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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

THE BIG BOOK OF ME
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 )
 
Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Sunday, July 13 Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Thursday, 26 June 2014

Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Sunday, July 13

Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Sunday, July 13

June 26, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Two of the country's most talented young cartoonists, Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson, will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The event includes a book signing and exhibition of original art, which coincides with the colorful Georgetown Garden Walk.

Esther Pearl Watson returns to Seattle for the publication of UNLOVABLE Vol. 3. This series features the illustrated adolescent observations of Tammy Lee Pierce and was inspired by a 1980s diary Watson discovered abandoned in a gas station restroom. The narrative is at once tragic and hilarious, rendered in a fashion that reflects the insecurities of the venerable teenage protagonist. Eleanor Davis will present the debut of her comics anthology HOW TO BE HAPPY. Her polished line work and alluring palette perfectly complement her compelling stories.

Please join us in welcoming these exceptional artists on Sunday, July 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Complimentary beverages will be provided. This event coincides with the 17th annual Georgetown Garden Walk, where the public is invited to tour the lovely home gardens in Seattle's historic Georgetown neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of the Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

LISTING INFORMATION

Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson Book Signing and Exhibition
Sunday, July 13, 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
Exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle | Phone 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 )
 
Fantagraphics Welcomes Sophomore Graphic Novel From Noah Van Sciver Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Friday, 30 May 2014

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver

Fantagraphics Welcomes Sophomore Graphic Novel From Noah Van Sciver

MAY 30, 2014, SEATTLE, WA — Fantagraphics has acquired the international rights to Saint Cole, the second graphic novel from critically acclaimed cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, coming in March of 2015. Serialized as a webcomic starting in 2013, this book highlights Van Sciver's ability to create dark portraits of contemporary twentysomething manhood.

Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe, who works at a pizzeria to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. When Nicole invites her troubled mother to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again, Joe reacts by retreating into alcohol: he wants out, and he’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly — and he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his wildly successful debut — a graphic biography of Abraham Lincoln entitled The Hypo — yet upon closer reflection, it shares the cartoonist's preoccupation with pathos and the human condition.

"Basically from the beginning of my 'comics career' people have told me that my work was very Fantagraphics. That's a high compliment!" explains cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. "I was ecstatic when they became the publisher of my first book, and now I'm even happier to be working with them on my second graphic novel. It's a perfect fit."

"Noah Van Sciver is an aesthetic moving target," says Fantagraphics president Gary Groth. "Saint Cole couldn’t be more different from The Hypo — an intimate story that reflects the despair and nihilism of modernity."

The Hypo was lauded as MTV's "Best Graphic Novel of 2012," one of Library Journal's "Best Graphic Novels of 2012," #3 on Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey, #4 on Publishers Weekly's "2012 Graphic Novel Critics' Poll," one of the Ten Essential Graphic Novel Biographies by The A.V. Club, and was featured in newspapers across the country and online.

Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 and raised in New Jersey. He first came to comic readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz Award nomination in 2010. He currently lives in Denver, CO.

SAINT COLE
By Noah Van Sciver
March 2015 • $19.99
Flexibound • 978-1-60699-817-5
112 pages • Black & White • 7.5" x 9.25"

Saint Cole pg. 2

 
Fantagraphics Feels the Wuv with Ed Luce Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Friday, 09 May 2014

Wuvable Oaf

Fantagraphics Feels the Wuv with Ed Luce

SEATTLE, WA—MAY 9, 2014. Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Ed Luce’s indie comic sensation Wuvable Oaf, to be released March 2015. Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.

Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.

“The first indie comics I ever bought were published by Fantagraphics, including Love and Rockets, Eightball and Usagi Yojimbo,” explains cartoonist Ed Luce. “Much of Wuvable Oaf's DNA was directly influenced by Fantagraphics publications. In putting this collection together, it's like they’ve stepped forward to claim paternity. I couldn't be more excited to find myself in the company of such wonderful work.”

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds says he’s "eager to take Ed Luce’s infectious voice and inviting visual style to a bigger stage, because I believe he’s only scratched the surface of his potential audience for the Oaf, who is one of the most singular characters to emerge from the corners of ‘alternative comics’ in several years.”

Ed Luce (pronounced “loose,” like the opposite of tight) has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series. Since 2008 he’s been traveling to conventions and comics festivals all over the U.S. Wuvable Oaf has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. Luce lives in San Francisco with his partner and collaborator, Mark, and their kitty, Luna. He can regularly be found either under a pile of drawing paper or at a local comics festival.

WUVABLE OAF
By Ed Luce
March 2015 • $29.99
Hardcover • ISBN 978-1-60699-816-8
264 pages, black & white with 16 pages color

Wuvable Oaf

Ed Luce

Wuvable Oaf

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 )
 
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