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OCD Extra: Fall Booklist Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under OCDLucy KnisleyJim WoodringEleanor Davis 27 Aug 2014 3:45 PM
The current and next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:
How to Be Happy
"What's most noticeable when the stories are laid up against one another is her varied visual approach, adapting her style to best fit the material...The success of this collection suggests that short pieces are likely Davis' métier, but what's here is so accomplished that it's natural to hope for a book-length work next time out." –Gordon Flagg
Jim Woodring  
"Woodring launched his comics career in the mid-1980s with Jim, a magazine featuring surreal stories based on his disturbingly bizarre dreams...What these stories also share with the Frank-related comics is Woodring's lush but expressively cartoonish drawing style...Woodring's Frank comics subtly burrow their way into your subconscious, but the Jim stories work a similar magic in an-only slightly-more straightforward and accessible fashion." –Gordon Flagg
An Age of License
by Lucy Knisley
"In her classic travelogue style and interspersed with lovely, contemplative watercolor sketches, she offers glimpses of her journey-feeling...as she observes her life from the distance of travel, and her simple lines, lively illustrations, and patchwork of moments she chooses to include artfully capture her introspective mood. Fans of Knisley's earlier works, particularly older teens or young adults, will appreciate this honest, charming, and gently paced travel journal." –Candice Mack



This Week In Fantagraphics Events 8/25-8/31
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeLane MilburnJohnny RyanGary GrotheventsEleanor DavisEd Piskor 27 Aug 2014 8:34 AM

gary genius

Wednesday, August 27th

  • Seattle, WA: We here are Fantagraphics are already pretty privy to how much of a genius our boss, Gary Groth, is. Finally the World is standing up to take notice! And by the World, I mean The Stranger Genius Awards for Literature. Books editor, Paul Constant will be presenting a showcase at the Frye Art Museum for all the literature geniuses, including Gary, visual poet, Shin Yu Pai, and writer of the current Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson. Tickets $10, with mingling and drinks beginning at 5:30. 21+ (More details)
quimbys
 
Saturday, August 30th
  • Chicago, IL: Purveyors of the finest comics, Quimby's Bookstore of Chicago will be hosting the prince of spaces escapades, Lane Milburn, as he parties with the public to celebrate the release of his sci-fi epic, Twelve Gems! A Heavy Metal saga meets your math class compositon notebook in this beautiful space opera that traverses the cosmos. The boogying starts at 7 pm. (More details
  • Los Angeles: As a part of the Everything Is Festival at the Cine Family, Prison Pit cartoonist, Johnny Ryan will be freaking audiences out by screening the animated version of Prison Pit Book One. Joining him on a panel to follow with be noted comedians and bad boys, Rick Shapiro and Blake Anderson. Begins at 2:30 pm. Get tix quick! (More details)
  • Houston, TX: Amazing Houston Comic Con will be hosting a slew of the comic industry's most notable artists, and joing them is of course Mr. Ed Piskor of Hip Hop Family Tree! He will be around Friday and Saturday, and will hopefully ask Rob Liefeld what he thought of the special HHFT #300, found in your forthcoming deluxe box set. (More details
  • Decatur, GA: If you find yourself in the dirty south this weekend, get a little dirtier by hanging out with a bunch of authors of cartoonists at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this weekend where Eleanor Davis and Ed Piskor will be giving you the down low on their works. Eleanor and Liz Prince will be giving a presentation this day at 1:45 pm titled, "How to be Graphic" - told you the south was dirty - (More details)
dec fest
Sunday, August 31st
  • Decatur, GA: Ed Piskor is doubling up on events this weekend and making his way across the great American landscape to bring a launch of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2, and a moderated panel to follow, where he'll discuss the only two things that still make sense in the world, hip-hop and comic books. Scoot on down to the Marriott at 5 pm! (More details)

 

The Lonesome Go Photoset Preview
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Lanenew releases 26 Aug 2014 5:48 PM

"[Tim Lane] makes illustrations in that Brylcreem-soaked, hard-boiled, noir style with heavy hatching circa R. Crumb." – Juxtapoz

"Lane’s beautifully crafted pen-and-ink drawing combines a master artist’s eye for detail with a predilection for the grotesque to produce a superb blending of unforgettable images and poignant meditation on life’s tragic undercurrents." – Booklist

