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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.

SAN FRAN: Ed Piskor at City Lights
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 17 Nov 2014 2:40 PM
City Lights
Ed Piskor hits San Francisco with a BOOM this Thursday, November 20th at City Lights. At 7pm you should stop, drop and caterpillar over to 261 Columbus Avenue to get a copy of Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 AND get it signed by Piskor himself. 
Train 
This is Ed's second to last tour stop on the Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 tour and your last chance to see him this year, West Coast! Come on out to City Lights, the nations first ALL-paperbackstore, as it sells you Piskor's sexy flexi-bound book. 
HHFT
City Lights
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133 
 

HARLEM: First Person Plural with Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 17 Nov 2014 1:49 PM

THe Late childe 
The Late Child and Other Animals will continue its illustrious NYC debut at the First Person Plural event at Silvana this Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm. Climb downstairs for the best in new non-fiction as cartoonists Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger perform along with writers Cameron Fraser, Asali Solomon and FPP co-founder Wendy S. Walters will all be performing with special DJ sets by Lady DM. Silvana is located at 300 W. 116th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd, across from Harlem Tavern, steps from the B/C at 116th. Admission is free but the show is priceless.Portrait
Silvana
300 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026



Liz Suburbia Gruff Club
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under merchLiz Suburbiaart 17 Nov 2014 12:09 PM

Liz Back patch 
We're all excited about Liz Suburbia's SACRED HEART which will be coming out next year from Fantagraphics. But what do we do until then? If you yelled "Adorn ourselves with clothing and our walls with prints featuring her artwork" then I have a punch in the mouth for you because you are correct! This fall Silver Sprocket released a rad back patch called "Organized Sports" (above), they also have some of her work in the anthology As You Were.

Liz Print
They are also selling this sweet screen print called "House Shows" (11.75 x 15.75") for only $14!

Suburbia shirt
Meanwhile, Out of Step Arts also sells some of Suburbia's prints AND some sweet threads. This Old. V. A. shirt features an Tarot-like card design coupled with military olive green or a warm gray. These are also limited edition shirts so once they are gone, they are gone! The truly monied people can drop some fliff on her original art pages (guaranteeing that she continues to make more great comics!) and keep your eyes open for our pre-order.

 

Lotsa work
suburbia page 

 


Fantagraphics at Miami Book Fair 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJoyce FarmerJames RombergereventsEd Piskor 14 Nov 2014 3:33 PM
Miami book fair
The Miami Book Fair is a beautiful meeting of literary minds, scholars, writers, cartoonists and readers. This year, the fair will be graced by four brilliant minds, who also happen to have Fantagraphics books out. They are all appearing on some apenls on Saturday, November 22nd at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Most of the comics panels take place in room 1365 in building 1 (see map below) at the intersection of NE 1st Ave and NE 3rd Street. 
Special Exits 
Joyce Farmer's recent reprint from Fantagraphics is her original graphic novel called Special Exits. It is a touching, heartwarming and melancholy look at the grace and diginity we can honor our elders with as they take their leave of this world. Drawn in her emotive black lines, you can feel the frays on the couch arms and feel the warm, wrinkled hands in a perfect reading experience.
The Late Child 
Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger will be debuting their new book, The Late Child and Other Animals, hitting some hard notes on WWII and European feminism. The journeys and struggles over decades of a mother and daughter (in this case, Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense. 
HHFT boxset 
And Ed Piskor will be winding down his Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 tour with Miami Book Fair. Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. As meticulously documented in Piskor's panels, the performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. 
 
Saturday, Nov 22
11 a.m. Lives to the Contrary: Al Capp, Andre the Giant and the 80s Hip Hop Pantheon A lively discussion on going against the grain...at least for a bit with Denis Kitchen, Box Brown and Ed Piskor, moderated by Joan Hilty. Room 1365

12:30 p.m.
Best American Comics 2014 A talk with cartoonists Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Aydin Koch, Ed Piskor, and Raina Telgemeier, moderated by series editor, Bill Kartapoulos.

2:00PM 
In Sickness and in Health: Joyce Brabner, Mark Zingarelli and Joyce Farmer Two remarkable new graphic novels explore mortality, courage and the bonds of family in the face of disease. Brabner and Zingarelli discuss the remarkable true story behind their Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague, and Joyce Farmer discusses her new book Special Exits. Moderated by independent editor Joan Hilty. Room 1365

3 - 4:30pm
Of Love and Other Stories Liana Finck on A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York, Ray Fawkes on The People Inside, and Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger on The Late Child and Other Animals will each take turns  discussing their new work, then will share time for Q&A. The presentation is followed by a signing. Room 1365
 
3:15 - 3:45pm
Ed Piskor Signing In-booth autographing in Destination: Comics. Autographing table located in Tate's Comics booth. 
 
