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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.

Food (Comics) for Thought
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred Santiago 5 Mar 2015 11:59 AM
MJ French Toast
Cartoonist Wilfred Santiago recently highlighted a recipe inspired on a scene from Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade. Cook some of MJ's Peaches French Toast to please not only your taste buds but your loved ones. It looks so tasty but only if you use fresh peaches as Jordan recommends. 
Outro zine 
Ella Woods also wrote a short article on fanzines and how the Michael Jordan epiloque was based off some physical fanzines about music. She poses the question, how does one finish a biography when the subject is still living? If you want to find out, you'll need to read Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade!
Wilfred Santiago
LOS ANGELES: The Kurdles Art Show and Release Party
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert Goodineventsart showsartarbitrary cuteness 4 Mar 2015 12:54 PM
The Kurdles
LOS ANGELES - This April, the one and only Secret Headquarters is hosting an art show and release party featuring watercolor pages from Robert Goodin's most excellent new comic, The Kurdles. The opening reception for the exhibition is on Friday, April 3rd at 7pm. The show will remain up from April 3rd-April 30th. 

When Sally the bear gets tossed by her own owner, she finds herself helping a rag-tag group of characters when their house threatens to grow legs and leave! Reminiscent of The Brave Little Toaster or Herge's Tintin, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange and is presented in a beautiful, bande dessinnée-size-and-style hardcover. 
Kurdles   
At LA's hot comic shop, Secret Headquarters, Goodin will be selling original artwork the opening night of the show - FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! It's too beautiful to believe:
Kurdles
Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children.
Kurdles
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Reception: Friday, April 3rd
Show up April 3rd-April 30th 






Arsene Schrauwen and Love Bunglers: LA Times Book Prize Finalists
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Olivier SchrauwenJaime Hernandezawards 4 Mar 2015 11:16 AM
Arsene
Congratulations to cartoonists Olivier Schrauwen and Jaime Hernandez for being nominated as an LA Times Book Prize finalist for their recent Fantagraphics book, Arsene Schrauwen and The Love Bunglers. Check out the website for a full listing of finalists.

Join us in our 35th year for suspense and surprises as the best books of 2014 are recognized in ten categories and the winners of the 2014 Robert Kirsch and Innovator's Awards will be celebrated. Tickets go on sale for $10 on Tuesday, March 17, at 10 a.m. The ceremony itself is Saturday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m at the Bovard Auditorium, USC Campus.
 
Schrauwen recently received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in the long-form category, Hernandez received the silver medal and last year's LA Times Book Prize was awarded to Ulli Lust for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life.
The Love Bunglers
USC Campus
Bovard Auditorium
3551 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA 90089








Massive in the Kinokuniya house
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under videointerviewsinterviewGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 3 Mar 2015 1:45 PM


Kinokuniya posted a 12 minute clip of the Massive talk from last Wednesday in New York City with editor Anne Ishii, designer Chip Kidd and moderated by Terence Irvins (comics and graphic novel buyer). They talk about how Massive came to be, how Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd met, The Passion of Gengorah Tagame from PictureBox and more. 

Want more Massive? You're gonna get it! Cover artist and cartoonist Jiraiya will be in the states for an East coast/west coast tour this month. Check out all the stops and grab your copy NOW! Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is sold out so if you see it in a store, buy it now and hide it under your mattress (is there a sexier place?) until the store signings. 
cavemen

Dash Shaw in ArtForum March 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Dash Shawartistsart 2 Mar 2015 2:13 PM
Artforum
Cartoonist pioneer, Dash Shaw, is forever reaching beyond what we perceive and accept as comics. In the current issue of ArtForum, new on the stands this week, Shaw made a Top Ten list of his favorites in the art, publishing and just whole damn world. Here's a pic Dash took of the first page featuring Breakdown Press, a Quaker comic, a 3-D musuem artists use as a modern morgue (files of reference art), and our favorite Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Grab a copy at your local bookstore to read the rest of the Top Ten or visit the website!

Dash is currently a Cullman Center Fellow and is spending much of his time researching his own graphic novel on Quakers at the New York Public Library.
Artforum

Romberger + Van Cook on Downtown Variety
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 2 Mar 2015 12:38 PM
The Late Child
Need some Monday night fun? James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook will be appearing at the United Citizen's Brigade Village East for Nat Townsen's Downtown Variety Hour! They'll be reading from The Late Child and Other Animals, taking the same stage as Janeane Garofalo, Cipha Sounds from Chapelle's Show, and comedian Brendan McLaughlin! Pictured below, comedian and native New Yorker Nat Towsen (VICE, CollegeHumor) welcomes hilarious comedians, local artists, and Village luminaries for a regular variety show in the eclectic tradition of the disappearing downtown Manhattan culture. Every show also features a "Downtown History" segment, music from classic local musicians, and free giveaways from local businesses. New Yorkers, transplants, and tourists are all welcome.

Sponsored by Two Boots and Forbidden Planet. Tickets are a steal at twice the price but are only $5! The fun starts at 8pm sharp.
James and Marguerite nat
UCB East Village
153 East 3rd St., New York, NY 10009


Drinkable Oaf
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Lucearbitrary cuteness 2 Mar 2015 11:55 AM

Wuvable oaf
We have a thing for drinks and comics here. Whether it's Elysian's 12 Beers of the Apocalypse (with Charles Burns) or the right Love and Rockets cocktails to a glass of bourbon only Scrooge McDuck could afford.... if there's a glass we'll fill it! The site Women Write About Comics recently created some character drinks and made a bit of a tasty one based on Ed Luce's upcoming book.

