Caring for elderly parents in failing health is a challenge many of us will face, but which is seldom depicted in works of art. In this moving memoir, Joyce Farmer creates a vivid portrait of a family, their relationships with each other, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. Composed over a decade by this pioneering underground cartoonist, Special Exits offers a wealth of sharp observations and poignant detail in the final years fraught with challenges, humiliation, terrors, frustrations, and defeats of old age and death.
Now in paperback!
"One of the best long- narrative comics I've ever read, right up there with Maus… I actually found myself moved to tears." — R. Crumb
"Farmer captures the tiniest, most mundane — and at times ugliest — details of caring for someone you love, and watching them pass from you. It's bracingly clear-eyed and unsentimental…" — Glen Weldon, NPR
"Thanks to the thoughtful writing and art of Joyce Farmer, [her parents'] lives and death will be a comfort to readers beginning to consider the end of their parents' lives — and their own." — Dan Kois, The Washington Post
"Special Exits avoids cheap pity and piousness by doing what any good art should: focusing on specifics…. Never shying away from the awkward indignities of aging, Special Exits illuminates two lives, as well as the author's." — Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
Beginning in 2008, the Georgetown Merchants Association commissioned graphic artist Tim Silbaugh to design posters for the Georgetown Art Attack. Working with Fantagraphics curator and GMA president Larry Reid, Silbaugh's monthly motifs convey something about distinctive character and colorful culture of the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host an exhibition of the posters next door at All City Coffee opening Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The digital composite prints on archival stock are available in a signed, limited edition. Prints can be purchased at Fantagraphics Bookstore for $25 unframed ($40 framed.) The exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.
"This excellent, retro space opera reads like a funny, alternative Infinity Gauntlet meets Guardians of the Galaxy - but way cooler than both." – Benn Ray, Largehearted Boy
"The story — involving a winged genius dog, a pig monster, a sultry space warrior in leather lingerie, a mad scientist, a quest for a dozen mystic rocks and the cyber-future of sex dolls — is dumb, convoluted and perfect! " – Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune
"I tried to lump stories together that felt thematically similar to me — it starts with stories about people searching for utopia, then searching for love, then searching for their best self — wanting to be strong, or to be good…And the last couple stories are about how hard it is to be fully alive – the pain of it, and the bravery of it." – Tim O'Shea, Robot 6
"This book represents Jamie's [sic] best work, and is one of the best comics I've ever read…if "The Love Bunglers" is the end, then it is a satisfying conclusion to the Maggie and Hopey stories." – Colleen Frakes, Los Angeles Review of Books
"A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there’s a special secret ‘zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous." – Alex de Campi, 12th Dimension
"Even if you are not a fan of Hip Hop or Rap per se, one cannot deny its pervasive influence on the world at large. If nothing else, this first volume covering the years 1975 through 1981, demonstrates the nonstop merging of style and culture that is part and particle of the American experience." – Gregg Reese, Our Weekly
"It's just so fucking funny and sad at the same time; Trondheim nails the measurements of humour, pathos, drama – all of it, perfectly here." – Zainab Akhtar, Comics & Cola
Commentary:Paprika Southern features Dame Darcy in an article on her life and work, including her upcoming series, Meat Cake Presents The Voyage of Temptress.
Commentary: Over a the SDCC blog, Toucan, Maggie Thompson discusses the history and evolution of books about comic books, with particular emphasis on EC Comics and the historians who've worked to document these artists' lives and work.
Commentary: Amongst discussions of consent and policy changes at San Diego Comic-Con, Publishers Weekly discusses the past year at Fantagraphics with associate publisher Eric Reynolds.
Awww, yeah, our digital library groweth. Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn is a sci-fi epic taking place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. They meet many strange and storied characters on their journey, but none so strange or sinister as their dear benefactor himself. With a heavy dose of humor and wall-to-wall action, this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year.
$15.99 for for 224 pages and we absolutely DARE you not to laugh while reading it via the comiXology app.
