Krazy & Ignatz is a love story, focusing on the relationship of its three main characters. Krazy Kat adores Ignatz Mouse. Ignatz Mouse just tolerates Krazy Kat, except for recurrent onsets of targeting tumescence, which found expression in the fast delivery of bricks to Krazy’s cranium. Offisa Pup loves Krazy and seeks to protect “her” (Herriman always maintained that Krazy was genderless), mostly by throwing Ignatz in jail. Each of the characters was ignorant of the other’s true motivations.
28 years of one of the greatest works the comics medium has ever seen, and now it can snuggly fit into your digital reading device. The timeless love triangle, remarkable page layouts, awesome alliteration, and all the flying bricks you can handle can be yours with each collection at $15.99. To pass on that offer, you’d have to be…well, you know.
“The surreal high jinks of Krazy, Ignatz Mouse, Offisa Pup (and enough bricks to build a small city) are as entrancing today as when George Herriman wrote and drew them.” — The New York Times
Today also brings the end of two stalwart Fantagraphics series.
Meat Cake #17 concludes Dame Darcy’s fairy-filled, neo-goth fables. God is revealed, hyperdrama is had, and Darcy (Fantagraphics’ resident music and doll-making reality TV star) has never packed more fantastic art on the page. This book is filled with heavenly beings and punk rock romance by one of comics’ true originals. Only a wispy one dollar and ninety-nine cents.
“I used to go to the comic shop every week just to buy one-person anthologies like this one. Dame Darcy’s… one of a kind, and I’ve never regretted buying a single issue of her book.” — The Comics Reporter
Peter Bagge ends on high note, as usual, with Hate #20. The whole Bradley clan is together and that can only mean two things: chaos for them and humor for us. This seminal series finishes off with appearances by Butch, Babs, and a bitchin’ monster truck! Just as funny now as it was in the ’90s, you can take all the dysfunction home with you for just $1.99.
“Probably the best underground comic of the ’90s” — New Musical Express
Don’t forget the new issue of Dungeon Quest! Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three by Joe Daly, issue #10 continues to follow our heroes: Millennium Boy, Steve, Lash, and Nerdgirl. The adventure never ends, as they must survive perilous cliffs, wild beasts, and hallucinogenic visions on their daring rescue mission. Find out what happens next on this award-winning journey for $1.99.
“Daly’s parody of the trek adventure — the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon’s Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games — is a kind of slackers’ SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd… [and] magnetically amusing.” — Ray Olson, Booklist
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following titles. Read on the see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear). Check out the book previews in the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
96-page full color 7.25" x 5.5" softcover $9.99 | 978-1-60699-820-5
"In just 30 pages, at the rate of an average of eight bullets each, Carl Barks gave a lesson in how to tell a compact and highly entertaining story, with the rapidity of Western and spontaneity of irony. The Sheriff of Bullet Valley contains the humble simplicity of its genius." - Joaquin Toran
200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover $39.99 | 978-1-60699-786-4
"His photographs helpp illuminate perhaps the most influential generation in our lifetime, from 1960-1980. Les Was there to document in photos an commentary the cultural, historical, and musical changes both in the US and in Africa...It is more than evident in reading Pat Thomas' interview with Les in the book that Les in an intensely curious, provocative renaissance artist both musically and with his photographs and painting. Few photo books cover such a wide range of interests ranging from politics to sports, even including photos of "regular folk" whose expression and activity interest him." - Jeff Krow
Los Angeles, CA - Money does indeed rule everything around me, so you need to get yourself to the Cash Machine art show that opens tomorrow night. The list of people exhibiting their art/zines/selves at this group show is top notch, and some highlights include artists like Brendan Donnelly and the Fantagraphics creator, Leah Hayes! Author of Funeral of the Heartand Holy Moly. Her new book Not Funny Ha-Ha will be out this June. Opening night runs from 7-10 PM. I hear Thursdays are the new Friday, making this opening reception (with after-party across the street) your perfect starter to the weekend. You don't want to be the only one NOT showing up to work on Friday with a hangover.
