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Archive >> July 2013

SDCC publishing news (part 2 of 2): Joe Sacco, Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe SaccoJim WoodringComing Attractions 23 Jul 2013 1:53 PM

Catching up on the remainder of our publishing announcements that went out via The Comics Reporter during Comic-Con. Get more details at the respective CR links: 

BUMF

Reported here, something completely different from Joe Sacco: Coming next year, BUMF will be a collection of all-new short humorous fiction in the vein of his satirical story in The Comics Journal #302 (or, for you old-schoolers, his comic series Yahoo).

JIM

Last but not least, we're pleased to be bringing Jim Woodring's seminal classic The Book of Jim back into print next year in a new, expanded edition collecting more of Woodring's early work than the original trade paperback.

Devin, Gary & Ross West Coast Tour!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Gary Panterevents 23 Jul 2013 1:00 PM

West coast, get ready! The legendary Gary Panter is hitting the road with his avant-garde noise combo, Devin, Gary & Ross, opening for Sub Pop Records' dynamic duo No Age.

08-18 Arcata, CA - MexNwoW
08-19 Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza
08-20 Seattle,WA - Washington Hall
08-21 Portland, OR - Backspace
08-22 Chico, CA - Cafe Coda
08-23 Berkeley, CA - Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
08-24 Bolinas, CA - TBA

Sadly, tour dates are too tight for us to arrange any book signings, so you'll just have to bring your copies of Dal Tokyo to the concert venues to get 'em signed.

Or, if you'll be attending here in Seattle, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be set-up at Washington Hall with plenty of Panter publications for purchasing! (Plus,who knows what they'll have at the merch table themselves!)





Linda Medley draws some Love and Rockets
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsLinda MedleyGilbert Hernandezfan artart 23 Jul 2013 12:25 PM

Linda Medley on Palomar

Linda Medley, cartoonist of the Castle Waiting series, sent in this fan art she made back in 1987 of Gilbert Hernandez's Tonantzin. Here she is in as drawn by Beto:

Gilbert's Palomar

Featured in part of The Children of Palomar book coming to a store near you, she's a fiery character of the Love and Rockets family and you're sure to fall in love with her too.

The Children of Palomar

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBen Catmull 23 Jul 2013 12:01 PM

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

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

Ghosts and Ruins
by Ben Catmull

84-page black & white 10.25" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-678-2

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Who doesn't love a good ghost story? This gorgeous, coffee-table art book is a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses imagined by artist Ben Catmull, along with the stories and rumors of who haunts them, and why. Each spread features a different haunted house, lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of each scene.

In "Drowned Shelley," for example:

A chorus of frogs surrounds the house where young Shelley was drowned headfirst in the bathtub by her drunken stepfather. Say her name 13 times while looking in the pond and she will drown you in your sleep. Say her name the wrong number of times while looking in the pond, and she will leave hair in your breakfast dishes. Say her name 13 times while not looking in the pond, and she will watch you when you clip your toenails. Mispronounce her name 13 times while looking anywhere near the pond, and she will kick you somewhere delicate at the stroke of midnight.

Catmull's images are evocative, haunting masterpieces that never tread in graphic imagery, choosing instead to suggest horrors far more frightening than what they explicitly depict. With just the right touch of humor to balance the terror, Ghosts and Ruins is sure to please fans of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, and makes a perfect gift book for the ghost story fan in your house.

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willard Mullinnew releases 23 Jul 2013 12:00 PM

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

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972
by Willard Mullin; edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers

240-page black & white/color 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-639-3

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From "Babe" Ruth to the "Baby" Mets, Willard Mullin, "Sports Cartoonist of the 20th Century," was there, daily producing beautiful, tearful, insightful, morally charged, and outrageously hilarious cartoons. Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Williams, Musial, Maglie, Berra, Robinson, Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Maris, and hundreds more make history anew in this astounding collection, rescued and restored from the pulped pages of long-lost newspapers. Look inside — you haven’t seen baseball until you’ve seen it through the eyewitness pen of Willard Mullin!

Fantagraphics T-Shirt Blow-Out Sale at Americaware!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggemerchJim WoodringJim BlanchardfashionBasil Wolverton 23 Jul 2013 12:00 PM


photo credit: our good pal Jonas Seaman

It's sad, but true: our good friends at Americaware are calling it a day -- so this is your very, very last chance to score some comfy tees and hoodies featuring artwork by comics legends Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Basil Wolverton and Jim Woodring.

Quantities are super-limited (I'm already seeing "out-of-stock" notices on their website!), and these designs will not be reprinted! Don't miss out!

Woodring Tees

2013 Eisner wins for Thrizzle & Pogo!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellyMichael KuppermanCCIawards 23 Jul 2013 1:11 AM

Eisner Awards

We brought back a couple of doorstops from San Diego — Eisner Awards for Pogo Vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash by Walt Kelly, named Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips, and "Moon 69" by Michael Kupperman from Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (and the Vol. 2 collection), named Best Short Story! You can catch Kupperman at the SPX-plosion in Baltimore and as a special guest at SPX in Bethesda. Maybe you'll get a copy with those special Eisner stickers on them! (We'll be forwarding the statuettes to Michael and Pogo editor Carolyn Kelly as soon as we get bored with spinning the little globes around.) Hurrah and congratulations!

