Visitors to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday are in for a treat. Among the many highlights of Marathon: A Short Run Art Show are neo-deco delights from Peter and Maria Hoey of Coin-Op press. Equal parts Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Winsor McCay, and Chris Ware, these comix, flipbooks and fine art prints are wondrous beyond words. You have got to come see this show.
Arrive early as hometown hero Peter Bagge signs copies of the fantastic new edition of Everybody is Stupid Except For Me as well as other recent publications from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Then stay late for a set at 8:00 by Tummy featuring our lovely and talented intern Lillian Morlock. All this and the festive Georgetown Art Attack with action all over the neighborhood! See you then.
A self-portrait through one hundred portraits, Artists Authors Thinkers Directors explores cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier's sketchbook renderings of those who shaped his (and many others') artistic views.
Culled from his drawing blog — The Daily Forlorn, one of Tumblr's featured illustration blogs — these portraits are as stylistically varied as the subjects they portray. A scrawled, single line drawing of Lenny Bruce shares space with a triangular Werner Heisenberg. A monochromatic, stippled Stanley Kubrick stares intently at a muppet-headed Frank Oz. Each turn of the page offers a new take on a familiar face.
In the afterword, Hornschemeier includes brief notes on each portrait and that creator's particular work or insight that spoke specifically to him. And in that specificity, much of what is universally affecting in each creator shines through.
Hornschemeier's graphic novels hop from one aesthetic to the next, varying the line and color quality to depict his narrative's mood. He plays with the language of comics. In these portraits we can clearly see him hard at experimentation, adding to his vocabulary.
BONUS: The first four pre-orders we get for this book will also receive So-So Heroes, Paul's portfolio of 30 colorful, witty postcards, for FREE courtesy of Chronicle Books! It's an oddball collection of misfits, monsters, and utterly curious characters, all involved in hilariously insignificant adventures. Each image is rich with Hornschemeier's signature wit and visual flair. Order now!
144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-745-1
He’s back! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump — because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge’s iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era. Featuring stories originally published in the comic book series Hate Annual from 2000–2011, as well as an all-new 20-page conclusion to the story arc, this book marks the first new book of Buddy stories since the now-perennial classics Buddy Does Seattle (2005) and Buddy Does Jersey (2007).
Kickstarter pre-order signed copies are gone for now, but we're working on talking Pete into agreeing to do more, so keep checking!
104-page black & white 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1
The suppression of family history is the initial thread that ties together The Love Bunglers, featuring Hernandez’s longtime Love and Rockets heroine Maggie. Because these secrets can’t be dealt with openly, their lingering effect is even more powerful. But Maggie’s ability to navigate and find meaning in her life — despite losing her culture, her brother, her profession, and her friends — is what’s made her a compelling character. After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie’s emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story), and eventually to love and contentment. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character Maggie around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular.
SHE'S COMING...VIOLENZIA. A mysterious girl leaves a path of bloody destruction wherever she goes. But, why? Find out in the brand-new, full-color, 50-page comic by Richard Sala.
"Let there be no mercy or forgiveness for they have shown none." With these words, whispered into the wind, a mysterious young woman leaps into action with wild abandon, twin automatics blazing. Is she a brave and reckless heroine taking on a monstrous evil? Or is she a deranged angel of death? One thing is clear: whether she is dropping from a high window into a crowd of red-robed fanatical cultists, or facing down a horde of psychotic hillbillies, you don't want to get in her way.
A fast moving, self-contained story, Violenzia is a blast of pulpy fun, told in scenes of audacious action and splashes of rich watercolors. With elements of golden age comics and old movies mixed with Sala's trademark humor and sense of the absurd, Violenzia is serious fun, a bloody enigma masked as eye candy, a puzzle box riddled with bullet holes.
Coming exclusively to comiXology on November 20th, Violenzia will blast her way into your hearts. She's actually got a bullet in the chamber and the safety off waiting for you to preorder the book now.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. 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.
