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Seattle: Lilli Carré animation this weekend
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeLilli Carréeventsanimation 17 Feb 2014 1:55 PM
Like a Lantern
This Saturday, February 22nd, at 8pm treat yourself to a fantastic night of animation at the local cinema, TIME FARMERS! Time Farmers is a program of short animated films made by independent contemporary animators from across North America. This collection of films has been assembled by Lori Damiano in 2013 to accompany her newly completed 2D hand-drawn film. This is THE Seattle premiere of Lori D's incredible epic animation 'Lord I, the Records Keeper', over 10 years in production. Lori's friend, our own Lilli Carré will have 2012 experimental animation "Like a Lantern" playing as well. Also, showing are cartoons by Stefan Gruber, Jodie Mack, Amy Lockhart, and lots more! 
  
Taking place at Studio Current in Capitol Hill at 1417 10th Avenue #C between Pike & Union (1 block S of Neumo's), this is destined to be a beautiful night with a sock hop at the end, 9:30ish! So buy your tickets now and wear your 3-D glasses out (you won't need them but they always look cool). Enjoy a short preview below.
 

Time Farmers Trailer from Lori D on Vimeo.

In Love with Our Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office fun 14 Feb 2014 3:10 PM

Ben's kid 
There's no greater love in the world (to us) than a good book. You can enjoy it on the bus, in the bath tub, while eating Cheez Whiz straight from the can and drinking a nice glass of Bordeaux (not OR there -- and).  Here are a few of you enjoying and loving our books from the last year (and then some). Above, cartoonist Ben Cohen's daughter reads from The Frank Book by Jim Woodring

Bea 
Above, Little Bea read's Good Dog by Graham Chaffee. Gotta say, a lot of dogs seem to love Graham Chaffee's latest graphic novel so you may want to buy a copy not just for yourself but for the dog in your life. Although, most mutts believe that the FBI Mini Bad Dog is more their speed.

Bad DogMeanwhile, Annie Koyama enjoys the HELL out of Beta Testing the Apocalypse by Tom Kaczynski.

Annie Koyama

Noah Van Sciver (of The Hypo) admitted the other day that he reads Buddy Does Seattle a lot. Like A LOT A LOT. Makes sense to me!

Noah Van Sciver and Marigold's butt 
Sam Marx, organizer and head volunteer of both SPX and Linework NW, also digs Buddy Does Seattle.

Sam Marx 
UK cartoonist Joe Decie just HAPPENED to be reading the really cool and sold out Zero Zero by Al Columbia. ;)

Joe Decie 
Ladies, Ladies, Gentlemen, calm yourselves. Sirako from Mexico enjoys the noir tale that is Lost Cat by Jason.

Sirako 
Here Rocky (who hails along with his owner David from the UK) enjoys his favorite book in the Love and Rocket series: Penny Century by Jaime Hernandez!  Rocky 
Human Damon Gentry (writer of Sabretooth Swordsman) failed to follow directions and is EATING instead of READING his favorite book, The Frank Book by Jim Woodring

Damon Gentry 
Cartoonist Jess Underhill  enjoys the Love and Rockets Companion book!

Jess
Jordan Shiveley of Grimalkin Press and Autoptic gets some good reading done from Drawing Power!

Jordan 
Jamie S. Rich and cat, Sadie, drink in some Violenzia by Richard Sala via comiXology! 

Jamie S. Rich
There must be something in the water in Portland, Joe Keatinge 's pup Blackjack is ALSO a big digital Violenzia fan.

 Blackjack

Next up, Loverboy the rabbit bends an ear and his eyes to Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez.

Loverboy 
Fantagraphics Marketing Director Mike Baehr enjoys a LARGE BOOK night at home with Captain Easy Book 4 by Roy Crane!

Mike Baehr 
Editor Kristy Valenti reads and rereads Pretty in Ink by Trina Robbins (Valenti edited and wrote the last chapter).

Kristy Valenti 
I always take the time for TWO Charles Forsman books, Celebrated Summer and The End of the Fucking World.

