Savannah, GA: There's no more fun, or witchy, way to ring in the changing seasons than to celebrate the summer solstice with renaissance woman and artist, Dame Darcy!
June 21st, on Tybee Island beginning at 1 pm, a mermaid parade full of art, glitter, and fishy frolicking, will commence in front of Fannies on the Beach, and party through town to the back river beach near the pier where there will be a picnic, live music, prizes, and the crowning of the Mermaid Queen, so wear your most creative mermaid best!
Along with being a animator, dollmaker, musician, fashion model, and expert fortune teller, Dame Darcy has been publishing her whimsical alternative comix series, Meat Cake, with Fantagraphics since 1992! The decade long neo-Victorian humor/horror/romance comic series has always toyed with the enchatments of the sea. And her impressive background as artist, witch, and lover of self-expression, make Darcy the perfect unofficial marshal of the Savannah Mermaid Parade.
Tybee Island is located off the coast of Savannah, GA, and will be happening in tandem with the famous Coney Island Mermaide Parade that takes place every year. So if you find yourself south of the ol' mason dixon line, the Tybee Beach Mermaid Parade with Dame Darcy is the place to be!
Feel the no-love wash over as comiXology continues the serialization of Hate by Peter Bagge and Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Book 2where slobby chicks rule! In issue #11 of Hate, Buddy and Lisa hit rock bottom: their disgusting and pathetic behavior ostracizes them from all their friends, including the usually tolerant George Hamilton III, who moves out in a huff. In fact, Buddy and Lisa can't even stand each other, but they're all they have left now! This bitter orgy of alcoholism, desperate sex, and bad attitudes is only $1.99 for 25 pages.
"I love Hate!" - Matt Groening
Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Book 2 continues in Issue #3 "Bum Love". Tammy Pierce's grotesque-yet-glamorous lifestyle just keeps ramping up! Dreamboat Ken Olsen has decided to become celibate and for no reason at all, like really, Tammy finds her eye wandering over to Wayne Cummings. PLUS, time to get in shape with Tammy Pierce's workout routine. 102 pages of fun for readers 12 years old and up is available for only $4.99.
"Tammy's enchanting smile and dazzling eyes are a gift of grace from Esther Watson." - Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time
Resuming our noble undertaking: The long-lost comic strip masterpiece by Crockett Johnson, legendary creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon, collected in full! Barnaby's deft balance of whimsical fantasy, timeless humor, and elegant cartooning will delight readers of all ages.
You love comics, we love comics, and Drew Friedman has taken his love for the medium and given it tangible form in 83 beautiful, evocative, full-color portraits (plus some spot illustrations) of the pioneers of the art and business of comics, with some words about each, collected in an oversized coffee-table art book titled Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books, coming this August.
Our downloadable excerpt includes the Table of Contents, 2 pages from Friedman's Introduction, and 8 portraits (from funnybook progenitor and EC founder Max Gaines through Superman creators Siegel & Shuster) with their accompanying essays.
This book debuts at Comic-Con in San Diego; if you can't make it, you can still get one of the first copies by pre-ordering now!
To kick off pride month, on June 8th the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco will be hosting the first annual Queer Comics Expo, also affectionately known as the Queer Comicon, presented by the Queer Cultural Center. Mingle with drag queens, watch comic demonstrations, and join in on conversations about the history and future of LGBTQ comics!
This first annual event begins at 11 am, and runs until 5 pm, and will be a fun full day of celebration, achievements, and comics!
Celebrating the achievements made in queer comics will be headlining exhibitor, Ed Luce! Announced earlier this month at TCAF, Fantagraphics is so thrilled to be publishing the hit independent series, Wuvable Oaf. As the force behind the comics and anthology, Ed will be present at the expo to showcase the beloved series about Oaf, who traverses the ups and downs of finding love and living life, set against his San Francisco home. As an educator for the California College of the Arts MFA, and former Queer Press Grant Recipient, Ed Luce is an indeliable influence on the world of comics.
Other spectacular cartoonist guests include Jett Attwood, Alex Woolfson, and Tyler Cohen, as well as many others.
And to keep the expo rockin, in true comic convention standard, Super Drag Queens will be meandering and mingling amongst attendeeds, handing out awards for the best cosplay. If you see anyone wandering as the Oaf, send us pictures!
Tickets to attend the Queer Comic Expo are included in the admission to the Cartoon Art Museum, $8 for general public, and $6 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the door, or from the Queer Cultural Center. Those attending the expo will also receive a 10% discount from the museum's bookstore!
A host of events will be happening around the city as part of the Queer Cultural Center's National Queer Arts Festival, which impressively runs from May 30th, to July 5th. So join Ed, the Super Queens, and champions of queer comics to get your Pride on!
"A revelation. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredson’s charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags and briskly propel the plotlines." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"I have a feeling that [these] book[s], crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." – Leonard Maltin
"From the beautifully reproduced strips to the densely packed ancillary features, this must be the book that editors David Gerstein and Fantagraphics’ co-founder Gary Groth wanted for years for their own libraries. Their enthusiasm shows in the wonderfully designed package. This book is highly recommended for any Disney fan and fans of America's rich comic strip history." – Rich Clabaugh,Christian Science Monitor
In our downloadable excerpt, read author Mark Fertig's Introduction and then feast your eyes on posters #101-92, starring Joan Crawford, Lawrence Tierney, Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Joan Fontaine, and many more, followed by Fertig's insightful notes on each film.
New York, NY: Friedman's going across the bridge to the KGB Bar on the lower East side to be in conversation with friend and author, Jay Ruttenberg for a Q&A. So if you missed him Friday, bring your copy of Barracuda and join us this Saturday from 7-9 pm for lots of laughs! (More details)
Next month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent releases by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez Starred Review: "Skillfully merging tragedy and serendipity, Hernandez brings the [Maggie and Ray's] intertwining stories to a satisfying, if hard-won, culmination. The simplicity of Hernandez's page designs and the elegant economy of his drawing style belie the thoughtful sophistication of his storytelling… Although The Love Bunglers certainly isn't a jumping-on point for new readers, fans who've followed Maggie's exploits over the years will find it a heartbreakingly satisfying achievement that leaves the door wide open for further chapters in this most rewarding and accomplished of serialized comics." –Gordon Flagg
Before the Amazing Spider-Man, before the mysterious Dr. Strange, before the black-and-white world of the Ayn Rand-inspired Mr. A, the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring all manners of horrors at his drawing table. In his first two years in the industry (1953 and 1954), Ditko drew tales of macabre suspense that were not yet hobbled by the imminent Comics Code Authority (adopted in Oct. 1954). These stories featured graphic bloodshed, dismemberment and blood-curdling acid baths as the ugly end to the lives of the dark and twisted inhabitants of Steve Ditko’s imagination.
Following up on Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, Blake Bell’s 2008 best-selling critical retrospective of Ditko’s career, Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 features, for the first time, spectacular full-color reprints of every story from those first two years of his career. Beginning with Ditko’s very first story to Ditko’s short stint in the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby studio, to Ditko’s eventual encampment at the Charlton Comics operation in 1954, readers will see the initial works of an artist already at a level of craftsmanship that exceeded most of his peers. The book also features editor Bell’s insightful introduction, providing historical background and speaking to Ditko's influence and his unique craft.