"Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is a tour de force. There's something very pure about Dylan Horrocks' comics. That’s perhaps an odd word to describe this book which is so much about desire. But Horrocks' line and his imagination both seem to flow freely and directly from some primal source. If you've ever wished that Hergé had written comics for grown-ups—gorgeously drawn and playful adventures that explore the serious anxieties of midlife—your wish has come true, and then some." – Alison Bechdel
"This book is necessary for anyone paralyzed even a bit by the creative/spiritual confusion of the digital age. Horrocks explores the role and responsibility of storytelling, juggling genres, fiddling with the mechanics of the comics form, and reclaiming the sense of magic that once reigned the medium—a playfulness contagious for the reader. Like his Hicksville, a must have in every library." – Craig Thompson (Blankets)
"Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is a coming-of-age story for the fantasies of our past and a joyful bear hug for the storytellers of our future. An effortless, magical read from front to back." – Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics)
Over the weekend, Drew Friedman signed his new book, Heroes of the Comics, at Book Soup for fans of his caricatures and many years of MAD magazine illustrations. During a festive after-party with close friends, Drew continued to sign books for Los Angeles' finest. Here is Drew with Dana Gould, right after Dana interviewed him for his podcast, The Dana Gould Hour (keep your eyes peeled for that episode when it's released!)
Drew signing books for clamoring fans and party-attendees.
Drew Friedman, comedian Dana Gould, and The Dana Gould Hour podcast producer Jeff Fox.
Tom Gammill, Dana Gould, Jeff Fox, Drew Friedman.
Drew's signature PLUS Leonard Maltin. No bad, sir.
Ed Piskor hits San Francisco with a BOOM this Thursday, November 20th at City Lights. At 7pm you should stop, drop and caterpillar over to 261 Columbus Avenue to get a copy of Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 AND get it signed by Piskor himself.
This is Ed's second to last tour stop on the Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 tour and your last chance to see him this year, West Coast! Come on out to City Lights, the nations first ALL-paperbackstore, as it sells you Piskor's sexy flexi-bound book.
The Late Child and Other Animalswill continue its illustrious NYC debut at the First Person Plural event at Silvana this Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm. Climb downstairs for the best in new non-fiction as cartoonists Marguerite Van Cookand James Romberger perform along with writers Cameron Fraser, Asali Solomon and FPP co-founder Wendy S. Walters will all be performing with special DJ sets by Lady DM. Silvana is located at 300 W. 116th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd, across from Harlem Tavern, steps from the B/C at 116th. Admission is free but the show is priceless. Silvana 300 W 116th St New York, NY 10026
Our advance copies of Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade are here, and they are looking mighty fine. Whether on the court or off, Jordan's life is full of drama and action, and Wilfred Santiago captures it all with his gorgeous, full color artwork.
We're all excited about Liz Suburbia's SACRED HEART which will be coming out next year from Fantagraphics. But what do we do until then? If you yelled "Adorn ourselves with clothing and our walls with prints featuring her artwork" then I have a punch in the mouth for you because you are correct! This fall Silver Sprocket released a rad back patch called "Organized Sports" (above), they also have some of her work in the anthology As You Were.
Meanwhile, Out of Step Arts also sells some of Suburbia's prints AND some sweet threads. This Old. V. A. shirt features an Tarot-like card design coupled with military olive green or a warm gray. These are also limited edition shirts so once they are gone, they are gone! The truly monied people can drop some fliff on her original art pages (guaranteeing that she continues to make more great comics!) and keep your eyes open for our pre-order.
The Miami Book Fair is a beautiful meeting of literary minds, scholars, writers, cartoonists and readers. This year, the fair will be graced by four brilliant minds, who also happen to have Fantagraphics books out. They are all appearing on some apenls on Saturday, November 22nd at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Most of the comics panels take place in room 1365 in building 1 (see map below) at the intersection of NE 1st Ave and NE 3rd Street.
Joyce Farmer's recent reprint from Fantagraphics is her original graphic novel called Special Exits. It is a touching, heartwarming and melancholy look at the grace and diginity we can honor our elders with as they take their leave of this world. Drawn in her emotive black lines, you can feel the frays on the couch arms and feel the warm, wrinkled hands in a perfect reading experience.
Marguerite Van Cookand James Rombergerwill be debuting their new book, The Late Child and Other Animals, hitting some hard notes on WWII and European feminism. The journeys and struggles over decades of a mother and daughter (in this case, Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
And Ed Piskor will be winding down his Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2tour with Miami Book Fair. Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. As meticulously documented in Piskor's panels, the performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets.
Saturday, Nov 22 11 a.m. Lives to the Contrary: Al Capp, Andre the Giant and the 80s Hip Hop Pantheon A lively discussion on going against the grain...at least for a bit with Denis Kitchen, Box Brown and Ed Piskor, moderated by Joan Hilty. Room 1365
12:30 p.m. Best American Comics 2014 A talk with cartoonists Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Aydin Koch, Ed Piskor, and Raina Telgemeier, moderated by series editor, Bill Kartapoulos.
In Sickness and in Health: Joyce Brabner, Mark Zingarelli and Joyce Farmer Two remarkable new graphic novels explore mortality, courage and the bonds of family in the face of disease. Brabner and Zingarelli discuss the remarkable true story behind their Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague, and Joyce Farmer discusses her new book Special Exits. Moderated by independent editor Joan Hilty. Room 1365
3 - 4:30pm Of Love and Other Stories Liana Finck on A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York, Ray Fawkes on The People Inside, and Marguerite Van Cookand James Rombergeron The Late Child and Other Animals will each take turns discussing their new work, then will share time for Q&A. The presentation is followed by a signing. Room 1365
3:15 - 3:45pm Ed Piskor Signing In-booth autographing in Destination: Comics. Autographing table located in Tate's Comics booth.
"The second collection of Piskor's hip-hop history in comics may be a better place to start reading it than the first....Piskor's Jack Kirby-ish drawing chops-monumental figures in thrusting, dynamic action; flat colors that crush perspective-constitute precisely the sturdy vehicle to carry it as far as Piskor will take it." –Ray Olson
"Peanuts' enduring appeal is timeless and universal, and this handsomely designed volume only enhances its allure... This era…seesthe introduction of such annual events as the futile vigil for the Great Pumpkin and the Christmas pageant, as well as the birth of Charlie Brown's sister, Sally." –Gordon Flagg
In a celebration of comics, Short Run and more, this week sees the release of Max Riffner's new graphic novel, The Crippler's Son, chock full of wrestling action. When The Crippler comes to town for a wrestling match, James isn't awestruck, he's just trying to get by in medical school. Schooling that The Crippler has paid for. In this debut work from Max Riffner, two brothers attempt to reconnect despite a wrestling ring's worth of differences. We guarantee you'll stay around until the final round. Much like Richard Sala's Violenzia, this book is a digital exclusive from Fantagraphics and comiXology and is only $9.99.
And for the other worldly delights, check out Wallace "Wally" Wood's Cannon. Originally created for the troops in a military forces newspaper called Overseas Weekly, Cannon appeared every week for two and a half years uncensored by commercial editorial restrictions. Wood pulls out all the stops - producing a thrilling and salacious Cold War spy serial run amok with brutal violence and titillating sex all in an effort to boost morale and support our troops! If you're in the mood for explosions, sex, sexplosions, gunplay, naked catfights, double-crossing, intrigue, triple-crossing, Hitler, nihilistic lovemaking, and quadruple-crossing...did we mention naked women? This is the book for you. 300 bone-crushingly awesome pages for only $27.99.