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Now in stock: The Comics Journal #295 (Brian K. Vaughn, Gipi, etc.)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesjohn kerschbaumGipi 12 Jan 2009 2:31 PM

The Comics Journal #295

The Comics Journal #295
Edited by Mike Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

The Comics Journal #295 is chock full of all the comicky goodness that you’ve come to expect from our fine publication! Check it out:

  • Sean T. Collins interviews writer Brian K. Vaughan about Y the Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways, Pride of Baghdad, how a career in comics led him to writing for the hit television series Lost, and much, much more.
  • Paul Karasik presents a conversation with Italian cartoonist Gipi, who talks about Garage Band, Notes for a War Story, the Ignatz books and how he narrowly avoided a life of crime.
  • Rob Clough offers us a chat with humor cartoonist John Kerschbaum, covering everything from The Wiggly Reader to Pete & Pussy to why he couldn’t figure out why his first editors hated him so much.
  • Michael Dean examines the page rates paid by the Best American Comics anthology series.
  • Noah Berlatsky digs into the comic-book closet and finds out what’s hiding back there.
  • R.C. Harvey examines the life of Flash Gordon/Rip Kirby creator Alex Raymond.
  • Our comics section this issue: Charles A. Voight’s short-lived newspaper strip The Theorist, in its entirety.

As always, we’ve got free online previews of our Brian K. Vaughan, Gipi and John Kerschbaum interviews to whet your apetite. The Comics Journal #295 — around the comics world in 208 pages! Don’t miss it.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Daily links: 1/12/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas OttTed StearnreviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJosh SimmonsJaime HernandezIvan BrunettiDash Shaw 12 Jan 2009 1:35 PM

• Review: Panel Patter explores House by Josh Simmons

• Review: The Daily Cross Hatch guarantees that Ted Stearn's Fuzz & Pluck will make you laugh

• List: Largehearted Boy names his "Favorite Graphic Novels of 2008," including Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• List: At RevolutionSF, Rick Klaw names "What Is Best in 2008," including The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott (reproduced from his top comics list on his "Nexus Graphica" column)

• List: Zack Soto names his personal "best of/favorite" comics of 2008, including Perla La Loca by Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by Jaime and his brothers, and Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

• List: At Robot 6, what Ivan Brunetti (and others) is reading

The Italian Constitution, illustrated
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Sergio PonchioneMarco CoronaLorenzo MattottiIgnatz SeriesGabriella Giandelliart shows 12 Jan 2009 12:32 PM

Articolo 1 - Marco Corona

14 Italian artists, including Ignatz creators Marco Corona (above), Gabriella Giandelli, Lorenzo Mattotti and Sergio Ponchione, illustrate the articles of the Italian Constitutional Charter for an exhibit opening in Bologna tomorrow, January 13. Marco Corona's blog has details in Italian; here's the Google translation.

2008 Critics' Picks: 20% Off for 2 Weeks Only!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Untagged  12 Jan 2009 11:11 AM

Last week we posted our monster tally of critics' Fantagraphics picks for the best comics of 2008. To celebrate the fact that over two thirds of our 2008 releases were chosen as the best of the year by various commentators, all of these titles are now 20% OFF for two weeks only, through 11:59 PM Pacific time, Jan. 26, 2009! Click here to browse the selection of titles. If you're missing anything we put out last year, this is a great chance to catch up!

Preview video/slideshow: Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesEsther Pearl Watson 12 Jan 2009 7:41 AM

Scheduled to arrive around the end of this month, Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable is a glitter-encrusted, hot pink hunk of high school humiliation, heartbreak, halitosis, hairspray and hilarity from the pages of Bust magazine. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

Penelope!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 12 Jan 2009 7:26 AM
You should all head over to Rob Clough's HIGH-LOW site right now, read his Top 50 for 2008, and then thank him for getting it done when he did, because late last week he and his wife welcomed baby daughter Penelope into the world, and I guarantee you that if he hadn't finished that Top 50 before she was born, you would never have gotten the chance to read it. Which is my way of saying congratulations to Rob and Laura, who are about as kind as anyone you'll meet and will no doubt make fantastic parents. 
Now available from Johnny Ryan
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryan 12 Jan 2009 6:58 AM

Get 'em here. 

 

Obama's First 100 Days...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 12 Jan 2009 6:49 AM

Courtesy Drew Friedman and MAD Magazine...

Don't Let the Door Hit You...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 12 Jan 2009 6:31 AM

  

Vanity Fair.com has a nice gallery of George Dubya caricatures up, featuring Ed SorelDrew Friedman, Gerald Scarfe (pictured), and others. 

Signed bookplate update: Tim Lane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lanesigned bookplates 9 Jan 2009 4:21 PM

Abandoned Cars - signed bookplate by Tim Lane

Mr. Tim Lane of St. Louis, MO has kindly supplied us with a batch of signed book plates for his debut book Abandoned Cars, and they are now newly available. A bookplate may be obtained exclusively from Fantagraphics when ordering the accompanying book, at no extra charge! Some conditions apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!