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Archive >> June 2013

The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDaniel Clowesart shows 5 Jun 2013 7:13 AM

The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!

Chicago hosts some hometown love for their prodigal son Daniel Clowes with the exhibit Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, opening June 29th at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!

This retrospective of Clowes's work presents more than 125 original drawings and artifacts. You might remember when the exhibition first appeared at the Oakland Museum of California Art -- the city that Chicago-born Clowes now calls home -- but, the show will be expanded significantly for its MCA Chicago presentation!

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.

Cover Uncovered: In Case We Die by Danny Bland
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Danny BlandComing Attractions 4 Jun 2013 2:47 PM

In Case We Die

We are very excited to reveal the cover for a book that will shake you silly while laughing in your face: In Case We Die by Danny Bland. This debut novel by the veteran Seattle musician follows a pair of outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock scene of early-'90s Seattle. Read this book on your daily commute, coffee shop, in line to a rock show, just not the library because you will choke on your own loud laughter and squeeze out a tear if your ducts are in working order.

"Ours is a story written on hotel room walls with fifty cent words" states the dedication to this story of falling in and out of love and life. Right now Danny is is most likely in a Ford Econoline van on a long stretch of highway, driving a rock band to its next engagement, but we can't wait for him to tour the states reading to you from In Case We Die. More sneak peeks are ready for you to inject soon, more information at the In Case We Die website and you can pre-order the book from us today

Tattoo Me, Baby
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under tattoosMichael KuppermanJason 4 Jun 2013 1:49 PM

It's Tuesday, you're reeling from a weekend of bombed-out emoting and drinking and maybe some excellent decision making! We have a few friends with some sweet artwork based on our cartoonists' work. Steve Desiena has a Jungle Princess by Michael Kupperman. Check out her hilarious adventures in Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 2.

Kupp tat

Meanwhile, Geoff Henao has a Jason tattoo. Get ready for the newest Jason book, Lost Cat, coming out in July.

Jason Tat

The End of the Fucking World Limited Edition Risograph
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Chuck Forsmanart 4 Jun 2013 12:39 PM

Forsman Risograph

Charles Forsman, cartoonist of the upcoming The End of the Fucking World and Celebrated Summer, has a sweet summer gift just for you. The first 50 people who preorder The End of the Fucking World from the Fantagraphics website will receive a risograph print of the poster above (drawn and printed by Forsman himself!). There's even a penciled signature. I got mine on the wall already but that's because I preordered and pulled a string or two. So pull your own string by buying this soon-to-be-hit book!

The End of the Fucking World book cover

Praise for the mini-comic series:

"This is a crime comic disguised as a slacker-road-trip comic, and Forsman delivers its methodical hum eight pages at a time with an astounding precision." – Comic Book Resources

"[TEOTFW] pulls you in like no other comic this year. Stunning in its simplicity and brave in its subject matter." – MTV.com

 

Bread & Wine by Samuel R. Delany and Mia Wolff - Photoset
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Samuel R Delanypreviewsnew releasesMia Wolff 4 Jun 2013 12:34 PM

"The ridiculously brilliant Samuel R. Delany is one of our most important living writers. Delany is a critical and creative colossus and with Bread and Wine he has produced a miniture masterpiece. Profoundly moving and hilariously honest (rotting socks anybody?), Bread and Wine is the kind of love story that renews ones faith in the incadescent power of love. Don't believe love is possible? Read Bread and Wine. Just broke up? Read Bread and Wine. Met someone who spins this fallen world into beauty? Read Bread and Wine — together. What Delany's tender account of his unlikely relationship with the gentle cheerful (and homeless) Dennis underscores is the humanity that love requires but also the humanity that love in turns renders. Backed by Mia Wolff's arresting (and occasionally rapturous) inks Delany's tale of cross-cultural cross-racial cross-class intimacy is a gift of wonder." – Junot Díaz

