|Gary Groth: Still a Genius|
|Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gary Groth, awards||22 Oct 2014 5:44 PM|
Eric, Kelly O. and Gary
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On Saturday night, founder and co-publisher Gary Groth received the Genius Award in Literature from Seattle alt-weekly paper, The Stranger. (Photo above by Kelly O. of The Stranger). His competition was fierce but the force of the movement he created when he founded Fantagraphics with Mike Catron and soldiered on with Kim Thompson created a form of comics so prevalent. Paul Constant interviews Groth yet again after the event on comics at the Stranger's Slog: "Pop culture has become so stupefyingly banal that it's caught up with comics. It's kind of terrifying when you think about it," states Groth in reference to the multiple superhero movies, TV shows and comics popping up from here as far as the eye can see. Picture below by Short Run.
Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds was present at the Stranger Awards and commented, "It was a great night for Fantagraphics and for Seattle, and even though Gary's been completely insufferable since Saturday night, going on and on about 'genius this' and 'genius that,' blah blah blah, we're extremely proud of the big lug."
Eric, Kelly O. and Gary
Yes, indeed, we are so proud of Gary and happy to be a part of the everchanging landscape of comics, graphic novels and just damn good storytelling. VIVA COMICS and VIVA GROTH!
Thomas is also working a new book coming out next year called Invitation to Openness, a book of previously unpublished jazz photos of the 1960s and '70s by Les McCann. So feel free to ask him about it!
This weekend is THE Texas Book Festival in the heart of the state, Austin, on the grounds of the State Capital. Tim Lane of The Lonesome Go and Abandoned Cars will also be in attendence and holding court. Lane is known for his dense cartooning of American legends and dusty Route 66 tales. Stark washes of white and black pools of ink draw readers to the page while the mystery and mayhem leave them fraught with distress at each page turn. Here's were you can find Lane during the festival:
Saturday, October 25th
Foxing Quarterly and Fantagraphics LitCrawl with Tim Lane - 9:30 PM
The Volstead Lounge at Hotel Vegas. Just like with Lane's signing at The Phoenix, he'll be doing recordings of Jackie's Blues so if you are an earnest musician of any instrument come out to jam or do a solo recording for his project.
Sunday, October 26th
On Comics Panel- 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Beautiful, and at times haunting, pen-and-ink illustrations clash with the Great American Mythological Drama in Tim Lane's new collection, The Lonesome Go. Moderated by Danithan Mejia.
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Immediately after Lane's panel you'll find him at the book signing tent signing The Lonesome Go. So please enjoy this free festival on the grounds of the capital and enjoy all the delicious food Austin has to offer whether it's the ever-present Torchy's Tacos, Aster's Ethiopian, or that beautiful white bean chili at the Texas Chili Parlor (mere steps from the Texas Book Festival.
The time has come, the Seattlelite said, to pick a frickin' Genius! The alt-weekly paper in town, The Stranger, is hosting it's annual Genius awards tomorrow after a few events where the genius nominees show it off. Fantagraphics co-founder and editor Gary Groth is nominated in the literature category alongside comics writer/novelist G. Willow Wilson and poet Shin Yu Pai.
The event tomorrow night is F.R.E.E. but you have to reserve and download tickets. SO join the huge, drunken party for all 15 finalists at the Moore Theatre (tickets here), with the Seattle Rock Orchestra and other live performances, and five of the finalists (one from each category) will go home with $5,000 each, no strings attached. To read more about all the Genius nominees in their categories (film, literature, music, performance, visual art), visit The Stranger articles on it.
Congratulations are in order for Simon Hanselmann because his book MEGAHEX just showed up on the New York Times Best Sellers' list sandwiched inbetween Bryan Lee O'Malley and Jules Feiffer. Grab a copy from your local comic shop, bookstore, our online store or your local library. Trade weed for it, do what you have to do to read it because not ONLY is it a best seller but it is almost sold out!
The description is also too perfect in it's simplicity. "Meet Megg. She's a witch and has a black cat named Mogg. She is also depressed and addicted to drugs." This sweeter-than-the-real-thing book has to be seen to be believed but check out what everyone is saying about it.
