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Fantagraphics at the 2014 Olympia Comics Festival!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jesse ReklaweventsCharles Burns 13 May 2014 9:13 AM

The 2014 Olympia Comics Festival will take place Saturday, June 7th at our state capitol, with events held at The Capitol Theater, The Olympia Center, and Danger Room Comics.

And this year's guests of honor are none other than our own Charles Burns and Jesse Reklaw!

It'll be a homecoming for Charles Burns, who went to college at Olympia's Evergreen State College in the mid '70s (along with Lynda Barry and Matt Groening, be still my heart). Stop by his table and have him sign your old copies of Black Hole, inspired by the eerieness of the Pacific Northwest!

And Jesse Reklaw is surely no stranger to our corner of the country, as a former resident of Portland! He'll be signing his beautiful graphic memoir, Couch Tag, among other work!

Both artists will be participating in the Comics Stage Show at the Capitol Theater, in panels at The Olympia Center in the afternoon, and will be signing at Danger Room Comics in the early evening. We'll post the complete schedule as soon as we get it, but in the meanwhile, block out your calendar for the first weekend in June!
Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 12 May 2014 5:54 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 9 cover photo

Prince Valiant Vol. 9 pages photo

Now on (and hanging off the edge of) our desks: advance copies of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954! Yet another oversized hardcover to immerse you in Val's colorful, dramatic, funny, cleverly plotted and beautifully illustrated world. It's hard to believe we've reached the halfway point of Foster's solo-billed run on the strip... but it's true!

Astute followers of our updates will recall that advance copies mean the book is about 2 months from being available and know that more previews are in store, and savvy consumers know that early pre-orders mean you get the book sooner than it's available in stores, in most cases. And don't forget, for a limited time, if you pre-order this volume, you can add Volume 10 (due in Fall) to your order at a 20% discount — do it today!

Doctors by Dash Shaw - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dash ShawComing Attractions 12 May 2014 5:04 PM

Doctors by Dash Shaw

We just sent the files off to the printer for Dash Shaw's new graphic novel Doctors, so now's a good time to show you the elegant all-new cover design by our capable newbie Keeli McCarthy. (If you liked the old version with the can-can line of doctors, don't worry, that artwork is inside the book now.) A heady sci-fi tale that explores the human impact and ethical implications of advanced technology on an intimate level, in the vein of movies like Primer or Moon, Doctors posits a neurological afterlife and a machine that exploits it to revive the dead.

The first copies of the book will be available in September, and we will almost certainly have it in stock at SPX. To get your copy stat, pre-order today!

Peter Bagge at the 2014 Oslo Comics Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 12 May 2014 10:13 AM

From Seattle to Scandinavia -- Peter Bagge will be a featured guest at the 2014 Oslo Comics Expo!

This June 12th-14th, get ready to say "velkommen" to Pete at the Schous Plass -- all the fun goes down in the Deichmanske Library at Grünerløkka. (Not only are there fantastic comics and guests, but there's also a bar on the second floor!)

Pete will be signing his latest collection, Buddy Buys a Dump, which contains the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion. You won't want to miss this rare appearance from one of the legends of alternative comics!

Schous Plass is located in the south of the borough of Grünerløkka in Oslo. OCX is free and open to all.

The Love Bunglers: New York Times Bestseller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandez 9 May 2014 9:25 PM
Love Bunglers
New York Times Best Seller list for the week of May 18th, 2014 listed The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez as #8! Congratulations to Jaime on a fantastic graphic novel and absolute gem in the Love and Rockets crown.
 
"To experience Maggie's story is to watch a modern comic-book master explore the potential of his craft, and The Love Bunglers represents a high point for both the character and her creator." -Oliver Sava, A.V. Club  
 
 
The Accidental Love God
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffPeter BaggeJessica AbelFantagraphics historyFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcy 9 May 2014 12:42 PM

About the time I began working for Fantagraphics as marketing and promotions director, Peter Bagge ran a contest in the third issue of his wildly popular Hate comic book. "Win a Date With Stinky" urged female readers to "Send in one or more glamorful photos and/or drawings of yourself" and "Explain in 25 words or less why you're worthy of Stinky's affection." What self-respecting woman, I wondered, would enter a contest to win a date with a comic book character? Named Stinky? I was about to find out. I spent several months acting as Peter's unwitting accomplice on a series of surreptitious "Stinky Dates" that saw me playing Leonard the Love God opposite lovely and talented young artists like Jessica Abel and Dame Darcy. This buffoonery was documented in the pages of Hate, much to amusement of my wonderful wife, not to mention the fashionable alternative rock band Babes in Toyland. (Don't ask.)

