These items are on their way for a late October-early November release — if you pre-order the box set, we'll send you Volume 1 right now, and you'll get Volume 2 with the slipcase when they're available, all at no extra cost and cheaper than both individual volumes! What a deal!
"A detail-rich account of an unfathomably awesome childhood in the epicenter of 1960s - 1970s New York culture, and further evidence of the magnificence of the Friedman genes." – Daniel Clowes
"I always wanted to know what it would be like to grow up with a famous dad. It sounds as awesome as i feared. I really enjoyed reading Kipp Friedman's stories and hating him for having dinner at Groucho Marx's house." – Joel Stein, Time magazine columnist
"Barracuda in the Attic is a poignant and crackling good memoir... and this is coming from someone who doesn't like memoirs." —Ted Heller (Pocket Kings, Funnymen, Slab Rat, West of Babylon)
"If you’re wondering why graphic novel specialist Fantagraphics published a memoir by Friedman, you only have to read 'Comic Book Fever,' an essay about visiting the Jay Bee Back Issue Magazine Store and Kipp’s long-time comic book obsession. These essays about growing up in New York range from feuding with the neighbors in Great Neck, sports obsessions (including the New York Cosmos), the evolution of the horror film genre, and the family to Hollywood when Kipp’s dad, Bruce Jay Friedman, got a development deal. It wound up being not too different from the Lucy and Desi 'Don Juan' story arc. New York-philes will love the period detail, as well folks of a certain age who can sing the Gigantor television theme. But for the rest, you can still get a kick out of a trio of boisterous boys who caused a lot of havoc as they came of age." –
Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The late Kim Thompson introduced the world to Stan Sakai in Fantagraphics' Critters anthology three decades ago. As Sakai's signature character Usagi Yojimbo nears its 30-year anniversary, the Baltimore Comic-Con honors this exceptional artist at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday.
Sakai will greet fans at booth 1902 before appearing at the Usagi Yojimbo Celebration with Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz in room 301 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. An exclusive Usagi Yojimbo tee shirt (pictured below) and yearbook featuring homages of the intrepid Samurai warrior by over 40 artists will be available at the convention. At 5:00 PM you can bid on the original art by Sakai and other contributors at booth 2505 in the Main Hall. Don't miss this opportunity to meet one of the world's most gifted cartoonists, not to mention one of the nicest people in our industry.
Join Charles from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for an "evening of comics and awkward conversation" at Comix Connection, located at 6200 Carlisle Pike in the very specifically-named city of Mechanicsburg, PA. Will they let Charles return as a successful cartoonist, but failed mechanic? Find out later this month!
Maria M. Book 1 is the sensational story of a woman who runs from a shady past in Latin America, only to fall in with American gangsters and a new world of drugs, violence and sleaze.
It is also a retelling of the classic Love and Rockets story "Poison River," adapted as a b-movie starring the protagonist's own daughter, Fritz (and presented in comics format, in two parts, with Book 2 due in 2015).
This new original graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez takes his metafictional "Fritz B-Movie" concept to a bold new level, and can also be enjoyed out of context on its own merits. We'll have more previews for you between now and its scheduled release in November.
Berkeley! Prepare to be bewitched as alternative comix queen Dame Darcy descends upon The Escapist Comic Bookstore on Saturday, September 14th!
Join her at 5:00 PM as she reads from her most recent work, Handbook For Hot Witches, and signs copies of her classic Meat Cake! Hopefully she'll have her handmade dolls and paperdoll books with her, too!
With baseball’s pennant races heating up and the postseason fast approaching, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery looks back to an earlier era of the national pastime. Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934 – 1972 chronicles the game and its legendary players. The bookstore will display pages from the artist’s long career opening Saturday, September 14.
As America’s premier sports cartoonist, Willard Mullin documented the game of baseball in a more genteel era. He was in New York to record the careers of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig. He witnessed Jackie Robinson’s historic integration of the game and the departure of the Dodgers and Giants to the west. In many significant ways, the game of baseball reflected the changes in mid-century American society, and Mullin’s delightful cartoons and caricatures captured the essence of the era with both humor and reverence. Fantagraphics' deluxe hardcover edition of Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball preserves the legacy of this American master for posterity.
The opening of the exhibit on Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball September 14 – October 9, 2013 Opening Saturday, September 14, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
Whether shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kipp Friedman led a colorful childhood. The youngest son of celebrated writer and satirist Bruce Jay Friedman, Kipp looks back fondly on the amusing and sometimes confusing events and encounters that helped shape his early life in this moving tribute to growing up among a family of creative artists — swept up in the whirlwind of the New York arts scene of the 1960s and '70s.
Follow Kipp's exploits as bystander and willing participant as he joins older brothers Josh (writer and musician) and Drew (renowned cartoonist and illustrator) as three musketeers on a youthful quest to discover the scariest low-budget horror movies along 42nd Street and Times Square. Delight in their search for classic comic books, monster magazines (and the occasional "nudie" magazine) at their beloved, dingy "Back-Issue Store" in midtown Manhattan. Encounter his family's bizarre Cold War-like relationship with their new neighbors in an updated suburban Jewish version of the Hatfields vs. the McCoys. Witness their Marx Brothers-like antics while on an all-expenses-paid junket at the Beverly Hills Hotel courtesy of CBS.
The stage shifts from New York City to the Caribbean to the suburbs of Long Island, and from the South of France to Broadway and Hollywood as Kipp retraces his family's defining moments — with the backdrop of his father's meteoric rise from editor of men's adventure magazines to successful novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Through it all, Kipp paints a loving portrait of a childhood and family life that is both magical and yet familiar and real.
Barracuda in the Attic is truly a family affair, written by Kipp, with a cover illustration by Drew Friedman, an introduction by paterfamilias Bruce Jay Friedman, and an afterword by Josh Friedman, and is copiously illustrated with photos of the family and their literati friends and hangers-on.
“Wandering Son... is a lovely, tactile-y rich object, but it’s also a sweet book in terms of content.... The characters are pleasant to spend time with, the art is emotive and expressive (embarrassment comes up a lot), and there is a gentleness to the whole project that is welcome.” – Hillary Brown, Paste
“[Wandering Son] is a measured, sensible and sensitive series.... Part of Wandering Son’s hook is a distanced view at discomfort with one’s own body. The manga is written to evoke the feeling of being ill at ease in one’s own skin, such that everyone who has went through puberty can sympathize with these characters, regardless of their own relationship with sexual identity issues.... Wandering Son proves to be deeply involving in an unconventional way.” – Scott Green, Ain’t It Cool News
Come to Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday as we welcome Brian Ralph on a rare visit to the Northwest. He'll present his new book Reggie-12 with a slide show, signing and reception. In a preview of the event, Paul Constant of The Stranger writes, "It's not for kids, but it feels as fizzy as a Saturday morning cartoon, in the best way possible. If you were raised on Astro Boy or Godzilla movies, you'll love the fuck out of this book."
Brian will also sign copies of his alternative zombie adventure Daybreak, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "A storytelling tour de force," and the wordless mystery Cave-In. Drop by and meet this wonderful artist Saturday, September 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Complimentary refreshments and great company provided. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
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