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Archive >> April 2014

We Are Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeoffice fun 30 Apr 2014 5:22 PM
We are Comics
We are comics and so are you.

Not pictured: Eric Reynolds, Mike Dean, Preston White, Paul Baresh, Anna Pederson, Larry Reid, TJ, Janice Headley, Dave Holmes, Jacob Covey, Matt Silvie and Dean. Our smooshed spiders-everywhere-in-the-trees-oh-god outtake.
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Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzComing Attractions 30 Apr 2014 3:58 PM

Pirates in the Heartland cover photo

Pirates in the Heartland pages photo

Pirates in the Heartland pages photo

A lovely book filled with depraved, degenerate art and the colorful story of the man who made it, Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 is due out in about 2 months, and we've got our advance copies to begin showing off. Above, one of the only borderline-SFW comics spreads we can show you from the book, and the beginning of a middle chapter of this volume's part of the biography by underground comix historian Patrick Rosenkranz, who also compiled the comics. This book is An Event and we're excited to get it out into the world! You can check out some excerpts and reserve your copy right here.

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 30 Apr 2014 2:56 PM

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

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

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Love takes many shapes and shades in The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992. Charlie Brown's interest in the Little Red-Haired Girl is rekindled; Linus fails to impress Lydia; Sally hoorays for Hollywood; Marcie pines for the World War I Flying Ace, who becomes lost in his cups (of root beer); Peppermint Patty and Marcie try to make Charlie Brown choose between them; and Snoopy is dangerously obsessed... with cookies.

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New Comics Day 4.30.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wallace WoodNew Comics DayJaime HernandezJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanEsther Pearl WatsonAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 30 Apr 2014 2:31 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. 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. 
Buddy Buys a Dump
Buddy Buys a Dump: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3
by Peter Bagge

144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-745-1

"Pete Bagge created a generational icon who I grew up with, and continued to grow up with even after I was a grown up. This book collects the last thirteen years of Buddy's life - and keeping up with him is like keeping up with an old pal from college who, while you still don't see them as often, you still miss dearly, and are always surprised at how much your life and theirs still overlap." -Benn Ray, Atomic Books

"[Buddy Bradley] attacks modern, and more adult-oriented, social trends-MILFs, recessions, mortality-with the same critical skill and wit he brought to the grunge era. For those of us who've accepted these stories piecemeal over the past dozen years, it's nice to seem them joined together." –Christopher Arnott, Below the Fold

The Love Bunglers
The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1

"...it's maybe the best comic I've read all decade...A beautiful, humane, masterfully executed comic." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

"Being a collected edition of Jaime Hernandez's hugely-appreciated climax-of-sorts to his ongoing chronicles of erstwhile romantics Maggie and Ray...IT'S THE SEASON FINALE OF LOVE AND ROCKETS." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal   

"Love Bunglers is the comics medium perfected." –Benn Ray, Atomic Books
Unlovable 3
Unlovable 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

412-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

"This is a must read for all Tina Belcher fans. This is also a must read for anyone who likes fun!" –Forbidden Planet USA

"Esther Pearl Watson has built up a nice following for these teenage comedy/agony vignettes, counting Matt Groening and Pendleton Ward among their admirers.…Lots of visceral drawing in here, all up in everyone's face." -Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal  
EC Slipcase
The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1
by Harvey KurtzmanWallace WoodJack DavisAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein et al.

832-page four-volume hardcover 7.5" x 10.5" x 4" slipcased box set • $94.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-728-4

"I'm kind of hooked on the black and white author-oriented Fantagraphics volumes because they force me to reconsider artists that I power past when they're collected in a format resembling the original comics..."  –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 
















The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 30 Apr 2014 1:31 PM

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

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) - Paperback Ed.
by Charles M. Schulz

298-page black & white 8.25" x 6.5" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-763-5

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The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952 launches the definitive collection of Charles M. Schulz's masterpiece, introducing the strip's beloved characters — Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Linus, and, of course, Charlie Brown.

