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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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Cartoonist, journalist 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.

Lucy Knisley: Special Guest at ECCC 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 19 Dec 2014 12:08 PM
Lucy Knisley
The special guests of Emerald City ComiCon in 2015 are slowly being announced and we are proud to announce that Lucy Knisley will be there read and raring to sign copies of her two new travelogues: Displacement and An Age of License. Emerald City ComiCon happens to take place in the raddest city in the states: SEATTLE. It runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th and we've got a bit more up our sleeves along with the swell people at ECCC. 

Displacement An Age of License
Lucy will also be having a launch party for Displacement on Monday, January 12th at the Strand Bookstore in NYC. More details on that soon!

Leading Ladies Sale on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ulli LustLucy Knisleydigital comicsDash ShawDame DarcycomiXology 19 Dec 2014 9:38 AM
Fanta Leading Ladies
From today until Sunday, December 21st (11pm EST) comiXology and Fantagraphics are having a Leading Ladies Sale! Get HALF OFF on our graphic novels featuring ladies in the lead role or female cartoonists or, get this, BOTh. Get titles as new as Lucy Knisley's An Age of License or some deep cut classics like Dame Darcy's gothic Meat Cake (one of my favorites!). With 44 graphic novels and comics to choose from you're bound to find something to read or maybe pick out a gift for a friend!
 Age of LicenseMeat Cake Pad 
Looking for something else? The currently out of print Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is an internationally-acclaimed and awarded story of a punk traveling across the green borders of Europe, no cash in hand, no passport. Ulli Lust's tale is the female On the Road and sure to sate your thirst for travel even while on the road yourself (or at the family holiday gatherings already).  Meanwhile Dash Shaw's Cosplayers series follows two girls as they cosplay real life and video-taping it from afar. 
Today is the Last Day of the rest of your life  Cosplayers
OCD Extra: December Booklist Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Walt KellyOCD 18 Dec 2014 2:26 PM
This month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent release by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below:
Pogo 3  
Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Volume 3: "Evidence to the Contrary"
by Walt Kelly

"Despite its cast of anthropomorphic animals-the eponymous possum, Albert the Alligator, Porky Pine, and the rest-Pogo was the most adult-aimed of all newspaper comic strips. The fluid grace of Kelly's artwork and the inventiveness of his humor are matched by his verbal dexterity, from the characters' cornpone patois to their ingenious wordplay. Four decades after its demise, Pogo remains one of a handful of truly essential comic strips."
–Gordon Flagg 
 
Pogo Vol. 3 was also recently on the New York Times Best Seller list, time to pick up one for you and yours! 




Fantagraphics' Free Comic Book Day Flip Book
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under FCBDEd PiskorDash Shaw 17 Dec 2014 12:38 PM
Free Comic Book Day Cover
Today it was revealed that our 'Silver Member' Free Comic Book Day contribution is a sweet flip book: Hip Hop Family Tree Three-In-One featuring Cosplayers by Ed PiskorDash Shaw and friends, you'll get 56 pages of full-color all-action.
Dash Shaw 
Featuring Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw's Cosplayers! Piskor's half features excerpts from the first two HHFT volumes, the forthcoming Vol. 3, as well as the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation exclusive to the Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set. Plus pinups by R Crumb, Scottie Young, Jim Rugg, Jenny Goldstick, Ben Marra, and plenty of other surprises! Shaw's side delivers an all-new, 20-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers, who take a trip to the comic book store! Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With an exclusive, annotated wraparound cover by Piskor!
 
So keep your eyes peeled for the first Saturday of May 2015, May 2nd, for the best free comic book out there: Hip Hop Family Tree Three-in-One featuring Cosplayers!
 
Julio's Day picked for Angouleme Festival Awards
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gilbert Hernandezawards 15 Dec 2014 11:58 AM
Julio
The official list of nominees for Angoulême Festival Awards was announced (on Turkey Day) and Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez graces the top of that list. The translated graphic novel Julio is available from French comics publisher, Atrabile, or you can get the boring ol' English version from Fantagraphics. Check out the books in person this upcoming January 29th-February 1st at Festival d'Angoulême. Congrats to Gilbert!Julio's Day
Jeremy Eaton Studios Holiday Sale
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jeremy Eatonart shows 12 Dec 2014 1:11 PM
Eaton Studios
This Saturday, December 12th from noon to 6pm, cartoonist and fine artist Jeremy Eaton will host his 2nd annual Holiday Art Show & Sale! There will be a ton of great artwork for you to oooooh and aaaaah at especially the reduced holiday prices! From his infamous 'jumbles' to holiday music to even *gasp* comic books, you can experience it all! And most importantly, there's 'hard candy and hard wine for the adults!' plus 'soft candy and soft drinks for the children!' 
 
