And then Kim will present a very special screening of the 1915 silent film by Lois Webber, The Hypocrites! (And if you enjoy that, be sure to join Kim the following evening, Thursday, July 18th, for the kick-off of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival!)
Don't miss this amazing, enlightening event with a true master of cartooning! Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street in San Francisco.
“Kim Deitch has created a private world as fully realized in its own way as Faulkner’s. He’s an American original, a spinner of yarns whose beautifully structured pages and intricate plots conjure up a haunting and haunted American past.” – Art Spiegelman
"Maybe even more than fellow first-wave underground comics creator Crumb, Deitch has maintained his quality." – Ray Olson, Booklist
"Deitch... retains an astonishing ability to tap into the deepest desires of pop-culture junkies, and to show how the satisfaction we seek from nostalgia can lead us to some dark corners of our collective showbiz past." – The A.V. Club
"There's no cartoonist out there that makes better use of expanding canvasses than Kim Deitch. Literally and figuratively. The rhapsodic spreads — one, two, even four pages — he drops into his narratives are one of comics' finest stand-alone effects..." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
This is a story about a girl, born at the beginning of the 20th century. She grows up in a small river town in upstate New York. One day the mysterious Charles Varnay, an eccentric who dresses in the style of an 18th century dandy, comes to town, his sole companion a remarkably intelligent dog named Rousseau. Varnay wants to star Katherine in a movie serial he plans to make, called The Goddess of Enlightenment.
Katherine is rather put off when she discovers that he expects her to appear nude in this film. But even more strange is the film’s subject matter: It has to do with seven metal urns that Varnay claims are actual recordings of the voice of Jesus Christ which, he says, contain an urgent message that the modern world needs to hear!
Varnay also claims that his dog, Rousseau, is the product of experiments he has been making in advanced selective breeding. He’s eager to continue these experiments with human subjects; Katherine realizes that he’s expecting her to be a part of this, and it worries her...
The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley is a full-length graphic novel created in a striking "widescreen" landscape format that allows Deitch to give full rein to his astonishing graphics.
If you're a geek, like hip hop and have ever been on the Internet, chances are you've heard of Adam WarRock. Having made his unique brand of pop cultural indie hip hop, the emcee has rapped about everything from Downton Abbey to Ron Swanson in his three years of releasing free music to the Internet. Fantagraphics and Michael Kupperman donated some comics from Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 2 just for you if you donate to his donation drive. If you've ever been to a Kupperman/WarRock version of the Crimestoppers show, you know the magic they possess dressing up and rapping as Albert Einstein and Mark Twain.
From the press release: Through July 3, Adam WarRock is having his Third Annual Donation Drive. Not only a chance to give back for all the free music he's released, donors of any amount will receive: a new album, a live video concert, and a digital comics package that includes comics and more from Michael Kupperman as well as Oni Press, MonkeyBrain, Nedroid, Atomic Robo and more.
Adam and I go waaaayyy back professionally. We hosted the 2010 Nerdlinger Awards together pre-SPX at Atomic Books and I designed his first set of shirt. Here Euge (center) and I are handing Fantagraphics' cartoonist Drew Weing his Nerdlinger award for Best High Seas Adventure, Unpronouncable Name or something silly like that (the awards are beers, people). So for fun, music and Kupperman comics, donate to a worthy cause.
Well, not only does Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes open to the public this Saturday, June 29th, but the man himself will be in attendance!
Join him for a discussion of his work starting at 1:00 PM! Exhibit curator Susan Miller will engage Clowes in a conversation about his practice, his connections to Chicago, and the genesis of the exhibition. A book signing follows the talk. Space is limited, so don't hesitate to get your ticket today!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is located at 220 E Chicago Avenue, just one block east of Michigan Avenue, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The exhibit runs through October 13, 2013.
For the first time ever and for a VERY limited time (now through Saturday) The Complete Peanuts is ON SALE!
• Get single volumes of Charles M. Schulz's beloved masterpiece for $5.00 off each book! • Get special 5-volume decade sets and save up to $45.96 (and only pay shipping for one; we pay shipping for four)! • Get the entire series (including upcoming volumes) and save over $230 (plus FREE domestic shipping)!
This offer is only good now through Saturday, June 29, so act now! See below for details.
(Please note that box set slipcases are not included with this offer. Vols. 5, 7 and 8 are currently being reprinted and Vol. 20 is not out yet -- they will be shipped to you separately when they are available in late Summer 2013.)