"Charles Schulz was an innovative genius of American comics and also the marathon man, drawing strip after strip, writing the storyboards for the TV specials, creating a fantasy world that connected kids as well as adults, and all based on powerful iconic characters who express deep feelings of loneliness and resentment and despair." - Garrison Keillor, from his introduction

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Hi-Fructose Special on Al Columbia
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeartistsartAl Columbia 30 Apr 2014 1:09 AM
Hi-Fructose
"Horror is a peculiar and particular flavor of dis-ease. The body does not respond to it as it does to fear, with the urge toward fight of flight; instead, horror washes over you and lingers, reminding you that all is not as it should be in the world," writes Silke Tudor.  
Columbia 
In Issue 31 of Hi-FructoseAl Columbia is featured in a special matte paper insert featuring paintings, illustrations and some comics found in Pim and Francie, published by Fantagraphics in 2009. Columbia's dark hallways and candy-coated big-eyed children create the perfect landscape to lose yourself and your own mind in.
Al Columbia 
Founder and Editor-in-Chief 'Attaboy' says. "It's the layers of drawings and tracings atop half finshed thoughts, tear outs and revisions filled with obsessive detail that turns us into the shamless voyeaurs to what appears to be true madeness. We invite you to join us there." 


New Work by Peter Bagge at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 10!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Peter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 29 Apr 2014 2:27 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Presents Peter Bagge

Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, one of the founding fathers of the alternative comix movement, returns with another chapter in the continuing saga of his signature character, Buddy Bradley. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of Buddy Buys a Dump with a show of original drawings, a book signing, and music performance on Saturday, May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Peter Bagge’s Hate has chronicled the misadventures of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable losers since the formative period of the grunge era. His observations went beyond satire to help define the attitude and aesthetics of the most significant youth movement of the 1990s. Buddy Buys a Dump is the third collection of Buddy stories from Bagge’s Hate comic book serial. It contains material from the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion.

The opening reception features a display of original art from the book. Bagge will be present to sign copies of recent publications. Musical entertainment will be provided by Seattle singer-songwriter Kelli Frances Corrado at 7:30 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate an impressive work by one of America’s most important and influential cartoonists.

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Peter Bagge: BUDDY BUYS A DUMP art show and book signing
Saturday, May 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Music by Kelli Frances Corrado
Exhibition continues through July 9, 2014
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




OCD EXTRA: May's Book Review
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireDaily OCD 29 Apr 2014 11:40 AM

The next month's issue of Booklist reviewed a recent release by a Fantagraphics cartoonist, excerpted below:
Sock Monkey
Sock Monkey Treasury: A 'Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey' Collection
by Tony Millionaire

"Millionaire's Sock Monkey comics feature a pair of stuffed toys...who dwell in a large Victorian mansion with their young owner, Ann-Louise…Millionaire's old-fashioned, lushly delicate drawing style is the ideal vehicle for these faux-nostalgic tales, which frequently end in devastation or take a disconcertingly dark turn....While the Sock Monkey strips bear a surface resemblance to classic children's comics, their actual audience is adults who fondly recall the comics of their youth but now require edgier fare."
- Gordon Flagg, Booklist



Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonpreviewsPatrick RosenkranzComing Attractions 29 Apr 2014 11:24 AM

How did a nervous, creative kid from a normal family in Nebraska grow up to make some of the most outrageous, transgressive, Id-ful comics ever put to paper? You'll find the answer — and the comics — in Pirates in the Heartland, the first book in our 3-volume biography and retrospective of S. Clay Wilson by Patrick Rosenkranz. Wilson, of course, is a member of the Zap Comix collective and creator of the Checkered Demon; Rosenkranz is one of the preeminent authorities on underground comix and the author of the definitive history of the genre, Rebel Visions. Their mighty powers combine in this essential series that takes an unflinching look at the man and his work.

In our downloadable excerpt, read about Wilson's childhood in the heartland, see some of his youthful artwork, and read some of his earliest underground comix stories with, yes, pirates. Expected availability is in about 8 weeks, give or take;pre-sale is on now!

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1

Justin Hall's 3-Way Signing in SF
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under No Straight LinesJustin Hallevents 29 Apr 2014 11:14 AM

THree way
This Friday you can find cartoonists Justin Hall (editor and cartoonist from No Straight Lines), Ed Luce, and Jon Macy joining forces for a Gay Comics 3-Way art show at Magnet!

The opening reception for the show, which runs through the month of May, will feature comics readings, signings, and geeky good times. A full array of queer comics and art will be available from all three artists, as well as from Northwest Press, during the reception from 8-10pm on Friday, May 2nd. Check out Justin's work from No Straight Lines and even pick up a copy while you're there! Ed Luce and Jon Macy also contributed comics in No Straight Lines, get your book signed at the 3-Way, maybe even at the same time (depends on their flexibility, wink.)

Magnet is 4122 18th Street, San Francisco, California 94114. They are open Wednesday - Friday 10am-8pm, plus Tuesdays + Saturday closing at 6pm. Check out their site for more events and their free sexual health services.
No Straight Lines

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