"...not only do I find Megg, Mogg, Owl et al bloody funny at times in that first half, as the book wore on I found myself becoming more and more absorbed and fascinated by the darkness, the progression of the comedy into misery and despair, handled really well by Hanselmann." - Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet
"Every page is beautiful. Every joke is funny. Every character is a complete asshole. The book itself is a nice chunky hardcover with some good heft and a cover design that is made to resemble a DVD box set of a TV show." - Nick Gazin, VICE
Or in the words of the infamous Werewolf Jones:
The beautiful and well-printed Foxing Quarterly is attempting to host a new convention in Austin, Texas, an area nearly bursting to the seems with comic and illustrative talent, called NEW SOUTH. They have a Kickstarter set up with some amazing awards like a Jim Rugg Tote Bag (if you don't like Street Angel, you obviously have no soul). And they need your help to meet the goal in the next day. From Danithan's mouth, "Two years ago I co-founded Foxing Quarterly, a literary & arts magazine based here in Austin, Texas. My goal with Foxing was to spotlight literature and comics within our city and beyond. We've done this through readings, art shows, concerts, book swaps, and even a small-scale literary festival." See below:
Danithan Mejia is one of the most earnest souls in comics, trying to make something from nothing, whether it is their FQ publication, stickers featuring Steven Weissman and Sam Alden or gorgeous jaw-dropping prints by Eleanor Davis. FQ is hosting a LitCrawl along with the Texas Book Festival next weekend featuring our own Tim Lane, celebrating his new book, The Lonesome Go. FQ is also somewhat tied to local community pillar store Book People, another sign that New South and Foxing Quarterly will not be disappearing anytime soon. See Ben Sears made a great illustration for a shirt.
Austin has another show called Staple that expanded from one to two days many years ago (I haven't been since 2008 when I spent most of the time talking to a cartoonist who let me know they made more money as an anthropomorphic porn illustrator....) but the spirit behind NEW SOUTH is fervent and would showcase a lot of new talent, despite leaning on well-known Rugg and Box Brown for design. They also want to keep the festival free to the public so more goes to the artists, cartoonists and writers (who also are paying cheaper table fees). So please read their own pitch on the Kickstarter page and help be a part of the New South.
Tim Lane is heading over a little past Route 66 to celebrate his newest collection of comics, The Lonesome Go. On Sunday, October 19th from 3-5pm at The Phoenix, the best local coffeeshop-bar-bookstore with a private library room, Lane will be signing comics and a little bit more!
Lane has been building up Lonesome Go boxes from antique suitcases and folios. Each one is different since they were all from thrift or antique stores. And inside, my oh my, are prints, comics, and recordings by Tim Lane and more. All the ephemera and contents reflect the sultry and dusty portrait of Americana that Lane has created in his comics Happy Hour in America, Abandoned Cars and now, Lonesome Go. Whether you're a grifter on the move, a train-hopping honey or just man in a bar with three fingers of whiskey instead of two, this collection is for you.
Lane will also be doing some recording at The Phoenix for any musician or singer with a love for old Americana and an itch to perform should head over to The Phoenix. Lane's collecting different versions of the same song "Jackie's Blue" (the lyrics of which are in The Lonesome Go) performed & recorded by a variety of musicians to include in the box set. This is open to anybody who wants to contribute a version. So bring your uke, your bango or your kazoo along with your Tim Lane comics and head over to The Phoenix!
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This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser
by Joe Sacco
100-page black & white 6.625" x 10.5" softcover • $14.99
"the artist is heading back to his underground roots, citing the influence of ZAP and Weirdo and promising an exuberant, satirical and confrontational read…It'll be interesting to see how well the established audience for Sacco's journo-comix respond to this change of tone." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 14)
by Carl Barks
240-page full color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
"Before this point, most Uncle Scrooge stories played off of his greed and paranoia about safeguarding his wealth from the dastardly Beagle Boys, but this shift towards treasure hunting would be the way forward for the comics for decades, eventually inspiring the popular Duck Tales cartoon series in the 1980s." -Rich Barrett, Mental Floss
In a Glass Grotesquely
by Richard Sala
136-page full color 7" x 7" softcover • $19.99
"To read a Richard Sala comic is an experience both jarring and fun. Good for a rainy day or a stormy night." - Publisher's Weekly
Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War!
by Jacques Tardi
260-page black & white with color 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $39.99
"Tardi is unremitting in his focus on the small, human details of the catastrophe-not just the look of uniforms and weaponry, but the way one soldier advances in an awkward, stiff-armed posture, 'protecting my belly with the butt of the rifle,' and the way another makes sculptures and rings from discarded shells, to sell to his comrades." - Gabriel Winslow-Yost, The New York Review of Books
"U.S.A. Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers, who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work," said chief executive Carolina Garcia Jayaram.
2014 has been a banner year with the release of Bagge's HATE collection Buddy Buys a Dump and Fantagraphics will soon be rolling out another title from the cartoonist as well. Raise a glass and make a toast to Peter Bagge! You're number one, indeed.