Imprint - Fantagraphics Underground (FU) Press Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Thursday, 11 September 2014

For Immediate Release:

FU, Buddy!
Fantagraphics Books Starts A Micro Publishing Imprint -
Fantagraphics Underground (FU) Press

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 - SEATTLE, WA — Fantagraphics Books is launching Fantagraphics Underground Press (FU Press), a new micro imprint that will publish books and print projects appealing to a smaller, more rarefied readership. The Fantagraphics mission has always been to publish comics and cartoons that take risks and reflect the uncompromising vision of the artist. It's also crucial for us to put out books that will survive in an unforgiving mass market, but, what about work that doesn't quite fit into our standard business model? Work by relatively unknown cartoonists that's innovative, quirky, idiosyncratic, oddball, experimental, or downright crazy, work by established cartoonists that's simply off-kilter or too obscure to sustain a mass market release, or archival work by significant cartoonists who have been overlooked and that might otherwise be short-shrifted due to the commercial demands of the traditional marketplace.

The FU Press imprint will inhabit a space between self-publishing and mass-market publishing. We'll print limited editions (between 100 and 500 copies), market them on our website, help arrange signings and convention appearances, and sell them at comic festivals and to a select few comics shops across North America and overseas. With such an ever-changing landscape, we have the opportunity to produce exciting and hand-crafted editions in short runs here in the United States utilizing a wide gamut of printing methods and formats: everything from a traditional digital-offset paperback to a hand sewn jacketed softcover to an epic accordion book; as projects demand, we can utilize silkscreen or letterpress, or any combination, and create truly artisanal books.

The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the "Art" World by Jonah Kinigstein - Cover"I'm terrifically excited to be a part of Fantagraphics' new effort to bring noteworthy projects out from underground," explains printer Jonathan Barli, who will be directing the production of each release. "We're not placing any limitations on ourselves and aim to break new ground."

Fantagraphics wants the cartoonist to be as involved in all of these areas as he or she wants to, but we're willing to do the heavy lifting, allowing the cartoonists to focus on their creative work without worrying about every step of the commercial process - the logistics and financial hassles of printing, distribution, and promotion.

Fukitor by Jason Karns - CoverThe first two FU books will debut at Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD and be available for purchase by mail in October of 2014. They are both violent responses to different aspects of pop culture, high and low. Jonah Kinigstein's The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the "Art" World is an 80-page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein's political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Jason Karns' Fukitor is an attack of a different kind: reprinted from the artist's self-published zine, the book is a 144 page compilation of full color comics that reside uneasily between a straight and satirical response to the violence, xenophobia, and sexual and racial stereotypes found in pop culture.

Future projects include portfolios of drawings by Richard Sala and Guy Colwell, and a reprint of seminal underground/alternative cartoonist George Metzger's Beyond Time and Again.

It's fitting that the name of the imprint is Fantagraphics Underground (FU Press) - since underground comics were a source of inspiration when Fantagraphics started publishing The Comics Journal in 1976; in 1981 Jack Jackson's Los Tejanos was the first "graphic novel" we ever published. The underground comics movement was a guerilla model we looked up to: uncensored expression, author ownership, and work that could only be published outside of mainstream channels. FU Press is a return to our roots.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 )
Film Noir Poster Exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Saturday, 06 September 2014

Film Noir Poster Exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

August 29, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of posters featured in the new book 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s. The show opens on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Editor Mark Fertig will be available to discuss the work and sign copies of the book. The exhibition continues through November 10, 2014.

The film noir genre holds a special place in American cinema and the posters reveal a lot about mid-century aesthetics. As director William Friedkin observes in the book's introduction, "[t]he posters convey the style and content of the movies they were designed to advertise, and yet they represent an art form of their own. They are a valid and important school of American art." These posters depict the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood in some of their most memorable roles. The book includes both a synopsis and fascinating analysis of the films depicted by the posters.

Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Also, don't miss appearances by Seattle native Charles Burns signing his new graphic novel Sugar Skull on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Chris Wright signing Black Lung on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s

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Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s
Mark Fertig gallery talk and book signing Saturday, September 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through November 10, 2014
Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle, WA | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 September 2014 )
Simon Hanselmann Hits the Road with Michel DeForge and Patrick Kyle Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Friday, 05 September 2014

Hanselmann Kyle DeForge U.S. Tour

Cute Boys Alert! Book Tour
Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle
Road Trip Across The U.S.A.

What happens when three of the most popular emerging talents in comics go on a cross-country book tour together? Well, we're about to find out. Watch out America, Australia's Simon Hanselmann along with Canada's Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be appearing at a bookstore near you!

Celebrating the release of each of their own new comics, Hanselmann's Megahex (Fantagraphics Books), DeForge's Lose #6 (Koyama Press), and Kyle's Distance Mover (Koyama Press), the trio are traveling from coast-to-coast starting at Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD and ending at The Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle, WA. Going from state-to-state, they will be signing books and selling an exclusive tour poster collaboration, silkscreened by Telegraph Gallery.

These cartoonists represent the new generation of underground comics. All contributing to the medium in different ways with very stylized humor comics, they each gained popularity posting their comics online before branching out onto the printed page. Now together and in planes, trains, and automobiles, Simon, Michael, and Patrick are taking their comics on the road to meet the fans (and crash on their couches). A few other special guests will join them along the way so find your city and plunk your butt down in front of the store for a good time.

You've been warned!

