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The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Robert GoodinpreviewsComing Attractions 23 Feb 2015 12:40 PM

Who or what are Kurdles? Are they man or beast—or something else entirely?

As it happens, Kurdles are the denizens of Kurdleton, and Sally the bear runs into them as she tries to find her way home after being separated from her owner. So begins this 60-page all ages tale, and we have here a 9-page, downloadable excerpt for your viewing pleasure. At a generous 8.75" by 12", the oversized format of The Kurdles allows you and your little ones to be fully immersed in the lush watercolor world that Robert Goodin has created, not to mention all the individual details that one can discover through rereadings.

The Kurdles is certain to become a fast favorite once it reaches bookstores in April, so make sure you pre-order your copy now!

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Cover

New Dame Darcy Comics in Graphic Canon
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Dame Darcy 23 Feb 2015 12:01 PM
Mermaid
We're always looking for more reasons to scream Dame Darcy's names to the stars and she has new mermaid comic in the The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature: The World's Greatest Kids' Lit as Comics and Visuals (The Graphic Canon Series) edited by Russ Kick. In this anthology, all the greatest fairy tales are presented pre-censorship and pre-sanitization. Hence, Darcy's fine sensual work will shock and amaze. Pick up the latest volume for new DD! Check out her website too for more on-going work or Facebook where every Thursday you get a new Voyage of the Temptress comic, like below!


Digital comics: comiXology presents two new graphic novels
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoDylan Horrocksdigital comicscomiXology 19 Feb 2015 2:48 PM
Michael Jordan ipad
This week from comiXology you can now enjoy the finest graphic novels: Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago (21). A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history, from the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page. Feel the sweat as you swipe for only $18.99!
 
"From a scuffle with Patrick Ewing in the book's opening pages to the titanic feat of multiple NBA Championships, this book breaths with potent comic book electricity, phrasing court pivots and jump-shots with the same bombast as celestial superhero brawls." –Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine  
Sam Zabel
In addition, you can also read Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville). Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn't drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and - of course - cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy. This fantasy can be yours for the touch of a digital button

"This is a complicated, rich story about confronting the sometimes-lurid or nakedly obvious wish-fulfillment aspects of comic books, but it's also about the ways Sam's distress with the world can't be satisfied by other people's ideas of paradise." –Tasha Robinson, NPR
 
TCAF Special Guests include Eleanor Davis and Lucy Knisley
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy KnisleyeventsEleanor Davis 19 Feb 2015 2:10 PM
TCAF 2015
Toronto Comics Art Fest 2015 and Fantagraphics are elated to announce a few grand special guests, Eleanor Davis and Lucy Knisley. Eleanor's instant sell-out book How to Be Happy is now back in stock so Canada can finally grab some copies. Lucy will be celebrating her second travelogue with Fantagraphics, Displacement, which came out right on the heels of An Age of License
How to Be Happy Displacement
You can see just how crazy TCAF 2014 was in their timelapse video here (Fantagraphics table very right row [wo]manned by Jacq and Jen from 00:26-00:32 seconds) 

TCAF 2014 TimeLapse - The Toronto Comic Arts Festival from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo.

We look forward to seeing you this year and more guests to be announced sooooon.
Tcaf 
 

PORTLAND: SuperTrash signing
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jacques Boyreauevents 19 Feb 2015 1:11 PM
Supertrash
Portland, time to get high and then get low with the curated mess of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety by Jacques Boyreau. The book signing starts at 8pm sharp on Saturday February 28th, taking place at Mother Foucault's Bookshop (523 SE Morrison Street), the music by Matt Danger and a performance by Catherine Candor. Alcoholic refreshments are provided so all will have a good time. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book. Interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is Surrealism for the 21st century and you'll want a copy of this mega-slick-zine in your collection!


Geek Bar Beta's Rad Comic Library
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy KnisleyLane MilburnEsther Pearl WatsonDaniel ClowesDame Darcycomic bookstores 19 Feb 2015 11:26 AM
Geek Bar 
Photo by Brittany Yantos
 
The new(ish) Geek Bar Beta in Chicago (1941 W North Ave.) is now home to a few good comic books. As you can see, patrons are digging into the
goodness that is local cartoonists Lane Milburn's Twelve Gems and Lucy Knisley's An Age of License in addition to some classic punchy Fantagraphics comics: Meat CakeGhost World and Unlovable.  
Geek game
Photo by Peter Ranvestel

For the geek in us all, Geek Bar Beta is fostering a pretty rad and inclusive environment for whatever your flavor is; be it cosplayers wanting to find people for team-ups, trivia, board games (just like Seattle's FANTASTIC Café Mox), and movie screenings. Especially that MST3k screening Space Mutiny on February 24th, just saying, it's a really good one. And all of this can be enjoyed while feasting on some excellent cocktails, perhaps in the style of Doctor Who, and vittles.
Geek bar drink 
Photo by Peter Ranvestel

Geek Bar Beta will be playing host to Lucy Knisley soon for a signing, details to come, but in the meantime you can enjoy it's growing comic book library and read a Fantagraphics book! Fanta books!





