Seattle photographer Lance Mercer has captured some truly gorgeous photos throughout the years of musicians from all walks of life. From the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 90's to Beck, from The President of the Unites States to the chapter breaks in grunge-rock memoir by Danny Bland, In Case We Die, drama and action and life ooze from shots. Recently, our friend Lance was diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctors caught it early, he's been through chemo treatment but as with most freelancers, the medical bills are rather weighty. Lance's family created a GoFundMe account to help cover the bills, that are still totalling up. Check out his story over at the site and send a few dollars his way. 'Cuz fuck cancer.
Lance's bio from the website:
"Chances are you probably know Lance. Sometimes it seems like everyone does. He was born and raised in Seattle and began photographing the local music scene at the age of 13. Earning a reputation with his energetic and honest photographs, Lance got involved in some of the most legendary musical movements Seattle had to offer, including working as the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 1990's. His work can be found in some of your favorite albums, in museums and galleries around the country, and in any music publication you can think of. In the 2000s he took some time off from photography to travel the world with his own band, Seattle punk spectacular The Briefs. And in recent years he has spent time engrossed in a wide array of projects from curating installations for Nordstrom to traveling to Nepal and documenting the grass roots Sherpa cultural identity for their 2012 Spring catalog ‘Sherpa Adventure Gear'.
(Pearl Jam, 1991)
Lance has been in recovery for over 10 years and one of his greatest passions in life is extending the hand of service to help others in need. He has worked cloesly with the MusiCares foundation to assist other artists struggling with addiction. He's helped countless individuals on the road to recovery and he is always there. Whether its to offer a place to stay, a ride, an ear to listen, or advice. Now its time for us to be there for him."
This comedic, sci-fi space epic stars three heroes enlisted to travel the galaxy in search of twelve magical gems. Their benefactor — an eccentric and reclusive scientist named Dr. Z — doesn’t actually know what the twelve gems do once obtained, but myths, theories, and rumors abound throughout the galaxy. The three heroes — with some reluctance — choose to undertake the mysterious task and regard it as a sort of paid vacation and an escape from their shady pasts. Graphic novelist Lane Milburn delivers a dense, action-packed follow-up to his Xeric Award-winning debut, Death Trap.
"Space-opera action as you like it!" – Sean Collins, Robot 6
In our ninth volume of the breathtakingly drawn, furiously plotted Sunday comic strip inspired by the King Arthur legends, Prince Valiant quashes a druid's sly attempt to turn a village from the Christian god. A call for peace in Ireland is fightin' words — until Val dethrones a hot-headed king. A mysterious message from Merlin must be decoded to save King Arthur. And, as this volume concludes, Val and Gawain embark on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem while Queen Aleta returns to the Misty Isles, where treacherous nobles seek her throne — and her death.
"Prince Valiant is captivating and countercultural... Fantagraphics has been reissuing the original Prince Valiant strips in hardbound editions—exquisitely drawn tales, stories that celebrate chivalry, adventure, bravery...and gentlemanly romance." — Mark Judge, The Catholic Register
It's one harebrained adventure after another when Donald Duck and his incorrigible nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie are at the helm. While aboard a kelp-harvesting boat in the West Indies, the entrepreneurially-minded ducks find themselves in the middle of a centuries-long mystery: a kidnapping every fifty years by a ghost in armor. This time, the ghost is after one of Donald's nephews!
Cartoonist from Sammy the Mouse, Le Mano Press and one of the Autoptic Festival organizer,Zak Sally is currently running a Kickstarter to create an interdisplinary experiment in art education! With all the heavy-wallet-hitting schools like SCAD, SVA and CCS (which I love, don't get me wrong), seeing education programs like SAW, Frank Santoro's low-residency Comics Workbook program and now SchoolHaus are very encouraging for the highly-ambitious, hard-working people without a lot of extra dough. When the choice is eat dinner or new bristol? Sometimes that's a tough choice.
Along with Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus, Zak Sally aims to create an educational system derived from what the students want to learn instead of hitting goals to earn a degree. Money made from the campaign will go towards many student's tuition. Minneapolis is already the home of many amazing book-friendly places like MCAD itself, Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, stores like Big Brain or Magers & Quinn; Ibarra and Sally's work in printing and education is definitely something the locals can sink their teeth into. Check out the Kickstarter and throw a few bucks their way, they have all sorts of beautiful rewards from screenprinted aprons to object books like the one below.
Barnaby, the comic strip that welled up from the infamous inkpot of Crockett Johnson, who also greated Harold and the Purple Crayon, is chock fulla World War 2 information and allusions. Being a newspaper strip intended for children though, it's not a barrier to reading the comic. "You don't need to get all of Crockett Johnson's allusions to enjoy his classic strip, Barnaby. But I'm the sort of person who wants to know these things," writes Philip Nel, co-editor of the Barnaby series and Johnson's biographer. For those who like a little inside baseball, Nel has posted a few corrections that readers have sent in already for Barnaby Vol. 2.Cushlamachree! We always knew you guys were a well-read lot and appreciate it when you step up to the mic. Happy Reading!
Now through Sunday, June 29th, we're offering a sale on those very same books, with both discounts and bundled deals (and, in the case of Wuvable Oaf [edit: and MASSIVE!], beginning pre-orders)! Extend your Pride celebration into next month by picking up a new summer read, completing your Wandering Son collection, or finding the perfect gift for the near, dear, and queer friends in your life.
Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez
The life of a man, the span of a century. There is hope and joy, there is bullying and grief, there is war, there is love, there is heartbreak. A standalone masterpiece of elliptical, emotional storytelling from the pages of Love and Rockets, finally completed and collected.
Maggie the Mechanic collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories of Maggie and her circle of friends, including best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, bombshell Penny Century, and Maggie's weird mentor Izzy.
Featuring comicdom's most treasured girl-lovin' girls, this 128-page softcover collects the first four issues of the surprise hit erotic comic of 2001, plus a bunch of bonus art and previously-unseen strips!
Love is in the air. In junior high, the simple friendships of childhood develop into the complex, tense relationships of adolescence — and it's even more complicated when coping with the knotty issue of gender identification.
Oaf is a large, scary-looking ex-wrestler living in San Francisco with a posse of adorable kitties. He is on a quest to find love in the big city and has set his sights on Eiffel, the lead singer of the grindcore band Ejaculoid. Expected to ship in early spring 2015!
Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It [Pre-Order]
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. Expected to ship later this fall!
[The Umpteen Millionaire Club is our series which puts forth book club discussion questions for Fantagraphics titles. The Comics Journal interns Caroline Sibila, Lucy Kiester, and Daniel Johnson put together this set of questions. As this is intended for those who have read the book and contains spoilers, questions can be found behind the jump. - Ed.]
Jaime Hernandez's The Love Bunglers focuses on Maggie (a.k.a. Perla) Chascarrillo: the graphic novel is full of her old friends, estranged family members, and visits to art exhibitions. Maggie's present is interspersed with flashbacks to the Chascarrillo family's brief move to Cadezza and fraught return to Hoppers. Hernandez's expressive art depicts relationships evolving, and adds new dimensions to older stories. The Love Bunglers serves as both an extension of and an introduction to the Love and Rockets universe.
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