Jen Vaughn/Chuck Forsman 

Each page turn is a lovely as a meaningful glance across the room or a bite of the lip in anticipation. A good comic will always stay with you. Thanks for loving our books as much as we do! 













World War 3 Illustrated crowdfunder
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under good deeds 14 Feb 2014 12:03 PM

Longtime Fantagraphics fanatics may recall that we published a collection of the long-running, politically radical cartooning magazine World War 3 Illustrated back in the day (1989 to be precise). Well the time has come for a new one, and PM Press has taken up the flag and are waving it over at Kickstarter to fund it. These folks aren't fooling around, and the book will collect 35 years of the best, most trenchant political cartooning from a host of familiar names, such as Spain, Kuper, Bagge, Coe, Romberger, Spiegelman, and dozens more. Go give 'em some capital!

Love (and Rockets) is in the Air as the SEQUENTIAL App Launches Fantagraphics Titles
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under SequentialLove and RocketsJasonJaime HernandezEd PiskorCharles Forsman 14 Feb 2014 8:00 AM

SEQUENTIAL

London • Valentine's Day 2014
SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel storefront and reader app focused on literary graphic novels, has announced that it is releasing titles by legendary art comics and graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics Books. The first tranche of titles, released on Valentine's Day, includes essential work from Fantagraphics flagship title Love and Rockets in the form of Jaime Hernandez's seminal Locas series, which tells the tales of Maggie and Hopey and a unique cast of characters.

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds said, "SEQUENTIAL's efforts to curate a quality selection of non-mainstream digital comics and graphic novels is something that we can get behind; we're delighted to have our titles available on their app."

SEQUENTIAL was released in August 2013 and is focused on book format art comics and literary graphic novels. It strongly rejects including superhero fare and has been offering titles from UK publishers Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate Books. It has recently started adding major US-based graphic novel publishers to its list.

SEQUENTIAL founder Russell Willis said, "We are really thrilled to be able to add Fantagraphics titles to the app. When we started out we were driven by a vision of including the best work in the world, untainted by superheroes, and having comics and graphic novels from Fantagraphics available on SEQUENTIAL is a key part of making that vision a reality."

The first tranche of titles includes Locas #1, #2 and #3 (Maggie the Mechanic, The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. and Perla La Loca) by Jaime Hernandez, Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, and TEOTFW by Charles Forsman. Work by Gilbert Hernandez and other Fantagraphics favourites will follow shortly.

In addition the app features the work of Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell, Ellen Lindner, Hunt Emerson, Isabel Greenberg, Nick Abadzis, Rutu Modan, Winshluss and many, many more.

For more information on SEQUENTIAL and to download it for free from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8

Sequential screencap

Tony Millionaire & Sock Monkey in Seattle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 13 Feb 2014 2:13 PM
Sock Monkey signing
Tony Millionaire is everywhere! Coming this March, just in time for Spring Break, the man himself will be appearing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to sign the brand-monkey-spanking new Sock Monkey Treasury: A "Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" Collection on Saturday, March 8th from 6-9pm
 
For the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob", and the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel "The Inches Incident." 336 pages are lovingly bound and ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
 
Special musical guest Ashley Eriksson performing songs from her new album Colours on K Records (you may know her as one of the singers from Adventure Time's closing credits song "Island Song"). 
 
Bring your young reader to the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery on Saturday, March 9th to get the new book inscribed just for them! 
 
Sock Monkey Treasury  
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Georgetown 
Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by John Severin - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderpreviewsJohn SeverinHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsComing Attractions 13 Feb 2014 11:50 AM

Harvey Kurtzman's taut, humanistic scripts and John Severin's gritty, detailed artwork (inked with preternatural precision, usually by Will Elder) combined to make some of the finest war stories ever told in any medium in the pages of EC Comics. Bomb Run and Other Stories collects all of this essential work in one hardcover volume for the first time.

