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SAN FRAN: Ed Piskor at Isotope Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 2 Oct 2014 11:13 AM
Ed Piskor
Say it loud, say it proud, Ed Piskor is coming to San Francisco! The Isotope is honored to be kicking off their annual Alternative Press Expo APE AFTERMATH celebrations with Eisner Award nominee and New York Times best selling cartoonist Ed Piskor! 8PM to Midnight on October 4th join the party at the Istope along with DJ BEARZBUB.

Known for his historical graphic novel explorations like the fictional look at the early world of computer hacking WIZZYWIG and also THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY with comics legend Harvey Pekar, Piskor's most recent works are exploding in popularity and also his most funky-fresh in the flesh boks to date... HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, documenting the birth and history of the early rap scene.

In honor of Mister Piskor we will be throwing a truly old school themed bash with SF's own DJ Grandmaster Bearzbub getting the party jumping with the best pre-1986 bodyrocking beats and Mixologist Kirsten Baldock serving up her unique maxin' and relaxin' libations based on Piskor's latest works. For your uprocking needs, be sure to prepare your crew with this great resource. And don't be shy about to breaking out your freshest gear... we suggest your furry Kangol buckets, your favorite Puma track-suit, your Carrera Porsche 5620 shades, and your Adidas shell-toes. See you then, b-boys and b-girls!

You know you wanna head out to this event after your first day at APE, The Isotope has their own posted harassment policy so it's straight-up polite from the moment you cross the threshold 'til you exit with signed book in hand!  

Hip Hop Box Set
Ed Piskor @ Isotope
Saturday, October 4th 2014
8pm - Midnight
21+ por favor




The Great Pumpkin Never Tasted So Good
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockPeanutsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 2 Oct 2014 10:59 AM

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This Friday and Saturday marks the 10th annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, featuring dozens of tasty punkin beers from over 60 Northwest brewers, at the Elysian brewery in Georgetown. Stagger down the street a few blocks to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery afterward and pick up a copy of Waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

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If you don't have tickets to the sold out beer festival, be sure to take in the  Macefield Music Festival in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, where the Tom Price Desert Classic, featuring our own Martin Bland, open for legendary Northwest proto punk band The Sonics on Friday.

Fantagraphics at APE 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Trina RobbinsRobert WilliamsJustin HalleventsEd Piskor 2 Oct 2014 10:23 AM

Ape 2014
This weekend, October 4th and 5th, Fantagraphics will be tabling at one of the sunniest conventions of the year! APE, Alternative Press Expo, also has a new look to it. You'll find the convention center And you can bet your bippy you can find us at tables 331, 332, 333, when you enter just go straight up the middle aisle and we'll be on the left. The show is from Saturday: 11:00-7:00, Sunday: 11:00-6:00 so stop by our table and say hello to Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds!  

Ape 2014
Signing Schedule
Saturday
1-2:30PM Robert Williams
2-4:00PM Trina Robbins  
4-6:00PM Justin Hall

Sunday
2-4:00PM Justin Hall

Panels
Saturday

1:45-2:30PM The Hip Hop/Comics Connections Panel APE special guest Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times bestselling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40-year relationship between comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bodé characters painted on trains, moves to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, and to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work. At the FIREHOUSE.

2:30-3:30PM Everyday Inspiration: What Inspires the Comics You Write? Inspiration strikes when you least expect it! APE 2014 special guests Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), C. Spike Trotman (Templar, Arizona), and Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage) discuss the origins of their own comics with moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), with a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process. At the FIREHOUSE. 

5:00-6:00PM Spotlight on Robert Williams APE special guest Robert Williams  (painter, cartoonist, The Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams) and Eric Reynolds (Associate Publisher of Fantagraphics Books) will discuss Williams's career, from underground comix legend, co-producing Zap Comix in the 1960s, to co-founding Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine in the 1990s. 

