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Archive >> May 2013

Cover Uncovered: Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gahan WilsonComing Attractions 14 May 2013 12:49 PM

Gahan Wilson's Sunday Comics

Oh, what a treat! We couldn't be happier that the great Gahan Wilson did this all-new illustration for the cover of our upcoming collection of Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics, his 1974-1976 funny-pages feature. Yep, it's another great but short-lived comic strip by one of cartooning's best, fished from the deep waters of obscurity and given the loving Fantagraphics treatment! These darkly delightful, subversively satirical strips have been carefully spiffed up and will be presented in a "widescreen" hardcover format hitting shelves in July. More sneak peeks are on the way, and you can pre-order now.

Dash Shaw Animation Screening at Light Industry Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 14 May 2013 11:13 AM

Dash Shaw Animation Screening at Light Industry Brooklyn!

The genius Dash Shaw has been touring across the country in support of his latest graphic novel, New School, as well as the one-shot comic book, 3 New Stories.  On Tuesday, May 21st, he brings at all back home to Brooklyn with an animation screening at Light Industry in the lovely Greenpoint neighborhood. 
 
Dash will screen his animation works, from cinematic permutations of his own comics, as well as adaptations of game shows and reality tv that marry their source materials' original audio tracks with a series of static illustrations to uncanny effect — Wheel of Fortune never seemed so heartbreaking, or so strange.
 
Rounding out the lineup is a film chosen by Shaw that he finds resonant with the concerns of his particular hand-drawn animation techniques: Bobby’s Girl, an '80s anime rarity about a teenage biker, his pen pal, and his death drive. 
 
I have to tell you: having seen Dash's presentation at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery earlier this month, I cannot encourage you more to go! The entire audience was hanging on his every word, and his explanations on his process were absolutely fascinating. You don't want to miss this, Brooklynites.
 
Please note: seating is limited, and first-come, first-served, so get there early! Box office opens at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $7.00, and are available at door.
 
Light Industry is located at 155 Freeman Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in a ground-floor space shared with Triple Canopy and The Public School New York.

Johnny Ryan in VICE Illustration Art Show in London!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Johnny Ryaneventsart shows 13 May 2013 2:13 PM

Johnny Ryan in VICE Illustration Art Show in London

We've mentioned before how our own Johnny Ryan is a frequent contributor to VICE Magazine. Why, he can sometimes be found drawing chipmunks blasting Ted Nugent with semen, for example!

This Friday, May 17th, at the appropriately named Pure Evil Gallery, VICE will be holding an exhibition of work from some of their favorite illustrators, including Johnny --  "just so we can stick all their drawings up on a wall and show everybody else how great they are," they say.

The exhibition is going to include a selection of new prints, work that's been featured in VICE and original drawings especially for the show, which are designed to give an insight into how the people who do drawings for them go about doing their drawings. 

The Pure Evil Gallery is located at 108 Leonard Street in London. The show runs through Sunday, June 2nd.

Glimpses of the new Love and Rockets, Daniel Clowes and Kim Deitch books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsKim DeitchJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDaniel ClowesComing Attractions 13 May 2013 1:58 PM

The Love and Rockets Companion; The Daniel Clowes Reader; The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley

The FedEx man made us very happy this morning, bringing advance copies of The Love and Rockets CompanionThe Daniel Clowes Reader, and Kim Deitch's The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley. We'll have more to show & tell you soon!

Hateball Tour 20th anniversary memories
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeFantagraphics historyDaniel Clowes 13 May 2013 12:52 PM

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Peter Bagge 1993

Daniel Clowes 1993

Holy smokes, has it really been 20 years since the "Hateball" tour with Peter Bagge & Dan Clowes? Our old pal Devlin Thompson of Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens, GA shares memories and photos of their stop there.