"…[Tim Lane is] a major new voice on the American literary landscape, with or without the illustrations." – Print

The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

296-page black & white/color 8” x 10.75” softcover • $39.99

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/lonesomego



SEATTLE: Jim Woodring at the University Bookstore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 26 Aug 2014 3:15 PM
Jim Flyer
Is your mind's eye open? Can it possibly hold all of the beauty in the world? If not, then Jim Woodring's new book JIM is the collection of comics to prepare you. Built on foundation of hallucinations and nightmares, Jim is Woodring's alter-ego and allows him the creative freedom live in alternate dimensions and answer the question "What If" in a language he didn't even know existed. 
 
Joe Garvin of News from Mill Creek and the University Bookstore recently reviewed Jim, "Anthropomorphic creatures resembling frogs and elephants occupy strange but uncannily familiar landscapes; beings traverse realms and undergo spontaneous transformations. Nevertheless, all seems to belong to a private and coherent symbolic language. This is the wondrous and unique sensation of reading Woodring's most personal work-the artist delving deeply into his imaginative consciousness, and creating artful transmissions back from his world.
 
Jim Woodring, the cartoonist, will be discuss and sign his book at the free event at the University Bookstore on Thursday, September 4th at 7pm. (4326 University Way NE, Seattle w 98105). The book is available for purchase in-store, by phone at (206) 634-3400, or at ubookstore.com, on the date of the event.
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Eleanor Davis + Ed Piskor: Decatur Book Festival
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor DavisEd Piskor 26 Aug 2014 1:28 PM
Decatur Book Festival
This weekend, Eleanor Davis and Ed Piskor are going to rock Georgia's lit festival in Decatur. Free to the public on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st, the Decatur Book Festival is all over downtown Decatur. 

Eleanor is giving a presentation along with Liz Prince and moderator Kerry Leibling at the "How to Be Graphic" panel on Saturday, August 30th. A little less salty than it sounds, be at the Marriott Conference Center Ballroom A promptly at 1:45pm! (130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030) A book signing to follow.
 
Meanwhile, on Sunday Ed Piskor has the Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 - Book Launch at 5pm. Along with moderator Edward A. Hall, Piskor will talk about the jump hip-hop has made from legends to comic book panels. Join him at Marriott Conference Center Ballroom. (130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030)A book signing to follow.
 
So we'll see you, DECATUR, this weekend! 
Hip Hop Family Tree 2 How to be Happy


Reddit AMA with Ed Piskor
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Harvey PekareventsEd Piskor 26 Aug 2014 12:59 PM

ama

Tuesday, September 9

Attention internet! The boom bap is back in the freshest new release, Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 and cartoonist/hip-hop historian, Ed Piskor is taking to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. He'll answer all your burning questions about love, life, favorite colors, and probably his extensive resume of comics including the HHFT series, Wizzywig, and collaborations with famed writer, Harvey Pekar

The session begins at 2 PM EST right here on Reddit!

Los Angeles: Animated Prison Pit Screening and Panel
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeJohnny Ryanevents 26 Aug 2014 8:00 AM

PP screening

Saturday, August 30

Boy oh boy, have we got a treat for you. As a part of the Everything Is Festival series, put on by the amazing Cine Family, you can not only screen the animated version of the first Prison Pit book, you can hear a bunch of funny people talk about how amazing it is afterwards! Of course the indescribable author of Prison Pit, Johnny Ryan, will be there, but joining him on the panel will be comedians, Rick Shapiro and Blake Anderson. You may remember the brilliant Shapiro for his reoccuring portrayal of "the angry poet" on Conan O'Brien, and Anderson from the all-star show, Workaholics (and for having fabulous hair). 

The screening begins at 2:45 pm, and these gentelmen and scholars will all be there to help guide you through the supremely wicked and grotesque battlefield on the prison pit universe of hyperviolence and hyperhilarity. If your favorite W.W.E. personas came to life and unleashed the worst horrors on each other, you'll be barely scratching the surface of how amazing Prison Pit, and its DVD companion are.

