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Archive >> February 2014

OCD Extra - Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 & VIP
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Virgil PartchJonathan BarliEd PiskorDaily OCD 11 Feb 2014 8:43 AM

Next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of two recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 by Ed Piskor

"Hip-hop devotee Piskor was one of Harvey Pekar's last collaborators and here shows himself to be Pekar's true disciple as a chronicler of popular culture... Piskor's artwork seems equally indebted to the looks of golden-age DC superhero comics and Pekar's greatest collaborator, R. Crumb." -Ray Olson 

Vip  

VIP: The Mad World by Virgil Partch, edited by Jonathan Barli

"His drawings (under his famous "VIP" signature) stood out not just for their immediately recognizable, wildly peculiar look (once described as 'pleasantly grotesque') but also for their insouciant treatment of such matters as sex, booze, and death... Barli's well-researched biographical text will fascinate cartooning aficionados, but for most readers, the volume's appeal lies solely in the wealth of rare VIP work he's assembled, much of it printed from the original art." -Gordon Flagg 

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by John Severin - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderJohn SeverinHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsComing Attractions 10 Feb 2014 4:36 PM

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by John Severin

John Severin produced some of the finest war comics ever drawn during his long, distinguished, and versatile career, and working in collaboration with other greats like Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder, his work in the genre for EC Comics is unmissable. Lucky for you, we've gathered all of that material together for the first time in a single volume under this handsome cover. Bomb Run and Other Stories is just off to the printer, is available for pre-order, and launches in July. Keep it tuned for more previews.

Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One (FCBD) cover update
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ed PiskorComing Attractions 10 Feb 2014 1:57 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One by Ed Piskor

Ed Piskor made a real subtle modification to the cover art for Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One, one of our two 2014 Free Comic Book Day offerings available exclusively at comic shops on Saturday, May 3. See if you can spot the difference from the previous version! (Hint: we're not talking about the "mature readers" notice.)

Trina Robbins at the San Francisco Writers Conference!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina Robbinsevents 10 Feb 2014 12:13 PM
Trina Robbins

We're excited to announce that our awesome "herstorian" Trina Robbins will be a special guest at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference!

The conference begins on Thursday, February 13th, and runs through Sunday, February 16th. Trina will be speaking about graphic novels for teens and tweens on Friday at 4:30 PM, and about research on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Register now for the conference, and come here Trina talk about her comprehensive new collection Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries!

ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/pretty-in-ink-american-women-cartoonists-1896-2013.html?vmcchk=1#sthash.zOWeG91Y.dpuf

On her blog, Trina writes, "If you come to my presentations or run into me on the floor, please stop and say hello; I am always up for a coffee break at the conference’s Cafe Ferlinghetti."

The San Francisco Writers Conference takes place at the Mark Hopkins Hotel at 999 California Street, located at the crest of famed Nob Hill at the intersection of three cable car lines. It is within walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown and the Financial District, as well as a short ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. For more travel details, visit their website here


The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsConor StechschulteComing Attractions 10 Feb 2014 12:10 PM

The Amateurs, the debut graphic novella by Conor Stechschulte, is at the printer for release this spring. One part Samuel Beckett, one part Laurel and Hardy, one part Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this is a story of escalating madness, mystery, slapstick, and violence unlike any you've read before.

Our downloadable 8-page preview includes the horrifying prologue and introduces Jim and Winston, our protagonists who, after a strange night of sickness, arrive at work and are baffled to find that their butcher shop is as empty as their minds are of how to do their job. Pre-order now and get the rest of the story in May.

The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte

Conor Stechschulte at the NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsConor Stechschulte 10 Feb 2014 10:33 AM

On Tuesday, February 11th, the NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium will host a lecture from Conor Stechschulte, along with Christopher Adams, at 7:00 PM!

Stechschulte will present a comprehensive look at the ideas and influences that lead to the making of The Amateurs, his debut graphic novella about a severed human head that still seems to be talking. Stechschulte will discuss the lessons he learned while making the book, and discuss how he's applied those lessons to his current comics work. He adds: "Other topics that may or may not be glancingly addressed: accidental dismemberment, the true sound a screaming pig makes, drawing comics while standing up, and what affineurs and cartoonists have in common."

