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CHICAGO: Lucy Knisley at Challengers
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 25 Sep 2014 11:51 AM

An Age of License
Lucy Knisley is appearing at her first big event since the debut at SDCC! Starting Friday, September 26th at 7pm at Challengers Lucy will be signing and customizing your copy of her newest book from us, An Age of License. This travelogue follows recounts the artist's charming (and romantic!) adventures on a book tour in Europe. The comic store has even gone to the kitchen to whip up some of her sweet and savory treats found in a previous graphic novel, Relish. Challengers was also awarded the 2013 Will Eisner Spirit Award so roam the stacks with ease and feel free to ask the staff any questions, they can fire an answer right back 'atcha!

Get there early before the books sells out or else we highly suspect you'll have to fight crowds, zombies and possible commit a misdemeanor. Glimpse into the future provided by Lucy herself here:

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Challengers Comics + Conversation
1845 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL
773.278.0155




Kim
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Kim ThompsonJim WoodringDale Yarger 25 Sep 2014 11:30 AM

 

Today would have been the 58th birthday of Kim Thompson. Recently I stumbled across this photograph, from the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in 2012, while looking through the Fantagraphics flickr feed; I keep coming back to it. That's Kim with his back to the camera, looking at the work of our friend and former art director, Dale Yarger, who passed away that spring, another wonderful human being we lost to cancer way too soon. It would have been unfathomable at that time to think that Kim, too, would be gone within a year. Yet here we are. That's the great Jim Woodring in the foreground, with an unspeakably reverent look on his face that says more than I could ever hope to write. All three of these gentlemen have loomed large in my life, and this photo awashes me with emotion. 

Weekly OCD 9.24.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Trina RobbinsOCDEleanor DavisEd Piskor 24 Sep 2014 5:45 PM

This week's pumpkin-spiced, autumn-colored scrapbook of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina RobbinsCommentary: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins

Lisa Hix over at Collectors Weekly sat down with Trina Robbins to talk about women in comics:

"Robbins knows something about the glass ceiling for women cartoonists because she first hit it herself in the early 1970s, when she tried to join the male-dominated 'underground comix' movement based in San Francisco. After the men cartoonists shut her out, Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women's-lib comic books."

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor DavisInterview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"I like doing short stories because I am in turn impulsive and compulsive, and neither of those things are conducive to long projects. Comics, also, are very suited to short stories because of the incredible amount of information that can be delicately conveyed through them." – Zack Smith, Newsarama

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed PiskorCommentary: Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

"Like many kids who like to draw, Piskor was weaned on superhero comics. Before reaching his teens, he became enamored with the work of independent comics artists and authors, including the Cleveland Heights-based Pekar and his longtime artistic collaborator, R. Crumb." – Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh Magazine

 

Pogo Vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Walt KellypreviewsComing Attractions 24 Sep 2014 3:15 PM

Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly - Cover

It has been a long time coming, but it is our deep pleasure to be able to reveal to you the cover art for Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: "Evidence to the Contrary". While there are often delays that push back release dates, our production on this book was slowed by the sudden and unexpected passing of our co-editor and co-publisher, Kim Thompson, in June 2013.

There is a sense of bittersweet closure as we finalize this book and ready it for publication. The book should hit bookshelves in mid-December and is available for pre-order now. As ever, collections of these strips would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of devoted Pogo fans. Thank you.

This Week in Fanta Events: 9/24-9/28
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Tim LaneSimon HanselmannMegahexJacques Boyreauevents 24 Sep 2014 11:34 AM

copacetic

Wednesday, September 24th

  • Pittsburgh, PA: Tonight! The Copacetic Comics Company is hosting the boys of Summer on their whirlwind tour of books, friendship, and probably a coming of age story. Annie Mok will be joining them at this stop, and all the fun starts at 7 pm!  
lonesome poster
 
Thursday, September 25
  • St. Louis, MO: You won't be lonseome this Thursday if you get yourself over to Subterranean Books for the early early book release and signing of Tim Lane's newest book, The Lonsesome Go; a haunting exploration into the American Myth. This book should be in every college English Lit class, but you can get yours now this Thursday from 7-10 pm! (More Details)
supatrash
Friday, September 26
  • Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration of exploitative art and images in cinema, currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash. The Exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater. Tonight's film gets a little saucy with the Franco-Italian drama, Last Tango in Paris where Marlon Brando takes his shirt off. (More Details)
shirtless tour
 
Saturday, September 27th
  • Columbus, OH: Kafe Kerouac is party central in Columbus, OH this Saturday when the boys are back in town. And by boys of course by now you know I mean Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle. They've been deservedly flaunting their stuff all over the East Coast, as shown in the above picture. Drop by at 9 pm for the full revue! (More Details)

 

Toronto Trouble and Other Fun
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockhooray for HollywoodFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 23 Sep 2014 11:32 PM

 New_Don_Pyle

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome acclaimed Canadian artist, musician, and producer Don Pyle to Seattle to present his photography exhibit "Toronto Punk and Other Trouble 1976 - 1980" at Machine House Brewery in Georgetown. The show features Pyle's pictures of seminal Toronto punk bands along with early images of The Clash, Ramones, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Dead Boys and others.

