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Archive >> April 2008

Larry Reid's Weirdos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under events 18 Apr 2008 4:55 PM

Weirdos: Fantagraphics' Larry Reid lectures at the Frye Art Museum, 04/17/08

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery’s resident curator Larry Reid presented a very engaging and informative slide lecture on the topic “WEIRDOS: Seattle’s Alternative Comics Culture in the Context of R. Crumb’s Underground” at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle last night. Stay tuned — we'll be adapting Larry's presentation into an online feature here on the website in the near future.

Weirdos: Fantagraphics' Larry Reid lectures at the Frye Art Museum, 04/17/08

Chocolate Cheeks for 4/18/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 18 Apr 2008 3:47 PM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

It's time for your weekly installment of Steven Weissman's "Chocolate Cheeks"! In this week's strip: Spence, smacked, with a shiner and smashed specs! (Remember, you must be registered and logged in to read.)

Members Preview: Rebel Visions
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rebel VisionspreviewsPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesmeta 16 Apr 2008 5:07 PM

Rebel Visions by Patrick Rosenkranz

This week's free preview is a downloadable 25-page excerpt — the entire first chapter — from the upcoming expanded and revised softcover edition of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975, the definitive history of the era by Patrick Rosenkranz. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.

(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)
Now in stock: Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJosh Simmons 16 Apr 2008 1:50 PM

Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons

Jessica Farm Vol. 1
By Josh Simmons

Hot on the heels of his first graphic novel, House, Josh Simmons' Jessica Farm fuses serialized adventure, fantasy and psychological horror and stamps it with his signature macabre sensibility in his atmospheric new graphic novel. Like a Lynchian take on Alice in Wonderland, Jessica Farm opens with an exterior of what could be any Midwestern farmhouse: once inside, we track our titular heroine as she bounds out of bed on Christmas and goes about her morning routine, eventually breakfasting with her grandparents. The banality of the situation is subverted by a ratcheting sense of dread, however, as we discover that Jessica's increasingly nightmarish house is filled with creatures around every corner: some whimsical, some sexual, some despairing and some malevolent. Jessica Farm is an ambitious experiment in world-building: as conceived by Simmons, this book is the first volume of a life-spanning comics project in which he drew one page every month for the past seven years, starting in January 2000 — and will continue this project for 50 years in total, making up the story as he goes and releasing 96-page increments every 8 years until he amasses a 600-page body of work.

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Now in stock: Mineshaft #21
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releasesFrank StackBill Griffith 16 Apr 2008 1:49 PM

Mineshaft #21

Mineshaft #21
By various artists

Front cover hand lettered and designed by Robert Crumb, plus five wonderful pages of sketchbook drawings inside! Back cover by Christoph Mueller, "My Angel of Sin"! The life of famous Beat underground poet, Diane Di Prima, drawn and written by Mary Fleener (with guest Harvey Pekar)! Poetry by Diane Di Prima! "Pat & Corky" fiction by J.R. Helton, Zippy the Pinhead and how Bill Griffith got his start! New artwork by Christoph Mueller (with guest Joe Coleman) and William Crook, Jr.! Jay Lynch & Ed Piskor's story about Lynch and Crumb going to visit Chester Gould! "In Praise of Goth Beauticians" by Andrei Codrescu and illustrated by Aaron Lange! Plus the long awaited next chapter to the Green Star by editor Everett Rand, also Frank Stack, Bruce Simon, Aaron Lange, letters from around the globe and more!!

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Now in stock: The Comics Journal #289
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 16 Apr 2008 1:48 PM

The Comics Journal #289

The Comics Journal #289
Gary Groth, Executive Editor

In this issue of The Comics Journal:

  • In a mammoth interview, Marvel Zombies writer Robert Kirkman discusses everything from starting out as the publisher of Battle Pope to his work with Image and Marvel Comics. Plus: Kirkman-related essays by Michael Dean and Simon Abrams, and zombies, zombies, zombies!
  • The Arrival author Shaun Tan talks about the Australian comics scene, children’s books and the breakaway success of his immigrant-themed latest work.
  • Our comics section this issue features 100 consecutive strips from Ed Wheelan’s classic Minute Movies, plus a history of the strip by Jared Gardner.
  • Bob Levin looks at the life and work of Hustler Magazine’s most notorious cartoonist, “Chester the Molester” creator Dwaine Tinsley.
  • Historian R.C. Harvey recounts the history of the first daily comic strip, Mutt and Jeff, and its creator Bud Fisher.
  • Paul Kirchner remembers the late Charlton cartoonist Wayne Howard.
  • Alan David Doane offers a critique of the modern comics shop.

As always, we’ve got teasers from the new issue on the TCJ.com website, including extracts of our Robert Kirkman and Shaun Tan interviews, plus Michael Dean’s Marvel Zombies essay in its entirety! Boasting absolutely no zombie-variant covers whatsoever, The Comics Journal #289 will enlighten, entertain and irritate comics connoisseurs in all the ways you’ve come to know and love.

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Martin Kellerman: Get rich or die tryin'
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Martin Kellerman 16 Apr 2008 11:28 AM

Martin Kellerman with 50 Cent and company

Apparently in the alternate universe known as Sweden cartoonists are given their own glossy entertainment magazine and hang around with Fiddy and his G-Unit crew. (Photo supplied to Kim Thompson by Häkon Strand of Strand Comics.)

This seems like a good time to remind you to stay tuned for daily Rocky strips in English here on Fantagraphics.com starting in the near future!

Al Jaffee original Humbug art
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsHumbug 15 Apr 2008 1:39 PM

Al Jaffee original art from Humbug, 1956

We recently received a large package of original art from Al Jaffee for our upcoming complete Humbug collection. Here's just one amazing example -- click the image above to see a high-res version, and click here for a set with close-up detail photos. Also, if you haven't seen it already, see our nifty feature detailing the production process of restoring a Humbug page.

Sneak peek photos: Explainers
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJules Feiffer 15 Apr 2008 12:06 PM

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

Have a look at (and inside) a real-life copy of the upcoming book Explainers - The Complete Village Voice Strips (1956-66) by Jules Feiffer. For a Flickr slideshow, click here, or to browse manually, click here. (And don't forget you can read the Introduction, and preview more strips, here; and registered users can download yet another preview excerpt here.)

2008 Eisner Award nominees, now on sale!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsawards 15 Apr 2008 10:48 AM

Awards & empties, Eisner Awards ceremony, San Diego Comic-Con, 07/27/07

Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2008 Eisner Awards. We're celebrating our 11 nominations (plus a few for some of our favorite artists) by putting all of our nominated titles on sale for 20% off through May 15, 2008! The full list of nominations is below; click here to browse all of the sale items.

Best Short Story
"At Loose Ends" by Lewis Trondheim, in Mome Vol. 8
"Whatever Happened to Fletcher Hanks?" by Paul Karasik, in I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!
"Young Americans" by Emile Bravo, in Mome Vol. 8

Best Anthology
Mome (Vols. 6-9)

Best Graphic Album — New
Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Strips
Popeye Vol. 2: Well Blow Me Down! by E. C. Segar

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books
I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason

Best Lettering
Lewis Trondheim, "At Loose Ends," Mome Vols. 7 & 8

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (issues #280-287)

Best Comics-Related Book
Meanwhile... A Biography of Milton Caniff by R. C. Harvey

Hall of Fame
Barry Windsor-Smith

Additional congratulations go out to Dan Clowes and Chris Ware for their nominations for "Mr. Wonderful" and Acme Novelty Library #18, respectively. 












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