140-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-719-2
"I liked this one the best of the pulp-stories that feature the movies made by his character Fritz in the Palomar/Post-Palomar universe he depicts in Love And Rockets... An amazing year for Hernandez." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery offers a colorful preview of the Northwest’s leading independent comix and zine convention. “Marathon: A Short Run Art Show” features original art, prints, and publications by some of the country’s most innovative artists. The show opens this Saturday, November 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Local artists Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh, and Fantagraphics Bookstore staffer Janice Headley will present an expanded version of the annual “Short Run Small Press Fest” on Saturday, November 30 at Washington Hall in Seattle. “Marathon: A Short Run Art Show” provides a preview of festival exhibitors selected by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid. Featured artists include Gabrielle Gamboa, Robyn Jordan, Noel Franklin, Coin Op, Mita Mahato, Scott Travis, Joe Garber, Fiona Avocado, Tom Neely, Nate Neal, Elaine Lin, Bettina McEntyre, Skill Shot, TBASA, Reid Psaltis, Bobby Mono, Aron Nels Steinke, Jim Blanchard, Peter Bagge, Kelly Froh, Eroyn Franklin, Max Badger, Shannon Wheeler, and more.
Join us on Saturday for a free reception featuring musical entertainment by Tummy. This event coincides with the wildly popular Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging contemporary art throughout the historic district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
In the 21st century, women cartoonists have more opportunities than ever before: graphic novels in bookstores and libraries, and comics on the Internet, have created audiences for influential books such as Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi), Fun Home (Alison Bechdel), What It Is (Lynda Barry), and Hark! A Vagrant (Kate Beaton). Trina Robbins’ lavishly illustrated Pretty in Ink shows that, although the comics field was dominated by men, beginning in 1896 and throughout the 20th century, more women have been professional cartoonists than people previously thought. Robbins showcases cartoonists such as Lily Renée — an Austrian woman who escaped from Nazis, only to draw action/adventure comics exploits as exciting as her own — and Eva Mirabal, a Native American corporal whose G.I. Gertie strip showed the wacky side of the Women Army Corps (WAC). Trina Robbins is and has been the preeminent scholar of comics “herstory” for more than 30 years, and those new to comics and longtime fans alike will find much to discover in this updated and comprehensive volume.
This glorious compilation of Peanuts Every Sunday is the debut volume that collects, for the first time ever, all the Peanuts strips that ran in everyone’s newspaper on Sundays — each comic strip reproduced in vibrant, warm full color! In this luxurious hardcover reprinting the years 1952 through 1955, Charles Schulz introduces Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus to his archetypal Peanuts cast of Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
"Charles Schulz was an American treasure — an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." — Bill Clinton
Yes yes, y'all! Acclaimed young cartoonist Ed Piskor (Wizzywig) schools you on the old school in this essential, explosively entertaining, encyclopedic cultural chronicle of an American art form that changed the world. Hip Hop Family Tree (originally serialized online at Boing Boing) takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios and radio stations where the scene started to boom, in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail.
The vivid personalities and magnetic performances of early stars like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, The Sugarhill Gang, and Funky 4+1 come to life, as do the no-less-charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and Rick Rubin. And graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy meets Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large.
The Comics Journal Library series is the most comprehensive series of lavishly illustrated interviews conducted with cartoonists ever published. To celebrate our republication of the legendary EC line, we proudly present the first of a two-volume set of interviews with the artists and writers (and publisher!) who made EC great. Included in the first volume: career-spanning conversations with EC legends Will Elder, John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein, as well as short interviews with EC short-timers Frank Frazetta and Joe Kubert. Also: EC Publisher William Gaines on his infamous Senate subcommittee testimony, and probing conversations between Silver Age cartoonist Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman, as well as contemporary alternative cartoonist Sam Henderson and MAD great Al Jaffee.
Part of what made EC the best publisher in the history of mainstream comics was some of the most beautiful drawing ever published in comic books, and every interview is profusely illustrated by pertinent examples of the work under discussion. The EC artists were renowned for their attention to detail, and the reproduction here takes full advantage of the oversized art book format.