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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.

This Week in Fanta Events: 12/4-12/8
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneSteven WeissmanMarguerite Van CookJohnny RyanJames Romberger 3 Dec 2014 2:40 PM
Lonesome Go PDX
Thursday, December 4th
 
Portland - If you haven't pulled out your best patched jacket and bindle stick out, now is the time to do it, Portland. Cartoonist and rambler Tim Lane is heading cross-country for an art show featuring his dense original art and will also be signing copies of his newest collection of comics, The Lonesome Go. Get in the mood for the event with one of the songs he recorded from his comic. 6-10pm at Floating World is the place to me. (More details)
 
Stinckers 
Friday, December 5th
 
Los Angeles -  Have you ever wanted to see EVERY STINCKER EVER? The time is nigh, friends, On December 5, from 7:30-10pm The Stinckers makers are having a release party (or a sticking party?) at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles (7522 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046). It will, of course, include some of your favorite Fantagraphics creators like Steven "Ribs" Weissman, Johnny Ryan, Esther Pearl Watson, Jordan Crane---the list is so long you'll just have to hit it up. Excuse me, stick it up! (More details)
Eroyn 
Saturday, December 5th
 
Brooklyn - Bergen Street Comics proudly hosts Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger for the The Late Child and Other Animals signing. Their comic collaboration collects the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter that are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense hitting notes of European feminism. This New York couple is not to be missed nor is a party at Bergen Street, it's worth the subway ride and putting on your best winter jacket. The signing and fun begins at 8pm right at 470 Bergen Street. (More Details)
 
Seattle - At the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery we've got a two-fer event on Saturday night. Local self-publishing and indie comic show founder, Eroyn Franklin will present a preview of her new feature length graphic novel Dirtbag, supported in part by a grant from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. Inspired by 1950s pulp magazines, film noir, and EC crime and suspense comic books, Tim Lane will sign copies of his fascinating new graphic novel, The Lonesome Go. There will even be a little music! Come on down to 1201 S. Vale Street at 7pm for a swell time (More Details)
 
Los Angeles - That darn Stinckers 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! 
 
Late Child
Monday, December 8th
 
New York City - NYC, bring out your read! The well-read and illustrious will all meet up starting at 7pm on Monday at St. Mark's Bookshop. Van Cook and Romberger ready and rarin' to sign The Late Child and Other Animals plus their previous graphic novel, 7 Miles a Second. St. Mark's Bookshop is the place to be at 136 East 3rd Street, NY, NY 10019. 
The Late Child Signing at St. Mark's
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 3 Dec 2014 12:17 PM
The Late Child and Other Animals
Next Monday, St. Mark's Bookshop will gleefully celebrate the uplifting and beautiful comic collaboration between Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger: The Late Child and Other Animals. In this generation-spanning 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.
 
Starting at 7pm on December 8th, you'll find Van Cook and Romberger ready and rarin' to sign The Late Child plus their previous graphic novel, 7 Miles a Second. St. Mark's Bookshop is the place to be at 136 East 3rd Street, NY, NY 10019.
 
Join the Facebook group event and let your friends know where you'll be Sunday night---among the glittering literati and comics-making folk.  
New Comics Day 12.3.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert CrumbRick GriffinNew Comics DayNancyMaxMarguerite Van CookLilli CarréLB ColeJames RombergerHans RickheitGilbert SheltonGary GrothErnie BushmillerAnne Ishii 2 Dec 2014 4:27 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.  
 
Massive  
Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It 
edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins

280-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-785-7 

"The level of drawing in these erotic fantasies is extremely high, sometimes rivaling the work of the iconic Western porno artist Tom of Finland...The content of the stories in Massive is completely unlike the feathery romanticism of yaoi manga and anime. Rough, even sadistic sex takes the place of wistful longing." -Charles Solomon, IndieWire 
 
"Definitely the premiere manga release this week." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal

The Late Child and Otra 

180-page full color 8" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-789-5

"The Late Child is a rich and intelligent work, one of the lushest and most giving graphic novels in recent memory." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin  
 
"Marguerite's partner on these books as well as in life, Romberger, leaves his ink drawings open enough for her watercolors to capture various types of natural light during the day…It is a significantly gentler and more pastoral book, traditionally beautiful. Calling 7 Miles a Second "beautiful" would lead to smirking inwardly while waiting to be challenged; the book carries ugliness inside itself as part of its very being. While that book's language pushed forward with velocity and free association, this one places each considered thought into a caption to ring out poetically."–Brian Nicholson, Bookslut   
Zap Collection 
The Complete Zap Comix
by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson

