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Justin Hall at the Escapist Comics Small Press Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under No Straight LinesJustin Hallevents 18 Sep 2012 11:33 AM

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics - cover by Maurice Vellekoop

Justin Hall, our wonderful editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, is just one of many, many guests participating in the Escapist Comics Small Press Fest this week.

On Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd, there will be live readings and a Q&A, artwork projections, and even musical guests, all gathered to showcase underground comics in the Bay Area! The fun starts at 5:00 PM on both days, so don't be late!

The Escapist Comic Bookstore is located at 3090 Claremont Ave. in Berkeley.

Bricks for the Bros: Love and Rockets wins 3 Ignatz Awards!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezawards 17 Sep 2012 5:03 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by the Hernandez Brothers

We have lots of post-SPX catching-up to do but first and foremost congratulations are in order to Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez who swept their Ignatz Award categories and came away from the ceremony lugging 3 brick trophies: Outstanding Series for Love and Rockets: New Stories, Outstanding Artist for Jaime, and Outstanding Story for Jaime's "Return for Me" from Love and Rockets: New Stories #4! Outstanding indeed, and a perfect way to usher in the new issue by capping off a year of universal and thunderous acclaim for the previous issue. We'll hopefully have a first-hand report and photos from the scene once our away team gets settled back in here.

Peter Bagge Brings Hate Down Under!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 17 Sep 2012 4:00 PM

Peter Bagge at Graphic Fest

And we mean that in the nicest way!

Peter Bagge will be the guest of honor at GRAPHIC 2012 in Sydney, Australia! Join Pete on Sunday, November 11th for an in-depth insight into his darkly comic and hysterical semi-autobiographical work. He'll be discussing Hate and other Neat Stuff starting at 7:30 PM at the famous Sydney Opera House. Aussies, do not miss this rare opportunity to see Pete speak in person!

Tickets for this event go on sale today, Monday, September 17th -- or, err, yesterday, since Australia is in the future! The Sydney Opera House is located at 2 Macquarie Street in Sydney, Australia. If you live in Sydney, I can't possibly imagine you'll have a hard time finding it.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 9/17-9/24
Written by janice headley | Filed under Michael KuppermanLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGabrielle BelleventsCharles Burns 17 Sep 2012 10:30 AM

Love and Rockets Tour Poster

Tuesday, September 18th

Baltimore, MD: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez continue the Love & Rockets 30th Anniversary celebration at Atomic Books at 7:00 PM!  (more info)

Wednesday, September 19th

Philadelphia, PA: The Philadelphia Free Library proudly hosts Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez for a presentation in the Free Library's Montgomery Auditorium, followed by a Q&A session. After the talk, fans and friends can get their Love & Rockets books signed in the Library Lobby from 8:30-10:30 PM. (more info)

12 Beers of the Apocalypse: Blight

Friday, September 21st

Seattle, WA: Our friends at the Elysian Brewing Company debut "Blight," the latest from our 12 Beers of the Apocalypse collaboration, featuring artwork by Charles Burns from his weirdly apocalyptic Black Hole series! (more info

Brooklyn, NY: Friday nights may never be the same especially when the avid fans of punk, Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, bring the house down at The Rock Shop starting at 7:30 PM. (more info)

The Comics Crowd

Saturday, September 22nd

Brooklyn, NY: Join The Comics Crowd at Bergen Street Comics for an evening of comics readings and panel projections from Michael Kupperman, Gabrielle Bell, Julia Wertz (Drinking at the Movies), Bob Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories), Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You), and Aaron Diaz (The Tomorrow Girl). (more info)

Sunday, September 23rd 

Brooklyn, NY: The Love & Rockets East Coast Tour will end with a stop at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Gilbert Hernandez will join many other creators on "The Sex Panel: Taboo in Pictures," featuring obscenity, art and the area between the two. Meanwhile, Jaime Hernandez stars on a panel called "Worlds Built Over Time: Panel to Page, Book to Series" on world building and character development in the long term. Book signings will follow each panel discussion. (more info)

Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez Signing in Baltimore Tomorrow!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 17 Sep 2012 10:00 AM

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez

How do those boys not have carpal tunnel syndrome by now?! 

Following an action-packed Ignatz-carrying appearance at the 2012 Small Press Expo this past weekend, Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez will continue the Love & Rockets 30th Anniversary celebration at Atomic Books on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00 PM! 

Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 features a letter from Atomic Books' Ringmistress, Rachel Whang, who will also be available for signing.

This all-ages event is FREE and open to the public! Atomic Books is located at 3620 Falls Road in Baltimore, MD. 

And stay tuned as the Bros continue their 30th Anniversary Tour down the east coast this week!

The Crypt Keeper Commands Your Presence!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Wally WoodJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEC Comics 14 Sep 2012 2:39 PM

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Don't miss the October 13 installment of the Georgetown Art Attack in Seattle's spookiest neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host "The Horror: Selections From the EC Comics Library" featuring a free concert by Berlin-based recording artist Molly Nilsson. Maybe we can convince her to perform her hit song "Hey Moon!"

Bonus: Visitors to this store event will be among the first in the country to receive a complimentary copy of our sensational EC reprint Jack Davis's Tales from the Crypt. Boo!