For more comics panels, check out their website
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OCD Extra: November Booklist Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsOCDEd PiskorCharles Burns 14 Nov 2014 1:46 PM
This month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below: 
Hip Hop Family Tree  
"The second collection of Piskor's hip-hop history in comics may be a better place to start reading it than the first....Piskor's Jack Kirby-ish drawing chops-monumental figures in thrusting, dynamic action; flat colors that crush perspective-constitute precisely the sturdy vehicle to carry it as far as Piskor will take it." –Ray Olson
"Peanuts' enduring appeal is timeless and universal, and this handsomely designed volume only enhances its allure... This era…seesthe introduction of such annual events as the futile vigil for the Great Pumpkin and the Christmas pageant, as well as the birth of Charlie Brown's sister, Sally."
–Gordon Flagg 


Classic comic and hot new graphic novel at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wally WoodWallace WoodMax Riffnerdigital comicscomiXology 14 Nov 2014 12:48 PM
Crippler Ipad
In a celebration of comics, Short Run and more, this week sees the release of Max Riffner's new graphic novel, The Crippler's Son, chock full of wrestling action. When The Crippler comes to town for a wrestling match, James isn't awestruck, he's just trying to get by in medical school. Schooling that The Crippler has paid for. In this debut work from Max Riffner, two brothers attempt to reconnect despite a wrestling ring's worth of differences. We guarantee you'll stay around until the final round. Much like Richard Sala's Violenzia, this book is a digital exclusive from Fantagraphics and comiXology and is only $9.99.
Crippler's Son


Cannon  
And for the other worldly delights, check out Wallace "Wally" Wood's Cannon. Originally created for the troops in a military forces newspaper called Overseas Weekly, Cannon appeared every week for two and a half years uncensored by commercial editorial restrictions. Wood pulls out all the stops - producing a thrilling and salacious Cold War spy serial run amok with brutal violence and titillating sex all in an effort to boost morale and support our troops! If you're in the mood for explosions, sex, sexplosions, gunplay, naked catfights, double-crossing, intrigue,  triple-crossing, Hitler, nihilistic lovemaking, and quadruple-crossing...did we mention naked women? This is the book for you. 300 bone-crushingly awesome pages for only $27.99.
Cannon shots 

LA: Ed Piskor at Meltdown Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 13 Nov 2014 3:45 PM
Ed Piskor
Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you'll find Boing Boing founder's Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more. 
Piskor  Mark Frauenfelder
Get excited and maybe even practice your dance moves with some Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2 era-appropriate dance moves!
 
7522 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Fran: A discussion with Jim Woodring at Penn State
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 13 Nov 2014 12:40 PM
Fran
In less than a week you could be glued to your seat listening to Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize winner Jim Woodring give a talk on Fran at The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. On Wednesday, November 19th, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State from 4-5:30pm, Woodring will be speaking about his intricate story-telling and world-buildling that cuminated in this surreal and cyclical story of Fran and earning the Lynd Ward Prize. Congratulations, Jim!
 
This event is free to the public thanks to these sponsors: University Libraries, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Dorothy Foher Huck Chair, Library Learning Services and the English Department.
 
For more information or if you have questions about physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accomodations at the site, contact Caroline Wermuth at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 814.863.5472.
Fran  
 
Drew Friedman's Book Soup Interview
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 13 Nov 2014 10:18 AM
Drew Friedman
photo by Greg Preston
A five question interview with cartoonist Drew Friedman was featured on the Book Soup blog in anticipation of his signing and conversation with artist William Stout this Friday, November 14th at Book Soup in 8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. People often ask Drew why he draws people and specifically these cartoonists at later stages in their life and he responded: "I like to draw people older or very old because you get to see their lives etched into their faces. Every line, wrinkle and liver spot tells the story of their life. Drawing younger faces is finally boring for me. It's too bland and uninteresting, although I do admire a beautiful face. I like Ava Gardner's quote when she was asked late in life why she didn't get a facelift: 'Honey, I earned every line.' "
Eisner Friedman
Detail of the Will Eisner portrait by Friedman
For more answers (especially to the question, do you LIKE your subjects), check out the Book Soup blog and be sure to stop by Book Soup this Friday for one hell of a time!
Poster

New Comics Day 11.12.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Olivier SchrauwenNew Comics DayFloyd GottfredsonDisney 12 Nov 2014 2:54 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.
Arsene Schrauwen
Arsène Schrauwen
by Olivier Schrauwen

250-page color 8" x 10" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-730-7

"There is an element of old world fable, distinctly European, to Arsene Schrauwen, as well as the kind of modernist journeys portrayed in books like Kafka's Amerika, with their emphasis on the conflict between an individual's internal struggles and the absurdity of their surroundings, both subtle and sublime." –Harris Smith, comiXology

"It is often said that to reduce a work to comparisons with its forebears is to reveal less the critic's grasp of lineage than his poverty of analysis, but I've found estimations like ‘Roy Andersson remaking Fitzcarraldo as an X-rated children's comic' to be personally useful in conveying the unique tone of this Olivier Schrauwen original, reductive as it may be." –Joe McCulloch, TCJ

Mickey Mouse 6
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago

by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white with color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-782-6 

"A revelation. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredson's charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags and briskly propel the plotlines." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." –Leonard Maltin



Mickey Mouse boxset
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 + 6 Box Set
by Floyd Gottfredson 

576-page black & white with color 10.75" x 9" x 2.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-783-3

"[The Blot's design] simple but phenomenally effective, and actually manages to be haunting. Plus, there are multiple deathtraps in this story, and if there's one thing I like to see in my adventure comics, it's ridiculously complicated attempts to murder someone that are foiled at the last...And really, [the Blot] the perfect bit of imagery for this book: Fantastic, historically important comics that have been made far more difficult to read by a black mark on Gottfredson's record." –Chris Sims, Comics Alliance

"Great lover, scholar, soldier, sailor, singer, toreador, tycoon, jockey, prizefighter, automobile racer, aviator, farmer. Mickey Mouse lives in a world in which space, time, and the law of physics are nil. He can reach inside of a bull's mouth, pull out his teeth and use them as castanets. He can lead a band or play violin solos; his ingenuity is limitless; he never fails." - Time Magazine (1931)