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Quite the to-do, 'stinck'ing up the place
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steven WeissmanJohnny Ryanevents 21 Nov 2014 10:59 AM
Facegasm
Friday, December 5th you could be anywhere: stuck to a lamppost, fluttering off of a junction box on the ave, 'cooling' up someone's composition notebook--wait, you're a person, not a sticker! Or in this case, a STINCKER! On Friday, December 5, from 7-10:30pm The Stinckers makers are having a release party (or a sticking party?) at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles (7522 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046). See some new stickers from Mats?!, Steven "Ribs" Weissman, Johnny Ryan and J. Roysdon. Maybe more!
 
The next night, December 6th, the group is having an art show at Comic Arts L.Aat the Think Tank Gallery. The time? TBA but mostly likely party o'clock! (939 Maple Ave, Suite #200, Los Angeles, CA 90015).  The list of past Stinckers includes Jeremy Eaton, Esther Pearl Watson, Mark Todd, Jordan Crane, Matt Furie, Ben Marra, and many more!Stinckers, I looooove you! 
The Stinckers machine is also a-live and a-ctive. They've also got their own new URL so make sure to make it rain internet confetti! From their blog: If you are visiting this blog and "now" is after 2034....HELLO ..! This is what the world looked like before you were born. We had buttonholes on our clothing and made fun of Facebook.... Quite a crew, order some STINCKERS! today, hit up one of these upcoming events or check out their long-list of comic stores that carry the Stinckers in stock, like the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery!
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Video/Photo Slidesho
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 21 Nov 2014 10:00 AM

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia
by Gilbert Hernandez

256-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-806-9

Ships in: January 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

In Ofelia, the sisters, the kids, and the cousins are all settled comfortably in California after leaving Palomar in Luba and Her Family. Luba and her cousin Ofelia’s relationship has always been fraught, but when Ofelia threatens to write a book about Luba, past memories, secrets, resentments, and pain resurface. Meanwhile, Luba’s children—genius Socorro, recently out-and-proud Doralís, and prickly Maricela—show that a talent for trouble may be hereditary. Luba’s sisters, Fritz and Petra, swap lovers (as usual), but…are Fritz and family friend Pipo sittin’ in a tree? These vividly drawn characters are charged with Hernandez’s trademark complexity; they live, love, age, fight— and die—in this sweeping, multigenerational saga.

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NYC: Bergen Street Comics to host Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 20 Nov 2014 4:11 PM
Late Child
Suit up with your finest threads, comics fans. Saturday, December 6th at 8 pm, head over to the friendly Bergen Street Comics at 470 Bergen Street and check out the latest graphic novel from Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger
 
The Late Child and Other Animals is the latest graphic novel from this two-person cartoonist machine (a nice follow up to Romberger and Van Cook's Eisner-nominated 7 Miles a Second along with David Wojnarowicz). A generational autobiography written by legendary punk diva and award-winning poet Van Cook, adapted by Romberger. The journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense hitting notes of European feminism.
James and Marguerite 
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217 
late child Bergen Street
CAKE Special Guest: Wilfred Santiago
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred Santiagoevents 20 Nov 2014 12:20 PM
Wilfred Santiago  
CAKE 2015 in Chicago is already rolling out the announcements of special guests and we are very excited to tell ya that Wilfred Santiago will be storming the court with his new graphic novel about the local legend, Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade. This is Santiago's latest graphic novel since his homerun hit (oh yes, we know you love those sports references), 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.
 
CAKE's announcement gives a nice summary of Santiago's career as well: His first professional work was seen in the DC Comics/Milestone Media series Static, and since then he has gone on to create the original graphic novel In My Darkest Hour and the best-selling comics biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, and he has had illustrations published in Sports Illustrated, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He publishes Goodwilfred Sunday Magazine every first Sunday of the month with his wife. For more information, CAKE and Fantagraphics suggest reading this interview at The Comics Journal, or this interview at Comics Alliance. GAME ON.
Wilfred Santiago  Michael Jordan
The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application The deadline for applying is December 15, 2014. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Now in Stock: Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesHans Rickheit 20 Nov 2014 11:20 AM

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

Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit - Cover

Cochlea & Eustachia
by Hans Rickheit

80-page full color 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-801-4

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Cochlea & Eustachia appear to be twin human girls, but this has yet to be confirmed. Their actions seem to be motivated less by curiosity than boredom and an inclination towards purposeless destruction. Any connate objective remains to be determined. They never stray apart from each other, out of an unspoken proclivity. Perhaps they keep together because they resemble each other; a mixture of vanity and comfort is the foundation of their constant companionship. They seem to consider any creature with dissimilar features as inept or untrustworthy. They are suspected of giving hypnotic suggestions to cats. They do not seem particularly malicious, just meddlesome. This new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Squirrel Machine is lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect.

