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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.

PORTLAND: Gridlords and Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmanneventsart shows 7 Oct 2014 2:18 PM
Cute Dudes
Portland, we know, you've just got too much party for the square mileage. Tough cookies though because we've got Simon HanselmannMichael DeForge and Patrick Kyle joining Gridlords performance on Friday, October 10th (right after the Milburn and Stechschulte signing at Floating World!) at the IPRC.
GridLords
 
$5 to get in or free with book purchase. Gridlords recently interviewed Patrick Kyle so get the knitty-gritty from this member of the Cute Boy Alert tour. "My goal is generally just to create nice compositions, but people can derive whatever meaning they like from those images..." Read more on Kyle's process, the tradition of repetitious images and more on their site.  
Tour Poster
Independent Publishing Resource Center
1001 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
503.827.0249






Lucy Knisley's New and Improved Website!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under webcomicsLucy Knisleyart 7 Oct 2014 1:09 PM
Age of license
Fantagraphics' cartoonist Lucy Knisley just unveiled a new website and it is a thang of beauty! It comes to your computer via wifi complete with some quality photos of her comics like *coughcough* An Age of License and some peaks at pages from Displacement from your favorite comics publisher. Really, you need to go see the photos on her site, we can only handle 450 pixels-wide and gosh-darn-it, nice photos of watercolor chips are like artist porn. Still on the fence about her books? Read some original webcomics there or read a short preview on our website. 
 
You can also see examples of her work for hire and commissions, should you yourself want to snag an original drawing or watercolor. Just a word to the wise from Knisley herself, "Just, uh, don't look at it on your mobile platform yet. Ahem. Still working on that part." 
YUMMO 
PORTLAND: Hanselmann + DeForge + Kyle to hit Floating World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 7 Oct 2014 11:59 AM

Hanselmann
Code Cute, Code Cute! The Cute Boy Alert is hitting Portland and hitting it HARD. On Thursday, October 9th from to 5pm-8pm, Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be throwing off their coats and letting their hair out, ready to hit the dance floor.

Nearing the end of their world tour, Simon is celebrating the release of his 'stoner tragedy' Megahex, made popular on his Girl Mountain Tumblr, now available in a sexy hardback from Fantagraphics. Poverty, misanthropy, depression all fogged up in substance abuse grace these watercolored pages but you'll still be rolling in tears laughing so hard by the end of it. Meanwhile, Michael DeForge is continuing his long line of one-person short story anthologies, Lose #6 (first published online 5 years ago) out from Koyama Press. Often hailed as the next Daniel Clowes, DeForge is a prolific cartoonist with only more great ink to flow from his pen. Also from the Toronto-based publisher, illustrator and cartoonist Patrick Kyle is signing his newest comic, Distance Mover, a collection of sci-fi stories featuring the improbable vehicle of the same name that moves a Mr. Earth across the world. 
the books
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209




Kipp Friedman at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kipp Friedmanevents 6 Oct 2014 1:40 PM

Barracuda in the Attic  
On Thursday, October 16th, author Kipp Friedman will be presenting at the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. His Fantagraphics' book, Barracuda in the Attic, has captured the nostalgia of the 70s in New York and LA, all wrapped up in a comedic family dynasty. His reading is 5pm at the Central Library (The Bubbler).

Perhaps Kipp will talk about 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...it'll be just racy enough to make a librarian or two SSSSHHH him. 

Kipp
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
201 W Mifflin St
Madison, WI 53703
608.266.6300






PORTLAND: Lane Milburn + Conor Stechschulte
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lane MilburneventsConor Stechschulte 6 Oct 2014 1:00 PM
Amateurs
From their days not too long ago as part of Closed Caption Comics to simultaneously releasing books via Fantagraphics, friends and former roommates Conor Stechschulte and Lane Milburn have a lot to be happy about. Maybe you've seen Stechschulte's Lurking/Nocturners, Water Phase or The Amateurs amongst a pile of mini-comics at your friend's place. Seeing the brilliance in the brutal, Fantagraphics has taken Stechschulte's 60 page comic and printed in with a gorgeous uncoated texture cover stock that you'll soon be gripping, hands dripping with fear sweat. Meanwhile, Xeric-award winner Milburn went on to produce Death Trap and then finally the sci-fi epic, Twelve Gems, with Fantagraphics. Following the words of a mad-man scientist, three of the galaxy's best mercenaries will search the stars and darkness in between for each of the powerful yet mysterious gems.

And now Stechschulte and Milburn will team up once again for a signing at your favorite Portland comic store, Floating World. From 4-7pm on Friday, October 10th you can chuckle and guffaw along with these talented cartoonists and get your graphic novels signed! You'll get out just in time to go see Grid Lords too!

Conor Twelve Gems
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209
503.241.0227




SAN FRAN: Hanselmann, DeForge and Kyle at Mission Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmanneventsEd Luce 6 Oct 2014 11:50 AM
poster
The boys are rolling into Mission Comics and Art right as everyone is waking up from APE! Simon Hanselmann is casting spells right and left with his bong magic in Megahex, while Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are taking readers on epic, strange journeys in their books, Lose #6 and Distance Mover respectively. It all starts on Tuesday, October 7th at 5pm!
Books
Also joining the illustrious line-up is everyone's favorite, Ed Luce, of Wuvable Oaf! His Fantagraphics' collected edition is coming out next March but he has a ton of single issues and fun comics like the Music Mini (choose from one of four crazy covers) to read and rock out to!
Luce Mini Comics 
Mission Comics
3520 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110






OAKLAND: Surprise double stop from Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannMegahexevents 3 Oct 2014 3:11 PM
Megahex 
Monday, October 6th, we have a last minute addition to the Cute Boy Alert tour and we know you'll love this rocking 2-stopper in Oakland, California, for the new releases Megahex (Fantagraphics), Lose #6 (Koyama Press) and Distance Mover (Koyama Press)
 
FIRST, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are heading to the Naming Gallery (335 15th Street, Oakland, California 94612). If you like live music, projectors and *sweat*, know that the doors at 5 pm. Feautring the musical talents of DJ Tender Lloyd, Ted the Block, Creep Highway, and girlmountain. The Cute Boy Alert guys: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will also have a gallery show and book signing. 

