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LA: Unlovable 3 signing with Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 3 Apr 2014 11:51 AM

Unlovable

OH NO, you did not just get invited to the Unlovable Volume 3 Launch Party, we were just SHOWING you that there is one. Kim said that she and Erick were gonna like, crash it, but we just got these swede pants from the thrift store and new earrings from the Collin Creek Mall---OH FINE, EVERYONE IS INVITED!

Skylight Books in Los Angeles is proud to announce they are hosting the Unlovable Volume 3 Launch Party with cartoonist Esther Pearl Watson on Sunday, May 4th. Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits from the pages of Bust magazine! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials - too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc. - as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Tammy's life isn't pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and hilarious especially under the pen of Esther Pearl Watson.

See you there at Skylight books at 5pm (May 4th) on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! TP provided.

Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable  Esther

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027 

Barnaby Vol. 2 by Crockett Johnson - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsCrockett JohnsonComing Attractions 3 Apr 2014 10:50 AM

Gosh! The second volume of our acclaimed series collecting Crockett Johnson's beloved strip Barnaby is fluttering its way here on pink Fairy Godfather wings, with two years of strips from 1944-1945, insightful bonus essays, and a handsome hardcover package designed by Daniel Clowes

Our downloadable excerpt has all the strips from January, 1944, plus the Table of Contents and a bit of incidental stuff. When Barnaby's dad installs a gym in the basement, Mr. O'Malley starts training Gus the Ghost to take on Launcelot McSnoyd the leprechaun in a pugilistic contest, and when Gus, out jogging, stumbles into a flooded brook, plans for the great O'Malley Dam project get underway, sort of. Enjoy the strips, be on the lookout for more previews, and pre-order the book for delivery in a couple of months or so.

Barnaby Vol. 2 by Crockett Johnson

The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesConor Stechschulte 2 Apr 2014 2:57 PM

The Amateurs
by Conor Stechschulte

64-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5

Ships in: May 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

A local medical expert and sheriff are summoned to investigate a strange sighting that sets the stage for Conor Stechschulte's debut graphic novella: a severed human head that still seems to be talking. We flash back to a pair of butchers who arrive at work one morning to find not only that there is no meat in their shop but also that they have forgotten completely how to do their job. As customers arrive, they are too fearful for their livelihood to admit their dilemma, leading to increasingly disastrous events. But what has caused their strange amnesia? This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.

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The Amateurs cover photo

Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Seattle Cartoonists Featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore April 12
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 2 Apr 2014 11:39 AM

Intruder 10 postcard

Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Seattle Cartoonists Featured at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on April 12.

The Pacific Northwest enjoys a long tradition as a breeding ground for innovative illustrators and cartoonists. At no time has this been more evident than now. The Intruder comix collective is at the forefront of this new movement. On Saturday, April 12, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of the 10th issue of the Intruder anthology with a lively party including an art exhibition, music performance, and book signing.

The Intruder is a free quarterly tabloid featuring an eclectic group of contributors from the fields of comix, illustration, fine art, and graphic design. Issue #10 features the work of Max Clotfelter, Aidan Fitzgerald, Billis Helg, Ben Horak, Tim Miller, John Ohannesian, Marc Palm, Darin Shuler, James Stanton, Tom Van Deusen, and more. In addition to the debut of the latest Intruder, original art, prints, and handcrafted books by these artists and others will on display at the bookstore though May 7, 2014.

The Intruder reception will be preceded from 4:00 to 6:00 PM by Michael O’Driscoll presenting his new self-published comic, Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom. This limited edition hardcover follows the exploits of O’Driscoll’s pesky protagonist, cleverly mimicking the format of a children’s book. Additionally, Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore welcome a musical performance by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson. Cellist Goldston is Stranger Genius honoree who has performed with Nirvana, Earth, and countless others. She’ll be joined on accordion by frequent collaborator Hanson performing songs from their recently released album. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district.

Listing Information:

INTRUDER 10 art show and launch party
Saturday, April 12, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Music by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson
Exhibition continues through May 7, 2014
Michael O'Driscoll signing Bedbug's Book of Wisdom 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sunday until 5:00 PM

Georgetown Art Attack






The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 2 Apr 2014 10:52 AM

"Symphonic, tragic, revelatory, exciting and devastating as only great art can be, The Love Bunglers is one of the best comics ever made." – The Austin-American Statesman

"The kind of rich, intricate stories — packed with sharp observations about human desire and self-justification — that only an author with 30 years of experience with these characters could write. [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

"Even in a long career of masterpieces, Jaime's story about missed opportunities for happiness is a revelation." – Publishers Weekly

"It goes without saying that The Love Bunglers completely knocked me out... Concise, moving, and incredibly bold, it's like a cartooning master class." – Adrian Tomine

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/thelovebunglers

The Blighted Eye Signing with Glenn Bray, Todd Hignite, & Robert Williams!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Robert WilliamsGlenn Brayevents 2 Apr 2014 10:03 AM

Los Angeles! Celebrate the release of The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection with a special book release party on Friday, April 25th.

