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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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Cartoonist, journalist, designer and lover of all comics! Here to encourage you to read Fantagraphics books and then pass them on to your friends AND family. Especially those Eros ones. Graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies.

FRAN wins Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringawards 24 Apr 2014 4:15 PM

Fran
Today, Joyce Farmer announced at the Penn State Libraries talk on Underground comics that Jim Woodring's Fran is the next recipient for the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize! Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident. Fran is the first Fantagraphics books to win the prize (a runner-up many times in the past) and we are just so ding-dang delighted that Jim will be honored. Check out the latest comic about the Multiverse and Frank's newest companion, the playful Fran.
Fran

 


Tonight: Jaime Hernandez at Meltdown
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jaime Hernandezevents 24 Apr 2014 2:36 PM
Meltdown
Don't forget! Tonight at  Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles Love and Rockets' Jaime Hernandez will be on a 7pm panel at Meltdown Comics with fellow cartoonists and animators Pendleton Ward, Bryan Lee O'Malley and Thompas Herpich. They will be interviewed by Inkstuds radio show host, Robin McConnell and cartoonist, Brandon Graham in what will be a packed room. After the panel, Jaime will be signing books INCLUDING the newest collection The Love Bunglers

There will be free tickets available at the door so you can still go loiter and hope to meet one of the cartoonists. It will also be broadcasted LIVE via MeltdownTV here. Pick up a copy of The Love Bunglers too, it's absolutely drool-worthy. Let's have a party!Jaime Hernandez


Unlovable Book 2 Issue 1 at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Esther Pearl Watsondigital comicscomiXology 23 Apr 2014 12:18 PM
Unlovable 2 Ipad

WINTER (BREAK) IS COMING

Now being serialized at comiXology, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce, as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson (loosely based on a teenager's diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom). This second and concluding volume picks up where the first volume left off (winter break) and finishes Tammy's tragicomic sophomore year of high school in 1985. In the epic saga that is Unlovable, Tammy finds herself dealing with: tampons, teasing, crushes, The Smiths, tube socks, facial hair, lice, celibacy, fantasy dream proms, gym showers, skid marks, a secret admirer, prank calls, backstabbers, winter ball, barfing, narcs, breakdancing, hot wheels, glamour shots, roller coasters, Halloween costumes, boogers, boys, boy crazy feelings, biker babes, and even some butt cracks. Tammy's life isn't pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious. Get 104 pages of frivolity for only $4.99 today!

"GOOD!!!" - Lynda Barry 

"I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone's diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn't love everyone in it so much.... So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh." - Jordan Crane 
Witner Break


Dash Shaw awarded 2014 Cullman Center Fellowship
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Dash Shawawardsartists 22 Apr 2014 2:14 PM

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April 22, 2014
- This just in! The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has picked its sixteenth class of Fellows: fifteen extraordinarily talented independent scholars, academics, and creative writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Chosen from a pool of 288 applicants from 24 countries, the 2014 class of Cullman Center Fellows Dash Shaw will be the David Ferriero Fellow. While at the Cullman Center he will work on a graphic novel about a Quaker during the American Civil War.

"I am tremendously proud to welcome the Cullman Center's new class of Fellows to The New York Public Library," said NYPL President Tony Marx. "The Cullman Center offers these talented individuals access to our world-renowned collections within an environment that inspires and supports their exciting work. I congratulate the new Fellows and look forward to seeing the unique and creative ways they engage with our collections."

The 2014 class of Fellows will be in residence at the Cullman Center from September 2014 through May 2015. Each Fellow receives a stipend, a private office in the Cullman Center's handsome quarters at The New York Public Library's landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and full access to the incomparable research collections and online resources there, as well as the invaluable assistance of the Library's curatorial and reference staff.

We look forward to seeing the results of Shaw's work and wish him a whole lotta luck!
Dash



Cake Frame 2 show this Sunday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeeventsartistsart 16 Apr 2014 11:44 AM

Cake Frame 2
Preparing for next month's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo aka CAKE, the organizers have an excellently curated art auction on Sunday, April 20th! CAKE FRAME 2: Live Art Auction and Brain Frame Comics Performance Event directly benefits CAKE. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.

Artwork up for auction included works by Ivan Brunetti, Lane Milburn, Chris Ware, David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Neil Brideau, Danielle Chenette, Anya Davidson, Jo Dery, Nick Drnaso, Krystal DiFronzo, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Edie Fake, Rebecca Mir Grady, Steve Krakow, Bret Koontz,,Brett Manning, Ben Marcus, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Peanut Gallery, Onsmith, Otto Splotch, Grant Reynolds, Keiler Roberts, Brad Rohloff, Jeremy Tinder, Leslie Weibeler, and Jeff Zwirek!

