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New York! Cinders Gallery Celebrates 10 Years
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeRon Regé JreventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 9 Jul 2014 9:36 AM

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Thursday, July 10th

Beloved multi-media Brooklyn gallery, Cinders, is celebrating 10 years of not just existing, but of bringing a community together through their diverse group of artists. This special anniversary show, A Decade of Decadunce (+10 pun points), features an impressive list of artists who have helped shape them over the past 10 years into the non-profit art organization they are today. Check out this lineup:

Maya Hayuk, Brian Chippendale, Diane Barcelowsky, Allyson Mellberg, Jocko Weyland, Jungil Hong, Esther Pearl Watson, Kyle Ranson, Blok, Jim Tozzi, Travis Egedy, Matt Furie, Anna Hellsgard, Ron Rege Jr., and Ric Ocasek (lead singer of the CARS!), plus many many many more. This list just scratches the surface.

Ron Rege Jr. was also the gallery's June Artist of the Month (an excellent choice), and you should read their interview with him to hear more about his airy, and magical cartooning style. 

Opening reception party kicks off Thursday, July 10th, from 7-10 pm, with DJ Dave Potes, at the Dossier Outpost on the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. A beautiful, colorful building that's the perfect location for a beautiful Thursday night party!

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesEleanor Davis 9 Jul 2014 9:30 AM

How to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis

152-page color/b&w 7.75" x 10.125" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6

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

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.

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Now in Stock: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisney 8 Jul 2014 6:00 PM

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

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

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Disney's greatest villain steals the spotlight! The deadly Phantom Blot — a master thief clad in a ghostly black cloak — is turning Mouseton upside down in search of seemingly ordinary box cameras. But why? Mickey's determined to find out if it kills him... and it just might!

Floyd Gottfredson, artist of Mickey Mouse from 1930-1975 and creator of the Phantom Blot, produced the most exciting Mouse tales ever told in print! "[Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse] is not just a great Mickey Mouse comic, it's one of the best comics of all time." (Chris Sims, Comics Alliance)

And the Blot's epic mayhem is just the start! Our latest book also finds Mickey battling "Mighty Whale Hunter" Pegleg Pete on the high seas — and turning "Plumber's Helper" for a job with the infamous Joe Piper! Then "Miracle Master" Mickey meets a powerful genie... and tries to save his ancient homeland from modern-day disaster!

Lovingly restored from Disney's original negatives and proof sheets, Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot also includes more than 30 pages of dark, spooky extras! You'll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a most-wanted list of Disney scholars.

Mickey Mouse is among the world's most recognizable icons. But do you know the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon? Start reading... you might be wearing mouse ears before you're through.

© Disney Enterprises Inc.

Gast by Carol Swain - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCarol Swain 8 Jul 2014 5:00 PM

Gast
by Carol Swain

176-page black & white 7.5" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-755-0

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

Helen is an amateur bird watcher and naturalist who lives in a rural community in Wales. When local farmer Bill tells Helen that a "rare bird" named Emrys killed himself at Cuddig farm, she decides to investigate. One of the dogs at the farm tells her, by way of explanation, that Emrys "had no feathers and couldn’t fly." She plucks an old cosmetic kit from a dumpster and discovers it belonged to Emrys. Inventorying the kit's contents, she finds a spent .12 gauge shotgun shell. Her attempt to learn more about Emrys turns into a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a hard-fought reconciliation with the world — as it is. Carol Swain's Gast is the rare kind of contemporary graphic novel that critics are conjuring when they exult over the promise of the art form — a philosophically mature vision, uniquely executed by an artist wholly in control of her craft. In Gast, Helen's inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences.

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This Week in Fantagraphics Events 7/7-7/13
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under UNLOVABLEThings to seeKevin AveryFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor Davisart shows 8 Jul 2014 2:40 PM

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Wednesday, July 9th

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Saturday, July 12th
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Sunday, July 13th
  • Seattle, WA: If you've decided to follow Eleanor Davis on her book tour like so many dirty hippies, you'll be delighted to know that she AND Esther Pearl Watson, author of the beloved series, Unloveable, will be combining forces and blowing us all away with a reception and signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 3-5 pm. Coinciding with the Georgetown Garden Walk, this is the neighborhood to be in this weekend! (More details)

 

Now in Stock: Special Exits (Paperback) by Joyce Farmer
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJoyce Farmer 8 Jul 2014 2:00 PM

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

Special Exits (Paperback) by Joyce Farmer

Special Exits (Paperback)
by Joyce Farmer

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-760-4

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Caring for elderly parents in failing health is a challenge many of us will face, but which is seldom depicted in works of art. In this moving memoir, Joyce Farmer creates a vivid portrait of a family, their relationships with each other, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. Composed over a decade by this pioneering underground cartoonist, Special Exits offers a wealth of sharp observations and poignant detail in the final years fraught with challenges, humiliation, terrors, frustrations, and defeats of old age and death.

Now in paperback! 

