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Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Willard MullinpreviewsComing Attractions 12 Jan 2015 11:20 AM

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Cover

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Inside Page

The scent of freshly printed advance books is second only to coffee in its ability to perk us up and get our heartrate going! This morning, we've got a first glimpse at Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales. Check out that beautiful cloth binding, the lush colors popping off each page, and the simple design allowing Mullin's illustrations to shine.

Casey at the Bat is slated to arrive in bookstores in March, but you can make it an easy catch by pre-ordering the book here!

RHINEBECK: Lucy Knisley returns home
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 12 Jan 2015 8:09 AM
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In honor of her travelogues An Age of License and the newly pressed DisplacementLucy Knisley is having a signing at her hometown bookstore: Oblong Books and Music. In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
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Oblong Books has been around for 35 sweet years run by the Hermans family and is sure to please. See you there! (Photo Credit: Kitty Sheehan
Oblong Books
Oblong Books
Montgomery Row
Rhinebeck, NY
845.876.0500 
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January Book-A-Day Sale: Wandering Son
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura Takakosales specials 12 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Wandering Son by Shimura Takako - CoversToday's January Book-A-Day is a three-fer! Shimura Takako's beloved manga series, Wandering Son, has been hailed as a sophisticated work of storytelling, in which a group of fifth grade characters must navigate their budding puberty, and some of them find themselves dealing with the additional complications of gender dysphoria.

Today, we're pleased to offer Volumes 4, 5, and 6 as a bundle at 45% off!

January Book-A-Day Sale: Interiorae
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsGabriella Giandelli 10 Jan 2015 9:15 AM

Interiorae by Gabriella Giandelli - CoverToday's Book-A-Day title comes to us from Italy, and it is described thusly:

"A high-rise apartment building in an unnamed European city. Its inhabitants come and go, meet each other, talk, dream, regret, hope... in short, live. A ghostly, shape-shifting anthropomorphic white rabbit roams from apartment to apartment, surveying and keeping track of all this humanity... and at the end of every night, he floats down to the basement where he delivers his report to the 'great dark one.'"

Yes, it's Gabriella Giandelli's Interiorae, praised both in her native Italy and in the U.S, in Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey. And, for today only, you can purchase this moody graphic novel for 40% off its retail price!

This Week in Fanta Events 1/10-1/12
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Marguerite Van CookLucy KnisleyLB ColeJim WoodringJames RombergerFantagraphics BookstoreeventsBill Schellyart showsart 9 Jan 2015 10:39 PM

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Saturday, January 10th

Seattle, WA - Our very own Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery is overflowing with events and community this Saturday where we will be opening our newest exhibit, Blacklight: The World of L.B. Cole. Joined by Fantagraphics editor, Mike Catron who will be giving a slide show presentation on the beautifully reprinted covers by L.B. Cole, a master of primary colors. If you thought that was enough for one day, you thought wrong. French artist collective Le Cagibi brings with them an engaging, entertaining, and FREE workshop that delves into the process of screenprinting. Their inventive techniqes on printing and binding have made them an important fountain of information for anyone looking to DIY their own work. All the festivities begin at 6 PM! (More Details)

Brooklyn, NY - The Scott Eder Gallery doesn't hold their art collection back, and it's only the best for their fans and patrons! Which is why they're premiering a new collection of paintings and drawings from the dreamworld master himself, Jim Woodring. The exhibit You Drive! begins with an opening reception on January 10th at 6 pm with Woodring in attendance. If you can't make it to this star studded appearance, the exhibit will be running until February 27th, where you can gawk, get inspired, and even purchase original art! Or pick up the next best thing, Jim, the collected autobiographical work. You can walk, train, or drive to The Scott Eder Gallery this Saturday. (More Details)

New Orleans, LA - Marguerite Van Cook and partner, James Romberger are special guests at this year's Wizard World: NOLA edition. The pair have been blazing across the country showcasing their newest release, Late Child and Other Animals, a gorgeous semi-autobiographical tale of generational relationships, history, and how we move forward. They will be there Saturday AND Sunday; show floor is open from 10-7. I expect an ol' fashioned New Orleans parade with cosplay, and trust that someone will get one started. (More Details)

