A must for animation fans, reproducing carefully preserved art and artifacts from Gene Deitch's archives with lively commentary about the production of his Oscar-nominated series of animated shorts!
"Best known as the creator of 'Tom Terrific' from Captain Kangaroo, Deitch is also an Oscar-winning director with more than a thousand cartoon films to his credit." – Los Angeles Times
"Deitch achieves what only the greatest cartoonist can — a deep spiritual resonance with minimal representation." – New York Press
"I was particularly impressed with Nudnik because it combined so well, a style of drawing and a style of animation…[Nudnik] should get the Oscar because I believe the picture deserves it." – Chuck Jones
• Edinburgh, UK: The great Joe Sacco will be a special guest at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. On Tuesday night, he'll discuss his groud-breaking work Palestine, and hopefully give some hints to his upcoming Fantagraphics release, BUMF -- a collection of all-new short humorous fiction in the vein of his satirical story in The Comics Journal #302. (more info)
Wednesday, August 14th
• Edinburgh, UK: And tonight, Joe Sacco will take the stage again at the Edinburgh International Book Festival alongside fellow guest-of-honor Chris Ware. In a talk moderated by Teddy Jamieson, they'll discuss the brilliance in bringing together word and image on the page. (more info)
Noah Van Sciver is selling original art! What's this all about, you ask? We here at the Fantagraphics 24-hour news network know how much you love Noah and have been questioning us via various and dark channels fo without further ado, we're sending you over to NOAH himself to hear more:
"Thank, Jen, so 'what's this original art from' scream children and adults alike? Why it's from THE HYPO: The Melancholic Young Lincolnfeaturing a young pre-presidential Abraham Lincoln on a date, traveling through the wilds of Illinois on horseback and the wilds of a banquet hall. These pages won't weigh you down but they will have you searching your soul for meaning. $100 a pop and feel free to email me about other pages. Back to you, Jen!"
Thanks, Noah, and for those of you who enjoy making EYE CONTACT with the people you buy things from, Noah will be at both Autoptic in Minneapolis THIS SUNDAY and at SPX in September. Wait, what? I'm also hearing something about selling comics, Blammo, hugs? Noah, my earpiece is malfunctioning, I'll just have them check out your website.
Paul Hornschemeier knows we're all eagerly awaiting new material from him, and while he's been working away at Forlorn Funnies he's accumulated a bunch of odds and ends that don't fit in other publications, so he's created a new outlet for them: Bygone, a new self-published series slated to come out 3 times a year.
"What's inside? Some of the contents will be from upcoming projects, projects that fell through the cracks, discussions of various processes, and interviews with nonexistent people. There will be scripts, short stories, gags, enlarged arms, and links to secret things you otherwise won't get to see. Probably there's a fart joke in there somewhere. Maybe a philosopher or two."
Paul's no stranger to self-publishing, as those who've read his early series Sequential will know. (I mostly bring that up to embarrass Paul.) Read more of Paul's announcement here; pre-order issue 1 or subscribe here.
It's so fitting to have our book launch for Bread & Wine at The Strand since the book's sub-title is "An Erotic Tale of New York"!
So, get ready for a sensual evening on Thursday, August 15th at 7:00 PM as Samuel R. Delany and Mia Wolff take the stage to discuss this graphic autobiography -- a true story from celebrated science-fiction writer, professor, and theorist Delany, on his relationship with a homeless man who was selling books on the street in Manhattan.
This tender and intimate memoir first came out in 1999, and has since gone out-of-print. We're thrilled to reissue this beautiful tale, with an introduction by Watchmen writer Alan Moore, commentary by the book’s protagonists, Delany and Dennis, and a new interview with Delany and Wolff.
Inspired by a real-life incident — getting his tie caught in a moving Moviola editing machine — Gene Deitch, cartoonist, animator, memoirist, renaissance man, created Nudnik, his Everyman character, a cross between Candide and Godot.
The star of 12 Paramount-produced animated shorts that ran in theatres as an opening to the main movie in 1964 and 1965, Nudnik was one of Deitch's most creatively personal and commercially successful creations in a long career of innovative and successful work, including the award-winning animated versions of Jules Feiffer’s Munro and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.
Nudnik is the well-intentioned, kind, cheerful, but bumbling naïf, inspired by and reflecting such archetypal characters as Jackie Gleason's Poor Soul, Charlie Chaplin's Tramp, and Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown. He never gets a break, can't do anything right, but somehow muddles through, dignity more or less intact.
Nudnik Revealed! finally collects all of Deitch's original drawings, sketches, model sheets, storyboards, and color "set-ups" that he drew during the Nudnik production season of '64-'65, all reproduced from original art, showcasing his lively pencil line and his slick, authoritative pen and ink work. Deitch, a born storyteller and one of the great raconteurs of comics and animation, accompanies the copious examples of art with a running commentary — by turns, funny, spirited, and chock full of historical insights.
Oh shit, guys. Simon Hanselmann is having a sale on original art, comic covers and his infamous Truth Zone comics. Simon states, "I am currently offering (scamming people with) the originals of truth zone episodes 1-69. they are $120 in Australian dollars..." Not to be the bearer of bad news but since his Tumblr posts went up, pages are starting to go so don't think you can just go out and have a pint first and expect that page you want to still be there (you know, the one of the Crittys, where Simon drew you and bagged on Nick Gazin at the same time).
Hanselmann's book with Fantagraphics, MEGAHEX, was announced at SDCC and is coming out summer of 2014. So jump on these pages while the getting is rather inexpensive and then you can nod at the original art every day you walk by it, chuckling to yourself AND your good fortune for reading the Flog on a Friday. Damn, you're a smart person. More on Hanselmann's Tumblr, Girl Mountain. Get a page and then get a pint.
Certain books have a gravity just by their presence, and things are just a bit more weighty around the office since we got our advance copies of Janet Hamlin's Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013. Hamlin's artwork is the only official visual record of the legal hearings of suspected terrorists, including those accused of being responsible for the attacks on 9/11, taking place at the offshore military installation that houses the world's most controversial prison. These drawings are history, and this is the first time they have been published together, along with commentary and background from Hamlin and others.
Designed by Jacob Covey and covered in prison-jumpsuit orange, this important and essential book is due out in October and can be pre-ordered here.
Fantagraphics cartoonist and Seattle man-about-town, Peter Bagge has a new graphic novel coming out from our Candian cousin, Drawn & Quarterly. The Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story documents the the story of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger,a noted nineteenth century birth control activist, as well as an educator, a nurse, and mother. Sanger's life takes on a whole new vivacity as Bagge creates an adoring, fast-paced biography of this trailblazing woman whose legacy is still incredibly relevant and inspiring.
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