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Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 11 Nov 2010 10:06 AM

R.I.P., Dave Niehaus
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 11 Nov 2010 10:01 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.

Joyce Farmer at First Person Arts Fest in Philly this Sunday
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joyce Farmerevents 10 Nov 2010 11:09 AM

The only thing possibly harder than being a parent is being an adult child watching your parents' health deteriorate.  On this Sunday, Nov. 14 at noon, graphic novelist JOYCE FARMER and author Beth Harpaz will discuss their roles in this "Sandwich Generation" at the Painted Bride Art Center as part of the First Person Arts Festival in Philadelphia. Go HERE for further details and ticketing information.

Attendees will enjoy a lunch of bánh mi (Vietnamese hoagies) from Bridget Foy's.

This should be a very special event. In her new graphic memoir SPECIAL EXITS, Joyce Farmer chronicles the decline of her parents' health, their relationship with one another and with their daughter, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. It's a brutally honest look at transitioning into the role of caretaker for the loved ones who always took care of you.

R. Crumb says Special Exits is "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."

Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, says "The story is stunning for its antisentimental realism, as well as for the glimpses of fantasy (Lars's hallucination of Hades' ferryman, Charon, rowing by in the hallway) that flicker by like ghosts."

What the Hell is Going On Here?!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 10 Nov 2010 6:10 AM

  

This single panel from Neal Adams' BATMAN ODYSSEY #4 sums up what strikes me as being the most unintentionally hilarious mainstream comic I've possibly ever read. It's bafflingly crazy. 

I should note that the subsequent panel, not pictured, reveals that Alfred is not actually showing Bruce how to bounce the ol' pogo stick, but instead is playing the "World's Smallest Violin".

You all know the "World's Smallest Violin" joke, right? Everyone does. So I ask you, is this how you would draw the act? Is that how you would draw the person on the receiving end? 

Also, note the cleavage at top from the adjoining panel, and Bruce Wayne oogling his own penis in the lower-right.

How much of this is conscious? And if so, to what end? This is craziest comic I've come across in years. Please, someone smarter than me, review this series.

Unofficial Shill
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under staffDaniel Clowes 8 Nov 2010 7:55 AM

  

From the May 1, 1992 edition of the LA Times, in regard to a story about reactions to the Rodney King verdict. The doofus in the Eightball t-shirt is yours truly. My outrage is palpable, right? This was taken about 14 months before I moved to Seattle to intern at Fantagraphics. My fate was already sealed...

Russ Heath HUMBUG art on eBay
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Russ HeathOriginal ArtHumbugHarvey KurtzmanEbay 3 Nov 2010 11:19 AM

We are currently offering on eBay (go HERE for full listing and scan) a rare piece of original art by the great RUSS HEATH from page 27 of 1957's HUMBUG #4, edited by Harvey Kurtzman. The actual illustration measures 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" on a piece of illustration board measuring 12 3/4" x 16 3/4". A rare chance to own a piece of original art from one of the great comic magazines of all-time. This piece is being sold by Fantagraphics Books on behalf of Mr. Heath; all proceeds from this auction will go to Mr. Heath himself. Bid early and often!

Let Your Fanta Flag Fly
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under office fun 3 Nov 2010 10:02 AM

This handmade cover letter we recently received with a submission from Japan wowed everyone in the office: 

  

Megan Kelso Presents New Comic at Seattle's Bilocal
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Megan Kelsoevents 3 Nov 2010 9:49 AM

  

Bilocal is an art project bringing together 12 writers from Seattle and New Orleans to present new original work on the theme of community. Each artist will present their own stories in their hometown. Cartoonist Megan Kelso will be one of the artists representing Seattle and will present a brand new work titled "The Golden Lasso" on November 13 at Seattle's Town Hall. Tickets are $20. The money raised from this project will be given to an a non-profit organization in New Orleans called The Lens that does investigative journalism in the Gulf region. 

Read more about Bilocal HERE.

Gary Groth Needs a New Pair of Shoes
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gary GrothFantagraphics historyEbay 2 Nov 2010 8:04 AM

With our ongoing warehouse move, we're in a spring cleaning mood, and have decided to raid the archives are start selling some uniquities from the office, warehouse and even the personal collection of Gary Groth. First up, a lovely war comics page from the 1950s/1960s by the late Jerry Grandenetti:

  

For the full eBay listing, go HERE. Can anyone identify the exact comic this page comes from? If so, email us at fbicomix at fantagraphics dot com and we'll be very grateful. 

UPDATE: ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO BID! 

Alan Moore Channels Robt. Wms.
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Williams 27 Oct 2010 8:18 AM

Ran across this one-page Alan Moore strip in an issue of Moore's Dodgem Logic magazine, and although I've seen Moore's "underground" work before, I was struck by just how heavily influenced by Robert Williams that this page was:

See below for a comparison to Williams' style (from Hysteria In Remission). The lettering, the hulking "Brody Bodine"-esque nitwit, the anthropomorphized pen, the "chicken fat" in the last panel, the stonerish detail, etc. It's impressive. Do more underground comics, Mr. Moore.