Both both were a huge hit at this years San Diego Comic-con, and now you can check out why the f@$k everyone is talking about the best thing since slorge-arms. 

Get your tickets here! 

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDon RosaDisney 25 Aug 2014 12:33 PM

“Great howling crashwagons!” The Richest Duck in the World is back — and so are noisy nephew Donald, wunderkinder Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and rascally richnik Flintheart Glomgold! Because you asked for it, we’re proud to present our first complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by contemporary fan favorite Don Rosa — following in the footsteps of Disney legend Carl Barks with an exciting, lovingly detailed visual style all his own! Rosa, among the world’s most beloved modern cartoonists, launched his Barksian career in 1987. Famed for his prizewinning “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck,” Rosa wrote and drew a whopping two decades’ worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns! Presented with sparkling color and “extras,” these Duckburg epics are getting a definitive, comprehensive North American edition for the very first time — at a price even Scrooge would consider a bargain!

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun
by Don Rosa

208-page full color 8.5” x 11” hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-742-0

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/sonofthesun




Wild Boyz World Tour: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle on Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmanneventsart shows 25 Aug 2014 9:33 AM
Tour Poster
The Boys of Summer are about to be in your town fun in the fall! Simon Hanselmann is coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia to titelate and delight Americans with his debut comic graphic novel, Megahex. Joining him are Koyama Press cartoonists, Michael DeForge with Lose #6 and Patrick Kyle with Distance Mover! A few other special guests will join them along the way so find your city and plunk your butt down in front of the store for a good time. There will also be a silkscreened version of the above collaboration available soon from the amazing Telegraph Gallery.

Megahex

The boys are heading to the EAST COAST first but this tour will be from sea to shining sea!

Lose #6

September 12th - Baltimore, MD - Atomic Books
(with Charles Burns, Ed Piskor, Noel Freibert and more!)

September 13-14th - Bethesda, MD SPX  

September 15th - Charlottesville, VA - Telegraph Gallery  
(with Noel Freibert) 

September 16th - Philadelphia, PA - Locust Moon Comics  
(with Farel Dalrymple, Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)

September 20th - Brooklyn, NY - Bergen Street Comics  
(with Eleanor Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Matthew Thurber, Mark Connery, Alex Degen and Noel Freibert)

September 21st - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Book Festival

September 23rd - Manhattan, NY - The New School

September 24th - Pittsburgh, PA - Copacetic Comics  
(with Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)

September 27th - Columbus, OH - Kafe Kerouac

September 30th - Chicago, IL - Quimby's

October 2nd - Minneapolis, MN - Boneshaker Books

October 4th - Las Vegas, NV - TBA

October 5th - Los Angeles, CA - Secret Headquarters

October 7th - San Francisco, CA - Mission Comics

(with Ed Luce)

October 9th - Portland, OR - Floating World

October 10th - Portland, OR - Gridlords

October 11th - Seattle, WA - Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery
(with Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte) 

October 12th - Vancouver, BC - Pulp Fiction
(sans Simon Hanselmann)

+ With Alex Degen

Distance Mover

Along the way there will be plenty of fun, frivolity and even some noise punk music! There's extra planned performances like on September 17th at Lavazone with the See Through Girls, October 1st with Zak Sally, October 5th with Hellen Jo and Calvin Wong Noise Project, plus Chicago, SPX, NYC so keep your peepers wide open for each city's announcement and signing details!

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Snoopy's Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 25 Aug 2014 7:30 AM

Snoopy's Thanksgiving
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-778-9

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

Sometimes getting together with friends and family for Thanksgiving isn't all that it's cracked up to be, as Snoopy learns when his brother Spike invites him to spend Thanksgiving in the desert, and things don't quite work out as planned. At least it's a change of pace for Snoopy, who spends most Thanksgivings with the ol' supper dish (and one lonely one at the malt shoppe as Joe Cool). It's also a tense time of year to be a bird who’s afraid of being mistaken for a turkey and roasted, and Woodstock copes with his anxieties in various ways, including by donning a disguise with Snoopy's help. Meanwhile, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Franklin all get sick over their Thanksgiving vacation. Snoopy's Thanksgiving is the perfect gift book for anyone whose idea of the holiday is more Charlie Brown than Norman Rockwell.

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