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Publisher Gary Groth on Genius short list for The Stranger
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under The StrangerGary Grothawards 15 May 2014 4:50 PM

Gary Groth
Publisher Gary Groth was the happy recipient of a chocolate cake this week as alt-weekly paper, The Stranger, let him know he is on a very short list of nominees for the Genius Award in Seattle. Gary's up against some fierce local competition in the literature category but he's held a guiding light for Fantagraphics and comics long enough for us to know he's a genius (read: crazy, mad genius). Fantagraphics' cartoonists Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney have had the privilege of being on the short list as well (Woodring won!) so Gary will have some good company no matter what.

To find out who the genius is you'll have to grab the summer issue of A&P-out June 11-to find out. The Stranger plans on hosting a series of interviews with Genius Award finalists at the Frye Art Museum in August and September, and the Genius Awards are October 18 at the Moore Theatre. They've promised other amazing performers and the Seattle Rock Orchestra! For free! 

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/12-5/18
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Maxevents 15 May 2014 4:34 PM
arcane anni show
 
Friday, May 16th
  • Seattle, WA: Join Fantagraphic's own Jen Vaughn, and a score of other local talents (Ulises Farinas, Simon Roy, Damon Gentry, + more) for the first part of a weeklong celebration of the 10 year anniversary for Arcane Comics! Festivities begin at 7 pm PST. (More details )

 appleseed show

Saturday, May 17

  • Fort Wayne, IN: Featured special guests at the Appleseed Comicon happening this weekend are the masters Peter Bagge  (Buddy Buys a Dump), and Ed Piskor  (NYT Bestseller, Hip-Hop Family Tree)! They'll be signing, and Piskor will be on a panel about Comics and Hip Hop. Convention begins at 10 am, and runs through Sunday. (More details
  • Columbus, OH: The acclaimed exhibit Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes continues its travels across the country with a stay at the Wexner Center for the Arts, opening Saturday, May 17th! And Dan himself will be there to kick off the show, in conversation with comics scholar Hillary Chute, starting at 7:00 PM in the Mershon Auditorium!(More details
  • Seattle, WA: Continuing their second day of comics extravaganza, Arcane comics brings us their 10th Anniversary Super Indy Comics Bash! New Fanta employee, Marc Palm, as well as featured former finterns like Tom Van Deusen and Ben Horak will be signing books. This 21+ event begins at 7 pm. (More details)

 

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil Partchvideopreviewsnew releases 15 May 2014 3:54 PM

Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

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

Hot on the heels of last year’s Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch comes this brand new collection of intoxicated insanity! Virgil Partch, tutor to the tanked, scholar of the sloshed, professor to the plastered, and endowed with a scholarship from the School of Advanced Study of Alcoholic Endeavor, flung himself into months-long research of the most arduous kind in order to produce — for our collective betterment — this report on the hangover, and how one may acquire it.

At the height of his career, working in quiet obscurity, Partch pursued his goal quietly and selflessly, often confining himself for long hours without food or sleep in dim, ill-ventilated holes-in-the-walls, doggedly researching, testing, rejecting, seeking no reward but that elusive ideal mixture to satiate one’s palate and wet one’s whistle.

The foamy formula of excess (C2H5OH + homo sapiens) has created a combustible concoction that has long fueled sleepless nights, great passions, artistic achievement, and regretful mornings, but never before has it produced such inspired hilarity. Collecting the top shelf of Vip’s drink-themed artwork including well-known favorites, this new book is sure to delight even the most rigid teetotaler (and perhaps cause them to reconsider). So batten down the hooch and prepare to cast off on the stormy seas of booze with your faithful captain, Virgil Partch!

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Cork High and Bottle Deep cover photo

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakopreviewsMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 15 May 2014 1:21 PM

In August we'll be bringing you Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako, and in the new volume of the beloved manga series about teens finding their place on the gender spectrum (and their friends, families, teachers and mentors), the story picks right up where Vol. 6 left off.

Our downloadable preview consists of the full first chapter, "How Mako Feels" — down in the dumps and having a crisis of confidence, is how! Poor kid got shook up by being in the spotlight as Juliet in the class play. The teachers are a little shaken up too, since the school principal was a bit put off by all the cross-dressing.

Don't forget, if you don't already have Vol. 6, you can subscribe to Vols. 7 & 8 along with it at a nice discount — offer ends soon! And if you do have Vol. 6, get in on the pre-sale for Vol. 7 now and you can still reserve Vol. 8 at a discount too!

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJoyce FarmerComing Attractions 14 May 2014 2:30 PM

Joyce Farmer's acclaimed, award-winning 2010 graphic memoir Special Exits comes to paperback this Summer. Farmer, whose expressive, detailed linework and humane storytelling was a founding staple of feminist underground comix anthologies in the 1970s, spent over a decade crafting this heartbreaking, touching, funny, and unflinching story of caring for elderly parents.

In our downloadable excerpt, you'll meet octogenarians Lars and Rachel. Farmer creates a finely observed and fully realized portrait of her parents, introducing you to their day-to-day activities and infirmities: visits from daughter Laura (Farmer's stand-in), headaches, grocery shopping, backaches, home repair, hobbies, reminiscing, and a fall in the bathtub.