Displacement by Lucy Knisley - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLucy Knisley 20 Nov 2014 9:00 AM

Displacement
by Lucy Knisley

168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6

Ships in: January 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

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PORTLAND: Tim Lane Art Show and Book Signing
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Laneeventsart shows 19 Nov 2014 5:29 PM
Lonesome Go
Time to hustle out and then back in the train car! And you heard right from that bum who jumped the train with you from here to St. Louie, cartoonist and hobo historian Tim Lane IS coming to the West Coast starting with Portland, just in time for First Thursday. On Thursday, December 4th from 6-10pm you can come get a copy of The Lonesome Go signed and sketched in at Floating World Comics. Floating World will also feature an art show of Lane's noir-drenched comic pages. 

Jackie's Blues
In addition to an art show and cartoonist signing, Lane has been going around the country getting new recordings of an old song by any musician or singer who wants to come by and be a part of his Lonesome Go box set. The song is "Jackie's Blues" (the lyrics of which are in The Lonesome Go) performed & recorded by a variety of musicians to include in the box set. This is open to anybody who wants to contribute a version. Here's a recent recording by Tom Jessen. So bring your uke, your bango or your kazoo along with your Tim Lane comics and head over to Floating World Comics!
Tim Lane Lonesome go
(photo by Jody Culkin)

Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR








NYC: Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger at JHU Comic Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 19 Nov 2014 3:28 PM
Late Child
Next Wednesday, November 26th Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger will be holding a release party for their brand new graphic novel The Late Child and Other Animals at JHU Comic Books in NYC, 6-8pm. Wednesday is ALSO the first day it is available for sale at all comic book stores around the country. In this generational autobiography, the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter (Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
Portrait 
So pop by JHU for this exploration in family and feminism. Get in on the fun and invite your friends via their Facebook page!

JHU Comic Books 
32 East 32nd Street
New York City, NY 10016 


Miss Lasko-Gross at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Miss Lasko-Grossdigital comicscomiXology 19 Nov 2014 1:33 PM
Escape from Special
This week, we're all about Miss Lasko-Gross! The sold-out edition of Escape from "Special" is available digitally now thanks to comiXology! It is the coming-of-age story of Melissa, who we first meet as a small child and depart from at the end of the book just before she enters high school. Drawn in black and white and washed in moody blues and full spectrum grays, Lasko-Gross's art, with its detailed backgrounds and expressive characters, exquisitely conveys the story's blend of humor (sometimes of the gross-out variety) and keenly observed insights. Miss Lasko-Gross, who has the sensibility of a love child of Linda Barry and David B. midwifed by Judy Blume, has created a graphic novel that should appeal not only to the growing readers of graphic novels, but to teens grappling with similar unresolved questions. 185 pages of fantastic comics for only $13.99.
 
Meanwhile A Mess of Everything is continues the story of self-effacing non-conformist Melissa, now in high school facing a drug habit, alienation, accidental heartbreak and other issues in an intense, honest, and funny memoir. Busting out fifty more pages than the first book, A Mess of Everything can be your mess for $15.99 for 233 pages. 
A Mess of Everything
"A compelling work... a stunning portrayal of what it takes to disentangle ourselves from the rules we're supposed to follow and forge our own path." - The Toronto Star 
 
"Vividly imaginative in tricky layouts, intricate patterns and hallucinatory neverlands yet starkly perceptive of everyday details and personality, immune to art-star mythology while stockpiling stuff of legend, Lasko-Gross is capable of anything - but can't help doing right." - Adam McGovern, ComicCritique.Com  
Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wilfred Santiagopreviews 19 Nov 2014 12:45 PM

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade
by Wilfred Santiago

200-page full color 5.75" x 7.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-711-6

Ships in: January 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history, from the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page.

Jordan became a national celebrity at the age of 19, scoring the winning jump shot in the final seconds of the 1982 NCAA Championship, earning him the moniker "Air." He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, a team with a decade-long history of dreadful performances. By 1991, Jordan disproved doubters when he finally led the Bulls to their first NBA championship over Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers.

In 1992, Michael Jordan joined the Dream Team, an assembly of 12 legendary NBA players who steamrolled everyone at the Barcelona Olympics and brought the gold back home. Despite taking a season off to try his hand at professional baseball, Jordan still led the Bulls to three consecutive NBA Championships twice.

Despite his success, his life in the limelight and his private life were not without controversies or calamities, and no amount of success or money could shield him from it. But everyone wanted to be like Mike, and Santiago comes closer than anyone to putting you on the parquet floor of the Chicago's United Center in your very own pair of Air Jordans.

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