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Eric Reynolds's Blog
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CEF: Chief Executive Flogger

Soy Qué Soy
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under PopeyeEC Segar 17 Jan 2011 7:34 PM

  

Visit Andrew Sullivan's blog for the full pic and description.

Anyone Have a Spare $100K?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Crumb 17 Jan 2011 11:36 AM

  

I'd never seen this Crumb painting before. I entertained the notion that it might be a fraud for a moment, but I think the telltale signs are the building facades and cars, which are classic "Harlem"-era Crumb. Available on eBay for a mere $100K. 

Move Over, Woodring!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodring 17 Jan 2011 11:27 AM

Via the indispensible Grottu Orloff's Pad (literally my favorite blog in the world).

Teaser: Final cover design for '21'
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Wilfred Santiago21 2 Dec 2010 1:18 PM

Joyce Farmer in Laguna Beach Saturday!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joyce Farmerevents 2 Dec 2010 11:17 AM

  

Pioneering underground cartoonist Joyce Farmer will be making her first west coast appearance in support of her new graphic novel, SPECIAL EXITS, this Saturday in her hometown of Laguna Beach, CA at Latitude 33 Bookstore at 5PM

SPECIAL EXITS is a remarkable book, one that none other than R. Crumb calls "One of the best long-narrative comics I've ever read, right up there with Gen of Hiroshima and Maus. It had a powerful effect on me... towards the end I actually found myself moved to tears." 

The book has been garnering a slew of praise this week, including this write-up in last Sunday's LA Times, and this heartfelt review from NPR's Glen Weldon.

Latitude 33 Books is at 311 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 

 

 

Fantagraphics to Publish Crockett Johnson's BARNABY
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Crockett JohnsonBarnaby 2 Dec 2010 9:58 AM

Tom Spurgeon at the Comics Reporter has the scoop: Fantagraphics will begin publishing Crockett Johnson's BARNABY in April 2012, almost 70 years to the day that the strip premiered in the leftist newspaper PM. Yours truly will edit the series, in close coordination with Philip Nel, whose biography of Johnson, The Purple Crayon And A Hole To Dig: The Lives Of Crockett Johnson And Ruth Krauss, will be published by the University Press Of Mississippi the same month. The series will be designed by none other than massive Barnaby fan and master cartoonist Daniel Clowes. Nel will provide essays for each volume, and each volume will feature an introduction from a rotating cast of Barnaby superfans. 

This is a dream come true for us at Fantagraphics; Barnaby has literally been at the top of our wish list (or mine, personally, at least) for over a decade. The series will collect the strip's original run of dailies (, from April 1942 through February 1952, including the Ted Ferro and Jack Morley run from January 1946 to September 1947, for which Johnson consulted on before coming back to the strip for good until it's end in 1952.

To learn more about Johnson and Barnaby, check out Philip Nel's fantastic Crockett Johnson site here. Nel also has a wonderful blog where he routinely features Johnson and Barnaby; he posted his own excited announcement about the series here.  What can I say? We are all EXCITED, I tell you! 

UPDATE: I should mention that we are, as of now, looking for the best possible reproductions of the first two years of Barnaby, specifically April 1942 thru December 1943. If you are a collector with high quality tearsheets from this period (or later) and would like to be involved with Barnaby's production, drop me a line at reynolds [at] fantagraphics [dot] com.

Get 'em while you can!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under sales specials 1 Dec 2010 10:40 AM

GROUPON Seattle is offering a sweet deal on Fantagraphics Books TODAY ONLY, so get 'em while they're hot. The Groupons are redeemable at our brick and mortar store in Seattle or online at fantagraphics.com, so you don't need to be local to enjoy the deal! 

Andy Kotowicz Benefit Show This Sat. in Seattle
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under events 1 Dec 2010 9:04 AM

  

We paid tribute to the sudden death of our friend and Sub Pop executive Andy Kotowicz in October, and those of you who live in Seattle know how much Andy's story has reverberated throughout the community. This Saturday night, the Showbox at the Market is hosting an all-star benefit show that reflects how much Andy meant to the community. In addition to appearances by legendary SubPop mainstays Mudhoney (featuring Rock God and former longtime Fanta employee Mark Arm) and recent signees Shabazz Palaces, many acts that Kotowicz was instrumental in signing are stepping up, including Pissed Jeans, Wolf Eyes, Michael Yonkers, A-Frames/AFCGT, Fruit Bats, and Vetiver. At $20 (with all proceeds to benefit the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation), you can't ask for a better deal for a better cause. Check it out.

No Comment.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 11 Nov 2010 11:06 AM

R.I.P., Dave Niehaus
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 11 Nov 2010 11:01 AM

Not comics, but a lot of us Seattlites will miss him greatly. 

Photo from the Fantagraphics Warehouse we just moved out of, located a few blocks south of Safeco Field.