9.12.14 7:00 PMBaltimore, MD—Atomic Books

9.13-9.14.14 All DayBethesda, MD—SPX

9.15.14 6:00 PMCharlottesville, VA—Telegraph Gallery

9.16.14 7:00 PMPhiladelphia, PA—Locust Moon Comics

9.20.14 8:00 PMBrooklyn, NY—Bergen Street Comics

9.21.14 All DayBrooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Book Fest

9.23.14 7:00 PMManhattan New School

9.24.14 7:00 PMPittsburgh, PA—Copacetic Comics

9.27.14 9:00 PMColumbus, OH—Kafe Kerouac

9.30.14 7:00 PMChicago, IL—Quimby's

10.2.14 5:00 PMMinneapolis, MN—Boneshaker Books

10.4.14 TBDLas Vegas, NV

10.5.14 5:00 PMLos Angeles, CA—Secret Headquarters

10.7.14 5:00 PMSan Francisco, CA—Mission Comics

10.9.14Portland, OR—Floating World Comics

10.11.14 6:00 PMSeattle, WA—Fantagraphics Bookstore

About Megahex:

Megg (a green-skinned witch), Mogg (a black cat), and Owl (an anthropomorphic owl) are a trio of ne'er-do-well roommates cohabiting in a suburban flophouse. Megg and Mogg spend most of their time smoking pot and having sex, while Owl works various office jobs and usually comes home to find himself as the butt of every joke. Behind the crass stoner humor are the misanthropic lives of these characters. They all possess tragedies that weigh on their shoulders, keeping them from escaping the nihilistic pit into which they've fallen. Equally funny and melancholic, Hanselmann is able to evoke empathy for his characters, making it easy for readers to fall in love with this disdainful bunch. Part Tennessee Williams, part Peter Bagge, Megahex will make people laugh, cry, and then want to take a shower.

About Lose #6:

Lose #6 is the latest installment in Michael DeForge's one-person short story anthology series. Hailed as the next Daniel Clowes or Chris Ware, DeForge is cartooning's brightest young star, and Lose is a standalone showcase for his talents.

About Distance Mover:

Mr. Earth can move incredible distances in his improbable Distance Mover, a wondrous vehicle that reflects the fantastic world it traverses. He, and his young art-star protégée Mendel, explore culture-rich crystalline cities, challenge the mighty Council of the Misters, try to overcome the all-conquering Ooze, and much more! 

Hanselmann Kyle DeForge U.S. Tour
Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 )
Fantagraphics punks out with Sacred Heart Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fantagraphics has forged through the digital wilderness and secured the international publishing rights to Liz Suburbia's popular webcomic Sacred Heart—which is about present day high-schoolers in an unholy land—as a one-shot graphic novel in Summer 2015.

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

There's an absence of authority in the town of Alexandria, and the teens are trying to keep their makeshift society together until their parents return. But students keep dying mysteriously, local band The Crotchmen rock the nights away, freshmen palm readers and seers have lines out the door, and Ben Schiller has had it up to HERE with her sister Empathy's disappearing act. It's a punk summer vacation that might not make it to fall.

In Suburbia's debut graphic novel, every time the veil is lifted, another one shimmers into existence. "Fantagraphics puts out some of the coolest comics on earth, and I'm completely stoked and humbled to have the opportunity to work with them on Sacred Heart," stated Suburbia.

Liz Suburbia

The glowing black-and-white, pen-and-ink pages of Sacred Heart shine a light on what it means to age into darkness with no one to guide you. "Sacred Heart floored me in the way that it echoes so many of my favorite coming-of-age comics, including Jaime Hernandez's early Locas work and Charles Burns's Black Hole, and yet does so in a way that is wholly original and reflective of her own generation," says Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "There is a playfulness and exuberance to her line that I find completely addictive and immersive."

Liz Suburbia is an Army brat who came of age in the DC area and now lives and makes comics in Nevada. She believes anyone can make a comic and everyone should. She also has an ongoing series called Cyanide Milkshake.


Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 )
Vaughn Bodé's Cheech Wizard Resurfaces With Fantagraphics Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Friday, 25 July 2014

The Big Book of Me by Vaughn Bodé

JULY 25, 2014, SAN DIEGO, CA — Cheech Wizard is the "Kilroy was Here" of the late 20th century: whether it's spray-painted on the wall of an abandoned building, splayed on the pages of an old comic book, exalted in a Beastie Boys song, or tattooed on the skin of a friend, everyone has been exposed to Vaughn Bodé‘s art in some form or another. But the comics in which Cheech Wizard first appeared have been out of print for years. In April 2015, Fantagraphics is proud to offer a newly designed, oversized Cheech Wizard omnibus: The Big Book of Me. Decades of Bodé's work will get its due.

Cheech Wizard is a lascivious con man who possesses, despite his transgressions, some degree of cosmic insight. This auspicious character was "born" in 1956, surfacing in Vaughn Bodé's college newspaper, underground comix, the National Lampoon, and ultimately beyond. One of the pioneers of the '60s underground movement, Bodé is a contemporary with R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. He took the art world by storm—at the height of his popularity he even exhibited at the Louvre. Though he died tragically young, Bodé lives on through the many incarnations of his art. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2006.

"Cheech Wizard is a decades-spanning countercultural icon whose image and attitude bridged two very distinct and influential subcultures, and it's high time the little imp was unleashed once more to see what new havoc he'll wreak," explains Fantagraphics editor Mike Baehr. "Fans have been clamoring for new Bodé books for years and I'm excited to be working with Mark Bodé to bring his father's essential, seminal underground work back into print."

For more information, please visit fantagraphics.com/news/bigbookofme

By Vaughn Bodé
April 2015 • $19.99
Paperback • 8.875" x 11"
ISBN: 978-1-60699-819-9

The Big Book of Me by Vaughn Bodé

The Big Book of Me by Vaughn Bodé

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 )
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