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Archive >> October 2013

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/28-11/4
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffPat ThomasLove and RocketsJaime HernandezeventsBen Catmull 30 Oct 2013 6:13 AM

Thursday, October 31st

San Francisco, CA: Kick off Halloween with Ben Catmull! He'll be signing his gorgeous new book Ghosts and Ruins at Mission: Comics & Art starting at 5:30 PM. (more info)

Friday, November 1st

Tacoma, WA:  Our Marketing, PR, and Outreach Maven Jen Vaughn will be part of the panel "Drawing for a Living: Making Money as an Artist" at Pacific Lutheran University from 2:00 to 4:00 PM! This event is totally free, with no reservations necessary. (more info)

Saturday, November 2nd

Tacoma, WA:  And Jen Vaughn returns to Tacoma for the Jet City Comic Show! Don't miss her on the panel "Digital Comics: Past, Present and Future," starting at 11:00 AM. (more info)

This Is How He Drew Her: Jaime Hernandez Talk in Pasadena

Monday, November 4th

Pasadena, CA:  The great Jaime Hernandez comes to The Crawford Family Forum for an evening of art, books, and conversation. KPCC FM "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson talks with Hernandez about his latest work, how it relates to Love and Rockets, and where his future's taking him. (more info)

New York City, NY: Author Pat Thomas will be spinning albums, and signing and lecturing about Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 at the appropriately-named Revolution Books at 7:00 PM. (more info)


Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin by Stan Sakai - 12th Printing!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan Sakainew releases 29 Oct 2013 6:00 PM

Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin cover photo

Usagi Yojimbo Book 1 pages

So many new readers of all ages discover Stan Sakai's wonderful, multiple-award-winning, now-classic Usagi Yojimbo as the years go on that we keep having to go back to press — twelve times on Book 1: The Ronin now! Read the rabbit ronin's first adventures in this compact softcover, sporting the new trade dress designed by Jacob Covey a few years back. Fresh copies in stock now and in stores soon!

Monte Schulz Gets Naughty in San Diego!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Monte Schulzevents 29 Oct 2013 5:53 PM

Naughty by Monte Schulz

Things will be getting naughty in San Diego when Monte Schulz brings his latest novel Naughty to town!

Join him on Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 PM as he presents a story of love, deceit, and insanity, and how our lives are too often directed by the inexplicable vagaries of fate. Inspired by the true story of Iva Kroeger and her husband Ralph, indicted for the murders of Mildred and Jay Arneson in 1962, Naughty culminates in a sensational trial that captivated the Bay area.

Mysterious Galaxy is located at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite #302, in San Diego, just east of Interstate 805.

Ghosts and Ruins Halloween Party with Ben Catmull in San Francisco!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsBen Catmull 29 Oct 2013 3:43 PM

It's no trick! It'll be a treat to spend Halloween evening with Ben Catmull!

Kick off a spooky Thursday, October 31st at Mission: Comics & Art starting at 5:30 PM. Catmull will sign his gorgeous new book Ghosts and Ruins.

With a rendering style suggestive of Edward Gorey's gothic masterworks, Catmull ingeniously imagines haunted dwellings and the circumstances of their otherworldly occupants. With just the right touch of humor to balance the terror, Ghosts and Ruins is sure to please fans of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, and makes a perfect gift book for the ghost story fan in your house.

Mission: Comics & Art is located at 3520 20th Street, Suite B in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch by Jonathan Barli - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil Partchnew releasesJonathan Barli 29 Oct 2013 12:29 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch
by Jonathan Barli

208-page full-color 10.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-664-5

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Virgil Partch burst onto the scene in the nation’s magazines with his zany, sometimes surreal, but always hilarious cartoons, catapulting his career virtually overnight. Known to millions by his signature, “Vip,” this comedic genius was unlike anything the world had seen before. His unique brand of humor and trendsetting approach to cartooning ushered in a new era of the gag cartoon and pioneered a standard of madcap humor across the spectrum of comedy that was reflected in the cutting-edge sensibilities of comedians like Ernie Kovacs, Sid Caesar, and Jonathan Winters, and the trailblazing pages of Mad magazine. Inspiring a new breed of cartoonists, Vip became the most sought-after cartoonist of his generation, as well as one of the most prolific and influential cartoonists of his era. He not only transfigured the pages of an incredible array of the nation’s magazines, he also wrote jokes for other cartoonists; illustrated books, album covers, and advertisements; and his boozy drawings adorned merchandise such as cocktail glasses, beer cans, and napkins. Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch is the only comprehensive collection celebrating Partch’s rollicking life and career. His brilliant artwork and writings are reprinted from original art, primary-source publications, and family archives. Finally, Vip’s place in the world of cartooning and humor is distilled in this “lush” appreciation.