Friday, April 3rd
Los Angeles, CA - Our lovely friends at The Secret Headquarters are hosting a one-of-a-kind original art exhibition and reception to highlight the beautiful work of the talented Robert Goodin. Known previously for his animation work and various Mome contributions, Goodin is releasing his first graphic novel release with the desinnee all-ages book, The Kurdles. This night only! he'll be selling original painted pages from the book. The exhibit will run until April 30th, but you'll want to prep your peepers for it's release in several weeks time. Reception begins at 7 PM! (More Details)
Saturday, April 4th
Fairfax, CA - The inspiring and influential cartoonist MK Brownis gracing the Fairfax library with her presence and her work with an opening reception from 2-4 PM. Come celebrate her career while peering into work that has left impressions on notable creators like Mike Judge (Beevis and Butthead). Stranger than Life is the first ever collection of MK Brown's cartoons and comics that have appeared in The National Lampoon, The New Yorker, and Playboy. A percentage of all book sales during the reception will directly contribute to Friends of the Fairfax Library, benefiting fellow readers and your funny bone. (More Details)
Next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by Fantagraphics cartoonists + creators, excerpted below:
Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette "Tardi’s atmospheric visuals, with their inky line work and solid compositions, are perfectly suited to Manchette’s noirish milieu. The cartooniness of his figures, juxtaposed against the soundly realistic settings, perfectly matches the matter-of-factly over-the-top nature of this blackest of mordantly comedic capers." - Gordon Flagg
Harvey Kurtzman wrote, edited and drew popular titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for notorious publisher EC Comics. In a departure from their lurid line of crime and horror comics, Kurtzman created the satirical Mad in 1952. EC Comics soon fell victim to the hysterical crusading of politicians, child psychologists and religious zealots when the Comics Code Authority effectively banned most of their titles. Kurtzman's Mad persevered, and ironically became the instrument that indoctrinated an entire generation in the principle of art in the service of degenerate discourse - laying the foundation for the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
Kurtzman's many contributions to midcentury American humor are explored at length by Schelly, with insightful interviews of Kurtzman collaborators like Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Episodes like the FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era and his litigation with EC publisher Bill Gaines are detailed for the first time.
Don't miss the debut of this amazing publication with a slide talk, exhibition and book signing on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
Mark your calendars for the return of incomparable cartoonist Daniel Clowes on Saturday, April 18 with the world premiere of The Complete Eightball, followed a week later by provocative Seattle artist Josh Simmons on April 25. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Bill Schelly presents Havey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad Slide talk, exhibition, and book signing Saturday, April 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
CartoonistM.K. Brown is making a special appearance this Saturday, April 4th at the Fairfax Library. From 2-4pm, enjoy the opening reception and book signing while soaking in Brown's original artwork on display. The show of original comics, gag panels and more will remain up from the 1st to the 29th of April. A percentage of the sale of her collection, Stranger than Life, will benefit Friends of the Fairfax Library. Here's a few of my favorites from the book:
This one is part of a longer comic:
So come get a copy of Stranger than Life and check out a book or two from your local library!
Fairfax Library 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Fairfax, CA 94930
From boutique breweries to chocolate confections, decadent burgers to gourmet delis, Seattle's oldest neighborhood is also its most sumptuous. Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown offers delicacies from over two dozen diverse drinking and dining establishments on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The food and hospitality industry played a pivotal role in Georgetown's remarkable revitalization. Georgetown Brewing (maker of the popular Manny's Pale Ale) has been joined by Ellenos Yogurt and Fran's Chocolates (favored by America's first couple Barack and Michele Obama and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.) Pioneering dining and nightlife establishments like Jules Maes Saloon, one of the region's oldest taverns, along with nearby Nine Pound Hammer, Stellar Pizza, and Smarty Pants have attracted a growing array of alluring restaurants, bars, and cafes including Zippy's Burgers, Fonda la Catrina, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Liquor Company, Brass Tacks, Square Knot Diner, All City Coffee, Hallava Falafel, Flying Squirrel, Star Brass Lounge, Hitchcock Deli, and many more. Don't miss this opportunity to sample some of Seattle's most creative cuisine.