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Like countless members of my generation, Peter Bagge's Hate was a funny and affectionate chronicle of my misspent youth. Beyond that, his work played a pivotal role in shaping the ideology of a youth movement that penetrated popular culture on a global scale. His comix have enriched our lives in ways we can only now begin to appreciate.

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Join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of this incredibly gifted artist on Saturday, May 10 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we debut the latest, and perhaps final chapter of the Buddy Bradley story, Buddy Buys a Dump. The reception includes an exhibition of original comix pages, complimentary beverages, a book signing, and special musical performances by Kelli Frances Corrado and The Hinges. See you all at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Fantagraphics Feels the Wuv with Ed Luce
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under Ed LuceComing Attractions 9 May 2014 12:00 PM

Wuvable Oaf

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Ed Luce’s indie comic sensation Wuvable Oaf, to be released March 2015. Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.

Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.

“The first indie comics I ever bought were published by Fantagraphics, including Love and Rockets, Eightball and Usagi Yojimbo,” explains cartoonist Ed Luce. “Much of Wuvable Oaf's DNA was directly influenced by Fantagraphics publications. In putting this collection together, it's like they’ve stepped forward to claim paternity. I couldn't be more excited to find myself in the company of such wonderful work.”

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds says he’s "eager to take Ed Luce’s infectious voice and inviting visual style to a bigger stage, because I believe he’s only scratched the surface of his potential audience for the Oaf, who is one of the most singular characters to emerge from the corners of ‘alternative comics’ in several years.”

Ed Luce (pronounced “loose,” like the opposite of tight) has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series. Since 2008 he’s been traveling to conventions and comics festivals all over the U.S. Wuvable Oaf has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. Luce lives in San Francisco with his partner and collaborator, Mark, and their kitty, Luna. He can regularly be found either under a pile of drawing paper or at a local comics festival.

WUVABLE OAF
By Ed Luce
March 2015 • $29.99
Hardcover • ISBN 978-1-60699-816-8
264 pages, black & white with 16 pages color

Wuvable Oaf

Ed Luce

Wuvable Oaf



Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mark FertigComing Attractions 8 May 2014 5:29 PM

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s

Coming in August, Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s is what it says in the title and more. After a foreword by director William Friedkin and author Mark Fertig's introduction, this oversized coffee-table book presents pristinely restored vintage poster art in lush full color -- magnificent examples of mid-century design and illustration -- followed by Fertig's commentary on all 101 films. The whole show features cinematography -- art direction, that is -- by the estimable Jacob Covey. We'll have some interior sneak peeks for you in a week or two, and the book is up for pre-sale now, sweetheart.

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Eleanor DavisComing Attractions 8 May 2014 4:20 PM

How to Be Happy cover photo

How to Be Happy pages photo

Joy! The first advance copies of How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis are in the office and they look bee-yoo-tee-ful!

From a family drama set in a lushly colored science fictional milieu to a sketchy, playful ode to superhuman strength and masculinity, from fables to slices of real life, Davis's stories are as deeply human and emotionally resonant as they are stylistically diverse. Richly deserved acclaim for Davis's work has come from awards committees (the Eisners & Society of Illustrators), critics (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, etc.), editors & art directors (Best American Comics, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and so on), and, of course, readers who have been moved by her stories and artwork. Read some snippets, and pre-order your copy for July delivery, right here.

We Need Your Nancys
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ernie BushmillerComing Attractions 8 May 2014 3:53 PM

As work progresses on our long-awaited third volume of Ernie Bushmiller's NANCY (titled NANCY LOVES SLUGGO, and collecting the years 1949 through 1951), we belatedly realize that we are missing a half-dozen strips needed for this volume.

So we are sending out the plea to NANCY collectors: If you have clippings for any of the following NANCY dailies, we would love to hear from you. (For that matter, we are also including dates for two strips that were omitted from our previous volume, which we will run in Vol. 3 if they can be found).

(Note: We know it's possible to find scans of these strips online. We are looking for original print sources: newspaper clippings, or, even better, proof sheets, or, best of all, original art.)

Contact editor Eric Reynolds at reynolds at fantagraphics dot com  -- and be sure to pass on this plea to anyone else you think might have contacts, message boards, what have you. NANCY fans unite!

Here are the dates we are looking for:

1-26-46
8-25-48

5-5-49

3-7-50
5-17-50

4-17-51
4-27-51
11-12-51

Nancy Loves Sluggo prelim cover