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Archive >> June 2013

BZZZ! New Johnny Ryan T-Shirt is a CUT Above!
Written by janice headley | Filed under merchJohnny Ryanfashion 11 Jun 2013 12:13 PM

Johnny Ryan t-shirt

Have you given yourself a headache waiting for the release of Prison Pit Book 5? UK-based independent t-shirt label Bottle Of Smoke has unleased a new Johnny Ryan t-shirt just for you!

CMYK process print (as you can see above) on an organic, 100% cotton white t-shirt. Majestic to all of the senses.

Johnny Ryan t-shirt

Available now at bottleofsmoke.co.uk.

New Hire at Fantagraphics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funJasonarbitrary cuteness 10 Jun 2013 4:30 PM

Wanda and Lost Cat

We have a new co-worker here at Fantagraphics, her name is Wanda, she's roommates with Jacq and Tony and she's into comics. She's particularly excited about Lost Cat by Jason

Wanda and Lost Cat

Although, she DID protest at this photo because she couldn't read the book. Okay, okay, Wanda. 

Wanda and Lost Cat

There ya go. Jason comics are page-lickingly good, aren't they!

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 Inspiration
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under shelf pornLeslie Steinartists 10 Jun 2013 11:45 AM

Leslie's collection

Leslie Stein, cartoonist from Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 (and Volume 1) recently took this picture stating her new book's cover was "inspired by the bass I never use but love and sabbath VOL 4, which I use all the time." You can pick up a copy of Stein's new book at the Fantagraphics table this weekend at CAKE, signing schedule and details coming soon.

And for the record, Stein DOES use guitars though. Her band, Prince Rupert's Drops, pretty muchs rips shit on the daily.

Trina Robbins Presents Wonder Women: On Paper and Off!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina Robbinsmary fleenerJoyce Farmereventsart shows 10 Jun 2013 11:13 AM

Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

Legendary comics "herstorian," Trina Robbins, is bringing a chunk of her astounding collection of women's comics to the Women’s History Museum of California in San Diego this summer!

(The entire collection has NEVER been shown, she notes!)

Wonder Women: On Paper and Off explores the avenues women have made in the comic and graphic industry.  This exhibition follows the history of women in comics starting in the 20th century as artists and characters through today’s cartoon and graphic illustrations.

The exhibit, which opened this past Friday, June 7th, also features contributions from contributions from Joyce Farmer, Mary Fleener, Carol Lay, Ron May (collector), Peiter Ortiz (collector), Mimi Pond, and Andrea Tsurumi.

On Thursday, July 18th at 7:30 PM, Trina will be joined by Mary, Carol, and Ramona Fradon, for a panel discussion of their experiences of working in the comic industry, followed by a signing of her upcoming collection Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013!

Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013

The Women's Museum of California is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 1st, 2013.

Game 1 with Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Willard MullinThings to seestaffField TripComing Attractions 7 Jun 2013 11:16 AM

Play Ball!

Well, baseball and softball season in the city leagues of Seattle started recently and we couldn't help but draw a little inspiration from the man who helped elevate baseball to its on-high status, Willard Mullin. The Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 collects for the first time Mullin's best drawings devoted to baseball — depictions of players like Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra and the story of Mullin creating the Brooklyn Bum, the bedraggled mascot of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Whether you're in the dugout...

Dug out

Out ready to turn a play in the infield...

In field

Or catching fly balls in the outfield... (see me, I'm that little green and pink-banged blob on the right)

Fly ball

…this hardcover book is full of great baseball gags and political comics from a time when the nation needed something to keep up their moral. Our team, Scared Hitless, even decided to get uniforms to match the beautiful book jacket (or did Jacob Covey design it to match us?). 

Scared Hitless

See you at the next game with some more previews of the Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972. For Seattle people, we play at the Cal Anderson park on Monday nights, 8pm. Come on by and check out this advance! 

Matt and Mullin

First baseman Matt enjoyed this Babe Ruth comic. Thanks to Hugo Garcia for photo help!

First Look: Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gahan WilsonComing Attractions 6 Jun 2013 5:38 PM

Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics

Oh, goody! Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics in the pulpy flesh. A lost masterpiece from a cartoon giant. Wilson's mid-1970s Sunday strip — really a collection of one-panel gags, a freewheeling mélange of board meetings, monsters, cavemen and so on — are collected in this fine, long edition. While Wilson is better known for his work in Playboy and National Lampoon, it's fun to see him harness all the colors of the rainbow to convey the blackest of black comedy. Prismatic AND perverse.