6:00PM-7:00PM Teaching Comics: Academia and Sequential Art
Comics have entered the hallowed halls of academia in a big way! After decades of neglect and disdain, universities are finally engaging with the form on its own terms, with classes and programs geared at teaching students comics theory, history, and practice. What are the opportunities and challenges of teaching comics? How does our beloved, scrappy, DIY artform fit into this new world? What does it mean to both the comics industry and the academic world that graduates with MFAs and BFAs in comics are entering the workforce? Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) moderates this discussion with a dynamic group of teachers, students, and comics professionals: Trinidad Escobar (Dummy Creepers), Nathan Fox (School of Visual Arts), Maia Kobabe (The Thief's Tale), Alec Longstreth (Basewood), and Matt Silady (California College of the Arts). At the FIREHOUSE. 

Ed Piskor
8PM-MIDNIGHT Ed Piskor is doing a signing at The Isotope (no, not technically a panel). So be there for the fun and music by DJ BEARZBUB! More details here
Sunday

3:15-4:15PM Dark Comedy in Comics Too soon? Not funny? Don't go there? Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Jason Shiga (Demon), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Shannon Wheeler (I Don't Get It) discuss pushing the boundaries of humor with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum). At the FIREHOUSE. 

4:15PM Queer Cartoonists Panel The Queer Cartoonists Panel is back for its 11th not-so-straight year! A group of engaging and talented creators gather to discuss the art and business of comics, examine the complexities of LGBTQ identities, and answer probing questions from moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines). The star-studded cast: Maureen Burdock (Five Feminist Fables), Gene Guilmette (The Protector Corps), Sara Lautman (Macrogroan), Lonnie Mann (Thoughts from Iceland), Matt Wobensmith (Wuvable Oaf), and Rick Worley (Waste of Time). On top of all that, the recipient of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant 2014 will be announced! At the FIREHOUSE.


APE 2014
Alternative Press Expo
Oct. 4-5, 2014
Fort Mason Center
Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

















The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) and Vols. 21-22 Box Set by Charles M. Schulz - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 2 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) by Charles M. Schulz - Inside Page

Here it is! Advances of The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22), featuring Peppermint Patty on a mint-green cover, have arrived at Fantagraphics headquarters. Inside are another 300+ pages of Snoopy's blanket-snatching shenanigans, Charlie Brown's ceaseless home run attempts, Schroeder's dedicated and oft-interrupted piano practices, and much more from the whole Peanuts gang.

Be on the lookout for this book at a bookstore near you in the upcoming month! You can get ahead of the game and pre-order your copy now. We've also got the next slipcase box set for volumes 21-22 on pre-sale, due out at the same time.

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 (Vols. 21-22) Gift Box Set by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 (Vols. 21-22) Gift Box Set by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 (Vols. 21-22) Gift Box Set by Charles M. Schulz

Now in Stock: Doctors by Dash Shaw
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDash Shaw 2 Oct 2014 9:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Doctors by Dash Shaw - Cover

Doctors
by Dash Shaw

96-page full color 6" x 8" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-803-8

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This new graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button, BodyWorld, New School) is his most taut book to date. Dr. Cho is the creator of the Charon, a device that allows his staff to enter a dead patient's afterlife by taking the form of a memory in the patient's consciousness, and bring him or her back to life, with one catch: the experience is traumatic and the process kills them again soon thereafter. But for some bereaved, the opportunity is priceless. So when Bell is killed in a random accident, her daughter hires Dr. Cho's team to bring her back. But what if Bell didn't want to come back? The dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want, or feel they deserve, in their minds before everything fades to black. Isn't that better than the reality, and no less meaningful than life itself? Can unconsciousness coexist with consciousness? Part science-fiction thriller, part family drama, part morality play for the 21st century, and quite possibly Shaw's best book to date.

Now in Stock: Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJacques Tardi 2 Oct 2014 8:30 AM

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Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War! - Cover

Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War!
by Jacques Tardi

260-page black & white with color 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-769-7

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Jacques Tardi is responsible for the two acknowledged graphic novel masterpieces about World War I: It Was the War of the Trenches and Goddamn This War! To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in 2014, Fantagraphics is proud to release a two-volume boxed set collecting these two perennial classics. The first book, It Was the War of the Trenches, focuses on the day to day of the grunts in the trenches, bringing that existence alive as no one has before or since with some of his most stunning artwork. His second WWI masterwork, Goddamn This War!, is told with a sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude, in masterful full color.

Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJoe SaccoComing Attractions 1 Oct 2014 5:45 PM

Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser
by Joe Sacco

100-page color 6.625" x 10.5" hardcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-748-2

Ships in: November 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Author Joe Sacco promises that, in the vein of underground comix like ZAP or Weirdo, "Bumf will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do." Though Sacco is world-famous for his serious, journalistic books like Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza, Bumf promises to echo back to his earlier days as a satirist and underground cartoonist. Bumf is a project that Sacco has been working on in between larger projects like Footnotes in Gaza, indulging his love of satire and cartooning. Often puerile, disgusting, and beyond redemption, Sacco apologizes in advance, saying he couldn't help himself. "They expect better things from me. They’ll never put me on a stamp now."

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Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Cover

This Week in Fanta Events: 10/2-10/5
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeSimon HanselmannRobert WilliamsPaul HornschemeierJim WoodringJacques BoyreauGilbert HernandezeventsEd PiskorCarol TylerBob Fingermanart 1 Oct 2014 4:40 PM

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Wednesday, October 1

 

  • Covington, KY: Carol Tyler, noted cartoonist, and creator of the series You'll Never Know, will be giving a presentation at cultural/educational/theatre center, The Carnegie. Her presentation will be of interest not just to aspiring artists, but to those interested in the affects of war on the soldier, and their loved ones. Presentation is FREE, and runs from 7-8 pm, with a gallery of original work running the rest of the month. (More Details)
  • Tacoma, WA: Former Fanta Fintern, Michael Fitzgerald is embarking on new territory by opening Tacoma's newest destination store, Destiny City Comics. Right next to the popular book store, King's Books, Destiny Comics opens this day to bring the good folks of Tacoma more literary art offerings, like our beautiful Fantagraphics books. Pay them a visit, and support your local comic book store! (More Details)
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Thursday, October 2
  • Minneapolis: Minnesota didn't have anything as cool as Boneshaker Books when I lived there, just a bunch of wild turkeys. But this day they'll be hosting a bunch of wild boys as our Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle tour makes it's way out West. Pop by this completely volunteer run beauty of a book store, from 5 pm until closing. It'll be rad! (More Details
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Friday, October 3
  • Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit; a celebration of exploitative art and images in cinema, curracted by Jacques Boyrau, author of the upcoming book from Fantagraphics, Super Trash. The exhibit run in conjunction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland. Tonight's film is Streets of Fire, the rock n' roll-kidnapping classic from director, Walter Hill, the producer off all Alien/Prometheus films, AND the director of The Warriors. (More Details)
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 Saturday, October 4
  • Las Vegas (Baby!): Now that Gilbert Hernandez is joining our cute boys for their Vegas stop, I think we upgraded to the cute MEN tour. This all-star lineup of Hernandez, Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle has a slew of books and pens ready to sign your copies of Megahex, Lose #6, Distance Mover, and Luba and Her Family. Move on down to Cosmic Comics this Saturday from Noon-4 pm and pick up the hottest book of the year, while visiting with the hottest cartoonists of the century. (More Details
  • Cambridge, MA: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE! It not only has the cutest name for a convention, but they have a stellar line up of guests for the free two day show at Lesley University. Some of those cartoonists include: Paul Hornschemeier, Emily Carroll, Box Brown, James Kochalka, and Raina Telgemeier. Tons of guests, panels, and books! (More Details)
  • San Francisco, CA: Many things could be said about the city by the bay: techy, expensive, foggy. But one constant truth is that it's played home to the underground comix scene since the '60s.  And they bring it on home every year for Alternative Press Expo, this time hosting special guests like Bob FingermanEd Piskor, and Robert Williams. And the ebullient Eric Reynolds will be facilitating signings, and selling our wares at booth 331-333. Buy badges online or at the door! 
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Sunday, October 5
  • Cambridge, MA: MICE is back for its second free day of independent comic goodness. And just look at that poster than our own Mr. Paul Hornschemeier designed especially for this event! The door are open from 11 am to 4 pm. (More Details)
  • Los Angeles: The boys of summer are hitting up trendy LA at the wonderful wonderful wonderful, Secret Headquarters. If you frequent Flog, I'm sure you have this tour memorized by now, so spread the word that starting at 5 pm, everyone needs to head on down to SHQ for the best night of their lives*. (More Details
  • Seattle, WA: Musicians Bill Frisell and James McNew will be joining Jim Woodring onstage at Seattle Town Hall for an evening of spontaneous creation; while music is played, Woodring will create his surreal and mind bending artwork before your eyes, and project it onto a screen for all to see. Oh did I mention that tickets are only $5?! You can get them here, and then join us this Sunday at 7:30 for what can only be described as an experience. (More Details)

