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Blind Date with a Book 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscellanyinternsfashion 13 Feb 2015 11:34 AM

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What started out as a really cute way for libraries to get patrons to check out books sight-unseen has turned into a pop quiz for Fanta employees about our books. See a description of a book you like? Try to figure out what it is and then click on the link, order it and fall in love. 

"Pretty....gross; loves brand names, make-up and hairspray!; Sometimes desperate but in a totally good way."

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"Leads a double life; likes mind-bending experiences; occasional non-verbal spells."

"Has had a lot of schoolin'; owns a very small business; into medically-supervised lucid dreaming."  
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"Frustrated & looking to connect; loves travel; into seniors"

"Has a kid....in a long term thing, looking to stray/play; likes pizza but mostly booze; loves...well..."
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"Livin' the alternative lifestyle; interested in pulp fiction, campy sci-fi; prone to strange, surrealist, 50's style nightmares!"

Too tame? Consider the next few books like the back of your favorite alt-weekly newspaper!cones
"The hairier the better! Into ropes; boots...hmmm"; very spreadable"
mug 
"Enjoys listening to Rush Limbaugh; comics enthusiast; just trying to make a buck"
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"Loves a good sword fight; Enjoys the feel of CHAIMAILLE against skin; Enthusiastic horseback rider" 

"Hopeless, Optimistic Romantic; Has a dog"
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"Likes to drink; been described as 'steampunk' or 'neo-victorian'; into hanging out with my winged friend"

"Very competative; good with my tongue; hates traveling!"

Too easy? We've mixed in a few books you HAVEN'T read yet since they are about to come out!
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"Looking for love in the big city; into Morrissey + kittens; a romantic"
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"Warm & fuzzy; a little bit lost (but looking); currently on a BIG adventure"

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"Into women's rights; non-judgemental; doesn't want kids"

"Suffering from writer's block; prone to fantasies; world traveler"  
Thanks to interns Rosie Lockie + Will Rhodes for their help; plus RJ Casey, Kim Rost and Marc Palm. Want more? Try out the Blind Date with a Book from 2013. And YES, that biscuit and gravy was from the amazing Morsel


























Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat Thomasnew releasesLes McCannAlan Abrahams 13 Feb 2015 9:35 AM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-786-4

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/invitationtoopenness

SEATTLE: Peter Bagge at Arcane Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 13 Feb 2015 7:38 AM

Sweatshop

Ever had a terrible boss? One who never appreciated you or gave you personal space outside of work? SWEATSHOP is all about it. Meet MEL BOWLING, and his team of overworked cartoonists helping him hack out a bad comic strip, Freddy Ferret.

Real-life cartoonist Peter Bagge will be at Arcane Comics tonight at 6pm signing copies of Sweatshop. Complete with an art jam wall, you can immortalize one of your own bad basses or draw one of the bad jobs you've had yourself. Refreshments will be provided (Mel's drinking to that below).

 Cosplay

In addition to the many cartoonist characters, Sweatshop also features a cosplayer, often called an "artist's model", who understands a lot of the complaints of today's convention scene.Sweatshop
So come down to Arcane Comics in Ballard to get your comics signed by Peter Bagge and show us some horrible stuff your terrible bosses have done, or just draw them with boogers hanging out of their noses.

Sweatshop
Arcane Comics
5809 15th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
206.781.4875 






Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsJohnny Ryan 12 Feb 2015 3:00 PM

Angry Youth Comix
by Johnny Ryan

424-page color 7.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-811-3

Ships in: March 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Johnny Ryan's utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse.

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Wandering Son Vol. 8 by Shimura Takako - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura TakakoComing Attractions 12 Feb 2015 2:15 PM

Wandering Son Vol. 8 by Shimura Takako - Cover

We know you've been on the edge of your seats waiting for the next volume of Shimura Takako's acclaimed manga series, Wandering Son. Here is our finalized cover art for Wandering Son Volume 8, in which our beloved protagonists continue to navigate through their gender identities while maneuvering through another school year.