"One of the best long- narrative comics I've ever read, right up there with Maus… I actually found myself moved to tears." — R. Crumb

"Farmer captures the tiniest, most mundane — and at times ugliest — details of caring for someone you love, and watching them pass from you. It's bracingly clear-eyed and unsentimental…" — Glen Weldon, NPR

"Thanks to the thoughtful writing and art of Joyce Farmer, [her parents'] lives and death will be a comfort to readers beginning to consider the end of their parents' lives — and their own." — Dan Kois, The Washington Post

"Special Exits avoids cheap pity and piousness by doing what any good art should: focusing on specifics…. Never shying away from the awkward indignities of aging, Special Exits illuminates two lives, as well as the author's." — Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Art Attacks Georgetown This Saturday
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreart shows 8 Jul 2014 11:20 AM

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Beginning in 2008, the Georgetown Merchants Association commissioned graphic artist Tim Silbaugh to design posters for the Georgetown Art Attack. Working with Fantagraphics curator and GMA president Larry Reid, Silbaugh's monthly motifs convey something about distinctive character and colorful culture of the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host an exhibition of the posters next door at All City Coffee opening Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The digital composite prints on archival stock are available in a signed, limited edition. Prints can be purchased at Fantagraphics Bookstore for $25 unframed ($40 framed.) The exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.

Weekly OCD 7.08.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under OCDLove and RocketsLewis TrondheimLane MilburnJaime HernandezEric ReynoldsEleanor DavisEd PiskorEC ComicsDame Darcy 8 Jul 2014 11:00 AM

This week's tasty jubilee of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn - CoverReview: Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn

"This excellent, retro space opera reads like a funny, alternative Infinity Gauntlet meets Guardians of the Galaxy - but way cooler than both." – Benn Ray, Largehearted Boy

"The story — involving a winged genius dog, a pig monster, a sultry space warrior in leather lingerie, a mad scientist, a quest for a dozen mystic rocks and the cyber-future of sex dolls — is dumb, convoluted and perfect! " – Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune

 

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

"I tried to lump stories together that felt thematically similar to me — it starts with stories about people searching for utopia, then searching for love, then searching for their best self — wanting to be strong, or to be good…And the last couple stories are about how hard it is to be fully alive – the pain of it, and the bravery of it." – Tim O'Shea, Robot 6

 

The Love Bunglers by Jaime HernandezReview: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

"This book represents Jamie's [sic] best work, and is one of the best comics I've ever read…if "The Love Bunglers" is the end, then it is a satisfying conclusion to the Maggie and Hopey stories." – Colleen Frakes, Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vols 1-2 Slipcase by Ed PiskorReview: Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

"A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there’s a special secret ‘zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous." – Alex de Campi, 12th Dimension

"Even if you are not a fan of Hip Hop or Rap per se, one cannot deny its pervasive influence on the world at large. If nothing else, this first volume covering the years 1975 through 1981, demonstrates the nonstop merging of style and culture that is part and particle of the American experience." – Gregg Reese, Our Weekly

 

Ralph Azham Vol. 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love?Review: Ralph Azham Vol. 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love? by Lewis Trondheim

"It's just so fucking funny and sad at the same time; Trondheim nails the measurements of humour, pathos, drama – all of it, perfectly here." – Zainab Akhtar, Comics & Cola

 

  • Commentary: Paprika Southern features Dame Darcy in an article on her life and work, including her upcoming series, Meat Cake Presents The Voyage of Temptress.
  • Commentary: Over a the SDCC blog, Toucan, Maggie Thompson discusses the history and evolution of books about comic books, with particular emphasis on EC Comics and the historians who've worked to document these artists' lives and work.
  • Commentary: Amongst discussions of consent and policy changes at San Diego Comic-Con, Publishers Weekly discusses the past year at Fantagraphics with associate publisher Eric Reynolds.
Twelve Gems + Luba and Her Family on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lane MilburnGilbert Hernandezdigital comicscomiXology 7 Jul 2014 6:08 PM

Twelve Gems  
Awww, yeah, our digital library groweth. Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn is a sci-fi epic taking place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. They meet many strange and storied characters on their journey, but none so strange or sinister as their dear benefactor himself. With a heavy dose of humor and wall-to-wall action, this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year.

$15.99 for for 224 pages and we absolutely DARE you not to laugh while reading it via the comiXology app.

"an absurd sci-fi epic with joyful, inky art reviving the best of high-school-desk ballpoint masterpieces and 1970s side-of-van murals...For fans of pulpy storytelling, fans of silly action, and fans of fans, this book is the gem you must seek." -Jake Austin, Chicago Tribune

Luba and her family
Gilbert Hernandez's characters bid "Farewell, My Palomar" as they exit the Eden of the Central American town in Volume 10 of the Love and Rockets Library. When an earthquake levels Palomar, ever-resourceful Luba and her clan are on the move once again. In the U.S., the lives of Maria's daughters - mayor and matriarch Luba, body-builder Petra, and therapist/film star Fritz - and their families become more and more intertwined.

In Luba and Her Family, you'll find 229 pages for only $14.99 plus think of some of that shelf space you'll save!  

"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." - Los Angeles Magazine



Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 7 Jul 2014 6:00 PM

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving - Covers

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving - Inside Pages

It's a double delight: the advance copies of our two new Peanuts gift books are here! These books are sure to make great holiday presents for everyone in the family.

In Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we've collected all the best strips featuring Linus' fervent idolatry and proselytization of the Great Pumpkin — a mythic character believed to rise from the pumpkin patch every Halloween to dole out gifts to good boys and girls.

In Snoopy's Thanksgiving, Snoopy and his dearest friend Woodstock both approach the impending holiday with varying degrees of dread, disappointment, and expectation management.

Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving are due out in August and September respectively. Check out their previews, and, planning ahead for the holidays, why not pre-order them now?