"an absurd sci-fi epic with joyful, inky art reviving the best of high-school-desk ballpoint masterpieces and 1970s side-of-van murals...For fans of pulpy storytelling, fans of silly action, and fans of fans, this book is the gem you must seek." -Jake Austin, Chicago Tribune
Gilbert Hernandez's characters bid "Farewell, My Palomar" as they exit the Eden of the Central American town in Volume 10 of the Love and Rockets Library. When an earthquake levels Palomar, ever-resourceful Luba and her clan are on the move once again. In the U.S., the lives of Maria's daughters - mayor and matriarch Luba, body-builder Petra, and therapist/film star Fritz - and their families become more and more intertwined.
In Luba and Her Family, you'll find 229 pages for only $14.99 plus think of some of that shelf space you'll save!
"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." - Los Angeles Magazine
It's a double delight: the advance copies of our two new Peanuts gift books are here! These books are sure to make great holiday presents for everyone in the family.
In Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we've collected all the best strips featuring Linus' fervent idolatry and proselytization of the Great Pumpkin — a mythic character believed to rise from the pumpkin patch every Halloween to dole out gifts to good boys and girls.
In Snoopy's Thanksgiving, Snoopy and his dearest friend Woodstock both approach the impending holiday with varying degrees of dread, disappointment, and expectation management.
Great Pumpkin and Snoopy's Thanksgiving are due out in August and September respectively. Check out their previews, and, planning ahead for the holidays, why not pre-order them now?
It is our great pleasure to reveal the final cover artwork for Tim Lane's upcoming book, The Lonesome Go, wherein he continues to explore the Great American Mythological Drama that he began with his first, award-winning book Abandoned Cars.
Haunting, rich, gritty, and filled with the familiar imagery, mythologies, and icons of middle America, The Lonesome Go is best described as a tapestry of loosely connected stories, tied together by the experience of wandering.
The How to Be Happy tour is most likely a-comin' to you West Coast. This ain't no flim-flamy snake oil juice we're forcing you to swallow, cartoonist Eleanor Davis KNOWS the secret to happiness and more. Start out the fun in Portland, OR at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, July 9th from 6-8pm with a presentation at 7pm.
Next stop? The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Sunday, July 13th from 3-5pm with Esther Pearl Watson. Seattle's always got the best cartoonists visiting and this event coincides with the Georgetown Garden Walk (more details here). Head straight south to Mission Comics on Monday, July 14th from 6-7pm for some San Francisco-style book signing. Zip over to LA and Thank You Comics on Wednesday, July 16th. The signing is from 6-8pm with a presentation at 7pm.
THEN the big show is happening at San Diego Comic-Con. From July 24th-27th, Eleanor will be signing at the Fantagraphics booth #1718 (details SOON, just keep clicking on this link until it updates or you break your clicking finger).
Enjoy all the fun that Eleanor Davis has to offer in first collection of her amazing and prismatic comics.
Every three months, Seattle's tony cultural journal City Arts awards cash prizes for the best artworks exhibited in local galleries. A panel of three guest jurors nominates finalists each quarter. Winners will be chosen by popular vote this Thursday, July 11 at the Summer Art Walk Awards party. Max Clotfelter's story from the Intruder 10 exhibition in April at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is up for an award. Show up at Sole Repair by 9:00 PM, have a drink, carefully consider all the nominated work, then vote for Max!
The new Intruder 11, a comix tabloid edited by our own Marc Palm, was released this weekend. Drop by the bookstore and pick up a free copy of this lively anthology.
Paste a smile on your face, Portland. Fantagraphics Books and Floating World cordially invite you to Floating World Comics on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM to meet THE Eleanor Davis. She'll be signing copies of her new comic collection from Fantagraphics entitled How To Be Happy. Her polished line work and alluring palette perfectly complement her compelling stories and she's done work for everyone from Lucky Peach to The New Yorker. Please note that her book will not actually instruct you on how to live a happier life but reading it will put you in the perfect mindset.
Please join Floating World, Jason Leivian, Zack Soto and more in welcoming this exceptional artist and pick up your newest comics on Wednesday, July 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Floating World Comics www.floatingworldcomics.com 400 NW Couch Street Portland, OR 97209