 

Stars Align at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Fall
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffSimon HanselmannS Clay WilsonrockRobert WilliamsPatrick RosenkranzLane MilburnJosh SimmonsJim Blanchardhooray for HollywoodFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEroyn FranklinEd PiskorDanny BlandConor Stechschulte 1 Oct 2014 1:27 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome an amazing array of accomplished cartoonists throughout the fall and winter of 2014, culminating with an appearance by one of America's most influential artists.

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The action begins on Friday, October 10 with Danny Bland presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do from Seattle's illustrious Sub Pop label. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception. The next night, Saturday, October 11, we host an international crew of incredibly talented cartoonists. Simon Hanselmann from Australia and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will join American artists Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte in presenting their imaginative new works to Seattle audiences for the first time.

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On Friday, November 14, in association with Seattle's Short Run comics and art festival, we present "Short Run Marathon II," an exhibition, book signing and reception featuring Tom Neely, MariNaomiJosh Simmons, Pam Wishbow, John Porcellino, and special guest Ed Piskor.

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On Small Business Saturday, November 29, we celebrate the publication of Bruce Pavitt's new book Sub Pop USA, The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980 - 1988, which chronicles the seminal years of what would soon become an international pop culture phenomenon. The book includes the early issues of Pavitt's Sub Pop fanzine, his columns from The Rocket, and related ephemera, along with essays from Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid and K Records founder Calvin Johnson, who will DJ and perform music at the signing.

Saturday, December 6 marks the festive closing party for the "Short Run Marathon II" exhibition featuring Eroyn Franklin previewing her upcoming graphic novel, Dirtbag.

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The bookstore celebrates its 8th anniversary in spectacular fashion on Saturday, December 13, as cultural icon Robert Williams presents The Complete ZAP Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing, kicking off a weeklong commemoration of this monumental achievement. We'll screen the documentary Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' on Sunday, December 14 at Northwest Film Forum, and on Wednesday, December 17 editor J. Michael Catron will give a slide talk on the history of ZAP. The festivities coclude on Saturday, December 20 with a tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread, and Jim Blanchard. We'll see you all soon and often!

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Now in Stock: In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Richard Salanew releases 1 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala - Cover

In a Glass Grotesquely
by Richard Sala

136-page full color 7" x 7" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-797-0

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The latest book from the author of THE HIDDEN and DELPHINE contains the epic 115-page tale of a modern master-criminal. Following in the bloody footsteps of super-fiends such as Fantomas, Fu Manchu, or Professor Moriarty, Super-Enigmatix is ruthless, cunning, and thoroughly evil. His only goal is to spread fear and cause chaos — but does he want to destroy civilization, or save it? Not even his loyal army of female commandos can guess his real motives, or his true identity. The fast-moving "picture story" is told with sly humor and all the mayhem is depicted in Sala's trademark colorful watercolor washes and sharp, detailed line-work. Also included in this collection are three shorter stories, appearing in print for the first time, from Richard Sala's archive of strange and offbeat tales!