The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDaniel Clowes 19 Feb 2015 10:35 AM

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

It's a good thing these advance copies of The Complete Eightball comes shrinkwrapped, else all our advance copies would be covered in drool by now! The long-awaited, painstakingly proofed, and completely perfected box set collecting all 18 issues of Daniel Clowes' influential Eightball comic series have arrived fresh from the printers. And it looks beautiful.

Two glossy hardcover volumes of roughly 280 pages each filled with extras, including brand new artwork by Clowes, are all wrapped up in a deluxe, sturdy slipcase cover with no detail spared! Look for our video and more photos soon. The Complete Eightball hits bookstores in May, but we fully anticipate that this box set will sell like hot cakes, so safer to pre-order now!

Mark Fertig Film Noir Talk
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Mark Fertigeventsart shows 18 Feb 2015 1:59 PM
FIlm noir
 
You are cordially invited to a gallery talk with curator Mark FertigSaturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Exhibition of posters continues through March 2 - April 11, 2015 at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Permanent Collection at St. Lawrence University.
 
Film Noir 101 editor and curator Mart Fertig writes: Film noir flourished in Hollywood throughout the 1940s and 1950s, owing to a perfect storm of cultural, political, and industry-specific forces, including the disillusionment and pessimism lingering from the Great Depression; the popularity of hardboiled writers such as Hammett, Chandler, and Cain; the disconcerting wartime experience of the American fighting man and his difficulty readjusting to domestic life; a new generation of independent, professional, and dissatisfied women; the public's fascination with Freudian analysis; Cold War fears of the atomic bomb and perceived threats of domestic communism; the suspect veracity of the American Dream; and urbanization brought on by war production, followed by the rise of suburbia and runaway materialism.

Within the movie industry, additional circumstances fostered the development of film noir, including the deterioration of the studio system and an increased need for low-cost or "B" pictures; advances in film processing and portable camera equipment; a war-weakened production code; the demands of more sophisticated ticket-buyers; and most importantly, the arrival in Hollywood from ravaged Europe of a cohort of extraordinarily gifted but cynical filmmakers. The posters offer insight not only into Hollywood movie marketing techniques, but also into the gun-waving, cigarette-smoking, fedora-wearing, loot-grabbing, back-stabbing, car-crashing, legs-showing, bare-knuckled glorious iconography of the film noir style.

Exhibition curator Mark Fertig is associate professor of graphic design and chair of the art department at Susquehanna University. Eddie Muller is a novelist, filmmaker, historian, and Turner Classic Movies host. 

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Josh SimmonsComing Attractions 18 Feb 2015 1:45 PM

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover

Master of horror Josh Simmons is back with an all-new graphic novel filled with terrors to chill the mind and soul. In Black River, the world is a barren, post-apocalyptic landscape where no one is to be trusted and chaos reigns. A ragtag group of people travel together for safety, looking out for each other as they seek a supposed walled city that still has electricity and some semblance of civilization left.

We're pleased to present the finalized cover design here for you. Black River is scheduled to be released in April and is available for pre-order now!

NY Times Best Seller: Prince Valiant
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Prince ValiantHal Fosterawards 18 Feb 2015 12:29 PM

prince valiant
Is it the impeccable draftsmanship and absolute mastery of drawing horses? Is it the scary beasts?

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The saucy threats from a wife to her husband?
PV10
Or is it consistently amazing comics coupled with out-of-this-world production? Whatever it is, Prince Valiant Volume 10 1955-1956 by Hal Foster (a past 2012, 2014 Eisner nominee) hit the NY Times Best Seller list. Volume 8 hit the NY Times Best Seller's list this time last year. Volume 10 traverses the lands of Constantinople, Eastern Russia and Camelot in addition to wrapping up stories on the kidnapping of Aleta, Valiant's trusty wife, and hunger problems in Thule. 

Prince Valiant 10  

And we're pretty sure it had to do with this pre-David Bowie yet Bowie-esque look on the cover. Or all of the above.