Each 5-book set is just $99.99 — a savings of up to $45.96, nearly a third off the combined cover price! Plus, you only pay shipping for one volume — we pick up the shipping on the other 4! (Choose the shipping option that applies to you when adding each set to your shopping cart. Please note that no additional discounts or coupons apply to this offer.) Order now!
WOW! Now you can own the entire series (or give it as a super-impressive gift), all 5 decades of daily and Sunday strips, for one discounted price, post-paid in the U.S. (extra to Canada)! These beautiful hardcover volumes have been delighting readers for nearly a decade, and there's just a handful left to go. Here's how it works:
Order now and you'll be shipped all available volumes through Vol. 19 immediately, and you also get a subscription to the final 6 volumes (20-25), so you'll receive each subsequent volume as it's released (twice a year).
(Please note that box set slipcases are not included with this offer. Vols. 5, 7 and 8 are currently being reprinted -- they will be shipped to you when they are available in late Summer 2013. Product details and specs for forthcoming volumes are subject to change.)
All this for just $499.99 postpaid to the U.S. — a savings of over $230 off the combined cover price of the single volumes! (Please note that no additional discounts or coupons apply to this offer.) Order now!
Remember, these offers are only good through Saturday, June 29, 2013, so don't miss out! (And please spread the word!)
To get everyone excited about Volume 2 coming out soon, Fantagraphics and comiXology releasedEye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 1 to add to your digital comics library. Leslie Stein's book is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person's world internally and externally.
The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own.
Enjoy this 122-page unique work for only $14.99 over at comiXology today. And start practicing on your own Marshmallow guitar for Volume 2!
"Stein's cartooning is broad and trippy, and if she occasionally becomes intoxicated with her own gimlet-eyed sensibility, she's never afraid to turn that dark wit on herself. Eye of the Majestic Creature... is ultimately the tale of a young woman rejecting the things that shaped her and attempting to figure out what comes next for her. Thanks to Stein's loose, amiable approach, you'll want to know that, too." –Glen Weldon, NPR
"Underground-influenced comics fall into certain patterns - idiosyncratic art, rambling tales of daily life, copious use of mood-altering substances - but [Leslie] Stein makes hers [Eye of the Majestic Creature] fresh with the addition of a talking guitar.... Stein's style is very readable, with sparse linework and a lead character that resembles a more tripped-out Little Orphan Annie, with huge blank buttons for eyes. Stein's settings and other characters show more detail, especially in the complex stippling, demonstrating her outward focus.... Her world is full, even if it's one that's a bit off-kilter..." –Publishers Weekly
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
340-page full-color 8.75" x 11.25" hardcover • $39.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-644-7
"Instead of a tidy narrative, [New School] is about art, about the art that's in the book itself...There's stuff going on at other levels, the intuitive, the leve of the unconscious, the subconscious I guess you could say....This book is just fascinating." –Glen Weldon, NPR
"The experience of reading New School is like temporarily inhabiting the body and brain of an artist: This is what growing up might feel like for someone who lives and breathes colors and shapes. It's heady, hallucinatory, and bizarre, but it's grounded in the simple experience of growing up in the shadow of a beloved older sibling." -Allison Hallett, Portland Mercury
232-page black & white/color 8" x 10" softcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-641-6
"He's about the only guy in America who's doing a readable, interesting daily comic strip for daily newspapers. He' s the only one left, as far as I know. I don't know of any others." -R. Crumb
"If you're already a fan, you'll love this new collection. If you're not afraid to dip into Zippy's unique style of humor, philosophy and social critique, this book may make you a fan." - S.C. Ringgenberg, Heavy Metal
We're thrilled to announce two of our esteemed artists will be guests-of-honor at the 2013 Locust Moon Comics Festival in Philadelphia: come say hi to Kim Deitch and Michael Kupperman!
While Fantagraphics won't have a table ourselves, you can visit these fine gentleman direct on Saturday, October 5th, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The festival itself takes place on Saturday, but events and festivities at Locust Moon Comics will spill across the weekend, including a Drink & Draw, a book release party, and post-con pancake breakfast.
The second annual Locust Moon Comics Festival will be held at The Rotunda, located at 4014 Walnut Street in West Philadelphia (must... resist urge... to sing "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song...).
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