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:
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).
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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!
“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
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!):
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.
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 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.
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