As a musician, Pyle was a member of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, widely recognized for their musical contributions to the Kids in the Hall television show.  His photography show opens Wednesday, September 24 and remains on view through Sunday, September 28. Pyle will present his Out-of-Focus Talking Slideshow this Friday at 7:30 at Machine House Brewery, 5840 Airport Way S., across the street from the bookstore. The talk will be followed by a concert by Girl Trouble down the road at Slim's.

 Fran's_Chocolates   Man_In_the_High_Castle

As if you needed another reason to visit Georgetown, Fran's Chocolates is opening their new chocolate factory this Thursday, directly across the street from the bookstore. Fran Bigelow's milk chocolate and salt caramels are a favorite of Barack and Michele Obama, who serve the sublime Seattle confections to White House visitors. The facility includes a viewing platform, tasting room, and retail outlet. Georgetown also plays host on Thursday and Friday to an Amazon Prime film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic futuristic novel The Man in the High Castle.

Don't miss a wild weekend of amazing music, movie making, beer, art, candy and comix in the country's coolest neighborhood. Parking might be tight, so arrive early and stay late.

The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 23 Sep 2014 4:00 PM

The 22nd volume of The Complete Peanuts, the first fully comprehensive, chronological collection of Charles M. Schulz's comic strips, covers the years from 1993 through 1994. We have a 20-page, 1.7 MB downloadable excerpt for this latest volume. The excerpt includes the full, heartwarming introduction by CNN anchor Jake Tapper.

The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) will be out in October, and you can get your pre-order in right here. Volumes 21 and 22 are also collected in a box set that is coming out next month as well.

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

Columbus, OH: Cute Boy Tour at Kafe Kerouac
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Simon HanselmannMegahexevents 23 Sep 2014 2:26 PM

cute kerouac

Saturday, September 27th

If you're home alone watching that show, Too Cute, don't be surprised if you see HanselmannDeforge, and Kyle scampering across your screen, playing with puppies and baby ducks. Especially if those baby ducks* are at the Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, OH. Beginning at 9 pm, you can get drinks, books signed, build up some social skills, and hopefully go on a journey that leads to founding a literary movement. 

These cute boys may have gotten a head start on you though, because their recent releases: Megahex; Lose #6; and Distance Mover; have been taking the comic world by storm. 

You can get caught up in the storm by heading to Kafe Kerouac this Sat (the 25th) at 9 pm!

*Not responsible for there not being any actually cute animals at event. But aren't these boys enough for you?!

SEATTLE: Jim Woodring at Town Hall
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 23 Sep 2014 12:41 PM
woodring at desk
The time is nigh to buy tickets to see Jim Woodring at Town Hall in Seattle! On Sunday, October 5, from 7:30 - 8:45pm you will be glued to your seat for Offhand Gestures: An Evening of Spontaneous Creation with James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring. Woodring will great on-the-spot drawings and paintings inspired by the collaborative musical efforts of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and James McNew, bassist for Yo La Tengo. An event for the lover of music, comics, visual performance arts and above all, collaboration. Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Fantagraphics and sponsored by City Arts

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Town Hall website. Woodring's newest book is available for purchase online, at your local comic and bookstores or your favorite library branch.

"Woodring's great talent, apart from his beautiful artwork, is his ability to make these absurd and almost nonsensical stories enthralling." - Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

Jim



St. Louis: The Lonesome Go Book Release with Tim Lane
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Tim Laneevents 23 Sep 2014 12:12 PM

lonesome poster

 Thursday, September 25

Planes, trains, and automobiles. Also motocycles, or just your legs. Whichever method you prefer, just make sure you use one of them to get to the early book release and signing for the next great American classic, The  Lonsesome Go. Join author Tim Lane from 7-10 PM at this Subterranean Books event, in St. Louis, MO, to celebrate this beautifully constructed exploration of drama, myth, and classic American storytelling.

Tim is the author of the acclaimed book, Abandoned Cars, the existenssial noir collecting stories of mystery and Americana. The Lonesome Go is a follow up to those themes, but if we learned anything from college philosophy, these idioms and ruminations are not exactly solveable elements of human life. Which is what makes Lane's work so vibrant in our minds. 

Subterranean Books, Tim Lane, and Fantagraphics would be delighted if you joined us Sept. 25 for this anticipated release!  


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