Pogo Vol. 2

Moon 69

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willard Mullinpreviewsnew releases 22 Jul 2013 1:24 PM

“In an era overloaded with angry voices and such involved statistical analysis it makes my head ache, we need Willard Mullin. Rather than shout and scowl, Willard drew playful, appealing images that made you smile. The iconic Brooklyn Bum. The huge but childlike New York Giant. Willard not only was a great artist — he understood that sports are supposed to be fun and joyful. And he made them more so.” — Jim Caple, ESPN.com Senior Writer

“If you want to learn everything worth knowing about baseball history from the 1930s through the ’60s, you’ve got a couple of options. You can read a bunch of dry, fact-filled narratives... or you can see the game come alive in Willard Mullin’s delightful drawings. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted an original Mullin for my wall. Still no luck. But at least this beautiful book should hold me for a while.” — Rob Neyer, National Baseball Editor, SBNation.com, and author of Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Legends

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972
by Willard Mullin; edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers

240-page black & white/color 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-639-3

Shipping this week. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/mullinbaseball

Johnny Ryan's Chicks with Dicks in Los Angeles This Saturday!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJohnny Ryanfashioneventsart shows 21 Jul 2013 10:25 PM

Johnny Ryan's Chicks with Dicks

Johnny Ryan will be whippin' it out with a solo art show, Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks, opening this Saturday, July 27th at Мишка in Los Angeles!

Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks will feature over sixty illustrations based on Jack Chick religious pamphlets from the 1960s onward. Our friends at Мишка explain: "For those who aren't historians on religious propaganda from fifty years ago, Jack Chick was an artist who published wild fire and brimstone comics about everyone going to hell for pretty much any minor offense. The comics read as a something an Evangelical Sunday school teacher might create, if they were possessed by the same demons that inspire death metal cover art. Obviously, Chick was very successful in saving souls of the damned, and obviously Johnny Ryan needed to recreate these images with dicks inserted throughout."

Johnny will also be debuting two exclusive new t-shirt designs, available only at this art show (pic swiped from his Instagram, below, and yes, he's back on there!):

Johnny Ryan's Chicks with Dicks

The opening reception for Johnny Ryan's Chicks With Dicks runs from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.  There'll be booze and some blasphemous tunes to really cement your place at the left hand of Beezlebub. There'll also be some regular Johnny Ryan pieces for sale as well, for all of you more pious folks. Мишка is located at 128 S. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles.

Fantagraphics Books To Publish Simon Hanselmann’s Megahex
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under Simon HanselmannComing AttractionsCCI 20 Jul 2013 5:30 PM

Megg, Mogg & Owl

San Diego, CA 7/20/2013 — Fantagraphics is excited to announce the acquisition of the first book by acclaimed Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, to be released in the summer of 2014. Megahex will be a deluxe hardcover featuring over 200 pages of Hanselmann's beloved Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics, including over 70 never before seen pages. Hanselmann's Tumblr site Girl Mountain has already propelled Megg, Mogg, Owl & Co. to Internet infamy, and Megahex will be the solid collection those fans have long been waiting for.

Megg (a green-skinned witch), Mogg (a black cat), and Owl (an anthropomorphic owl) are a trio of ne'er-do-well roommates cohabiting in a suburban flophouse. Megg and Mogg spend most of their time smoking pot and having sex, while Owl works various office jobs and usually comes home to find himself as the butt of every joke. Behind the crass poop jokes and stoner humor are the depressed and misanthropic lives of these characters. They all possess tragedies that weigh on their shoulders, keeping them from escaping the nihilistic pit into which they've fallen. Equally funny and melancholic, Hanselmann is able to evoke empathy for his characters, making it easy for readers to fall in love with this disdainful bunch. Part Tennessee Williams, part Peter Bagge, Megahex will make people laugh, cry, and then take a shower.

"This is literally a teenage dream," explains Hanselmann, "Fantagraphics has been my favorite / the best comics publisher since forever. I've had a Fantagraphics poster hanging over my bed since I was fourteen. My brain is doing confused celebratory cartwheels."

Simon Hanselmann
Simon Hanselmann

"Simon has the deadly combination of talent and work ethic," says Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "He has a sneaky awareness of the language of comics and a pitch perfect sense of dialogue and humor. He is almost too good to be true. The first Megg & Mogg strips I read were so effortlessly funny and fully realized that I almost couldn't believe he wasn't a pseudonym for someone more established."

Megahex is set to release in June 2014 from Fantagraphics Books, Inc.

Megg, Mogg & Owl

Silver Sequin Mini-Skirt

Megg's Depression
Megg's Depression


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