The Wuvable Oaf

Jalapeno vodka (lots of it), Crush strawberry soda, Cointreau, Looza cherry nectar, a dash of rosewater and....a dash of cumin on the top..... serve in a frosted pint glass/pitcher with several lime wedges. Like ten lime wedges. Enjoy entire beverage vessel while listening to The Smiths with your 27 cats. Try not to shed body hair into the drink. –Colleen

Try not to shed body hair? Pfff, only if it's in a sippy cup, lady. Pre-order a copy of Wuvable Oaf today and check out the advance copies of Luce's comic we'll have at Emerald City Comicon at the end of the month. 

Massive presents: JIRAIYA in the U.S.A.
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham KolbeinseventsAnne Ishii 27 Feb 2015 12:29 PM
Jiraiya
This spring, bookstores will be tumescent with customers clamoring to get their hands on our shrinkwrapped and stacked copies of Massive. The editorial minds of gay manga Anne IshiiGraham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd hit the road for bookstores, conventions and various places along with visiting artists from Massive: JiraiyaHe's appearing on both coasts for a variety of events
 
Please do note the PHOTO embargo: Jiraiya wishes to retain his anonymity and while he appreciates meeting fans, has a strict "no facial photography" rule. We ask that attendants respect his privacy. So take some shots of his hands drawing, get creative if you MUST document it!
  
Massive
JIRAIYA MARCH TOUR
Los Angeles
March 17: ONE Archive, USC: Jiraiya talk + Q&A at 7pm
909 West Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles CA 90007

March 18: Secret Headquarters: talk + signing at 6pm
3817 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026

March 19: Tom of Finland Foundation talk and reception at 7pm
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles CA 90026 
 
San Francisco
March 20: California College of the Arts (San Francisco, moderated by Justin Hall): Talk/Q&A at 7:30pm
Writers Studio, 195 De Haro Street San Francisco, CA 94103

March 21: Books Inc. (SF, Market/Castro): signing + Q&A at 7pm
2275 Market St, San Francisco CA 94114

New York
March 24: Drink n' Draw at This and That (Brooklyn): short talk, live drawing party at bar at 8pm
108 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 
 
March 25th: Printed Matter: Talk and signing at 5pm
195 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011 

March 27: Bureau General Services, Queer Division (at the LGBT Center): talk and signing at 7pm
208 W 13th St, Second Floor New York NY 10011

March 28: SVA, Talk with Chip Kidd (NYC): ampitheater style live q&a, signing at 3pm
333 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011

March 28th: Opening Ceremony: Reception, Signing: (Time TBD)
35 Howard Street, New York NY 10013

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Beto is for children: much ado about nothing
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketslibraryGilbert Hernandez 27 Feb 2015 11:10 AM
Palomar
BANG-ZOOM! KA-BLOW! "Comics aren't for kids anymore!" is a phrase hundreds upon thousands of comic fans, cartoonists, scholars and publishers are tired of hearing. Yet at the local high school in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, one family was left devastated when one teen checked out Gilbert Hernandez's seminal work, PALOMAR, "thinking it was a manga." Thanks to local news team at KOAT 7 in Albuquerque, NM, you can see just how many bookmarks the mom carefully made in the book, cataloguing the disturbing images and the investigation that is now under way. Because the images are so "disturbing" and "graphic" they could not show you any images, even the 9,209,384 inoffensive panels in the book. So here they are (based on on my memory and some casual flipping through the book): Instructions on staying clean
Palomar 
Actual love between a couple looking forward to their child:
palomar 
A young girl, for once, taking pride in the fact her body is changing (and not because some guy said something nasty to her):
Carmen 
The HORROR! To be fair, there are some nude nudes in here of people in coitus that shouldn't necessarily be available in a K-12 library (which it wasn't) but the stories Gilbert Hernandez weaves are epic, layered, multi-generational, complicated---just like real life! 
Palomar
This really all raises the question: why go to the local news first? To create a hysteria around ONE book (see: Chicago, Persepolis) despite the hundreds of other books with devastating, often based-on-the-truth subject matter? If anything, the mom is teaching her kiddo some poor conflict resolution skills - don't attempt to resolve one-to-one, go immediately to the media! If Rio Rancho had a truly supportive community wouldn't the teen and mom go to the library and asked to have the book reassessed for the collection? Instead they are wasting time and money on an event that will end up cutting funding to local school libraries, which have already seen decreases in funding back to 2004 including when computers labs began moving to integrated classroom use (according to this 2004 Standards for New Mexico Libraries report, created by the New Mexico Task Force for Student Libraries). What will kids possibly do if they can't read books and comics at a higher reading-level than their grade? Turn to the internet in search of something worse? Nah, not these days. 
 
Caveat: I am not a parent, just a former library technician at a comic book library. 
Cake 2015 Special Guests and more
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Zak SallyTom KaczynskiLucy KnisleyLilli CarréLane MilburnKevin HuizengaJulia GfrörerJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezeventsEd LuceDash ShawConor Stechschulte 26 Feb 2015 11:34 AM
Cake 2015
CAKE 2015 in Chicago sent out their final list of special guests and exhibiters today and we CANNOT wait! We are, as usual, blown away but the number of specials guests at conventions who have Fantagraphics books and comics out. Behold, ye mere mortals, for the wonders that have fallen from the pens of Eleanor DavisJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDash Shaw in addition to some exhibitors with new comics of their own like Lilli CarréJulia GfrörerZak SallyKevin HuizengaLane MilburnEd LuceLucy KnisleyConor StechschulteTom Kacynzski (as Uncivilized Press), and staffer RJ Casey (as Yeti Press). 
LandR 7 How to Be Happy
Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7th you can come into the Center on Halsted to pick up comics from your favorite cartoonists and publishers. The doors open at 11am and close at 6pm each day. 
Doctors Wuvable Oaf