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Archive >> May 2013

Jim Woodring's Oddland Peppercorn Saison Tapping Party!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringeventsart showsart 6 May 2013 1:20 PM

Come one, come all and bring your ale mugs! Thursday, May 16 is the OFFICIAL ODDLAND RELEASE - BEER AND ART TOUR

Oddland Beer

Join Fantagraphics and Elysian Brewing in celebrating Oddland Peppercorn Saison - the first beer release in our Oddland Series - a creative venture from the warped minds of Elysian Brewing and Seattle artist, Jim Woodring. Start with an Elysian brewery tour and continue to CoCA Georgetown Gallery for beer, bites and art, including handpicked works from Jim Woodring, who will also be in attendance. 

4-5PM - Brewery tours at Elysian Airport Way: 5510 Airport Way S., 98108
5:30-9PM - Art, Beer and Bites at CoCA Gallery Georgetown: 5701 6th Ave. S., 98108

For those who must know more about the beer, Oddland Saison is a Belgian farmhouse-style ale brewed with four varieties of peppercorns: The fire of black and green, the sparkle of white and the pungent fruitiness of pink create a playful landscape of taste and aromatics. Brewed with Pale, Munich, Cara-Munich and wheat malts, bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Czech Saaz hops. 7% ABV so don't forget to eat.

The ODDLAND SERIES is a journey through the strange ingredients and imaginations of Elysian brewers and Seattle cartoonist, Jim Woodring. Invite your friends via our Facebook event.

Photoset: Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadpreviewsnew releasesBill Griffith 6 May 2013 1:18 PM

“Bill Griffith has helped to redefine the [comics] medium for an entire generation. Zippy has traditionally held a strong appeal for free thinkers and life’s improvisers, and attracts discerning readers of all stripes.” – Sequential Highway

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries 
by Bill Griffith

232-page black & white/color 8” x 10” softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-641-6

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/dingburgdiaries

First Look: Bread & Wine by Samuel R. Delany & Mia Wolff
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Samuel R DelanyMia WolffComing Attractions 6 May 2013 1:15 PM

Bread & Wine

Bread & Wine pages

We're excited to show off this advance copy of our handsome hardcover presentation of Bread & Wine by Samuel R. Delany and Mia Wolff, coming in about 2 months. Here's what some people had to say about the original, long out of print 1999 edition:

"Samuel R. Delany is one of the finest living American writers. In this revealing autobiographical love story, told in collaboration with fine artist Mia Wolff, Delany's brilliance shines." – Neil Gaiman

"Wildly eccentric artwork, a storyline that'd make Capote blush... Bread & Wine is smoking-gun proof that comics can go anywhere - and do anything." – Frank Miller

"Told simply and methodically like Delany's 1996 memoir, The Motion of Light in Water, the story is subdued yet acutely emotional. It reaches across the boundaries of race and class — as well as across hilariously opposed standards of personal hygiene — to capture two people in the process of building a life together." – Publishers Weekly

More previews are forthcoming, including a look at the spectacular surprise under the dust jacket. Preview a 6-page excerpt and pre-order a copy right here.

Toronto Welcomes Justin Hall at the Glad Day Bookshop!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Justin Hallevents 6 May 2013 12:12 PM

No Straight Lines

Toronto is rolling out the rainbow carpet for Justin Hall, our wonderful editor/artist behind the stellar anthology, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics

On Friday, May 10th, the Glad Day Bookshop (the world's oldest LGBTQ bookshop) will be hosting a special evening with Justin, starting at 7:00 PM.  Beat the (non-straight) lines at his TCAF table, and come out (no pun intended) and get your books signed!

The Glad Day Bookshop is located at 598 Yonge Street, located on the West side, just north of Wellesley Street.

Fan Art
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Richard SalaJohnny Ryanartistsart 6 May 2013 10:43 AM

Yeah, dudes, we love fan art. We all know that's why Tumblr exists. But we wanted to highlight a great drawing by Zach Worton (Klondike, D&Q) of Richard Sala's The Chuckling Whatsit: scary and somber, the quiet before the storm. This art is part of a 'super-villains' fundraising auction, with proceeds going to the towards the Doug Wright Awards.

Zach Worton

SPEAKING of up for sale, Johnny Ryan has some super cheap work up including an homage to the Simpsons. 

 

Johnny Ryan's Homer
So buy some fan art today and fill that empty space on your wall with some nice original artwork!

 

The Umpteen Millionaire Club: Discussion Questions for Julio's Day
Written by Kristy Valenti | Filed under Umpteen Millionaire ClubGilbert Hernandez 3 May 2013 5:23 PM

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

[The Umpteen Millionaire Club is our series which puts forth book club discussion questions for Fantagraphics titles. The Comics Journal interns Brooke Chin, Tom Graham and Toby Liebowitz 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.]

Julio’s Day is a graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez that spans the hundred-year life of one man. It opens with his birth; it follows Julio and his family and friends in a small farming village as successive generations are born and die. Packed within the pages is a range of human experience: a soldier goes to war and is changed; evil in the family goes unaddressed; and there’s the blue worm. We follow Julio to the end, which is much as the beginning, or, to quote Samuel Beckett, "the same day, the same second."