Bread & Wine
by Samuel R. Delany & Mia Wolff

64-page black & white 8.25" x 10.5" hardcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-632-4

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/breadandwine

No Straight Lines wins Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Anthology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Justin Hallawards 4 Jun 2013 10:22 AM

No Straight Lines

Last night the 25th Lambda Literary Awards were presented and Justin Hall received one for No Straight Lines in the LGBT Anthology category. Congratulations to Justin and all the contributors to this amazing anthology that showcases four decades of queer comics, a historical tome of first person documentation and literary comics! No Straight Lines is ALSO up for an Eisner Award in Best Anthology. The hardcover version of the anthology sold out very quick last year but fear not, we have a softcover coming out in a few months. Browse a 34-page PDF excerpt and pre-order your copy right here. Can't wait? Buy a digital version of the book today at the comiXology website!

Lambda Literary Awards

Behold the Fantagraphics' Bar Car!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under staffFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 3 Jun 2013 4:33 PM

 Bar_Car

Pull up a stool to our entry in Hazradfactory's famous Power Tool Races at the Georgetown Carnival this Saturday. The Fantagraphics Bar Car blends Pina Coladas while leisurely tooling down the track. (The resulting cocktails will be served to race officials following each run.) Inspired by the mid-century motifs of ShagFantagraphics Bookstore's annual entry is going for cool, not speed. Come watch us win.

Power_Tool_Crowd
The Power Tool Races commence at noon and continue all afternoon, concluding with a delirious demolition derby. Enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment including acrobats, aerialists, brass bands, tall bikes, belly dancers, stiltwalkers, fortune tellers, burlesque acts, beer gardens, drag shows, interactive art, carnival games, and 17 bands on 4 stages (featuring Bonneville Power and Tom Price Desert Classic with Fantagraphics own Martin Bland.) Noon to 8:00 PM in Seattle's festive Georgetown arts community. 

Behold the Fantagraphics' Bar Car
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Untagged  3 Jun 2013 3:32 PM

 Bar_Car

Pull up a stool to our entry in Hazradfactory's famous Power Tool Races at the Georgetown Carnival this Saturday. The Fantagraphics Bar Car blends Pina Coladas while leisurely tooling down the track. (The resulting cocktails will be served to race officials following each run.) Inspired by the mid-century motifs of ShagFantagraphics Bookstore's annual entry is going for cool, not speed. Come watch us win.

Power_Tool_CrowdThe Power Tool Races commence at noon and continue all afternoon, concluding with a delirious demolition derby. Enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment including acrobats, aerialists, brass bands, tall bikes, belly dancers, stiltwalkers, fortune tellers, burlesque acts, beer gardens, drag shows, interactive art, carnival games, and 17 bands on 4 stages (featuring Bonneville Power and Tom Price Desert Classic with Fantagraphics own Martin Bland.) Noon to 8:00 PM in Seattle's festive Georgetown arts community. 

First Look: Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willard MullinComing Attractions 3 Jun 2013 2:26 PM

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

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball pages

The title of "Sports Cartoonist of the Century" was bestowed on Willard Mullin by his peers, and his cartoons were read by millions of sports fans from the '30s to the '70s. He created the "Brooklyn Bum" and depicted legends like Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax and events like Lou Gehrig's emotional retirement speech. Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 is the first-ever retrospective of his work!

Above is a first glimpse at an advance sample copy. This hefty oversized tome is due in late July; sample some pages in our embedded preview and pre-order your copy right here.

Anders Nilsen process for The End
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under artAnders Nilsen 3 Jun 2013 1:52 PM

The End

Anders Nilsen wrote a beautiful and thorough post on his process for creating The End in addition to where some of the disparate parts were printed and many of the outtakes.

"It can be a bear keeping everything flowing just right - balancing the rhythm and content of the individual pieces with chronology while also keeping two-page spreads on even/odd pages... Keeping all this straight can be a little crazy-making."

The End process

Pretty, pretty, pretty.


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