Caravan of Comics Heads from Australia to Seattle!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics Bookstoreevents 13 May 2013 11:36 AM

Caravan of Comics

A metaphorical Winnebago (one that drives on water) containing 7 Australian comics creators has embarked upon a three-week North American tour, and this Saturday, May 18th, they'll stop at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery!

Come meet Scarlette Baccini, Mirranda Burton, Marijka Gooding, Patrick Alexander, Gregory Mackay, Dan Hayward and Bruce Mutard from 1:00 to 8:00 PM! They'll be giving a short presentation, discussing their work, and screening the feature-length documentary Graphic Novels! Melbourne!, which illuminates how Melbourne's strange water produces so many good comics. 

Join us for the International Comics Celebration this weekend, and let's help welcome them to Seattle!

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.  

Cover Uncovered: Lost Cat by Jason
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under JasonComing Attractions 10 May 2013 2:40 PM

Lost Cat by Jason

Jason's new graphic novel Lost Cat will be found in stores in a couple of months. It's his longest and most complex work to date. The cat gets found on page 5, but there's plenty more mystery and surprises on the following 145 pages, and don't be surprised if you tear up at the end. This is primo Jason, folks.

For months Jason has been posting teasers from the book, which we've been sharing on our Tumblr blog. We'll have more previews coming your way soon — but why wait to put in your pre-order?

Photoset: Green Eggs and Maakies by Tony Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairepreviewsnew releasesMaakies 10 May 2013 1:10 PM

"Graphically elegant, done in a style reminiscent of early comics masters like Winsor McCay and Johnny Gruelle (who drew Raggedy Ann); the content, on the other hand, comes bubbling up from a part of the imagination that polite cartoonists lock away." – Charles McGrath, The New York Times

"So glad you and your family like Father Ted. You've already thanked me with the entertainment you've given me over the years. In fact, the show might not have been quite the same if I hadn't discovered Maakies all those years ago." – Graham Linehan

Green Eggs and Maakies 
by Tony Millionaire

120-page black & white 12.25” x 4.75” hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-618-8

Due to arrive in about 6-8 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/greeneggsandmaakies

First Look: Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 by Leslie Stein
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLeslie SteinComing Attractions 10 May 2013 12:13 PM

EOTMC2

EOTMC2 pages

Behold these glimpses of an early advance copy of the bigger, even better second volume of Leslie Stein's Eye of the Majestic Creature. The continuing story of our hero Larrybear fleshes out her backstory and gives her a potential new love interest. Depth of character and keenness of observation elevate these warm, offbeat stories far above your average slacker comedy and create a world you'll want to hang out in. Imagine if Buddy Bradley were a gentle, artsy, laid-back girl instead of a grouchy, cynical, rage-prone guy. Add a dash of magical realism and psychedelia. Spin around in circles a few times. You're getting the feel.

We expect the book to be available toward the end of next month. You can read a 15-page excerpt and pre-order a copy here; we also have a nice discount offer on Volumes 1 and 2 together so you can get the whole story at once.

Guy Peellaert Pop Art with Musical Guest Angelo Spencer at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockGuy PeellaertFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 9 May 2013 12:49 PM

Guy Peellaert exhibit flyer

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the lasting legacy of the late European Pop artist Guy Peellaert with a luscious new book and exhibition this Saturday, May 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Guy Peellaert: The Adventures of Jodelle and Fragments of the Pop Years includes his colorful avant garde comix and collaborations with celebrities like Serge Gainsbourg, Yves Saint Laurent, Mick Jagger, Wim Wenders, David Bowie, Martin Scorsese, and others, which left an indelible mark on contemporary culture. 

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The book and display features Peellaert’s stunning 1965 comic album The Adventures of Jodelle, newly translated by Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson, and examines the breadth of the artist’s work in comics, illustration, graphic design, dance, film, and fashion.

The opening at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, May 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM includes musical entertainment by K recording artist Angelo Spencer performing lyrical French-language songs. Pop Art aficionados, Francophiles, and music fans alike will appreciate this event, which coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack.

Angelo Spencer

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.


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