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.
Given the recent holiday, we are happy to highlight some employees we are most thankful to have joined Team Fanta this year. They'ved added much to the hivemind. May I introduce (or reintroduce) Marc J. Palm, local cartoonist and manning one of the customer service desks like you wouldn't be-lieve. If you've been in Seattle for a bit, you've no doubt seen a Marc Palm art show or perhaps some of his art advertising a Scarecrew Video show.
1-What other jobs/experiences have you had in comics? I've never worked professionally in comics until now I suppose. Although I've been self-publishing zines and mini comics for 20 years. With that I've done a very small amount of distribution and festival tabling.
2- What was the first comic you read? It was probably Garfield in the papers. But the first comic I think I owned was a super oversized coloring book version of a Spider-man comic from the 80's with Doc Ock.
3 - What was the first comic that made you want to write, react, something? I cannot think of a single comic that was a catalyst. Ever since I saw comics in general, I liked the comic format and wanted to make comics. They just make the most sense to me. Word books are not as exciting for someone as visual as I am and animation can be so limited in the quality of the artwork.
4- What can you recommend to Fanta readers? It's so easy to be overwhelmed by the amount and variety of comics available. I'd say, just follow your eyes and ears. If something looks cool to you or sounds like it has things that interests you, check it out. I explore organically. I like recommendations, but I figure if it's really for me we'll cross paths sooner or later and those times are when I'll appreciate it the most. Don't be pressured to read something you're not into. You cannot force yourself to enjoy something you are not ready for.
5- Weirdest Fanta experience so far? Weirdest time is when I first visited the Fanta office back in 2002? After my friend and I figured out which house it was, I got up the nerve to go and visit the next day. I had asked my friend if I should bring beer or cookies or something. He said "no". So I didn't. I dared to knock on the front door and I walked in after hearing a muffled "come in". Gary was at a desk in the front room and there was another desk next to the door.
Everyone looked at me like "who the hell are you?" I awkwardly said some stuff about how I was a fan and new to the city. Gary told me, "Well, there's no tour or anything". I asked about work and they said that maybe there was something at the warehouse. Years later at SPX, I told Gary the story and he said that if I would have brought beer I would have gotten the tour. AH!! I knew it!
6-Your favorite way to wind down? Drawing is of course the best thing for that. I cannot escape more than when I do draw. But, I'm a real simple Seattle guy, so I like to rent a movie fromScarecrow Video, drink cheap beer and smoke pot.
(Marc, right most, drawing with Eric Reynolds, Max Clotfelter, James Stanton, Simon Hanselmann and more)
7- Your favorite drink? drip coffee with a little cream
8-What projects do you have ahead of you outside of your job? I'm the organizer of the INTRUDER comics newpaperhere in Seattle. So, I'm either working on my comic for the next issue, waiting for contributors to send me work or plotting our next release party.
9-What's the best part of comic conventions? I'll go to cons with expectations to sell stuff, but that's not really the important part. It's more communal for me. It can be like going to a family reunion and seeing what everyone has been up to over the last year. It's also nice to meet folks in person that I've only known virtually or only through their work.
10-What's your favorite place in Seattle for food or public place? I like cheap eats and comfy places. I enjoy Cafe Racerbest. They've got food, beer and coffee. It's got a great multi level/room layout. There's a big table for groups to meet or draw at. It's just so lived in and full of interesting things that I feel at home.
The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce that artist Sue Coe (of Sheep of Foolsand Blab!) is a recipient for the 2015 WCA Lifetime Achievement Award along with Kiki Smith, and Martha Wilson. The WCA will celebrate the honorees and their accomplishments at an awards ceremony and gala at the New York Institute of Technology on February 12, 2015.
The awards celebration will take place on Thursday February 12, 2015 at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium (NYIT) at 1871 Broadway, New York, NY. The Gala kicks off with a ticketed cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7pm. The ticketed reception will include dinner, an open bar, and the opportunity to congratulate the awardees. The Awards Ceremony (free and open to the public) will take place from 7:30-9pm and a coffee and dessert reception will follow from 9-10pm. The celebration is held during the annual Women's Caucus for Art and College Art Association conferences.
The Women's Caucus for Art's mission is to build a legacy for women in the arts. For over 40 years, the WCA has honored and celebrated women in the visual arts with the Lifetime Achievement Awards. The LTA is one on the most prestigious awards for women in the visual arts and the benchmark of WCA's legacy initiatives.
Past honorees have represented the full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts professions. This year's awardees are no exception, with considerable accomplishment, achievement, and contributions to the visual arts represented by their professional efforts. Find out more information and purchase tickets on the WCA website today.
Now soaring through the air waves and wifi networks to land safely on your digital reading device is ACES HIGH illustrated and some written by George Evans. This EC Comics Library is filled from wing tip to landing equipment with aviation war stories, including the titular comic of the same name, now available digitally thanks to comiXology. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother's Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever." Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
With 210 pages of adventure, this $22.99 collection of masterwork comics with thrill you. The perfect digital comics for EC fans and WWI enthusiasts during the centennial of the Great War.
"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans... These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn't treat readers as naive or ignorant." - The Los Angeles Times
"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." - Al Feldstein
Next Saturday, December 6th with the crisp air at your heels, warm yourself in the light of the Fantagrapahics Bookstore as two cartoonists present their modern comics. Neo-noir cartoonistTim Lane and prolific self-publishing cartoonist Eroyn Franklin will fill the dark night with their tales of trouble and woe from 7pm on at the bookstore in Georgetown.
The event is also the Marathon II closing party! This is your last chance to ogle the curated work of Short Run Comix and Arts Festival exhibitors including John Porcellino, Pam Wishbow, Josh Simmons, MariNaomi, Ed Piskor, and Tom Neely.