Collector extraordinaire Glenn Bray will be joined by special guests, Todd Hignite and Robert Williams, who each supplied a foreword to this exceptional book!

The Blighted Eye is a mind-boggling collection of original comic art, amassed over the last nearly 50 years -- Charles Addams, Carl Barks, Charles Burns, Al Capp, Dan Clowes, Jack Cole, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Kim Deitch, Will Elder, Al Feldstein, Virgil Finlay, Drew Friedman, Chester Gould, Justin Green, Rick Griffin, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, George Grosz, V.T. Hamlin, Jaime Hernandez, George Herriman, Al Hirshfeld, Graham Ingels, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Gary Panter, Virgil Partch, Savage Pencil, Peter Pontiac, Charles Rodrigues, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Schulz, Gilbert Shelton, Joost Swarte, Stanislav Szukalski, Irving Tripp, Chris Ware, S. Clay Wilson, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood, Jim Woodring, Art Young, and — it should go without saying — many more.

Join them for a celebration as big as that roster from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery, located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd. If you cannot attend the event and would like a signed book, contact Soap Plant / Wacko at (323) 663-0122 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Comics Day 4.2.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayCharles M Schulz 1 Apr 2014 7:40 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Batter Up, Charlie Brown

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white (with spot color) 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3

"If baseball had a fictional Hall of Fame for philosophical managers, an entire wing could be devoted to Charlie Brown who invests new meaning in that old line that 'hope springs eternal.'... In every game, one team has to lose. Batter Up is for anyone who's ever lost." -Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today  

"Three stories of his endearing, but routinely fruitless, outings are collected in this handsome booklet, perfect for Peanuts and baseball fans alike." -Publishers Weekly  

Tony Millionaire at Graham Crackers Chicago
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony Millionaireevents 1 Apr 2014 3:07 PM

Tony at Graham Crackers

Our main man Tony Millionaire is signing the night before CAKE in Chicago! Join him at Graham Crackers Comics Loop location on 77 E. Madison for imbibing and scribblin' in his new book Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury. From 5-7pm, he is yours to pester with great questions and post for pictures.

The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this endearing new and all-ages collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more. Millionaire will also sign copies of his latest strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. By all means, bring in those Green Eggs & Maakies collections or pick up a new one at Graham Crackers.

Sock Monkey TreasuryMillionaire portrait

Green Eggs & Maakies
Graham Crackers Comics Loop
77 East Madison
Chicago, IL
www.grahamcrackers.com



Joyce Farmer Discusses Underground Comics at Penn State!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Joyce Farmerevents 1 Apr 2014 1:23 PM

She's a superhero to us, and that's why Joyce Farmer will present the lecture “No Superheroes: Creating Underground Comics” on Thursday, April 24, at Penn State.

It's a topic Farmer knows a little thing or two about -- as the co-creator of Tits & Clits Comix series in 1972, the work of her and her contemporaries countered the sexism they saw in male-produced underground comix of the time. Come hear her talk about this revolutionary time in comics history from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Joyce will also discuss her amazing graphic memoir, Special Exits, that we published in 2010. None other than R. Crumb has said of this book: "One of the best long-narrative comics I've ever read, right up there with Maus... I actually found myself moved to tears."

Joyce will be speaking at Foster Auditorium inside Paterno Library at Penn State, located at 510 Paterno Library, University Park, PA.

http://www.fantagraphics.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/aa244f650cee600a5c4abacc697552d4.jpg

Jaime Hernandez & Inkstuds at Meltdown
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jaime Hernandezevents 1 Apr 2014 11:57 AM

Inkstuds Poster

This April 24th at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles Love and Rockets' Jaime Hernandez will be on a panel with fellow cartoonists and animators Pendleton Ward, Bryan Lee O'Malley and Thompas Herpich. They will be interviewed by Inkstuds radio show host, Robin McConnell and cartoonist, Brandon Graham in what will be a packed room (please let them have A/C). After the panel, Jaime will be signing books INCLUDING the newest collection Love Bunglers.

Please register by email/Eventbrite by April 24th to guarantee your seat in this standing-room only event! So keep earning money on that paper route so you can get a copy of Love Bunglers, bring your favorite Love and Rockets issues (plus some Prophet for Brandon and Simon to sign) and we'll see you THERE at Thursday, April 24th at 7pm.

The Love Bunglers

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
www.meltcomics.com