Knisley Strand

Monday, January 12th

NYC - It's not just in the name, the extremely affable Lucy Knisley will be hitting up the best bookstore in New York, The Strand, in conversation with columnist Marie Anello of Absolute Magazine. They will be focusing on Lucy's two latest releases with Fantagraphics, An Age of License and her newest, Displacement. Displacement is a true tale of growing up and growing old, two things every person must come to terms with. Her honesty and self-reflection is touching, and will be the topic of this night's discussion. Stick around afterwards for a signing, where you can pick up Displacement before it hits the shelves! The evening begins at 7 pm (More Details

 

 

DC: MASSIVE at Fantom Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 9 Jan 2015 9:38 AM

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The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. 

Fantom Comics of Washington D.C. invites you to visit this world for a night on Thursday, January 22nd when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.

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Massive editor (and former Director of Marketing & Publicity for Vertical, Inc.), Anne Ishii lists her career highlights as publishing The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (Picturebox), translation of the 10-volume series Detroit Metal City (Viz), Board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. She also co-created and curates MASSIVE Merch: Gay Paraphernalia with Graham Kolbeins.

Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers  which screened at Outfest; Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at MASSIVE; and editor of the blog Gay Manga!.

Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
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Be there or we'll send some of Jairaya's cavemen after you!

Fantom Comics
2010 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036





January Book-A-Day Sale: Angelman
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsnicolas mahler 9 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Angelman by Nicolas Mahler - CoverToday's January Book-A-Day title was named the "Best Funny Comic of 2012" by Paul Gravett.

Nicolas Mahler's Angelman turns the superhero trope directly on its head. The titular character is created by Korporate Comics in a flash of money-grubbing cynicism appalling even by their standards. However, Angelman’s powers (which include empathy and the ability to be a good listener) prove less than adequate to deal with the sinister threat of the insane plastic-surgeon villain Gender Bender — or with the fickleness of fashion, the rapacious super-heroine Lady Dentata, the increasingly desperate re-boot attempts by Korporate Comics, his oddly twin-like wife, a disastrously bad movie adaptation that single-handedly brings the vogue for super-hero movies to a screeching halt… all delineated in Mahler’s trademarked ultra-minimalism (albeit this time in spectacular color), and with his drier-than-dry wit.

For today only, Angelman is available from our mail-order department at 35% off!

PHILLY: MASSIVE at Giovanni's Room
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 8 Jan 2015 3:38 PM
Giovanni's Room
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. 
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Giovanni's Room of Philadelphia invites you to visit this world for a night on Tuesday, January 20th when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 6pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state. 
Giovanni's Room
Giovanni's Room
345 South 12th Street
215.923.2960 

Je Suis Charlie
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under LB ColeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 8 Jan 2015 11:58 AM

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Our thoughts are with the families of the cartoonists and their colleagues senselessly killed in Paris. We trust that in the end, the pen will prove mightier than the sword. By coincidence, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is hosting an appearance by French cartoonist collective Le Cagibi this Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Under the circumstances, this event takes on special significance.

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The visiting artists, from Lille, France, will conduct a free workshop on their inventive techniques and present their handcrafted publications. They encourage people to bring tee shirts to be silkscreened on site with their designs. The evening will also include an exhibition of Golden Age comic book covers by L. B. Cole with a slide talk by editor J. Michael Catron.

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Please join us for this intriguing international cultural exchange on Saturday. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes from downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110.

January Book-A-Day Sale: The Last Musketeer
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsJason 8 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

The Last Musketeer by Jason - CoverOur eighth January Book-A-Day Sale title also heralds our new theme of the week—"Across the Pond"—featuring seven Fantagraphics editions of non-U.S. titles. We're starting off with acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist Jason's The Last Musketeer.

The premise: the by-now centuries old musketeer Athos has been reduced to a suavely dressed but useless near-panhandler trading on his now almost extinct fame. All this changes when one day the Martians attack Earth. Suddenly there is a need for swashes to be buckled, and Athos leaps back into the fray with a vengeance.

You can purchase The Last Musketeer  today for a whopping 45% off! Grab your copy of this iconic, award-winning cartoonist's work while supplies last!