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Fantagraphics to publish Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskor 14 Sep 2012 2:13 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree panel

What started out as a web comic Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree traces the foundation of hip hop from its Bronx origins with DJ Kool Herc and DJ Hollywood through Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC and beyond in four color fury. The comic easily transitions from depictions of live shows to breaking in the streets to the foundation of record companies, eager to spread the music. Currently published weekly at the epicenter of cool, Boing Boing, Piskor's work will be collected and printed by Fantagraphics next year.

The full-color book will be around 112 pages, collecting the first year's worth of comic strips spanning 1975-1980. As a beautiful backup to Piskor's story, ten beat-friendly cartoonists are providing pin-ups of their favorite hip hop artists and rappers. The overarching theme of comics delving deep into music culture make Hip Hop Family Tree and Ed Piskor make a happy addition to works of cartoonists like Peter Bagge, R. Crumb, Joe Sacco, Mary Fleener, the Hernandez Brothers and authors like Pat Thomas, Jacob McMurray and Kevin Avery.

Hip Hop Family Tree Title

Piskor is best known for his works like self-published and then Top Shelf published hacker comic, Wizzywig. Piskor also worked with late, great Harvey Pekar in the collection, The Beats. Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds said, "Hip Hop Family Tree is not only a great read, it's a wonderful visual history of the important genre of music of the past 30 years. We're excited to publish it." After all the paperwork was signed Piskor said, "While working on the this project, I began to feel like the belle at the ball, in a matter of speaking, because lots of different publishers started getting in touch. They had certain ideas that would have required compromise. Fantagraphics is one of the only publishers I personally sought out, because I thought they might facilitate my exact vision, and it feels like I was right. Basically, I'm a huge brat and I want what I want, and Fantagraphics is down for the cause."

You can see Piskor and Fantagraphics this weekend at SPX and keep your eyes and ears open for more jammin' comics by Ed Piskor. Start clearing away space now next to your turn table for Hip Hop Family Tree.

Hip Hop Family tree green panel

Presenting Mark Kalesniko's 'Tarantula'!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsMark Kalesniko 14 Sep 2012 1:48 PM

Tarantula page 1 - Mark Kalesniko

Tarantula page 2 - Mark Kalesniko

We are excited to present an all-new, all-original 40 page comic by Mark Kalesniko for FREE, exclusively here on the Fantagraphics website! "Tarantula" is a hair-raising, funny, exciting, creepy-crawly tale which pits Mark's protagonist Alex against an unwelcome 8-legged home invader. Enjoy this fun and fast-moving tale right here!

Came the Dawn and Other Stories by Wallace Wood - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wally Woodvideopreviewsnew releasesEC ComicsAl Feldstein 14 Sep 2012 11:48 AM

Came the Dawn and Other Stories Illustrated by Wallace Wood (The EC Comics Library)

Came the Dawn and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Wallace Wood; written by Al Feldstein et al.; edited by Gary Groth

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-546-4

Ships in: October 2012 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Jack Davis's Tales from the CryptOrder this book and receive the Jack Davis's Tales from the Crypt Halloween mini-comic shown here as a FREE bonus! Limit one per customer while supplies last.


The 20th century had hit its exact midpoint. Social upheaval — sexual, social, racial, cultural — was in the air; and the fledgling EC comics line was about to become a vital part of it.

Working within the horror, war, crime, and science fiction genres, publisher William Gaines and editor/writer Al Feldstein combined a deliciously disreputable, envelope-pushing sensibility with moments of genuine, outraged social consciousness, which shone a hard light onto such hot-button topics as racism, anti-Semitism, mob justice, and misogyny and sexism.

The 1950s were also a launching pad for some of the greatest comic book artists in history, many of whom worked for EC — including Wallace Wood, whose hypnotically detailed, lushly expressive brushwork brought to life menacing thugs, ominous cityscapes, and small-town America, as well as Everymen grappling with profound moral issues — not to mention some of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful women ever to sashay across a comic book page.

Came the Dawn collects all 26 Wood-drawn horror and crime stories — including the full baker’s dozen of EC’s most courageous and politically charged dramas.

EC Comics LogoTaking its title from one of Wood’s all-time classics, the evil little paranoid thriller “Came the Dawn,” this collection features page after page after page of Wood’s sleek and meticulously crafted artwork put in the service of cunning twist-ending stories, most often from the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. These tales range from supernatural shockers from the pages of Tales From the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear (“The Living Corpse,” “Terror Ride,” “Man From the Grave,” “Horror in the Freak Tent”) to often pointedly contemporary crime thrillers from Crime SuspenStories (“The Assault,” “The Whipping,” and “Confession,” which was singled out for specific excoriation in the anti-comics screed Seduction of the Innocent, thus giving it a special cachet), but the breathtaking art and whiplash-inducing shock endings are constants throughout.

Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Came the Dawn features extensive essays and notes on these classic stories by EC experts — but the real “meat” of the matter (sometimes literally, in the grislier stories) is supplied by these ofted lurid, sometimes downright over-the-top, but always compelling and superbly crafted, classic comic-book masterpieces.

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Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 2 is in the can!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanComing Attractions 13 Sep 2012 6:27 PM

Thrizzle

At 3:29 AM EDT on Tuesday, Michael Kupperman completed work on the new material to be included in the second hardcover collection of Tales Designed to Thrizzle! It's the equivalent of a full new issue of the series, in addition to the material compiled from issues 5-8. It's all in our hands now to be laid out by our art department and shipped off to the printer for a December release. Above, a tiny taste posted by Michael on Twitter.


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