It was one thing to read Sunday color Peanuts comic strips from 1952 to 1955 at the rate of one per week, when they came out — and not only because they would have wound up in the trash like the rest of the Sunday paper, long before my brothers and I went to sleep that night. And it's quite another thing to read them all today, piled together in the present volume, one after the other, seven or eight panels at a time, as if they're the successive chapters of an ongoing serial — or maybe just the latest portions of an endless white picket fence that stretches towards some version of infinity or eternity (or at least roughly half a century of dependable continuity, in any case).
The show opens on Friday, December 6th, with an artist reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with the delightful Mr. Deitch himself. In addition to original artwork, silkscreen prints, t-shirts, and signed books will be available for purchase. (I hereby implore someone to get me a t-shirt, thanks.)
The Scott Eder Gallery is located at 18 Bridge St. #2-I, Brooklyn. You've got until January 25th to view the exhibit, so don't miss out!
72-page black & white (with spot color) 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5
A local medical expert and sheriff are summoned to investigate a strange sighting that sets the stage for Conor Stechschulte's debut graphic novella: a severed human head that still seems to be talking. We flash back to a pair of butchers who arrive at work one morning to find not only that there is no meat in their shop but also that they have forgotten completely how to do their job. As customers arrive, they are too fearful for their livelihood to admit their dilemma, leading to increasingly disastrous events. But what has caused their strange amnesia? This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book will establish Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.
240-page full-color 6.75" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0
Before Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring all manners of horrors at his drawing table. In his first two years in the industry (1953 and 1954), Ditko drew tales of macabre suspense that were not yet hobbled by the imminent Comics Code Authority (adopted in Oct. 1954). These stories featured graphic bloodshed, dismemberment, and blood-curdling acid baths as the ugly end to the lives of the dark and twisted inhabitants of Steve Ditko's imagination. Strange Suspense features spectacular full-color reprints of every story from those first two years of his career. Edited by Ditko expert Blake Bell. Now in paperback!
Black is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario.
Julia Gfrörer's delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer's prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.
This weekend, Lilli Carré's acclaimed animation festival Eyeworks will screen at the Pioneer Works Center for Art & Innovation in Brooklyn.
Screenings take place today, Friday, November 15th, at 8:00 PM, and tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th, at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are available online here, and the duel-day festival pass comes with a free silkscreened poster.
The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation was founded by Carré and Alexander Stewart in 2010 to showcase outstanding experimental animation of all sorts, and the range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods.
Pioneer Works is located at 159 Pioneer Street, between Imlay & Conover streets, in Brooklyn.
That's right! Chapel Hill Comics are gonna funk you right on up with a signing of Hip Hop Family Tree this Saturday, November 16th with the funkmaster Ed Piskor! Join in the fun from 6:00 to 9:00 PM!
If you love hip hop, you will love everything about this book: Piskor's exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail.
Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 W Franklin Street in the fine, fine city of Chapel Hill, NC. They'll also have copies of Ed's hacker comic masterwork, Wizzywig!
It's time for the Billy Ireland Festival of Cartoon Art, and this year, they've got even more to celebrate as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University is moving into wonderful new, expanded facility in Sullivant Hall! All weekend long, they're breaking in the new building with comics events, including this very special evening with Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, this Saturday, November 16th!
Kicking off at 7:30 PM, join them for a freewheeling conversation between these alternative comics legends as they discuss their groundbreaking series Love & Rockets, and their ongoing stories about Latino and Latina life, love, and punk rock on both sides of the border.
Admission is free for Ohio State students with BUCK ID, or $5 for the general public, and available online here.
(By the way, check out that sweet festival logo below, designed by our very own Paul Hornschemeier!)
416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc. — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of high school through Tammy's naivete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable's universal humor and loser cast of characters. Tammy's life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and hilarious.
144-page full-color/b&w 7.5" x 9.875" softcover • $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6
Eleanor Davis's How to Be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.
Do you like beautiful books? Do you like gorgeous illustration? Do you like fun, inventive comics? Then you will love Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson, coming in January. Collecting Carlson's mostly youth-oriented work from the first half of the 20th century, Perfect Nonsense is brimming with clever whimsy and swoon-worthy artwork in a package so lovely we all crowded around designer Tony Ong and his pup Otis (out of frame) to congratulate him on a job well done when the first advance copies arrived.