Books
Then you can hustle butt over to Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609) for live music and drinks from 8pm-10:30pm (doors at 7pm). The tunes will be blasting from Creep Highway, girlmoutnain, Candy Boyz and more special guests TBA. Then at 10:30-midnight, everyone chill the hell out because the guys are gonna sign some comics! Have fun, this party is gonna be bigger than the McRibs groupie parties.

Flip off 

LOS ANGELES: Secret Headquarters invaded by Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 3 Oct 2014 11:03 AM
Simon
Continueing to ride the high and wave of pleasured comics readers every where, seen laughing or observing their comics through slit eyes, Cute Boy Alert is about slide into Secret Headquarters with the sole intent of rocking your pages. We've probably bored you with their tour details, LA, until you slammed your fists on the table screaming "GET TO ME!" Your time is now! Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Michael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) are signing copies of their newest comics in your favorite comic store on Sunday, October 5th at 5pm. Come for the signings, stay for the fun!Secret Headquarters  
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.666.2228
Books


New Comics Day 10.1.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneNew Comics DayEd PiskorDash ShawCharles M Schulz 2 Oct 2014 4:06 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.
The Lonesome Go
The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

296-page black & white/color 8" x 10.75" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3
 
"[Tim Lane] is part of the tradition of American authors, like Nelson Algren, John Fante and Raymond Carver, able to carve out small slices of down-and-out despair with sensitivity, perception and pathos, and, quite often, a touch of sinister, damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't humor." –Harris Smith, comiXology
 
"Visually, Lane seems to channel parts of Dan Clowes, Charles Burns and various American Splendor contributors. Lane's stories are admittedly dark, but also keenly aware that there is something inherently nostalgic about traveling America, alone or with complete strangers. The result is a book that is, like a road trip, as freeing as it can be unsettling." –Seth Peagler, Heroes Online
Doctors   
Doctors
by Dash Shaw

96-page full color 6" x 8" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-803-8

"[Doctors] reaffirms my faith in the importance of stories. Dash Shaw captures the complexity and contradictions of being alive, and places that alongside an incredible portrait of the art of survival, which we all practice with varying degrees of success." - Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
Supertrash
 
Broken Frontier's Frederik Hautain enjoys "how little genre boundaries mean to a restless experimenter like Shaw." 
Hip Hop Family Tree  
Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Box Set
by Ed Piskor

248-page full color 9.125" x 13.25" softcover • $59.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-791-8 

"Piskor reconceives hip-hop's formative years as a vast collective awakening, a shift in consciousness, as if - as in the New York Dolls' "Frankenstein" or George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards novels - something happened over Manhattan, spreading mutant powers across the city and the world like a benign pandemic." –Alex Pappademas, Grantland

"A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there's a special secret ‘zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous. Ed's art is clear, full of personality, and utterly meticulous in how it is presented."  –Alex de Campi, 13th Dimension
 
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white with spot color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-778-9

"Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book." - The Comics Reporter 
SuperTrash  
SuperTrash
by Jacques Boyreau

220-page full color 8" x 8" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-738-3

"[Editor Jacques Boyreau] has a knack for picking images; much like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and hardcore porn, Boyreau knows it when he sees it. And luckily, he shares it, this time from the visual-presentation experts of Fantagraphics Books - a match made in poster-art heaven." - Bookgasm

"Makes Antonin Artaud look like a picture of mental health." - Dr. K. Malcolm Richards, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Derrida Reframed: A Guide for the Visual Arts Student

































SAN FRAN: Ed Piskor at Isotope Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 2 Oct 2014 11:13 AM
Ed Piskor
Say it loud, say it proud, Ed Piskor is coming to San Francisco! The Isotope is honored to be kicking off their annual Alternative Press Expo APE AFTERMATH celebrations with Eisner Award nominee and New York Times best selling cartoonist Ed Piskor! 8PM to Midnight on October 4th join the party at the Istope along with DJ BEARZBUB.

Known for his historical graphic novel explorations like the fictional look at the early world of computer hacking WIZZYWIG and also THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY with comics legend Harvey Pekar, Piskor's most recent works are exploding in popularity and also his most funky-fresh in the flesh boks to date... HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, documenting the birth and history of the early rap scene.

In honor of Mister Piskor we will be throwing a truly old school themed bash with SF's own DJ Grandmaster Bearzbub getting the party jumping with the best pre-1986 bodyrocking beats and Mixologist Kirsten Baldock serving up her unique maxin' and relaxin' libations based on Piskor's latest works. For your uprocking needs, be sure to prepare your crew with this great resource. And don't be shy about to breaking out your freshest gear... we suggest your furry Kangol buckets, your favorite Puma track-suit, your Carrera Porsche 5620 shades, and your Adidas shell-toes. See you then, b-boys and b-girls!

You know you wanna head out to this event after your first day at APE, The Isotope has their own posted harassment policy so it's straight-up polite from the moment you cross the threshold 'til you exit with signed book in hand!  

Hip Hop Box Set
Ed Piskor @ Isotope
Saturday, October 4th 2014
8pm - Midnight
21+ por favor