Our downloadable excerpt comes complete with the Table of Contents and three full stories: the centuries-spanning "How They Die!"; the cautionary WWII tale "Weak Link!"; and the high-flying, Greek myth-inspired title story. Originally on the calendar for July, we wrapped this one a little early, so it might move up on the schedule. Either way, you can pre-order your copy right now and be among the first to get a copy (and combine it with the upcoming Joe Orlando volume Judgment Day for 20% savings!).

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by John Severin

Blockheads at Peanuts: In Photos
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seePeanutsCharles M Schulz 12 Feb 2014 2:50 PM
Peanuts
On Monday, the fine folk at Peanuts let me grace their campus for a rather incredible visit. Nomi Kane, former Fantagraphics intern, Center for Cartoon Studies' 2011 alum and Donna Almendrala, CCS 2012 alum, were kind enough to show OSU librarian Caitlin McGurk and me around!
Swank 
The waiting room was chock full of Peanuts paraphenalia including some VERY familiar reprints of Peanuts. One could even call them the COMPLETE PEANUTS.
Peanuts library
Vicki works on some of the ad and the pencilling the graphic novel Peanuts produces (Paige Braddock inks). She also could make ANYTHING out of anything --- her chair was refurbished with a Japanese Peanuts banner as the cushion fabric --- very cool.
Vicki 
Vicki's pencils go off to Paige Braddock (also the cartoonist behind Jane's World) who was busy showing off some of Sparky's old nibs she was using and breaking in a new one. Her office is one of the coolest I've ever seen but you'll just have to visit to see what I mean!
Jen Vaughn and Paige Braddock 
Nomi and Donna both approve merchandise from licensees and of course, kept some cool stuff. Like these motorcycle/scooter helmets. They were so nice you would buy a Vespa to match. (Donna and Caitlin demonstrate the proper way to wear a helmet)
Caitlin and Donna 
Donna and Nomi at their desks. Donna was adapting a PIZZA and BASEBALL strip (hello, two of my favorite things) that you can read in our upcoming The Complete Peanuts Vol. 21 (1991-1992). There's even MORE baseball in Batter Up, Charlie Brown! the perfect lil' gift for the slugger in your life. 
Nomi Kane 
peanuts 
Speaking of baseball! And yes, basically everything was Peanuts-themed SAVE the toilet paper but I have hopes for my next visit:
Peanuts 
Some other coworkers worked with specific items like plush dolls and cell phone charms/key fobs:
Peanuts stuff 
Apparently, Japanese readers of Peanuts are wild about Olaf, Snoopy's brother 'with more to love.' He was everywhere there, which was pretty cool. (Olaf hangs tough with sister, Belle, and brother, Spike)
Olaf 
We met another working cartoonist at home at Peanuts (along with Paige, Donna and Nomi). Alexis E. Farjado of Kid Beowulf works there and his bookshelf was IMPRESSIVE to me (read: a lot of comics and many Fantagraphics' books). Here he models the Snoopy puppy socks that I obviously stole when his back was turned for one-eyed Wanda back at my office.
Alexis 
Wanda 
In fact, everywhere I went from the 'family office' to the Peanuts and Associates to the museum, had a near full set of The Complete Peanuts and the new Peanuts Every Sunday on the employee's desk. It was like being at home (except I didn't hear any cursing).  
Boooooks 
Off to the museum next! The quote that burns into your soul the minute you walk in is "A cartoonist is someone who draws the same thing day after day without repeating himself." PERFECT. (yeah, I know it says 'himself' but if you worked as hard as Schulz, you'd probably use your own gender since you're talking about yourself!).
Cartoonist  
One of the best and permanent objects in the museum was a ceramic tile mural composed of 3,588 ceramic tiles equaling TEN years of daily strips (published between 1956-1988). Designed by Yoshiteru Otani, this was one of the most fun to see from a distance and up close. 
Peanuts MURAL  
In the courtyard, many sculptures wait for visitors and "Under Construction Brown" is a delight. Made by TivoliToo in 2001.
Peanuts statues 
And a lil' something by CHRISTO was hanging out in the permanent collection.
Christo Snoopy house 
One of the rotating exhibits was about the night sky in Schulz comics and even had an interactive constellation board. The presentation of one of the main walls was both striking and still warm enough to invite kids in.
Peanuts  
Peanuts wall 
The other special exhibit was, of course, about heartbreak in Peanuts comics. More on THAT later.  A shot of all of us, who have dedicated our lives to comics! Donna, Denis St. John  (CCS '08 alum), Nomi and me.
Peanuts and co 
We hit the gift shop by the skating rink and GUESS what was there? A Red Baron flying ace and alllll the Complete Peanuts. I'm very easily pleased. 
giftstore 
Boooks 
There was one last special visit and this was behind the scenes in Charles M. Schulz's actual studio (there is a recreation in the museum). His tools were preserved and the symbolic 'next strip' lay on his desk. 
Schulz's tools 
Schulz Desk 
A big thank you to Jeannie Schulz for taking the time to jabber on with us, Nomi for arranging/giving the tour and Donna for graciously answering our questions as well. It meant a tremendous amount to me, Caitlin and Denis because we all worked at the Schulz Library at some point during our time at the Center for Cartoons Studies in White River Junction.
Toonies 
Feel inspired? Grab a copy of Peanuts today! Grab a pencil, the nearest ONE, and start drawing.
Pencil 
Gregory Benton and Foxing & Friends at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Paul HornschemeierJim RuggFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEric Reynolds 12 Feb 2014 2:10 PM