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Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadvideopreviewsnew releasesBill Griffith 3 May 2013 2:39 PM

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries
by Bill Griffith

232-page black & white/color 8" x 10" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-641-6

Ships in: June 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Comprising a full two and a half years' worth of dailies and full-color Sundays, The Dingburg Diaries is the third Zippy book featuring tales of "Dingburg, the City Inhabited Entirely by Pinheads" — Zippy’s home town. There’s even a long series of "Historical Dingburg" strips, chronicling the pinhead population through the years, from 1840, when Dingburg’s "Town Fool" accidentally invented disco, to 1958 when Dingburg Beatniks flourished in the town’s Bohemian neighborhood. Like, Yowl, man.

God also has his own chapter (and verse). In the guise of a clip art "authority figure," he dispenses unwanted advice and conditional love upon the citizens of Dingburg. His tendency to cross-dress reaches new heights when he appears in a performance of "Swine Lake," wearing a tutu. Sacrilegious, yet sensitive.

There are large chunks of Mr. The Toad, Zerbina, Little Zippy and the rest of Griffith's cast of characters throughout this expanded collection. Published in a larger 8" by 10" format, The Dingburg Diaries also features a big color section, showcasing Griffith's inventive palette. There are parodies of the paintings of Edward Hopper and Film Noir, and "Griffy’s Top Ten List On Comics and Their Creation," a semi-serious mini-tutorial on everything (well, ten things) he’s learned in over forty years at the drawing board.

Video & Photo Slideshow Preview (view in new window):

Praise for recent volumes:

"Contemporary readers of Bill Griffith’s comic strip, Zippy the Pinhead, know with certainty that the illustrator is one of the most accomplished draftsmen working in comics today, his talents on a par with those of Robert Crumb. His art — nuanced shading; economical linework; evocative textures; fidelity to dress, gesture, expression, architecture, automotive design, and the thousand and one other accoutrements of modern life — is an unfailing daily marvel, especially considering the speed and regularity at which the strip is produced.” – Paul Di Filippo, Barnes & Noble Review

"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

"I am so thankful for these collections... they're so good I wonder if Griffith isn't in the middle of one of those late-period renaissances that sometimes grip strip cartoonists, where everything kind of comes together in a considered fashion that's somehow more vital than the dozen or so years of comics that precede it." – The Comics Reporter

Fantagraphics at VikingCon 2013 in Bellingham!
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffevents 3 May 2013 1:30 PM

Fantagraphics at VikingCon 2013

Our own Gary Groth and Mike Catron will be pillaging and plundering at VikingCon 2013 in Bellingham, WA, on Saturday, May 11th

VikingCon describe themselves as, "a cultural convention that serves as a place for individuals involved in the comic world across all levels of experience to come together and engage in meaningful conversations and explorations." And with that in mind, go engage in meaningful conversations with Gary and Mike in the following panels!

11:00 - 12:00 PM // The Age of Modern Comic: The Modern Age of Comics is a period in the history of American comic-books that began in the mid-1980s around the time of the publication of Watchmen, and has gone on to see the revival of the comics industry in the twenty-first century. This panel is a round-table discussion about the Modern Age, focusing on the multimedia popularity of comic books and addressing key issues about the changing nature of comics today. (Room VU 565A)

1:45 - 2:45 PM // Getting Into the Industry: Come meet industry professionals from many different aspects of the comic world, and learn what it takes to get in the business. Whether you’re an aspiring writer, artist, publisher/editor, or simply interested in how to get a career in the film, gaming, comic and graphic novel-inspired industry, this panel is a unique opportunity to ask and learn from people who have been in your shoes. (Room VU 565A)

VikingCon 2013 will be held in the Viking Union building at Western Washington University [ 516 High Street, Bellingham ].  Click here for driving and parking instructions. Parking is free of charge.

Tony Millionaire art on IFC's Maron
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairetelevision 3 May 2013 1:29 PM

Here's the second thing you see in the intro/title sequence to Marc Maron's new show, Maron, (premiering tonight at 10 pm on IFC) as the camera pans across his garage:

Maron screenshot

Here's the second thing you see when you open Tony Millionaire's new book Green Eggs and Maakies (coming soon):

Marc Maron portrait in Green Eggs and Maakies

Here's Tony's interview on the July 5, 2012 episode of Marc's WTF podcast, a portion of which is transcribed on the page facing the portrait in the book.

Here's Tony's book 500 Portraits featuring many more comedians, actors, authors, historical figures, composers, fetuses, etc.

Here's another IFC show featuring artwork by a Fantagraphics artist in the opening credits (and beyond). And don't forget about this.

See how it all comes together? 

Michael Kupperman at Librarie Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael Kuppermanevents 3 May 2013 11:45 AM

Michael Kupperman at Librarie Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal

Montreal, get ready to laugh so hard you choke on your poutine. Michael Kupperman and Lisa Hanawalt, two of the funniest people in comics, will be signing at the Librarie Drawn & Quarterly on Monday, May 13th!

Join them starting at 7:00 PM for a slideshow presentation, jokes, drinks, and for a signing of Kupperman's greatest works, including his most recent, Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Vol. 2!

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol 2

The Librarie Drawn & Quarterly is located at 211 Bernard Ouest in Montreal, Quebec.


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