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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.

2014 Ignatz Award Nominees
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireLeslie SteinKim DeitchJesse ReklawEd PiskorDash ShawawardsAnders Nilsen 19 Aug 2014 10:25 AM
Cute SPX
The Small Press Expo and Ignatz award nominating committee listed it's list of nominees for this year's awards. For those attending the show on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14th please make sure to vote on Saturday! Whom should you vote for? Well, your favorite comics of course but here are some *cough cough* suggestions! 

Ed Piskor Couch Tag
Best Artist:
Katherine Whaley Outstanding Graphic Novel:
Anthologies:

 Cosplayers
Outstanding Comic:
(Issue #2 is out now!!!) 

This year's nominees were picked by casting some runestones, encircling all the books with a blood circle and then chanted at by judges Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor. Congrats to our other Fanta cartoonists nominated for their other works like Simon Hanselmann and Noah Van Sciver. Both of the guys will be at SPX as well, Simon's debuting Megahex so be sure to stop by the Fantagraphics' booth. Just check for the glitter cannons.  
Small Press Expo 











PHILLY + BROOKLYN: Ed Piskor on an East Coast Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 14 Aug 2014 4:25 PM

Hip Hop East Coast
Friends and family, gather 'round! Ed Piskor is coming to your neighborhood! Ed's coming and his gaggle of comics to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. 

Dance time

SATURDAY, August 16th Piskor will be signing copies of Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1, Volume 2 and the box set at Locust Moon Comics at 7pm. 

SUNDAY, August 17th at 7pm, you can find Piskor at Bergen Street Comics in conversation with rapper Reggie Ossé (also known to many of you as Combat Jack)! Can't imagine how cool that would be? Well check out this video from the Chicago Ideas conference as a little pre-game action. 

At both signings, Ed's pal and stellar cartoonist Tom Scioli will also be present signing copies of IDW's Transformers VS G.I. Joe. Transformers vs. G.I.Joe


New Comics Day 8.13.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJim Woodring 13 Aug 2014 1:15 PM
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.

Jim  

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

"Jim Woodring is one of our greatest cartoonists, and these are some of his greatest comics. There are two or three potential top 25 all-time comics shorts in here." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 
 
"Fantagraphics hardcover collection of Jim Woodring's personal, allegorical and autobiographical comics from the '80s & '90s, works which proved very mind-expanding to me, personally, through their treatment of conscious and subconscious realities as equally pertinent to funnybook memoir. Some of them are also really, REALLY funny - proper ‘alternative comics'-era classics in here!" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal


New Comics Day 8.6.714
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Shimura TakakoNew Comics DayMark FertigDrew Friedman 7 Aug 2014 9:10 AM

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. 
Wandering Son 7
Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 7
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5 

"...[L]ike the best coming-of-age stories - comics or otherwise - Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. Gay or not, readers shouldn't find it too difficult to identify with kids who feel like their bodies and their friends are equally culpable in the worst kind of betrayal, preventing them from realizing the potential they see in themselves." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 

Heroes of the Comics
Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books
by Drew Friedman
184-page full color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

"His drawings highlight the paradox of the comics artist and the art-the creators seem ordinary and their creations are extraordinary." –Steven Heller, The Atlantic

Film Noir 101
Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s
by Mark Fertig
144-page full color 10.75" x 14.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-759-8
















SPXPLOSION at Atomic Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannNoah Van ScivereventsEd PiskorDaniel ClowesCharles Burns 5 Aug 2014 11:20 AM
Spxplosion
The word is out! The night before the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD (aka SPX), Atomic Books is hosting their annual party. This year will have a stellar cast of characters doing readings from their comics and signing. On September 12th from 5-6pm, enjoy the THE Charles Burns signing his third installment of his current series called Sugar Skull. From 7-9pm, your ears will be thrilled by the sights and sounds of Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Noah Van Sciver (with his AdHouse book Youth Is Wasted), Emily Flake, Josh Bayer and Tom Neely plus MORE. 
 
We can't wait, so save some fliff (money) to spend on great comics by amazing cartoonists and buy a beer at the Daniel Clowes' inspired Eightbar while you're at it. (Photo by Kaitlin Newman). 
Eightbar
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-662-4444








Box, Tape, Stamp and Repeat: Kickstarter Update #14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 31 Jul 2014 3:09 PM
Panter Shoes
Finally! San Diego Comic-Con is over and we can get back to publishing great comics and sending you your rewards like the Gary Panter kicks and prints that just showed up today! We're spending the next week sending out the items we had to wait on like the signed Luba and Her Family, Unlovable 3 and Love Bunglers, plus more prints, more portraits. There are some signed prints we're still waiting on like Tony Millionaire and S. Clay Wilson for the book and print. We'll send them out as soon as we get them and keep you in the loop.

How to be Happy
A few of our new graphic novels debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and the response was overwhelming. How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis is devastatingly beautiful and out in stores (and in your mailboxes) now! We airfreighted a few copies of the books to the convention since the cartoonists were special guests but they will be in your hands as soon as they arrive in our warehouse.