Benton_graphic

Don’t miss an opportunity to meet Gregory Benton at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, February 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as he presents his new graphic novel B + F. Benton's award winning fable explores an otherworldly forest with a woman and a dog as they encounter its denizens, both benevolent and malicious. A wordless meditation on goodwill, hostility, and isolation. Join us in welcoming this engaging artist to Seattle. (Please note: the previously announced musical guest appearance by Jeremy Spencer at Georgetown Records has been cancelled due to illness.)

Foxing_final

The following Wednesday, February 26 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM we host Foxing & Friends, an AWP kickoff event presented by A Strange Object, The Austin Review, Write Bloody Publishing, and Foxing Quarterly. The party features readings, refreshments, and a Post-It show with sticky art by Paul Hornschemeier, Alex Schubert, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, Ryan Cecil Smith, our own Eric Reynolds, and many more! Free fun with our small press friends visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference.

Trina Robbins and Ed Piskor at The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinseventsEd Piskor 12 Feb 2014 1:13 PM

Make your picks at PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo

On Saturday, March 22nd, you can meet two of the awesome people on our roster: Ed Piskor, artist behind Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981, and Trina Robbins, the author of Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo is held at the Federation of Teachers at 10 South 19th Street in the city's South Side neighborhood.

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesGeorge Carlson 12 Feb 2014 11:24 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Perfect Nonsense by George Carlson

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson
by George Carlson; edited by Daniel Yezbick

320-page color/black & white 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-508-2

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George Carlson was one of the most prolific and innovative cartoonists and illustrators of the 20th century, whose playful, absurdist, exquisitely rendered drawings graced every medium, from comic books to children's games to magazines — and Perfect Nonsense is the most definitive and expansive collection of his work ever published!

Perfect Nonsense is a cornucopia of Carlson's outrageous visual fantasies, ranging from gag cartoons, comics, riddles, games, and children's book illustrations (most famously, Uncle Wiggily) to magazine covers, political cartoons, advertising images, and locomotive and Naval illustrations, as well as a juicy selection of over 80 pages of his legendary "Jingle Jangle Tales" and "Pie-Faced Prince of Pretzleburg" stories (with irresistible titles like "The Musical Whifflesnort and the Red-Hot Music Roll" and "The Rocketeering Doodlebug and the Self-Winding Horsefly")!

Carlson's career spanned over 50 years and his inspired imagination never flagged. Meticulously compiled and with a profusely illustrated biographical introduction by Daniel Yezbick, Perfect Nonsense is the perfect compendium by one of America's wildest practitioners of visual and verbal lunacy.