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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.

New Comics Day 10.15.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Richard SalaNew Comics DayJacques TardiDisneyCarl Barks 16 Oct 2014 11:33 AM
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.
 
Bumf  
Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser
by Joe Sacco

100-page black & white 6.625" x 10.5" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-748-2 
 
"the artist is heading back to his underground roots, citing the influence of ZAP and Weirdo and promising an exuberant, satirical and confrontational read…It'll be interesting to see how well the established audience for Sacco's journo-comix respond to this change of tone." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
 
Carl Barks 
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 14)
by Carl Barks

240-page full color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-795-6

"Before this point, most Uncle Scrooge stories played off of his greed and paranoia about safeguarding his wealth from the dastardly Beagle Boys, but this shift towards treasure hunting would be the way forward for the comics for decades, eventually inspiring the popular Duck Tales cartoon series in the 1980s." -Rich Barrett, Mental Floss

In a Glass Grotesquely
In a Glass Grotesquely
by Richard Sala

136-page full color 7" x 7" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-797-0 

"To read a Richard Sala comic is an experience both jarring and fun. Good for a rainy day or a stormy night." - Publisher's Weekly

WWII Tardi
Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War!
by Jacques Tardi

260-page black & white with color 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-769-7 
 
"Tardi is unremitting in his focus on the small, human details of the catastrophe-not just the look of uniforms and weaponry, but the way one soldier advances in an awkward, stiff-armed posture, 'protecting my belly with the butt of the rifle,' and the way another makes sculptures and rings from discarded shells, to sell to his comrades." - Gabriel Winslow-Yost, The New York Review of Books 























Peter Bagge is a 2014 USA Rockefeller Fellow of Literature
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter Baggeawardsart 16 Oct 2014 10:24 AM

Peter! 
This week we celebrate Peter Bagge, one of our cartoonists who has been drawing comics for 35 years. He was recognized on Monday by the United States Artists Fellows as a 2014 USA Rockefeller Fellow of Literature! The U.S.A. program is a "grant-making organization funded by philanthropic foundations and individuals to support creativity. The 16 women and 18 men were [chosen] by experts in their fields and were among 116 nominated artists living in the United States." Bagge also received $50,000!

"U.S.A. Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers, who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work," said chief executive Carolina Garcia Jayaram.

2014 has been a banner year with the release of Bagge's HATE collection Buddy Buys a Dump and Fantagraphics will soon be rolling out another title from the cartoonist as well. Raise a glass and make a toast to Peter Bagge! You're number one, indeed.
Hate  Buddy buys a dump

Editor Mike Catron at San Diego Comics Fest
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under ZapLB Coleevents 13 Oct 2014 6:36 PM
SDCF

This October 17-19th Fantagraphics cofounder and editor Mike Catron will be appearing at the San Diego Comics Fest. Like a comics library come to life, Catron has talks on L.B. Cole, Siegel and Shuster, and ZAP in anticipation of a few of our new books coming out. 

Happy Birthday, Jerry and Joe! Friday, October 17th 6-6:50PM
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were born exactly one century ago. (Joe on July 10, 1914 and Jerry on October 17, 1914). These two lifelong friends created the most iconic superhero of the 20th century and jumpstarted the comic book business. Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron presents a look at their lives, their struggles, their triumphs, and their tragedy - a tale of mythic proportions writ large on the American landscape. Located at GARDEN ONE.
Zap Comix
ZAP Comix with Fantagraphics Editor and Co-Founder, Mike Catron. Saturday, October 18th 2-2:50PM
Now it can be told -- the true story of Zap Comix, the seminal underground comic book. See rare photos and artwork of and by Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and Paul Mavrides. Be the first to see a preview of the final issue of Zap, which is included in the upcoming 5-volume collection of the complete Zap Comix from Fantagraphics Books. Presented by Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron. (Some material rated R.) Located at GARDEN TWO
Black Light
Black Light: The Weird World of L.B. Cole.  Sunday, October 19th 3-3:50PM Leonard B. Cole's eye-popping proto-psychedelic comic book covers exploded off the newsstands of the 1940s and 1950s. Join Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron for a surreal experience as we consider a color-saturated cornucopia of Cole's cleverest creations - from horror to action to romance to science fiction to funny animals. Located at the CRESCENT. Prepare to be wowed.





$25 Eleanor Davis Drawings
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Eleanor Davisart showsart 10 Oct 2014 8:12 AM

Davis 
TODAY, Eleanor Davis will be livestreaming her drawing process and making cute 3"x3" drawings to support a friend in need from 10AM-10PM EST.

Here's what Eleanor says: "My friend Kyle needs a wheelchair van!! Living in Mesa Arizona he's trapped in his apartment without one! I'm doing a drawing marathon to benefit Kyle's GoFundMe to get him a van. On September 10th, from 10am to 10pm, I'm trying to raise $1,000 in a DRAWING MARATHON. I will be making 40+ pen-and-ink artworks & posting them on tumblr and twitter as I make them. And, HEY!!! You can watch me drawing them in real time on this livecam!!!!"

Davis Van
These drawings are 3"x3" pen and ink on watercolor paper. Eleanor will be numbering the pieces as she posts them and you purchase them via number. All the money will be donated to Kyle's GoFundMe
Davis


STANFORD: A Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez Talk
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Mario HernandezLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 7 Oct 2014 2:39 PM
Love and Rockets
ALTERNATIVE COMICS: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
 
This Thursday, October 9th at Stanford University, not one but ALL three of the Hernandez Brothers are meeting to give a free talk from 5:30-7:30pm.This event will celebrate alternative comics by bringing renowned artists, the Hernandez Brothers, or Los Bros Hernandez, as they are often called, to campus. As perhaps its most well-known figures, the Hernandez Brothers offer unique insight into the complex dynamics of the alternative comics industry. Love & Rockets, the brainchild of Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez, emerged from the confluence of punk rock culture and the Latino community in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Subversive and groundbreaking, Love and Rockets would come to virtually define alternative comics. With its cast of highly individual, strongly-characterized women, its richly rendered and evocative depictions of barrio life, masterful cartooning and characters that aged in real time, Love and Rockets set the stage for an incredible flowering in alternative comics not seen since the 60s. This public panel discussion will feature Jaime, Gilbert and Mario Hernandez, in conversation with Ramon Saldivar (Professor, English & Comparative Literature, Stanford) and Scott Bukatman (Professor, Film & Media Studies, Art & Art History, Stanford). This event will address the history of alternative comics writ large, and the crucial roles of the Hernandez Brothers, or Los Bros Hernandez, in this story, as artists, independent producers, and Latinos. There will also be a book sale.

This event is possible thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of the Stanford Arts Institute, the Graphic Novel Project and the Creative Writing program, the Program in Modern Thought and Literature, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, the American Studies program and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
 Luba and Her Family Jaime Love Bunglers
This event is free and open to the public. More information here.
Stanford University 
Annenberg Auditorium
Cummings Art Building
50 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305







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