And to close, a charming image from the Kim Thompson Memo Zine, printing within the week.
Kim Zine



SuperTrash, an Exhibition of Cult Movie Posters
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jacques Boyreauart shows 31 Jul 2014 1:12 PM
Super Trash
PNCA Presents SuperTrash, an Exhibition of Cult Movie Posters

The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents SuperTrash, an exhibition of 200 works of cult movie signage from the 1930s through the 1980s. The exhibition, which originated at The Andy Warhol Museum and went to the Anchorage Museum, opens at PNCA in Swigert Commons on September 4 and runs through October 21, 2014.

Curated by Jacques Boyreau, the author of TRASH: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters, SuperTrash features work by artists such as Joe Niem, Drew Struzan, Olivia De Berardinis, Robert Tannenbaum, John Alvin, Rene Ferraci, Jack Kamen, Albert Kallis, Neal Adams, John Solie, Reynold Brown, and Renato Casaro. Boyreau considers this accumulation of signage an alternative portrait of the 20th century.

"SuperTrash is about the powers of contradiction and how the struggle to bond affects the urge to divide," says Boyreau. "We live in a paradise of anxiety, unclear certainties. Our fairy tales are poisonous. In such a situation, beautiful things bring terrible surprises."

Boyreau further develops the ideas of TRASH, on which the exhibition is based, in a new book entitled SUPERTRASH: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety, to be published this fall by Fantagraphics Books.

SuperTrash
In conjunction with the exhibition, SuperTrash, the Laurelhurst Theater will present a film series running from September 5 through October 17, 2014.

Sept. 5
Akira
Sept. 12 Every Which Way But Loose
Sept. 19 The Omega Man
Sept. 26 Last Tango in Paris
Oct. 3 Streets of Fire
Oct. 10 Temple of Doom
Oct. 17 Gremlins 2

This exhibition is supported by Ninkasi Brewing. But don't get jealous, Seattle, we'll have our fair share of Jacques Boyreau activity coming our way soon! 

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
As Oregon's flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon's visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College's vision of a new campus home on Portland's North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA's new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy - both in Portland and beyond. For more information: pnca.edu.




















New Comics Day 7.30.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayEleanor DavisCarol Swain 30 Jul 2014 12:28 PM
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. 

152-page color/b&w 7.75" x 10.125" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6

"A mix of evocative, geometric watercolors and fluid pen-and-ink cartoons, How to Be Happy tells stories of sad people, lonely people, strong people, confident people, all trying to find a tiny bit of happiness in life...Davis' clever and sometimes jaw-droppingly beautiful artwork makes those stories feel real." - Dan Kois, Slate Book Review

"This collection of short stories about people desperately trying to suppress or embrace or just somehow deal with all the difficult emotions careening around in their brain just underscores what those who have seen Davis' work in scattered anthologies already suspected: that she is a tremendous talent, and one of the smartest voices working in comics today." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6  
 
Gast  
Gast
by Carol Swain

176-page black & white 7.5" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-755-0 

"When she made her debut in the late 1980s, with a prolific burst of anthologised short stories and her own Way Out Strips comics, her unique style already seemed fully formed: spare, oblique, atmospheric and textured, characterised by an air of mystery and an a seam of dry, humour." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
 
"I suspect this will be one of those wonderful slow-burners that, as you flip through each page slowly but inexorably draws you in and immerses you." –Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet 











Eisner Awards for Jacques Tardi, Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kim ThompsonJaime HernandezJacques TardiGilbert Hernandezawards 28 Jul 2014 12:48 PM

bros
It was bound to happen with 32 years of comics in the making. On Friday at the Eisner Awards Ceremony, the two cartoonists Fantagraphics has grown up with received their due. In the category of Best Writer/Artist, Jaime Hernandeznbsp;received an Eisner for his work on Love and Rockets to be followed quickly by Gilbert Hernandez for his standalone story "Untitled" in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 (page 59 for those of you at home). 

GIlbert

Notes
Gilbert gave a touching speech and we even snapped a photo of his notes. Jaime juggled his Eisner a bit, speechless yet very endearing. 

Jaime

 AND Félicitations are due to Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney!

The Eisner for Best U.S. Edition of International Material has been awarded to Goddamn This WarCreated 15 years after the completion of his Eisner Award-winning World War I masterwork It Was the War of the Trenches, Tardi's Goddamn This War! is a brand new, wholly individual graphic novel that serves as a companion piece to Trenches, but can be read entirely on its own. Told with gritty insight, wit, and despair-sharing Trenches sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude-this book is not to be missed.
Tardi

Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds accepted the awards on behalf of Tardi, Verney and the late great translater and our publisher Kim Thompson. This was one of the last books Kim worked on from start to finish and Reynolds put it best when he said that Kim wanted to show the world the best European comics/bande dessinee possible.

If you don't have this masterpiece yet, aim your binoculars at the Fantagraphics website, where you can pre-order a copy of Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War Box Set! Shipping this November!

Thank you again to all who came out and congratulated Gilbert and Jaime the rest of the convention. More pictures soon! 



New Comics Day 7.16.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayHal FosterFloyd GottfredsonDisney 16 Jul 2014 5:45 PM
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.
MM5
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

"This is primetime Gottfredson, beautiful to look at and fun." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Prince Valiant 9
Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
by Hal Foster

120-page full color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2

"Prince Valiant is captivating and countercultural... Fantagraphics has been reissuing the original Prince Valiant strips in hardbound editions-exquisitely drawn tales, stories that celebrate chivalry, adventure, bravery...and gentlemanly romance." –Mark Judge, The Catholic Register

 












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