Can you hear the oom-pah-pah accompanying some of the finest cartooning of lumpy, melty, and always hilarious people? Perhaps you need to read a few pages over here (full-screen viewing recommended), or get the PDF directly, and pre-order the book here.

Wilson Sunday Comics

 

 

 

 

Charles Burns Art Exhibit in New York City!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsCharles Burnsart shows 6 Jun 2013 11:13 AM

Black Hole before and after

The Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York City is hosting an exhibition of portraits by Charles Burns that were published on the cover of The Believer magazine between 2003 and 2013, and that's cool, but y'know what's even cooler? The accompanying exhibit: Before & After Portraits from Black Hole!

In these comic grotesque portraits, themes of adolescent alienation and sexual awakening mingle with imagery of mutation, disease, and violence. Each smiling, yearbook-style portrait is accompanied by a Dorian Gray-like counterpart, picturing the same teenager with some troubling facial alteration.

Charles Burns Art Exhibit in New York City

Go, and take in all the exquisite work of the master Charles Burns! The Adam Baumgold Gallery is located at 60 E. 66th Street in New York City. The exhibit runs through July 26th, 2013.

First Look: The Children of Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gilbert HernandezComing Attractions 5 Jun 2013 2:59 PM

The Children of Palomar

Supernatural mysteries run amok in Gilbert Hernandez's The Children of Palomar and unraveling them could mean trouble for all but this isn't quite Twin Peaks, its Palomar. Originally released as a three-issue magazine series titled New Tales of Old Palomar in the acclaimed international "Ignatz" format, these comics now live in a handsomely designed hardcover package!

We had advances of this beautiful graphic novel at TCAF but the book will debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego where Gilbert himself will sign copies and sketch Pipo, Chelo, Carmen or even a young Tonantzín inside! The rest of you will just have to preorder and wait for July! Beware the Blooter Baby... 

Palomar guts

Cathy Malkasian's Animations
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Cathy Malkasianarbitrary cutenessanimation 5 Jun 2013 12:20 PM

Wake Up, Percy Gloom Percy Gloom

Cartoonist of Percy Gloom and Wake Up, Percy Gloom, Cathy Malkasian is one busy woman. After working on such animations like Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys film (for which she received a British Academy Award nomination), and most recently, creating 20 episodes of Curious George for PBS since 2008, she still has time to make a new graphic novel AND create her own small series. Hiding in Happytown is available to watch on YouTube and is the "adult animatic series featuring the travails of a tortoise in a city full of rabbits." Excitable, nervous and depressed, Scampers the tortoise is one of us, the person who isn't swept up in a musical moment every damn minute of the day and knows that darkness creeps around every corner.

 

With titles like "Froth and Debt" or "Sex Education," the series will be sure to impress you. Watch the rest of Malkasian's Hiding in Happytown on YouTube and preorder Wake Up, Percy Gloom today!

Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ulli Lustdigital comicscomiXology 5 Jun 2013 10:36 AM

Today at comiXology

Ulli Lust's primal yet thoughtful graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life about a 17 year old's trek through Europe, no money, no extra clothes is ready to read digitally on comiXology!

Back in 1984, a punked-out Ulli Lust set out for a wild hitchhiking trip across Italy, from Naples through Verona and Rome and ending up in Sicily. Twenty-five years later, this talented Austrian cartoonist has looked back at that tumultuous summer and delivered a long, dense, sensitive, and minutely observed autobiographical masterpiece.

Universally considered one of the very finest examples of the new breed of graphic novels coming from Europe, Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life won the 2011 Angoulême “Revelation” prize, and Fantagraphics is proud to bring it to English speaking readers. Get your copy today comiXology for $26.99.

Panel from Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

 "the book ripples with exuberance:… Lust’s pen-and-ink work (augmented by the pale green tint of European paperbacks) depicts the stretched and crimped features of the people from whom she bummed change, the architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica and the chaos of a Clash concert with equally manic panache, and her line is as seemingly unkempt but as deliberately molded as her younger self’s punk-rock shock of hair." –Douglas Wolk, The NY Times


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