920-page black & white with color 9.75" x 13.25" x 7" hardcover • $500.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-787-1

"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." –Dana Jennings, The NY Times
 
"The Zapatistas were a sort of 'supergroup'-the dharma warriors of comics. Inkslingers. Revolutionaries. The best of the best. Their only yardsticks for comparison were each other and that sort of fraternal competition raised the bar and kept their art constantly evolving and their social satire razor sharp." –Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds
 
Zap Interviews 
The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews 
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth 

264-page color/black & white 10" x 12"softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-788-8

Cochlea & Eustachia 
Cochlea & Eustachia 
by Hans Rickheit 

80-page full color 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-801-4 

"…Hans Rickheit, a truly unique purveyor of the lovely and sinister." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
 
"looks to be equal parts mysterious body horror and Rickheit's typically uneasy blending of the sinister and the comforting." –Jason Giampaoli, Comics Bulletin

"The frighteningly hilarious world of Rickheit's is a deranged cabinet of curiosities... It would all be too oppressive if Rickheit's sense of humor weren't so addictive..." –Publishers Weekly

Vapor
Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3 

"Spanish cartoonist Max's graphic novel is ambiguous but powerful, leaving readers to wonder whether Nick is going crazy or finding enlightenment-or perhaps they're the same thing." –Cat Auer, Playboy (This Winter's Best Books)
 
"Max's latest graphic novel translated by Fantagraphics purifies and condenses his cartooning and thinking. Vapor charts the struggles and strange encounters of Nicodemos, a long-haired, long-nosed monk, who has quit the ‘gigantic muddle' of the world to seek transcendence in a desert through self-deprivations." –Paul Gravett  
 
Nancy Loves Sluggo
Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951
by Ernie Bushmiller

336-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 8.5" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-777-2
 
"The Nancy books are beautiful, and that work is such that it will be pulled from shelves and re-examined years after other collections, ostensibly more exciting this very minute, have worked their way to the sales box." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
 
"Have you ever taken the time to read and devour Ernie Bushmiller's masterpiece Nancy. Deceptibly simple and oddly corny, it is surprisingly funny and a virtual textbook on comic storytelling." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online

Black Light 
Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole 
Introduction by Bill Schelly 

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

"Black Light vows to burn out your eyes…" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
 
"His covers are really noir: spirals, figures falling down through space, big spider webs, just great... The colors are all totally primary: just bright red, blue, almost no subtle colors... they really work." - R. Crumb 
 
Heads or Tails
Heads or Tails (reprint)
by Lilli Carré

200-page full-color 7" x 9" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-597-6
 
"...[A] significant artist and engaging storyteller." - Robert Kirby, The Comics Journal
 
"Carré's work, fittingly titled Heads or Tails, probes choice, ambivalence and fate; in her stories, there's a flip side to everything, rendered in full and brilliant colour." -Laura Kane, The Toronto Star 
Charles M. Schulz continues reign on NY Times Best Seller list
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsCharles M Schulz 2 Dec 2014 11:05 AM
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
The indomitable Charles M. Schulz, aka Sparky, hits home the week after Thanksgiving by having our new Thanksgiving-themed books on the NY Times Best Sellers list. In this humourous collection, Woodstock goes through a variety of masks and outfits to disguise the fact that he is a bird during this poultry-fied food holiday. As for Snoopy, he decides it's time to visit some kin and enjoy a nice holiday with his brother, Spike, or so he thought... Snoopy's Thanksgiving is one of our many Peanuts gift books that fit small hands, big hearts and don't hurt your wallet.
Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking Batter Up Charlie Brown 
Check out Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking (literally fits in a Christmas stocking!) or if you yearn for warm weather and the smell of sweet grass, Batter Up, Charlie Brown! might be for you. There's also the upcoming A Valentine for Charlie Brown to look out for and of course, everyone's favorite holiday: Waiting for the Great Pumpkin which is good anytime time of year. 
Valentine Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
Mark Frauenfelder interviews Ed Piskor at Meltdown Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under interviewsinterviewEd Piskor 1 Dec 2014 2:35 PM
Mark and Ed
During Ed Piskor's West Coast tour he hit up Meltdown Comics on sassy afternoon for a signing and while he was there, Boing Boing cofounder Mark Frauenfelder sat down to interview the cartoonist of Hip Hop Family Tree. Piskor's comic strip has been serialized on Boing Boing for the past two and half years and this was the first time he had met Mark. 