Pre-order and reserve your copy today.

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer

Piskor & Bagge at Appleseed Comic Con
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeeventsEd Piskor 14 May 2014 1:36 PM
Appleseed
This weekend, masters of the comic art form, Peter Bagge and Ed Piskor are Special Guests at the Appleseed Comic Con in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Join the comics crowd at The Grand Wayne Center (120 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) on Saturday, May 17th from 10am-6pm and again on Sunday, May 18th from 11am-5pm. Guests 
On Saturday from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM check out THE HIP HOP/COMICS CONNECTION panel! "Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times best-selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40 year relationship between Comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bode characters painted on Trains, to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work."
Buddy Buys a Dump HHFT 1
Purchase a $10 day pass here before they sell out and go to the coolest con in Indiana!
The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - FREE Bonus Print with Purchase!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesConor Stechschulte 14 May 2014 1:06 PM

Our shipment of Conor Stechschulte's debut graphic novella The Amateurs has arrived in our warehouse, but we're not sending out orders quite yet: Conor is sending us this limited-edition 4-color screenprint to include as a free bonus in every order while supplies last! (They went like hotcakes at TCAF!)

The Amateurs print

Conor shown for scale (and intense eye contact) — looks like they're maybe around 10" x 15" but don't hold us to that:

Conor models prints

So, pre-sale is extended for a few days, until early next week — get in on it!

Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun by Don Rosa - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Don RosaDisneyComing Attractions 13 May 2014 4:43 PM

Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 1)

Here we go! We've overcome some hurdles that knocked it down the schedule a bit, but Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun, the first volume in the Don Rosa Library, is now on track for release in early Fall. We're pleased to unveil the official final cover art for the first time! Rosa's take on the Disney Ducks is jam-packed with action and detail, clever plotting, and laughs for all ages.

Demand for this series is high, and we'll do our best to print enough for everybody, but you still might want to get your pre-order in early to secure your copy!

Paste Magazine's 100 Best Comic Book Characters
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Stan SakaiPeter BaggeJaime HernandezDisneyDaniel ClowesCarl Barks 13 May 2014 2:58 PM
Paste
Paste Magazine released a list of the 100 Best Comic Book Characters and a few are from Fantagraphics books! Here are our highlights:
Buddy Buys a Dump Buddy
88. Buddy Bradley from HateBuddy Buys a Dump, etc.
"For some, though, Bagge's early ‘90s hipster caricature was the closest comics got to depicting the world Gen X'ers knew, or at least the world they thought would make them look cool if they acted like they knew it. Through Buddy, Bagge bitingly dredged up the paranoia at the core of every ‘90s alt doofus." – Garrett Martin
Ghost World Enid
35. Enid Coleslaw from Ghost World
"Teenage girls, in particular, get the short shrift in comics as Betties and Veronicas, but Enid is spunky, dangerous and recognizably human. In Ghost World, Enid brings her glorious three dimensions to the trials of adolescence." – Hillary Brown 
Usagi  Usagi
28. Miyamoto Usagi from Usagi Yojimbo
"Whether training under his Lord Mifune or traveling as a directionless Ronin, this rabbit bodyguard holds more gravitas and depth than any other anthropomorphic animal." – Sean Edgar
Uncle Scrooge Scrooge
15. Uncle Scrooge from Carl Bark's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck
"His cantankerous, money-crazed persona is tempered by a sympathetic backstory from Barks, showing how the millionaire waterfowl earned every dime of his immense wealth through hard work and cunning. This simple setup has fueled decades of stories, the animated series DuckTales and, more recently, a new series of acclaimed reprints of Barks' classic comics by Fantagraphics." –Zack Smith
Love and Rockets Hopey 
"Hopey is all spikes and broken glass - a kid at heart - and, as children are, often thoughtless, selfish and wild. That she manages to be completely endearing and relatable to the reader speaks to Hernandez's achievement in Hopey's characterization." – Hillary Brown 
  
The Love Bunglers Maggie
10. Maggie
 from Love and Rockets/Locas by Jaime Hernandez
"Maggie's evolving, deepening emotions since 1981 make her one of the most realized and substantial characters in the entire comics medium. She's stereotypically feminine in many aspects - emotional, irrational, eats her feelings - but she also bends gender norms, as evidenced by her talent as a mechanic." – Hillary Brown 









Jim by Jim Woodring - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim WoodringComing Attractions 13 May 2014 12:59 PM

As more and more people discover the certified Genius of Jim Woodring through his recent Frank graphic novels, a vital and revealing portion of his work has been unavailable for years, until now. Jim presents the "autojournal" material previously collected the now-obsolete The Book of Jim along with new and previously uncollected material in a definitive new hardcover package scheduled to arrive in July.

In our downloadable excerpt you'll find a sampling of contents including: Jim comic cover art; the Table of Contents; a couple of fake ads; a handwritten text piece; some unsettling charcoal drawings; a tale of Big Red the cat; a portion of one of Jim's beguiling dream comics; and two pages of "Pulque" in full color. Warning: may cause swelling in your eyeballs and tingling at the base of your skull. Pre-sale is on now!

Jim by Jim Woodring