"Jason is one of the few artists (or writers) who can make existential aches seem droll, but it makes the smiles being provoked feel as honest as the ones we get when standing across from someone who makes the world feel a little less lonely." -David Barry, The National Post
Love and laundry, Mars and mothers, the mundane and the absurd — they all come together in this hefty collection of M.K. Brown's work spanning more than four decades, Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013. These comic strips and gag cartoons originally appeared in the National Lampoon, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Atlantic, Arcade, Twisted Sisters, and a plethora of other magazines and underground comics, and most have never before been collected! If you've seen some of this material before, you know it's genius; if you haven't, and you're a fan of Lisa Hanawalt, Roz Chast, Michael Kupperman, Glen Baxter, Bill Griffith, early Lynda Barry, and the like, you'll soon have a new favorite discovery! We got our advance copies (obviously) and the book is due on shelves in about 8 weeks, give or take — see a 27-page excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.
Once readers got a taste of the romance comics by genre originators (and comics legends) Joe Simon & Jack Kirby in our 2011 volume Young Romance, the clamoring for more began immediately (and the Eisner Award nomination soon followed). We weren't sure if another volume were possible, since that book was a years-in-the-making labor of love by editor Michel Gagné, who is busy with an award-winning animation and game design career. Lo and behold, serendipity came out of the woodwork and now, coming in March, we can bring you Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics.
In our downloadable preview you can browse the Table of Contents, read the first full story ("I Was a Pick-Up"), and learn about the color restoration process for this volume, which takes a different approach than the first volume, thanks to the efforts of restoration artist Chris Fama. Pre-order your copy now, and if you missed the first one, get them together at a nice discount.
The Massive anthology showcases Japan’s most talented and influential gay manga artists, including Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, Kazuhide Ichikawa, Gai Mizuki, Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, and Kumada Poohsuke. In Massive, many of these artists’ works are featured in English for the first time; this collection offers an intimate, in-depth look at a criminally overlooked component of Japanese queer culture. In addition to comics and illustrations, Massive features photographs of the artists and their workspaces; cultural and historical context; and interviews with the creators about what it’s like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.
Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins, and designed by Chip Kidd, this unprecedented survey of manga "made by gay men for gay men" is an essential addition to the queer comics canon; it will introduce the genre often referred to as "bara" (a misnomer for gay manga that has taken on new meanings online) to a new, international audience.
Massive was originally scheduled as a PictureBox Spring 2014 release until its publisher, Dan Nadel, announced that he is ceasing operations. Although we’re sad to see PictureBox shutter its doors, everyone involved is delighted to give Massive a new home. "I'm thrilled that Massive, an essential guide to the world of gay manga, is going to see print next year. Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd are the best guides imaginable to this fascinating work and the men who make it," says Nadel.
This month, Portland celebrates a former resident of theirs: Jesse Reklaw!
Join Pony Club Gallery tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 PM for the opening reception of The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, Couch Tag. I dearly hope there will be pages from the piece "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics).
Pony Club Gallery is located at 625 NW Everett Street in Portland. The exhibit runs through January 31st.
Take the lampshade off your head, chug some coconut water, and straighten your tie and/or stockings: 2014 is here and we're pleased to announce the return of our New Year's Hangover Sale! All this week, take 20% OFF everything on our website (including our already-discounted clearance items and gift sets) Thursday, January 2 through Thursday, January 9, 2014! Just use the coupon code HANGOVER when you check out and you'll receive 20% off everything in your order. (If you prefer to shop by phone, just mention this offer when you call — 1-800-657-1100 or 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday.) 20/20 Club members get a double-shot discount of 36%, so join up if you haven't already. Shop shop shop!
(Please note: Some items are not eligible for additional discounts. Due to inventory counting, year-end bookkeeping activities, and unexpected understaffing, orders placed with standard shipping may require 2-3 additional business days on top of the standard 1-2 for processing. See here for more shipping info.)
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