On this gloriously sunny fall day, we are excited to offer a sneak peek of our advance printer copies of the next EC Comics Library volume—Spawn of Mars and Other Stories! We're having a hard time keeping our hands off this beautiful hardcover book, which highlights the great Wallace Wood's science-fiction themed stories.
There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. All of them were extremists of one sort or another, from biker-gang member Rodriguez to Christian surfer Griffin, but somehow they produced a decades-long collaboration: a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap — every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists — in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. Plus, an introduction by founder R. Crumb and an oral history of Zap by Patrick Rosenkranz, and other exclusive bonus features and items TBA. Zap is the most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever published.
Comica continues rolling out the great cartoonists with Jacques Tardi. On Monday, November 10th, one hundred years after the outbreak of The Great War, Tardi makes his first ever public interview in Britain. He will be in conversation with Pat Mills, writer of Charley's War, the compelling saga of a young Cockney private enduring The First World War. An exceptional, unmissable encounter between two passionate anti-War comics creators. You can find these two in conversation at Foyles Bookshop, in The Auditorium, Level 6 (107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT) from 7-8:30pm. Tickets are on sale here at the Comica site.
Please note that Tardi will not be signing books at this event but the following night....
Meanwhile on 11th November, the anniversary of the First World War Armistice, Jacques Tardi, and his wife, the singer-songwriter Dominique Grange, will perform their work, Putain de guerre! (Goddamn This War!), a performance combining songs, readings and images in French & English, in the Ciné Lumière at the Institut Français in South Kensington from 7-8:30pm.
In a poignant evocation of the First World War, Grange will perform music from her own repertoire, as well as songs by unknown soldiers and pieces by Aragon and Ferré. Tardi will read caustic excerpts from Goddamn This War!, which he created in collaboration with the historian Jean-Pierre Verney, while his images, taken from the same work, will be shown on screen. They will be accompanied on stage by five musicians from the Accordzeam group. Followed by a book signing. Book your tickets at the Institut Français website.
The rest of us on this side of the pond will just have to be content to read the dark, beautiful new boxset, Tardi's WWI.
Here is a first look at an advance copy of another delicious CAB debut book: Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks. This book, which tells the story of a struggling cartoonist who comes in possession of a mysterious old comic book that injects him into a fantastical world, is a new, eagerly-awaited graphic novel from the creator of Hicksville. One only need look at these sneak peek images to see why we're eager for the book's release.
For those of you who can't make it to CAB (slackers), the least you could do is get your pre-order in now for December delivery.
London - Throughout the year the non-profit arts group, Comica puts on various events around London, focusing on and showcasing the works of comic greats, while promoting new works. At this year's International Comics Fest, Fanta artists Jaques Tardi and Carol Swainwill be participating in featured events. This night from 7-8:30 pm, Carol Swain will be in conversation with others under the banner, "What makes a cult comic?". Find out the answer to this question, and maybe more! when you tune into the the Comica Comics Festival. (More Details)
Saturday, November 8th
Brooklyn, NY - First it changed its name, and now it's split into two days. But one that thing that hasn't changed is the spectacular line up of artists for Comic Arts Brooklyn 2014! Presented by Desert Island, join us for the first day of the festival at Our Lady of Mount Caramel to peep all our hot new releases, like the ZAP Collection, and get your probably smaller books signed by talents like Lane Milburn, Olivier Schrauwen, Dash Shaw, and Tim Lane (who designed that seriously amazing show poster). The show floor will be open from 11 am - 7 pm and it's FREE. (More Details)
Atlanta, GA - Find out if the pirate life is for you when you jump on board this spectacular joint signing with Drew Weing and Eleanor Davis at Criminal Records. We're celebrating the re-release of Drew's book, Set to Sea, in beautiful softcover. There will also be copies of the New York Times Bestseller, How to Be Happy, by Eleanor Davis on hand and ready for signing. Drew will also be presenting on themes shared in his book about poetry, living under the stars, and the water that holds us all together. This event begins at 3 pm. (More Details)
Tacoma, WA - Get set to jet set to Tacoma for their annual Jet City Comic Show! Special guests Peter Bagge, Ed Piskor and Megan Kelso will be joining us at the Fantagraphics booth to gab and sign their respective books like Buddy Buys a Dump, Hip Hop Family Tree, and Artichoke Tales. This one day show runs from 10 am - 5 pm, tickets available at the door. (More Details)
Sunday, November 9th
Vancouver B.C. - Head to the beautiful Heritage Hall this Sunday for the last Vancouver comic show of the year. Ed Piskor and Simon Hanselmann make their way up North to join fellow writers and artists Joe Keatinge, Leila del Duca, and Ed Brisson. Celebrate comics and support Vancouver Schools by donating gently used, age-appropriate books at the venue. You'll get free admission, and feel like less of a scumbag! Everyone wins! Come on down from 11 am - 5 pm. (More Details)
Brooklyn, NY - The second day of CAB dawns this Sunday with it's programming day. All programs take place at the Wythe Hotel from 11 am - 6 pm. There's great stuff all day, and we recommend checking out Charles Burns discussing Black Hole at Noon, and at 1:30Tim Lane joins Jim Rugg and Ben Marra to talk about neo noir in comics. All programs are FREE, but you'll want to pick up tickets in advance, or you might not get in. (More Details)
Monday, November 10th
Washington D.C. - Pat Thomas will be appearing at George Washington University to present a multi-media, multi-sensory presentation that combines music, images, and spoken word recordings to present a bizarre and engaging connection between the Partridge Family and the Black Panther Party; Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver; Amiri Baraka and Motown; and Bob Dylan and George Jackson. Free and open to the public, events kicks off at 6:30. (More Details)
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 the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.
The Pennsylvania Center for the Book is thrilled to present Jim Woodring with the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for his graphic novel, Fran. Woodring will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State. As described by the jury, "Hypnotic and subliminal while entertaining and compelling, ‘Fran's' dream world is at once familiar and unsettling, a conduit to mental states that, in many ways, only the graphic novel can achieve. Woodring's work poses a refreshing change from the trend towards wordy graphic memoir, entreating the reader to reckon with a world whose language we cannot capture in our own."
So you too can be transported to the Unifactor to visit Frank, Fran, Pupshaw and Pushpaw during Woodring's talk and acceptance speech. For more information about the PA Center for the Book and past winners, visit their site. The Paterno Library is located along intercampus road Curtin Rd and N. Allen Street. Grab your own copy of Fran today!
Joyce Farmer of Special Exits had the pleasure to announce Woodring as the recipient of this year's award. Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident. A prize of $2,500, the two volume set of Ward's six novels published by the Library of America, and a suitable commemorative will be presented to 2014 winner, Jim Woodring, for his book "Fran."
For more information about Woodring's presentation or if you have questions about the physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accommodations at the Penn State site, contact Caroline Wermuth at
Paterno Library (at the intersection of Curtin Rd and N. Allen St) University Park, PA 16802
The epic adventures continue! We've received the final cover art for Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956, collecting and celebrating the vivid, detailed artwork of comics virtuoso Hal Foster. In this tenth volume, our band of heroes are making their way back to the Kingdom of Thule when they are attacked by a band of barbarians.
Prince Valiant Vol. 10 is expected to make an appearance in January and is available for pre-order now. Keep your eyes peeled for more previews of this book in upcoming weeks!