Krazy Cat Woman  Charlie Watcher
Jeremy Eaton Studios
521 NW 43rd Street
(one block east of Hale's Brewery at Leary Way)
Seattle, WA 

Steve Ditko Archives 4th volume now on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve Ditkodigital comicscomiXology 11 Dec 2014 3:02 PM
Impossible Tales
Terror, stress, aches and fears; all of these vibrate off the page in a Ditko comic from our most recent collection now available digitally on comiXology. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime - stories that have never seen a proper reprinting until now, thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims all delineated in Ditko's wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style. This fourth volume ranks as the best in the Steve Ditko Archives series to date thanks in large part to the inspiration Ditko took from comics derived from the classic host-narrated radio shows, which gave an extra oomph to his creepy yarns, edited by Blake Bell.
 
All 241 pages of the occult, creepy and fantastic can be yours at the tap of a button and a download on comiXology for only $24.99. Check out the previous three volumes as well. 
Ditko  
"Fantastic... Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented." –Dave Gibbons
 
"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." –Entertainment Weekly 
Los Angeles: Leah Hayes Art Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Leah Hayeseventsart shows 10 Dec 2014 10:40 AM
Hayes show
This Thursday, December 11th in Los Angeles, don your finest clothes for an art show amongst the stars and the starry-eyed at Roseark. Fantagraphics cartoonist Leah Hayes will have many exquisite paintings and drawings up on display (and for sale) alnog with Mary Ellen Loc and Elisabeth Bell's jewelry (there's talk of shark teeth dipped in fancy things). 
 
And while the art will be on display for awhile, the opening is from 4-8pm and you can bet your bippy there will be champagne to drink. Please RSVP by emailing Jill at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
See you there! 
Roseark 
Roseark
1111 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
 


Fantagraphics LIVE on Google Play
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannRichard SalaLucy KnisleyJaime HernandezJacques BoyreauGilbert HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorDrew Weingdigital comics 8 Dec 2014 3:18 PM
Hip Hop Family TreeFantagraphics is happy to announce that Google Play is our latest digital comics venue. Google Play is now showcasing some of our finest in art books, previously not available digitally, as well as some of our 2014 comic releases for your digital reading devices at a discount as well. 
 How to be Happy
Never before released digitally from the genius, sick and twisted mind of Jacques Boyreau comes SupertrashSexyTime and Portable Grindhouse. Supertrash, mutagenic sequel to Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters (2002, Chronicle), the book that became a prophecy of the lasting influence of grindhouse and a model describing the shared evolution between art and trash. SexyTime: The Post-Porn Rise of the Pornoisseur is a fun romp through pre-digital 70s porn posters for the informed. The long sold-out Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box reprints some of the most louche, decadent, minimo-pervo artwork to ever grace a VHS box, featuring such movies as From Beyond, Penitentiary II, Beast of the Yellow Night, Cop Killers, Bay of Blood, Escape from Death Row, and Cocaine Wars.
Supertrash  
Sexy time  Portable Grindhouse
In addition to these fine, almost and definitely out of print art books, we have some of our latest comic releases like Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1 by Ed Piskor, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (both above), Set to Sea by Drew WeingAn Age of License by Lucy Knisley and the devastating new Richard Sala tale, In a Glass Grotesquely.  
Set to Sea An Age of License IN a glass grotesquely
Looking for Megahex by Simon Hanselmann? It's all here as well along with our flagship classics Love and Rockets: Heartbreak Soup by Gilbert Hernandez and Love and Rockets: Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez
Megahex Heartbreak Soup Maggie
Keep your eyes peeled for new releases and backlist to be added, any book page on our site with this fancy dandy button will take you directly to the book page to purchase the digital version of your favorite comics, novels and art books from Fantagraphics.
Google Play 
Riffing on Peanuts
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsmiscellanyCharles M Schulz 4 Dec 2014 12:54 PM
Peanuts
The next Complete Peanuts volume has an introduction unlike any one you have ever seen before. We've had comedians before from Whoopi Goldberg to Patton Oswalt talk about their connection to Schulz, Snoopy and the Gang but never before have we had someone riff on top of a Peanuts comic strip!
 
The comedians behind Rifftrax, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy are also known for their work in Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mike was a writer and then host of the show, while Corbett and Murphy wrote and provided the amazing voices for the 'bots, Crow and Tom Servo respectively. They riff on four Peanuts strips in the upcoming The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996)
 
But don't worry, there's also a fantastic words-only introduction written by two of their newer Rifftrax writers, Sean Thomason and Conor Lastowka. Like the kind that makes you laugh 'til you cry. And for anyone attending the Rifftrax LIVE show tonight in Nashville and streaming into theaters across the United States, Fantagraphics a little preview of the riffed comics just for the audience as part of downloadable digital goodies! There's still time to get a time to get a ticket for tonight, check your local theaters here to see who is showing Rifftrax: Santa Claus . And you've got plenty of time to preorder The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996)
Snoopy TV 
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