Alternative cartoonist and illustratorTim Lane resides in St. Louis, a bleak urban landscape that provides the backdrop for his austere suspense stories. Inspired by midcentury film noir, pulp adventure, and early EC crime comics, Lane constructs unflinching narratives with a seductively stark rendering technique. His acclaimed anthology, Abandoned Cars from Fantagraphics Books, is now available in trade paperback editions. Lane will present his latest collection of new American mythology, The Lonesome Go.
Eroyn Franklin is a Seattle-based comics artist, illustrator, and co-founder of Short Run Comix and Arts Festival. As Short Run's final events come to a close, and everyone wants a little more comics culture, Eroyn will present a sneak preview of her upcoming graphic novel, Dirtbag. The book is filled with ink wash illustrations that evoke a palpable sense of place and cinematic nostalgia. After escaping the monotony of suburban Texas, Eroyn embraces a dirtbag lifestyle fueled by idealism and the search for authenticity in the world of drunks, radicals, and sundry riffraff. She embarks on a lowbrow grand tour - dumpster diving, scamming rides, and squatting her way through Europe. Dirtbag is Eroyn's third graphic novel and is being produced with a CityArtist grant from The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street Georgetown | Seattle | 206.658.0110
Zak Sally sent over some samples of his new comic in his Eisner-nominated series, RECIDIVIST Vol. IV, an experiment in comics. It's a gorgeous work of art following/not following a man, a place, a time, a house. The comic also comes with a great soundtrack to read to, it is most akin to a genre of ambient terror music (if that exists) and works smashingly well with reading the book. Like I mentioned, this comic is an experience, not your literal and linear reading experience but something to absorb--maybe not even read front to back. It is well worth the price of admission and just a gorgeous object to hold and feel.
You can buy a copy here for $20 smackaroos. There's also a preview flip through of the book. Recidivist vol. IV has 56 pages, on a couple different paper stocks, printed in 8 colors on the Risograph, and then metallic silver on the offset press. It is all written, drawn, printed, recorded, hand collated, stapled, and assembled by THE Zak Sally. There was also a sweet print that is not included but worth totally showing off!
Zak continues to make comics with his micropress, Le Mano, in Minneapolis and is one of the organizes behind the hot show Autoptic, coming up in August 2015. You can find other Zak Sally work here on our site.
Friday, December 5th you could be anywhere: stuck to a lamppost, fluttering off of a junction box on the ave, 'cooling' up someone's composition notebook--wait, you're a person, not a sticker! Or in this case, a STINCKER! On Friday, December 5, from 7-10:30pm The Stinckers makers are having a release party (or a sticking party?) at Meltdown Comicsin Los Angeles (7522 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046). See some new stickers from Mats?!, Steven "Ribs" Weissman, Johnny Ryan and J. Roysdon. Maybe more!
The next night, December 6th, the group is having an art show at Comic Arts L.A. at the Think Tank Gallery. The time? TBA but mostly likely party o'clock! (939 Maple Ave, Suite #200, Los Angeles, CA 90015). The list of past Stinckers includes Jeremy Eaton, Esther Pearl Watson, Mark Todd, Jordan Crane, Matt Furie, Ben Marra, and many more!
The Stinckers machine is also a-live and a-ctive. They've also got their own new URL so make sure to make it rain internet confetti! From their blog: If you are visiting this blog and "now" is after 2034....HELLO ..! This is what the world looked like before you were born. We had buttonholes on our clothing and made fun of Facebook.... Quite a crew, order some STINCKERS! today, hit up one of these upcoming events or check out their long-list of comic stores that carry the Stinckers in stock, like the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery!
The Late Child and Other Animalsis the latest graphic novel from this two-person cartoonist machine (a nice follow up to Romberger and Van Cook's Eisner-nominated 7 Miles a Secondalong with David Wojnarowicz). A generational autobiography written by legendary punk diva and award-winning poet Van Cook, adapted by Romberger. The journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense hitting notes of European feminism.
CAKE's announcement gives a nice summary of Santiago's career as well: His first professional work was seen in the DC Comics/Milestone Media series Static, and since then he has gone on to create the original graphic novel In My Darkest Hour and the best-selling comics biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, and he has had illustrations published in Sports Illustrated, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He publishes Goodwilfred Sunday Magazine every first Sunday of the month with his wife. For more information, CAKE and Fantagraphics suggest reading this interview at The Comics Journal, or this interview at Comics Alliance. GAME ON.
The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application The deadline for applying is December 15, 2014. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us at
Time to hustle out and then back in the train car! And you heard right from that bum who jumped the train with you from here to St. Louie, cartoonist and hobo historian Tim Lane IS coming to the West Coast starting with Portland, just in time for First Thursday. On Thursday, December 4th from 6-10pm you can come get a copy of The Lonesome Go signed and sketched in at Floating World Comics. Floating World will also feature an art show of Lane's noir-drenched comic pages.
In addition to an art show and cartoonist signing, Lane has been going around the country getting new recordings of an old song by any musician or singer who wants to come by and be a part of his Lonesome Go box set. The song is "Jackie's Blues" (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. Here's a recent recording by Tom Jessen. So bring your uke, your bango or your kazoo along with your Tim Lane comics and head over to Floating World Comics!
(photo by Jody Culkin)
Floating World Comics 400 NW Couch Street Portland, OR
Next Wednesday, November 26th Marguerite Van Cook and James Rombergerwill be holding a release party for their brand new graphic novel The Late Child and Other Animals at JHU Comic Books in NYC, 6-8pm. Wednesday is ALSO the first day it is available for sale at all comic book stores around the country. In this generational autobiography, the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter (Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
So pop by JHU for this exploration in family and feminism. Get in on the fun and invite your friends via their Facebook page!