Don't miss this chance to learn more about this up-and-coming artist!

The NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium will take place at the Kellen Auditorium in Parsons The New School at 66 Fifth Ave. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Now Hiring: Junior Designer
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under staffmeta 7 Feb 2014 4:25 PM

We are currently accepting applications for a Junior Design position. This is a full-time, hourly position in our office (telecommuters need not apply). If you don't currently live in Seattle, you must be willing to relocate.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

• Thorough InDesign and Photoshop knowledge required. Any other programs are a plus.
• Strong layout and typography sensibilities.
• Detail oriented -- both in your work and in your ability to track change requests and stay on top of deadlines.
• Work well independently as well as with the various personalities of editors, artists, and authors, taking in and utilizing feedback.
• Ability to design interesting, unique solutions that respect and adhere to the vision of the artists we package.

The primary role as a Junior Designer will be doing book production, meaning you will be laying out templated books and occasionally creating original designs. You will also design ads (print and web), postcards, posters, etc. You will need to be a nimble designer, capable of solutions on a quick turnaround and able to maintain a steady workload. You will be responsible for sending press ready files to printers, so pre-press skills are a plus.

The right candidate could be anyone who is technically sound and enjoys production work. Knowledge of comics is helpful but it needn't be an obsession.

Interested parties email resumé and samples (or links to same) to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



Gilbert Hernandez & Ulli Lust shortlisted for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ulli LustGilbert Hernandezawards 7 Feb 2014 1:22 PM

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust

Congratulations to Gilbert Hernandez and Ulli Lust, whose respective books Julio's Day and Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life have been nominated for the Slate and Center for Cartoon Studies Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year! The judges call the two books "a deceptively simple story of one man's life from age 0 to 100, by the ever-inventive Gilbert Hernandez" and "Ulli Lust's fascinating, gritty memoir about German teens lost in Italy in 1984" and say that "each winner will receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory." Go, Beto & Ulli!

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 7 Feb 2014 12:29 PM

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

We are pleased to debut the final cover art for The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 Softcover Edition! The acclaimed, award-winning series, in paperback, with a new design by art director Jacob Covey, and following the same release pattern as the original hardcovers: 2 volumes per year, with an annual slipcased 2-volume set. This first volume arrives in early Summer and you can pre-order now.

(By the way, we premiered this image yesterday on The Complete Peanuts Facebook fan page, so you hardcore Schulz-philes ought to go give that a "like" if you want first dibs on stuff like this!) 

Fantagraphics at the 2014 Los Angeles Zine Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanRon Regé JrLove and RocketsJordan CraneJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGraham ChaffeeeventsEsther Pearl Watson 7 Feb 2014 11:43 AM

Forget these icy cold temperatures -- Fantagraphics is heading to sunny L.A., baby! Join us on Sunday, February 16th for the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest!

It's gonna be HOT, in a figurative, if not literal, sense:  our own Ron Regé, Jr. will be presenting a multi-media presentation for The Cartoon Utopia, and the great Esther Pearl Watson will be hosting the excellent Zine Hut with her husband, artist Mark Todd!

And for the real scorcher: Jaime Hernandez will be the Keynote Speaker! He'll be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, discussing his groundbreaking work on the legendary Love and Rockets series! 

Don't miss any of our special signings:

11AM - NOON: Johnny Ryan and Jaime Hernandez
NOON - 1PM: Jaime Hernandez and Esther Pearl Watson
1PM - 2PM: Tony Millionaire and Ben Catmull
2PM - 3PM: Ron Regé, Jr. and Graham Chaffee
3PM - 4PM: Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman

This wonderful event is FREE and open to all, so, come by and see us from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!

L.A. Zine Fest is located at the Helms Bakery District Parking Garage (between La Dijonaise and Vitra) on 8703 Washington Blvd. Check out their website for lots of helpful tips on how to get there and where to park, and heads up, two lanes of traffic on the 405 from Getty Center Dr. north to Ventura Blvd will be closed! (They're calling it "jamzilla"!)




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