Maria M. Book 1 by Gilbert Hernandez - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 29 Oct 2013 12:16 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

Maria M. Book 1 by Gilbert Hernandez

Maria M. Book 1
by Gilbert Hernandez

140-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-719-2

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Gilbert Hernandez continues his metafictional realization of the film career of his troubled heroine Rosalba "Fritz" Martinez, who abandoned her psychotherapy practice to become queen of the Z-grade exploitation movies. Now she's starring in the role she was literally born to play, in a dramatization of her own mother's life! The "true" story of Maria M. was told in Hernandez's classic Poison River, collected from the pages of Love and Rockets; this original graphic novel embodies the first part of the film version. Maria's life consorting with the underworld makes for a sordid tale of sex, drugs, violence, and power that fits right in with Fritz's other film credits. 

Joe Sacco on The Great War Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJoe Saccoevents 28 Oct 2013 4:50 PM
The Great War 
Joe Sacco's latest book is The Great War, published by our distributor W.W. Norton. This BEAUTIFUL book is actually one large illustration 24 feet in length. Get your self this beautiful accordian folded book today and catch Sacco out on the town(s) to get it signed.
 
Nov. 10th – Powell's Bookstore at 7:30pm, Portland OR
Nov. 12th – Los Angeles Public Library (Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library) at 7:15pm, Los Angeles, CA (with Gene Luen Yang and Charles Hatfield)
Nov. 14th – Town Hall at 7:30pm, Seattle, WA 
Nov. 18th – 92nd Street Y / Unterberg Poetry Center at 8:15pm, NYC (with Geoff Dyer)
Nov. 19th – McNally Jackson at 7:00pm, NYC (with Matt Weiland)
Nov. 20th – Politics and Prose at 7:00pm, Washington, DC
Nov. 21st – Free Library of Philadelphia at 7:30pm, Philly, PA
 
The Great War page 
 
Daily OCD Extra: November's Book Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under reviewsKim DeitchJim Woodring 28 Oct 2013 4:10 PM
Next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of two recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:
 
Katherine Whaley  
 
 
"The yarn Deitch spins around that outrageous premise includes surprisingly less of the supernatural and many more words than usual, which wrap around the panels and are carefully chosen to project the heroine's personality-that of a smart but unpretentious woman who once had an utterly fantastic adventure. Even more riveting than Deitch's other spellbinders." –Ray Olson 
 
Fran  
 
 
"the heightened emotional stakes are new: Frank's followers have watched him shrug off violent treatment with the resilience of a Warner Bros. cartoon character, but the loss of Fran seems more devastating than the worst punishment he's received at the hands of the devilish Whim."
–Gordon Flagg 
A Walk on the Wild Side ends
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockLou ReedLorenzo Mattotti 28 Oct 2013 2:44 PM

Lou_Reed

From rock and roll rebel to revered iconoclast, Lou Reed left an indelible mark on international pop culture. His experimental work was influential beyond the standard measure of commercial success. Musician Brian Eno observed, "Only a few thousand people bought the first Velvet Underground, album, but every one of them formed a band. I should know. I was one of those people."

The_Raven 

Reed pursued an adventurous aesthetic throughout his storied career. At the turn of this century, Reed's reimagining of Edgar Allen Poe's verse debuted as a theatrical production, POEtry, under the direction of Robert Wilson. A double album followed, with guest vocals by David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Willem Defoe, Amanda Plummer, and Laurie Anderson. A decade later Reed and Fantagraphics Books commissioned Italian cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti to illustrate his interpretation of The Raven.

Lou Reed. 1942 - 2013.

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Maria M. Book 1 by Gilbert Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 28 Oct 2013 2:29 PM

Praise for other books in the "Fritz B-Movie" series:

"I picture Gilbert Hernandez approaching his drawing board these days like Lawrence of Arabia approaching a Turkish convoy: 'NO PRISONERS! NO PRISONERS!'" – Sean T. Collins, Robot 6

"Gilbert Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics... Hernandez’s new Fritz book, Love from the Shadows, is as bracing as a slug of bottom-shelf rotgut...." – Douglas Wolk, The New York Times Sunday Book Review

"If alternative comics can be equated to independent film, then Hernandez has become the medium's David Lynch or Guy Maddin, rolling his personal obsessions and freewheeling abstractions into stories that present as pulp, then take some very weird turns." – The A.V. Club

"The rich emotions and passionate characters of [Gilbert] Hernandez are translated to a welcome new graphic novel, which fills B-movie situations with real drama... Hernandez takes his readers on a harrowing journey.... It's heavy stuff, but highly recommended." – Publishers Weekly

Maria M. Book 1 
by Gilbert Hernandez

140-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-719-2

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/mariam1


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