$20 donator will be entered into raffle for special prize! The evening will also include a wide variety of comics performances by Brain Frame alums Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert. There will be live drawing by Jenna Caravello and live music by El Is A Sound Of Joy. Brain Frame founder Lyra Hill will host the evening as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.

The pertinant deets:
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:30pm
April 20 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608
$5 - $20 sliding scale entry




Unlovable Book 1 Issue 3 at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Esther Pearl Watsondigital comicscomiXology 16 Apr 2014 10:54 AM

Unlovable Ghouls
Tammy Pierce is ready BACK with a new digital issue on comiXology, Unlovable Book 1 #3 "Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Esther Pearl Watson. From the pages of Bust magazine and Unlovable Book 1, the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of '80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls. Learn how to kiss using household objects, shoplifting do's and don'ts PLUS the effects of raspberry wine coolers. These 106 pages of fun in the sun are only $4.99! Time to laugh until that wine cooler squirts out your nose.

"Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain." - Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder

"I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone's diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn't love everyone in it so much.... So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh." - Jordan Crane

Sequential rolls out more Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gilbert Hernandezdigital comics 16 Apr 2014 10:10 AM

The Children of Palomar
Digital comics app Sequential is now filled to the gills with Gilbert Hernandez comics. You can fill your digital shelves with his Love and Rockets' Palomar series with Heartbreak Soup, Human Diastrophism and Beyond Palomar or revel in his genius with the collected The Children of Palomar or the pulpy B-sci-fi movie of Maria M. You'll be reading the best comics digitally in no time!

"I don't think there's ever been a greater cartooning talent in terms of what he brings the serial comic book form." - The Comics Reporter

"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." - Los Angeles

"There's no denying that Beto's comics reflect one of the highest peaks the comics medium has yet achieved." - The A.V. Club 

Sequential screen cap Maria M

Fantagraphics 2014 Eisner Nominations
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under awards 15 Apr 2014 11:53 AM

2014 Eisner Nominations

Once again, we are so very pleased and excited for all our Eisner Award nominations. Our many cartoonists, editors, designers, translators and interns really rocked it this last year and it is an honor just to be nominated. Haven't read all of them? Here's a handy shopping list! You can also check out many of these comics digitally via comiXology. Vote for your favorite comics soon and make sure to do so by June 13th, 2014.

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Love and Rockets: New Stories #6, by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez

Best Short Story: "Untitled," by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

Best Reality-Based Work:

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust 

Best Graphic Album-New: Good Dog, by Graham Chaffee

Best Graphic Album-Reprint: Julio's Day, by Gilbert Hernandez

Best Writer/Artist: Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips:

Barnaby, vol. 1, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds

Prince Valiant vols. 6-7, by Hal Foster, edited by Kim Thompson

VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, edited by Jonathan Barli

Best U.S. Edition of International Material:

Goddamn This War! by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust

Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia: The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Marguerite Van Cook, 7 Miles a Second

Best Lettering: Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Best Comics-Related Book: The Love and Rockets Companion, edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism:

The Comics Journal #302, edited by Gary Groth and Kristy Valenti

tcj.com, edited by Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler

Best Publication Design: Beta Testing the Apocalypse, designed by Tom Kaczynski

 

Linework NW 2014 Photo Album
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia GfrörerJim Woodringevents 14 Apr 2014 5:25 PM

Linework
Linework NW was this weekend and yes, yes, yes fantastic. And if you're wondering where photos are of the two dudes in charge, François Vigneault and Zack Soto, they just never stopped moving long enough to photograph! (Photo above by official Linework NW photographer, Caroline Smith)

