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Archive >> April 2013

Fantagraphics Follies at Bumbershoot!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeJim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEroyn FranklinEllen ForneyDanny BlandBumbershoot 30 Apr 2013 5:01 PM

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This summer ends with a blast at Bumbershoot! The Northwest's foremost arts festival features the premiere of Fantagraphics Follies, showcasing diverse works from some of Seattle's most notorious cartoonists. Don't miss your favorite Fantagraphics artists appearing on stage in the lively variety show format of a late-night talk show at the colorful Labor Day weekend event.

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The entertainment begins big with Jim Woodring demonstrating his prowess with a giant quill pen. Fine artist (and finer cartoonist) Eroyn Franklin puts on a shadow puppet show, followed by the hilarious comix comedy routine of Kelly FrohEllen Forney plays Marbles before her stint on the couch, and Danny Bland reads In Case We DiePeter Bagge's pop combo Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk performs the role of house band as Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry "Letterman" Reid plays host. Big fun for all ages.

First Look & Excerpt: New School by Dash Shaw
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dash ShawComing Attractions 30 Apr 2013 3:07 PM

New School by Dash Shaw

New School pages

Some lucky dozens of you have already got your hands on advance copies of Dash Shaw's incredible new graphic novel New School on his ongoing book tour... If you haven't had a chance to fondle a copy, here's a couple of photos to ogle for the time being.

A powerful combination of 1990s nostalgia, family drama, speculative fiction, and experimental visual techniques, flavored with wonder and deadpan humor, New School is unlike anything you've read before. Library Journal and Paste both named it one of their most-anticipated books of the year, with the latter saying "In a few short years, Dash Shaw has proven himself a restless artist, committed to pushing what comics can do and what his own talents can accomplish... it's nice to see him return with two works, no less." (The other one is 3 New Stories.) And it's a big honkin' book.

Portlandians can pick up the book and see Dash this Thursday, May 2, at Floating World Comics; Seattleites, come on down to Dash's signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, May 4; Torontonians, catch Dash at TCAF May 11-12! Everyone else, the book'll be out in June. More previews are forthcoming; read our free 18-page excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.

Cover Uncovered: Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-1950 by Hal Foster
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 30 Apr 2013 12:56 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-1950 by Hal Foster

The lucky seventh volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant is off to the printer for release in August and here's our final, fine-tuned cover art. From an investigation of black magic to a quest for Christian missionaries, from epic derring-do to lighthearted domestic comedy, this volume runs the gamut of what readers love Foster's dashingly-told, masterfully-drawn strip for.

This Saturday, May 4, head to your participating local comic shop for a FREE excerpt from this volume in our Prince Valiant: Free Comic Book Day Special Edition comic book! And we'll have more sneak peeks for you right here in the coming weeks. Of course, you don't have to wait until then to put in your pre-order.

Down with OPP*: New Jobs
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tom KaczynskiFantagraphics BookstoreDown with OPPDash Shaw 30 Apr 2013 11:30 AM

* Other People's Publications
** Yeah, You Know Me.

This Saturday, May 4th, we're thrilled to present a signing with acclaimed artist Dash Shaw for his latest Fantagraphics titles 3 New Stories and his ambitious hardcover graphic novel New School.

We'll also have this new mini-comic available, New Jobs, published by Tom Kaczynski’s mighty imprint Uncivilized Books. This limited edition mini measures a mere 1/2 page, but packs in as much emotional resonance as the brick-sized Bottomless Belly Button.

A couple living in Bed-Stuy are going to have a child. To support the child, they need to get new jobs. It's a story any of us could relate to. My heart especially went out to the panel with a stack of stark bills piled on a table. 

Dash will be signing with us from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, and will discuss his work and screen short animations, including Seraph, which premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival. Hurry out here and get your copies of his new work while they last, especially this limited edition mini!

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.  

Cover Uncovered: Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBen Catmull 29 Apr 2013 4:03 PM

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

Ben Catmull's eerie new book is at the printer a little early for release in July or August (with a debut at Comic-Con in San Diego), bringing you some much-needed chills and goose pimples in the dog days of summer. The author introduces the book thusly:

"Welcome to Ghosts and Ruins, a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses, their strange histories, and the experiences of those brave enough to visit. It is highly recommended that you read this book alone late at night in the dark far away from civilization, preferably during a power outage."

Get ready to explore "The Buried House," "The Disgusting Garden," "The Secluded House," "The Lighthouse," the "Labyrinth of Junk," and "The Crawling House"; meet "Drowned Shelley" (that's her below), "The Woman Outside the Window," "The Sculptor," and the "Lonely Old Spinster"; and learn the secrets of  "Wandering Smoke," "The Order of the Shadowy Finger" (their HQ is on the cover), and  "Hair and Earwigs."

Stay tuned for more spine-tingling sneak peeks in the coming weeks! 

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Photoset: Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCathy Malkasian 29 Apr 2013 1:46 PM

“I fell madly in love with Cathy Malkasian’s beautiful Percy Gloom graphic novel a few years back, which was as beautiful as it was unexpected, so there is little to no way that I am not eagerly anticipating this follow-up. For those who like gorgeously-illustrated, melancholy and touching books: This is for you.” – Graeme McMillan, Robot 6

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! 
by Cathy Malkasian

192-page two-color 8.25” x 10.25” hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-638-6

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/wakeuppercygloom

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 4/29-5/6
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffeventsDash Shaw 29 Apr 2013 11:13 AM

April showers bring May events at Fantagraphics!

Thursday, May 2nd

Portland, OR:  Dash Shaw will be signing New School and 3 New Stories at Floating World Comics, starting at 7:00 PM! (more info)

Friday, May 3rd

Seattle, WA:  It's your last chance to see Jen Vaughn's exhibit (with her best friend Nomi Kane) at Chocolati Cafe [ 1716 N. 45th Street ]. Not only is she an amazing Marketing/PR/Outreach Fiend, but she's a kick-ass artist, too! (more info)

Dash Shaw at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Thursday, May 2nd

Seattle, WA:  Join us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for a signing with Dash Shaw for New School and 3 New Stories!  It's also your chance to see our exhibit Dash Shaw: Stories, featuring 14 original pieces of artwork! (more info)

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCathy Malkasian 26 Apr 2013 2:13 PM

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian

Wake Up, Percy Gloom!
by Cathy Malkasian

192-page two-color 8.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-638-6

Ships in: May 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

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Cathy Malkasian's second Percy Gloom graphic novel is another fable that the author brings to vivid life through her lush and detailed pencil renderings, surreal humor, absurdist characters, breathtaking landscapes, and luminous storytelling.

Kindhearted, Candide-esque Percy wakes up from a 200 year nap and finds himself in a strange new land. Searching for his mother, lamenting his long-lost love and soul-mate Miss Margaret, Percy meets bizarre, wise, naive, and sometimes dangerous characters, encounters inspired inventions, and forges friendships, discovering a few unexpected verities along the way.

Not to mention the singing goats and furniture parades.

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Cover Uncovered: Fran by Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringComing Attractions 26 Apr 2013 12:46 AM

Fran by Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring posted this on Facebook just a few hours ago and I couldn't wait until tomorrow to share it:

"Almost eighteen months after work was begun on it the completed FRAN is being placed in the loving hands of Fantagraphics tomorrow. Meet me at the intersection; I'll bring the ether."

See you tomorrow, Jim! 

Please welcome our new temp
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Graham Chaffeearbitrary cuteness 25 Apr 2013 2:54 PM

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He's fitting in okay but he's only shown a real interest in one of our books

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