Takatsuki-kun works up the courage to go to school in a boy's uniform, and Nitori-kun confesses his desire to wear girl's clothes to Anna-chan, his girlfriend. And Doi-kun, a character of questionable motives, finds himself drawn to Nitori's adult trans friend, Yuki-san...but to what end?

Grab your pre-order of Wandering Son Vol. 8 now for a May delivery, and keep your eyes on our Flog for further previews.

In Solidarity: February 12
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Untagged  12 Feb 2015 1:00 PM

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

In Solidarity — Bodé

New Digital Comic Releases
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeNoah Van SciverLucy KnisleyLove and RocketsJoe DalyJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezdigital comicsDame DarcycomiXology 11 Feb 2015 4:34 PM
Love and Rockets 7
Wednesday is not only New Comics Day in the stores but also new comics day online and on your favorite digital reading device. comiXology has a swank-and-huge list of titles that came out today! Love & Rockets: New Stories #7 finds Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez writing and drawing at the top of their game. In Jaime's stories, Maggie and Hopey take a road trip to visit a 'sick friend' while Ray visits some old sick friends of his own. Gilbert offers a suite of stories, including a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Fritz as Morgan Le Fey teams up with Aladdin; a WWII sci-fi thriller and 'Daughters and Mothers and Daughters,' in which flashbacks to Luba's mother Maria reveal how old secrets affect their family today. is $17.99 at comiXology and is also available on the Sequential app.
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Peter Bagge's Sweatshop is an intense situational comedy about a newspaper strip "sweatshop" of aspiring cartoonists who are attempting to make it big like their boss, Mel Bowling, but on their own terms. Featuring art also by Johnny Ryan, Jim Blanchard, Stephen Destefano, Stephanie Gladden and Matt Ray; Sweatshop is a must have for the Fantagraphics' fan and anyone who has had a terrible boss. Sweatshop is also available on the Sequential app. In addition you can get Hate 18, now out digitally. 

Displacement Saint Cole
In the sweet follow up to An Age of License, in Lucy Knisley's Displacement recounts the experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, and her family's relationships and history. Meanwhile, Noah Van Sciver's latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, is a brutal look into  in pathos and the human condition. It follows a dead-ender, Joe, over four days as his life goes from terrible to unraveling at every possible seam, from drinking on the job to a live-in girlfriend and crying baby at home. You can also find both of these titles on the Sequential app.  Dungeon Quest  Meat cake
More serial comics please! 
Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three #8 by Joe Daly, we join Millenium Boy, Millenium Boy, Steve, Nerd Girl and Lash Penis mid-adventure. A series of beasts called Womraxes attack the group, ripping off clothes right and left. (and only $1.99 per issue!).
 
In Dame Darcy's Meat Cake #15, Richard Dirt and Friend the Girl show you exactly how to pass the Zombie Survival Test before Dame Darcy takes a trip around the world gathering local lore like the Chupacabre of Texas and the Science Un-Fair. Plus, get your munch on with her finest raw food recipes! It's one of the best one hundred and ninety-nine penny dreadfuls you can get!
 
Bagge's HATE #18 has the Bradley home in Jersey is bursting at the seams with little birdies who tried out their wings, landed in a bloody heap on the ground, and limped back into the nest. The newest re-addition to the family unit: Butch. Buddy's errant little brother is discharged from the Navy, due in large part to his chronic alcoholism, and he heads straight for the nearest port - home sweet home. His constant belligerent presence makes life even more difficult for Buddy and Lisa, who are having a hard enough time of it as it is. Needless to say, things wind up coming to an ugly head between Buddy and Butch, and nothing is resolved as a result, since such is the nature of adult siblings. Now and forever, in full and glorious FantacolorTM from cover to cover!
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LA: SLANG Aesthetics! Art Exhibit with Robt. Williams
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under ZapRobert Williamsart showsart 11 Feb 2015 3:54 PM
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Los Angeles - Get ready for a powerhouse exhibit, LA. A new exhibition of works by Robert Williams will be on display for SLANG Aesthetics! presented in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz Magazine, opening at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on February 22nd. The godfather of surrealist art and underground cartooning, Robert Williams will be unveiling 25 new oil paintings to celebrate his breadth of work as an artist as and the founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, celebrating an accomplished 20 years of print. This will be his first LA exhibit in over a decade, and is being presented in conjuction with the beat of a book, The Complete Zap Comix.