Sit back or sit up and draw to this nice 45 minute interview covering Piskor's backstory, drawing style and the research behind Hip Hop Family Tree. "I consider myself more than a cartoonist but also an archeologist on this project or more like a curator." –Ed Piskor 
Hip Hop Family Tree 
Ed's busy plugging away, finishing up the design elements for Volume 3 and continueing to draw strips for Boing Boing aka future volume 4! 
Af 
 
Dropping anchor at Linework NW 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under events 1 Dec 2014 1:06 PM
Linework NW
 
Linework NW Illustration and Comics Festival announced its new set-up for the 2015 show in Portland, OR on April 18th and 19th. This highly regarded show is already changing up the format after a successful first year show. Expanding from a one day show at the majestic Norse Hall, Linework will now be two days BUT have different sets of cartoonists, zinesters, artists and printmakers tabling on Saturday and Sunday. A few publishers such as Fantagraphics, Ad House, Oni, Nobrow and more will be there both days as publishing 'anchors'.

"The effect is more like a music festival than your typical comics show" explains LWNW co-founder Zack Soto. "Basically, Linework will be two one-day shows that occur back-to-back. This will allow for a broader and more diverse lineup over the course of the weekend, and should give attendees a great reason to visit the show on both days." We, for one, are very excited about next year's show and some future announcements to look forward to. 

From the 2014 show, Jim Woodring signing for happy readers, Jason Fischer to his left and Ben Marra on stage. 
LineworkNW
Applications are now open until the end of the year: 12.31.14 so get it filled out, sent it and get back to making comics! Looking forward to seeing this kid come back to read the next volume in Prison Pit:
Prison Pit 



NYC: New School presents Marguerite Van Cook
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 1 Dec 2014 12:34 PM
The Late Child
The New York Comics and Picture Symposium welcomes Marguerite Van Cook on the week of her graphic novel coming out to comic stores everywhere (and birthday!). Van Cook will be presenting at the 110th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium  held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note 7 pm starting time.

Van Cook will read from and discuss her original graphic autobiography The Late Child and Other Animals, accompanied by a slide show of images from the book. The book is written and colored by Van Cook and adapted to the comics form and drawn by artist James Romberger.

A decade after Hetty Martin survives the bombing of Portsmouth by the Nazis in World War II, she gives birth to a child out of wedlock, Marguerite. Now Hetty must go before a tribunal to prove that she is a fit mother. From there, The Late Child and Other Animals tells the story of Marguerite's childhood in the recovering British naval port and the rural beauty of the Isle of Wight and in Normandy, France. 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.

Innocents
Marguerite Van Cook came to New York her punk with band The Innocents, after touring the UK with The Clash. She stayed and opened the seminal installation gallery Ground Zero with her partner James Romberger. Her own works as an artist and filmmaker have placed her in many museum collections.

Late Child Flowers
Her current generational graphic memoir The Late Child and Other Animals with Romberger has been translated and published in France under the title L'Enfant inattendue. Her color work on the graphic memoir 7 Miles a Second, a collaborative project with James Romberger and the late David Wojnarowicz garnered her a nomination for an 2014 Eisner award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist. Read more at her website.

James Romberger‘s ecological comic Post York was published in 2012 by Uncivilized Books; it includes a flexi-disc by his son Crosby and it was nominated for an 2013 Eisner award for Best Single Issue. Romberger collaborated with Marguerite Van Cook and the late writer, artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz on the critically acclaimed graphic novel 7 Miles A Second, which was first published in 1996 by DC/Vertigo and then released in a revised, expanded edition in February 2013 by Fantagraphics Books. You can read more on his website

James and Marguerite 

Parsons at the New School
2 West 13th Street
NYC
in the Bark Room (off the lobby) 






Employee Highlight: Marc J. Palm
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmisc 28 Nov 2014 12:01 PM

Marc Palm
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.

Palm Poster
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 from Scarecrow Video, drink cheap beer and smoke pot.

Draw
(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 newpaper here 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.

Intruder  

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 Racer best. 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.






















Sue Coe to be awarded Lifetime Achievement Award
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsBlabawards 28 Nov 2014 10:26 AM

Sheep of Fools
The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) is pleased to announce that artist Sue Coe (of Sheep of Fools and 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.

ACES HIGH (EC Comics Library) by George Evans on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under George EvansEC Comicsdigital comicscomiXology 26 Nov 2014 4:14 PM
Aces High
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. 
Napoleon 
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

Plane