Lookit this cute li'l guy! Treasury of Mini Comics Volume 1 collects a wild-n-wooly assortment of mini comics from the past 4 decades or so in the Newave tradition, with faves and rarities from the '70s through the '10s from a roster too big to list here. You got your Ron Regé, Jr. there on the cover (and inside) and the spread shows some mid-'90s action by Jim Blanchard & Chris Cilla. It's all lovingly assembled by editor Michael Dowers along with creator interviews spanning the history of the art form. 848 pages! It'll be out around late September or so — keep 'em peeled for more sneak peeks.
Join Joe on Tuesday, August 13th at 8:30 PM as he demonstrates the power of comic journalism to grasp at the truth. 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.
Joe takes the stage again on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 PM 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.
Tickets are on sale now (here and here), so don't delay, get yours today before it's sold out!
On Saturday, September 7th, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes Drawn & Quarterly cartoonist Brian Ralph to celebrate the launch of the highly-anticipated Reggie-12, a hilarious pop-culture send-up of the infallible boy hero first presented in the seminal Asian culture magazine Giant Robot. Join us from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as The Cave-In and Daybreak author presents a hilarious slide show with a signing to follow.
Reggie-12 is a young robot with endless enthusiasm. He lives with a bumbling sad-sack friend, a wise-cracking cat, and a well-meaning but forgetful inventor. Laughs explode from the page in this work, which reinterprets classic Japanese adventure manga through Brian Ralph's trademark style. Come along for a wild ride with Reggie-12, Casper, and Professor Tinkerton as they eat pizza, play video games, and get dissed by bad guys.
The 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.
Here it is, a fresh advance copy of Fran, Jim Woodring's new prequel/sequel to the acclaimed Congress of the Animals. Return again to the Unifactor, where the laws of nature diverge from what we know and mysteries and paradoxes abound. Such as: who, and what, is Fran, and what does her introduction in Congress mean for Frank — and the Unifactor? Find out in these pages. And, of course, prepare to have your eyeballs dazzled by Jim's breathtakingly rich, immersive artwork — some of his best ever.
• Richmond, VA: Don't miss this! Dash Shaw brings his animation and comic slideshow presentation to Velocity Comics tonight -- his talks are always compelling and fascinating, so get there on time! (more info)
Congratulations are in order for two Fantagraphics cartoonists, Gene Deitch and Ellen Forney! At San Diego Comic Con they were each awarded the Inkpot Award which are given to "individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services."
At San Diego in July, we released two books for by Gene Deitch. Nudnik Revealed! includes of Deitch's animation artwork for the mid-1960s shorts starring bumbling everyman Nudnik (cross between Candide and Godot), one of his most creatively personal and commercially successful creations in a long career of innovative and successful work are showcased in this process book.
We also reprinted Cat on a Hot Thin Groove by Deitch. On the long road to becoming an Oscar-winning animation director (and Inkpot Winner!), Gene Deitch became an intense jazz fan. At the age of 21, he discovered The Record Changer magazine, a jazz collector's magazine filled with fanatical, scholarly, and purist essays about jazz as well as listings of hard-to-find jazz albums. Every jazz swinger in the '40s was called a cat (as in "cool cat"), so Gene Deitch created a cartoon feature for Record Changer titled "The Cat," which quickly became a fixture of the magazine. He also started drawing the covers, which graced almost every issue from 1945 to 1951 along with "The Cat." Deitch's stylistically virtuoso images exquisitely embodied the essence of jazz and became a visual paean to the joy of collecting and appreciating jazz.
Co-editor of The Last Vispo, Nico Vassilakis, addresses the fact the women of visual poetry have been ignored in previous vispo collections on The Volta.
"It's true, the genre of visual poetry has primarily been a sausage fest. The concrete poetry anthologies of the 1960s, it seems, ignored women completely even though one of its renowned editors, Mary Solt, was female. Much has changed since then, but clearly not enough to promote the idea that visual poets can be either male or female. For decades, it's been a global boys club in need of being cracked open and invaded by women.
Enter The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008, which includes more women than ever published in an international collection of visual poetry…Since finishing the book we have become pleasantly, if not unfortunately aware of more active or newly active female visual poets. There's no easy fix to what fifty plus years of neglect has done. More publishing, more exposure of visual poets would help, would alleviate this issue…"
TEOTFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character's perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James's character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.
Forsman's story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman’s inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative's tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.
Our longtime friend Duff McKagan of Guns and Roses fame dropped by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Thursday to pick up copies of Henry and Glenn Forever ahead of a national tour with his group Loaded. "Don't tell Henry," he implored. (Ooops.)
Speaking of loaded: Hop on your bike and head down to the Dead Baby Bike Downhill Party tonight where you'll find abundant beverages and free sets by more than 20 bands on five stages throughout the historic Georgetown neighborhood. Don't miss BMX daredevils, DJs, tall bike jousting, unmitigated mayhem and merriment into the wee hours. The bookstore will stay open late for the occasion. Drop by and say hi!
"Danny Bland's prose is a fist through a medicine-cabinet mirror. In Case We Die is filled with degenerate tales, violent outbursts and underbelly laughs, but Bland's debut novel really surprises with its moments of tenderness and insight and redemption." – Mark Yarm, author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
"Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women; a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock'n'roll tragedy." – John Doe (X)
"Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness." – Dave Alvin (Blasters)
"In Case We Die is a poetic and elegant journey ... straight to the gutter." – Wayne Kramer (MC5)
"A great piece of work — full of filth and heart." – Steve Earle
"A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss." – Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
"I am a believer in what Bland has to say. He writes with eloquence, candor, darkness, and humor....the good stuff!" – Duff McKagan (Guns 'N' Roses)
"Danny Bland is one of the most interesting people I've ever known. Beneath a crusty, punk rock exterior lies one of the biggest hearts I've ever seen. This book? It's the literary version of Danny Bland." – Damien Echols (West Memphis Three)
"Beautiful and brutal. The prose are visceral, eloquent and moving. Addiction, love and music in the seedy underworld of rainy Seattle in the 1990's … so vivid I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't back there again. Danny Bland is a modern Charles Bukowski." – Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
In Case We Die by Danny Bland; illustrated with photos by Lance Mercer
248-page black & white 6" x 8.5" hardcover • $26.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-675-1
Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: If you pre-order the book direct from Fantagraphics, when the book is released you'll receive a code for a FREE download of the audiobook via email from Local 638 Records, with chapters read by a mind-blowing all-star lineup of music and cultural luminaries. See the full lineup here.
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