The work of Williams and of others in Zap has been seen and felt in some of the biggest cartoonists of the past several decades. And Juxtapoz, continues a tradition of shedding light on influential and new artists spanning as many artistic genres that you can shake a stick at. Juxtapoz will feature the work of nearly 100 artists that have been selected because of their cultural influence on other, and how you can see the continuation of shared artistic motivation. 

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Curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, the show will open on February 22nd, and run until April 19th. There is a special VIP Preview Reception on the 21st, an RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it is required.

 



Lovely Guy Colwell Art Show on Valentine's Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Guy ColwellFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 11 Feb 2015 12:25 PM

Don't miss the publication party for Inner City Romance this Saturday featuring sweet original art by Guy Colwell at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The exhibition fittingly opens on Valentine's Day from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and coincides with the 7th anniversary of the colorful Georgetown Art Attack.

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Guy Colwell's comic book serial Inner City Romance appeared in 1972, illustrating the unvarnished reality of an emerging urban counterculture. As Matt Gonzalez observes in Juxtapoz magazine, "Colwell's art is motivated by two primary sentiments: first, a deep political strain meant to expose and offer commentary on political, economic, and racial disparities that exist in our society, and second, an awareness of man's uncomfortable relationship with nature and sexuality."

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The exhibition of original pages, prints, paintings and drawings by this accomplished artist is one of many highlights of the Georgetown Art Attack. Spend a romantic evening in the enchanting industrial arts district of Georgetown. Visit Fran's Chocolates new factory across the street from the bookstore, explore art studios and galleries, enjoy dinner and drinks at one of two dozen bars and restaurants, and encounter spontaneous spectacles all over the historic neighborhood.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

New Comics Day: 2.11.15
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeNew Comics DayLucy KnisleyJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 10 Feb 2015 3:03 PM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.  
 
Love and Rockets New Stories 7  
Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover
$14.99 | 978-1-60699-770-3 

"Jaime has always been brilliant at investing his characters with personality & emotion, and his illustration of Maggie speaks volumes....the latest edition of Love and Rockets: New Stories has a wealth of material from both of the Hernandez brothers. Jaime and Gilbert continue to develop their large casts of characters and unfold numerous plotlines in an intriguing manner. And the artwork from both of them is gorgeous." -Ben Herman, In My Not So Subtle Opinion
 
"Love and Rockets is incredible, and a complete about face from superhero comics if you find yourself growing tired of the Big 2."  –Comic Book Herald
 
Sweatshop
Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge

152-page full color 6.75" x 10.25" softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-812-0
 
"Sweatshop is entertaining stuff, and, as a bonus, it's fairly self-reflexive." –Hillary Brown, PASTE Magazine

"Unsurprisingly, Bagge's latest from Fantagraphics sounds highly intriguing...Peter Bagge is up there with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez as alternative comics creators from the 80's and 90's that you're cooler just for knowing." –Comic Book Herald

Displacement  
by Lucy Knisley

168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6 
 
"No one out there is Knisley, who always finds a way to create a narrative out of diverse thoughts and ideas - turning a musing sort of travelogue or blog into something wholly satisfying and meaningful. Expect a moving look at aging, 'The Greatest Generation' and love." –Menachem Luchins, 13th Dimension
 
"Knisley's able to achieve an impressive balance between humor and poignancy, juxatposing observations on the bizarre line-up of nighttime entertainment and the strangeness of her fellow passengers with thoughtful observations on aging and excerpts from her grandfather's World War II journals." –Brian Heater, Paper Mag
 
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