Georgetown Bites also marks the official beginning of the Festival Street project under construction right outside Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. City officials and contractors will appear at noon on Saturday for the ceremonial groundbreaking to preview the project and answer questions from the community. See you then.
Seattle, WA - Yikes! How many people can one comic book shop fit into their rafters? And how many more signs can they put on their door to let you know that this place is where it's at on Thursday? Arcane Comics in the Ballard neighborhood is kicking off ECCC with a who's who lineup of guests and fans. Some of these oh so special comic celebs are Ed Piskor and Ed Luce! Piskor has just wrapped Hip Hop Family Tree Vol 3, and Mr. Luce is debuting the super-sized, and super awe inspiring Wuvable Oaf collection in beautiful hardcover. Other faces you might want to see here will be Farel Dalrymple, Simon Roy, Alexis Ziritt, and Nick Pitarra (just to name a few). Head on over at 6 PM where you come for the comics, and stay for the Don Lucho's foodtruck! (More Details)
Friday, March 27th
Seattle, WA - It's finally here. The little Seattle comic show that could. In just over a decade the Emerald City Comicon has grown into the third largest comic convention in the U.S, and boasts the largest artist's alley. We're set up at the best table you'll ever see, with the best creators you'll ever meet. Today some of those creators include: Lucy Knisley, Ed Luce, Don Rosa and Ed Piskor. For our full signing schedule and breakdown of panels, check out (More Details)
NYC - Continuing his NYC tour, Jiraiya will be stopping by Buearu of General Services - Queer Division for a talk and signing beginning at 7 PM. Hosted by the LGBT Community Center, The Buearu is a cultural center, bookstore, and event space that strives to protect and foster community. The Massive team fits right in to that ethos as they draw attention to and celebrate the life changing genre of gay manga, that's captured in the Massive anthology. (More Details)
Saturday, March 28th
Seattle, WA - If that beautiful Frank and Becky guidebook cover doesn't get you to come to the Washington State Convention Center for the second day of Emerald City Comicon, then what hope do we have for humanity? Oh yeah, the amazing lineup of guests and panels and books we're hosting at the Fantagraphics table! With new releases like Wuvable Oaf and the Angry Youth Comix collection that are bound to astound, you're out of excuses as to why you shouldn't get your tookis to booth 308. (More Details)
NYC - There's a Jiraiya double whammy today! First, he and designer Chip Kidd give a presentation at the SVA ampitheatre with a live Q&A followed by a signing. The SVA has kickstarted many careers, and is the perfect setting for this free and open to the public event as they discuss Jiraiya's photo-realistic work, beginning at 3 PM. Please, no photography. Can't make it to the SVA? No problem! All around cool clothing/fashion/accessory store Opening Ceremony will continue their tradition of being stewards of travel when they host Jiraiya for a reception and signing of Massive. The artist behind many of the clothing items sold by Massive, Jiraiya's notable products are right at home with Opening Ceremony. Stop by between 6-7 PM for your last chance to meet the man beofre he travels back to Japan. (More Details)
Sunday, March 29th
Seattle, WA - Today is your last chance to fangirl/boy out on our lovely creators here at ECCC. On deck for Sunday includes signings at the Fantagraphics booth 308 with: Knisley, Piskor, and Rosa, and FOUR different panels where you can find Fanta artists and staffers alike sharing their well-spring of knowledge on the comics biz. These panels cover topics from cartooning school, to turning your passion into a career, and how to run your own freelance business successfully! (spoiler: it involves a lot of finance spreadsheeting). Get the dates and times to your future here (More Details)
In this 22-page downloadable excerpt of volume 7 of our award-winning Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse series, Goofy buys a lion from the circus and, despite Mickey's warnings on the dangers of owning a pet lion, refuses to part with the beast. But when the law gets involved, it'll take all of Mickey's cleverness and wit to save the day!
You'll also get Thomas Andrae's full 6-page foreword, with detailed insights into the Mickey Mouse strips published during World War II.
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