At the Opening Party (at Reading Frenzy) Ed Luce tells Edie Fake a secret.
Edie and Ed
The back gallery held a lot of gorgeous Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge art.
Woodring
Shannon O'Leary (of Publisher's Weekly and the Big Feminist But) finally meets cartoonist Annie Murphy, who is also in No Straight Lines.Hugs
Sam Alden sees his first comic 'with a spine'! Haunter from Study Group 12 (currently available via their Kickstarter)Sam Alden
Party people (who would soon be my captives during dinner): Jonas Madden-Connor, Caity and Danithan Meija of Foxing Quarterly, red-headed Anna Pederson (our former Fanta-intern-turned-warehouse muscle), and colorist Ryan Hill. (photo by fest staff, Sam Marx)Yes
It was absolutely packed! (photo by fest organizer, François Vigneault)Linework NW
We popped by Bridge City Comics down the street. Guess which New York Times Best Selling author & cartoonist will be signing there for his second Fantagraphics book this November?
Bridge City Comics
Our sweet set-up.The table
Father-daughter comic shopping is pretty cute. Chris Roberson and Georgia find their fun in the classics like the brand-spankin' new Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn and Batter Up, Charlie Brown.
Chris and Georgia
Linework NW staffer Sam Marx grabs the yet-to-be-released-in-stores, Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge. The collected Hate comics are the first ones Marx read as a kid, you can get them in print or read them digitally via comiXology (the first issue is free for a limited time!).
Sam Marx
Julia Gfrörer returned to Portland to sell the last few copies of Black is the Color, here she's on a panel with the fantastic Tom Neely and Farel Dalrymple. (Photo by Caroline Smith)
Julia
Special guest and Fantagraphics' cartoonist Jim Woodring's line just WOULDN'T QUIT the whole show.
Jim Woodring's line
Woodring also brought his huge nib and Linework NW had a little fundraiser for anyone who wanted to try to draw with it. Did you know he has to BOIL the dried ink off the nib? And here I was just using some Windex like a chump. (photo by Caroline Smith)
Nib
Diana Schutz, Dark Horse editor, stepped behind our booth for a minute to hawk our wares (she's a fan of the classics) and then ran into Shawna Gore and her half-clone.
Shawna and Diana
A whole lotta Seattle people came down to Portland for the show like this line of dudes: Nate, Dave, Gavin and Dean. Kinda in love with their candid, posed, candid, posed pose (unrehearsed but I think this isn't their first rodeo).
Dudes
One of Jacob Covey's schoolmates came by the booth to 'WOW, HOLY SHIT look at this DESIGN' on Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury. Ladies of the press, Allison Baker (Comic Book Resources) and Shannon O'Leary (Publishers Weekly) came by for a squeeze.
friends
Austin's best new micropublisher, Foxing Quarterly, hangs tough with some beautiful issues with art direction by Jim Rugg and a cat print by Dash Shaw.Foxing Quarterly
Sloane Leong and some manga fans drooled over Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano. A few people mourned the fact they had bought the book from Amazon and were waiting on it instead of buying from us directly, "I could be reading it right now!"Linework NW
Craig Thompson just had to come by and visit with Jim Woodring for a bit (in case, you know, anyone he was eating dinner with that night wondered why he was late).
Craig Thompson and Jim Woodring
And finally, one of my favorite reoccuring con sightings are the young kids that read Johnny Ryan. Like, DEVOUR it. His mother was unfazed by any phallic or vaginal imagery in it. Parents, am I right?!Johnny Ryan kiddo
Johnny Ryan fanatic
The show was non-stop. It was a tad hot since we were in the back but such fun to engage with fans of Fantagraphics' cartoonists and books in general.
Norse Hall
Norse Hall was beautiful and I'm already sad that Linework NW will probably move somewhere larger next year but Zack Soto and François Vigneault know aesthetics.
Norse Hall
The after-party at Em Space Book Arts Center was slammin' with pizza, beer and so many letter presses - I was honestly a little apprehensive with amount of food around the equipment but everyone was pretty respectful. Portland State University Vanguard reporter, Andrew, gets the low-down on the show from Danithan and Caity of Foxing Quarterly.
Linework Afterparty
Anna helped out at the table for a good chunk of the day and Seattle cartoonist Damon Gentry offered his food-getting services countless times. Thanks for having us and being so darn sweet to us, Portland. Fantagraphics will be back!
Anna, Damon and Jen

 









































Barracuda Takes a Bite Outta Manhattan
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kipp Friedmanevents 14 Apr 2014 2:26 PM

Barracuda in the Attic
Author at large, Kipp Friedman will be appearing at TWO of our favorite literary hotspots in New York next month. 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.

First on Friday, May 23rd at 7pm, you can hear him read a section from his laugh-out-loud funny memoir about growing up in a celebrity family, Barracuda in the Attic, at WORD in Brooklyn. Got plans that night? Never fear, for on Saturday, May 24th he'll be at the KGB Bar in the Lower East Side having a Q&A with author and friend Jay Ruttenberg (of The Lowbrow Reader). After each event, Friedman is happy to sign your copy of Barracuda in the Attic. See you in the Big Apple!

"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 

WORD
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

KGB Bar
84th E. 4th Street
New York City, NY 10003

Word




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